1/6 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg-Capitol-steps6-300x220Pat Toomey co-sponsors the Iran sanctions bill and John Kane brings in a strong $268K in his state Senate race. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Toomey Joins Co-Sponsors on Iran Sanctions Bill: Senator Pat Toomey co-sponsored the “Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act” that will impose additional sanctions on Iran if they violate their nuclear commitments.

John Kane Raises 268k to Replace Sen. Erickson: Democratic candidate for SD-26 brings strong fundraising into the new year.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-5: Local businessman and Republican Joe Rudderow announced Saturday he will seek the nomination to the state House’s newly created 5th District in Berks County.

“I am motivated to run for this seat because I want to cultivate the best in Berks County,” Rudderow said in a news release. “To me that means listening to people and using common sense to foster job growth for present and future generations.”

The 5th House District now includes all or parts of the following Berks County municipalities: the townships of Alsace, Bern, Bethel, Centre, Exeter, Jefferson, Maidencreek, Marion, Ontelaunee, Penn, Ruscombmanor, Tulpehocken, Upper Bern and Upper Tulpehocken; and the boroughs of Bernville, Centerport, Fleetwood, Leesport, Strausstown and Womelsdorf.

HD-73: Democratic State Reps. Frank Burns and Gary Haluska may potentially face each other in a primary as their once neighboring districts were merged in redistricting. Haluska has been a state representative in the 73rd Legislative District since 1995. Burns began representing the neighboring 72nd district in 2009. Burns is reportedly considering whether to run in the primary against Haluska or whether to move to a neighboring district to avoid a race against Haluska.

HD-80: Republican State Committee member Judy Ward announced her candidacy Thursday for the 80th District state House seat. Ward, 54, a nurse and executive at Altoona-based Ward Transport and Logistics, is the first Republican to publicly seek the party’s nomination for the seat, long held by state Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair), who will not seek reelection after this term.

“It’s time for me to get off the sidelines and get into the game,” she said.

HD-102: Rep. RoseMarie Swanger announced earlier this week she would not seek a fifth term. A land development consultant for Light-Heigel & Associates, Joe Eisenhauer ran has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination. He ran against Swanger in the primary two years ago. In the next election, 102nd District will represent Annville, Bethel, Cold Spring, Heidelberg, Jackson, Millcreek, North Lebanon, South Lebanon, Union and West Lebanon townships and the boroughs of Cleona, Jonestown, Myerstown and Richland.

“Actionable steps must be taken on the many critical issues of our time, including true property-tax relief and ending waste, fraud and abuse of the public welfare system,” Eisenhauer said.

SD-40: Northampton County Councilman and Democrat Scott Parsons announced his candidacy for the relocated 40th Senate Seat, which moved from Allegheny to Northampton County during redistricting.

“I think I’m as qualified as anyone else to throw my hat into the ring,” he said.

Parsons served for two years as a county councilman and 10 years prior to that on the Wind Gap Borough Council. On the Republican side of the race for this new seat is State Rep. Mario Scavello, who’s served 12 years as the representative for the 176th House District in Northampton County.

SD-50: The Erie Times-News profiled the race to replace retiring Sen. Bob Robbins (R). The district includes all of Crawford and Mercer counties plus parts of Erie and Warren. State Reps. Michele Brooks (R-Mercer) and Greg Lucas (R-Erie) have announced for the GOP primary as has businesswoman Jane MacPherson. Lucas would have had to face Rep. Ryan Bizarro (D-Erie) in the general election; due to redistricting, their seats were merged. Attorney Michael Muha is so far the only Dem (he was in the race before Robbins dropped).

Statewide
Capitolwire: State asks court to reconsider Act 13 ruling
PA Independent: Pennsylvania Turnpike rates jump again beginning this weekend
PA Independent: Three things to know about Philadelphia’s school budget: Debt, pensions and safety
StateImpactPA: Corbett declines to discuss details of challenge to Act 13 decision

Philadelphia
Inquirer: At Phila. high school, a daily struggle with budget cuts
Inquirer: PICA promises closer looks at pensions, taxes
Inquirer: From the Pentagon to life in a van
Inquirer: Biotech firm joins suit against Penn’s cancer therapy
Daily News: Fired rec-center workers fight back
Daily News: A someday senator? Maybe. A boxing fan? Yes.
Daily News: What to do if you appealed your property-tax bill
Daily News: Will the SS United States find new life in 2014?

SEPA
Courier-Times: Abington Dems ready to take control
Courier-Times: Affordable Care Act remains a work in progress
Courier-Times: Pennsbury budget to get public review on Thursday
Pottstown Mercury: Report shows obesity is region’s top health problem
Pottstown Mercury: North Coventry tax increase blamed on Coventry Mall assessment appeal

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: As 60th mayor, Peduto pledges accountability
Tribune Review: Pa. key player in U.S. energy renaissance
Post-Gazette: Ravenstahl leaving tarnished legacy as Pittsburgh mayor
KDKA: Peduto And Staff Ready To Move Into New Offices
KDKA: Elected Officials Want To Renegotiate “The Big Fix”

Southwest
Beaver County Times: State wants public to weigh in on Corbett’s Medicaid plan
Observer-Reporter: County receives $800,000 for airport project
Altoona Mirror: Woman announces 80th district run
Altoona Mirror: Penelec, union report no progress
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Tesla charging station being built in Somerset

NEPA
Times Leader: DA to contact DEP for WB fuel investigation
Times Leader: County could turn to advertising to generate revenue
Times Tribune: Scranton Mayor-elect Courtright gets congratulations, condolences on big job ahead
Times Tribune: Courtright lost the money in winning mayor’s job
Times Tribune: As Scranton’s mayor, Doherty leaving, his mark affixed

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition plans to back all who voted in favor of transportation bill.
Harrisburg Patriot News: Q&A with Carlisle mayor-elect, Tim Scott.
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster Township continues 12 years of nonfluctuating millage rate.
Lebanon Daily News: Berks County businessman Joe Rudderow announces campaign for the county’s 5th District House seat.

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Early transition to Lehigh County Authority leads to confusion over Allentown residents’ water and sewage bills.
Morning Call: Bethlehem mayor-elect Robert Donchez’s pick for police chief spurs skepticism among council members.
Reading Eagle: Lancaster and Bethlehem awarded a City Revitalization and Improvement (CRIZ) zone.
Express-Times: Councilman Scott Parson announces state Senate campaign.

North by Northwest
AP: Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s fundraising “sends the wrong message.”
Erie Times-News: Matt Ryan and Thomas Tarantella announce their campaigns for the House Democratic nominations in the 3rd and 5th districts, respectively.
Erie Times-News: Erie’s newest County Executive, Kathy Dahlkemper, is sworn in.
Erie Times-News: Candidates for the 50th Senate district state their planned initiatives.
Sun-Gazette: Pollution charges subsist against company fracking in Lycoming County.

Opinion
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Pension disaster can be avoided
Daily News: DN Editorial: Nothing doing
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s $4 million consultant fees raise eyebrows.
Harrisburg Patriot News: Lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Brad Koplinski steals show at luncheon.
Altoona Mirror: Prioritize retrieving Pa. assets
Times Leader: Halt tax break to restore county
Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Poll: Healthy Majority Back Paycheck Protection
Commonwealth Foundation: EPA Regulations Threaten Pennsylvania Jobs
Above Average Jane: FEC Report Roundup: Second Quarter 2013
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: June 2013 John Hanger Says John Hanger Should Drop Out of the Race
Keystone Politics: Stop Attacking Mark Critz and Watch These Attack Ads
Keystone Politics: Kathleen Kane Wins Criminal Charges Against Exxon for Illegal Dumping of Fracking Waste
Keystone Politics: Liberals Need to Rally Around an Anti-Critz Fast in the #PALtGov Race
Keystone Politics: Time For Weak Fundraisers to Start Dropping Out of the #PAGov Primary
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: How Did Your Municipality Handle 2014’s First Storm?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: CACLV Requests Bidding on Food Assistance Contract

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  1. Mayor peduto is proud of the contributions that Jeff romoff has made to the greater metropolitan area. Paindy is roaming off base with his criticism of one of the premiere renters of this or any age.

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