2/11 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Stevens critiques Covey’s “temper tantrums”, Quinnipiac tests Toomey’s popularity and fights break out in the Philly Mayoral race. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Justice Stevens Responds to Covey’s Remarks: The State Supreme Court Justice called out his opponent for criticizing the PBA.

Quinnipiac Poll: Toomey Safe For Now, Voters Optimistic About Wolf: A new poll finds Pennsylvania voters happy at home but weary of Washington.

PHL-15: Punches Start Flying Between Mayoral Competitors: Diaz and Kenney try to put front-runner Anthony Williams on the defensive.

PA-Gov: Wolf Attempts to Explain Medicaid Expansion (VIDEO): In a new video, the Wolf Administration seeks to assure citizens that the Medicaid expansion will make the health care system in PA simpler.

Reader Poll: Who Would You Support in the 2016 Democratic Senate Primary?: We ask our readers who they’d vote for in a Sestak-Carney-Hughes contest.

Reader Poll: McCord Should Go to Jail: Our readers feel the former State Treasurer should go to the big house.

Statewide
PA Independent: Donation for Philadelphia Charter Schools Ignites Skirmish
StateImpactPA: Sunoco to Host Public Forums on Mariner East 2 Pipeline
PLSReporter: Updated: House Liquor Privatization Bill to be Considered at the End of February
PLSReporter: Vagueness Concerns Plague Bill Banning Legislative Nonprofits
PLSReporter: Status Check on Gov. Wolf’s Department Head Nominations
State House Sound Bites: AP: PA House Passes Bill Increasing Judge Retirement Age to 75
State House Sound Bites: AP: Wolf says he wants to Create ‘Plain Vanilla’ Medicaid
State House Sound Bites: AP: Pennsylvania Bar Panel Issues Negative Rating for Covey
State House Sound Bites: AP: Wolf says he’ll Push for Passage of PA Minimum Wage Hike
Capitol Wire: Reed Sets Timetable for House Liquor Privatization Vote
Capitol Wire: Committee Discusses Proposal to Make Lottery Winnings a Potential Disqualifier for Welfare Benefits
Capitol Wire: House Panel Approves ‘Anti-BIG’ Legislation

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Anti-vaxxers behind this year’s measles outbreak, health officials tell Congress
Philadelphia Business Journal: Auto Show ends with strong attendance despite union disruptions
Philadelphia Business Journal: NFIB’s small business index falls as ‘post-election euphoria’ fades
Phillynow.com: Pennsylvania lawmakers seek to ban cyberbullying kids
Daily News: Kenney rips Williams over PSP, donors
Philly.com: Kenney, seeking ‘urbanist’ title, gets Philly food trucks’ endorsement
Philly.com: Clarke appoints Haver to foster public engagement
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. House favors raising judicial retirement age to 75
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. plan would tweak drunken-driving penalties for first-timers
WHYY Newsworks: Measure encouraging Philly restaurants to compost waste activities
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania switching to traditional Medicaid expansion
Inquirer: Phila. Republicans tried to draft PHA chief Kelvin Jeremiah to run for mayor
Inquirer: Will Auto Show disruption hurt city’s bid for Democratic convention?
Inquirer: As underfunded pension system doles out checks, Nutter balks
Inquirer: GOP leaders endorse Tolbert, Zelov for commissioner
KYW Newsradio: Three Republican Congressman in Philadelphia To Call For Repeal of Portion of Obamacare

SEPA
Montgomery Media: Upper Dublin School Board appoint the Rep. Kim to vacant seat; tentative agreement with support staff announced
Daily Local News: After much ado, Downington appoints borough manager
Delco Daily Times: Republicans endorse candidates for county posts
Delco Daily Times: Lawmakers press for amendments to Right-to-Know Law

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Pa. Majority Leader Says House Will Pass Liquor Privatization Bill
Tribune-Review: Former Turnpike CEO, Lawmaker Collect $40,000 Pensions in Plea Deal
Tribune-Review: Battle Looms Over Allegheny County Controller’s Audit Subpoena Authority
Tribune-Review: Trib Poll Finds United States Going in the Wrong Direction
Tribune-Review: Another Pa. Governor Stuck with $175K Pricetag for Office
Tribune-Review: Wolf Moves Toward Medicaid Expansion Under Obamacare
Tribune-Review: Pennsylvania Weighs Open Records Access Fee
Post-Gazette: Legislators Propose Bills to Protect Children Produced by Rape
Post-Gazette: Longtime Shaler Commissioner Won’t Run for Re-Election
Post-Gazette: Monroeville Could Be Affected By Proposed Marcellus Shale Well Sites
Business Times: Anti-Vaxxers Behind This Year’s Measles Outbreak, Health Officials Tell Congress
Business Times: New 77-Unit Condo Project to Replace former Saks Presented to Pittsburgh Planning Commission

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners Defend Past, Project Future
Beaver County Times: Toomey Leads Sestak in Early Senate Race Poll
Observer-Reporter: MarkWest Requests Rezoning in Robinson Township
Altoona Mirror: Nehemiah Project Planning to Build Facility Near Hospital
Tribune-Democrat: Presidents Day Remains a Holiday, School Board Says
Tribune-Democrat: Pa. Bar Association Snub Irks GOP Pick

NEPA
Times-Leader: Plains Township Reviews Comprehensive Plan
Times-Leader: Luzerne County Free to Explore Home Rule Changes, Solicitors Says
Times-Leader: Wilkes-Barre Council Selects Company for Inspections
Times-Tribune: Double Pensions for Scranton Employees Never Authorized by Board
Citizens Voice: PennEast Line Estimated to Have $1.6B Impact
News Item: Sewer Debt May Result in Water Shut Off in Zerbe
Standard Speaker: County’s New Hazle Location Flooded with Gun Permit Applicants
Standard Speaker: Chairman: Hazle Solicitor’s Case Turned Over to ‘Proper Authorities’

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf Says He Wants to Create ‘Plain Vanilla’ Medicaid
Carlisle Sentinel: A Closer Look: The Fire Tax in Cumberland County
Carlisle Sentinel: Negative Rating From Bar Panel Won’t Deter Covey’s Campaign
Carlisle Sentinel: A Closer Look: Midstate Police Look at Body Cameras
Carlisle Sentinel: A Closer Look: Why Midstate Bridges are Failing
York Dispatch: York County Business Make STEM Education a Priority
York Dispatch: Obamacare: Less Than a Week Left to Sign Up, Avoid Penalty
York Dispatch: York County Municipalities Repeal Gun-Related Ordinances Under Threat of Lawsuits

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Police Corporal Who Fatally Shot Trooper in Montco Training Session Charged
Morning Call: Wolf Says He’ll Push for Passage of Pa. Minimum Wage Hike
Morning Call: Norco DA Uses Own Ticket to Uncover Violations in Easton’s Parking Fine System
Reading Eagle: Pottstown Borough Votes 5-2 to Consolidate Fire Companies
Reading Eagle: Kindergarten and Elementary Students Returning to The King’s Academy in Mohrsville After Fire
Reading Eagle: Bereavement Businesses Adapt to Evolving Demands

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Katz Looking to Retain Her Seat on City Council
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: 2 City Commissions Meet
Onward State: Meet the Seven Penn Staters Appointed to Tom Wolf’s Cabinet
Centre Daily Times: Bar Association: Covey ‘Not Recommended’ for Supreme Court
Centre Daily Times: 75-Year-Old Man Threatens to Tackle Subject, Threatens to Break His Arm

Opinion
Reading Eagle: Law Clear for 62 Years As to Who Can Run for Presidency
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Another Try at Ending Impractical Prevailing Wage Act
Tribune-Review: The Medicaid Expansion Ruse
Post-Gazette: Securing the Mall: The Response at Monroeville Is Too Little, Too Late
Altoona Mirror: Shield Law Doesn’t Need Exemption
News Item: Community College Systems Work Fine Obama’s Plan Risks Unintended Consequences
Inquirer: It’s not just the money
Bucks County Courier Times: Getting tough on soft ethics

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Beyond Medicaid Expansion: Helping the Poor
Citified: Piling on Anthony Williams
Citified: Philly like Mike- Again
Citifed: Ethics 2.0 in the Mayoral Agenda
Keystone Crossroads: Local Governments Lack Modern Technologies, Affecting Efficiency, Budgets, and Economic Development
PA Budget and Policy Center: PA to Expand Medicaid Beyond Healthy PA
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Thiel to Seek Seat on Allentown School Board
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Judge Wecht wants to “Clean Up” Judiciary

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