2/13 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Philly will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention and we’ve got full coverage including comments from the DNC Chair and Mayor Nutter, Chris Matthews ecstatic reaction and Terry Madonna on the city’s history with conventions. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Philadelphia to Host 2016 Democratic Convention: CNN is reporting Philly has won the bid to be the home of the 2016 DNC.

DNC Chair: Philadelphia’s Bid For 2016 Convention “Unmatched”: Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and former Gov. Ed Rendell joined the DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to discuss the decision.

Chris Matthews is Really Excited Philly is Hosting the 2016 DNC (VIDEO): The MSNBC pundit was ecstatic with the choice of Philadelphia as the host of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Politically Uncorrected: Winners, Presidential Nominees & Philadelphia Conventions: It’s official. Philadelphia has been selected to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention scheduled to begin July 25th, 2016.

PHL-15: Katz Toying with Another Run for Mayor of Philly: After unsuccessful campaigns in 1991, 1999 and 2003, will Katz run for a fourth time?

32BJ SEIU Endorses Kenyatta Johnson: The powerful labor union made its endorsement in the Democratic primary in Philadelphia’s 2nd Council District.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: AP: Court Nixes Faith-Based Birth Control Mandate Challenge
PA Independent: Pittsburgh Mayor Gives Money Away, Gets Headaches
PA Independent: ‘We Screwed it Up’: PA Retiree Takes Aim at Pension Reform
PA Independent: Liquor Board: No Palcohol in Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: House Education Committee Hears Varied Views on Bills Limiting State Assessment, PA Core Standards

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Wolf woos lawmakers by making surprise stops at their offices
Inquirer: As DNC convention heads to Phila., fund-raisers gear up for $84 million challenge
Inquirer: Sam Katz, now an independent, to release ideas on improving Philadelphia
Inquirer: Paid sick leave signed into Philadelphia law
Inquirer: Hotels, money, David Cohen boosted Philly convention bid
Inquirer: Council passes mandatory paid sick leave bill
Inquirer: Corman urges probes into NCAA role in Penn State case
Inquirer: Chris Matthews celebrates DNC pick, talks with Nutter on ‘Hardball’ tonight
WHYY Newsworks: Katz for mayor – again?
WHYY Newsworks: The circus is coming back: Philly snags Democratic National Convention
WHYY Newsworks: Tasco bill aims to close loophole in Philly public smoking ban
WHYY Newsworks: Medical device industry increases pressure for repealing U.S. sales tax
Phillynow.com: Democrats choose Philadelphia to host convention in 2016
KYW Newsradio: Nutter, Delighted DNC is Coming To Philadelphia in 2016, Admits Concern Over Cost
KYW Newsradio: Gov. Wolf Says He’ll Try To Get All Horses Pulling For Success of Pope’s Visit and DNC Convention
KYW Newsradio: A Center City Pub Readies For 2016 Democratic Convention With Special Drink
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia Will Extend Its Long History of Hosting Political Conventions
KYW Newsradio: After 2 Nutter Vetoes, Paid Sick Leave Becomes Law In Philadelphia
Philly.com: Bucks commissioners to run again
Philadelphia Business Journal: Business leaders see DNC as opportunity to show off a new Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: For restaurants, DNC becomes a question of staying open or renting out spaces
Philadelphia Business Journal: 2012 DNC fundraising failures resonate, but Philadelphia has an advantage

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: State Rep. Davis proposes tax on natural gas industry
Bucks County Courier Times: Suburban officials, business leaders hail Democrats’ choice of Philly for 2016 convention
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick reintroduces airline safety bill named for 9/11 pilot Victor Saracini
Delco Daily Times: Delco Dems, local pols ecstatic at choice of Philly for convention
Daily Local News: Sen. Dinniman works with Chester County SPCA to open ‘Henry’s Cupboard’
Daily Local News: Chester County Democrats delighted with convention selection
Daily Local News: Lewis appointed secretary of House Urban Affairs Committee

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Public Utility Commission Gives Lyft Go-Ahead to Operate for 2 Years
Tribune-Review: Biden Evades Mention of Run for Presidency
Tribune-Review: It’s Official: Democrats Will Convene in Philadelphia in 2016
Post-Gazette: Pa. GOP Leader’s Lawsuit Provides New Evidence, Spotlights NCAA in Penn State Fallout
Post-Gazette: Sen. Fontana Re-Introduces Ride Share Legislation
Post-Gazette: US Senate Approves Ashton Carter as New Defense Secretary
Post-Gazette: PUC Approves Lyft Two-Year License for Most of Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: In Pennsylvania and Beyond, Higher Education Costs Can Be Confusing
Business Times: Alpha Natural Resources’ Joint Venture Postpones Shale-Gas Project
Business Times: Local Legislators Say Severance Tax Would Impair Region’s Economic Growth

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Rhodes to Replace Three School Buses Thanks to EPA Rebate Program
Beaver County Times: Controller’s Office Audit Notes $281K in Uncollected Delinquent Taxes, Other Issues in Tax Claims Bureau
Beaver County Times: GOP Legislators Slam Wolf’s Severance Tax Plan
Altoona Mirror: Wolf Details Gas Tax Concept
Altoona Mirror: Altoona City Council Sorts Out Authority Issues
Altoona Mirror: Hollidaysburg Borough Council to Vote on Koss’ Reinstatement

NEPA
Times-Leader: Wilkes-Barre Area Acts on Contracts, Appointments
Times-Leader: FERC Holds Scoping Meeting in Wilkes-Barre About Planned PennEast Pipeline
Times-Leader: Plains Township Board Opposes PennEast Pipeline
Times-Tribune: Former Moosic Councilwoman Named County Deputy Controller
Times-Tribune: Archibald Council Tables Rulemaking to Allow Chickens
Citizens Voice: W-B Area Moves Forward with Mackin Plans
Citizens Voice: Wolf Proposes Natural Gas Severance Tax
Citizens Voice: W-B Council Approves Deal with Rental Inspection Firm
Standard Speaker: Federal Agency Hears Both Sides of Pipeline Debate
Pocono Record: State Rep. Rader Honored in Jackson Township

South Central
York Daily Record: York County Commission Race’s 7 Candidates Might Propel Greater Voter Turnout
York Daily Record: NRA’s Great AMerican Outdoor Show Underway in Harrisburg
York Daily Record: York City Council Could Have Four Positions Available
York Daily Record: Democrats Choose Philadelphia As Site for 2016 Convention
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County Staff: CAT Should Delay Capital Projects, $60 Million Facility
Lancaster Intelligencer: More States to Join Fight Against Heroin in the Northeast
Lancaster Intelligencer: Local Democrats ‘Excited’ Philly Will Be the Site of the 2016 Convention
Lancaster Intelligencer: Skipping the Tests: Pennsylvania Opt-Out Numbers Doubled Last Year

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Lehigh Valley Rate of Measles Vaccinations for Kindergarteners Beats State Average, Report Says
Express Times: Northampton County Council Will Likely Override Spending Limit Veto, Sponsor Says
Express Times: Bethlehem Attorney Paul Bender Announces Candidacy for District Court Judge
Express Times: Two Hunterdon County Schools Named ‘Best School Districts for Your Buck’ List
Express Times: Lehigh County District Attorney Sues Blogger for Defamation
Morning Call: Salisbury School Board Approves Preliminary Budget
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Dropping Into Lawmakers’ Offices
Morning Call: Court Nixes Faith-Based Birth Control Mandate Challenge

North by Northwest
Onward State: Soledad O’Brien Speaks on Racial Issues at Eisenhower Lecture
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Obama: IS Group is ‘Going to Lose’
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Wolf Talks Severance Tax Option
Centre Daily Times: Better Safeguards Urged for Student Privacy
Centre Daily Times: Senate Confirms Ashton Carter for Pentagon Chief
Centre Daily Times: Jeb Bush Ramping Up for N.H. Primary

Opinion
Inquirer: Can L&I be trusted?
Daily News: An even more healthy PA
Daily Local News: Exemptions for vaccinations must end
Tribune-Review: Is America’s Budget Cut to the Bone? Think Again
Tribune-Review: Demystifying the Judicial Branch
Post-Gazette: Costly Symbols: Food and Travel Deserve More AIU Scrutiny
Observer-Reporter: Impact Fees Critical to Local Government
Tribune-Democrat: New Manager Ready, Willing to Revitalize Johnstown
Express Times: Wolf Plan for Extraction Tax on Pennsylvania Shale Gas is a Good Place to Start
Morning Call: Mart Trail Serving Up Snakes With Breakfast

Blogs
Citified: How City Hall is Making General Tso’s Chicken a Little Healthier
Citified: The Council At-Large Race Just Got More Crowded
Citified: Sam Katz Inches Even Closer to a Mayoral Run
Citified: Inside Take: New Charters should be Unacceptable to All
Citified: The Brief: Jim Kenney’s Council Record Comes Back to Haunt Him
Citified: The Jim Kenney Interview: Part Two
Commonwealth Foundation: Audio: Stepping Towards a Balanced Budget
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Brown Vetoes Ordinance Limiting his Spending Power
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Recchiuti to Seek Second Term on Bethlehem City Council

February 13th, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments