2/16 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf issues a death penalty moratorium, Stack will hold a reception for Christine Donohue and we provide some hypothetical 2016 DNC odds. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs!

2/13 Ups & Downs: A convention for Democrats, a double-edged sword for Republicans and a critical moment for the Governor. See who made this week’s list!

PA-Gov: Wolf Institutes Moratorium on the Death Penalty in PA: Gov. Wolf announced a halt to any implementation of the death penalty.

2016 Democratic National Convention Odds: Some fun hypotheticals in light of recent news.

Stack to Hold Reception for Donohue at Dem Winter Meeting: Lt. Gov Mike Stack is hosting an event for Supreme Court Candidate Christine Donohue on the eve of the Democratic endorsement meeting.

Senate Confirms Philadelphia Native Ash Carter as Secretary of Defense: The City of Brotherly Love claims both the 2016 DNC and a top Cabinet member on the same day.

PA-8: Fitzpatrick Attends Signing of Clay Hunt SAV Act: The Congressman co-sponsored the bill to improve mental health care for veterans.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Cabot to Pay $50,000 for Violating Water Regulations
PLSReporter: Despite Executive Order, State Parks and Forests Remain Vulnerable to Gas Drilling
PLSReporter: Gov. Wolf Issues Moratorium on Death Penalty in Pennsylvania
PA Independent: Body Cams May Increase Transparency, But Raise Questions Too
PA Independent: Week in Review: Couch-Surfing Auditor Boosts Fiscal Transparency in PA

Philadelphia
Inquirer: N. Philly Pastor to Run for Mayor, Shaking up Field
Inquirer: How did Philly Land the 2016 DNC?
Inquirer: GOP Assemblyman Brown Announce Re-election Bid
Philly.com: AP: Pennsylvania Courts Consider New Rules on Access to Files
Commonwealth Confidential: Interstate Battle over Punxsutawney Phil Escalates
Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett Takes Heat in ‘Amash Mafia’ Series Premiere
Philly Clout: Williams: PSP Needs to Offer $ for District Schools, Too
The Big Tent: Santorum Book Signing in Exton Monday

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove School Board Approves $9.5 Million Bond for High School Project
Pottstown Mercury: Local Lawmakers Call for Federal Action to Move Willow Grove Air Base Plans Ahead
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks Register of Wills Appointed to State Committee
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsbury School Board Seeks State Approval to Raise Taxes Above Interest Rate
Delco Daily Times: Sen. Leach Seeks to Ban Capital Punishment
Bucks Local News: Aviation Safety Act, Named in Memory of Lower Makefield Pilot Killed in 9/11 Attack, Introduced in Washington, DC
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners Charley Martin and Rob Loughery Announce Re-election Campaign

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Democrats’ image is in trouble, analysts say
Tribune Review: In VA’s push to reduce claims backlog, O’Hara clinic explains benefits face-to-face
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County Controller Balzer to seek re-election
Post-Gazette: Fitzgerald vs. Wagner: Why the feud?
Post-Gazette: Soroka appointed as Allegheny County finance director
Post-Gazette: Governor places moratorium on death penalty in Pennsylvania
KDKA: Santorum Tears Up Recalling Near Death Of His Daughter Bella

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Commissioners respond to controller audit
Beaver County Times: Commissioners order immediate closing of disputed account in public defender’s office
Observer-Reporter: President Grant was a common sight in “Little Washington”
Altoona Mirror: Lawmakers closing loophole on exception to vaccination
Altoona Mirror: Proposal would ease education constraints
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Doctors could be scarce for Medicaid patients
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Consultant reforming finances: Pudner pushing for changes after McCord scandal

NEPA
The Times Leader: Primary petitions to start
The Times Leader: Consensus among legislators on big issues facing state, differences in details to address them
Times-Tribune: Dem law firm, GOP businessmen’s PAC head local donors to gov campaigns
Times-Tribune: Scranton board may know borrowing fees this week
Times-Tribune: 2014 PA Governor’s Race Top NEPA Contributors Chart
Times-Tribune: Toomey touts bill aimed at making schools safer
Times-Tribune: State: Moratorium won’t affect Selenski case; others aren’t so sure
Times-Tribune: Judge to run for magisterial district judge
Times-Tribune: Haggerty to run for clerk of judicial records
Times-Tribune: NEPA lawmakers speak out on death penalty moratorium
Citizens Voice: Schools eyeing tax hikes above state index
Pocono Record: State senate website misses some controversial facts
Pocono Record: Women’s political activist tapped as luncheon keynote speaker

South Central
Patriot-News: Tom Wolf Seems Comfortable with the Pa. Gubernatorial Tools of Power
Patriot-News: Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse: A Deeper Look at His First Year, Plus Live Chat, Coming Monday
Intelligencer-Era: Why State Police Might Stop You on the Turnpike
Intelligencer-Era: Lancaster City Human Relations Commission Marks 50 Years
Intelligencer-Era: Rivera: ‘I Have Always Believed Education Is the One True Equalizer’
Intelligencer-Era: In Food-Rich Lancaster County, A New Coalition Aims to Eliminate Hunger by 2018
Daily Record: Tattoo Industry to Face Its First Regulation in PA with Proposed Bill
Daily Record: Saylor, Grove, ‘Pleased’ at Effect of Law Allowing People to Sue Local Governments Over Gun Laws

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: State: Death Penalty Moratorium Won’t Affect Selenski’s Sentencing
Morning Call: Bill Would Reduce Vaccine Exemptions in Pennsylvania
Morning Call: Ce-Ce Gerlach to Kick Off Allentown School Board Campaign
Morning Call: Longtime Parkland Teacher Running for Allentown School Board
Morning Call: Native Americans Fight to Keep Pipeline Off Their Land
Morning Call: Pa. Supreme Court Denies Petition from Centre County DA Stacy Parks Miller
Morning Call: Who Has the Authority to Investigate Kathleen Kane?
Reading Eagle: 11 Townships in Tri-County Area Reorganize
Reading Eagle: Pottsgrove School Board OKs Tentative $65.2 Million Budget
Express-Times: PennDOT Continues to Reduce Speed Limits on Highways
Express-Times: Easton Area School District Diversity Committee Targets Low-Achieving Students’ Needs

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Prison Population Down Last Month
Sun-Gazette: Wellsboro Area Faces $1.2M Deficit
Times-News: Conneault Waits for State Approval on Cyber Snow Days
Times-News: Presidents Day to Close Some Erie-Area Offices, Agencies
Times-News: PennDOT Lifts Speed Limit Restrictions in Erie Region
Times-News: Big Day for Erie County Candidates on Tuesday
Times-News: City Councilman Merski to Kick Off Re-Election Bid Sunday

Opinion
Philly.com: Reforms can have Unforseen Results
Philly.com: Clean Politics Requires Vigilance
Inquirer: Cleaner is Better
Daily News: Ten Ideas to Improve Philly
Tribune Review: The warming racket: Manipulating data
Post-Gazette: Modern ride: A new law must pave the way for Lyft and Uber
Beaver County Times: Recurring problems
Morning Call: Higher Minimum Wage Bad for Small Business
Reading Eagle: Use Death Penalty Only in Most Heinous Circumstances
Express-Times: Pa. Should Zap ‘Philosophical’ Exemption for Childhood Immunizations
Patriot-News: If You Thought Obamacare Was Complex, You’re Gonna Love Liquor Privatization
Intelligencer-Era: The Limits of Standardized Testing in Our Public Schools

Blogs
Citified: Introducing the Philadelphia Magazine Candidate Conversations Series
Citified: Wanna Buy a Mayor?
Citified: How the Fight for Gay Rights Could Decide the City Council Race
Citified: Inside Take: Ken Trujillo’s Tough Questions for His Former Mayoral Opponents
Citified: The Brief: Bob Brady Bear Hugs All Around, Philly Won the 2016 Democratic Convention
Pennsylvania Progressive: Soapblox Incompetence
Keystone Crossroads: In Case You Missed It, This Weeks Good Reads About Pennsylvania Cities
Keystone Crossroads: If Bridges are ‘Safe,’ Why Do They Collapse?

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