2/24 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf worries about our self-esteem, Kistler withdraws from Supreme Court consideration and Kane creates her own website to defend herself. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: Wolf Thinks PA Has a “Self-Esteem” Problem (VIDEO): The Governor feels that Pennsylvanians suffer from “low self-esteem.”

Kistler to Withdraw: The State Supreme Court nominee will pull his name from consideration after a controversial email was released.

Kane Creates Website to Defend Herself: The Attorney General launched a website Friday to dispel rumors about the investigation into whether she leaked grand jury information.

PA-1: Rep. Bob Brady Talks AUMF, Philly Convention and More on MSNBC (VIDEO): Former Rep. Patrick Murphy interviewed the Congressman on his MSNBC show, “Taking the Hill”.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: In PA, Moms Lead Charge for Medical Marijuana
State House Sound Bites: Audit Report Legislature’s Surplus Still on the Rise
State House Sound Bites: Both Supreme Court Nominees Could Be Scuttled as One Bows Out
StateImpact PA: Changes at DEP Could Delay New Oil and Gas Rules
PLS Reporter: Liquor Privatization Opponents Battle Public Relations Issues as Proposals Moves Toward House Passage
PLS Reporter: General Assembly Has $161 Million Surplus
PLS Reporter: “Paycheck Protection” Constitutional Amendment Moves One Step Closer to Passage
PLS Reporter: Republican Leaders Want Constitutional Safeguard Against Wolf’s Future Spending
PLS Reporter: Gormley’s Fate Remains Up in the Air as Kistler Withdraws from High Court Consideration
PLS Reporter: Ross Explains Some Differences of the Liquor Privatization Bill
Capitolwire: Democrats Endorse Dougherty, Wecht for Supreme Court; Eagen for Commonwealth Court
Capitolwire: Legislative GOP Leaders Not Looking for a Budget Impasse, but Ready If One Occurs
Capitolwire: Pennsylvania Has a ‘Low Self-Esteem’ Problem, Wolf Says
Capitolwire: House Panel OKs Liquor Bill
Capitolwire: PA Supreme Court Will Have to Make Do With Five Justices Until 2016

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Wolf Nominee Withdraws Name from Supreme Court
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s Problem? ‘Low Self-Esteem’ Wolf Says
Inquirer: Pa. House Moves, Again, to Privatize Liquor Sales
Inquirer: AG Kane Accuses Judge in Leak Case of Bias, Animus
Inquirer: McCord’s Situation Recalls Former Treasurer’s Tragedy
Philly.com: Arneson: Independence Key to Open Records Job
Philadelphia Business Journal: $20 Billion Lawsuit Alleges Comcast Discriminated Against Black-Owned Media
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania House Passes Bill on Cyberbullying (AP)

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown Raid Nets stash of Cash, Drugs and Guns
Pottstown Mercury: Parties Endorse Candidates for Chester County Primaries
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. House Panel OKs Liquor Privatization Bill; Now Goes to Full House
Pottstown Mercury: Congressman Ryan Costello Visits Daniel Boone High School Science Team
Delco Daily Times: Community Briefs: Historical Items to be on Display at Courthouse
Delco Daily Times: Pa. Supreme Court Nominee Under Fire Over Email Withdraws
Delco Daily Times: Highlights from the 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: PA Legislature Sitting on $161M Surplus
Tribune-Review: Ex-Legislator to Seek Washington County District Judge Post
Post-Gazette: Withdrawal of Wolf GOP Nominee may Doom Gormley Nomination
Post-Gazette: PA Liquor Privatization Bill Clears House Committee
Post-Gazette: Wolf’s Pick to Lead PA State Police Draws Ire Over Wearing Uniform on Job
Business Times: Five Stories that Businesses should Follow Now that Congress is Back
Business Times: Gormley’s Supreme Court Nomination Stalled

Southwest
Beaver County Times: AP: Liquor Privatization Bill Clears House Panel Hurdle
Altoona Mirror: Politics Pays off for Some
Tribune-Democrat: AP: Supreme Court Nominee Under Fire Over Email Withdraws
Observer-Reporter: South Fayette Commissioner Enters ARD Program
Observer-Reporter: Amerson: Independence Key to PA Open Records Job

NEPA
Times-Leader: Dem Vito DeLuca Running for Luzerne County District Attorney
Pocono Record: Siptroth won’t Run for Commissioner
Times-Tribune: AG Staff to Discuss Possible Charities Amendment

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Mayor Sherry Capello to deliver State of City Address
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon City Council ratifies contract with non-uniformed employees
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Debate over union dues moves to Senate floor
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Legislators sitting on cash while state struggles with budget deficit
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: What you need to know about the bill to privatize state liquor sales
York Dispatch: Pa. liquor privatization moves to House, vote coming this week
York Daily Record: Windsor Township officials want alcohol referendum on ballot
Patriot News: Liquor modernization: What does it actually mean?
Patriot News: What’s Pennsylvania’s biggest problem? Its self-esteem, Wolf says at national governors’ meeting
Patriot News: Local issues, not racially charged email, led Pa. Supreme Court candidate to withdraw, senator says
Patriot News: Tapping budget brakes, PA GOP legislators rally behind new plan to growth in state government spending
Patriot News: ‘Paycheck protection’ union-dues issue returns to the spotlight in Pa. Senate
Patriot News: ‘I had no interest in suing the governor’ and other comments from fired open records chief
Patriot News: PA Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Saylor says court will be fine with five in ‘15
Patriot News: Liquor privatization takes another step forward, but Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto looms
Carlisle Sentinel: Proposal aims to provide Cumberland County seniors with free transportation to libraries

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Two apply to be Bethlehem’s interim controller
Express-Times: District attorney still waiting for Easton parking ticket information
WFMZ: PennEast Pipeline presents economic impact study
WFMZ: State police warn of fraud during income tax return time
Reading Eagle: Berks Republicans see change in leadership
Morning Call: Lehigh Sheriff Rossi not seeking a 7th term
Morning Call: Congressman Dent urges approval of money to keep Homeland Security running
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Supreme Court nominee under fire over racial email withdraws
Morning Call: Two apply for Bethlehem controller position

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Wiley proposes new CRIZ legislation in state Senate
Centre Daily Times: Kistler withdraws name for consideration for state Supreme Court vacancy
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Legislative tally

Opinion
PA Independent: Republicans Renew Quest to Put Beer, Wine and Liquor Under One Roof
Philly.com: GOP, Nuke the Filibuster
Inquirer: Virtuous Cycles
Patriot News: Liquor privatization: Will 2015 be the year?
Post-Gazette: Liquor Redux
Post-Gazette: Focus on Equality
Observer-Reporter: What Testing can’t Fix

Blogs
Citified: Philadelphia Sprawl Is Worse Than You Think
Citified: Behind the Philadelphia Budget Curtain
Citified: The Doug Oliver Q&A: The Underdog Explains How He’ll Win
Citified: Why the Next Philadelphia Mayor Matters More Than the Next President
Citified: The GOP Is Not Philly’s Problem Party
Keystone Crossroads: Liquor Sale Privatization, Pension System Changes Top To-Do List for Pa. GOP
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. Flush with Cash for Transportation Projects
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. Launches Pilot Programs to Help Students Struggling with Dyslexia
Commonwealth Foundation: Committees Vote on Paycheck Protection, Liquor Privatization
Commonwealth Foundation: Thousands of Philly Students Left on Waiting Lists
Commonwealth Foundation: Lawmakers Stand Up for Taxpayers
Budget & Policy Center: Selling “Gator Oil” in Philadelphia – And Why Pennsylvania Has Nothing to Worry About
Budget & Policy Center: Pa. Leaves Money on the Table by Not Enacting a Natural Gas Severance Tax
PA Progressive: Contrived Controversy Fomenting War

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