2/25 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf holds a Twitter townhall, Corbett’s ex-Chief of Staff heads back to the private sector and we ask whether Pennsylvania’s judges should be appointed or elected. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: Wolf Answers Questions in Twitter Townhall: The new Governor took to Twitter to answer questions about his first month in office.

Former Corbett Chief of Staff Lands New Job: The former Governor’s Chief of Staff will return to law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in March.

Reader Poll: Should PA Have Judicial Elections?: We ask our readers whether judges should be elected or appointed.

Reader Poll: Clinton Favorite Modern U.S. President: Bill Clinton bested Ronald Reagan as the readers’ choice by a single vote.

PA-Sen: Toomey Adds Darrell Owens to Staff: Toomey hires Erie County native to advise on national security and military issues.

The New Way Forward: Constitutional Amendments: A guest column on the recent phenomenon of proposed amendments to the State Constitution.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Wolf Says Budget Plan Will Follow Through on Campaign Promises
State House Sound Bites: Wolf Hastens to Explain “Low Self-Esteem” Remark
PA Independent: FL Gov. Visits PA to Tout Sunshine State but Says Little About Tax Incentives
StateImpactPA: A Bottom Up and Top Down Approach to Methane Detection
PLS Reporter: Slot Gaming Still Has No Effect on Pennsylvania Lottery Sales, Report Says
PLS Reporter: Guest Column from Michael Manzo, VP of Strategic Engagement, Triad Strategies, LLC
PLS Reporter: Select Subcommittee Will Examine Career and Technical Education Readiness
PLS Reporter: GOP Leaders Respond to Wolf Budget Rumors
PLS Reporter: Reed Discusses Expectations for Gov. Wolf’s Upcoming Budget Address
Capitolwire: Wolf Promises ‘Nice Surprises’ in Proposed Budget; Tells Business Leaders He Wants to Work with Them
Capitolwire: Paycheck Protection Embarks on the Long Journey to Constitutional Amendment
Capitolwire: Legislative GOP Leaders Not Looking for a Budget Impasse, but Ready If One Occurs
Capitolwire: PA Has a ‘Low Self-Esteem’ Problem, Wolf Says

Philadelphia
Philly.com: John Oliver Slams Former Philly Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary
Philly.com: Defying GOP, Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill
Inquirer: Wolf Readies Plan for Pa. Tax, Minimum Wage Hikes
Philadelphia Business Journal: What the DNC Can Mean to Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Chosen Few Emerge From Philadelphia High-Tech Charter School Lottery

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Daniel Boone School Board May Restore Full-Day Kindergarten, Close a School
Pottstown Mercury: Methacton Superintendent Recommends Closing Audubon Elementary
Bucks Local News: Lower Makefield Supervisors Set Wheels in Motion to Establish Community Dog Park in the Township
Bucks Local News: Northampton Township Republican Committee Announces Endorsements for 2015 Primary
Delco Daily Times: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf Delivers Tough Message on School Funding to Pa. Business Groups

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: AP: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill
Post-Gazette: Range Resources Posts Fourth-Quarter Gain
Post-Gazette: State Senate will not Fill Two Vacancies on State Supreme Court
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Council Settles Lawsuits
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council Approves Tax Breaks
Post-Gazette: Wolf Readies Plan for PA Tax, Minimum Wage Hikes
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf Hosts first Twitter Town Hall
Post-Gazette: Audit Shows PA Legislature’s Surplus at $161 Million
Post-Gazette: Forest Hills Mayor Dead at the Age of 73
Post-Gazette: PA House Passes Bill Making Cyber Bullying a Crime
Tribune-Review: Trib Poll: Majority Remains Unsold on ObamaCare
Tribune-Review: Wolf says Goal is ‘Fairness’
Tribune-Review: Springhill District Judge Touts ‘Passion for Justice’
Pittsburgh Business Times: Fitzgerald Introduces Parental Leave for County Employees
Pittsburgh Business Times: Corbett’s Former Chief of Staff Returns to Buchanan, Ingersoll, & Rooney

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Decorations Split Ebensburg Council
Altoona Mirror: Bedford Auditor Pursuing Office
Altoona Mirror: AG says Judge should be Taken off Leak Case
Beaver County Times: Baden Tax Office Being Investigated
Beaver County Times: Even as School Funding Challenges Persist, Changes may be on Horizon

NEPA
Pocono Record: AP: Wolf Stresses his Plan to Increase Funding for Schools
Times-Leader: Rep. Mullery Introduces Bill to Name Area Bridge After Slain Corrections Officer
Times-Tribune: Scranton to Pedestrians: Sucks to be You

South Central
York Daily Record: State House aims at decriminalizing out-of-state liquor purchases
York Daily Record: State House poised to vote on liquor privatization legislation
Patriot News: New report questions PennDOT district offices’ spending, staffing
Patriot News: Medical marijuana’s future looks hazy in the Pa. House
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf tight-lipped about what is in his budget proposal
Patriot News: Wolf admits ‘poor word choice’ in describing Pa’s biggest economic challenge
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Twitter chat: Gov. Tom Wolf recaps his first month in office

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Easton council to consider hiring LEED consultant for new city hall
Express-Times: Easton art gallery manager running for city council
Express-Times: Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano kicks off campaign for Superior Court
Express-Times: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to make first Lehigh Valley appearance since taking office
Express-Times: Bethlehem financial consultant George Yasso picked for city controller
Express-Times: Bethlehem community activist Olga Negron announces for city council
Reading Eagle: James Troutman to seek 8th term as clerk of courts
Reading Eagle: Wolf, Corbett received donations even after race ended
Reading Eagle: Reading officials to review zoning rules
Reading Eagle: Berks County Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht seeking re-election
Morning Call: Wolf: ‘Low self-esteem’ holding Pennsylvania back
Morning Call: Bond refinancing will save East Penn School District $404,000
Morning Call: Newsmaker Q&A: Ben B. Long, executive director of the Lehigh County Republican Committee
Morning Call: PA Legislature’s cash stash tops off at $161 million, audit shows
WFMZ: Allentown PD officer announces bid for Lehigh Co. Sheriff
WFMZ: Reading City Council addresses poor road conditions

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County commissioners back statewide 911 funding reform
Campaign ‘15: Toomey names Erie County native to staff
Onward State: Pennsylvania Politicians Respond to Olbermann Drivel

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Uniform Treatment
Tribune-Review: Government should do Less so we can do More
Altoona Mirror: DUI Checkpoints Important
Philly.com: Benefits of the Health Care Act
Philly.com: It’s Time for U.S. to Ban Corpral Punishment
Reading Eagle: Statute requires Wolf to sign death warrant in 90 days
Harrisburg Patriot News: So what’s Tom Wolf’s problem anyway?: A PennLive editorial cartoon
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Liquor privatization should be served up right

Blogs
Citified: Trending: Mayoral Candidates Should Ignore Schools
Citified: What Cities Are Doing-Or Not-to Promote Equal Pay
Citified: Economic Segregation Alive and Well in Philadelphia
Citified: The Brief: Doug Oliver Doubles Down on Being Vague
Keystone Crossroads: Pennsylvania’s Business Climate: the Good, the Bad, the Strange
Keystone Crossroads: Rivers, Industry and Cars: A Historian Looks at River Towns Along Lower Schuylkill
Keystone Crossroads: Florida Governor Comes A-Courting Pa. Business
Commonwealth Foundation: Setting the Record Straight on Liquor Privatization
2 Political Junkies: RIP Mayor Marty B. O’Malley, Warrior for Social Justice and Peace

February 25th, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments