2/26 Morning Buzz

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The Pa. Governor’s Mansion

The week is still fresh and already a lot of moving and shaking in the Gov race. Dahlkemper gets out and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Dahlkemper Rules Out Gov Bid: Former Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper will not run for Governor, but will seek the office of Erie County Executive instead.

Don’t Forget Me, Says Knox; Hires Keel: Philly businessman Tom Knox wants to secure his spot on Democrats’ shortlist of potential Guv candidates, he announced Monday when he hired veteran campaigner Frank Keel.

Northampton DA Morganelli Ponders LG Bid: John Morganelli, the Northampton County District Attorney and former candidate for Pa. Attorney General, is weighing a bid for Lieutenant Governor.

Pileggi, 12 Co-Sponsors, Introduce Electoral College Bill: Apparently undeterred by liberal outrage on the subject, State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi has introduced a bill to change the way Pennsylvania allocates its electoral college votes in presidential elections.

Murphy Talks Mental Health, Gun Violence on ‘Face the Nation’ (Watch Video): On CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, Republican Rep. and psychologist Tim Murphy suggested video games aren’t a significant cause of gun violence – a departure from what some Republicans and gun rights advocates have argued.

White House PA Sequester Forecast: Doom, Gloom: A White House report says the impact of the sequester – $1.2 trillion in automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts – would be harsh in Pennsylvania.

PA Independent: Some Republicans want to end prevailing wage for transportation projects
PA Independent: Senator blasts PLCB private label wine, booze
PA Independent: DePasquale aims for more understanding, not ban, of school district swaps
StateImpact: DCNR Chief Expects $60 Million in Gas Royalties on State Lands This Year
Capitolwire: Q and A with Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz on her potential run for governor
Capitolwire: Some lawmakers seek cover as calls for more transportation funding grow
Capitolwire: Not much talk in support of liquor sales privatization during LCB budget hearing
Capitolwire: Schwartz talks Medicaid expansion, how to overcome Rendell fatigue
State House Sound Bites: With LCB in hot seat, lawmakers linger on modernization ideas
State House Sound Bites: PA National Guard seeks to dodge most of sequester furloughs

AP: Pa. gov’s filing defends antitrust suit vs. NCAA
Inquirer: John Baer: Allyson Schwartz admits her interest in Pa. governor’s race
Inquirer: LCB officials say morale is down, but productivity is up
Philly.com: How sequester cuts would affect Pennsylvania and New Jersey
The Big Tent: Knox dips toe in Pa. gov sweepstakes
The Big Tent: Schwartz bid for guv could cost House Dems
Green Space: PA DEP’s Krancer: Climate change is real
Philly Deals: Philly tax wars: Offices won’t seek AVI break after U&O hike
Philly Clout: We have entered the “Hey, look at me!” phase of the 2013 political calendar
Philly Clout: More trouble for Blondell Reynolds Brown’s campaign manager
WHYY Newsworks: A view of the sequester from Independence Mall
WHYY Newsworks: What is AVI, and what will it mean for Philadelphia?
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. National Guard girds for effects of U.S. cuts
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s fiscal health improving, city controller says
WHYY Newsworks: Can property taxes go up more than 10 percent per year under AVI?
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett among GOP governors seen as vulnerable as ‘14 election nears
WHYY Newsworks: Philly labor battle joined by forces statewide
KYW Newsradio: Automatic US budget cuts would hit Philly tourist spots, children’s programs

AP: Home address ruling prompts legal scandal
AP: PLCB members make a case for existing Pa. state stores
AP: PLCB to senators: State liquor stores doing well
AP: Pileggi drops Electoral College change bill
AP: Toomey, Casey split on spending cuts alternatives
AP: Pa. GOP leader files Electoral College change bill
AP: How automatic federal budget cuts could affect Pa.
Delco Daily News: Sen. Dominic Pileggi pushes new plan to reform Pa. electoral system

Tribune Review: Former West Penn Allegheny manager charged with stealing $700k
Tribune Review: New Pa. concussion law falls short
Tribune Review: Seniors, advocates uneasy about Social Security switch
Post-Gazette: Bleak forecast given to states on U.S. cuts
Post-Gazette: Demand for home services for elderly continues to climb
Early Returns: White House $220M hit for Pa.
Early Returns: Breakfast Sausage: Five stories to read this morning
KDKA: Nearly $2 Billion in Unclaimed Money Owed to Pennsylvanians

AP: Home address privacy ruling prompts legal scramble
AP: Automatic spending cuts affecting Pa. detailed
AP: Toomey, Casey split on spending cuts alternatives
AP: PLCB members make a case for Pa. state stores
Beaver County Times: Liquor store privatization bill ready for launch
Altoona Mirror: Initiative offers food for thought for AASD children

The Times Tribune: Controller wants changes in county RFP process
The Times Tribune: Unshakable resistance to reforms
Citizens Voice: Pa. House goes soft on crime
Citizens Voice: Lawton pushes for free parking
Citizens Voice: GOP Petition signing Rally Haas campaign kickoff W-B Twp. Democrats to meet

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: School Budgets: Boone officials hint saving kindergarten has highest priority in budget process
WFMZ: Trustee: Penn State should seek refund for Freeh report
Morning Call: Bethlehem mayor Callahan apologizes to wrestling ref who ejected him
Pennsylvania Ave.: Toomey: Give Obama ‘flexibility’ on cuts
Express-Times: Blue Mountain Ski Area plans to build $20 million water park, create 500 jobs

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Corbett’s filing defends antitrust suit vs. NCAA
Carlisle Sentinel: Panel questions value of calcium, vitamin D pills
Carlisle Sentinel: Home address privacy ruling prompts legal scramble
Carlisle Sentinel: C. Everett Koop, ex-surgeon general, dies in NH
Carlisle Sentinel: Dickinson Township residents raise concern over biosolids
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Residents debate home rule
Harrisburg Patriot News: Democrats push to avoid looming budget cuts
Harrisburg Patriot News: Seeping Meadow Grounds Lake to be drawn down by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Harrisburg Patriot News: C. Everett Koop, who drew attention to AIDS research and smoking hazards, dies at 96
Harrisburg Patriot News: D’Agostino running for Cumberland County district justice spot
Harrisburg Patriot News: Anti-gun violence group hosts prayer vigil for Harrisburg’s second fatal shooting victim of 2013
Harrisburg Patriot News: Middletown Borough to pursue legal action relative to trust fund
Harrisburg Patriot News: Concern about student debt load convinces lawmakers of need for more funding for universities
York Daily Record: U.S. Rep. Scott Perry says he supports cuts, but not the sequester
York Daily Record: PLCB members make a case for Pennsylvania state stores
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania GOP leader files Electoral College change bill
York Dispatch: Sen. Casey says sequestration would cause great harm to Pennsylvania
York Dispatch: PSU faculty senate: Add academic reps to board of trustees
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Local unofficials unsure what sequestration will mean, but they know it’s not good
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Pennsylvania cracks down on prison inmates collecting unemployment compensation
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Woman avoids more prison time after paying restitution for spending spree
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County convicted killer’s execution stayed by federal court
Roxbury News: Harrisburg City Council Legislative Session Tuesday February 26, 2013. A name change for 2nd street in Harrisburg.
Roxbury News: PLCB Chairman, Joseph E. Brion
Roxbury News: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson: “Our great Civil War.”

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Millcreek’s Kujawa to seek another term as supervisor
Centre Daily Times: Off-campus student housing locations competing for downtown business
Centre Daily Times: Automatic spending cuts affecting Pa. detailed
Williamsport Sun Gazette: School board OKs boundary changes
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County faces costly prison problem

Tribune Review: The feds pay a leftist group to smear conservatives
Tribune Review: New lending rule in the name of ‘social justice’ will fuel dangerous new housing bubble
Patriot News: Editorial: Budget cut deadlock needlessly punishes Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Shame in the family: Justice Joan Orie Melvin needs to resign her seat
Post-Gazette: Iraq’s lessons: America’s sacrifice was not worth it
Altoona Mirror: Opening pipeline important
Daily News: DN Editorial: AN ASSESSMENT What the city could have done better in rolling out AVI
Inquirer: Rubio’s plan slightly better
Express-Times: ‘Safety’ argument for red light cameras as weak as ever
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: DEP boss should review climate-change studies
Daily Local News: Response to Rep. Joe Pitts letter on Obama regulations

Keystone Politics: My Top Issue in the #PAGov Democratic Primary: Who Will Copy Maryland’s All-Payer Rate Setting for Hospitals?
Keystone Politics: Cancel the Sequester, Do Not Replace the Sequester
Keystone Politics: Charlie Dent’s “Moderate” Position on VAWA: Let the Rightwingers Win
Keystone Progress: Santa Monica high school blows Fred Phelps out of the water with mega-protest (video)
PA Budget and Policy Center: PBPC Director Sharon Ward to Participate in Education Policy Forum
2 Political Junkies: Jack Kelly Sunday
PA Water Cooler: Latest Harrisburg Gun Grabbing Scheme
Lu-Lac Political Letter: The LuLac Edition #2366
John Hanger: Stunning Fact: PA’s Top Producing Gas Well In 6 Months Supplies 51,724 Homes For 1 Year
John Hanger: It’s No Ponzi Scheme: PA Reaches 2 Trillion Cubic Feet Of Gas Production
Citizens’ Call: Issue-Oriented Democratic Primary Race Shaping Up for Ward Four Board Seat
Citizens’ Call: Rep. McCarter to Host Open House
North Pittsburgh Politics: William Caye for Judge
North Pittsburgh Politics: Marvin Leibowitz for Judge
North Pittsburgh Politics: Marc Daffner for Judge
North Pittsburgh Politics: Joe Luvara for Judge
North Pittsburgh Politics: Former Republican Craig Stephens for Judge

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