2/3 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6McCord pleads guilty to two counts of extortion, the Philly mayoral fundraising numbers are released and Rendell has some colorful advice for Abraham. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

McCord to Plead Guilty to Extortion Charges: The former State Treasurer has made a plea deal with prosecutors.

PHL-15: 2014 Fundraising Numbers Released: State Sen. Anthony Williams holds the most cash on hand.

Analysis: The Self-Destruction of Rob McCord: A lesson in political ambition.

PHL-15: Rendell Criticizes Abraham For Stubborn Demeanor: The former Governor and Philadelphia Mayor isn’t sure Abraham is suited for the office.

PA-18: Congressman Murphy to Convene Hearing on Flu Vaccine, Measles Outbreak: Rep. Tim Murphy will convene a hearing to discuss if public health officials are doing all they can to effectively vaccinate the public.

Statewide
Capitolwire: McCord charged with extortion
Capitolwire: House GOP files brief in support of Arneson/Senate GOP lawsuit against Wolf
PLSReporter: Why hasn’t the House Rules Committee formed yet?
StateImpactPA: Bill to monitor Marcellus Shale health effects reintroduced in state Senate
PA Independent: PA tax law wallops man who bought truck before moving

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Christie Wants Parental Say on Vaccines, Stirring Both Concerns of Support
Inquirer: Who Turned in Rob McCord?
Inquirer: Stenke, Brown, Early Top Fundraisers in Council At-Large Race
Inquirer: Wage Law Hits Nonprofits
Inquirer: Pa. Turnpike Commission Sues Tech Company for $45 Million
Inquirer: Pa. GOP Sues to Reinstate Open Records Director
WHYY Newsworks: Williams’ Backers Invest $250K in Independent Effort
WHYY Newsworks: In Philly’s Mayoral Race, Campaign Finance Filings Show Anemic Pace
WHYY Newsworks: After Early Clash, Smooth Sailing on Court Nominations for Pa. Gov. Wolf

SEPA
Bucks Courier-Times: Morrisville in Compliance with State Gun Rule
Bucks Courier-Times: Neshaminy Board to Consider Potential $55M Bond Issue Tuesday
Daily Local News: Colliton: Social Security Is Retirement and More
Daily Local News: OJR to Build Two New Elementary Schools
Daily Local News: Leaders Hope Coatesville Train Station Project a Boost for the City
Daily Local News: Chester County Schools Rank Top 5 in SAT Scores

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Former PA Treasurer Charged with Two Counts of Extortion
Pittsburgh Business Times: Uber to Open Robotics Lab in Pittsburgh to Build Self-Driving Cars
Tribune-Review: Fitzgerald Re-Election Campaign Has $1.24M But No Opponent
Post-Gazette: New Parking Lot Contracts Provide More Revenue for City
Post-Gazette: Obama Proposes $3.99 Trillion Budget, Sets Uphill Battle with Republicans
Post-Gazette: Obama Seeks $50 Million Cut in Great Lakes Restoration Efforts
Post-Gazette: Army Corps to Redirect $50 Million For Upgrades to Pittsburgh Locks, Dams

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Ex-Pa. Treasurer to Plead Guilty to Two Extortion Charges
Beaver County Times: Adjunct Faulty at RMU Files Petition to Hold Union Vote
Beaver County Times: Two Beaver County Plants Laying Off Workers Due to Oil Market Slump
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Russian Pipe Maker OAO TMK Laying Off at Pa. Plants
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset Road Crews Testing Brine-Free Approach in Bad Weather

NEPA
Morning Call: Community Colleges to Give Credit for Work Experience
Reading Eagle: Groundhog: Six More Weeks of Winter
Reading Eagle: Bill Targeting Drunken Driving Gains Support in Harrisburg
Reading Eagle: Ron Southwick: One Tom Has Advice for Another Tom
Reading Eagle: RACC Professional Clothing Sale Benefits Habitat for Humanity

South Central
YDR: Democratic Party of York County Moving its Offices to Royal Square
YDR: US Sen. Toomey: Military Veterans are ‘Loyal Patriots’
YDR: Ex-PA Treasurer to Plead Guilty to Two Extortion Charges
Patriot News: Charges Against Former State Treasurer Rob McCord Carry up to 40 Years in Federal Prison
Patriot News: Record $4 Trillion Federal Budget would Boost Spending on Roads and Bridges, Raise Taxes on Wealthy
Patriot News: Sen. Casey to FDA: Ban Sale of Powdered Caffeine
Patriot News: The Rise of Charter Schools in PA: A List of Components in the Special Series
Patriot News: Weather Holds off Gas Price Increases in the Midstate
Patriot News: Ending Poverty- What will it Take? Carlisle Panel to Examine Solutions
Sentinel: Cumberland County HR Director Resigns after Four Weeks in Position
Sentinel: Bienstock, Thomas to Seek Re-election to Hampden Board
Sentinel: Cumberland County Commissioners Approve $400,000 HVAC Upgrade for Nursing Home

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Obama Proposes More Pipeline Safety Money in New Federal Budget
Morning Call: Ex.-PA Treasurer Rob McCord to Plead Guilty to Two Extortion Charges
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania High Court Candidates Start Jockeying for Endorsements
Reading Eagle: Bill Targeting Drunken Driving Gains Support in Harrisburg
WFMZ: Attorney General Warns Residents About Phone Scam
Express-Times: Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez Creates Latino Advisory Committee

North by Northwest
Centre Daily-Times: Christopher Lee Resigns from Harris Township Board of Supervisors
Erie Times-News: Arrington Officially Announces City Council Candidacy
Erie Times-News: Toomey: President’s Budget not ‘Serious’
Erie Times-News: Millcreek District not Ready to Seek Rezoning on Ridgefield
Sun Gazette: Inspectors Find Levee Deficiency
Sun Gazette: Vote on Pipeline Tops Week’s Action

Opinion
Inquirer: Let Mayor Manage City
Daily News: Tracking Fracking
Delco Daily Times: Keystone XL Should Not Be Gift to Oil Industry
Patriot News: Looking into the Funhouse Mirror of Anti-Vaxxers
Patriot News: PA Lawmakers Need to Stand up to the EPA on Unfair Clean Air Regs
Patriot News: York’s School Crisis and the Push for Charters
Morning Call: Fast Action Needed on Public Pension Reform in PA
Reading Eagle: History Channel Miniseries Takes Liberty
Express-Times: Resistance to Vaccinations Threatens Public Health
Tribune: Stop Bailouts for Insurance Companies
Post-Gazette: Measles Returns: Irrational Fear of Vaccination is Hurting Children

Blogs
Above Average Jane: Montco Dems Recommended Slate of Candidates
Keystone Crossroads: Share your hopes and fears about Reading at community forum today
Keystone Crossroads: David Thornburgh on raising civic expectations, tax reform and ‘strategic impatience’
Citified: Lynne Abraham Would Be the Oldest Big City Mayor In Recent History
Citified: Team Tony Williams: We Had $426,000 on Hand at End of 2014
Citified: After First Round, Kenyatta Johnson Vs. Ori Feibush a Cash Draw

February 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments