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2/4 Morning Buzz

PA-Governor-Mansion2Pawlowski drops out, Corbett is still the most vulnerable Governor in 2014, and we have a breakdown of all the latest fourth quarter financial reports. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

WaPo: Corbett Still Most Vulnerable Guv: For the seventh month in a row, Pennsylvania sits atop the Washington Post’s list of states most likely to see a party change in the Governor’s mansion.

Q4: Unopposed Incumbents Still Fundraise: Check out the run down of finance reports from incumbent congressmen running unopposed.

PA-8: Bucks County Officials Line Up Behind Strouse: More than a dozen Bucks County officials endorsed Kevin Strouse today.

PA-6: Parrish Raises $100k for House Bid: Mike Parrish’s financial report shows that the West Point grad has $103,206 on hand as of December 31st.

PA-GOV: Pawlowski Withdraws, Backs McCord: Pawlowski dropped out of the race, he and other LV officials endorse McCord.

PA-12: Dems Nearly Tie, Rothfus Steams Forward in Q4: Rothfus has the most money in the race, while the two Dems are struggling to keep up.

PA-Gov: McGinty Raises $2.37 Mil in 2013: Coal, gas and other industry donors energized Katie McGinty’s fundraising.

PA-17: Rep. Cartwright Brings in 145K in Q4: The NEPA Congressman has nearly half a million in the bank. His Republican challenger has $13,000.

HD:174: Sabatina Wins Fundraising Race, Staffs Up: State Reps. John Sabatina and Ed Neilson will face off in a Democratic primary courtesy of redistricting.

PA-8: Fitzpatrick Outraises His Two Democratic Challengers Combined: The incumbent Congressman holds a solid financial lead over his prospective Democratic opponents.

PA-13: Margolies Raises, Spends the Most in Q4: The former Congresswoman went down a net $14K in the fourth quarter, while Dr. Valerie Arkoosh boasts the highest case on hand.

PA-Gov in Q4: Wolf Reveals 11 Mil On Hand: $1 million from the Chairman of Bon-Ton along with $10 million given by Wolf himself lead the contributions. He spent $300K on staffing costs.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-22: Yesterday’s Buzz stated that Tatianna Tooley unsuccessfully sought HD-151 in 2012; however, while she initially indicated interest in the seat, redistricting moved her out of it and she did not run an official campaign.

HD-97: Rep. Steve Mentzer (R-Lancaster) picked up a challenger: Charlie Hample. Hample has been endorsed by Manheim Township and Warwick Democratic committees and is expected to receive countywide endorsement at the Lancaster County Democratic Committee’s endorsement convention.

Statewide
PA Independent: Cash or credit? PA facing $600 million in new pension costs next budget
StateImpactPA: EPA approves fracking wastewater well in Elk County
StateImpactPA: Senior DEP official invested in natural gas industry
State House Sound Bites: Corbett’s expected pension plan kicks the can
State House Sound Bites: Pawlowski’s exit becomes another candidate’s gain

Philadelphia
Daily News: Opportunity knocks for Corbett
The Inquirer: Lenfest second-largest individual donor to Corbett
The Inquirer: Visitors face more security at West Chester schools
PhillyClout: Pastor Kevin R. Johnson will not run for mayor
PhillyNow: How campaign finance reform could change Pennsylvania’s Gov primary

SEPA
The Intelligencer: Boockvar gets new gig
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown mayor: ‘Interventions’ planned for nuisance properties after weekend shooting
Pottstown Mercury: Monto commissioners release two-year plan to deal with finances
Bucks County Courier Times: Upper Makefield township manager resigns
Delco Daily Times: Interboro limited to 2.8 percent tax increase
Delco Daily Times: Garnet Valley to keep tax hike at Act 1 cap

Pittsburgh
Urban Media Today: Standard & Poor’s upgrades Pittsburgh’s credit rating to A+
Early Returns: PA3, PA12 reports in
Post-Gazette: Pensions, education central to Gov. Corbett’s budget talk
Post-Gazette: Standard and Poor’s ups city credit rating
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County says it is ready if road workers go on strike
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett’s budget is expected to boost school funding

Southwest
AP: DEP official owned natural gas investments
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Gamesa blame game: Dem candidates point finger at gov; GOP chief dismisses talk

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Wariness precedes budget address
Citizens Voice: Casey wants to create ‘Silver Alert’ for seniors
Standard Speaker: Administration questions council’s budget changes
Standard Speaker: Official: Tax collection changes unfair to home-rule municipalities

South Central
Patriot-News: New Pa. Lottery director Sil Lutkewitte says “time will tell” if he is the right man for the job
Patriot-News: Center aimed at cutting recidivism set to open in Harrisburg
Patriot-News: Busted for pot? Your punishment depends on where you live
Patriot-News: Corbett adds another wealthy lefty to his donors, as Casey emulates early OJ
Carlisle Sentinel: Lemoyne Middle School auction set for Feb. 22
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. credit union sues Target over data breach

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski endorses state Treasurer Rob McCord after dropping bid for governor
Morning Call: Corbett raised nearly $7 million in re-election bid
Morning Call: Corbett expected to ask for more education money
Morning Call: Wanted: New Bethlehem parking director
Reading Eagle: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski drops out of governor’s race
Reading Eagle: Berks County warden says stress led to retirement

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Casey favors flood insurance reform delay, Toomey against
Sun-Gazette: South Williamsport woman struggles to find work
Daily Times: On Centre: Around Bellefonte | Unwanted medicine disposal service gains in popularity
Daily Times: Penn State sees rise in applications
Daily Times: New Leaf hopes community hub improves life in region

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Little to gain: Corbett should quit on the state’s voter ID law
Pottstown Mercury: We urge Gov. Corbett to lead way to property tax reform
Delco Daily Times: Letters: Pa. DEP urged to cut carbon dioxide emissions

Blogs
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Ed Pawlowski Abandons Quest for Less Fun Job
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Allyson Schwartz’s Food Stamp Vote is a BFD
Keystone Politics: PA State Senate: Vote the Party, Not the Person
Keystone Politics: Pelosi to headline Critz fundrasier, boosting chances in Dem Lt. Gov. Primary
Commonwealth Foundation: Are All Paycheck Deductions Created Equal?
Commonwealth Foundation: Pennsylvania Still Not Making the Grade
John Hanger: Stunning Fact: PA Ranks 48th in Job Creation During 2013 & New York Creates 5 Times More Jobs
Citizens Call: Holocaust Education and the PA Legislature: Plenty of Common Ground, Then the Real Debate
Media Trackers: Unions in Luzerne County Force Hefty Pennsylvania Tax Hike
Media Trackers: How One PA School Board Used Public Opinion in Contract Negotiations

2 Responses

  1. Pa Indy is right! What kind of people are we anyhow? Both parties are led by the corrupt and the self-serving. Diogenes would be just as flummoxed in our Pennsylvania to find an honest political personality. And the rot goes to the top. In an era of financial fraud of an epic scale, the Obama Justice Department has prosecuted fewer white collar criminals than any president since Richard Nixon. Where can we find an honest man to lead the people to truth, justice and the American way?

  2. The signs of the flawed political marriage between UPMC’s world class Jeff Romoff and Tom Corbett’s failed administration continue to show. This editorial appeared this morning in the Trib Review. The author is a former employee of the New Hampshire Republican party. Crossroads places this groups ads, Karl Rove’s group. So UPMC, and the Bakers have out-sourced the hit job on Highmark and courageous Republican legislators like Jimmy Christiana to high-priced Washington hitmen, who unlike Jeff Romoff’s Cancer Center are truly world class. Mr. Demaura, do you approve of the funds that Doug Romoff extracted from the UPMC system from his huge advertising contract? Do you think “non-profits” like UPMC should have good board goveranance or should their CEOS have total carte blanche while they attempt to apply a Nazi-like stranglehold over their employees and their region? http://trib.me/LthiSK
    As a Pennsylvania resident and the president of Americans for Job Security, I am dismayed that lawmakers in our state are choosing big-government policies over

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