2/7 Morning Buzz

state 1 0602 dcg 24000.jpgWe present: the best party chairs in Pa. Plus some more campaign finance numbers and an commentary on GOP ideas to tinker with the electoral college. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Pennsylvania’s Best County Party Chairs: Here are the 12 men and women who stand out at the complex, tough and often thankless job of a county party leader.

With $2M COH, Toomey Stays Ahead of the Curve: Though his next election is 4 years away, Sen. Pat Toomey isn’t taking it easy. He has more than $2 million on hand, better than Bob Casey or Arlen Specter at this point in their re-election cycles.

Commentary: Allocating Pennsylvania’s Electoral Votes: Common Cause Pennsylvania’s Barry Kaufman critiques Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi’s proposal to change the way electoral votes are allocated.

Reader Poll: Did Corbett Make the Right Call on Medicaid? In Governor Corbett’s budget speech, he declined to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Do you agree or disagree with his decision?

Reader Poll: Remove Cap On Wholesale Gas Taxes: PoliticsPA readers overwhelmingly favor the Governor’s plan to remove the wholesale gas tax cap in order to raise funds for transportation.

Local elections updates:

Philadelphia Controller: Republican Terry Tracy will announce a bid, sort of, next Saturday the 16th. According to his campaign he’s, “Formally exploring the Office of Philadelphia City Controller with Special Guest Bishop Leonard Goins, Special Guest Ella Butcher, announcing Candidacy for Traffic Court Judge of Philadelphia, and Special Guest, Councilman David Oh.” Fundraiser at 4pm at Bonner’s Irish Pub.

Scranton Mayor: With incumbent Chris Doherty not seeking another term, Liz Randol became the first Dem to jump in. Her official kickoff is Friday at 5pm at Morgan’z Pub & Eatery. She worked for the Pa. Treasurer and Lackawanna County government, and also managed Kathleen Kane’s campaign for a time.

Harrisburg Mayor: Add another name to the Democratic primary ballot. Midtown Scholar bookstore owner and perennial candidate Eric Papenfuse announced his bid on Tuesday. He’ll face Mayor Linda Thompson and City Controller Dan Miller.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Corbett’s budget: the tone, the heavy lifts, the reaction
State House Sound Bites: Trucking group calls transportation plan a start
PA Independent: No relief for motorists even with the repeal of Act 44
StateImpact PA: Corbett touts energy jobs in budget address
Capitolwire: Corbett to push for biz loan authority third year in a row

Philadelphia
AP: Wary Pa. lawmakers in his wake, Corbett hits road
AP: Pa. House OKs school exploitation–awareness bill
City Paper: Council gets briefed on AVI numbers today; debate over homestead exemptions may be a sticking point
Daily News: Campaigning in the Capitol
Heard in the Hall: Election-day problems
Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau: Corbett’s budget would raise spending, but requires pension limits
KYW Newsradio: War of Words Between Nutter Administration and Blue-Collar Workers Union Continues
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia Coalition Forms to Push US Immigration Reform Efforts
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Lawmakers Introduce Gun Safety Bills, Including Assault Weapons Ban
KYW Newsradio: Proposed Pa. Law Would Force Animal Abusers To Pay For Care
KYW Newsradio: Bills to Eliminate Philadelphia Traffic Court Approved By Senate Committee
KYW Newsradio: Proposal To Split Pennsylvania’s Electoral Votes Causes Republican Party Rift
Philadelphia Inquirer: Pennsylvania gas taxes would rise five cents a year under Gov. Corbett’s budget
Philadelphia Inquirer: Corbett’s proposed education funding falls short, advocates say
Philly Clout: Nutter administration gives Council closer look at AVI data
PhillyNow: Rep. Sims on Liquor Privatization: “This is the System We’re Stuck With”
PhillyNow: Why You Should Worry About Corbett’s Medicaid Rejection
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett transportation funding plan falls short of panel proposal
WHYY Newsworks: How an obscure gas tax could rescue Pennsylvania transit
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. groups join to help shape immigration policy changes
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett says this is his reform budget

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: OJR school officials review $34M renovation project
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. lawmakers wary, Corbett takes plan on the road
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. House OKs school exploitation-awareness bill
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. mistrial declared when prosthetic eye pops out
phillyburbs.com: Corbett LCB plan is smoke and mirrors
phillyburbs.com: ‘Troublemakers’ only want open dialogue with congressman
Delco Daily Times: Rep. Pat Meehan pushes new proposal to attack gun trafficking, straw sales
Delco Daily Times: Delco lawmakers mixed on Gov. Corbett’s budget plans
Montgomery Media: Ambler Borough Council approves salary increase for tax collector
Bucks Local News: Zoës Kitchen seeking conditional use approval to open eatery at Goodnoe Corner in Newtown Township
Bucks Local News: School consolidation, teacher contract talks and other issues highlight Neshaminy School Board meeting
Daily Local News: OJR school officials review $34M renovation project

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Council approves 30-day extension to pay property taxes
Tribune Review: Western Pa. municipalities win grants for K-9 programs
Tribune Review: Former PennDOT secretary returns to transportation agency
Tribune Review: Connellsville school board approves lease agreement with natural gas company
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County extends property tax bill by one month
Post-Gazette: Governor’s proposed budget loosens purse strings
Post-Gazette: Corbett refuses to endorse expanding Medicaid in Pa.
Post-Gazette: Teacher unions oppose governor’s pension plan
Post-Gazette: Education basic subsidy up, but some say levels are too low
Post-Gazette: Corbett plan secures long-term transportation funding
Early Returns: Allegheny County sheepishly raises homestead exclusion limit
Early Returns: Transpo plan: $43 per driver
Early Returns: Pennsylvania recession?
KDKA: Locals React To Proposed Budget, End Of Gas Tax Cap

Southwest
AP: Corbett unveils strategic budget
AP: Schools, roads, taxes in Corbett’s budget plan
AP: Corbett lays out plan for billions for transport
AP: Panel OKs tentative Pa. university faculty pact
Altoona Mirror: Money proposed to duplicate local health clinic model
Altoona Mirror: Planned $1B education grant brings controversy
Beaver County Times: Corbett’s transportation plan not drawing raves
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Corbett makes his spending pitch
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Area school officials skeptical of Corbett’s proposal
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rothfus addresses House for 1st time
Observer-Reporter: Lawmakers react unfavorably to Corbett’s budget
Observer-Reporter: Snyder has mixed reactions to Corbett’s budget proposal

NEPA
The Times Leader: Area’s legislators mostly rip budget
The Times Leader: Corbett unveils budget
Times-Tribune: Budget would provide slight increases for districts
Times-Tribune: Corbett proposes more education funding; promises pension fix
Times-Tribune: Scranton Prep senior charged with terroristic threats for disruptive tweet
Citizens Voice: Postal Service to cut Saturday mail
Citizens Voice: Sources: FBI seeks LAG Towing records
Citizens Voice: Ex-judge Lokuta sues former judges, court officials
News Item: Outbound anthracite: 300 tons of coal shipped from new railroad siding
News Item: Cub Scouts visit News-Item
Standard Speaker: Tamaqua man has probation revoked, sentenced to at least 1 year in prison
Pocono Record: Corbett proposes broader gas tax to fund transportation
Pocono Record: Corbett’s budget counts on pension fix

Lehigh Valley
AP: City of Brotherly Love wants to tap Yuengling for $6.6M in back taxes
Pennsylvania Ave: The Toomey v. Schwartz money race
The Morning Call: Callahan is running for Northampton County executive
The Morning Call: Post Office to stop delivering mail on Saturdays
Reading Eagle: Pensions in Corbett’s cross hairs in new budget
WFMZ: Governor’s budget takes three-prong approach to pension fund reform
WFMZ: Corbett introduces ambitious budget with controversial measures
Express-Times: Postal Service Saturday delivery cut could face challenge in Congress
Express-Times: John Callahan declares bid for Northampton County executive at Gracedale
Express-Times: Corbett’s 2013-14 budget proposal first to have bright news for Pennsylvania schools
Express-Times: Flemington councilman plans resolution asking Congress to curb gun violence

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. House OKs school exploitation- awareness bill
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget: The three biggest challenges
Harrisburg Patriot News: Hartwick wants Corbett to reconsider Medicaid expansion
Harrisburg Patriot News: Sen. Bob Casey urges Congress to pass legislation to protect services for domestic violence victims
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett might allow Obamacare expansion, but not without concession
York Daily Record: York County commissioners deny tax collectors’ request for rate increase
Roxbury News: Harrisburg Mayor Thompson: Neighborhoods Safety Zone
Roxbury News: Dauphin County Gaming Advisory Board: Recommended Grants
Today’s The Day Harrisburg: City Of Harrisburg Entrepreneur Eric Papenfuse Kickoff a Run for Mayor

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Pa. Welfare chief Alexander says he’s leaving job
Erie Times-News: State extends reporting deadline for small games
Centre Daily Times: Centre County legislators offer mixed reactions to Gov. Corbett’s budget proposal
Centre Daily Times: State Senate, House hearings up next for Penn State president in budget process
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Mayor’s proposed landlord-tenant law facing the heat
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City still owed at least $45,000 for ice venture
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Local lawmakers react to Corbett’s plan

Opinions
Observer-Reporter: Relief at no strikes
Observer-Reporter: Charters on rough waters
Post Gazette: Better budget: Corbett lays out an ambitious, sensible plan
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Liquor plans kept bottled up
Philly.com: You’re right, I’m Gay, Jewish, and old
Express-Times: Corbett budget on target on pensions
Tribune Review: The fallacy of SCHIP: It’s not ‘insurance’
Altoona Mirror: Corbett booze plan reasonable

Blogs
MyFDL: Ed Rendell intervened for fracking giant Range Resources to stop Texas EPA water contamination case
Keystone Liberty: Rejecting Medicaid expansion the right call
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Bethlehem Mayor Callahan to make it official: he’s running for county exec.
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Meet Jack Panella’s sister

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