3/13 Morning Buzz

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Two new polls tell the same old story for Gov. Corbett. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Quinnipiac Poll: Most Oppose Corbett Re-Election; Sestak Strongest Dem: Another day, another bad poll for Tom Corbett. Quinnipiac finds that most Pa. registered voters oppose a second term for him. Former Congressman Joe Sestak is the strongest Democratic candidate, though several run ahead of the Governor.

PPP Poll: Corbett Continues to Sink, Trails All Dems: A survey released today by Public Policy Polling is the latest in a trend of sour poll numbers for Gov. Tom Corbett. His approval is negative even among Republican primary voters and he trails every Democratic candidate the pollster matched against him.

Tom Smith Not Running for Governor: GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Smith could give Gov. Tom Corbett a run for his money in a primary according to today’s poll from Public Policy Polling. But he won’t, a spokesman says.

Murzyn to Wojdak: Longtime GOP operative and Corbett administration Deputy Secretary of Legislative Affairs Joe Murzyn will join the lobbying outfit over at S.R. Wojdak & Associates. “We are thrilled to have Joe join our lobbying team,” said Stephen Wojdak, President of S. R. Wojdak & Associates.  “He complements our firm’s current lobbying capabilities with his knowledge of the workings of the Corbett Administration as well as his strong political ties in Western Pennsylvania.” Said Corbett: “Joe is a hardworking, dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly on behalf of the taxpayers. I wish him the best of luck in his new role.”

Statewide
AP: Court Rules Church Invites Can Be Handed Out At PA School
AP: PA Topped the Nation in Dam Removal in 2012
AP: Governor Corbett is Expected to Resubmit PA Lottery Deal
AP: PA Budget Secretary Calls for Pension Overhaul to Include Current Workers
AP: Decision on Future of Pittsburgh Air Base May Come This Week
PA Independent: Protesters ride to Capitol rally on SEPTA buses
PA Independent: Without changes, crime still pays a pension in PA
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: The new normal – or – two charts that demonstrate how screwed Pennsylvania is
Capitolwire: Zogby says major pension reforms needed, but 401-k can go alone
Capitolwire: Pair of unemployment compensation reform bills reported to the full House
Capitolwire: Legislature positions special education funding commission bills
Capitolwire: Senate Democrats say Majority Leader Turzai trying to tie liquor privatization to transportation funding
State House Sound Bites: York County Communities Team Up To Boost Regional Economy
StateImpactPA: Using Abandoned Mine Drainage to Frack

Philadelphia
CBS: 12th juror seated for Philadelphia abortion doctor Gosnell’s trial
Inquirer: Leach seeks labels on genetically engineered foods
Inquirer: Tax collections have worsened under Nutter
Inquirer: Philadelphia-area Democrats salivate over an open U.S. House seat
Capitol Inq: Ryan echoes Toomey’s comments on welfare programs
Philly.com: Bucks Co. D.A. Heckler won’t face challenger from either party
PhillyClout: 39 candidates file for 3 vacant Traffic Court seats
PhillyClout: Fight for soda ban continues in NYC, what about Philly?

SEPA
Mercury: Phoenixville council chooses Trappe Ambulance to be new EMS provider
Mercury: Boyertown community shares concerns about H.S. renovation project
Mercury: Limerick nuke plant re-licensing unlikely to be affected by new spent fuel rules
Intelligencer: Man pleads guilty to supplying gun used in Plymouth cop killing
Intelligencer: Souderton hoping for smooth transition for Lower Salford students
Daily Times: Suspended Springton Lake Middle School principal charged with child porn raps
Daily Local: Downingtown teachers, district close on contract

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Gov. Corbett asks to be excused from jury duty
Post-Gazette: New poll shows Corbett’s numbers put him in ‘dire shape’
Post-Gazette: Funding controversy looms as Wagner, others file for Pittsburgh mayor
Post-Gazette: Job Corps freeze draws Casey queries
Early Returns: And they’re off
Early Returns: PPP: Corbett reelect in “dire shape”
KDKA: 7 Democrats File To Run For Mayor Of Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Deputy DA Tranquilli joins race for Common Pleas judge
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh mayor’s race features a crowded field
Tribune Review: Allegheny County property tax bills bring complaints
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County Prison considers using prisoners to fill gap when state lockup closes
Tribune Review: Karpiak seeks re-election to Connellsville council
WPXI: 7 Democrats, 1 Republican file nominating petitions to run for mayor

Southwest
AP: Corbett expected to resubmit Pa. lottery deal
AP: Nearly 5,000 Pa. state workers paid $100,000-plus
AP: Report: Pa. lead nation in dam removal in 2012
AP: Lawsuit claims mentally ill inmates left in isolation for long periods
Altoona Mirror: Parents protest school closings
Beaver County Times: Bill to toughen puppy lemon law passes Pa. Senate

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Casey calls for support to stop bullying
Citizens Voice: West Side Council of Governments to meet next week
Citizens Voice: W-B Area School Board approves $2,500 for charity
Citizens Voice: Urban throws in hat for county controller
The Times Leader: Gov. made responsible calls, Corbett’s deputy chief of staff says
The Times Leader: WBA Board questions Hawkeye pact
The Times Leader: Kelleher announces run for County Council
The Times Leader: Lake-Lehman black turf bid comes in under $500K
The Times Leader: County council race not attracting large slate
Times-Tribune: Scranton board considers adding bus cameras for traffic citations
Times Tribune: Carbondale approves seven-year police contract
Times Tribune: Bill would provide cash to four regional hospitals
Times Tribune: Casey calls for federal support to stop bullying
News Item: Local priests know some of front-runners
News Item: Shamokin employees will continue benefit of discounted cell phone plans
News Item: County inmates file $1.6M lawsuit
News Item: Shamokin looks to renegotiate with SEVC
Wayne Independent: Mistake leads to tax hike
Wayne Independent: Meagher appointed commander
Wayne Independent: Aqua Pennsylvania program helps pay water bills
Standard Speaker: Local citizens, officials urge involvement in crime fight
Standard Speaker: Tobyhanna Army Depot to lay off 418
Standard Speaker: Deeds, March 12
Standard Speaker: Rush Twp. store sells winning Lottery ticket
Standard Speaker: State liquor system topic of chamber luncheon
Pocono Record: US appeals court OKs church invites at Barrett Elementary School
Pocono Record: Nearly 5,000 Pa. workers paid $100,000-plus
Pocono Record: Scandal costs for Penn State top $41 million
Pocono Record: Bethlehem woman evacuated over sinkhole now back home

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Act would eliminate, replace school property taxes
Reading Eagle: Pension reform must include current workers, state official says
WFMZ: US appeals court OKs church invites at Monroe County school
WFMZ: Pa. lawmakers introduce Property Tax Independence Act
WFMZ: Leaders discuss crime-fighting efforts, hope talk soon leads to action
WFMZ: Allentown attorney wants to be district judge
Express Times: No last-minute candidates file in Northampton County executive race
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Department of Education clears up confusion over PSSA training test
Morning Call: House approves special education commission

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Legislation proposed to eliminate school property taxes in Pa.
Carlisle Sentinel: U.S. appeals court OKs church invites at Pa. school
Carlisle Sentinel: ACLU-PA and Equality PA issue warning to Chambersburg Area School District
Carlisle Sentinel: Regan sets town meeting by phone
York Daily Record: Contested municipal races shaping up for primary
Harrisburg Patriot News: Proposed business tax cuts will shrink state budget pie, coalition says
Harrisburg Patriot News: Tax break for Carlisle’s industrial sites up for discussion in Cumberland County
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson engaged in fascinating four-way fight to retain her seat
Harrisburg Patriot News: Ten Democrats seek four Harrisburg City Council seats
Harrisburg Patriot News: State Rep. Ron Marsico’s bill to provide funds for child advocacy centers passes House
Harrisburg Patriot News: Races in Middletown, county judge, will top Dauphin County primary ballot
Harrisburg Patriot News: Dillsburg Borough to ask voters if they want liquor sales
Harrisburg Patriot News: In Derry Township, four seek supervisor seats, six race for school board
Harrisburg Patriot News: The race for the 95th District: One of the hottest races in the May primary
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson engaged in fascinating four-way fight to retain her seat
Harrisburg Patriot News: Attorney General Kathleen Kane loses top press aide
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Corbett trails five Democrats in new PPP poll
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg Controller Dan Miller officially launches mayoral campaign
York Dispatch: York County candidates file to run in 2013 election
Roxbury News: Harrisburg Mayor Thompson: Nominating petition

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Corbett expected to resubmit PA lottery deal

Opinions
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Tuition just part of the equation
Tribune Review: More posturing
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Tuesday takes
Observer-Reporter: Introducing an accountability system
Observer-Reporter: Restore state mental health funding
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Debra Taczanowky | Women making inroads but still fighting for equality
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rein in authority
Mercury: Restore adultBasic to help Pa. working poor

Blogs
Down With Tyranny: Tom Wolf– A Progressive Alternative To Tom Corbett And Allyson Schwartz
The Center for Public Integrity: Beyoncé concert irreplaceable as political fundraiser
Citizens’ Call: Got an Earth Day project?
PA Water Cooler: A cutting edge idea: Slash TSA knife policy!
PA Water Cooler: Pope resigning is miracle – Cardinals, choose wisely
Keystone Politics: DCCC targets Barletta, Kelly, and Meehan on Medicare Promises and the Ryan Budget
Keystone Politics: PA Congressional Delegation ranks 3rd in NRA donations, exceeded only by TX and OH
Keystone Politics: Democrats: Don’t let Tom Corbett’s cratering political career lull you into complacency
Keystone Politics: The US Senate as enabler of white supremacy
Keystone Politics: Sean Shultz announces run for Carlisle borough council

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