3/21 Morning Buzz

Source: BoozeBlogger.com

The PA House is set for a battle royale over liquor privatization – one that will last late into tonight. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Former Guvs Back Merit Selection for Judges: Citing the case of Joan Orie Melvin, a bipartisan group of four former Governors say Pennsylvania should change the way statewide judges are selected. They want to do away with elections and transition to a system of appointments.

PA Dems Wade into Pittsburgh-UPMC Battle: The Pa. Democratic Party has chosen sides in the brewing legal battle between the City of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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Capitolwire: House readies for liquor privatization vote
Capitolwire: Fiscal hawk warns warn House lawmakers on impending liquor amendment votes
StateImpactPA: Secrecy lifted in fracking case
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Liquor debate live blog – House vote on liquor expected Thursday, Senate still a huge question mark
State House Sound Bites: Liquor privatization headed for final vote in house
State House Sound Bites: DPW name change passes committee amid cost concerns

KYW1060: Federal Employees Protest Budget Cuts on Independence Mall
KYW1060: Board OK’s Contracts with Pa. University Faculty Raises
KYW1060: Survey: Pa. Gov. Corbett Highest Paid Governor in US
KYW1060: Pennsylvania House Passes Victim Advocate Parole Law
Heard in the Hall: Council hears more about Philly’s delinquency problem
Heard in the Hall: Coalition Seeks Reassessment Data
WHYY Newsworks: With parent demand surging, 20 charters seeking to expand in Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia City Council looking at more than property taxes deadbeats
WHYY Newsworks: Move to revise name of Department of Public Welfare advances in Pa.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Philadelphia Magazine story discussed with Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists
Philadelphia Inquirer: Liquor privatization: Vote could come tomorrow
Philadelphia Inquirer: Horsham command center for drones wins support
Philadelphia Inquirer: Corbett near top of U.S. governors in pay
Philadelphia Inquirer: Nutter off to Italy with delegation of mayors
Philadelphia Inquirer: Bid made to salvage Phila. Traffic Court
City Paper: Councilwoman Brown’s tax delinquent rental property
City Paper: Federal workers already feeling pain of sequester in Philly
City Paper: Squilla to give personal AVI savings to an inaccurately assessed property owner
PhillyNow: New Pennsylvania Liquor Bill Goes to Full House
Daily News: Council grills Nutter on tax-deadbeat collection plan
Big Tent: Former DEP Secy Katie McGinty exploring run for governor
Philly Clout: Traffic Court candidates choose ballot positions

AP: Study: Chesco healthiest county in Pa., Montco comes in 6th
AP: Pa. House nears vote on liquor privatization bill
AP: Both Sides Agree on Tough New Frackin Standards
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners outline ‘A New Direction for Economic Development Initiatives’
Bucks Local News: U.S. Congressman Fitzpatrick honored with National Association of Manufacturers Award
Pottstown Mercury: Chesco lawmaker wants Pa. to tax smokeless tobacco
Delco Daily Times: Marcus Hook mayor asks town for a second chance

Early Returns: Mayor Luke vs. UPMC: The Showdown
Early Returns: County controller spokesman leaves for Wagner’s campaign
Tribune-Review: Judge says Washington County drilling lawsuit is public record
Tribune-Review: House debating liquor privatization bill
Tribune-Review: $175M in 3 Port Authority of Allegheny County transit projects in talks
Tribune-Review: Zappala rips UPMC response
Tribune-Review: Environmentalists and drillers become “unusual bedfellows”
KDKA: City Council debates, takes no action on issue of officers’ side jobs
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools authorizes pursuit of Hazelwood TIF
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools board reappoints Superintendent Linda Lane through 2016
Post-Gazette: Munhall council closes Club Pink’s doors

Altoona Mirror: Valley View buyer selected
Altoona Mirror: County expects sale to move quickly
Altoona Mirror: Cambria, Blair among unhealthiest counties in the state
Observer-Reporter: Casino’s property assessment appeal going to mediation
Observer-Reporter: Washington Co. looks to Harrisburg on reassessment
Beaver Co. Times: State commission hands down rulings on ethics violations in Leetsdale

AP: Pa. cities take fight to tax-exempt institutions
AP: Ravenstahl challenges UPMC’s tax-exempt status
AP: Judge says Pa. drilling lawsuit is public record
Citizens Voice: County projects get $12M in gaming funds
Citizens Voice: NEPA unemployment rises to 9.8 percent
Times-Tribune: Challenges filed to nominating petitions
Times-Tribune: Matt McGloin honored in state House
Standard Speaker: Hazleton City Council will consider liquor license transfer tonight
Standard Speaker: Schuylkill unemployment hits double digits

Lehigh Valley
AP: New try at privatizing liquor sales advances
AP: Pa. governor is highest paid in U.S.
Pennsylvania Ave: Pennsylvania progressives highlight toll of sequester on veterans
Morning Call: Mayors steer meals to those who can’t cook for themselves
Reading Eagle: Obama taps Muhlenberg High grad for State Department
Reading Eagle: Reading could lose over $163,000 in federal housing grants
Reading Eagle: Governor, agriculture chief meet with reporters
Reading Eagle: Mayor, city officials to speak to Centre Park organization
Express-Times: Challenges filed against Northampton County candidates’ primary ballot petitions -UPDATE

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett is the nation’s highest paid governor
Harrisburg Patriot News: Faculty contract for state-system universities ratified by board
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pay-for-play defendant left Ciber before $8.6 million PennDOT deal
Harrisburg Patriot News: Liquor privatization likely to win backing of midstate GOP lawmakers
Harrisburg Patriot News: Liquor privatization in Pennsylvania: The details of the bill
Harrisburg Patriot News: House of Representatives poised for historic vote on liquor privatization bill
Harrisburg Patriot News: Both sides agree on tough new fracking standards
Harrisburg Patriot News: PHEAA exec’s workplace discrimination lawsuit dismissed by U.S. judge
Harrisburg Patriot News: Dept. of Public Welfare name change bill wins House panel approval
Carlisle Sentinel: Board OKs pacts with Pa. university faculty raises
Carlisle Sentinel: Both sides agree on tough new fracking standards
Carlisle Sentinel: Pennsylavnia ranked fourth in railroad-related deaths
York Daily Record: Norina Bentzel, Red Lion principal who fought off machete attacker, moving to another school
York Daily Record: Officials says York County will save close to $2.9 million by refinancing debt
York Daily Record: Two Democrats challenge York mayoral candidate Joe Beltrante’s residency
York Dispatch: Civil suit filed over York HRC conduct in firing
York Dispatch: Challenge raised to Smith’s signatures for controller race
York Dispatch: York residents dispute mayoral hopeful’s eligibility
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Southern leaders aim to cut ambulance response times
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: School District of Lancaster board rejects charter for controversial business school
Lebanon Daily News: Surveys find Pa. governor’s salary is nation’s highest
Roxbury News: Petition Challenge: Brendan Murray
Roxbury News: Election 2013: Ballot Position
Roxbury News: Wendell Young: HB 790 and amendment 375
Roxbury News: Pa Speaker Sam Smith: HB 790
Roxbury News: Pa Rep. Mike Sturla: HB 790
Today’s the Day Harrisburg: 2 MINUTE TUESDAY
Today’s the Day Harrisburg: Headlines

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Erie County Dems announce Loomis fundraiser
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Myers announces candidacy for governor in Erie
Centre Daily Times: Former voice of TV’s Elmo faces abuse suit in Pa.
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City needs extra cash to lure big name concerts
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Union County 2nd healthiest in state; Tioga, Lycoming rank 15th and 16th
Williamsport Sun Gazette: WASB reviews lunch policy

Pottstown Mercury: Food stamp fraud is a crime against all
Delco Daily Times: EDITORIAL: Pols favoring gay marriage on side of equality
Daily Local News: Lawmakers should step up now and abolish unnecessary office
Morning Call: Paul Carpenter: Keystone Exams loophole undermines impact of standardized tests
Reading Eagle: Elected officials should make decision on special levy
Times-Tribune: Corbett still gamblin’ man
Citizens Voice: State property tax system needs work
Standard Speaker: End property tax for school funding
Carlisle Sentinel: Letter: Abortion curb measures ‘outrageous’
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: West York Council members top their own recklessness
Observer-Reporter: The law’s letter, not its spirit

Lehigh Valley Ramblings: NorcO GOP Fires Monahan as Solicitor
Keystone Politics: Stu Rothenberg: PA Districts Crucial for Dems to Put House in Play
Keystone Politics: Judicial Elections Lack All the Key Ingredients of A Meaningful election
Keystone Politics: You Can’t Take Politics Out of the Turnpike Commission
Keystone Politics: Hot New Tax Break for Private Jets Squeaks through PA House Finance Committee –
Keystone Politics: Perhaps Max Myers Would Find More Success As A Republican State Senator?
Keystone Politics: Does John Taylor Think Most of His Constituents Are Beer Distributors?

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