3/4 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsMiss this weekend’s statewide progressive conference? We’ve got the skinny on which candidates were there. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Schwartz Wins Progressive Summit Straw Poll: Allyson Schwartz was the top choice to face Gov. Tom Corbett for the activists at this weekend’s Pa. Progressive Summit. The Congresswoman took a plurality – 36.6% – of the votes in a straw poll of attendees.

Activists Meet, Candidates Work the Room at Progressive Summit: Liberal activists of all stripes descended on Harrisburg this weekend to discuss ways to advance their myriad agendas. Meanwhile, prospective candidates worked the rooms and hallways to court their support.

BruceCastor.com, and Other Moves by the Montco Commish: Bruce Castor, the Montgomery County Commissioner who has floated the possibility of challenging Gov. Tom Corbett in the GOP primary, has launched a website. Here’s what else he’s been up to.

Ravenstahl: Won’t Seek Re-Election, Will Stay in Office: Luke Ravenstahl will not seek another term as Pittsburgh’s Mayor, he announced at a press conference today. He will serve out the remainder of his term.

3/1 Ups & Downs: It was a busy week politicos, and we present the most epic down arrow in the history of PoliticsPA.

Prospective Candidates Work the Room at Montco Dems Meeting: Between the Guv campaign and a potential primary for Allyson Schwartz’s congressional seat, Montgomery County is a hot spot for politics this cycle. PoliticsPA stopped by the Montco Dems endorsement meeting Thursday night to see who was there.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Franklin County school board turns down Gay-Straight Alliance
State House Sound Bites: State university faculty to vote on contract next week
State House Sound Bites: Auditor General to look into DPW care workers’ pay
State House Sound Bites: Farm Show officials: No outdoors show for this year
State House Sound Bites: Schwartz to create PA PAC for likely 2014 gubernatorial bid
State House Sound Bites: Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl won’t seek re-election
State House Sound Bites: PA flags will be flown at half-staff for slain federal prison guard
State House Sound Bites: Sequestration to impact PA counties’ revenue, programs for seniors
State House Sound Bites: Chronic Wasting Disease surfaces in PA wild deer population
State House Sound Bites: Gettysburg battlefield prepares for sequestration
State House Sound Bites: Mitchell tells NCAA Penn State’s making steady progress
State House Sound Bites: Feds warn PA military sites to be “heavily affected” by sequester
State House Sound Bites: PHEAA to contribute business earnings to grant program
State House Sound Bites: Midstate lawmaker pushes eliminating PA’s ‘death tax’ for small businesses
State House Sound Bites: Fmr. Auditor General Jack Wagner could run for mayor of Pittsburgh
State House Sound Bites: Highmark reaches deal with Pittsburgh-area hospital
State House Sound Bites: Demolition begins on Gettysburg Cyclorama building
State House Sound Bites:
PA Independent: Week in Review: Heavy legislative lifts cast long shadow on budget talks
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Corbett to speak with HHS on Medicaid expansion
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Per diem kings for January 2013
StateImpactPA: New Research Says Gas Boom Still Has a Few Decades In It
StateImpactPA: Former Western PA Congressman Takes Job With Firm Promoting Gas Industry
StateImpactPA: SEC Investigating Outgoing Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Is Gov. Corbett really negotiating Medicaid expansion as his GOP Gov pals did?
Capitolwire: Secretary Aichele says AG Kane should defend Voter ID law
Capitolwire: Democrats grill Secretary Aichele over lack of voter education money.
Capitolwire: Corman scolds PSU president for releasing Freeh Report without reviewing or defending it.
Capitolwire: ‘Significant segments’ of state’s population are in for real ‘shock’ due to Obamacare, say PA insurance officials.
Capitolwire: Walker wants simple-majority rule for new biz loan authority board.
Capitolwire: Montgomery County Commish Shapiro, potential Gov candidate, rips Corbett’s proposed budget.
Capitolwire: Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz wins Progressive Summit straw poll.

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Weekly: PW Roundtable: Black Republicans on Their Existential Struggles
KYW Newsradio: Gov. Corbett Gets Vote of Confidence From Local Women’s Antiviolence Groups
KYW Newsradio: Phila. Lawmakers Say Prison Health Care Contractor Needs More Scrutiny
WHYY Newsworks: Some Dems irked at linking Pa. state store sales to school funding
WHYY Newsworks: Time is on their side, pension fund leaders tell Pa. lawmakers
WHYY Newsworks: Airport workers may get a raise following City Council expansion of ‘living wage law’
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia City Council wants delinquents on payment plans
Daily News: Nutter seeks high court’s OK to impose his terms on city workers
Inquirer: Bucks gun-rights rally draws 150 to Doylestown
Inquirer: Montgomery County seniors, students among those burdened by federal spending cuts
Inquirer: Philly Council members propose more changes to ease tax bite
Inquirer: Probe hits nonprofit’s grant use
Inquirer: U.S. Rep. Schwartz to set up political panel, a key move in run for governor
Inquirer: Philadelphia jury to resume deliberations Monday in Occupy protesters’ trespass case
Heard in the Hall: City Hall protest on Guzman verdict
PhillyClout: More potential candidates for mayor in 2015
Phillynow.com: Pennsylvania Poll Trolls Release ‘Obamacare’ Survey

SEPA
Phillyburbs.com: Ex-Pa. auditor general mulls mayoral primary
Phillyburbs.com: Schwartz to create Pa. PAC for likely 2014 gov bid
Phillyburbs.com: Pittsburg Mayor Ravenstahl won’t seek re-election
Phillyburbs.com: Pa. Lawmakers mull prescription drug monitoring
Pottstown Mercury: In tTriCounty region, some worried, some not about sequestration
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro explains federal sequestration effects on the country
Pottstown Mercury: Corbett cares more about prisons than schools
Bucks Local News: U.S. Congressman Fitzpatrick honored with National Association of Manufacturers Award
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick said ‘certainty, tough decisions’ are what’s needed from Washington, D.C.
Bucks Local News: Commissioners, chief operating officer update Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce at county forum
Daily Local News: Sequestration is a mixed bag for Chesco
Delco Daily Times: Ridley Commissioners make appointments
Delco Daily Times: GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell takes on group for criticizing wife Elaine Chao

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Retired Liquor Control Board chief executive collects $5,255 monthly pension, $80 per hour pay
Tribune-Review: Allegheny County judicial candidates speak up
Tribune-Review: Former auditor general says he’s considering bid for Pittsburgh mayor
Tribune-Review: Ravenstahl announces he will not seek re-election as Pittsburgh mayor
Tribune-Review: Ferlo says he hasn’t decided on run for Pittsburgh mayor
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Schwartz to create PAC for 2014 governor bid
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Sequester’s impact on state outlined
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: State officials say outdoor show nixed for this year
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Sentencing set May 7 for Orie Melvin, sister
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Gov. Corbett signs two execution warrants
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Joan Orie Melvin, Janine Orie will be sentenced May 7
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh reacts to Mayor Ravenstahl’s announcement
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: With Ravenstahl out of the race, who will jockey for Pittsburgh top job?
Early Returns: Ohio and Pennsylvania senators leading key subcommittees
Early Returns: Peduto: A difficult decision
Early Returns: Michael Lamb speaks out on Ravenstahl’s dropout
Early Returns: The Mayor Luke Liveblog
KDKA: Local Congressmen weigh in on sequester
KDKA: Jack Wagner to consider entering primary
KDKA: Mayoral race wide open with Ravenstahl out
KDKA: Many Pittsburghers understanding of Mayor’s decision not to seek re-election
KDKA: Officials hope to reduce gun violence with gun buybacks
KDKA: Mayor not seeking re-election
KDKA: Mayor to speak out today, speculation growing
KDKA: Peduto giving Mayor space as speculation continues about his political future
WTAE: Pa. lawmakers mull prescription drug monitoring

Southwest
AP: Pittsburgh Mayor Ravenstahl won’t seek re-election
AP: Pa. lawmakers mull prescription drug monitoring
AP: Ex-Pa. auditor general mulls mayoral primary
AP: N.Y. fracking health study news draws cheers, jeers
Beaver County Times: PennDOT plans $300M in road, bridge projects
Observer-Reporter: Pa. lawmakers consider new law to address alarming spike in overdoses deaths
Altoona Mirror: President has raised concerns throughout his tenure on board
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Backers, opponents debate liquor privatization

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna Co. bridges among worst in state
Times-Tribune: More teachers are paying for health insurance
Times-Tribune: Carbondale residents still adjusting to parking meters
Citizens Voice: Lawmaker questions need for state police at casinos
Citizens Voice: School tax hikes likely not so bad
News Item: Knoebels needs characters; 1,000 bid for seasonal jobs
Standard Speaker: 9 of 11 Luzerne County school districts pledge low tax hikes

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Lehigh Valley may escape worst of “atmospheric bomb”
Pennsylvania Ave: Under the influence of … methadone
Pennsylvania Ave: Did PennDOT bully motorist?
Pennsylvania Ave: Will the 2024 Olympics come to the Lehigh Valley?
Pennsylvania Ave: Lehigh County commissioners should do the opposite
Pennsylvania Ave: Allentown arena zone captures $31 million in 2012 state taxes
Pennsylvania Ave: Lehigh Valley braces for full impact of sequester spending cuts
Pennsylvania Ave: Politics as usual
Morning Call: 39 running for Penn State trustee in 2013
Morning Call: Toomey offers Obama flexibility on spending cuts
`Reading Eagle: State Sen. Judy Schwank introduces bill that would change rules on cyber charter schools
Reading Eagle: John Forester: Surprising criticism out of right field
WFMZ: Concerned gun owners hold rally in Bucks County
WFMZ: 69 News week in review
Express Times: Clinton Township police become first department in county to be accredited
Express Times: Williams Township woman’s foundation launches program for domestic violence education
Express Times: Lehigh County’s top earners include district attorney, nursing manager, corrections director

South Central
AP: Ex-Pa. auditor general mulls mayoral primary
AP: Pa. lawmakers mull prescription drug monitoring
AP: Schwartz to create a PAC for likely 2014 gov bid
The Sentinel: Budget cuts won’t derail Gettysburg 150th events
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Harrisburg Chamber to host congressional forum as federal spending cuts take hold
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Early progressive poll puts Schwartz at forefront of Democratic governor’s field
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Federal budget cuts take effect, but gradually
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Federal spending cuts: Pennsylvania congressional leaders have heard from their constituents
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Battle over PA judge retirement mandate laps into Commonwealth Court
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Dauphin County creates infrastructure bank for road improvements
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Carlisle lawyer to run for Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court
Harrisburg Patriot-News: History won’t be kind to Obama’s legislative ineffectiveness: analysis
York Daily Record: Ed Rendell, speaking in York, throws support behind Medicaid expansion
York Daily Record: It elected, Bryan Tate would be the third openly gay state lawmaker in Pennsylvania
York Dispatch: State Rep. Grove to hold town meeting
York Dispatch: Toomey, Saylor staff to visit Delta Monday
Roxbury News: PA Progressive Summit 2013 – The Fourth Estate: Cracking the code on the role of journalism and government in politics (part 1)

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: State College Area makes $6 million payment toward swap settlement
Erie Times-News: Corbett to talk about his budget in Erie
Sun Gazette: Municipal pension reform not on radar
Sun Gazette: Legislator: Chamber, visitors bureau not ‘transparent’
Sun Gazette: Commissioners: Hotel tax spending out of their hands

Opinion
Altoona Mirror: AG Kane putting party over state
Inquirer: Karen Heller: Corbett move is a hard pill to swallow
Beaver County Times: Voting for anti-violence bill before voting against it
Times-Tribune: Christie opts for coverage; so should PA
Citizens Voice: Mayor must act as advocate for city residents
News Item: Political point made, Pa. must opt for expansion
Centre Daily Times: Study alumni candidates for Penn State board of trustees, then vote for vision
Tribune-Review: Kill the ‘prevailing wage’
Tribune-Review: Those HOV gates
Tribune-Review: Calling out the White House: Woodward exposes more Obama lies
Tribune-Review: Luke Ravenstahl exits: Next!
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Right choice for Ravenstahl: It’s unfortunate, but the mayor helps by not running
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Don’t give up on gun safety: It’s time to lead, not surrender, on gun safety
The Sentinel: It’s a good start, but…
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Corbett makes welcome pitch to boost spending on those with disabilities
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Corbett pension plan is the path back to fiscal stability
York Dispatch: Wary of proposal to created prescription drug database in Pa.
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Bad medicine
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Merit selection deserves a look
Today’s the Day Harrisburg: The City of Harrisburg deserves a special prosecutor

Blogs
Keystone Politics: More Great Stuff from Tom Corbett on Corrections
Keystone Politics: Allegheny Dems Shouldn’t Endorse in the #PGHMayor Primary
Keystone Politics: Welcome to the Internet, John Morganell
Keystone Politics: Endorsement: Bill Peduto for Pittsburgh Mayor
Pittston Politics: Union & Board air differences at Wyoming Area
Pittston Politics: Court grants realignment, Mecadon will make it official Thur
Young Philly Politics: Pennsylvania Among ‘Terrible 10’ Most Regressive Tax States
Pennsylvania Progressive: Handicapping the Governor’s Race

March 4th, 2013 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “3/4 Morning Buzz”

  1. Basile says:

    Gov. Corbett Gets Vote of Confidence From Local Women’s Antiviolence Groups
    …..????

    Karen Heller: Corbett move is a hard pill to swallow
    March 04, 2013|By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist

    http://articles.philly.com/2013-03-04/news/37412881_1_medicaid-expansion-corbett-job-fairs

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