3/6 Morning Buzz

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PoliticsPA made the cable news scene Tuesday night

We’ve got your snow day political rundown, including a poll about gun control, Pittsburgh mayor, a potential congressional primary and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

WaPo Names PoliticsPA State’s Best Political Blog: Thank you to our readers! For the second time in a row, The Washington Post has named PoliticsPA Pennsylvania’s best political blog.

PA Recognized for Biz Development: Tom Corbett finished third in the race for the “Governor’s Cup.” Pennsylvania finished behind only Texas and Ohio for its number of business development projects in 2012.

Everyone Now Running for Pittsburgh Mayor, Except Dan Onorato: Candidates have flooded into the Pittsburgh mayoral primary since Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s decision to exit the race last week. Here’s the latest on each of the prospective candidates.

Dems Pounce on Corbett Gifts Story: The Pa. Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint against Tom Corbett Tuesday, a few hours after the Philadelphia Daily News published a story about the Governor’s $11,343 in gifts from businessmen and lobbyists.

Schoen Poll: 88% of Pa Voters Support Background Checks: A survey conducted by Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen for the gun control advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that 88% of Pa. voters support requiring background checks for all firearms purchases.

Exclusive: Bradford Commissioner Might Primary Marino: Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko is weighing a conservative primary challenge to Rep. Tom Marino in Pennsylvania’s rural northeastern 10th congressional district.

Maddow: PoliticsPA’s story got highlighted on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show Tuesday night. It’s a few minutes into the segment, about Tom Ridge.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: House GOP Leader vows liquor vote early April
State House Sound Bites: Senators heap praise on new DPW chief, in post for 14 days
PA Independent: Find better way to fund education
PA Independent: States responds to increase in reports of teacher misconduct
PA Independent: Philly unions assault employees, vandalize vehicles, draw ire of NLRB
PA Independent: Liquor privatizaion vote coming right up up, Turzai says
PA Independent: Corbett accepts gifts, Democrats file ethics complaint
StateImpactPA: Delta expects profit from Trainer refinery
StateImpactPA: Formal Ethics Complaint Filed Over Free Gifts Taken by Corbett
StateImpactPA: PA Groups React to Obama’s New Energy and Environment Appointments
Capitolwire: Dinniman, Democrats press state education secretary on truancy, cyber-charters.
Capitolwire: Corrections Sec. Wetzel appears before House, Senate Appropriations committees.
Capitolwire: Taylor gives interest groups til Thurs. to respond to his liquor reform amendment.
Capitolwire: House GOP concerned over possible debt from proposed biz loan authority.
Capitolwire: Turzai says House could vote on liquor proposal by end of March. UPDATED with link to Corbett’s proposal.
Capitolwire: DPW official says Medicaid expansion decision ‘is not easy.’

Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Corbett Aide Denies Governor Violated Ethics By Accepting Gifts
KYW Newsradio: City Council Wants Philadelphia Businesses To Offer Employees Paid Sick Days
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. plan for sale of state stores begins taking shape
Daily News: Corbett, wife accepted thousands in gifts from biz execs, lobbyists
Inquirer: Plan for LCB privatization is formally introduced
Inquirer:  Legislator takes aim at Pa. parole rules
Commonwealth Confidential: And in booze news…
Heard in the Hall: AVI Town Halls Set; More To Be Added
Heard in the Hall: School Protesters Sit-in Outside Nutter’s Office
Philly Clout: Can Councilman get sick leave bill through this time?
CapitolInq: Poll: overwhelming local support for background checks
The Big Tent: Hanger says Gov. Corbett violated code of conduct with gifts

SEPA
phillyburbs.com: Zoning board considers variance requests for Satterthwaite parcel
Delco Daily Times: Senators call for scrutiny of PA. charter schools, blast Corbett LCB plan
Delco Daily Times: Rep. Mike Turzai says liquor privatization vote coming
Montgomery News: No charges filed in bank account investigation in Upper Moreland

Pittsburgh
AP: Corbett accepted $11K in gifts; Dems complain to ethics commission
AP: Pennsylvania slots revenue down 9.2 percent in February
Tribune-Review: Turzai: House could get liquor privatization bill soon
Tribune-Review: Politicians jockey for favored liquor privatization plans
Tribune-Review: Ferlo says he hasn’t decided on run for Pittsburgh mayor
Tribune-Review: Mt. Lebanon Republican replaces Gastgeb on County Council
Tribune-Review: State Sen. Fontana exploring mayoral run
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Court order Pennsylvania to spend tobacco money on health care
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Allegheny County DA’s office top deputy departs for Pennsylvania courts job

Southwest
AP: Some people who were eligible lost Medicaid in Pa.
AP:  Pa. slots revenue down 9.2 percent
Beaver County Times: Military bases, airport preparing for sequester impact
Beaver County Times: PA’s community colleges asking for state to be bold in budget funding
Observer-Reporter: Mayor calls out councilman over email
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pa. court directs tobacco money to health care
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Welfare official welcomes probe

NEPA
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Republican announces run for Luzerne Co. Council
Times Leader: Luzerne Co. recreation board meets for first time
Times-Tribune: Study commission proponents withdraw 1,300 signatures
Times-Tribune: Ex-teacher and Intermediate Unit boss sentenced to almost three years in jail
Times-Tribune: N. Pocono teachers set strike date
Citizens Voice: Luzerne Co. plans to reapply for Moon Lake Park grant
Citizens Voice: Casey seeks answers on $60M Job Corps shortfall
Citizens Voice: DEP watershed rule stirs Pocono concerns
News Item: New bill listings cause confusion for Coal Twp. taxpayers
News Item: Northumberland Co. won’t have huge language barrier issues in explaining health overhaul
Standard Speaker: Explaining Obamacare in other languages even more difficult
Standard Speaker: Capital campaign to decide McAdoo Catholic’s future

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Bethlehem Township’s Housenick Park development gets boost
Pennsylvania Ave: Corbett’s new Public Welfare chief promises openness with Medicaid
Pennsylvania Ave: DA cancels rides in taxis owned by court official
Pennsylvania Ave: For U.S. sled squad, a happy deluge of publicity
Pennsylvania Ave: State System faculty voting on contract offer
Pennsylvania Ave: Court records: Loser in 2011 election still claimed to be judge
Pennsylvania Ave: Tobyhanna Army Depot to furlough 5,136 workers
Pennsylvania Ave: Allentown Metal Works all but sold
Pennsylvania Ave: Lehigh Valley hangs on to top 10 economic development ranking
Morning Call: Saladax gets $22.4 million equity investment from Chinese drug company
Morning Call: Employee pensions not guaranteed in Allentown water, sewer lease
Morning Call: Knives on a plane: TSA eases ban
Morning Call: Hellertown police: Man stole $10,500 from fiancée
Reading Eagle: Libraries in Berks going to the dogs, and kids come, too
Reading Eagle: Olivet clubs kicking off fundraising campaign; goal new building in Reading
Reading Eagle: Workshop to focus on potential gas pipeline in Berks
Reading Eagle: Topton church launches campaign to replace dying organ
Reading Eagle: Judge accepts plea deal in shooting; woman left to die in Muhlenberg woods
WFMZ: Holocaust survivor offers priceless history lesson at NCC
WFMZ: Sharp criticism for new TSA regulations
WFMZ: Luge team thanks man who found sleds
WFMZ: SEIU critical of water lease plan
WFMZ: Unexpected savings from bond refinancing has city officials seeing green
WFMZ: St. Luke’s invests in renovations for Warren Hospital
WFMZ: Local Venezuelans react to Chavez’s death
Express Times: Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream partners with Bethlehem-based microlender
Express Times: Brad Wilson to be inducted into District 11 wrestling hall of fame
Express Times: Medical Academy in compliance with charter, Catasauqua Area School District officials say
Express Times: Bethlehem to fight drug treatment facility near elementary school
Express Times: Bethlehem City Council votes to freeze its pay

South Central
AP: Judge directs Pa. tobacco fund to health coverage
AP: About 3,000 people who were eligible lost Medicaid in Pennsylvania
AP: More than 5K for be furloughed at Pa. Army base
AP: Some Pa. homecare workers unpaid after 2 months
The Sentinel: Retired Pa. school chief gets 33 months in prison
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Corbett’s acceptance of gifts gives rise to call for laws on gift bans
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Why two local congressional delegates voted against Violence Against Women Act
Harrisburg Patriot-News: State court backs dismissal of lawsuit by Allen Cwalina, ex-state deputy labor secretary
Harrisburg Patriot-News: John Hanger: Corbett’s acceptance of gifts is “a firing offense”
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Ex-Harrisburg schools chief Gerald Kohn’s case officially closed $2.4M later
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Liquor privatization picking up speed in Pennsylvania as bill in introduced
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Lieutenant governor to speak at Perry County breakfast on Friday
Roxbury News: Election 2013: Eric Papenfuse: “Listening Sessions”
Roxbury News: Majority Leader Mike Turzai: Where have you been living?

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Sequester could cost Penn State $30 million — or more
Centre Daily Times: Penn State sues insurance company, says it failed to cover Sandusky victims’ claims
Centre Daily Times: Victim 6 lawyers oppose request from Penn State to stay civil lawsuit
Centre Daily Times: Centre Co. ratifies contract with Centre County Correctional facility union
Sun Gazette: Local airport control tower on list to close
Sun Gazette: S. Tioga School Board hears about sports after school closing
Campaign ‘13: Deputies, co-workers Loomis, Boga vie for Erie County sheriff’s post
Campaign ‘13: Corbett Abroad: Governor readies for trade mission

Opinions
Tribune-Review: Thin the Harrisburg herd: Slash the size, pay and perks of the Pennsylvania General Assembly
Tribune-Review: Another union shakedown: Rewarding thugs
Centre Daily Times: Inside the First Amendment: News ‘ownership’ is ever changing
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Recidivism revisited: Department of Corrections data targets good goal
News Item: Kane best to leave defense of voter ID to others
Standard Speaker: Report bolsters case for railroad passenger service
York Daily Record: Farmland saved – for free
York Dispatch: Expensive lesson for suburban
Lebanon Daily News: Don’t gamble on sense from Pennsylvania’s gaming laws

Blogs
John Hanger: Gas Drilling & Jobs: NY & PA Are Among Just 4 States Whose Unemployment Rate Did Not Decline In 2012
John Hanger: Gov. Corbett Repeatedly Violates Governor’s Code Of Conduct Banning The Taking Of Gifts
Keystone Politics: Charlie Dent’s Plan For Even More Gridlock
Keystone Politics: Corbett Castigates Castor in KDKA Interview
Keystone Politics: Corbett Took Over $11,000 in Business Grift in 2010
Keystone Politics: PA Medicaid Expansion Debate Isn’t About Costs

March 6th, 2013 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 2 Comments