5/9 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsAt long last, we have maps! And here’s a look at incumbents who may have to square off. Plus the latest F&M poll paints a rough picture for Tom Corbett. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Redistricting Aftermath: Potential Member Vs. Member Battles: Now that the Pa. Supreme Court has cemented the new state House and Senate maps, lawmakers must look to 2014 – and in some cases at each other. Here are the potential races between incumbent legislators.

Supreme Court Upholds New Pa. House & Senate Lines: Ladies and gentlemen, we have a map. In a unanimous decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Wednesday approved the latest redistricting effort by lawmakers.

F&M Poll: 25% Say Corbett Deserves Re-election: Tom Corbett’s window is closing. He’ll face voters in 18 months but has yet to show that he can improve his poor numbers, the latest survey from Franklin and Marshall finds. Plus numbers on Obama, Casey and Toomey.

F&M Poll: Liquor Privatization Loses Steam: The latest Franklin & Marshall poll shows support for liquor privatization at its weakest ever while attitudes on other issues like guns, marijuana, and gay marriage stayed the same.

SEIU to Corbett in New Ad: Expand Medicaid (With Video): The Service Employees International Union wants Tom Corbett to expand Medicaid. SEIU’s Pa. chapter this week launched a $114,000 ad buy aimed at convincing him.

Lawmakers Introduce LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill, Others Want Marriage Amendment: A bipartisan group of Pa. lawmakers Tuesday announced a new push for LGBT non-discrimination legislation. Meanwhile, conservatives introduced a bill that would amend the Pa. constitution to acknowledge only traditional marriage.

In Philly Controller Race, Mandel is First on TV (With Video): Challenger Brett Mandel broke ground last week with a new television commercial in the race for Philadelphia Controller. The spot blames incumbent Alan Butkovitz for the City’s school funding problems.

Mittleman to Roberti + White: Longtime aide to Sen. Bob Casey this week moved to the bipartisan federal government affairs and public relations firm in DC. “From day one, Ari played a critical role in my 2006 Senate election,” Casey said. “He and I have traveled tens of thousands of miles together domestically and abroad. He has done great work on my behalf. As a native Pennsylvanian, I look forward to all his future success.”

Statewide
AP: PA senators target municipal swaps, loan deals
AP: PA AG’s office reaches reform deal with Milton Hershey School
Capitolwire: Sen. Pileggi says time for Corbett’s Medicaid decision “is fast approaching”
Capitolwire: Debate continues regarding ‘appropriate’ PA state pension investment returns assumptions
Capitolwire: PA Supreme Court issues 6-0 ruling upholding state legislative redistricting plan
PA Independent: For PA municipalities, it’s about seeking change, not dollars
StateImpactPA: Bill would create advisory panel to look at health impacts of shale drilling

Philadelphia
Inquirer: City’s GOP chairman is stepping down
Inquirer: Radnor panel rejects Villanova expansion
Inquirer: Bucks Little Leaguers to bow to gun-rights rivals
PhillyClout: Butkovitz: AVI assessments worse than current system
PhillyClout: Plan to fund $60 million School District request begins to take shape
PhillyClout: City Council not a part of Mayor Nutter’s rally to support school funding
PhillyDeals: Corbett to allocate $350 million in capital grants
Commonwealth Confidential: Committee endorses acting health secretary Wolf
Heard in the Hall: Swedish royalty to visit Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: New poll shows continued support for Pa. privatization of state liquor stores
WHYY Newsworks: South Philly High teacher wins $20K for ed-tech startup
WHYY Newsworks: Economist: Sound Philadelphia tax policy depends on AVI
WHYY Newsworks: Casino in S. Philly gets cold reception from some residents at hearing

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown, Phoenixville split by court-approved re-districting plan
AP: Local hospitals featured on list of care costs released by federal gov.
phillyburbs.com: Planner: Montco housing shows positive signs “but it’s not a great picture”
Montgomery Media: Conshohocken council continues hearing on apartment complex
Bucks Local News: Face-to-face talks between Neshaminy school board president and teachers’ union VP break down as contract impasse continues
Daily Local News: Downingtown Area budget includes 1.7 percent tax hike
Daily Local News: Defendant should have been read rights, judge rules

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: White House honors Port of Pittsburgh official
Tribune Review: Current, former Ravenstahl bodyguards appear before federal grand jury Wednesday
Tribune Review: Former Pittsburgh mayor remains hospitalized
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh council give early OK to training for police responding to domestic violence
Post-Gazette: Tourism payroll challenged by Allegheny County councilman
Post-Gazette: Mayoral candidates assess their opponents, Ravenstahl administration
Post-Gazette: Federal inquiry into Pittsburgh police widens as jury gets more files
Early Returns: Debates roll on
KDKA: Pa. Auditor General Threatens UPMC Audit If It Fails To Reach Highmark Deal
KDKA: Judge OKs Nixing Of Highmark Suit Settlement

NEPA
AP: Pa. high court upholds redrawn legislative map
News Item: Bridy proposes daily meetings of Northumberland County commissioners
News Item: Bridy, Clausi proposed cut in pay for Northumberland County elected officials
Standard Speaker: Sluggish tax revenue spurs job creation debate
Times Tribune: Corbett’s job approval stuck in the mud
Times Tribune: Corbett unveils pension overhaul bills
Times Tribune: Housing authorities coping with sequester cuts
Times Leader: Election director: Consolidate polling places

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bethlehem mayoral candidate Robert Donchez lays out quality neighborhoods plan
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley cities ready to boom
Morning Call: Hispanic growth brings new state House seat to Allentown
Morning Call: Seven vie for five seats on Easton Area School Board
Express Times: Northampton County primary 2013 index
Express Times: Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholds revised legislative district plan; Boscola, Browne to see changes
Express Times: Bethlehem has strong first financial quarter, officials report
WFMZ: Schwank appointed to special education funding panel

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Crews end search for reported body in Harrisburg yard
Carlisle Sentinel: Abortion debate flares up in Pa. Senate committee
Carlisle Sentinel: Poll: Corbett popularity remains low
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. proposes gas drilling health advisory panel
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. high court upholds redrawn legislative map
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. high court grapples with judge retirement age
Harrisburg Patriot News: Dauphin County approves $93,000 bridge loan for affordable housing development
Harrisburg Patriot News: Liquor-funded grant program for schools legislation introduced in House
Harrisburg Patriot News: Bipartisan senate bill aims to right local government financial wrongs
Harrisburg Patriot News: Key pieces of the Hershey Trust, Pennsylvania attorney general agreement
Harrisburg Patriot News: Bipartisan senate bill aims to right local government financial wrongs
York Daily Record: White Rose Fraternal Order of Police explains backing attorney Korey Leslie for DA
York Daily Record: HACC budget brings ‘modest’ tuition increase
York Dispatch: York City police chief says county DA insulted drug cops, DA says no offense meant
York Dispatch: What’s where in new legislative map
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: State’s top court back GOP plan to redraw state’s legislative boundaries
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: 21 years later, state DEP has plan to clean up stream in city
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Manheim committee recommends relocation of borough offices
Lebanon Daily News: Hospital charges vary widely for same care, new data show
Lebanon Daily News: HACC cuts key posts in Lebanon
Roxbury News: Rev. Al Sharpton: Endorsing Mayor Linda D. Thompson?
Roxbury News: Harrisburg Mayor Linda D. Thompson: SEC v Harrisburg.
Today’s the Day Harrisburg: Headlines

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ’13 Blog: Erie County Dems to host “Candidate’s Night” on May 16
Erie Times-News Campaign ’13 Blog: Is Corbett in trouble for re-election?
Erie Times-News Campaign ’13 Blog: Erie Councilman Brennan to hold event tonight
Erie Times-News Campaign ’13 Blog: Hall among candidates vying for Millcreek School District’s top job
Centre Daily Times: School officials, police gather for safety seminar at Penn State to plan for the worst
Centre Daily Times: Corbett pick for Penn State trustees gets Senate OK
Williamsport Sun Gazette: East Lyco tax hike is coming
Williamsport Sun Gazette: School board looks toward special election
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County eliminates jury commissioner positions
Williamsport Sun Gazette: WASD preparing to act on .347-mill tax-increase budget

Opinions
Post-Gazette: Rudiak in District 4: City Dems have no need to change on council
Pottstown Mercury: Op-Ed: Don’t create a new stimulus with funds from Pa. liquor store privatization
Times Tribune: Good tax bill if loophole truly closes
Citizens Voice: Gambling revenue can help fight gambling addiction
Philadelphia Inquirer: Asset test for food stamps too harsh

Blogs
Keystone Politics: New Map Clears the Way for Left Primary Challenge to Lisa Boscola
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: AG Kane: Judges Must Abide By Mandatory Retirement Provision in Pa. Constitution
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: LC GOP Boss Repudiates Fellow Republican Seeking District Judge Seat
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Dent Applauds FDA Decision to Issue Warnings About Training
Keystone Politics: No, PA House Did Not Close the Delaware Loophole
Keystone Politics: Wasted Time, Missed Opportunities, Failed Strategies: Pittsburgh’s Old Guard Needs a Break
Keystone Politics: A Missed Opportunity to Close Corporate Tax Loopholes
Keystone Politics: Tom Corbett Still Doesn’t Understand Obamacare
Keystone Politics: Yes, Bill Peduto Plays Well With Others
Keystone Politics: How Will Castor’s Exit Impact the #PAGov Race?
Keystone Politics: F&M: Corbett Has Net Negative Approval With Every Voter Demographic
Keystone Politics: Tom Corbett Proposes Reforms to Make Medicaid More Expensive
Keystone Politics: Over 50% of Pennsylvanians Support Real Marriage Equality
Keystone Politics: Expanding Medicaid Coverage in PA Will Save Lives
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Schwartz Releases New Ad Hitting Corbett on Jobs
Keystone Politics: What’s Behind the Dip in Support for Alcohol Reform
Keystone Politics: Another Spill in PA Town Where Fracking Just Resumed in April After 200,000+ Gas Spill in March
Keystone Politics: Butkovitz AVI Analysis Illustrates the Folly of Assessing Buildings
Commonwealth Foundation: New Life for Landmark Pension Reform
CasablancaPA: House Human Resources: Incompetent or Ghosts?
John Hangar’s Fact of the Day: Corbett Administration & Drilling Advocates Exaggerate Again PA Gas Drilling Jobs–It Is NOT 245,000!
2 Political Junkies: LGBTQ In The News

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