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Morning Buzz 11/13

Harrisburg-Capitol-steps6-300x220A new poll sheds lights on the Democratic gubernatorial primary, Corbett picks up the endorsement of three ex-Governors, and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Harper Poll: Schwartz 22%, McGinty 15% in PA-Gov: Allyson Schwartz has a 7 point lead in the Democratic primary for Governor, followed by Katie McGinty. 34% of respondents were undecided.

State Sen. Ferlo Won’t Run in 2014: The Pittsburgh Democrat announced on the Senate floor Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2014. He was redistricted into a GOP-favoring seat.

Three former PA Governors Endorse Corbett in Hershey: Tuesday, three former Pennsylvania governors backed Gov. Tom Corbett for re-election.

Katie McGinty Releases Education Platform: The gubernatorial candidate promises to reverse Corbett’s cuts and increase the state’s share of education costs.

Harper Poll: Pennsylvanians Support Immigration Reform: In a survey measuring Americans’ opinions of immigration reform, Harper Polling finds that a majority of Pennsylvanians support at least some degree of immigration reform.

Reader Poll: Who is your second favorite Gov Candidate?: We ask our readers who they would chose if their favorite Democratic gubernatorial candidate dropped out.

Reader Poll: Schwartz Will Raise Most Money: Our readers believe Rep. Allyson Schwartz will raise the most money in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

PoliticsPA’s Next Chapter: Meet Brittany Foster: As a longtime reader of and writer for PoliticsPA, I couldn’t be more excited for next year. I’ll be taking over for Keegan Gibson as the site’s Managing Editor.

Legislative Elections Update:

SD-38: Jim Ferlo’s decision not to seek re-election in 2014 means Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) has no opponent at present. Post-redistricting, the seat contains the deep red North Hills. But it isn’t a runaway for the GOP. Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama there by 6.4%, but Sen. Bob Casey won the district by 0.6% and Kathleen Kane won by 5.8%.

HD-164: State Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware) has a primary challenger. Billy J. Smith, a criminal defense attorney, will run to the left of Davidson on abortion (she’s pro-life) and school vouchers. Former state Rep. Bryan Lentz is backing Smith.

State Impact: AP: Environmental impacts of ethanol may outweigh the benefits
Capitolwire: Ridge defends Corbett for tough decisions, long-term thinking
Capitolwire: State lawmakers hear pros and cons of expanded DNA testing
Capitolwire: Schwartz calls on House to pass transportation bill

Inquirer: Fired O’Hara principal vows fight for her job
Inquirer: Bill on Phila. billboards advances
Inquirer: Coatesville Area board OKs buying $2.8M building
Daily News: Michael Nutter: Mayor of the world?
PhillyClout: Back from Israel, Nutter talks about effort to save Philly consulate Wynn’s out, and that’s bad news for Stack Gov. Christie, President Obama in Philly on same day this week Report: Roughly half of older Philadelphians don’t have internet access

Pottstown Mercury: Feds reject formal bid for more study at Limerick nuke plant before relicensing
Bucks County Courier Times: Bipartisan duo calls for appointing – not electing – state judges

Tribune-Review: State Sen. Jim Ferlo won’t seek re-election
Tribune-Review: Peduto pitches early retirement for 132 Pittsburgh city workers
Tribune-Review: Mayor presents $480 million budget to council; no tax hike
Tribune-Review: US Airways and American Airlines can proceed with merger
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh natives ascend to top spots in Catholic bishops’ hierarchy
Post-Gazette: Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik testifies in Affordable Care Act case
Post-Gazette: Preliminary Pittsburgh Public Schools budget would need tax increase to reduce deficit
Post-Gazette: Ravenstahl gives final budget address to Pittsburgh City Council
Post-Gazette: Peduto offering residents a seat at the table

WTAJ: 2013 Elk Season Totals Released

Times Leader: County to discuss diversity committee reactivation
Times Leader: Airline merger agreement aids PA’s airport
Times-Tribune: Senate leader seeks gambling study
News Item: ACA blamed for insurance cost increase likely for SCA teachers next school year
Standard Speaker: Schuylkill County DA-elect outlines plans for term
Standard Speaker: Barletta names new district director
WNEP: Auditor General: Districts Mismanaged Millions
WNEP: Pressure is on Lawmakers to Pass Roads and Bridges Bill
AP:Orie Melvin seeks to stop sentencing ‘adjustments’
AP: New Pa. budget challenge surfaces for Corbett

South Central
Patriot-News: Frustration builds as victims await nearly $180K restitution in midstate contractor fraud cases
Patriot-News: No property tax increase in Lemoyne Borough’s proposed 2014 budget
Patriot-News: Harrisburg school budgets $24M+ off over four-year stretch, investigation shows
Patriot-News: See the pitches for how Dauphin County’s gaming money will be used in 2014
Lebanon Daily News: Volunteers sought for tax program in Lebanon County
Lebanon Daily News: Mt. Gretna updated on construction projects

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Obama to Philadelphia, Corbett to Washington
Morning Call: Pennsylvania hires DC lobbyists with state ties
Morning Call: Tea party defenders say most support its agenda
Morning Call: Recount decides Bangor mayor’s election by 1 vote
Reading Eagle: Possibility of new pipeline has Brecknock Township neighbors upset
WFMZ: Sen. Bob Casey pushes for Reading to be part of White House’s ‘Strong Cities, Strong Communities’ program
Express Times: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski trails behind other governor candidates, poll says

North by Northwest
Centre Daily: Mayor-elect wants more involvement from community
Centre Daily: Bellefonte Borough Council votes 5-4 to approve demolition of Garman Theatre, Hotel Do De
Centre Daily: On Centre: Around Bellefonte Mayor-elect wants more involvement from community
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City Council tables ordinance on entertainment

Rongione, Delco Daily Times: Harrisburg’s inaction on transit funding puts citizens and state economy in peril
Morning Call: Tea party defenders say most support its agenda
Bucks County Courier Times: America’s shame
Patriot-News: Here’s how to make college affordable: Don Bell
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: All aboard transit bill
Daily News: DN Editorial: Slogan’s Run
Times-Tribune: Regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco
Citizens’ Voice: Challenge black lung investigation
Altoona Mirror: Stern legacy positive
Post-Gazette: Park perks: Allegheny County residents deserve the lower fees

Keystone Politics: Val Arkoosh expands PA-13 Congressional Campaign Team
Keystone Politics: Tom Corbett says there are 200,000 new marcellus shale jobs. There are 17,414
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Harper Poll Second to Find Katie McGinty moves into second place
Keystone Politics: McGinty releases “Strong Schools, Bright Futures” education plan
Keystone Politics: This Week in Fundraisers: Joe Pitts’ $500 cheesesteak, hockey with Bob, and life insurers for Margolies
Keystone Politics: Housecleaning with Pittsburgh Mayor-Elect Peduto
Keystone Politics: Go away T.J. Rooney

4 Responses

  1. I want to get involved, to better my family, to better my city, to better my state, and to better my country. I want to show my children that WE can make a difference, and that my voice matters.

  2. Warm regards from Athens, Greece.

    Professor Vasilios Gikas, Academician in Economy & Law

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

    Total Voters: 112

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