10/12 Morning Buzz

US Senate Votes: The Senate failed to advance the American Jobs Act Tuesday night as Pennsylvania’s Senators split along party lines. They also split over a bill to crack down on China’s currency manipulation, which Casey co-sponsored and Toomey opposed.

Redistricting Watch: Capitolwire Bureau Chief Pete DeCoursey has an interesting peek behind the scenes of the Legislative Reapportionment Commission, and how the five-member body is likely to shuffle the state’s Senate districts.

Obama in Pittsburgh: Standing in front of a medium-sized audience at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local No. 5 Training Center this afternoon, President Barack Obama asked the audience to keep up the pressure in favor of his American Jobs Act.

GOP v Obama: Accusing the President of running to the campaign trail in Pennsylvania rather than deal with the issues at hand, the RNC and a host of other Republicans blasted Obama in advance of his speech in Pittsburgh.

Axelrod Memo: The DNC isn’t talking 2012 re-election politics this morning. Instead, as the President travels to Pittsburgh, they’re sticking to the substance of the American Jobs Act. David Axelrod argues in a memo that Obama has the upper hand – and national support – for the jobs bill.

Corbett’s Education speech: Gov. Corbett introduced his long-awaited school reform plan today, calling for vouchers for students in the state’s worst-performing schools, tougher evaluation standards for public school teachers and changes in the way the Pennsylvania regulates charter schools.

GOP Pres Debate: The consensus is that not much changed in last night’s GOP debate about the economy. Romney still looks strong, Cain is gaining, and Rick Santorum got in a few words about social issues.

Platts Primary Challenge: Add Todd Platts to the list of PA Republicans facing a conservative primary challenge next year. Ted Waga, who commutes to work every day as a Sergeant in the Baltimore County, MD police, has announced a bid for Platts’ 19th district seat.

Flood Relief: Over a month has passed since Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee damaged and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, and many PA flood victims continue to struggle. PoliticsPA took a look at the recent activities of some of the elected officials who have remained on the ground and visible as the region continues to recover.

Montco Debate: The candidates for Montgomery County Commissioner debated Tuesday at the Chamber of Commerce.

National
Fox News: Will Rep. Fitzpatrick Be The Swing Vote Needed To Pass Free Trade Agreements On The House Floor?
Times Leader: Dueling Protests Outside Rep. Barletta’s Office

Statewide
WHYY Newsworks: Commonwealth Foundation Responds to StateImpact’s AEPS Report
Capitol Ideas: Tuesday morning coffee: Corbett school reform plan released today
Capitol Ideas: Corbett school reform plan calls for vouchers, charter school fixes
Capitol Ideas: Two views on Corbett’s school choice plan (video)
Early Returns: Piccola: Too few ed details from gov
State House Sound Bites: Four parts to Corbett’s education reform
State House Sound Bites: Five years in, AEPS shows results
State House Sound Bites: So you think you’re conservative?
PA Independent: Voucher proposal will be battleground for Corbett’s education plan
Pa Independent: Several key lawmakers not impressed with Corbett’s education plan
StateImpactPA: Drill Bits: Perry PA-Bound, and a glimpse at Scarnati and Corbett’s “It’s complicated” relationship
StateImpactPA: A third of the way through its timeline, alternative energy portfolio delivers results
StateImpactPA: Commonwealth Foundation responds to StateImpact’s AEPS report
StateImpactPA: State Supreme Court may take mineral rights case
StateImpactPA: Mapping how much Pennsylvania counties could earn under Governor Corbett’s impact fee plan
StateImpactPA: Mapping Corbett’s Impact fee

Philly
Inquirer: Police OT for Occupy Philly at $164,000
Inquirer: Lawsuit attacking property assessment, tax system dismissed
Inquirer: Corbett calls for school vouchers
PhillyNow: Right Wing Counters Occupy Protests With ‘We Are the 53 Percent’
PhillyNow: Daily Grinder: Ed Rendell Tells Occupiers to ‘Go Home’
PhillyNow: Black Activist Points Out Occupy Philly’s Racial Disconnect
Philly Clout: U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal from Philadelphia prosecutors in Mumia Abu-Jamal case
Philly Clout: Occupy Philly is costing the city in police overtime
FoxPhilly: FOX News: Christie to Endorse Romney For President
FoxPhilly: Occupy Philly May March On Bank Branch
CBS: Corbett Seeks Scaled-Back Toehold For State School Voucher Program
CBS: History Professor: Occupy Philadelphia In Infant Stage of Social Movement
NewsWorks: A power broker answers his critics
NewsWorks: State Supreme Court May Take Mineral Rights Case
Inquirer: PhillyDeals: Activists recruit Occupy for Phila. bank protest

Philly Burbs
Inquirer: ‘Occupy’ movement spreading into suburbs
Mercury: Statute to late U.S. Rep. Murtha unveiled in SW Pa.
Mercury: Corbett fleshes out his education agenda
Mercury: Highlights of Corbett’s education reform plan
Mercury: Pa. public pensions need more than big payday to get back on track
Courier Times: Disaster Center closes Wednesday
Courier Times: Yardley reconsiders local sex offender law
Courier Times: 2 polling places changed
News & Globe Times Chronicle: Pa offiicials pledge to resolve flooding issues in Cheltenham Township
North Penn Life: County commissioner candidates present platforms in Hatfield
Burlington County Times: Mount Holly officials say closing near for garden redevelopment
Intelligencer: Montco commissioner candidates go on attack
Intelligencer: Some educations concerned over Corbett’s voucher proposal

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Obama: It’s gut check time for Senate
Post Gazette: Senate Republicans vote to kill Obama’s jobs bill
Post Gazette: Pittsburgh Council begins redistricting process
Early Returns: Obama remarks to jobs council

NEPA
Times Leader: Gov. Corbett’s education reforms laid out
Times Leader: Pierantoni wants to help restore the courts
Citizens Voice: Corbett proposes vouchers, overhaul of teacher evaluations
Citizens Voice: Obama declares disaster for municipalities
Citizens Voice: Square protest urges a Barletta vote for jobs bill
Standard Speaker: 4 County council candidates to press on as team
Pocono Record: Corbett will kick off effort to improve education

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Larson talks county government to rotary

Lehigh Valley
AP: Lehigh Valley hospital sued in death of nun
Morning Call: Allentown honors firefighters and civilians
Reading Eagle: Solar energy gaining favor

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: Armstrong: Changes weighed in school voting regions
Altoona Mirror: City wants new planning arrangement
Beaver County Times: Commissioner candidates talk jobs at CCBC

Opinion
Rep. Joe Pitts, Investors Business Daily: Revisit ObamaCare Spending
Stu Rothenberg, Roll Call: GOP Needs Philly Suburbs To Win 2012 Election
Baer Growls: O-ggressive on Jobs Act
Heard in the Hall: Election stalwart retires
Big Tent: Fitzgerald live tweets GOP presidential debate in Hanover, N.H.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Stop picking on immigrants
Daily News: A few concrete suggestions for Occupy Philly
Daily News: Give guv credit for $$$
Philadelphia Inquirer: Flaws in city’s 311 system can be repaired
Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Teacher evaluation’: Real agenda appears to be school privatization
Courier Times: Occupying our attention
Times Tribune: New protests hit raw nerve
Citizens Voice: Protests serve as warning
Daily Review: Trying to fix what should never have been broken
Centre Daily: Corbett taking the lead on education changes
Tribune Review: A third party’s best bet

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: How public schools stack up
Keystone Politics: Will Casey kill the jobs bill?
Third and State: Hard times in PA
The Pennsylvania Progressive: Corbett on education
Jon Geeting: Zero carbon neighborhoods
Perez Hilton: Rick Santorum nervously says gay rights are not civil rights

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