10/3 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the first October Buzz.

Marcellus Announcement: Governor Tom Corbett reportedly will unveil his outline of Marcellus shale natural gas legislation today, including support of a drilling impact fee according to Scott Detrow of StateImpactPA.

Tea Party v. Barletta, Marino: The Northeast Pennsylvania Tea Party is in the midst of a campaign against Reps. Tom Marino and Lou Barletta for their support of legislation that would create tax incentives and subsidies to encourage the use and production of natural gas vehicles.

Rendell’s Flight 93 Comment: Ed Rendell’s enthusiasm for Philadelphia sports – and overflowing willingness to comment on the same – are one of his most charming attributes. But he may have gone a bit too far when discussing the Eagles’ disappointing Sunday loss.

Protesting Toomey: About 50 protesters rallied outside Toomey’s Pittsburgh office to demand the Senator consider fewer cuts and more government investment in job growth. It was one of three such protests this week.

Court Races: The AP reports that fundraising in the two statewide court campaigns has lagged in comparison to past years. The ladies have outraised the gentlemen about $200,000 each to $130,000 each.

Privatization Panel $$$: Laura Olson at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the story about Corbett’s appointees to the panel charged with charting a course toward privatizing the state’s wine and spirits stores – 70 percent of whom are donors.

PoliticsPA’s 9/30 Ups & Downs: Some presidential updates, U.S. Senate news, and a few odds and ends in this week’s Ups & Downs.

Pa Dems: The state Democratic Party apparatus turned up the heat in recent weeks, issuing several press releases alleging that Republican D. Raja’s record of outsourcing has had a negative effect on employment trends in his companies.

Teen Drivers: This week the PA House and Senate approved legislation that would institute stricter driving standards on Pennsylvania’s junior drivers and leaner’s permit holders. The bill is currently awaiting Governor Tom Corbett’s signature.

National
Business Week: Two PA counties top national list of employment growth
Wall St. Journal: Santorum reports 2010 earnings of almost $1 million
New York Times: Santorum struggles to be heard
Reuters: Democrats push tax hikes on the super-committee
The Caucus: Obama criticizes Republicans over booing of gay soldier
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Field Of GOP Candidates For Senate Growing
PhillyNow: West Philadelphians Beg Sen. Toomey To Help Pass American Jobs Act
WFMZ: Justices Attend Toned-Down ‘Red Mass’
Indiana Gazette: Santorum continues quixotic quest

Statewide
WFMZ: PA Game Commission Promotes Opening of of 10,400 Acres of New State Game Lands
State Impact: More Details Emerge About Corbett’s Monday Marcelllus Shale Rollout
Morning Call: A Look At Corbett’s Privatization Panel
Post-Gazette: Change To State Program Called ‘Urgent’
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Lawmakers To Consider Mandatory Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Tribune Review: Corbett: Christie unlikely to enter presidential race
Tribune Review: Progress has been slow in wake of Philadelphia ‘house of horrors’
Tribune Review: Critics of bid law revision fear best deals could be missed
Tribune Review: Corbett’s approval rating is at highest point since inauguration
Early Returns: 70% of guv privatizing panel = donors
KDKA: Tea Party Republican to challenge U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy
AP, Altoona Mirror: Corbett appoints panel to study privatization
Tribune Review: Critics of bid law revision fear best deals could be mislead
Times Tribune: Casey becomes a popular GOP target
Pennlive.com: Legislator proposes bill to diversify Pa. Liquor control board
Pennsylvania Independent: All eyes on Corbett when it comes to transportation plan
Pennsylvania Independent: Republicans in Harrisburg pushing English only law
Stateimpact PA: More factors than Shale behind Butler County boom
Stateimpact PA: A double play for Range Resources in Southwest PA
WITF: Links: Anticipating takeover, test scores up, & checking out the empaneled
WITF: Privatization commission chock full of donors
Capitol Ideas: The Sunday Brunch: Jersey Voters Split on Christie
Capitol Ideas: Report: Corbett to Announce Impact Fee Proposal On Monday
State House Sound Bites: Links: Anticipating Takeover, Test Scores Up, & Checking Out the Empaneled

Philly
Inquirer: Campaign Philadelphia Judges Say Democrats Sought $10,000 Donations
Inquirer: Two Bills Would Give Mayor Control Of Phila. Housing Authority
Inquirer: No Separate Trial For Gosnell

Philly Burbs
AP: Drilling Boom Sparks Rise In Water Testing
Bucks County Courier Times: Storms Flood Yardley With Cleanup Bills

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: County executive hopefuls Fitzgerald and Raja support statewide assessment
Post-Gazette: 17 of 24 on state privatization panel contributed to Corbett’s campaign
Post-Gazette: Council member to face charges
AP, Altoona Mirror: Pittsburgh councilman accused of forging petitions
NEPA
Times Tribune: Casey checks out local recovery efforts
Citizen’s Voice: Charter’s budget impact considered
Standard Speaker: Final piece of funding falls into place
Pittston Politics: Jackie helped bring Juvie Judges down
AP, Observer-Reporter: DA: Orie files deleted from Senate GOP computers

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Commissioners OK Nutrient Credit Deals
Courier Express: Clarion County Officials Defend Budget Contract

Lehigh Valley
Sun Gazette: City Council OKs Unfunded Federal Mandate
Morning Call: Northhampton County Proposes 9.3% Tax Increase
Morning Call: Gun Control Hysteria Is Unfounded: Paul Carpenter
Reading Eagle: Marcellus Shale To Be Topic At Berks County Extension Director’s Meeting
Express Times: Clinton Township Mayoral Race Pits Incumbent Kevin Cimei Against Incumbent Steven Krommenhoek
Express Times: West Easton Borough Council Race Draws Five Candidates

South Central
PublicOpinion: Pennsylvania Senate hearing on prevailing wage legislation set for Chambersburg
York Dispatch: Questions surround York County Commissioners over director’s firing
Lancaster New Era: 3 local legislators sponsor bill to sell liquor stores
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County receives federal funds – finally
Lebanon Daily News: State to release grant for S. Lebanon project
Lebanon Daily News: Much we don’t know

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: Marion center: teachers meet to discuss terms of labor agreement
Indiana Gazette: Pennsylvania prefers winner-take-all electoral system
Observer-Reporter: Corbett speaks in closed meeting in Greene county

Opinion
Philadelphia Inquirer: Parking Industry Shouldn’t Get a Tax Cut
Philadelphia Inquirer: As World Turned, We Became Our Own Worst Enemies
Daily News: The Danger of Political Correctness Run Amok
Daily News: Where’s Christie?
Daily News: Philadelphia’s Gun Court: Less Bang For Our Bucks?
Post Gazette: Protect Our Visas: Council Must Balance the Interests on Billboards
Post Gazette: Asides- Pittsburgh’s Population Loss
Tribune Democrat: Pennsylvania’s Public Universities Have Indigestion
Pocono Record: America in love with in vitro
York Daily Record: When will Pa. Outlaw drexting?
York Daily Record: More grandstanding by Rep. Perry
York Daily Record: Platts, tea party at odds
Mike Argento, York Daily Record: Is Platts a Communist Nazi?
York Dispatch: Teen driving bill a start
York Dispatch: Power grab could backfire
York Dispatch: Congress is the disaster
Lancaster New Era: Losing Faith in government
Lancaster New Era: Bury this bill
Lancaster New Era: Its time to take on the tax code
Altoona Mirror: Township selection too hasty
Beaver County Times: ID should be required for voting
Observer-Reporter: Well, Mr. Dickens, anything changed?

Blogs
PA Water Cooler: Some thoughts on GOP State Committee
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Zero Carbon Neighborhood On Its Way to Bethlehem’s South Side
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Meet Macungie Mayor Rick Hoffman
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: LV Mayor’s Dinner Will Knock You Off Your Feet… Literally
Penn Patriot: Casey Odds on for 2012
PA Town Hall: Christie: Time to Decide
PA Town Hall: Lincoln Institute Pollster Summit Briefings
PA Town Hall: School Choice History Part # 12
PA Town Hall: God’s Call? Christie and the Presidency
The Centrist: Weekly Republican Address: An Alternative to Obama’s Job-Killing Agenda
The Centrist: Editorial: Rendell Talks Big, But Offers Little to Small Business
Independent, Conservative, Common Sense Oasis: Steve Corbett: NEPA’s Enemy of the State of Health and Fitness
Casablanca PA: Ask the Right Questions
Lu Lac Political Letter: Mustro Carroll Up
2 Political Junkies: Will Bush Cancel This Trip, Too?
Sights on PA: Hazleton Area School District- Poor Performance Continues For Years

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