10/31 Morning Buzz

Happy Halloween politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. We hope your power is on and your driveway clear.

The Legislative Reapportionment Commission meets today, possibly to unveil the new Pa. legislative maps. And the local 2011 races are heating up, too. We had planned to be all spooky-like this morning, but frankly there’s just too much going on. If you want to see our all-time favorite Halloweed/redistricting lede, we invite you to read it here.

Redistricting: Pete DeCoursey of Capitolwire explores the chances of a legislative deal, and the possibility that today’s meeting will be postponed.

2011 Endorsements: Here’s a roundup of which candidates earned the endorsements in the Sunday columns.

2011 Fundraising: PoliticsPA gives you this look at the fundraising in PA’s top three local races: Allegheny, Bucks and Montgomery counties.

Ups & Downs: Lots of 2011 endorsements in Pa. newspapers this week; a redistricting-themed ‘down’; and Occupy Pittsburgh doesn’t exactly impress.

Clinton/Nutter Rally Cancelled: Democratic supporters and Occupy Philadelphia protesters were disappointed Saturday afternoon to learn that Bill Clinton had cancelled a planned appearance with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter due to snowy weather.

Tea Party Josh Shapiro? Democrats Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards have hammered Montgomery County Commissioner opponent Jenny Brown as, “the only candidate who met with the Tea Party.” But as it turns out, Shapiro met with a local Tea Party Group during his 2010 re-election campaign.

Romney in Pittsburgh: Mitt Romney helped the Republican Committee of Allegheny County raise about $10,000 on Thursday, capping off several events and fundraisers in Pittsburgh.

Race to Watch: Philly D10: The campaign for District 10 Councilman in northeast Philadelphia – represented by Republican Brian O’Neill- has become the hottest race in the city this fall. He and Democratic challenger Bill Rubin are on the attack.

National
Wall Street Journal: Harrisburg is Having a Yard Sale
New York Times: Storm leaves 2 million without power in Northeast
Politico: Toomey Birthday Cash Bash
Morning Call: Bob Casey on and off Obama bundler list
ABC News: Santorum goes after Cain with abortion ad -britanyf
Politico: Santorum is first to whack Perry over skipping debates
MSNBC: Santorum blames Obama for Afghanistan bombings
Delaware County Times: Rep. Meehan Touts Small Business Bill
Intelligencer: Rep. Fitzpatrick Pushes Repeal of Feds’ 3% Withholding Fee
Fox Philadelphia: ‘Occupy’ Philly Is Costing Taxpayers $500K
AP: Occupy Philly Protest Avoids Antagonism — So Far
Commonwealth Confidential: FBI File Reveals Murtha’s Darker Side
Go Lackawanna: Obama lost many donors from 08 presidential race

Statewide
AP: Pa. Voters To Fill 2 Appellate Court Seats Nov. 8th
WHYY Newsworks: Vince Fumo Lashes Out In Angry Letters
Capitol Ideas: Pulling The Trigger: Corbett Still Seeking Charter School Change
Pa. Independent: Pa. House Fails To Pass Texting While Driving Ban
Capitol Ideas: LIHEAP Program Starts Tuesday
Commonwealth Confidential: Rep. Vitali Calls Redistricting Map Unconstitutional
Capitol Ideas: Reapportionment Commission Could Approve Preliminary Map Monday
witf: These zombies are all about the issues
witf: Links: The House GOP, unhappy in its own way; and group calls for slow-down on red-light cameras
Reading Eagle: Redistricting could give Berks sixth seat in state House
State Impact: House Republicans Join Impact Fee Debate
State Impact: Environmental Groups Concerned About Senate Impact Fee
State Impact: New York Delays Fracking Report
State Impact: Four Factors to Watch For, As Senate Vote On Impact Fee Nears
State Impact: Another Local Drilling Ban
State Impact: Drill Bits: Senate Bill Expands Leasing State Land; Concern Over Solar Jobs
Media Page Today: Washington Week: Part B premiums to rise slightly in 2012
Upper Saucon Patch: Corbett plans to grade teachers more like students
Las Vegas Sun: Corbett launches PA takeover of capital
gantdaily.com: Corbett congratulates state troopers at state police graduation
Penn Live: Legislative reapportionment commission could bring central PA more clout to General assembly

Philly
Inquirer: On The Campaign Trail, With An Eye Toward 2015 Mayoral Election
Inquirer: Mayor Nutter and Bill Clinton Cancel, Not Occupy
PhillyClout: City Has A Little Extra Dough
philly.com: Good candidates among judicial choices
Philly.com: Area votes in congress
WHYY Newsworks: will Philadelphia property assessors have to get certified?

Philly Burbs
Times Herald: Stories we’re working on
Times Herald: Bruce Castor: Josh Shaprio “lied’ about Tea Party meeting
Times Herald: Bruce Castor proclaims credibility as key to his election
Times Herald: Jenney Brown supports online checkbook for spending transparency
Pottstown Patch: House Amendment: Primary Offense to Text and Drive
Mercury: Newspaper Endorses Bruce Castor, Jenny Brown for Montgomery County Commissioner- Ail
WHYY Newsworks: Democrats contend for control of Montgomery County
CBS: Republicans Running for Commissioner In Montgomery County Criticize Democrats Campaign Ads About Tea Party
Inquirer: Pa. Democrats aim to reverse 0 for 6 record in county elections
Phillyburbs.com: Many steps to be taken to improve the county’s economy
Times Herald: Bruce Caster: Shapiro lied about tea party meeting

NEPA
Pocono Record: Still a lot of static as Pa. lawmakers differ on cellphone bad
CitizensVoice: Luzerne County Council; profiles and positions
CitizensVoice: 28 vie for 11 inaugural county council seats
StandardSpeaker: Council to shape new government
StandardSpeaker: Bill would allow red-light cameras in Hazleton
GoLackawanna: Unions: Doherty won’t negotiate
GoLackawanna: Jobs group: Barletta liar, ‘Pinocchio’
GoLackawanna: Arguments heard in political firing suit
GoLackawanna: County borrowing plan approved
GoLackawanna: Fate of bill to allow state Sunday hunting unclear
GoLackawanna: Legislation aims to fund road, bridge fixes
PoconoRecord: Parties divided over Pa. redistricting maps
PoconoRecord: Q&A for four Pike County commissioner candidates
PoconoRecord: Legislation aims to fund road, bridge fixes; raise vehicle fees
PittstonPolitics: GOP holds benefit in memory of Balaster
PittstonPolitics: Judicial fodder

Lehigh Valley
AP: Macungie Mayor, Chief In Battle Over Police Records

Opinion
TimesLeader: Endorsements for Luzerne County Council
PoconoRecord: Calling all cars: Bank robbery in process
DailyReview: Metamorphosis of a bill
DailyReview: ‘Red-light’ cameras should not be a blank ticket for revenue enhancement
StandardSpeaker: For Luzerne County Council, 11 offer diversity, seek reform
StandardSpeaker: Musto Carroll’s experience wins out
StandardSpeaker: For Luzerne judge, three stand out
TimesTribune: Vouchers beat status quo
TimesTribune: Give red light to blank check
TimesTribune: O’Brien and Wansacz for commissioner
Baer Growls: ‘Leaf Peepers’ Revenge
Intelligencer: Commissioner Hoeffel: Montco finances not in shambles
WHYY Newsworks: The Case For Leaving State Stores Alone
Inquirer: Good candidates among judicial choices

Blogs
Mount Penn GOP: Newspaper Endorses Bruce Castor, Jenny Brown for Montgomery County Commissioner
Liberty Blog: 8 November: Josh Shapiro Lies! Jenny Brown Tea Party?  Josh Shapiro Socialist?
Young Philly Politics: Income Inequality on the Rise
PA Budget and Policy Center: Enact a Responsible Drilling Tax -Brittany H
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Cops Grand: Only Way Pawloski Will Add New Cops In Allentown
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Judge Moran, 5 City Council Members, Oppose Atiyeh Drug Rehab
NEPArtisan: Various Observations
NEPArtisan: Commissioner Commercials Up
2 Political Junkies: On The Politics Of Division
2 Political Junkies: David Conrad On Occupy Pittsburgh
PA Water Cooler: Shapiro Met With Tea Party Too!
LuLac Political Letter: Leighton Endorsed
PA Progressive: Patch of Pumpkin Heads
Keystone Politics: Fitzgerald and Raja Fight Gets Dirty
John Hanger: National Economy Grows But PA Economy Reverses

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