10/5 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz. A hat tip this morning to the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents Association for a great Gridiron last night.

Rating the Dem AG Videos: Who had the best intro video: Kathleen Kane, Dan McCaffery or Patrick Murphy? PoliticsPA talked with a few seasoned statewide campaigners and media consultants to see how well the three stacked up.

Speaking of the AG Race: The primary is half a year away, but Patrick Murphy has already pulled in a major endorsement for his bid for Attorney General. Former Governor Ed Rendell, a powerhouse in Pennsylvania Democratic politics, has thrown his support behind the former congressman.

SEPA GOP Robocalls: Are you a Republican in southeast PA? Do you vote on a fairly consistent basis? If so, then the odds are you’ll soon be receiving a robocall urging you to oppose PA Sen. Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi’s controversial Electoral College plan.

Fred Thompson & NPVI: Former TV star, Senator and presidential candidate Fred Thompson flew to Harrisburg to gin up support for a plan to move the country to a national popular vote for president.

RedState v. Murphy: Erick Erickson thinks Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny) deserves a primary challenge. The managing editor of RedState, one of the most influential conservative blogs in the country, has a devastating post this week featuring a laundry list of times that Murphy has strayed from conservative orthodoxy.

$375K for Altmire: Rep. Jason Altmire lead out the third quarter fundraising announcements this time around, reporting a healthy $375,000 raised during the period from July 1 through September 30. His campaign is calling it the best Q3 he’s ever had. He’s got over $700,000 cash on hand.

National
Wall St. Journal: Drill fee proposed for PA
Talk Radio News: Casey – Currency bill aimed to cheat China
AP: Casey raises questions on size of jobs package
AP: Santorum waves off Perry’s racial slur
Early Returns: Daily Santorum: No Perry this time

Statewide
WHYY Newsworks: Computergate Testimony: Perzel Wanted To Be Governor
AP: Pa. State Tax Revenues Lag Expectations By $215M
WHYY Newsworks: Battle Over Prevailing Wage In Pa. House
AP: Pa. House Panel To Take Up Illegal Immigrant Bills
Reading Eagle: Corbett Endorses County Drill Fees
AP: Reported Pa. Crimes Fell 2.6% Last Year
WFMZ: Legislators and Educators Rally at the Capitol Oct. 5 to Promote Parent-School Partnerships
Times Herald: State Rep. Vereb’s Teen Heart Bill Passes Houses Unanimously
Capitol Ideas: The “Remarkable Futility” of Rick Santorum’s White House Bid
Capitol Ideas: Senate Panel Weighs Electoral College Changes
Capitol Ideas: Tuesday Morning Coffee: Shale Reaction Pours In
Early Returns: Electoral Changes Debated
Early Returns: Red State Wants Murphy Primaried
Early Returns: Exec Race Negative on Radio Too
Early Returns: Guv to Privateers: Avoid Conflicts
witf: Corbett’s Impact Fee, & Prevailing Wage Changes Await House Vote
Tribune Review: Impact fee proposal laid out by governor
AP, Tribune Review: Ex-aide: Public, private work mingled in Pa. House speaker Perzel’s project
Tribune Review: County-driven levy system raises concerns over possible ‘border wars’
Post-Gazette: Two GOP legislators make push for natural gas tax
Post-Gazette: State Senate panel debates distribution of electoral college
Post-Gazette: State House considers Metcalfe immigration bills
AP, Indiana Gazette: Corbett details drilling stance
WTAE: Pa. electoral vote stirs passion at hearing
WITF: Corbett’s impact fee, & prevailing wage changes await house vote
PA Independent: Congressional district-based electoral votes would have changed history, but rarely
PA Independent: Republicans look to amend prevailing wage requirements
State Impact: Norquist Says Corbett’s Fee becomes a tax, if it’s levied statewide
State Impact: Why Pennsylvania lawmakers will likely change Corbett’s impact fee
State Impact: Corbett’s Marcellus Shale impact fee: Day two
Capitolwire: Norquist, ATR say Corbett plan appears not to be a tax hike
Capitolwire: Two SE House GOPers introduce tax drilling plan
Capitolwire: Electoral bill hearing aims at undecided lawmakers
Capitolwire: Corbett unveils Shale proposal, Senate leaders, House Dems want more money, state-controlled fee

Philly
Heard In The Hall: City Controller Says Philadelphia 311 System Costs $6 Million But Does Not Deliver
AP, Beaver County Times: Philly mayor, Republican challenger spar in debate

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Father of council sues city
AP, Tribune Review: Judge to allow Peters drilling ban question to appear on ballot
Tribune Review: Gambling leader says Pa. is setting bar for casino taxes
Post-Gazette: City Council opposes federal bill on concealed handguns
Post-Gazette: Newspapers seek opening of Marcellus lawsuit settlement
Post-Gazette: City Council OKs medical expert for lawsuit
Early Returns: Exec race negative on radio too
Early Returns: Ravenstahl’s reelect committee
Early Returns: Raja runs 1st negative spot
Early Returns: Fitz saves in 2nd ad of fall
Early Returns: Occupy Pgh meeting Wednesday

NEPA
Times Tribune: Myo Beach residents still homeless
Times Leader: Mayor Leighton under investigation by Ethics Commission
Citizen’s Voice: County manager candidates to be interviewed after election
The Daily Review: FEMA trailers finally arrive in Athens
Pocono Record: Middle Smithfield candidates agree that township is a mess

Lehigh
Reading Eagle: Mayor’s Budget Angers Residents, Council

Southwest
The Daily Courier: Fayette: gas drillers prepared for Marcellus shale accidents
Observer-Reporter: Counties pleased with plan
Observer-Reporter: Election office seeks judges of election, board members

South Central
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Franklin County municipalities may get flood costs from FEMA
Patriot-News: As Pennsylvania electoral vote reform pushes forward, National Popular Vote advocates campaign in Harrisburg
Patriot-News: Fight begins over changing Pa’s electoral vote system but parties are still in control
York Daily Record: York County to upgrade website
York Dispatch: Pa. electoral vote plan draws fire in committee hearing

Opinion
Times Tribune: One member, one vote
Baer Growls: Wild Things
Commonwealth Confidential: Presidential Voting Takes Center Stage in Capitol
Heard in the Hall: City Controller Says Philadelphia 311 System Costs $6 Million But Doesn’t Deliver
Patriot-News: Welfare woes – Accountability issues must be addressed
Tribune Review: Scary preview of campaign ‘12

Blogs
Pa. Budget & Policy Center: Gov.’s Drilling Plan Sells Pennsylvanians Short
John Hanger’s Facts Of The Day: Counting Votes: A Political Analysis Of The Governor’s Fee Proposal
Keystone Politics: GOP Is Trying To Dismantle Prevailing Wage Laws
Keystone Politics: Nutter Asks City To Plan For Additional Budget Cuts
Young Philly Politics: Occupy Philly: Wall Street Protest Coming Here
Commonwealth Foundation: Commonwealth Foundation Creates ‘Liquor Liberty’ Web Site
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Bethlehem Township Comm’rs Dissolve Housenick Park Committee
The Centrist: Democrats Tax the Poor With the ‘Durbin Fee’
The Independent, Conservative, Common Sense Oasis: Adversity- Setback or Opportunity?
Third and State: Morning Must Reads: Regulations and Jobs
PA Progressive: Skill Mismatch is Back and it is Still Wrong
Lu Lac Political Letter: County Council Race 11/11/11=11 Council Members
Keystone Progress Blog: Who’s the “Socialist?”
2 Political Junkies: Revolt
Jon Geeting: Tom Corbett’s Doing It Wrong On Fracking Taxes

October 5th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments