11/14 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. Penn State and the victims of the sex abuse scandal desperately seek closure; the super committee works toward a deal; and lawmakers in Harrisburg get back to work.

Corbett’s Sunday Rounds: The Penn State sex abuse scandal dominated the news this weekend, and a somber Governor Tom Corbett made the rounds of the national Sunday talk shows.

Conservatives Target 3 GOPers: Pa. Reps. Jim Marshall, Ron Miller and Bernie O’Neill can look forward to some less than cheerful television ads this holiday season. Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP) will target the three lawmakers in a television and radio ad campaign through Christmas.

SEIU-PA Backs DiGirolamo: The SEIU Pennsylvania State Council is backing an proposal by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) that would assess a 4.7 percent tax on Marcellus shale gas drilling, with 44 percent of revenue directed to state programs.

11/11 Ups & Downs: Where do we start? Penn State’s darkest hour, interesting elections across the state, and more in Friday’s Ups & Downs.

PSU Sex Abuse Scandal
Public Opinion: Penn State second-half rally runs out of time
Public Opinion: Fans, alumni miss Joe Paterno at helm of Nittany Lions
Sentinel: At Paterno’s house, a quiet calm as game is played
Sentinel: Governor hails Pa. student vigil for abuse victims
AP, Patriot-News: Joe Paterno was ‘negligent’ in handling of child abuse claims, former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden says
Patriot-News: Jerry Sandusky and Gary Schultz continue to receive generous Penn State pensions
AP, Patriot-News: Penn State University’s bond rating could be downgraded, agency says
Daily Record: Penn State holds vigil for alleged sex abuse victims
Morning Call: Pictures: Saturday at Penn State
Dispatch: Lawmakers, child advocate weigh in on PSU scandal
WFMZ: Paterno’s wife: Thanks for the support
WFMZ: Reports: JoePa hires high profile criminal defense attorney
Express-Times: Penn State football-first mentality causes people to lose their perspective
Courier Express: Rep. Smith says Spanier had to go
Centre Daily Times: PSU officials weren’t the only ones failing to report Sandusky
Centre Daily Times: Gov.: Penn St. assistant failed ‘moral obligation’
Centre Daily Times: Full text of PSU President Rodney Erickson’s message to Penn State community
Sun Gazette: Scandal may include Keystone Central
Sun Gazette: Lawyer: Victims could become scapegoats
State College: Corbett on ‘Meet the Press’: McQueary Failed ‘a Moral Obligation’
State College: Frazier, Tomalis to Lead Penn State’s Special Investigative Committee; ‘Rull Accountability’ Sought
State College: PSU Trustees: Erickson Sees Standing Ovation, Cites Circumstances ‘I Never Could Have Imagined’
The Hill: Amid ailing economy, members of Congress delve into sports issues
WITF: Notes from a scandal
Early Returns: Pa. Congressional Delegation Reacts To Scandal
Public Opinion: Editorial: Irrational acts won’t help PSU
Public Opinion: Editorial: Nevermind media, Paterno didn’t deserve his fate
Sentinel: Editorial: A wake-up call at Penn State
Morning Call:Editorial: Penn State scandal demonstrates how people can be fooled
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Paterno had to go
Erie-Times: Editorial: Tragedy at Penn State recalls lessons of sex scandals in Erie
Centre Daily Times: Letter: Survivor of childhood abuse shares his story
Centre Daily Times: Editorial: Former PSU student body president: Students, alumni have change to mold dear old State
Centre Daily Times: Letter: A letter to the State College Community: Steps can be taken toward  happiness, healing
Centre Daily News: Letter: Trustees should go
Centre Daily Times: Letter: Paterno scapegoated
The Republic: Future of Second Mile in danger
Inquirer: Families say Sandusky had free rein
Fox Philadelphia: Bobby Bowden call Paterno ‘negligent’
(AP) ABC Philadelphia: Gov Corbett: PSU assistant failed ‘moral obligation’
(AP) ABC Philadelphia: Through charity, Sandusky had access to vulnerable
WHYY Newsworks: After abuse scandal sent shock waves across campus, Penn State fans look to healing

National
CBS Pittsburgh: President Obama Acknowledges Beaver Co. Resident
Politico: Toomey says supercommittee has places to go
Post-Gazette: What Does The Middle Class In America Look Like
CNN: Santorum questions Obama and Bush on Iran spending
ABC News 4: Santorum first to open headquarters in Lowcountry
MSNBC: Schwartz introduces bill to encourage hiring of veterans

Statewide
NWA Online: Corbett pledges to replace fleet with natural gas cars
CBS Pittsburgh: Former State Rep. Sean Ramaley Discusses ‘Bonusgate’
Pennsylvania Ave: Casey foes to debate
Politico: Toomey: super-committee has ways to go
Capitol Ideas: Transcript of Corbett press conference
PA Independent: Corbett disappointed with lack of action by PSU
State Impact: PSU Students want more transparency on University ties to Natural Gas Industry
State Impact: Corbett argues impact fee’s “preemption” language would create jobs
CBS Philadelphia: VP Biden visits Media, Pa., for Veterans’ Day ceremonies

Philly
Inquirer: Sugary-drinks industry sweetens pot for Philadelphia City Council candidates
Daily News: State court upholds yanking of S. Philly casino license
Daily News: Clarke’s the big cheese…or is he?
Inquirer: Pennsylvania losing three veteran legislators
Inquirer: For Pa. health secretary, e-mails show one “little bit of a problem” after another
Inquirer: Nutter getting tough on Occupy protesters
Inquirer: Fumo prosecutors fire back at judge
PhillyClout: Friday’s DN: Council President Clarke?
PhillyClout: Quick bits
PhillyNow.com: Mayor Nutter addresses alleged rape, deteriorating conditions at Occupy Philly
PhillyNow.com: Occupy Philly to finally decide on move tonight? maybe
PhillyNow.com: Update: Toomey votes FOR hire heores act
CBS Philadelphia: Mayor Nutter: City reevaluating relationship with Occupy Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Nutter beefs up police presence at Occupy Philly after reports of sexual assault

Philly Burbs
UpperMoreland-WilowGrove Patch: Matthews to Commissioners-elect: ‘What do you want us to do?’
Citizens’ Call: Castor to Stay Put and Commits to Making His Contribution in Montgomery County’s New Democratic Administration
Glenside News Globe Times Chronicle: Veterans Day ceremony in Glenside honors humanitarianism
Abington Patch: Video: Veterans Day at North Penn VFW
Main Line Times: Lower Merion’s Jenny Brown comes up short in bid for Montco commissioner
Intelligencer: Castor discusses relationship with incoming Democratic administration
Pottstown Mercury: Furber elected president judge
Pottstown Mercury: Coalition says cut gov. waste to save the environment

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Election Showed Fracking Is A Key Issue In The Region
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council Urged To Restore CCAC Funds
Post-Gazette: West Mifflin Area Residents Speak Out About Ethics Report
Early Returns: Peduto Fundraiser/Host Committee Announced

NEPA
Times Tribune: Upcoming Scranton Budget Likely to Cost Taxpayers More with Fewer Services

South Central
Public Opinion: Scholarship honors Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Groe
Public Opinion: Budget woes may bring deep cuts to Chambersburg Police Department
Sentinel: Philly protesters vote to stay despite deadline
Sentinel: Carlisle ceremony honors veterans
Sentinel: Transportation secretary to speak at breakfast
Patriot-News: South Middleton officials approve 1st phase of Parkview development
Patriot-News: Harrisburg Councilwoman Patty Kim to challenge Rep. Ron Buxton
Daily Record: City Mulls reward, risk of taking over parking
Dispatch: District judge bows out of Toni Smith election law hearing
Lancaster Online: Tax bills arrive with penalties
Lancaster Online: The best anti-poverty program is a job
Lebanon Daily News: Swatara doubles tax for second year
Lebanon Daily News: South Lebanon eyes 2012 schedule

North by Northwest
Erie-Times: Pa. taxpayers could bear costs of old gas wells
Erie-Times: Election focus shifts from local to presidential races
Erie-Times: Times In-Depth: With prosecutors in lead, Erie anti-violence strategy takes shape
Erie-Times: Two options considered for McDowell project
Sun Gazette: Service eyes cost-cutting as mail volume falls
Sun Gazette: Study favors closing city state
Sun Gazette: Statewide judicial redistricting beginning; no changes locally
Sun Gazette: County officials count votes
Sun Gazette: 3 Republicans in the commissioners seats legal according to county code
Sun Gazette: Housing plan could bring city $16.5 million
Sun Gazette: Casey: Give a veteran a job
Sun Gazette: Council OKs 1st reading on fire fees policy

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Politics as Usual
Morning Call: Ex-Bethlehem school director, developer plan charter school
Reading Eagle: NAACP gala honors 2 civic leaders
Reading Eagle: Ag digest: USDA collecting data on farms
Reading Eagle: Longtime Exeter Township supervisor ousted
Reading Eagle: Wilson School Board president defeated
Reading Eagle: Richmond dairy farmer topples 18-year supervisor
Reading Eagle: Election lesson: Winners must watch their backs
WFMZ: Mayor’s budget would close firehouse, cut from police force
Express-Times: Lehigh Valley Occupy members share stories at Northhampton Community College

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Backyard Brawl? Western Beaver County Brochure Criticizes Pa. Cyber
Indiana Gazette: Possible Closing Of Post Offices Draws Mixed Responses

Opinion
Heather Long, Patriot News: Redistricting commission should map out a new plan
Salena Zito, Tribune Review: Time for a 3rd party candidate?
Public Opinion: Public safety should be absolute last resort
Public Opinion: Irrational acts won’t help PSU
Public Opinion: What’s true goal of Issa’s USPS plan?
Patriot-News: Gov. Corbett can even sales-tax playing field
Reading Eagle: Money should have been used to educate children
Erie-Times: Editorial Cartoons: Flat Tax
Inquirer: City Hall won’t be the same
Pottstown Mercury: Paterno failed legacy of leading with integrity
Delco Daily Times: Penn State will recover from troubles
Bucks Local News: House bill 1950 would strip the role local government in gas drilling

Blogs
Philadelphia Bar Association: Legislative Report for November 14, 2011
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Dent:Let’s Remember Our Veterans
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Landside Lamont’s “Victory” In Question
NEPArtisan: GOP Hopefuls Love War and Torture!
NEPArtisan: Lackawanna Round-Up: An Underwhelming Election
NEPArtisan: Various Observations
2 Political Junkies: Jack Kelly Sunday
2 Poltical Junkies: O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum The War On Christmas Returns!
2 Political Junkies: A Penn State VIGIL
LuLac Political Letter: Edition 1834
LuLac Political Letter: Edition 1833
LuLac Political Letter: Edition 1832
PA Progressive: News and Notes
PA Progressive: Let the Healing Begin
PA Progressive: McQueary Put On Administrative Leave
PA Progressive: News and Notes 11/11/11
PA Progressive: Questions Arise About Corbett and Timing of Sandusky Investigation
Above Average Jane: Post-Election Study of County Official Gender Breakdown
Above Average Jane: Two Interesting Notes from this Week’s WSJ
Above Average Jane: Schwartz Introduces Veteran Jobs Bill
John Hanger: Honda Civic CNG Goes Nearly National
John Hanger: Veterans Day Facts Everyone Must Chaner

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