11/17 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz.

Smartest Harrisburg Staffers: Only 2 more days to submit your nominations for smartest staffers in the Capitol. Be sure to include a name, title and a few reasons why they ought to be on the list.

GOP Senate debate tonight: At least four Republican Senate hopefuls, including Steve Welch, will take part in a Delco Tea Party debate tonight. But no worries if you miss it (like Sam Rohrer and Tom Smith are going to) – there’s already another forum scheduled for PA Society weekend! Tom Fitzgerald of the Inky, Jim O’Toole of the Post-Gazette and Colby Itkowitz of the Morning Call will ask the questions.

Rohrer Announcing Monday: After months of hinting, Sam Rohrer will announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in a town hall meeting on Monday.  He will join an already crowded field vying for the GOP nomination and the chance to unseat incumbent Senator Bob Casey.

Christiana for Congress: Beaver County State Rep. Jim Christiana announced Wednesday that he has formed an exploratory committee that will allow him to test the fundraising waters for a potential congressional run.

Raja Was Right (Sort of): Before his 24 point defeat, the Republican warned that higher property taxes lay in store for residents if they voted for Democrat Rich Fitzgerald. The Pa. Supreme Court and Allegheny County Council are prepared to prove him right.

SEIU-PA Endorses Obama: The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) of Pennsylvania officially announced its endorsement of President Barack Obama in for the 2012 election. As one observer quipped, it would only be news if they didn’t.

National
PA Ave: Tommey’s supercommittee plan still embraced by GOP
Tribune-Review: State Rep. Jim Christiana Forms Exploratory Committee For Congressional Run
Post-Gazette: Sen. Casey Secures $3.1 Million Grant For Port Authority To Conduct Natural Gas Refueling
Early Returns: Rick Santorum Urges PSU To Say No To Bowl Game Invite
Phillynow.com: Daily Grinder: What’s the Over/Under on Rick Santorum’s ‘Moneybomb’?
PA Ave: Casey’s challengers to debate at PA society
PA Ave: Dent challenger announcing bid Thursday

Statewide
NBC Pittsburgh: Gov. Corbett Approved State Grant To Second Mile Charity Associated With Penn State Scandal
ABC Pittsburgh: Sandusky Case Reassigned To Judge In Westmoreland County
Early Returns: Pa. GOP: Courthouses Just The Start
New York Times: G.O.P is optimistic but democrats are glum on deficit panel
Capitol Ideas: Legislature to convene bipartisan, bicameral commission to probe PSU case
Capitol ideas: State Rep. Jim Christiana announces congressional exploratory committee
Capitol ideas: Westmoreland county judge to preside over Sandusky preliminary hearing
PA Independent: Corbett, Rendell offer dueling views on education policy
PA Independent: Teacher evaluation proposal includes charter schools
PA Independent: Lawmakers look to put sunlight on state- related universities
State Impact: PSU hosts Marcellus Summit today
State Impact: A closer look at the Senate’s impact fee

Philly
PhillyClout: City to occupy Philly: ‘Vacate Dilworth Plaza’
PhillyClout: Wednesday’s DN: Is Occupy Philly’s positive political message tarnished?
PhillyClout: City Controller refers investigative report to U.S. Attorney
PhillyClout: Ethics Board to hire two staffers with budget windfall
PhillyClout: City projects $2.5 million in police overtime due to Occupy Philly
Daily News: Final council tally: It’s a go for Oh
Daily News: Just one more Council leadership post left to fill
Inquirer: Judge, defendant Facebook friends; Pa. seeks reversal
Inquirer: Oh wins at-large seat on Philadelphia City Council
Inquirer: Pa. lawmaker reveals own childhood sexual abuse to push bills in wake of Sandusky scandal
Heard in the Hall: Trades to Occupy: Make way for construction
Phillynow.com: City to Occupy Philly: You don’t have to go home, but…[updated]
Philadelphia Weekly: Q&A with Deputy Mayor & Managing Director Rich Negrin
Fox Philadelphia: Fox 29 asks Gov. Corbett about PSU case
ABC Philadelphia: Corbett defends role in Sandusky probe
WHYY Newsworks: Audit of Philly’s sheriff office turned over to U.S. authorities
WHYY Newsworks: Experts weigh Corbett comments on Sandusky investigation

Philly Burbs
Pottstown Mercury: Chesco commissioners to hold public hearing on 2012 budget
Pottstown Mercury: ‘Occupy’ movement coming to Pottstown
Pottstown Mercury: New Montco commissioners name attorney to lead transition team
phillyburbs.com: Medford Councilman Dave Brown resigns
Delco Daily Times: Corbett, Rendell offer dueling views on education policy
Delco Daily Times: Meehan, pols calls for probe of economic, energy fallout from possible refinery closings

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: TH Properties bankruptcy hearing postponed again
Morning Call: Bethlehem schools to refinance debt
Morning Call: State names Catasauqua Area School District a “model” district
Morning Call: Macungie councilman clarifies tax hike comment
Morning Call: Bethlehem schools to refinance debt
Reading Eagle: City water users to pay 13.5% more in 2012
Reading Eagle: No tax hike in 2012 county budget proposal
Express-Times: Catasauqua tax collector allegedly stole $87,000 from Williams Township business
Express-Times: Easton City Council debates future of Weed and Seed program
Express-Times: Former Pohatcong Township Mayor Mary Van Lieu sworn onto council

South Central
Public Opinion: FULL STORY: Council taking nominations to fill vacant Third Ward seat
Public Opinion: 2012 Chambersburg Council meeting schedule approved
Public Opinion: Report: Corbett approved Second Mile grant
Public Opinion: PSU career dept. gives tips on what to say to potential employers about scandal
Public Opinion: Franklin County examines high employee turnover rate
Public Opinion: Write-in votes certified in Mercersburg, Waynesboro
Sentinel: Pa. lawmakers to examine PSU abuse scandal
Sentinel: Bill to refinance Pa. jobless debt clears Senate
Sentinel: Pa. Gov puts $3 million Second Mile Grant on hold
Sentinel: State College police chief: McQueary didn’t report abuse to us
Sentinel: Harrisburg lawyer says client will testify against Sandusky
Sentinel: Westmoreland County judge assigned to Sandusky case
Patriot-News: Middletown Borough Council approves plan for expansion of senior living facility
Patriot-News: Crisis counseling available to some midstate flood victims
Patriot-News: Ex-Centre County D.A. passed Sandusky case to state because of family conflict
Patriot-News: Reports on additional Sandusky victims are wrong, police say
Patriot-News: Lawyer: Jerry Sandusky TV interview made alleged victim more willing to tell story
Patriot-News: John Stewart says Jerry Sandusky lied: ‘You’re actually fighting the urge to come clean’
Patriot-News: Mom of alleged Sandusky victim says TV interview made boy cry
Patriot-News: Report: Jerry Sandusky’s charity official raised money for district judge who set his bail
Patriot-News: Board of Trustees member David Joyner named acting athletic director for Penn State
Patriot-News: Penn State interim football coach Tom Bradley was among those who testified in Sandusky case
Patriot-News: Sarah Palin weighs in on Sandusky, scandal emoboldens abuse victims, and more headlines
York Dispatch: Glen Rock struggles for police funding
York Dispatch: $1M grant means cash back for several municipalities
Lancaster Era: Penn Twp. enacts service tax
Lebanon Daily News: Center’s budget includes new position

North By Northwest
Erie Times: Meadville Council chooses former armory as new City Hall
Erie Times: Sen. Toomey: ‘Super committee’ almost out of time to reach debt deal
Erie Times: Occupy Erie protesters mark 33rd day at Perry Square
Erie Times: Feds want Erie County Councilman Beeman jailed immediately
Erie Times: Erie City Council approves purchase of detective cars
Leader-Vindicator: Local towns in line for grants for various work
Leader-Vindicator: Recent elections show political divide hits home
Jeffersonian Democrat: Municpal Authority chips away at debt
Sun Gazette: Senator wants hearing to examine PSU’s handling of allegations
Sun Gazette: South Side budget contains no tax hike
AP, Sun Gazette: Paterno in line for 6-figure annual pension
Sun Gazette: Lycoming commissioners open bids for leachate storage tank
State College: Sources: Spanier Volunteered to Step Aside at Penn State, Was Not Fired

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Martoni Likely To Succeed Burns
CBS Pittsburgh: Tax Increase Bill Introduced To Allegheny County Council
Post-Gazette: Point State Park Fountain To Overflow With Renovations Now That Project Received State Approval
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Council Delays Bill To Limit Speaking At Meetings
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Schools Chief Has Undisclosed Ailment
Post-Gazette: UPMC Wants New Highmark, WPAHS Contract To Be Public

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver Council Tensions Erupt
Observer-Reporter: Judge Says Washington County Reassessment Must Move Forward
Beaver County Times: Harness Track License Approved

Opinions
Public Opinion: Despite gas bill revisions, local control still an issue
Observer-Reporter: Washington County Election Results Not Without Surprise
Daily American: Not An Option To Skip Jury Duty
Patriot-News: The best editorial cartoons from the Penn State football scandal
Patriot-News: PSU needs outsider to run investigation
Patriot-News: Harrisburg had its chances: leadership void created current scenario
Patriot-News: Don’t allow lawmakers to pander to religion
Daily News: Ideas for the lame-duck caucus
Inquirer: Time for Occupy Philly to strike the tents
Reading Eagle: State has legitimate interest in preventing skin cancer
Erie Times: Gerson: Obama’s Catholic strategy in shambles: Sebelius at war with Catholic beliefs
Erie Times: Cohen: Cain partisans bully accuser
Centre Daily Times: Leonard Pitts: Too late, but Penn State finally did the right thing
phillyburbs.com: Us or them?
phillyburbs.com: Confident assemblymen will represent constituents well
phillyburbs.com: House bill abolishes local drilling regulations
phillyburbs.com: Law law needs to be strengthened

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