11/18 Morning Buzz

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GOP Senate Debate: Five GOP Senate hopefuls took questions last night from members of the Delaware County Patriots tea party in the biggest event yet of the crowded primary. Sam Rohrer and Steve Welch stood out.

NYT looks at PA-Sen: Speaking of.. Under the headline “Feuding Hurts G.O.P.’s Hopes to Win Senate, the New York Times profiles PA’s crowded Senate in the context of broader efforts to take the upper chamber.

Marcellus Shale: The Pa. House passed its primary Marcellus legislation, HB1950, by a mostly party-line 107-76 vote yesterday, despite Grover Norquist’s last-minute decision that it constitutes a tax.

Murphy and Solyndra: Rep. Tim Murphy is getting some time in the sun. He’s been a leading voice in the investigation of Solyndra, but he’s also taking heat over his support of similar programs in the past.

Don’t forget to check PoliticsPA later today for this week’s Ups & Downs.

National
Post-Gazette: Sen. Toomey Plan Would Cut Tax Rate For Rich To 28%
AP: Congress to kill high speed rail project
CBS: Santorum – Penn State should be banned from bowl games
The Hill: Rep Altmire gets first likely challenger
USA Today: PSU case brings other victims forward

Statewide
Times Leader: House passes GOP sponsored shale impact fee bill
Wall St. Journal: PA Attorney General hopeful wants child-sex-crimes database
York Dispatch: DePasquale calls for more investigation into Penn State
Standard Speaker: Corbett signs youth in sports concussion bill
Fox43: Corbett defends timeline of Sandusky investigation
PA Ave: NY Times: GOP feuding could aid Sen. Casey
PA Ave: Toomey’s supercommittee plan still embraced by GOP
Capitol Ideas: House continues shale fee debate today
WITF: Grand jury, why wait?
PA Independent: House, Senate pass natural gas impact fee bills three days apart
PA Independent: New Senate map removes potential challenger from Pileggi’s district
PA Independent: PSU could raise tuition to cover damages from civil lawsuits
State Impact: House passes impact fee on 107 – 76 vote
State Impact: Norquist calls “tax” on house marcellus bill
Capitolwire: House approves its drilling impact fee legislation
Capitolwire: Sens Piccola, Williams, voucher advocates say emerging House proposal unacceptable

Philly
Philly.com: New focus for city office
Inquirer: Federal help in audit sought
Inquirer: City Council grants preliminary approval to SugarHouse expansion
Daily News: Brady brokers plaza-protest pullout
Inquirer: Jones has backing to be Phila. Council majority leader
Daily News: Key figure in Philly bugging probe now top Cain aide
Heard in the Hall: Occupy protestors swarm City Council
Heard in the Hall: Bob Brady on Occupy Philly
Heard in the Hall: Nutter wins praise from Esquire
PhillyClout: Bill would eliminate city pension for convicted pervs
PhillyClout: Occupy Philly asks to move, disrupts City Council session
Phillynow.com: Daily Grinder: Occupy Philly told to leave; will they ‘self-evict’?
Phillynow.com: Occupy Philly puts city in a touch spot
Phillynow.com: Protestors arrested on market street bridge
Fox Philadelphia: Alleged White House shooter charged with  attempted assassination
KYW Newsradio: Dozens of Occupy Philly protesters arrested following march from city hall to 30th street bridge

Philly Burbs
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. redistricting plan splits Pottstown
Phillyburbs.com: County trial court administrator honored
Phillyburbs.com: Montco agencies call for higher gas drilling impact fees
Montgomery Media: Budget shortfall of $250,000 faces East Norristown officials

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Shock waves from scandal continue to spread
Morning Call: Allentown council passes resolution to fill vacancy
Morning Call: Northampton County Council gives Gracedal cash to stay afloat
Morning Call: Macungie’s revised budget proposal to include tax hike
Reading Eagle: PSU police under spotlight because of scandal
Reading Eagle: Berks election results review period begins Monday
Reading Eagle: Proposed budget wouldn’t raise tax
Reading Eagle: Berks Republican Women donate caps, scarves to center
AP, Express-Times: Pat Toomey deficit reduction plan targest mortgage deductions, other tax breaks
Express-Times: Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors names Justin Porembo director of government affairs

South Central
Public Opinion: Chambersburg teachers reject early contract
Public Opinion: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection allows 40 new sewer connections in Greene Township
Public Opinion: Chambersburg Borough Council looks for new members after Glenn Manns wins election to become magisterial district judge
Public Opinion: Mini grants to fund Shippensburg school projects
Sentinel: Pittsburgh mayor wants Harris off charity board
Patriot-News: Group wants Washington Twp. to secede from Dover schools, join Northern York County School
Patriot-News: Rodney Erickson will remain Penn State’s president, no national search to follow, trustees say
Patriot-News: Internet forum post first led investigators to Mike McQueary
Lancaster Era: Pubic prayers go missing: Court ruling moves some Lancaster County school districts to end tradition
Lancaster Era: Local officials tout ‘smart growth’ as Lancaster County’s model

NEPA
Times Tribune: Commissioners introduce budget with 38% tax hike
Times Tribune: Scranton receives one proposal for tax anticipation note
Times Leader: Conahan sent to florida prision
Times Leader: no tax hike expected in city budget-brittany h
Citizens Voice: commissioners approve plan to tear down sterling
Times News:18.8 mile tamaqua sr309 gauntlet starts tomorrow

North By Northwest
Erie-Times: Divided Occupy protest at turning point?
Erie-Times: New judge assigned in Penn St. sex-abuse case
Erie-Times: Ex-DA says PSU case referred because of wife’s family tie
Erie-Times: Pa. Gov. puts $3 million Second Mile grant on hold
Courier Express: Taxes going up in Reynoldsville
Sun Gazette: Shale and Us
Sun Gazette: Gas industry concerns, issues raised at Coalition forum
Sun Gazette: County holds line on taxes
Sun Gazette: Penn State trustees hire law firm in abuse scandal
Sun Gazette: Commissioners approve leachate tank bid award
Sun Gazette: Pink slips for the ARTS
State College: Civil-Rights Lawyers Ready to Target Penn State
State College: PSU Looking Into McQueary Claim of Police Discussions; ‘Right Now… No Record’
Centre Daily Times: Township forbids parking near Sandusky’s home
Centre Daily Times: Our view: Trustee’s ill-times announcement scarred our town

Pittsburgh
CBS Pittsburgh: Protestors With Occupy Movement March Over Greenfield Bridge
Tribune-Review: Harvard To Present New Frontier Award to Mayor Ravenstahl
Post-Gazette: Councilman Requests Investigation Into Fliers Aimed At Him

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: Commissioners Get Look A Draft Drilling Ordinance
Indiana Gazette: Commissioners Refinance Bond

Opinions
Observer-Reporter: Error In Judgment in the Pa. Judiciary
Inquirer: More reasons to improve Sheriff’s office
Inquirer: Nothing ‘super’ about panel
Pottstown Mercury: Upper Providence candidate thanks voters, supporters
phillyburbs.com: Politics of fear in Buckingham
phillyburbs.com: Judiciary needs improvement statewide

Blogs
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: NorCo Sheriff’s Department Gets Accredited Where Credit is Due
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Judge Baratta: zhb made right call against Atiyeh’s luxury apartments
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Dent votes for obama jobs bill to help vets
NEPArtisan: Scranton crisis: we are victims of incompetence
2 Political Junkies: But if its a hoax
LuLac Political Letter: Edition 1838
PA Progressive: it is an undeniable fact that i am an uber responsible private sector labor market analysis machine
PA Progressive: Corbett says he didn’t delay Sandusky probe
PA Progressive: News and notes
Keystone Politics: Job creating with tom corbett
Keystone Politics: Investigators used internet posting to track McQueary
John Hanger: Gas generation in pa rises 700%; coal falls
John Hanger: Renewables boom is recent and sustainable

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