1/12 Morning Buzz

Good morning! Vice President Biden is coming to the Delaware Valley on Friday to talk about student loans. The GOP says he is covering for four years of bad education policies. It is not the first, and it is certainly not the last time that the Obama administration will be making visits to Pa.

Gov. Corbett pulled some weight in GOP circles and told state Sen. Rafferty that he would be endorsing Dave Freed which lead Rafferty to pull out of the race.

Vice-President Biden To Give Education Speech In Bucks County On Friday
The White House Press Office has announced that Vice President Joe Biden will visit Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown this upcoming Friday, January 13th.  Biden will be joined by Deputy Secretary of Education, Tony Miller.

Redistricting Aftermath: Barletta, Dent Greet New Constituents At Pa. GOP Central Caucus
Reps. Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) and Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh) hadn’t spent much time in Pa. Republicans’ central caucus, which stretches from Bedford County east to Lancaster, and north to the New York border. That’s all changed with redistricting.

Patrick Murphy’s Credentials Under Fire
Patrick Murphy, the former Bucks County Congressman running for Attorney General, is playing defense in the final days before the Dems’ state committee endorsement meeting. His legal credentials have come under fire from his primary opponents as well as Republicans.

Rafferty Out of AG Race
John Rafferty is out of the Attorney General race after Governor Tom Corbett told the state Senator he would endorse Rafferty’s opponent, Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed.

Former Congressional Candidate To Challenge State Rep. Scott Petri
State Representative Scott Petri of the 178th legislative district will be facing a challenge from “Taxpayer Party” Republican Gloria Carlineo in his re-election bid for the PA General Assembly.

How Would You Fix Harrisburg…’s Website?
Pa. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi wants to know how lawmakers can make the Capitol’s web presence better.

Legislative Election Updates

SD-9: Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi has drawn a Tea Party-inspired challenge from activist Rogers Howard.

SD-45: State Rep. Scavello said that property tax relief is a high priority if elected to Pa. Senate

HD-20: Correction: We said in the Buzz that Melissa Hart was considering a run v Adam Ravenstahl. We meant Melissa Haluszczek! Our bad.

HD-103: Perennial candidate Karl Singleton has officially announced another bid for the Harrisburg-based district, for the first time without incumbent Ron Buxton who is retiring. He joins city councilwoman Patty Kim and former council president Gloria Martin Roberts in the Democratic primary.

HD-124: State Rep. Jerry Knowles is running for a third full term in the district that covers parts of Berks, Carbon and Schuykill counties.

HD-178: 2010 congressional candidate Gloria Carlineo will challenge Rep. Scott Petri in the GOP primary. She finished with about 15% of the vote in last cycle’s primary vs. Mike Fitzpatrick.

National

Pennsylvania Ave.: Rick Santorum On The Air In South Carolina
Wayne Independent: Sen. Casey Lobbies Shell To Build Chemical Plant in Pa.
Wayne Independent: Sen. Toomey Tackles Dairy Farming, Pa. Harness Racing
Pennsylvania Ave.: Jackson Eaton Fundraising In Run Against Dent
Times-Leader: Rep. Holden Drops In For Visits
Patriot News: Rep. Lou Barletta to be in Carlisle Monday to Meet Some of his New Constituents
Philly.com: Santorum cashes in on his sweater vests
PhillyNow: 2012: Santorum, Other GOP Candidates Vow to Ban Porn
PhillyNow: Santorum has Poor Showing in ‘Dead Ground’ New Hampshire
Politico: Gingrich Knocks Romney, Santorum In New Hampshire Primary Close
Washington Post: Is Rick Santorum A Catholic Or An Evangelical? Yes.
Washington Post: Right Turn: What Santorum Must Do Now
Washington Post: Santorum Won’t Appear On Three District Level Ballots In Ohio, Hinders Chance For Nine GOP Delegates
Washington Post: Fact Check: Santorum’s Record On Fiscal Policy
The Hill: Santorum Slams Obamacare On Anniversary
The Hill: Santorum: It’s Healthcare, Stupid
lifenews.com: “Pro-Life” Sen. Bob Casey to Meet March for Life Participants
Los Angeles Times: South Carolina Now Key for Rick Santorum
The Boston Globe: Rick Santorum Looks for Comeback in the South
CBS: Rick Santorum: I’m the “Messenger” that can Defeat Obama
The Daily Beast: Rick Santorum Fibs About Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Washington Post: Santorum Aims to be GOP’s “True Conservative”
CBS: Santorum: No Regrets About Competing in New Hampshire
Los Angeles Time: Rick Santorum Focuses on Gay Marriage
Salon: Santorum’s Confused Israel Politics
Bloomberg: Fracking Political Support Unshaken by Doctors’ Call for Ban

Statewide

State House Sound Bites: Court Reformers Say Pa. Supreme Court Justice Should Not Serve While Under Investigation
AP: Pa. Liquor Board Votes To Jump Prices On 313 Items
Pocono Record: Slots Revenue Up At Northeastern Pa. Casinos, Down Elsewhere
Daily Review: Gov. Corbett Approves Dustin Ford Briggs Execution on March 8th
Inquirer: Greenleaf: Not last in NH primary
AP: Pa. legislative redistricting draws four challenges
CBS Philly: Lawmakers Discuss Safety of Idled Delco Refineries
NewsWorks: Appeals filed over fractured towns in Pa. redistricting plan
Sewickley Patch: National Trade Coalition Honors Altmire with ‘American Producers’ Award
York Dispatch: Federal Candidates to Speak at 912 Patriots Forum
Reading Eagle: Means Testing for Food Stamps May Return
WGAL: Sen. Casey Announces New Effort to Fight Meth
Sun Gazette: Businessman Brings Senate Bid to Billtown
Republican Herald: Republican Senate Hopeful Scaringi Speaks to Schuylkill County Conservatives
Sacramento Bee: Governor Corbett, Senate President Pro Tempore Scarnati, House Speaker Smith Name Members to Task Force on Child Protection

Philadelphia

City Paper: City Controller slams Corbett attack on food stamps
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s new sheriff issues conflict-of-interest rules
Heard in the Hall: State rep raps Congressional boundaries
PhillyNow: Report From Occupy Philly’s Post-Arrest Abortion Rights Rally

Philly Burbs

The Intelligencer: Montco to borrow $25M against tax revenue
Bucks Local News: New Bucks County Commissioners’ Chairman, Robert Loughery, brings a ‘new set of lenses’ to the board

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: City Council Moves Again on Banks
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Murphy Picks Up AG Endorsements in Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Hearing on bank’s request eviction of Occupy protesters ends, decision now up to judge
Post-Gazette: Pitt Study: ⅔ of City Homeowners to Pay Lower Taxes Under Reassessments
Early Returns: Altmire to Host Telephone Town Hall

Southwest

Daily Courier: Harkcom remains Donegal Borough Council President
Altoona Mirror: Corbett Freeze has Blair County Officials on Edge

NEPA

WNEP: Lackawanna County Commissioners May Reconsider Tax Hike
Standard Speaker: HCA Plans to Use Account Money to Pay City

Lehigh Valley

The Morning Call: Jaindl Jumping into Allentown’s Waterfront
Reading Eagle: City Council Agrees to Hire 25 New Police Officers
Reading Eagle: Airport Authority Wants Grant for Hangar Project
Reading Eagle: Berks’ Veterans Court Program Opens
WFMZ: PA School Districts Face Funding Crisis
Express Times: Bethlehem Area School District’s New Budget Plan Makes Severe Cuts

North By Northwest

Erie Times-News: Erie Councilman Beeman’s Criminal Trial Postponed
Erie Times-News: U.S. Senator Pat Toomey Visits Erie
Erie Times-News: Scaringi, a Republican, campaigns for U.S. Senate in Erie
Centre Daily Times: Taliaferro Runs for Trustee Seat at PSU

Opinions

Times-Leader Editorial: Women Missing From Pa. Politics
Daily Review Editorial: Don’t Starve The Poor
Standard Speaker Editorial: DEP Oversight Would Prevent A New ‘Oversight”
Times-Tribune Editorial: Justice For Ciavarella
Daily News Editorial: Bumpy Road on Transportation Funding

Blogs

North Pittsburgh Politics: State house elections: 20th district
John Hanger: Gas to displace more coal in 2012
Keystone Conservative: NFIB requesting more sensible regulations
Above Average Jane: Transit money to PA
Commonwealth Foundation: 313 more reasons to end PLCB booze
unitedliberty.org: Rick Santorum: The Candidate Who Would be King?
care2care.com: Santorum: Better a Convict Father than Same-Sex Parents
motherjones.com: Rick Santorum’s Big Coal Buddies
Keystone Politics: Tom Corbett: People With $2000 are too Rich for Food Stamps

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