11/21 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. It’s shaping up to be a busy week in Harrisburg and DC – here’s what you need to know to start your week.

NEPA Redistricting Shenanigans: According to Borys Krawczeniuk, the likely congressional map would bring Rep. Tim Holden’s district into Scranton, Rep. Lou Barletta’s district down into Perry and Cumberland counties, and give all of Lycoming and Tioga Counties to Rep. Tom Marino.

Toomey’s TV Tour: Amidst speculation that the supercommittee is poised to admit defeat on its deadline as soon as Monday, Senator Pat Toomey hasn’t given up on reaching an agreement. He delivered the GOP’s weekly address on Saturday, and spoke for the Republican side on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday. Meanwhile, the GOP has coalesced around his proposal.

Toomey’s on Fire! Speaking of Toomey, it seems he (or his wife) is putting out more than just political fires. He/she saved a guest at a recent fundraiser.

Redistricting Hearing: For more than a half hour, Friday’s meeting of the Legislative Reapportionment Committee was diverted by members of Occupy Harrisburg. And here’s what happened during the actual meeting.

PoliticsPA’s Ups & Downs: In case you missed ‘em: A touching moment in Harrisburg; a few 2012 hopefuls shine; and some election lose ends in Friday’s Ups & Downs.

Onorato to Highmark? It looks like the outgoing Allegheny Exec is going to make some real money for a change. KDKA’s Jon Delano reports that he is likely to take a job with UPMC’s chief competitor in western Pa.

Sandusky Judge: A judge’s decision to go easy on former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who is suspected of sexually abusing several minors during and after his tenure at Penn State, has brought Pennsylvania’s vague recusal rules into focus.

Jobs Protesters: Hundreds of protesters rallied at several sites throughout Pennsylvania on Thursday — including Philadelphia, Pittston and Pittsburgh — and staged their events on or near structurally deficient Keystone State bridges as part of a nationwide effort to spur investment in infrastructure and jumpstart job creation.

Challenger for Dent: A former campaign volunteer to Representative Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh) is not only changing his registration to Democrat but also running against the man he once helped.

National
New York Times: Washington County PA: Situation Normal, All Fracked Up
Morning Call: 16 Years Later, Rep. Holden Switches Vote On Balanced Budget
Morning Call: Toomey Didn’t Start The Fire But He Did Put It Out
Inquirer: Rep. Fattah Draws Attention To Neuroscience Funding
Times Tribune: PSU Fans Waiting For the Truth
Beaver County Times: More on Christiana’s possible congressional bid

Statewide
Capitol Ideas: W. Pa Voters and Lawmakers: Don’t Move Senate and House Seats
Capitol Ideas: Occupy Harrisburg Protesters Disrupt Redistricting Meeting
Capitol Ideas: The Sunday Brunch: Pennsylvania’s Cities Fall Through the Cracks
witf: Grand jury, why the wait?
PA Independent: FINAL: Occupy movement disrupts redistricting commission meeting
PA Independent: Occupy Harrisburg protesters disrupt redistricting commission meeting
State Impact: Growing Tensions Within the Delaware River Basin Commission Halt Decision on Gas Drilling
State Impact: Corbett “Disappointed” By Delayed DRBC Vote
State Impact: Preemption Language Gone, But Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee Would Still Limit Local Governments
State Impact: Shell Says They Will Decide by January, Where to Build a New Cracker
State Impact: Drill Bits: DRBC Postpones Monday’s Meeting, Clinton to Tap Myanmar’s Natural Gas, and Barn Owls are Back
Tribune Review: PA Still Lacks Computerized Child Welfare Program
The Morning Call: “Pretending” always part of Sandusky’s world
Morning Call: Politics as usual: Firefighting Toomeys
Morning Call: PSU interim president will stay on in role
WFMZ: Obama, Tommey spar over economy
Times Tribune: Corbett kept quiet on sex abuse scandal, citing grand jury secrecy
Citizens Voice: Lawmakers voting on compressor and pipeline issues
Go Lackawanna: Balanced budget attempt falls short
Go Lackawanna: Protesters disrupt Pa. hearing on redistricting
Pocono Record: Pa. lawmakers defer on gas drilling
The Sentinel: Pa. tries to avert fights between towns, drillers
The Sentinel: Corbett taps lawyer to take charge in Harrisburg
Pennlive.com: PSU trustees say Sandusky scandal caught them by surprise
Pennlive.com: Second phase set to start on Harrisburg housing development in Allison Hill neighborhood
YDR.com: Pa. unemployment rate falls to 8.1 percent
The Intelligencer: State Sen. Tomlinson: State Senate Committee Looking At ‘Significant Savings’ With Health Plan Changes
(AP) The Republic: Pa. lawmakers trying to avert legal battles between towns, gas drilling companies
Early Returns: Altmire breaks ranks on balanced budget vote

Philly
Inquirer: Spokesperson? Not For Occupy Philadelphia
Philly Weekly: Is Occupy Movement A Man’s World?
PhillyClout: City’s Still Reviewing Occupy Philly’s Permit
WHYY Newsworks: Aide To Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller Says Ethics Board Broke The Rules
Heard In The Hall: New City Council President’s Across Town Help

Philly Suburbs
The Intelligencer: Montco Explores ‘Draconian’ Revenue Options For 2012
The Intelligencer: Poverty On The Rise In Bucks, Montgomery County
phillyburbs.com: House , Senate advance fiscal spending measure

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Water and Sewer bashed by board member
Tribune Review: Mexico native sues to get his green card back
Tribune Review: County expected to end year with $20 million deficit
Post Gazette: UPMC status as a nonprofit hard to overturn
Post Gazette: Homebuyer tax credits turn sour for some
Early Returns: Onorato to possibly take job with Highmark
Tribune-Review: Mayor sets the bar pretty high for Franco

Southwest
Valley News Dispatch: Sringdale Township water project gets go-ahead
Daily American: Somerset residents testify against reapportionment plan
Altoona Mirror: Residents of Sandusky’s hometown in shock
Tribune Review: Fayette commissioner seat hangs on absentees
County Times: Electric car charging infrastructure coming to area

NEPA
Times Tribune: Corbett kept quiet on sex abuse scandal, citing grand jury secrecy
Times Tribune: Commissioners introduce budget with 38 percent tax hike
Citizens voice: New DA plans to assemble transition committee
Citizens Voice: Voters make historic choices in county council race
Wayne Independent: Budget would close pool, cut cops on street
Daily Review: New Monroe twp supervisor to focus on damage from tropical storm Lee
Times News: Carbon County funding cuts raise concern
Go Lackawanna: Council, Fire union head decry plans
Go Lackawanna : Doherty delivers plan
Pocono Record: Sandusky case spurs Pocono victims to come forward
Citizen’s Voice: Reapportionment effort favors Barletta, Marino

South Central
The Sentinel: Former Mechanicsburg mayor and town Santa passes away

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown mayor speaks on gas explosions at national conference
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers fear natural gas
WFMZ: Latinos gaining power in Harrisburg

Opinion
The Intelligencer: A Government Fee On Our Christmas Tree?
Baer Growls: Scandal Tentacles Spreading
Post Gazette: Why is the middle class being pummeled
Reading Eagle: Program just the beginning of long journey for Reading
Express times: Tell corbett to oppose DRBC rules on fracking
Times Tribune: Toomey’s superflop
Times Tribune: Change the law on reporting child abuse
Citizens Voice: PSU scandal an inside job
Standard Speaker: Traffic cameras should focus on safety, not revenue
Daily Review: And where were you, Mr. Corbett?

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation Policy Blog: Our Villainous Plan to Let Parents Choose the Best School for Their Children
PA Watercooler: Republican Success Under the Radar
PA Town Hall: Pat Toomey Delivers Republican Weekly Address
PA Town Hall: PA Chamber Promotes Responsible Shale
PA Town Hall: Gas Drilling for PA’s Future
PA Town Hall: Should a Candidate’s Faith Be An Issue?
Centrist: Gov. Corbett Announces Nominations and Appointments
Centrist: VIDEO: Harrisburg protesters disrupt redistricting commission meeting
Capitol Punmanship: U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts sets town hall meeting for Nov. 28
Capitol Punmanship: East Pete mayor to Reapportionment Commission: ‘This is a Hemfield town through and through’
Capitol Punmanship: Sturla: Republicans failed to lead on shale tax
Keystone Politics: Going Into Labor: The State of the Unions (Part I)
Keystone Politics: Going Into Labor: The State of the Unions (Part II)
Keystone Politics: LGBT Hate Crimes Double in PA
Third and State: Marcellus Shale Action, Pat Toomey’s Deficit Plan and Latest PA Job Numbers
Third and State: Morning Must Reads: Job Numbers, Property Taxes and Smart Growth
Pennsylvania Progressive: Reading’s Mayor-elect Promises Turnaround
Pennsylvania Progressive: News & Notes November 20, 2011
2 Political Junkies: Atheism Update
Lu Lac Political Letter: Amazed
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Should Voters Have a Say When Government Wants to Borrow?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: More Variety Needed on Norco Election Comm’n

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