1/17 Morning Buzz

Pennsylvania celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the same time as we debate the legacy of Edward G. Rendell, Governor. Meanwhile, Tom Corbett prepares to take the helm of state government. Mark Schweiker tells PoliticsPA that he is official out of the 2012 Senate race. Pittsburgh gets two major boons: the Steelers don’t have to play the Patriots, and the city is in line for millions in revenue for hosting the AFC Championship (h/t to Jon Delano).

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Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz.

PoliticsPA Reports:

Schweiker: Senate run “not in the cards”
Former Governor Mark Schweiker definitively ruled out a challenge to U.S. Senator Bob Casey in an interview this afternoon with PoliticsPA. “It’s always flattering to hear such invocations, but it wasn’t born of my thought process. It’s not in the cards. It was never in the cards,” said Schweiker.

Commentary: Democratic voter advantage is well over 1 million
Fresh off her announcement of a consulting partnership with TJ Rooney, PoliticsPA Top Operative and Former Democratic Party ED Mary Isenhour challenges the suggestion that the Democratic edge in voter registration is slipping.

Corbett & Toomey had twice as many ads as Onorato & Sestak en route to victory
The ad totals for the gubernatorial and senate race in Pennsylvania are in, and according to a Wesleyan University study, the ads for Republicans Corbett and Toomey approximately doubled those which were supporting Democrats Onorato and Sestak.

Gleason congratulates new RNC chair Reince Priebus
“The election of Reince Priebus as the new RNC chairman instantly restores credibility to the RNC,” Gleason said.

PoliticsPA: NY Times: Ethics committee should investigate Rep. Fitzpatrick

PoliticsPA: Bill Batoff, major Philly area fundraiser, dies

The Departure of Ed Rendell
Newsworks: Rendell on Rendell
Inquirer: Rendell’s greatest quotes
Times-Tribune: Rendell’s legacy in NE Pa.
Inquirer: Rendell’s fundraising legacy troubles some
Inquirer: Rendell’s stormy tenure ends
Inquirer: After eight years as governor, Rendell remembered as Philly mayor
AP: Rendell’s exit: Pa. Governor people love or love to loathe
Times-Tribune Editorial: Rendell’s legacy
Post-Gazette: New governor, new start: Pennsylvania’s habit of renewal

Headlines
Post-Gazette: Casey reflects on his new role as senior Senator
Patriot-News: Sen. Casey supports bipartisan seating at the State of the Union Address
Times-Tribune: Sen. Casey asks for assessment of drug and gang crime in Eastern Pa.
Times-Tribune: Departing DEP Secretary says Marcellus Shale needs more regulation
Tribune Review: Steelers to host Jets for AFC Championship
AP: Paper: Wine kiosks of history of failures
Scott Detrow, WITF: Protestors urge Corbett to keep adultBasic
Commonwealth Confidential: Rendell calls for death penalty review, signs death warrants
Patriot-News: Rendell: New art museum will occupy former midtown bank building
AP: Corbett, Harrisburg prepare for Tuesday’s inauguration
Patriot-News: A closer look at 10 of Corbett’s campaign promises
Patriot-News: Former Governors give advice to Corbett
Tribune Review: Sestak’s Thank You tour comes to SW PA
Inquirer: Kenya Mann Faulkner, new Pa. inspector general, has broad legal background
Capitol Ideas: Corbett fills in more staff.
AP: A look at the freshman class in the General Assembly
Early Returns: New gig for Sen. Specter’s old Chief of Staff Scott Hoeflich
Newsworks: Nutter’s pension overhauls stalled in Philly
PhillyClout: Nutter using old campaign signs
PhillyClout: Republican Untermeyer running for sheriff in Philly
Fox Philadelphia: State lawmaker says he will look into fixing water main breaks in the City of Philadelphia
Post-Gazette: Corbett assembles team for challenges ahead
PhillyClout: City councilwoman Donna Reed Miller not running for re-election
Inquirer: Judge: City cannot collect unpaid hotel taxes from Expedia
Early Returns: GOP mystery woman
Early Returns: Grand old tea party?
Early Returns: DeSantis won’t run for Allegheny County Executive
Intelligencer: Ex-Montgomery County finance director admits to embezzling $775,000
Intelligencer: Lawyer: Montgomery County DA Bruce Castor tried to intimidate client
Patriot-News: Lebanon County GOP picks new chairwoman
Intelligencer: Three in running to fill Jim Cawley’s spot as Bucks County commissioner
Times Tribune to start charging for online content
…So is Philly.com
Whoa! Patriot-News: Rendell to root for the Steelers through the rest of the playoffs

Opinions
Post-Gazette Editorial: Dear Gov. Corbett: Here are the seven habits of highly effective governors
Post-Gazette Editorial: Reject Burgess plan preventing City Council members from seeking higher office
Citizens’ Voice Editorial: Corey O’Brien: Reject those who spew hateful speech
Inquirer Editorial: Gov. Corbett to exterminate adultBasic, subsidized health insurance plan
Patriot News Editorial: State lawmakers and constituency-based project grants (WAMs)
Patriot News Editorial: An ideal inaugural address for Gov. Corbett
Centre Daily Times Editorial: Central PA Lawmakers gaining power in Harrisburg
Tribune Review Editorial: Blame unions for Girl Scouts’ problems

January 17th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments