1/21 Morning Buzz
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Various members of the PA delegation explain their votes on the health care repeal vote. The redistricting looks to be more transparent. Abortion is in the news. And Corbett takes heat for not turning in his reform plan “on day one,” as promised.
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Let the map making begin… Legislative leaders send out this press release looking for individuals to apply to be the chair of the Legislative Reapportionment Committee along with the four other floor leaders who will comprise the committee that will redraw the legislative boundaries throughout the state.
National Journal: Santorum plays race card against Obama re: abortion
Tim Alberta had an interesting piece in the National Journal yesterday about Rick Santorum trying valiantly to indict Obama’s position on abortion on, get this, racial grounds.
A short time later, Santorum clarified his comments (h/t Early Returns)
AP: Report on Philadelphia’s abortion clinic was ‘horrific’, Gov. Corbett says
AP: Rep. Kelly: Health law repeal vote was not just symbolic
Intelligencer: Rep. Fitzpatrick’s take on health care repeal vote
PhillyNow: GOP thinks they can convince Sen. Casey to help destroy climate change rules
Post-Gazette: Pa. jobless rate drops slightly again
Rothenberg Political Report: Winner of redistricting is yet to be determined
Tribune-Review: Court sides with McCord in early decision on gaming board
Inquirer: Gov. Corbett set to begin push for school vouchers
Patriot-News: Gov. Corbett and the First Lady are going to hold an open house at the Governor’s Mansion on Sunday
Scott Detrow, WITF: Still waiting on that reform plan from the Governor
Tribune-Review: In the meantime, could the Legislature advance their own reform proposal?
Tribune-Review: One of the proposals is an online taxpayer database, which the Senate is committed to passing
Patriot-News: Sen. Casey, Rep. Holden seek funding support for Counterdrug Training Center at Fort Indiantown Gap
Tribune-Review: State ethics commission rules against Washington and Butler county officials
Tribune-Review: Municipal leaders know it can be a rough road
Post-Gazette: Large crowd debates Murrysville gas drilling limits
Tribune-Review: Candidates continue to line up for Allegheny County executive
Early Returns: Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb says no to re-election, will not run for Allegheny County executive either
Tribune-Review: Republican running for Councilman Shields seat
Post-Gazette: Councilman Dowd to run for re-election to Pittsburgh city council
Inquirer: Appeal to turn over sheriff’s sales to Philly courts
Times Leader: Proposed questions for Ciavarella jurors filed
Times Leader: NE Pa. reps back health care repeal
The Times-Tribune: For NE Pa. native, Iran hostage crisis is ancient history
The Times-Tribune: In Lackawanna commissioners race, history repeats a hundred years on
The Times-Tribune: Federal marshals capture fugitive Donahue in New Mexico
Inquirer: PA Supreme Court to review Montco’s restrictive ethics laws for elected officials
Morning Call: Point: Rep. Dent explains why health care bill is flawed
Morning Call: Counterpoint: …as Rep. Schwartz argues that is it essential
Williamsport Sun-Gazette Editorial: Rendell’s eight years: History at a cost
Daily News Editorial: No, Glenn Beck, we don’t suck
Patriot News Editorial: Pennsylvania should end the death penalty
Tribune-Review Editorial: Union-coddling NLRB and Rep. Murphy (R-18) should protect secret ballot
Reading Eagle Editorial: Fumo deserves more than 55 months in prison
Post-Gazette Editorial: Lieberman had an interesting and checkered career
Citizens’ Voice: Authorize Medicare payments as needed
Inquirer: Great day for Comcast
Phil Heron, Delco Times: Lots of back-slapping, little progress in investigation of Meehan petitions