12/2 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. Congressional redistricting intel is pouring in, courtesy of Capitolwire. Some US Senate hopefuls debated last night in Altoona, and the Dems have zeroed in on some recruits against Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick.

Don’t forget to check back later today for the Ups & Downs. And we’ll bring you this year’s preview of Pa. Society events on Monday.

Insider Redistricting Nirvana, Via Capitolwire: The news service has a run down of several emerging scenarios for congressional redistricting, including some conflicting details between the Pa. Senate and Pa. House drafts. Update: Who wants Erie? No one. And Lower Merion, meet Chaka Fattah.

US Sen Forum: Steve Welch and Laureen Cummings stood out at a forum hosted by the Blair County Republican Women that also featured Tom Smith and John Kensinger.

Dems v. Fitz: Kathy Boockvar and Det Ansinn are talking with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about a possible bid against Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), PoliticsPA has learned.

DCCC Robocalls: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a new batch of robocalls attacking three “swing district” Republicans for their failure to… make the supercommittee work.

PolitiFact on RNC’s Obama/Scranton Video: According to non-partisan PolitiFact, the RNC’s new web video attacking President Obama’s economic record in Pennsylvania are half true.

National
Politico: Barack Obama And Blue Collar Pennsylvania Voters: Take 2
Huliq: Solar panels on trash piles becoming new source of green energy
Inquirer: Sen. Casey To US Airways: Don’t Raise Fares In Phila. To Pitt Corridor
Morning Call: Toomey teams up with Schumer
Morning Call: Former U.S. Rep Kanjorski: Obama would lose Pa today
Politico: Supercommittee failure shame? Not for its members
Times Tribune: ‘We don’t give up. We get back up,’ Obama tells Scranton
Times Tribune: South Scranton family host president, addresses concerns
Centre Daily Times: Welch meets with PSU students

Statewide
Capitol Ideas: State Tax Revenues Fall Short Again in November
Inquirer: LCB Tries Direct Home Delivery Of Wine, Spirits
AP: Pa. Take Over Of Harrisburg Is Challenged In Court
State Impact: Sunoco Shuts Down Its Suburban Philadelphia Refinery
State Impact: Gas Drilling Brine Considered for Clearing Wintry Roads
State Impact: House Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee Would District Local Zoning
State Impact: Pataki: Marcellus Shale Creates Jobs
State Impact: Former President Clinton Touts Natural Gas
State Impact: Pa’s Top Environmental Regulator Opposes New EPA Air Quality Rule
State Impact: Drill Bits: Environmental Impact of SB 1100, Fracking Booed in NYC, and Converting Trash into Solar Power
witf: PA Dems Chair to focus on statewide party, leave Allegheny chairmanship
WFMZ: Toomey, Schumer pair up on plan to help smaller businesses
WFMZ: Casey’s payroll tax plan to be voted on
Standard Speaker: Tax money should not be spent on defending officials
Sentinel: PA lawmakers want stronger pursuit of predators
Sentinel: State takeover of capitol challenged in Federal court
Roll Call: Between the Lines: State lawmakers ready Pennsylvania map for Monday target
Times Leader: Sen. Casey welcomes Obama; Reps. Marino, Barletta question visit
Roll Call: State Majority leader eyes challenge to Bob Casey
Tribune Review: Wagner to oppose privatizing state stores
Reading Eagle: Rafferty announces run for attorney general
Times Tribune: Auditor General warns Penn State not to spend taxpayer money on legal defense surrounding Sandusky charges
PA Independent: Lawmakers’ automatic pay hikes take effect
PA Independent: UPDATED: Barletta, Holden likely will see changes to make districts safer on new congressional map

Philly
Inquirer: First Criminal Charges Filed In Probe Of Philly Sheriff’s Office
Daily News: Councilwoman Reynolds Brown Would Get The Lead Out

Philly Burbs
Inquirer: West Chester Write-In Candidate Wins School Board Seat
Bucks County Courier Times: Bridge Commission: Tolling Scudders Falls Bridge From PA Into NJ Not Expected To Negatively Impact The Environment

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Toomey and Schumer find common ground on public markets
Early Returns: Daily Santorum: The End of an Era
Early Returns: Burn out as county Dem chair
Early Returns: Sabato: Manchin reelect likely
Early Returns: WPa congressional lines still in flux
Early Returns: More on Obama, partisanship & values
Early Returns: Special election rules impact tax vote
Essential Public Radio: Mayor defends plan to borrow $80 million
Tribune Review: Onorato endorses candidate for auditor general
Tribune Review: West Penn Allegheny network may fail
Tribune Review: Officals want to move trail forward
Post Gazette: UPMC won’t talk to Highmark
Post Gazette: Saks was offered $8.6 million by city to stay

NEPA
Times Tribune: “We dont give up, we get back up,” says Obama at Scranton
Citizens Voice: County budget includes deep cuts
Standard Speaker: Luzerne Budget to be unveiled Friday
Citizens Voice: Many firsts for new Dallas Twp supervisor
Daily Review: Vote tallies for uncontested races in Bradford County
Daily Review: TWP residents concerned about FEMA park construction
Go Lackawanna: We’ve hailed the chief a few times
Pocono Record: Inmate charged in plot to kill Luzerne county prosecutor

South Central
Sentinel: DA’s office: Hardy expected in court Friday, trial to start Monday
Pennlive.com: Glenn Beck inspires tears and cheers at Camp Hill book signing

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Obama urges payroll tax cut extension at Scranton
Morning Call: Bethlehem councilman proposes delay to firehouse closure
WFMZ: Protesters call on congressman to extend payroll tax cut

Southwest
Tribune Review: Armstrong Commish sorta reneges on campaign promise
Indiana Gazette: Former Indiana County DA dies
Daily American: County will use reserves to prevent a tax hike
Altoona Mirror: Area unemployment rate decreases
County Times: Schools combine bus routes to save money

Opinion
Observer Reporter: Republicans resisting their formidable candidate in Romney
Observer Reporter: School charters now a local issue
Inquirer Op-Ed: Pa. Elections’ Lessons For 2012
Lancaster Online: Occupiers make noise instead of point
Inquirer Editorial: Plaza No Longer Occupied
Daily News Editorial: De-Occupied: But It’s Not Over
The Intelligencer Editorial: 2012 Montco Budget ‘Will Be Ugly’
Lancaster Online: Save PA Sculptures with Private Funds
Lancaster Online: Nearing a milestone
Baer Growls: Hooch at Home?
Post Gazette: Assault in Tehran: Iran’s mob sets back British and U.S. relations
Post-Gazette: Half a toast: LCB change is good, but the latest is a small pour
Post-Gazette: Businesses have prospered because of regulation
Post-Gazette: More jobs progress
Morning Call: Politics not a factor in board resignation
Express Times: PA crackdown on online sales tax sure to backfire
Standard Speaker: PA must resist sports betting
Daily Review: Congress needs to put the country before party

Blogs
Citizens’ Call: Will outgoing Montco board raise taxes?
PA Environmental Digest Daily: Analysis: What We Stand to Lose If There’s No Final Action On A Marcellus Shale Bill
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: The Wicked Witch of West Easton Files
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Allentown NIZ Will Deprive State of Needed Revenue
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Bethlehem Tp: Hearing on 8-Bed Adult Mental Health Facility Delayed
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: WWWE Files: The Wicked Witch and the Beeping Cabbie
PA Water Cooler: Penn State Hides Documents
PA Town Hall: Super Committee: Success or Failure?
Centrist: Pennsylvania tax collections running $345M behind
Centrist: ACLJ $ 70,000 Individuals Urge Feds to Keep Montana War Memorial in Place
Centrist: Obama’s America. Malazy.
Centrist: Legislative pay raise is just plain wrong
Centrist: Sen. John Rafferty says he’s best qualified for PA Attorney General
Centrist: Lawmaker says he’ll keep $2,400 raise
Centrist: Columnist: Make Pa. legislators justify pay raise
Keystone Politics: Democrats Lead Generic House Ballot in PA
Keystone Politics: First Lawsuit Alleges Sandusky Molested Boy At Least 100 Times
Keystone Politics: In Scranton, Obama Pushes Extension of Payroll Tax Cut
Keystone Politics: $900k Richer, Ackerman Still Wants Unemployment Benefits
Third and State: Morning Must Reads: Retired Business Editor To Unemployed Youth “Get Off My Lawn!”
Pennsylvania Progressive: Philadelphia Police MOVE Occupy Camp
Pennsylvania Progressive: Berks Dems Revolting Against Chair Herman
Jon Geeting: No Such Thing as a “Job Creator”
Jon Geeting: More Sloppy Thinking on Allentown’s NIZ Tax District
Jon Geeting: Dems Lead Generic House Ballot in PA
Jon Geeting: Do Not Donate to Parkland Education Foundation
Lu Lac Political Letter: Obama in Scranton
Lu Lac Political Letter: Pennsylvania Group Seek Jobs
Lu Lac Political Letter: Media Matters: Obama’s Trip
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December 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

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