12/21 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. We have our new congressional maps, awaiting just the Guv’s signature. But Marcellus legislation, not so much.

Who Crossed Party Lines and Why: The Republican-drawn congressional map passed the Pa. House Tuesday by a surprisingly wide margin of 131 to 61. 40 percent of the Democratic caucus voted in its favor, 8 GOPers voted no. We take a look at who and why.

Great map: If you haven’t yet, check out this Google-powered, street-level map of the new congressional districts. It comes from DailyKos, but even Republicans will admit it’s awesome.

Trivedi Still Challenging Gerlach: Manan Trivedi will still target Rep. Jim Gerlach, the physician and Iraq War veteran’s campaign made clear in a statement today. His house is just across the line in Pat Meehan’s district.

Altmire to Harrisburg Dems: Vote for GOP Redistricting Plan: Rep. Jason Altmire feels pretty good about the way the GOP drew the new 12th district. So good, in fact, that he sent a letter to Pa. House Dems from his area asking them to vote for it..

Social Conservatives for Santorum: Bob Vander Plaats, the President of the Iowa Family Leader, and Chuck Hurley, President of Iowa Family Policy Center, threw their support behind his campaign. It got Santorum one his best days yet of press coverage.

National
Market Watch: USW Supports Major Proposal to Create American Jobs
Hill: GOP recruit won’t run in Altmire-Critz district
NPR: 5 Things You May Not About Rick Santorum
World Socialist Web Site: Cooper Tire struggle at the crossroads
World Magazine: Obscuring the meaning of ‘pro-life’
ABC News: Rick Santorum Pitches Electability Just Two Weeks Before the Iowa Caucuses
ABC News: Rick Santorum Picks Up Two Endorsements
Des Moines Register: Santorum in Iowa: We need less government and regulation, private health insurance
Huffington Post: GOProudly Nowhere
Huffington Post: Among GOP Candidates, Not a Single Friend of Social Security
Washington Post: Washington-ABC News Poll
ABC News: 14 Days Out: Good Morning Iowa
Patch: Redistricting Done, North Hills Congressman Forced Into Primary Race

Statewide
Philadelphia Magazine: Tom Corbett’s Jerry Sandusky Problem
Capitolwire (Paywall): State House Gives Gov. Corbett Early Christmas Gift, Sends Capital Budget Bill To His Desk
Capitolwire (Paywall): Budget Secretary Says Spending Cuts Needed To Address Revenue Shortfall, Predicted 2012-2013 Budget Deficit
Commonwealth Confidential: Harrisburg Bond Insurer Hired Lobbyist Amid Bankruptcy Debate
State House Sound Bites: Gov. Corbett Signed Adam Walsh Bill, Contains Megan’s Law Fix
NewsMax: Gov. Corbett Can’t Have It Both Ways in Penn State Case
abc27: Pa. GOP has no strength in numbers, critics say
Patch: Grant Awarded to French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust
Patch: Congressman Meehan Reacts to Death of Kim Jong II
Patch: Redistrict Plan: Half of Upper Dublin to Get New US Reps
Sentinel: House vote may send gas drilling fee bill to panel
Sentinel: Pa. gets $420M in disaster aid, total should rise
Patriot News: Pa. expands Megan’s Law on sex offenses

Philly
Inquirer: Traffic court gets new high judge
Inquirer: Sex abuse suit withdrawn from local priest
Inquirer: ‘Small handful’ of potential refinery buyers
Philly Clout: The political EZ Pass
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. clinics try to prepare for new abortion regulations
WHYY Newsworks: A Redistricting plan only a mother could love
WHYY Newsworks: No news is bad news for Marcus Hook refineries

Philly Burbs
Delco Daily Times: Chi school board looks to avoid tax hike
Delco Daily Times: Unions and legislators seek refinery answers
Montgomery Media: Upper Moreland proposes plan for Willow Grove
Bucks Local News: Lower Makefield passes budget without tax increase

Pittsburgh
Post Gazette: Funds approved for bridges, roads
Tribune-Review: GOP foes line up in bid to oust Casey
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania sex offender bill approval may net federal money
Post Gazette: Redistricting in limbo?

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Christiana won’t run for Congress
Tribune-Democrat: Dems say they’ll face uphill battle under GOP map

NEPA
Danville News: Senate hopeful Tom Smith tours Snyder County businesses
Times Leader: Hazleton passes new budget
Times Leader: Hanover Twp. budget holds tax line
Citizens Voice: Leighton spent $133K in pursuit of third term
Citizens Voice: In race’s waning days, Salavantis spent big
Citizens Voice: County’s 2012 budget would force 60 layoffs
Standard Speaker: Budget passes with lesser hike

South Central
Patriot-News: Carlisle’s Mayor Kirk Wilson to move on
Patriot-News: Harrisburg’s new receiver questions financial deals surrounding city incinerator Ali
Sentinel: Some requirements necessary for Carlisle’s new mayor
Sentinel: New House redistricting map draws criticism
York Dispatch: Lawyer, GOP leader takes run at Pa. Senate

North by Northwest
Erie Times: Erie Democrat sues Gov. Corbett over firing from state job
Erie Times: Erie region gets $1.8 million ‘Sustainable Communities’ grant
Erie Times: In tough times for Postal Service, Santa’s Erie helper still writes back
Erie Times: Millcreek supervisors oppose redistricting plan
Erie Times: Democrats say they’ll have tougher time in GOP map
Courier Express: Ray ‘Sarge’ Anderson ends supervisor term
Centre Daily Times: Paterno receiving “boatloads” of birthday, get-well wishes ahead of birthday Wednesday
Centre Daily Times: Report: NBC reporter charged with DUI after gathering at home of Sandusky’s attorney
Centre Daily Times: State College school board weighs budget deficit
Centre Daily Times: Supervisors approve Turnberry master plan
Sun Gazette: Former 2nd Mile board members: We needed to know
Sun Gazette: Montoursville council hires deputy police chief
College Board: Penn State Backs out of Fraser Centre Plans
State College: State College Council Keeps Municipal Tax Rate Flat, Approves Student-Housing Limit
State College: Penn State, State College Noon News & Features: Tuesday, Dec. 20
State College: State College Schools’ Budget Gap Could Climb toward $3 Million

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Dent foe takes aim at redistricting plan
Morning Call: Easton-out map advances
Morning Call: House OKs congressional map that splits Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: PA House passes re-districting lines, Gov. Corbett to sign it
WFMZ: Boscola bill wants politics out of redistricting
Express Times: Pennsylvania lawmakers approve reapportionment map that splits Lehigh Valley

Opinion
Inquirer: Penn State: Not too big to fail
WHYY Newsworks: A redistricting plan only a mother could love
Delco Daily Times: Meehan delivers a full account on redistricting
Philadelphia Daily News: Different parties, same ol’ Shale game
Morning Call: What if they gerrymandered sports teams?
Express Times: Remember those who sold out Pennsylvania voters in flawed redistricting plan
Erie Times: Editorial Cartoon
Erie Times: UChoose grant process is flawed
Courier Express: Some outraged at Congressional reapportionment; for us, it’s same old story
Centre Daily Times: Educators make all the difference
Centre Daily Times: Letter to PSU football from a Penn State
Centre Daily Times: Budget slashing could hurt defense
Centre Daily Times: OK to feel compassion
Sun Gazette: Volunteer solution
Sun Gazette: It’s over
Sun Gazette: Hypocrisy

Blogs
LuLac Political Letter: December 19, 2011
Commonwealth Foundation: Redistricting reform needed…four years ago
Commonwealth Foundation: Union party vs. taxpayer party: PA’s political paradigm
PA Budget and Policy Center: Pa. mid-year budget briefing: wrong strategy for building a strong economy
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Comm’rs Batcha and Murphy to soon be citizens Batcha and Murphy
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: No tax hike budget approved in Bethlehem Township
NEPArtisan: Five reasons to be wary of Tim Holden
NEPArtisan: PA worst state in 2011? Update #3: Gov. Corbett – Sandusky edition
NEPArtisan: Occupy Scranton continues despite threats
Lu-Lac Political Letter: December 20, 2011
Pennsylvania Progressive: Democrats screwing their own on redistricting
Pennsylvania Progressive: News & Notes December 20, 2011
Pennsylvania Progressive: Trivedi will continue challenging Jim Gerlach
Pennsylvania Progressive: Deja vu all over again: mid-year cuts and a budget shortfall on tap for 2012
Above Average Jane: Presidential Fakeout Robocalls
Keystone Politics: Harrisburg Democrats selling out, whipping votes for GOP’s gerrymandered map

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