12/5 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. This week is going to be PACKED with political news. New congressional maps are due to be rolled out on Wednesday, with plenty of leaked tidbits in the mean time. And the political class around the state is looking toward this weekend’s Pa. Society fare.

The Full 2011 PA Society List of Events
It’s that time of year again – Pa. politicos have their sights set on the Big Apple for the 113th Pennsylvania Society festivities. Here is your one-stop shop for the marathon of receptions, dinners, cocktail gatherings and open bar events.

AFL-CIO Boosts Casey: The AFL-CIO will spend over $170,000 to air television ads in support of Democratic Senator Bob Casey. The spots are scheduled to begin today.

New ED for HDCC: Multiple sources indicate that the caucus has selected Ethan Smith, a young operative from Pittsburgh, to steer the ship in the 2012 cycle as the House Democratic Campaign Committee’s Executive Director.

Senate Debate: Several U.S. Senate hopefuls debated Saturday in York, along with U.S. Rep. Todd Platts and conservative challenger Ted Waga. The YDR has the story.

Establishment Support for Pileggi? Around the state, insiders are calling Dominic Pileggi a “game changer” in the crowded GOP primary to take on Bob Casey. But a big assumption by Pileggi’s supporters – that Steve Welch will get out if he gets in – may be too large a leap.

Casey Missed Philly Event: Senator Casey took lumps for missing Wednesday’s visit by President Obama to Scranton, especially in light of the fact that he had a fundraiser scheduled in Philadelphia Thursday evening. It turns out that the Senate had votes both days, and Casey missed both events.

Rick Santorum a Hit With the Ladies: As some presidential hopefuls struggled terminally with outreach to the fairer sex (*cough* Herman Cain), Pennsylvania’s own Rick Santorum is getting along swimmingly with the GOP’s leading women.

And don’t miss last week’s Ups & Downs! U.S. Senate news, redistricting, a presidential visit, Pa. row offices, and more featured in Friday’s list.

National
Washington Post: Palin Predicts Santorum’s Rise in Iowa
Patch: Santorum Campaigns at Bonhoeffer’s Cafe
Patch: VIDEO: Rick Santorum Meets Merry Concord Voters
Des Moines Register: Rick Santorum ad to run Monday in the Register, other Iowa newspapers
Nashua Telegraph: Santorum visits with Merrimack students
Muscatine Journal: Elizabeth Santorum campaigns for her dad
Centre Daily Times: Cain suspends campaign shifting GOP race
Pennsylvania Ave: Will Santorum get a Palin bump?
The Caucus: New plan on payroll taxes expected from Reid
ABC News: ‘This Week’ Transcript: GOP Candidate Rick Santorum and Rep. Barney Frank
Philly Weekly: Senate passes National Defense Authorization Act; PA sens. have no response on indefinite incarceration provision
Delco Times: State Rep. Kirkland pens letter to Governor about refineries
Salena Zito, RealClearPolitics: ‘Bitter’ residue remains in Pa.

Statewide
Beaver County Times: Challengers for PA. Reps?
Capitol Ideas: What’s Missing From The Congressional Districts Reapportionment Legislation?
Intelligencer Journal: State Rep. Creighton Says He Will Retire At End Of Term
Reading Eagle: Even on diet, state’s lawmakers getting fat
Inquirer: Redistricting elbows out other issues in Harrisburg
Post Gazette: State House to take up vouchers, economic furloughs in schools

Philly
NewsWorks: Corbett-appointed panel looks at Pa. liquor sales
Inquirer: Verna vote vs. sign a tribute to Cohen
Inquirer: Philly council approves bill on same-sex benefits
Daily News: Building-ad bill passes, but it’s not a wrap
Inquirer: Philadelphia Council passes controversial zoning changes
Philly Weekly: Unhappy members of Occupy Philly form splinter group call reasonable solutions

Philly Burbs
Pottstown Mercury: Chesco treasurer to run for state auditor general
Intelligencer: Fitzpatrick grills Fannie, Freddie execs
Burlington County Times: Uncle Sam has refunds for 100 county taxpayer
Delco Times: Local politicians express outrage at Sunoco decision to idle Hook refinery
Delco Times: Middletown dealing with budget shortfall

Pittsburgh
Post Gazette: Pittsburgher for HDCC director?
Post Gazette: City officials reach debt policy agreement
Post Gazette: Breathing units bought for city firefighters
Post Gazette: Mayor wants to borrow $80 million for various city repairs
Post Gazette: County Treasurer taking special interest in Greenfield home remodeling job
Post Gazette: What happens when a legislative district moves 238 miles?
Early returns: Pittsburgher for HDCC director
Post Gazette: Orie’s attorney claims no part in forged papers
Post Gazette: Allegheny County Democratic Chair steps down

NEPA
Times Tribune: Scranton reveals budget
Times Tribune: Scranton school solicitor collects pension
Wayne Independent: Mailing scam targets seniors
Times News: New life for old jail
Times-Leader: President pushes legislators on American Jobs Act, middle class tax cuts in Scranton speech
Times-Leader: President stopped by South Side home before speech
Citizens Voice: Parents reach out to those battling drug addiction
Citizens Voice: Parents reach out to those battling drug addiction

South Central
Patriot-News: Gov. Corbett hopes to sign bill for voucher program by end of month
Patriot-News: School-voucher debate is underscored by opinions, circumstances of parents in failing school districts
Patriot-News: Cost of sugar is not too sweet for Pa. consumers
York Daily Record: Candidates forum in York draws congressional, senate hopefuls
York Daily Record: National bill could make it legal to permit carrying weapons across state lines
Intelligencer Journal: Lancaster County Bond Rating Drops

North by Northwest
Erie Times: Proposed congressional map could split Erie County
Erie Times: Pa. town rejects atheist banner in holiday display
Erie Times: Palestinian terror lawsuit touches rural Pa. town
Erie Times: Briefs from around the region and state
Erie Times: Sandusky accuser says police knew of recent dinner
Erie Times: Mayor of Binghamton, N.Y., offers water to Pa. families
Erie Times: Occupy Philly: Eviction won’t weaken our activism
Erie-Times: Pa. law backs up Penn State’s fight for secrecy
Erie Times: Attorneys settle with charity in Penn State case
Erie Times: Pa. capitol takeover challenged in federal court
Erie Times: Penn State accuser disputes defense’s approach
Erie Times: Sandusky charges bring focus on Pa. sex crime laws
Tri-County Sunday: Sandusky talks about Paterno, case
Courier Express: Residents attend meeting to share concerns over shelter
Centre Daily Times: NCAA’s punishable offenses wide-reaching
Centre Daily Times: University’s response could cost millions
Centre Daily Times: Sandusky Speaks: Amendola says interview a chance to meet client
Centre Daily Times: Custody records sealed in Sandusky son case
Centre Daily Times: Local attorneys Shubin and Andronici deride Sandusky’s interview
Sun Gazette: STEP to help flood families with housing
Sun Gazette: State official calls for less spending, end to certain tax
Sun Gazette: Council president clarifies remarks
Sun Gazette: County to share in federal funding for flood damage
Sun Gazette: Eliminate firefighter positions, mayor says
Sun Gazette: Landfill, transfer station fees to see no increase in 2012
State College: Attorney: Sandusky Shows ‘Delusional Rationalization’ in Times Interview

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Berks Dems officials step down
UpperSauconPatch: Corbett Sidesteps Blame in PSU Scandal
Express Times: Injured US Army veteran hero thanked with new home
Morning Call: More holiday carving: congressional maps
Morning Call: Newsmaker Q&A: Jennifer Mann
Sunday’s Zaman: US Congressman Charlie Dent: Many Americans think Turkey’s leadership in the Middle East will be constructive
Reading Eagle: Bill Ulrich: Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania once more on the table
Reading Eagle: Pa. cyber charter schools not passing test
Express Times: Occupy Bethlehem camp near City Hall ‘illegal,’ city says

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: Government in Action
Daily American: CAREERLINK helping jobless meet changes in unemployment law
Daily American: Game Commission searching for poacher
Daily American: Presidential candidate to make stop in Somerset
Daily American: Public defender from Hooversville vying for district attorney
Altoona Mirror: Area unemployment rates decrease

Opinion
Public Opinion Editorial: Hard To Believe We Pay For This Kind Of Performance By The Legislature
Post Gazette: County Council must back off its stealth tax hike
York Daily Record Editorial: Diet COLA For Lawmakers
York Dispatch Editorial: Internet Sales Tax: Now You Tell Us?
Intelligencer Journal Editorial: Competing Gas Legislation
Patriot News Op-Ed: Former Penn State Trustee: Change Should Start At The Top
Patriot-News Editorial: In Need Of Repair: Now Is The Time For Penn State Trustees To Make Swift Changes To The Board
Erie Times: Editorial Cartoon: The only way to beg for money these days is to run for president
Erie Times: Paterno treated like scapegoat
Erie Times: Pat Howard: Emphasis on data, results makes anti-violence effort promising
Erie Times: Child abuse involves more than one injustices
Centre Daily Times: Raising questions of insularity
Centre Daily Times: Penn State has more to offer than sports
Sun Gazette: Fingerpointing won’t solve budget problems
Sun Gazette: Reject Obama attempt to strangle industry
Sun Gazette: Sadder and sadder
Sun Gazette: Unfair to Joe
Patriot-News Editorial: Our Number (717) Is Not Up Yet
Wayne Independent: Zoning rules should apply equally
Standard Speaker: PA must resist sports betting
Sun Gazette: Never again
Sun Gazette: No Plan B?
Times-Tribune: Blue Monday
The Daily Review: Reduce the number of district staff
Pocono Record: State can’t keep up with the old
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania rises from ashes of supercommittee
Express Times: Supercomittee could have used some divine inspiration; local taxing bodies have a hand in foreclosures, too – Dec. 3 letters to the editor
Inquirer Editorial: Don’t ease gun permit rules
Observer Reporter: Control by state is a rocky road

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Radical reform needed
PA Independent: Many issues for lawmakers on Monday
CasablancaPA: Maybe Rafferty will give us a raise too
Keystone Politics: Cumberland County Democrats elect new chair
PA Progressive: News and notes
Two Political Junkies: Give credit where credit is due
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Northampton County One Liners
News Busters: Ed Schultz Ducks Asking Dem Senator From Scranton Why He Ducked Obama in Scranton
NewsMax: Palin Energizes Santorum WH Bid

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