1/26 Morning Buzz

Pennsylvania’s DC delegation responds to the State of the Union. Spoiler alert: Democrats liked it a lot. Republicans, less so. PoliticsPA will have the partisan responses to President Obama’s call for bipartisanship throughout the day.

Corbett lays out his reform plan. Judge won’t drop charges against Orie. Santorum keeps on beating the pro-life drum. School choice gains ground as does liquor store privitization.

And today is the last day to submit your suggestion for PoliticsPA’s celebrity look-alikes feature, which will publish tomorrow.

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz.

PoliticsPA Reports

Casey, Toomey respond to State of the Union Address
Pennsylvania’s seating buddies Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey may have been right next to each other during President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight, but their reactions to the speech were fairly far apart.

Santorum: ‘Life is a civil right’
Republican 2012 presidential hopeful Rick Santorum ramped up his criticism of President Barack Obama’s stance on abortion writing Monday for the National Review.

Golden Pension Plans Prove Liability for Philly Council Candidates
Many benefits go to long-term incumbents. In Philadelphia, those benefits can come in the form of a large check from the city. Joe Grace is optimistic he can DROP incumbent Frank DiCicco over the issue of City Council’s golden pension loophole.

Obama to announce a 5 year moratorium on non-security discretionary spending
Pursuing a path of deficit reduction and government reform, President Obama will tonight in his State of the Union address call for a ban on earmarks and he will propose an overall budget freeze, ABC News has learned.

Headlines
PoliticsPA alum Alex Roarty, National Journal: Former Congressman Chris Carney wishes this SOTU speech had come 2 years earlier
Early Returns: Prom night at the capitol
Pennsylvania Ave.: Pa. Residents sat with the First Lady at the SOTU
AP: Santorum in no hurry to make presidential decision
AP: Pa. Senate panel OKs bill to ban abortion coverage
Capitol Ideas: Hundreds rally for school choice
Scott Detrow, WITF: Gov. Corbett unveils his reform proposal
Scott Detrow, WITF: Privatization bill would include hiring incentives for state store employees
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania legislator wants to bar fellow legislators from serving on the Gaming Control Board
Capitol Ideas: Gov. Rendell’s first appearance on MSNBC
Times-News: Rep. Kelly gets 3rd committee assignment
Pennsylvania Ave.: Rep. Fitzpatrick named Vice-Chair of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight
Intelligencer: State’s Act 32 brings complaints of confusion
Commonwealth Confidential: Mouse-free and profits few, Aramark bolts the state capitol
Times-Tribune: Federal Funding eyed for slate of Dunmore projects
Scott Detrow, WITF: ‘Gasland’ nominated for Oscar
Heard in City Hall: City Commission candidate wants to be the last city commissioner to hold office
PhillyClout: Candidates come and go in First City Council District
Inquirer: Businessman named Bucks County Commissioner
Times-Tribune: O’Brien searches, Jones gets in
Post-Gazette: Judge refuses to dismiss ethics charges against Orie
Inquirer: Nutter expands ethics rules for some city workers

Opinions
Diana Lind, New York Times: Cities like Philly need holistic plans to deal with urban blight
Annette John-Hall, Inquirer: Homeless have it tough in Bucks County
John Kennedy, Patriot-News: PA legislature should get the health care reform message
Ed Mathews, Erie Times-News: GE contract with China a boost for local affiliate
Jennifer Boulanger, Morning Call: Abortion stigma remains 38 years after Roe
Maria Vitale, Morning Call: New generations show pro-life support
Bill White, Morning Call: Bethlehem calls for civility go too far
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Congress should look into cutting defense and farm subsidies
Brian O’Neill, Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh must get serious about protecting public libraries

January 26th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments