1/27 Morning Buzz

The big political news comes out of Harrisburg, where the State House sounded more like the British House of Commons yesterday afternoon. Democrats and Republicans are in an all-out brawl over a new set of rules that make it easier to pass legislation without suffering votes over pesky amendments. Check out PoliticsPA for video of yesterday’s contentious Rules Committee meeting.

In other news, Casey is ready and able to take on pro-life GOP challengers. Anti-Marcellus movie ‘Gasland’ is up for an Oscar. Toomey will be stopping by the Tea Party caucus. And Chaka Fattah penned a response to the SOTU in the Huffington Post.

And don’t forget to check back later today for PoliticsPA’s celebrity look-alikes feature.

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz.

PoliticsPA Reports

PA House GOP rules change: abuse of power, or avoiding obstruction?
Democrats charge that Republicans are deliberately stifling debate. Republicans say they are simply trying to prevent obstructionism. As you might have guessed, it depends on who you ask.

Sen. Casey ready for GOP challenge on abortion
Senator Bob Casey Jr. is ready to take on anyone who challenges that he is not sufficiently pro-life, especially over the recent health care law.

PA State House explodes, new rules limit minority participation
The first major partisan brawl of the new session is underway, as House Republicans institute new rules for debate which severely limit Democratic participation.

Watch press conferences with both Speaker Smith and the House Democratic Caucus after the committee meeting (h/t PCN)

Headlines
State House Sound Bites: Audio: So much for civility in politics
State House Sound Bites: Gasland nominated for an Oscar
PhillyNow: Ed Rendell on NBC News after the SOTU
Newsworks: West Philly student returns from Washington after 15 minutes of fame
Early Returns: Sen. Toomey wades into a tea party
Pennsylvania Ave: Sen. Casey: Stop automatic pay raise for members of Congress
Pennsylvania Ave: Fitzpatrick, Santorum named in investigation of Bush White House
Post-Gazette: GOP accuse Dems of blocking bills in Pa. House
Capitol Ideas: State Sen. Williams elected Senate Democratic Whip
Early Returns: No casino decision today
Commonwealth Confidential: Rendell in 2002 said a return to Ballard would be wrong
Patriot-News: Gov. Corbett to receive Founders Day award at Lebanon Valley College
Early Returns: Matta gambles on Allegheny County controller
Early Returns: Another challenger for Councilman Dowd in Pittsburgh
Patriot-News: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson blasts Act 47 meeting boycott

Opinions
Rep. Chaka Fattah, HuffPo: Debt is important, but don’t gut critical programs
Citizens’ Voice Editorial: Get serious about background checks
Patriot Editorial: Proposal to reality?
Times-Tribune Editorial: Investigate Political Abuse
Tribune Editorial: The new ‘civility’: Democrats exposed
Mercury Editorial: Failing grade is embarrassment to Pa. lawmakers
John Baer, Daily News: New year, same speech for Obama

January 27th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments