12/9 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos from the Amtrak to NYC. Welcome to the buzz. It’s finally here – Pa Society kicked off with a few events last night and comes into full swing starting this afternoon. Don’t forget to check out our Pa. Society Cheat Sheet, as well as our full list of events, and we’ll see you tonight.

Poll: Corbett Job Approval 47-34: According to the latest survey by Quinnipiac, Governor Tom Corbett enjoys relatively steady and relatively favorable approval from Pennsylvania voters.

Poll: In Pa, Obama > Romney > Gingrich: Quinnipiac’s poll shows that President Obama would defeat either of the two Republican front runners if the election were held today in Pennsylvania. He tops former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney 46 to 43, and former House Speaker (and Harrisburg native) Newt Gingrich 48 to 40.

Occupy Protesters Visit PA Delegation: Pennsylvanians asking for an extension for benefits for the long-term unemployed visited Reps. Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) and Mike Kelly (R-Butler) Tuesday afternoon to request that Congress extend these benefits and fix the jobs crisis.

National
Washington Post: NFL great Franco Harris reinstated as charity’s chairman following Paterno comments
New American: Senate Considers Bill Calling for Cameras in the Supreme Court
Defense News: Lawmakers Form US Army Aviation Caucus
Huffington Post: Rick Santorum: Undocumented Immigrants Are All Law-Breakers
On Top Magazine: Rick Santorum: Gay Marriage Would Deny Kids a Mother and a Father
CBS: Santorum: Let’s cut off Iran’s oil supply
Des Moines Register: Santorum announces new members of Iowa campaign steering committee
Washington Examiner: Santorum: I’d love a head-to-head with Gingrich
ABC: 26 Days Out: Good Morning Iowa
Hill: GOP Rep. says office ‘invaded’ by protestors who left ‘vomit on the carpet’
Pennsylvania Ave: House passes Dent bill to ban synthetic drugs
Roll Call: Between the lines: Ohio filing deadline arrives, but is this really it?
Talking Points Memo: Trump’s GOP ‘Debate’ will only have two participants
The Hill: Santorum to get big endorsement in Iowa

Statewide
PoliticalNews: Casey Urges DOJ to Keep Philly Office Open to Protect Taxpayers and Consumers
PoliticalNews: Casey Urges Aquion to Expand in Westmoreland County Instead of Outside State
PoliticalNews: Social Security Actuary Casey Payroll Tax Cut Protects Social Security
Senior Housing News: PA Senior Care Providers Delaying the Inevitable: ALF Licensing
State Impact: State Senate Impact Fee Vote Shines Light On How Bills Are Passed
AP: EPA Declares Fracking, A Drilling Process, To Be A Potential Source Of Pollution
PA Independent: Pa. Boroughs, Like Big Cities, Facing Fiscal Meltdowns
State House Sound Bites: LCB Pulls Controversial Ad About Drinking And Date Rape
Commonwealth Confidential: House Votes To Block Insurance Coverage Of Abortion Under Federal Law
Carlisle Sentinel: School Vouchers Debated During Forum
Inquirer: Pa. Senate, House pass bill extending Sunday beer sales
Post Gazette: Republicans block payroll tax extension
Philly Weekly: Pa liquor control board responds to offensive date-rape ad
Philly Weekly: SEPTA Gets $1.2 million EPA grant
Philly Weekly: City Commissioner-Elect Al Schmidt Makes Senate Endorsement
Fox News: PLCB pulls ad on heavy drinking, rape
Altoona Mirror: Sandusky released after posting bail
WJACtv: Pa. Senate GOP leader tweaks redistricting map
Delco Daily Times: Pa.’s congressional maps will be made public Monday

Philly
Inquirer: Philadelphia council gives preliminary OK to new zoning code
Lexology: Philadelphia brings back contract agreements with labor unions
Fender Bender: CORUS endorses Safe Roads for America Act
Pennsylvania Ave: GOP Senate candidate airs first TV ad of 2012 PA race
Roll Call: Marino twice tested by cancer

Philly Burbs
Fox News: Montco residents face huge tax hike
Pottstown Mercury: Annual impact of Pottstown tax hike drops to $4 increase
Pottstown Mercury: Grand jury finds the company connected to Matthews was showed favoritism
Delco Daily Times: Colwyn Dems, Republicans continue spat over finances

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: More Charges filed against SCI-Pittsburgh prison guard
Post Gazette: World War II Memorial in battle for funding- Al
Post Gazette: City School Board OKs budget that contains staff reduction
Post Gazette: Fed grant to move regions solar power forward
Early Returns: Raja: Spent $271 K: $1.4 million self debt
Early Returns: Fitz: Spent $577K, with $300K debt repayment
Early Returns: State Senate redistricting map up
KDKA: Some find PA Liquor Control Board Ad offensive
KDKA: Dept. of Agriculture testing local dairy for source of bacterial outbreak
Duquensne Duke: Pittsburgh’s Port Aurthority may cut another 35%

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Action on district maps next week
Times-Tribune: FNCB aids diocese scholarship fund
Times-Tribune: Marino starts veterans history project
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County signs off on hospital sale
Citizen’s Voice: Dallas approves gas meter station
Standard Speaker: City Council balks at raising property tax
The Daily Review: Canton board gives oath

North by Northwest
NorthCentralPA: Congressman Supports Continued Operations at USPS
Erie Times: Glenn Beck to broadcast Kanzius story on his Internet TV show
Erie Times: Groups to explain how gambling grants help small businesses
Erie Times: Erie County Dems’ news conference on new maps back on
Erie Times: Daneri, other Pennsylvania DAs back Freed for attorney general
Erie Times: Erie Dems postpone redistricting news conference
Erie Times: Pa. liquor board pulls ad on heavy drinking, rape
Erie-Times: Sandusky arrested on new sex abuse charges
Erie Times: Sandusky faces another accusation of sexual abuse
Erie Times: Bond money will finance Erie streets in 2012
Erie Times: City & Region news briefs
Courier Express: ACLU says Wisor, JFJ won’t be part of ‘circus’
Centre Daily Times: State agency upholds PSU refusal to release records
Centre Daily Times: APNewsBreak: EPA theorizes fracking-pollution link
Centre Daily Times: House vote to ban synthetic drugs that mimic pot
Centre Daily Times: Community event planned to unveil mural dedicated to sexual abuse survivors
Centre Daily Times: Number of people charged in Nov. 9 State College riot rises to 23; police say more charges pending
Centre Daily Times: State legislator wants to put Penn State funding on hold
Centre Daily Times: “Blue-Out” T-shirts raise $25,000
Centre Daily Times: Downtown State College mural dedicated to victims of sex abuse
Sun Gazette: Flood relief FUNDS
Sun Gazette: Feds: Pay attention to drilling in Pa., elsewhere
Sun Gazette: Forecast calls for tough budget ahead in East Lycoming
Sun Gazette: Muncy council hears treatment plant updated
State College: Dottie Sandusky Issues Statement Expresses Anger over ‘False Accusations’
State College: Sandusky Posts Bail, Returns Home to College Township

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Casey keeps plugging for legislation to extend payroll tax cuts
Morning Call: Occupy Bethlehem protesters ousted
Morning Call: Southern Lehigh agrees to state cap on taxes
AP, Reading Eagle: EPA implicates fracking in pollution
WFMZ: Mayors ask for help from Harrisburg
WFMZ: Local mayor invited to meeting, reception at White House
Express Times: Lopatcong Township Council member nominated to state Superior Court
Express Times: Northampton County Council passes budget, keeps taxes level

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: S&T Bank repays government funds
Indiana Gazette: Blairsville-Saltsburg: School Board reorganizes, retains president
Beaver County Times: Aliquippa city Administrator resigns
Observer Reporter: Marcellus Pipeline to travel under Mon river
Observer Reporter: Franco back as charity chairman

South Central
York Dispatch: York Chamber forum aims to demystify redistricting
Patriot-News: Cumberland County Commissioner Rick Rovegno Clarifies His Position On Raising The Hotel Tax

Opinion
Erie Times: Editorial Cartoon
Erie Times: Our view: Pa. lawmakers should pay back raise
Erie Times: Postal sorting operation in peril
Erie Times: Will: Republicans should delay Gingrich’s coronation
Erie Times: Dionne: There’s rationale behind GOP’s circuslike reality show
Courier Express: It’s ‘nobody’s money,’ so nobody monitors its abuses
Patriot-News Editorial: The Case For School Vouchers — With Improvements To SB 1
Times Leader: Common sense takes a holiday
Beaver County Times: Americans must decide direction on Taxes
Centre Daily Times: Child sex abuse bill wrongheaded
Centre Daily Times: Legislators need dose of reality
Centre Daily Times: Case lacks evidence
Centre Daily Times: Appreciate what really matters
Centre Daily Times: Ignorant propaganda
Centre Daily Times: Tax-free charitable giving deadline looms
Sun Gazette: Sharper focus reveals depth of housing problem
Sun Gazette: Shocked
Sun Gazette: Disgusted
Sun Gazette: Clarification
Express-Times: Easton area could be big loser in gerrymandering of Lehigh Valley’s 15th Congressional District
Morning Call: Does dedistricting work properly?
Morning Call: Use impartial panel to redraw districts
Morning Call: An unfair system
Morning Call: Officials expect us not to pay attention
Morning Call: Democracy’s cancer
Express Times: Easton area could be big loser in gerrymandering of Lehigh Valley’s 15th Congressional District

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: 4 out of 5 Philly students not proficient
Keystone Conservative: David Freed steps up
Above Average Jane: Redistricing schedule
CasablancaPA: Smoke is fire
Keystone Politics: 19 Occupy Philly members will face trial
Third and State: Economic ghosts of Christmas past
The Pennsylvania Progressive: Fox’s new McCarthyism
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Angle and Browning

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