2/1 Morning Buzz

The White House decided to postpone President Obama’s visit in light of the killer ice storm bearing down on the state. The House GOP is quietly backing away from its controversial proposed rules changes. Does this mean that the first real work week of this deep-red year was.. a win for Democrats? And the DCCC is coming to town, big time, with its sights on Reps. Barletta, Fitzpatrick and Meehan.

Good morning politicos, welcome to February, and welcome to the buzz.

PoliticsPA Reports

DCCC to Target Barletta, Fitzpatrick, Meehan
Lest anyone doubt Pennsylvania’s swing state status, check out this story from The Fix. The DCCC is targeting 19 districts around the country, doubling down on President Obama’s investment/spending plans. PA leads the nation in targeted districts, including Lou Barletta (R-11), Mike FItzpatrick (R-8) and Pat Meehan (R-7).

PA GOP, PA Dems Play Softball Over Football
They may disagree on many issues, but the PA GOP and the PA Dems have one thing in common: they never let the opportunity for a good headline pass them by. PA’s political parties have joined forces to “take on” their counterparts in Wisconsin in a Super Bowl bet.

Obama Wusses Out?
The White House announced today that  President Obama’s visit to Penn State has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 3, due to inclement weather. Former Gov. Rendell wasn’t available for comment…

Headlines
Politico: Dems: Frackers may have broken the law
Daily News: Turmoil in Egypt has some students in Philadelphia worried for their families
Early Returns: Santorum is racking up the frequent flyer miles
Patriot News: Corbett will attend the Super Bowl
Early Returns: Dems: Toomey pays ‘China first’
Fox Philadelphia: Rep. Meehan on ‘Jihad Jane’
Early Returns: Rep. Tim Murphy in clover
Inquirer: A Capitol Question: What will Corbett cut?
Daily News: Special election today to fill late Rep.’s House seat
Detrow, PA Public Radio: House GOP backs down from proposed rules changes
Roxbury News: Today’s Word of the Day in Harrisburg: Germane
Tribune Review: PA Dems claim victory over rules change delay
Daily News: Hoeffel won’t seek re-election for Montco Commissioner
Times Leader: Barletta’s back home in new role
Times Leader: Mundy bill to toughen drill rules re-launched
Sun-Gazette: Lawmaker to sponsor abortion clinic regulation legislation
Pennsylvania Ave: Toomey, Santorum to address CPAC conference
Inquirer: Nutter heads toward May primary with $1.6 million on hand
Heard in City Hall: Nutter to hold first fundraiser of 2011
PhillyNow: Santorum: Advocate of alternative fuels
Post Gazette: Santorum may try Iowa caucus in presidential bid
The Fix: Santorum trailed only Palin and Romney in fundraising during last five weeks of 2010
Times Leader: RNC: $23 million debt as it gears up for 2012
Post Gazette: Weather pushes back Obama trip to Penn State
Financial Times: SEC probes Harrisburg over municpal bonds
Daily Times: New effort to ban cell phone use, texting while driving
Tribune Review: Public-private transportation deals sought for state roads
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania’s Medicaid costs balloon as population ages
Inquirer: School choice gains widespread momentum
Early Returns: McCullough may seek Allegheny County Executive post
Times-News: Sye to run for Crawford County Commissioner
Sentinel: Cumberland Co GOP Commissioner drama

Opinions
John Baer, Daily News: Where is all the political reform we were promised?
John Baer, Daily News: Run Rick Run!
Patriot News Editorial: It’s elementary: Yes, our nation loves the Super Bowl, but we need to love science fairs, too
Post-Gazette Editorial: Extra support: A city referendum could boost library funding
Altoona Mirror Editorial: Running roughshod can backfire

February 1st, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments