2/10 Morning Buzz

Good morning Pennsylvania! Look for Up & Down in a little bit. Here are your headlines.

Bill Vinsko Recieves Key Endorsements in Race for Barletta’s Seat:
Bill Vinsko, a Democratic candidate for Congress in the 11th district, has recently received endorsements from two blue-collar organizations. Last Friday Vinsko received an endorsement from the Plumbers, Pipefitters, and HVACR Technicians Local 520, of Dauphin, Cumberland, Northampton, and Columbia counties. He also received another endorsement yesterday from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council. This council is composed of 14 different labor organizations ranging from Asbestos workers to Roofers.

Gov. Corbett Signs Marcellus Shale Legislation
A bill to create impact fees for companies drilling for natural gas in Marcellus Shale wells has been passed by both state legislative bodies and now moves on to Governor Corbett for his final approval.

National:

Times-Leader: Rep. Barletta Criticizes Insurance Mandate
AP: House ready to pass a insider trading bill
AP: Republicans take aim at birth-control policy
Fox News: Santorum: This race is gong for a long, long time
The Hill: Lawmakers prep to face fellow members
NY Times: Foster Friess, a Santorum supporter with deep pockets
Times Leader: Barletta criticizes insurance mandate
TPMDC: GOP ripe for splits in assault on birth control rule
Early Returns: Another twist in GOP race
Indiana Gazette: GOP to fight against contraception plan
The Hill: Santorum, Romney to face off in high-stakes appeal to party faithful
The Hill: Money is rolling into Santorum’s campaign, says senior donor
The Washington Post: Congress finds new home in the doghouse
The Caucus: Moderate republicans spotted in the house
Early Returns: Doyle: publicly funded research should be publicly available
Early Returns: Food workers endorse Critz
Early Returns: Corbett OKs grant for for Specter library
Early Returns: Daily Santorum: Freiss takes the stage
Early Returns: GOP forging ahead on 2001 lines
Slate: Santorum nabs more support in national poll of registered republicans
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey joins objection to health care mandate; GOP congressmen Lou Barletta and Thomas Marino threaten to repeal

Statewide:

AP: Judge nixes Pileggi, GOP challenge to Pa. restricting maps
Inquirer: Corbett says road, bridge, and transit problems too big for Pa. budget
State Impact: Mapping Pa. Counties’ impact fee money
State House Sound Bites State capital investment program targeted for reforms
PA Independent: Higher ed tuition likely to rise with, without PA aid
Early Returns: GOP “forging ahead” on 2001 lines
York Dispatch: Corbett OKs Specter library grant that he bashed
Delco Times: Refinery workers take fight to gov’s mansion
Pocono Record: Where will the money come from to repair 6,000 bridges?
AP: Corbett signs bill to extend jobless benefits
AP: Corbett OKs Specter library grant that he bashed
AP: PA fines Chesapeake Energy $565K for violations
Patriot-News: Harrisburg Receiver David Unkovic’s plan holds no commuter tax threat
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania’s nonunion employees want a pay raise
AP: Perelman denied bid on PA newspapers
AP: County commissioners face decision on drilling fee
AP: PA to get $266 M from foreclosure abuse settlement
Centre Daily: Educators pore over fine print
Williamsport Sun Gazette: “American success story”: Corbett praises plant
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Superintendents expected state cuts

Philadelphia:

Daily News: The young & the restless are wreaking havoc on Philly’s streets
Inquirer: Lawyers for Monsignor Lynn want Judge Sarmina to step down, citing abuse comment
Inquirer: Blatstein group says it wants to join PMN bidding
Inquirer: Election day double pay to come to end in Phila.
Philly.com: Source: deal to keep schools open nights, weekends done
Phillynow.com: Daily Grinder: Lawyers want judge removed for saying church has sex abuse problem
KYW Newsradio: Nutter concerned about Corbett’s social service budget cuts
KYW Newsradio: Natural gas drilling bill awaits Gov. Corbett’s signature
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett looks to state programs to trim Pa. health spending
AP: Philly schools get help to save weekend programs
Inquirer: Archdiocese optimistic for $10M charities appeal
Philly.com: W. Catholic HS president resigns
Philly.com: Jefferson president to retire
Inquirer: Chester officials ask Pa. for $13.2M to keep schools open
Phillynow.com Election 2012: Will contraceptives be a winning campaign issue?
Phillynow.com Update: Deal struck between mortgage leaders and states; city council not happy
Phillynow.com Update: Now legislature may repeal ‘year of the bible’ resolution?
Philadelphia Weekly: Catholic Church fights to kill PA’s statute of limitation reform
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. to get $266M in mortgage-lending settlement
WHYY Newsworks: Judge’s decision on Pa. district lines leaves candidates scrambling
WHYY Newsworks: The natural gas drilling impact fee law explained

SEPA:

phillyBurbs.com: DA still dealing with Neshaminy complaints
phillyBurbs.com: Catholic schools look toward a consolidated future
phillyBurbs.com: Judge allows Zauflik attorneys to explore $10M policy further
phillyBurbs.com: 3 housing authorities to get $232,000 from HUD
phillyBurbs.com: Riegelsville students will transfer to Palisades in 2013
Delco Daily Times: County: State budget has positive aspects
Montgomery Media: Sue Simon takes over as Ambler SAAC site manage
Montgomery Media: Springfield Township Commissioner Harbison confronted over ballot issue
Montgomery Media: Reapportionment disputes cause primary election confusion
Montgomery Media: Stephens introduces ‘turn around, don’t drown’ bill
Daily Local: Corbett signs bill to extend jobless benefits

Pittsburgh:

Post-Gazette: University of Pittsburgh to receive $22M for energy research
Post-Gazette: Shale bill awaits Gov. Corbett’s signature
Post-Gazette: DEP fines Chesapeake $565,000
Post-Gazette: Corbett OKs grant for Specter library
Post-Gazette: Leaving senate: Pippy plans return to private sector
Early Returns: Food workers endorse U.S. Rep. Mark Critz
KDKA: Cleaning up Mellon Green Park after Occupiers

Southwest:

Observer-Reporter: Drilling bill receives mixed reviews
Observer-Reporter: Cost to reopen two schools would be $4.5M
Observer-Reporter: Corbett budget could hit horse racing industry
Observer-Reporter: Relief for county schools: No cuts budget cuts planed for 2012-13
Indiana Gazette: Jobs gap widens between young and old
Indiana Gazette: Corbett to sign drilling bill
Daily American: Windber school board faces difficult decisions

South Central:

York Dispatch: York County lawmakers say shale bill isn’t perfect
Ship News Now: SU re-evaluating Plan B availability
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Board asked to fix tremendous technology disparaties in CASD elementaries
Chambersburg Public Opinion: US Senate candidate Sam Rohrer hosting town hall meeting here tomorrow
Carlisle Sentinel: Southwestern PA: County commissioners face decision on drilling fee
Patriot-News: William C. Seeds announces bid for 15th Senate district seat
Patriot-News: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson takes to streets with bike patrol
Patriot-News: Dauphin County plan calls for no changes in district judge zones
Patriot-News: Joshua Coward backs out of run for 88th House district
Patriot-News: Cumberland County Commissioner Gary Eichelberger won’t run for 88th House district
York Dispatch: Ceremony ushers in York County’s new specialized veteran’s court
Lebanon Daily News: Swatara to reduce tax increase

Lehigh Valley:

Reading Eagle: Judge rejects challenge to redistricting ruling
Reading Eagle: State House sends gas-drilling bill to Corbett
WFMZ: Commissioners’ veto clears path for countywide assessment

NEPA:

Times-Tribune: Sen. Casey Urges Action On Buyouts in Wyoming County
Times Leader: Urban may take on Holden

North by Northwest:

Erie Times News: Erie City Council sees vision for new GAF site
Erie Times News: St. Denny appointed to Wesleyville Council
Sharon Herald: State cuts trickle down to township
Courier Express: Hotel tax brings $546,000 to Clearfield County
Courier Express: Huston Township appoints new supervisor
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City Council reviewing $419,000 COPS hiring grant

Opinion:

Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Corbett budget inflicts pain on higher education
Daily News: Editorial: The big ‘no tax’ lie
Inquirer: Editorial: Epitome of arrogance
Inquirer: Editorial: Corbett again targets colleges
Philly.com: Opinion: Where recessions don’t matter
Philly.com: Opinion: Obama v. the marshmallows
Times-Tribune Editorial: The Perzel and DeWeese Convictions Embarrass The State House
Times-Tribune Editorial: Never Halftime In U.S. Poltiics
Daily American: Opinion: Don’t lease more forests for drilling
Observer-Reporter: Op-Ed: Closing the 911th is the right move
Observer-Reporter: Op-Ed: Lawmakers should expel DeWeese now
Tribune Review: Opinion: Santorum’s ‘conservatism’: It’s no ‘alternative’
Tribune Review: Opinion: Obama’s Catholic miscalculation
Chambersburg Public Opinion Editorial: Shale impact fee bill tilts field to favor gas drillers
York Daily Record: Opinion – Politicians in Prison
Lancaster Era: Lancaster mayor fumes over PA gun bill
AP: A political tip sheet for the rest of us
Courier Express: Obama move against Catholics on abortion is just wrong

Blogs:

ABC News: Santorum draws crowds, raises nearly $1M after Tuesday trifecta
Forbes: Santorum’s 1994 Alternative to the individual mandate
NBC Politics: Getting the affluent to pay for payroll tax cut
Jon Greeting: Where does Charlie Dent stand on contraception coverage?
Huff Post: Bill DeWeese, Pennsylvania state lawmaker, tries to work around corruption conviction
Keystone State Education Coalition: Auditor General seeks criminal probe of Pocono Mountain Charter School
Commonwealth Foundation: Marcellus shale bill summarized
PA Budget and Policy Center: Listen to PBPC conference call on Governor’s budget
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Mike Schware’s first vote
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Cunningham strikes out on reassessment. Or did he?
Lehigh Valley Independent: The House transportation bill sucks
Lehigh Valley Independent: Conservative republicans Gingrich and Bernanke agree: austerity will hurt the recovery
Lehigh Valley Independent: GOP trying to make economy worse for November elections
Lehigh Valley Independent: Slate belt towns to share a zoning officer?
2 Political Junkies: Another Trib blurb, another bit of disinformation
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Pennsylvania young democrats endorse Murphy
Pennsylvania Progressive: White House supports robosigning settlement
Above Average Jane: Chaka Fattah’s 2011 FEC Reports
PennPatriot: Rick Geist’s campaign goes negative early, calls challenger a “radical” in today’s letter requesting support
PennPatriot: Pennsylvania manufactures’ association is happy with Corbett’s budget proposal
Keystone Politics: RIP “Arlen Specter Library” talking point
Keystone Politics: PA Budget and Policy Center’s epic takedown of the Corbett budget
Keystone Politics: While you’re distracted by the budget, other sketchy bills are advancing
Keystone Politics: Amanda Holt’s map should be the new baseline for redistricting
Keystone Conservative: Live tweeting #CPAC
Chambersburg Public Opinion Editorial: Shale impact fee bill tilts field to favor gas drillers – Elyse

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