2/21 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. Hope you enjoyed you’re day off yesterday and you’re as excited as we are for the political news week to really begin.

McCaffery CM Moves to Team Kane: Kathleen Kane’s campaign for Attorney General welcomed its newest staffer two weeks ago: former Dan McCaffery campaign manager and seasoned political operative Josh Morrow.

Coburn Endorses Feinberg, His Former Staffer: U.S. Senator Tom Coburn today threw his support behind congressional hopeful Evan Feinberg on Monday. Feinberg, who served as a staffer to Coburn in Washington, DC, is challenging Rep. Tim Murphy in the 18th district primary.

3 Years After the Stimulus, Is Pa. Better Off?: Three years ago on this day, a newly elected President Barrack Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, effectively pumping $787 billion into a flagging American economy. Pennsylvania received $9 billion in recovery funds. Projects funded included increased education funding and money for Pa.’s highways.

Legislative Election Updates:

HD-31: We all know how the GOP gets along with Planned Parenthood. Interestingly, the candidate endorsed by the Bucks Co GOP to face Rep. Steve Santarsiero, Helen Bosley, was the interim CEO of the Planned Parenthood Association of Bucks County. Her Republican primary opponent is Anne Chapman.

HD-92: Meet Daniel Johnson (R), one of the men seeking to fill the seat of State Rep. Scott Perry (who is running for Todd Platts’ seat in Congress). Johnson, 33, is general manager at the Holiday Inn in York.

Lehigh Valley misc: Bernie O’Hare says the local state Rep. races will be a hoot.

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National:
Five Thirty Eight: Reads & Reactions: Santorum’s rise
Five Thirty Eight: In Michigan, momentum for Romney?
Real Clear Politics: Obama’s agenda looks like faith, not reason
The Hill: White House, Republicans tiptoe toward corporate tax overhaul
The Hill: House GOP hopes ‘Solyndra economy’ becomes Obama’s political epitaph
The Caucus: Romney led rivals in January fundraising
The Caucus: Pro-Gingrich group raises almost $11M in January
The Caucus: Santorum steps up critique of Obama’s worldview
Post-Gazette: Santorum speaks in Ohio
NY Times: Auto bailout looms large over Romney
NY Times: Santorum defends remarks on Obama and government’s role in education
Early Returns: Santorum talks energy, religion
Boston.com: Santorum denies questioning Obama’s faith
Chicago Tribune: Santorum plays hard to conservative base in Ohio
Washington Post: Santorum: Prenatal testing encourages abortions
Fox Philadelphia: Pennsylvania GOP primary could be key
The Inquirer: As primary turnouts drop, GOP enthusiasm is questioned
Politico: Deciphering Leon Panetta’s Iran press dance
Politico: Rick Santorum aide gaffe: Obama’s ‘radical Islamic policies’
Politico: Santorum fundraising soared after wins
Politico: Mitt Romney’s auto bailout stance could help him
Politico: Romney super PAC’s $14M blitz
Politico: Romney’s spending outpaces fundraising
Politico: Worry over Romney sparks talk of Tampa
Roll Call: Fed-Heavy Districts didn’t get uniform voting bloc
Roll Call: Cardin reluctantly took spotlight on payroll tax debate
Roll Call: John McCain: Paul Babeu is a friend

Statewide:
Early Returns: From the new state Dept of Sarcasm
Capitolwire (Paywall): With Deadline Looming, House Dems and GOP Cut Proposed Municipal Splits In Half
Observer Reporter: Pa. legislative campaigns ply uncharted legal water
AP: Sorvino to debut film funded by Pa. taxpayers
Philadelphia Inquirer: Casey no longer seen as quite so vulnerable

Philadelphia:
Business Insider: Rendell not buying Inquirer or Daily News
WHYY Newsworks: Despite long odds, Latino group pushes for delaying PA primary
PhillyClout: City council will not meet Thursday
PhillyClout: Rendell says he’s keeping a lid on it
PhillyNow: Obama’s response to Santorum shows race is changing
PhillyNow Pennsylvania elections are coming; here are your candidates
PhillyNow: Daily Grinder: liquor ‘privatization’ becomes ‘modernization’
Fox Philadelphia: Rendell denies spiking news stories
The Inquirer: Rendell: PMN investors would consider newsroom “firewall”

SEPA:
Daily Local: West Brandywine to enforce inspections again
Daily Local: Penn Township contemplates smoking ban in park
Daily Local: Primaries in Chester beginning to take shape
PhillyBurbs: Singleton bill would allow affordable housing funds for foreclosed homes
Delco Daily Times: Education in finance: Governor’s budget proposal calls for deep cuts to colleges, universities

Pittsburgh:
Tribune Review: Group urges Pittsburgh schools to look harder at cutting costs
Post-Gazette: Port Authority cuts threaten independence of people with disabilities
Post-Gazette: Freeze wages for school workers not covered by contract
The Tribune-Democrat: Critz optimistic despite polls showing Altmire in lead
The Tribune-Democrat: Unions mobilizing support for Rep. Mark Critz
Post Gazette: Reassessments for south suburbs posted online

Southwest:
Tribune Review: Tri-state voters greet Santorum warmly in Steubenville
Daily American: Berlin realizes savings through debt refinancing
Daily Courier: Frazier district finances are stable
Post Gazette: Politics, resignations add wrinkle to area’s DEP office

Lehigh Valley:
Morning Call: Does Rep. Charlie Dent represent the Lehigh Valley?
Reading Eagle: Extra federal money will help group balance its budget
Morning Call: More teachers take concessions in current economy
Express-Times: Revised Pa. laws aimed at protecting children have some teachers fighting for their jobs

NEPA:
Times News: Schuylkill Democrats make endorsements
Times News: Berks Republicans endorse Argall
Times News: Election bureau head says voter registration lists are accurate
The Daily Review: Lt. Gov. Cawley speaks in Wysox Township
The Daily Review Chief county clerk: state grant approval “very likely”
Times Leader: Local group wants to help vets returning from war
Citizens Voice: Local officials say governor must do more to help struggling municipalities
Citizens Voice: County may trim number of paid holidays

South Central:
Carlisle Sentinel:  PA American Water to upgrade pipeline in Camp Hill
Carlisle Sentinel: Borough manager: Next big spring master plan meeting critical
Carlisle Sentinel: State to switch from PSSA to Keystone exams
York Dispatch: York Haven man running for legislative seat Scott Perry is leaving
York Dispatch: Proposed bill design to force restitution payments

North by Northwest:
Erie Times-News: Changes in food-stamp program draw ire from Erie critics of asset testing
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Legislative Tally
Statecollege.com: Senatorial candidate Scaringi campaigns in State College

Opinion:
Nathan Shrader, Philly Daily News: Mitt: What’s good for the goose isn’t good for the Michigander
Tribune Review: Tea’s served in Senate races
Tribune Review: Obama’s anti-jobs, anti-growth budget
Tribune Review: Union ’democracy’
Observer Reporter: Development is welcome
Observer Reporter: Has politics muddied Greene County water?
Indiana Gazette: Closing a look into the future?
Altoona Mirror: US wastes leadership in space
Tribune Democrat: Magisterial modifications
Beaver County Times: Political Prose: Some guys have no shame in their delusional game
Patch.com: Consolidate regional military bases to cut costs
Standard Speaker: Unemployment fraud costly for Pennsylvania
Daily Local: Editorial: West Chester student housing restriction a bad idea
Delco Daily Times: Congress must stabilize Medicare
Politico: Opinion: Iran as continual regional menace
Washington Post: Editorial: Automaker bailout has costs and benefits for Romney, Santorum, Obama
Washington Post: Opinion: Can Santorum stay strong this week?
Washington Post: Opinion: Four who stood tall on marriage equality
Washington Post: Opinion: U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014
The Inquirer: Editorial: Selling gas works: company finally attractive
The Inquirer: City a leader in clean water
WHYY Newsworks: Santorumisms
Daily News: Editorial: Fishtown blues;  Sociologist’s book blames poverty on the poor

Blogs:
Keystone Liberty: Unemployment fraud crackdown
Keystone State Education Coalition: You do have the power to change the direction of education policy in Pennsylvania
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Where’s the NIZ housing component?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Is the NIZ debate ideological or elitism?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Lehigh Valley State Rep races should be a hoot
Jon Geeting: Birth control flap another Terri Schiavo moment for the GOP
2 Political Junkies: Rick Santorum: “The Believer” says President has a “phony theology”
Pennsylvania Progressive: Voters get to know our Santorum
Keystone Progress: Dem mayors and county execs call on Sam Smith to schedule special elections
Keystone Politics: PA Republicans are also pushing a transvaginal ultrasound bill
Keystone Politics: ACLU: Women’s health care inadequate PA county prisons
Keystone Conservative: Scrap solar subsidies
John Hanger: Must read AP story about drilling wastewater disposal
John Hanger: Comparing UT report and NYT article on PA gas oversight
John Hanger: Iowa poll chills Obama and finds Paul is strongest opponent

February 21st, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Morning Buzz, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “2/21 Morning Buzz”

  1. Bruce Kenyon says:

    Came across this link about Patrick Murphy is he still under investigation for voter fraud ??
    http://www.ourcampaigns.com/NewsDetail.html?NewsID=76313

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