2/28 Morning Buzz

The Oscar nomination (and loss) of NEPA-based documentary ‘Gasland’ put the focus on Marcellus shale this weekend. Former DEP Sec. Hanger, whose interview comprised a noteworthy part of the film, was rooting against it.

PA pols respond to the conflict in Libya. Labor activists held rallies around PA to show support for Wisconsin workers. And Scranton Mayor Doherty will celebrate St. Patty’s day at the White House.

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz.

PoliticsPA Reports

Oscar Buzz: Former DEP Secretary Hanger Rooting Against ‘Gasland’
John Hanger, the immediate former Secretary of the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), got some good news last night. ‘Gasland,’ a documentary about the impact of Marcellus shale drilling in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the country, lost to “Inside Job,” a look at Wall Street and the 2008 meltdown.

Marcellus Shale Creates A Job
The Marcellus gas industry often touts the jobs it creates in PA. Well here’s a new one they might not have thought of: tracking the Marcellus gas industry.

Casey Calls for Sanctions on Libya
As violence continues in Libya, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released a statement Friday which declares his support of immediate sanctions and a potential no-fly zone over Libya.

Headlines
PhillyNow: Gingrich Hangs at Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Owns a Skull
PhillyNow: Santorum (Correctly) Attacks GOP on DOMA, Has Gay Friends?
Delaware County Times: U.S. Mint Worker from Uppy Darby pleads guilty to fraud
Tribune-Review: In Fayette, Rep. Critz Briefed on Children’s Issues
Times-News: Altmire: Money from Uncle Sam will go to most critical needs
The Big Tent: John Boehner, House whisperer
Times-Tribune: Scranton Mayor Doherty to toast St. Patrick’s Day with President Obama
York Daily Record: Bill may be coming due for Pa. borrowing to pay unemployment benefits
Patriot-News: Democrat Robert Teplitz announces run against state Sen. Jeffrey Piccola
Tribune-Review: Experts Say Drilling May Be Key to Pa. Economic Recovery
Post-Gazette: Taxing Natural Gas is A Political Football in Pa.
Post-Gazette: State plans panel for Marcellus Drilling
Post-Gazette: How fracking water is ‘green’ driven
Post-Gazette: For some landowners, much hand-wringing over Marcellus Shale leasing
Post-Gazette: City of Pittsburgh Rejects Marcellus Drilling; Allegheny County Studies It
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh Natives On Scene in Libya
ABC Philadelphia: Hundreds Rally in Downtown Philadelphia in Support of Wisconsin Protests
Tribune-Review: There was a rally in Pittsburgh too
Inquirer: Meehan Hopes to Pick GOP Candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia by Today
Tribune-Review: Democrat Slates Run For Pittsburgh City Council
Fox Philadelphia: Feds: Entire PHA Board Should Resign
Fox Philadelphia: Former Mayor John Street says the Feds are wrong; PHA Board will not resign
ABC Philadelphia: Two Descendants of Thomas Jefferson Discovered in Philly Area
Tribune-Review: Gas Drilling Backed in Small Town
Delaware County Times: The Home of the Mayor of Marcus Hook Was Damaged By Wind
Inquirer: Salaries of top staffers evade Corbett’s budget ax
Inquirer: Law firm where John Street’s son worked got millions in PHA contracts
Inquirer: City Council candidate unfazed by fraud conviction
Post-Gazette: Pa. suspends air pollution controls at drilling sites
Post-Gazette: Corbett’s budget ax hasn’t taken swing at staff salaries
Citizens’ Voice: Feds probe how staffers spent time at Mellow’s office
Citizens’ Voice: Budget address brings trepidation
Times Leader: Democrat Urban stays mum on candidate run

Opinions
Newsworks: Mayor Nutter gets a 2nd chance to heed good advice
Tribune Review Editorial: Obama’s DOMA decision is defenseless
Post-Gazette Editorial: Movie Money: The state tax incentive means plenty of Pa. jobs
Times-Tribune Editorial: National health care reform savings might be infectious
Times-Tribune Editorial: State can fund AdultBasic
Inquirer Editorial: Voucher bill doesn’t pass
Paul Davies, Inquirer: Ringside: Philadelphia’s 2011 mayoral race over before it begins
Patriot News Editorial: Linda Thompson should learn from Mayor Reed’s accomplishments and mistakes.

February 28th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments