3/7 Morning Buzz

PoliticsPA visited with the State Senate special election candidates in Reading this weekend. Check out our coverage of Senator Casey’s visit to a packed rally for Democrat Judy Schwank. Republican Larry Medaglia was also hard on the trail, and continued his outreach to voters (including those in the Latino community) over the weekend. And Senator Bob Casey thinks this special election is a chance for Democrats to turn the page on their 2010 losses.

The Allegheny County Democratic Committee had their endorsement meeting, and it proved to be a good day for County Council President Rich Fitzgerald. He walked away with a win, 923 votes to 918. That’s a 0.027% margin of victory, for those of you keeping score. Chelsa Wagner won a relatively easier endorsement by a vote of 755 to 672 over George Matta, with Valerie McDonald Roberts at 411.

Long-serving incumbent Philly Councilman Frank DiCicco announced that he will not seek re-election after facing serious heat for his participation in the controversial DROP program.

And don’t miss our exclusive report that PA’s Congressional delegation is coming to Harrisburg today to talk about, among other things, redistricting plans.

PoliticsPA Reports

Casey Rallies Berks Democrats for Judy Schwank (With Video)
Senator Bob Casey received a warm welcome today in Reading, as more than 150 supporters crowded into the local IBEW hall during a rally for Judy Schwank. The room was brimming with excitement and the tangible feeling among Democrats that Schwank is heading toward a win.

Medaglia Stays Hard at Work on the Campaign Trail (With Video)
Despite the heavy rain in the Reading area today, Larry Medaglia continued his full-court press in the run up to election day, including his outreach to the Latino community.

First on PoliticsPA: Pa. Congressional Delegation Coming to Harrisburg Today to Discuss Redistricting Scenarios
Here are some of the redistricting scenarios that PA’s Republican Congressmen are talking about. PoliticsPA has just learned that Pennsylvania’s Republican delegation is coming to Harrisburg on Monday to discuss possible outcomes of legislative redistricting with the caucus leaders of the PA House and Senate.

Casey: Schwank Gives the Dems An Oppurtunity to Turn the Page on 2010 (With Video)
Senator Bob Casey thinks the special State Senate election in Berks County gives Democrats the chance to rebound from heavy losses in 2010.

Mike Fitzpatrick: Dems Favorite Target
The DCCC and PA Dems hammered Rep. Fitzpatrick this week for a misstatement about his vote that allegedly sends jobs overseas. The Congressmen has emerged as the Dems’ favorite target so far in 2011.

Vote Reform, Vote Medaglia
PA Republicans Communications Director Valerie Caras talks about why the special election for SD-11 matters for Berks County and all of PA, and why voters should support Larry Medaglia on March 15th.

Vote Schwank for Jobs – Enough GOP Mud
PA Democratic Communications Director Mark Nicastre argues that Judy Schwnak is the candidate who knows how to create new jobs. Republican efforts to smear her are off-base and out-of-line.

Headlines
Patriot-News: Gov. Corbett’s budget cuts expected to have painful cuts
Daily News: Game Changer: DiCicco DROPs Out of 1st District Council Race
Reading Eagle: Schwank vs. Medaglia Issue Q & A
Post-Gazette: Corbett expected to take tough stance with state workers
Tribune-Review: Corbett Under Fire for Business Tax Breaks
Times-Tribune: State Senator denied receiving $25K from a developer
Times-Tribune: Ciavarella to appeal 7 of 12 corruption counts
Times-Tribune: Legislative reform at the margins
AP: Philly housing board resigns, cedes power to HUD
Inquirer: U.S. to release data on fatal Delaware River duck-boat accident
Post-Gazette: Marcellus boom Hits Pa. Banks
Inquirer: State official says Phila. district illegally capped charter school’s enrollment
Inquirer: Philly School District probe sees no ‘evidence of wrongdoing” by Superintendent Ackerman
Post-Gazette: Democrats endorse Fitzgerald for Allegheny Exec, Wagner for Controller
Post-Gazette: Fitzgerald, Flaherty pick up endorsements in county exec race
Patriot-News: Few show at anti-Linda Thompson petition drive at Harrisburg’s City Government Center
Times-Tribune: Jeffers jumps into Lackawanna County Commissioners race
Times-Tribune: Danube offers lessons for protecting environment from toxic wastewater
Inquirer: Sugary-drink tax is dead – for now – but the battles rages on
Times Leader: Judges will not run for full term
Times Leader: Barletta in discussion on pipeline safety issues
Citizens Voice: Transcript: Musto denied taking Mericle’s Money
Citizens’ Voice: Concealed carry permits soar in county
Citizens’ Voice: WVSA monitors wastewater report

Opinions:
Times-Tribune: Day 1: New state leadership cozy with gas firms
Times-Tribune: Revived Republicans to contest county elections
The Big Tent: Donald Trump “No Chance” to be President
Inquirer Editorial: Placeholder budget
Inquirer Editorial: Threatening our water
Post-Gazette Editorial: Orie on trial: If senator knew about tampering, she must resign
Post-Gazette, Sally Kalson: Making workers walk the plank: Unions didn’t bankrupt the states; the culprits are higher up on the food chain
Citizens’ Voice: Change can happen if you go out and vote

March 7th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments