4/13 Morning Buzz

Republicans in Harrisburg showed little sign of slowing down, as the House passed a Castle Doctrine bill and welfare reform. This on top of a host of other measures passed in committee or on the floor of the House and Senate this week.

School vouchers, on the other hand, put a bump in the road for the Republican agenda. Despite momentum in recent days, a large rally in the Capitol yesterday, and vocal support of reform by Governor Corbett, the Senate delayed its vote on SB1.

And President Obama has some worries in Pennsylvania, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey. He is statistically tied with Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz.

Headlines
Public Policy Polling: Obama in dicey shape in Pa.
Early Returns: Roll Call: Little GOP Excitement vs. Casey
Early Returns: NDIC Still Alive
Politico: Some in GOP squirm over Ryan budget
New York Times: Medicare vote could shape 2012 races
Times Tribune: DeNaples Leak Probe Inconclusive
Patriot News: Pa. House Passes Castle Doctrine Legislation
PA Independent: PA Senate delays voucher vote
State House Sound Bites: State Sen. Anthony Williams Recovering From Surgery
Capitol Ideas: School Choice Advocates Flood Harrisburg
Post Gazette: Acting DEP Chief Defends Policy Change
Post Gazette: State Senate Considers New Offense For Juvenile Sexting
AP: Pa. High Court Sends Grand Jury Secrecy Court to AG
AP: Marcellus shale splits communities
AP: Court Orders Pa. Troopers to Disclose Moonlighting
Fox Philadelphia: Superintendent Ackerman Owes Back Taxes
Times Tribune: Former Scranton Housing Authority Head Sentenced To 1 Year Probation & Fine
Times Tribune: Deficits Weigh Heavy on Scranton’s Cash Flow
Fox 43: 21 year-old wins legal challenge to candidacy for Harrisburg school board
Delaware County Times: DA Candidate Criticizes Forgery Case
Inquirer: Milton Street picks up trash haulers endorsement
Daily News: Federal safety crackdown targets Pa. buses
WFMZ: Education’s future: school vouchers?
WFMZ: Special session a first for Pa. Superior Court Judges, County
Morning Call: Gracedale goes to voters, courts decide
Morning Call: Loss of education jobs will have ripple effect
Times Leader: PA bill that would regulate abortion clinics clears panel
Times Leader: Frack water in Hanover Township opposed
Times Leader: Obama will draw the line
Standard Speaker: 14 of 16 judicial candidates have contributed to prior candidates
Standard Speaker: Senate panel expands school choice program
WBRE: Kids for Cash scandal in spotlight in Harrisburg

Opinions

Inquirer Editorial: We need the Public Integrity Commission
Baer Growls: Why Elections Have Consequences
Standard Speaker: Selling natural gas, courtesy of state government
Rep. Mike Turzai, Patriot News: The case for selling PA’s liquor stories
Rep. Dwight Evans, Patriot News: The case against selling PA’s liquor stories
Morning Call: What happened to the last U.S. budget surplus?
Morning Call: School vouchers, merit pay can work but with conditions

April 13th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments