4/8 Morning Buzz

Conservatives activists from across the state descend on Camp Hill today to attend the annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference – PA’s Tea Party before there was a Tea Party. The meeting is a must-attend for statewide GOP hopefuls, and PoliticsPA will be on the ground to talk to them. In the mean time, here is our preview of the event.

The federal government is hours from a shutdown, though no one from the PA delegation seems to be in the drivers seat and many of our Congressmen and women say they want to deal – and keep the federal government open. We highlight these stories and more in a special section of today’s Buzz.

U.S. Rep. Tim Holden may be facing a rematch in 2012. Educator and community activist Shiela Dow Ford of Harrisburg tells PoliticsPA that she is actively considering another challenge to Holden. She finished with 35% in 2010, but if the 17th district is stretched up to Scranton (which would be in line with current plans) and a NEPA candidate gets in too, it could get interesting.

And don’t miss this week’s Ups and Downs.

PoliticsPA Reports

PA Leadership Conference Preview
Before there was a Tea Party, Pennsylvania conservatives had the PA Leadership Conference. Their annual meeting is this weekend at the Radisson Penn Harris in Camp Hill, and is a must-attend for any Republican seeking any statewide office.

4/8 Ups and Downs
Maybe it’s the Spring air, but Ups beat Downs 2-1 today. See who had the best week in PA politics.

Exclusive: Dow Ford Eying Rematch With Holden
It looks like Sheila Dow-Ford is ready to give Tim Holden another primary challenge from the left. “There’s always the possibility of taking another run. Why not?” she said. “I’m looking, and I’m watching.”

Obama Visit Draws Conservative Protests
The Independence Hall Tea Party held a “Drill More, Spend Less” Conference prior to Obama’s speech. The purpose of the conference was to address the party’s distaste of Obama’s discouragement of domestic oil production as well as government overspending.

Video: Pa. Dems Swing At Corbett Transparency
PA Democrats are raising the volume about Governor Corbett’s relative silence. In an effort to get Corbett to hold a town hall or public meeting about the budget, Dems have released a new web video.

Wagner, Greenleaf Call For A Reduced Prison Population
Auditor General Jack Wagner and state Senator Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) are leading the charge to lower the number of inmates in Pennsylvania prisons, which is rising faster than in any other state, by offering alternatives other than incarceration to nonviolent offenders.

Turzai, Evans to Face Off Over Liquor Stores
The Patriot-News Editorial Page will be hosting a forum on the selling of state liquor stores on Monday, April 11, at 11 a.m. The forum will occur at Harrisburg University, 326 Market street. It will feature debate between House Majority Leader Mike Turzai and Representative Dwight Evans over whether privatization of state stores is appropriate.

Possible Government Shutdown
State House Sound Bites: Sen. Casey Warns Against Shutdown
State House Sound Bites: Sen. Toomey Weighs In On Shutdown
Pennsylvania Ave.: Pa. Lawmakers, except Holden, Altmire, vote with party on one week funding bill
Inquirer: U.S. Shutdown Would Not Reach All Operations
Patriot-News: How A Government Shutdown Would Effect Central Pa.
Mckeesport Daily News: Budget Cuts Will Mean Less Grant Money for McKeesport
Times-Leader: Possible Shutdown Protested
Dick Polman, WHYY Newsworks Editorial: Hypocrisy in Action on Federal Budget

Headlines
Delaware County Times: Report: Qadhafi Nixes Meeting with Former Rep. Weldon
Early Returns: Gingrich to Pittsburgh for NRA Convention
Pennsylvania Ave.: Sen. Casey Upsets Environmentalists With Vote to Delay EPA Greenhouse Regulations
Early Returns: Sestak Talks Budget
Early Returns: Sen. Casey to Chair Ag Subcommittee
Times-Tribune: Reps. Barletta, Marino Praise FY 2012 House GOP Budget Plan
Early Returns: Altmire, Critz smack EPA
Inquirer: Death Threats to Congressman Get N.E Philly Man 2 Years
AP: Pa. Seeks More Tests For Drilling Pollution
Post-Gazette: Corbett Defends His Cuts During Tour of Clairton Plant
AP: Pa. House Nears Vote on Tort Reform
Inquirer: In Pa. Budget Fight, Would Cutting Welfare Lessen The Impact of Cuts to Education?
Inquirer: Pa. Social Services Sweating Over Major Budget Blow
Patriot-News: Pa. State System of Higher Education Extends Contracts for Chancellor and 11 Executives
Patriot-News: Gov. Corbett Asked to Rescind DEP Policy On Drilling Violations
WHYY Newsworks: Rendell Joins Wind Energy Development Company Board
NBC Pittsburgh: Ex-Lawmaker LaGrotta Pleading Guilty in Drug Case
Heard in The Hall: Phila. Police Commissioner Ramsey Staying in Philly
Heard in the Hall: Firefighters Endorse Milton Street for Mayor
WHYY Newsworks: Phila. Students and Supporters Rally Against Proposed Budget Cuts
WHYY ewsworks: Great Dane Running for Mayor of Philadelphia
PhillyNow: Squilla vs. Grace: A Tale of Two Council Reform-Jobs
Heard in the Hall: The race behind the race for City Council
CBS Pittsburgh: Lawmaker Wants Better Pay For Part-Time Police Officers
Times-Leader: W-B Mayor Hopefuls Deny Backing Calls
Post-Gazette: Alcosan board member solicits among vendors
Morning Call: Easton councilman paying the price for illegal parking

Opinions
The Big Tent: Obama to Campaign vs. Politics Again
Buzz Bissinger, Daily News: For Commissioner Coup, Credit Where Its Due
Patriot Editorial: Running on empty: As transportation funding woes grow, lawmakers can’t take a backseat any longer
Patriot News Editorial: What does a billion dollar deficit really mean?
Morning Call Editorial: Gov. Corbett: What did you expect?
Times-Tribune Editorial: Political plums, all in a row Row office consolidation would save from the top down

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