5/16 Morning Buzz
Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz. A progressive group seeks to toughen up Obama on the banks, presidential campaign ads keep flying in PA, and Rep. Joe Pitts has an interesting day in the press.
Poll: PA Voters Disapprove Obama Housing & Mortgage Handling: President Obama has housing issues, according to a poll released by the progressive group Campaign for a Fair Settlement. 48 percent disapprove of his handling of the housing and mortgage crisis while 38 percent approve.
Rep. Pitts Calls Arafat, Sharon to Come Back to the Table: Rep. Joe Pitts recently replied to a constituent’s letter with a rather interesting position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon need to come back to the negotiating table. Arafat has been dead since 2004 and Sharon in a coma since 2006.
Meehan & Fitzpatrick Not Tea Partiers, Says Club For Growth: Just how “Tea Party” are Reps. Pat Meehan and Mike Fitzpatrick? Not very, according to the Club for Growth. The conservative group released a scorecard of freshman Republicans, and found the SEPA congressmen in the bottom 5.
Reader Poll: Would the Supreme Court Uphold the Latest Redistricting Map? With the map ready to go before the Supreme Court, PoliticsPA would like to ask its readers in our latest poll whether the Supreme Court is likely to accept or reject the LRC’s latest proposal.
Toomey “Very Unlikely” to be Romney’s Running Mate: It seems that Pat Toomey won’t be the Republican VP candidate. PoliticsPA readers scooped this story a long time ago, though.
Murphy Endorses Former Rival Kane: Three weeks after Kathleen Kane defeated Patrick Murphy in the Attorney General primary, the former Congressman is calling for Democrats to reunite after the “family fight” and support Kane.
Pro-Obama Super PAC Also on Air in PA (Watch Video): The hits just keep coming for Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania. A day after the Obama campaign rolled out two ads – one positive and one negative – a Super PAC is aiming another blow at the Republican. Meanwhile details emerged that significantly mitigate the impact of Obama’s ad.
Roll Call: Is Pennsylvania In Play In November? Maybe.
USA Today: Pa. Among The Most Competitive Swing States Over The Last Century According To New Analysis
Pennsylvania Ave.: Obama Super PAC On Air In Pennsylvania With More Romney Attacks
National Journal: Senate May Vote On Toomey Budget Proposal Among Others This Week
AP: Govt adopts landmark strategy to fight Alzheimer’s
AP: Paul: Campaign, but not battle, ends
Philly Tribune: New generation challenges some Blacks in Congress
Capitol Ideas: Legal memo could hold the key to ex-Sen. Mellow’s Pension
PA Independent: Districts consider advertising in school buses to bring in revenue
State Impact: House Democrats File Brief In Act 13 Impact Fee Suit
State Impact: Citing “Mounting Turmoil,” S&P Downgrades Chesapeake’s Credit Rating
State Impact: “For Oil Workers, Deadliest Danger Is Driving”
State Impact: Mike Krancer (Pa. DEP Secretary) and the EPA: It’s complicated
Post-Gazette: Chesapeake to slow land acquisition, focus on oil and gas-liquids drilling in Marcellus and Utica shales
Post-Gazette: Humphrey resigns post over honor to Corbett
Patriot-News: Pennsylvanians can expect heated negotiations over proposed state budget
Patriot-News: Early learning costs are worth it
AP: Ex-Rep. DeWeese begins prison term for corruption
PhillyNow: Bill Would Allow Online Voter Registration
Philly Clout: Could the next mayor be named Blondie?
PhillyNow: DC Court Doesn’t Block PA Dems’ Access to Ralph Nader’s Bank Accounts
Philadelphia Daily: Blondie! From hoofer to mayor?
Inquirer: District vows to preserve resources for bilingual education
Newsworks: Is the Nutter tax plan a windfall for businesses?
CityPaper: Philly plans a friendly reception for Corbett, eviscerator of education and social services
Post-Gazette: Home care providers decry proposed state cuts
Early Returns: Is Pa really a swing state?
Early Returns: AG race: Ds say kumbaya; Gov seeks money for Freed
Early Returns: The season of protest
KDKA: Lawmaker Wants to Increase Speed on Pa. Turnpike
NPR: Sick From Fracking? Doctors, Patients Seek Answers
North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Shale drilling will play a role in Erie-area economy
Post-Gazette Editorial: Hit the brakes: A bill to raise turnpike speed should be pulled over
Post-Gazette Editorial: Banking debacle: JPMorgan’s loss argues for tougher regulations
Post Gazette Op-ed: Obama’s wedded to wrong black leaders
Post-Gazette Op-ed: Is Obama’s evolution a charade?
Tribune Review Editorial: The JPMorgan mess: Revive Glass-Steagall
Inquirer Editorial: Plan for schools can be improved
Commonwealth Foundation: New Healthcare Regs Would Cost PA Taxpayers $50 Million
Commonwealth Foundation: Broken Bottle Booze Bonanza Baffles Bourbon Barons
Lehigh Valley Independent: LERTA = Land Value Tax
Lehigh Valley Independent: A Guaranteed Minimum Income to Replace All Welfare Programs?
NEPArtisan: Who Hates The Poor? Republicans Do!
2 Political Junkies: What “Freedom” Means in Arizona
2 Political Junkies: Rep. Joe Pitts is so pro life he refuses to recognize Yasser Arafat’s death!
The Pennsylvania Progressive: News and Notes May 15, 2012
Keystone Politics: Diverse Coalition Calls for Corrections Reform
Keystone Politics: The Parts of Allegheny County that are Screwed Because Tom Corbett is Dithering on Transportation
Keystone Politics: A Guaranteed Minimum Income to Replace All Welfare Programs
Keystone Politics: Let’s Restore the Rest of the Keystone Fund
Keystone Politics: John Boehner Wants to Ruin the Country’s Credit Rating Again and Again
Keystone Politics: GOP Giveaway to Pharmacies Would Raise Health Insurance Costs
Keystone Politics: Report: All Fracking Wastewater Disposal Methods are Unsafe
John Hanger: Two Big Political Embarrassments– One for Obama and One for Romney
John Hanger: Gas Cuts Pollution and Boosts Competitiveness: Most Conservatives and Environmentalists are Mute about this Truth
John Hanger: Gas Rig Count Falls But 1 out of 6 Gas Drilling Rigs Operate in PA