Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz. The write-ins are still being tallied, but check out which incumbents made both sides of the ballot and who fell short.
NRCC Launches Ad Against Critz (Watch Video): Mark Critz’s 12th district seat is Republicans’ top pickup opportunity in Pennsylvania, and among their top targets nationally. They’re striking while the iron is hot, and Critz is still depleted of resources after a hard-fought primary with Jason Altmire.
Knowles Seeks to Rally GOP Against CAP: The Citizens Alliance for Pennsylvania probably spent between $30,000 and $50,000 to defeat Rep. Jerry Knowles. It’s not new; CAP has been targeting moderate Republicans and incumbents signed on to the state pension plan for years. Now, Knowles is hoping to rally his colleague against the group.
Does DePasquale Boost the Dem Ticket? It’s tough for any Auditor General candidate to bump his party’s ticket up or down; since those candidates run the same year as the presidential election and typically have far less money on hand than the top of the ballot. But Eugene DePasquale might be able to boost the ticket out west.
Romney to PA Tuesday; Obama Camp Attacks: Mitt Romney has a few friends in Pennsylvania. He’ll be attending a high-dollar fundraiser today in Bryn Mawr. Meanwhile, the Obama campaign and Dems have a counter-event of their own. Update: the Dems’ Bryn Mawr event was cancelled.
Legislative Election Updates
SD-33: After write-ins, Bruce Neylon, 59, will compete against state Sen. Richard Alloway, (R-Franklin) to represent the 33rd state Senate district — which includes all of Adams and Franklin counties, and parts of York County.
HD-54: After an unsuccessful Dem write-in bid, Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland) will face a general election challenge from Patrick Leyland, 35, a registered Democrat who served as a Kiski Area school director from 1998 to 2009 and made an unsuccessful bid for Allegheny Township supervisor in 2009.
HD-79: The Altoona Mirror reports on the general election matchup between Joe McGinnis, the Republican who defeated Rep. Rick Geist, and Richard Flarend, a Democrat and Flarend, a Penn State Altoona physics and energy associate professor who got 320 write-in votes.
HD-90: Rep. Todd Rock (R-Franklin) fell 50 votes short of securing a write-in nomination as a Democrat, but all’s well for him. His prospective actual Democrat opponent Shelton Schwartz got even fewer write-ins.
HD-116: Gort42 looks at the race between freshman Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Democratic farmer Ransom Young, who has been a member of the Butler Township Board of Supervisors for 28 years. He also looks at Toohil’s finance report (she has $6,400 on hand, and some interesting expenses including dry cleaning).
HD-117: A few thousand dollars worth of mailers paid off for Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne). She overcame Democrat Mark “Duke” Barrett in write-in votes and will appear on both sides of the ballot.
HD-120: Gort42 takes a look at the race between Rep. Phyllis Mundy (D-Luzerne) and Republican Aaron Kaufer, including fundraising numbers and recent election results in the district.
HD-193: Mike Strausbaugh, 38, of Hamilton Township, Adams County, will compete against incumbent state Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams) to represent the 193rd state House district — which includes Hanover and Penn Township in York County and Adams County.
Tribune Review: Class of 2006 House Dems are gone
Politico: Obama makes surprise trip to Afghanistan
Politico: GOPers split over how to reform health care
Politico: Congress: It’s going to get worse
Politico: Obama April approval highest since bin Laden death
Politico: Burns & Haberman: Newt thanks supporters in pre-departure video
Roll Call: Romney visiting RNC Wednesday
National Journal Hotline: The Tea Party’s Moment
Five Thirty Eight: Lugar loss could provide pickup opportunity for Democrats
Washington Post: Obama, Karzai sign agreement
Washington Post: Marco Rubio on Florida GOP credit card: ‘I shouldn’t have done it that way’
Washington Post: Romney marks Osama bin Laden anniversary with Giuliani at N.Y. firehouse
The Hill: Obama campaign maps Romney’s holdings in overseas bank accounts
New York Times: Ties to Romney ‘08 helped fuel equity firm
The Caucus: Romney quietly meets with Bloomberg
AP: Santorum wants promises from Romney before backing
AP: Mitt Romney prepping for Santorum’s endorsement
AP: Pa. House debates business tax cuts, loophole
Pennsylvania Ave: NRCC attacks Rick Daugherty
StateImpact PA: What Delta airlines will get from buying Philly refinery
StateImpact PA: Krancer calls Delaware’s stance on drilling “political”
StateImpact PA: Fish and boat commission says its too soon to diagnose black spots on fish
StateImpact PA: Drill Bits: Airline buys refinery, Bucks County shale, and the dangers of frack sand
Inquirer: Romney raises up to $1.5 million in 2 Montco fundraisers
Inquirer: ACLU, others file suit over PA vote-ID law
Inquirer: PA Senate passes bill limiting superintendent payout packages
Daily News: Tweet from Nutter’s aide was a “matter of ethics”
PhillyClout: State lawmaker wants to make AVI revenue neutral
PhillyClout: Mayor apologizes on behalf of press secretary
Fox Philadelphia: Christie says Romney could convince him to join GOP ticket
ABC Philadelphia: Gov. Corbett hails rescue of Delco refinery
KYW Newsradio: US Health Secretary in Philadelphia to announce grants for health centers
KYW Newsradio: Wilola Lee, Plaintiff in the ACLU voter ID lawsuit, has fought for years to prove her identity
WHYY Newsworks: Nutter hopes to derail plans in Harrisburg to scrap Philly casino license
Tribune Review: State Rep. Evankovich fails to avert challenge in 54th district
Tribune Review: Jury: Ross didn’t violate man’s First Amendment rights
Tribune Review: Local health-care providers receive $3M in federal funding
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council wants pay equity study
Early Returns: ACLU files voter ID suit
Early Returns: Club for Growth endorses Rothfus
Early Returns: GOP ads to hit Critz on health care, Medicaid
Post-Gazette: Mayor pushes for diversity in city hiring
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh to study equitable treatment of city employees
Altoona Mirror: Democrats pick Flarend to counter McGinnis
WJAC: Local police departments having difficulty enforcing new texting law
Daily Courier: Brownsville 8th grader goes to court for right to sit out Pledge
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Rep. Rock 50 votes short of Democratic nomination
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Democrats giver Ramsburg the nod for U.S. rep
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Rep. Kauffman says ‘no’ to debate
York Daily Record: Two Democrats get enough write-in votes to appear on November ballot
The Times Leader: Powers of ADAs are at issue
The Times Leader: Green Parties to hold Presidential Caucus at Keystone College, La Plume
Standard Speaker: NEPA jobless rate at 8.4%
The Daily Review: Senate approves juvenile case analysis bill
The Daily Review: Helen Stolinas elected VP of the Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania
Times News: United Way sets goal
North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State budget changes could affect home-care providers, clients
Inquirer: Put a stamp on postal rescue plan
Inquirer: Pa.’s tax dodgers don’t deserve a break
Pottstown Mercury: Is Harrisburg bailout on Corbett’s agenda?
Times-Tribune: Op/Ed: FCC excludes 160 markets
Times-Tribune: Op/Ed: Court makes right call on DEP staffers
Citizens Voice: Op/Ed: Eliminate school boards; let state oversee education
Daily Item: Op/Ed: Lessons from Pa. primary
Daily Item: Op/Ed: ‘DATA’ would help keep government spending accountable
Post-Gazette: Gingrich’s quest for glory: the former Speaker’s campaign ends as a punchline
Observer Reporter: He’s not Obama; he breathes; he’ll do