8/3 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz.

Thanks to the support of our readers and contributors, PoliticsPA was the Keystone State’s top selection to the Best Political Blogs list compiled by The Fix, the Washington Post’s influential national politics blog.  Congrats as well to Capitol Ideas, Early Returns, and 2 Political Junkies, which were also named to The Fix’s list.

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai announced the support of a key ally in his quest to privatize Pennsylvania’s wine and spirits stores: former state Liquor Control Board Chairman Jonathan Newman.  “There is no doubt in my mind that due to the inherent problems with the system, there is a desperate need to privatize,” Newman said.

And finally, a new Quinnipiac survey finds President Obama saddled with a 54 percent disapproval mark and stuck in a (hypothetical) statistical tie with not only Mitt Romney, but former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum as well.  Stay tuned this morning for an update on the release of another Quinnipiac poll, this one bearing good news for Governor Corbett.

PoliticsPA Reports

Thank You to Our Readers and Contributors: PoliticsPA Named Top PA Political Blog by The Fix
Thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of our readers, PoliticsPA garnered the most nominations among Pennsylvania political news sites to the Best Political Blog list compiled by The Fix, the Washington Post’s influential national politics blog.

Former PLCB Chairman Jonathan Newman Supports Turzai’s Privatization Efforts
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai’s proposed legislation to privatize alcohol sales got a huge boost from former Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) chairman Jonathan Newman, who threw his support behind it at a Tuesday morning press conference.

Quinnipiac Survey: Obama Has 54 Percent Disapproval Rating, Trails Romney in Hypothetical PA Matchup
The news was mixed for President Obama, whose disapproval rating hit 54 percent among Pennsylvania voters (while 43 percent approve the job he’s doing). A small majority (52 percent) believe he does not deserve to be reelected.

National
Politico: W.H. denounces ‘terrorists’ talk
Roll Call: Santorum adds policy wonk
Washington Post: Obama going to 10th anniversary events of 9/11 in NY, Pennsylvania and Washington
The Fix: Erosion in the Rust Belt for President Obama?
Talking Points Memo: Santorum – Government pre-school programs want to ‘indoctrinate your children’

Statewide
Capitol Ideas: State Democrats Tee Off on Corbett Advert
Capitol Ideas: Consumers leaving Cash lying around by not switching electricity suppliers, House committee told
Capitol Ideas: New Report Alleges Some PA Bills Written By Conservative Activist Group
Philadelphia Inquirer: Poll: Women boost Corbett’s ratings
Post-Gazette: Voters give Corbett positive job approval rating
Post-Gazette: Politics makes strange bedfellows of Doyle, Toomey
Post-Gazette: Report finds copied language in state legislation
Patriot-News: Former liquor control board chairman throws his support behind privatizing state liquor stores
Reading Eagle: Governor’s panel recommends hiking fees to fund road projects
WFMZ: Pa. Lawmaker Waives Court Hearing On DUI Charges
Newsworks: Pa. liquor-sale privatization push gets support from unlikely corner
Newsworks: Sens. Toomey, Lautenberg, Menendez oppose debt deal
WITF: Budget cuts mean extension offices that assist farmers will scale back
WITF: House Transportation Committee waiting for green light from Corbett
Pittsburgh Tribune Review:  Pennsylvania voters turn thumbs down on Obama’s job performance, Congress
PA Independent: Energy deregulation benefitting consumers
PA Independent: Auditor general report finds major problems with Liquor Control Board
State Impact – NPR: PA Lt. Gov. Tells Gas Industry to ‘Fight Back’
State Impact – NPR: Marcellus Shale a Boon to Steel Industry
Patch: Gerlach: Congress ‘Not Handing the President a Blank Check’
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Voters show displeasure in debt ceiling debate, poll shows
Early Returns:  Q Poll: Romney over Obama
PR Newswire: Congressional Urban Caucus Chair Calls for Leaders to Get FAA Workers Back on the Job
State Column: Sen. Bob Casey: House Vote Not Compromise

Philly
Philadelphia Inquirer: Independent candidates’ filing deadline passes
Philadelphia Daily News: Rep. Cruz: Let’s expel the School Reform Commission
Philadelphia Daily News: Council courts public on districts
Philadelphia Daily News: Mariano bets he’s a funny guy
Philadelphia Daily News: Big plans for blue horizon
Heard in the Hall: Brady: Wilt needs a stamp
PhillyClout: Arlen Specter: I did not endorse Karen Brown for mayor
PhillyClout: Council to hold public hearing on redistricting
Commonwealth Confidential: Coming to a television screen near you – yet another Corbett ad
AP, via Philadelphia Inquirer: Toomey, Doyle don’t support deficit deal
AP, via Philly.com: Pa. poll – Debt fight hurt Congress more than Obama
KYW Newsradio: PA lawmakers, in Philly, weigh school voucher programs
Newsworks: Two challengers file signatures to run against Bass

Philly Suburbs
Pottstown Mercury: Area congressman vote in favor of bill

Pittsburgh
Tribune Live: Frustration cited in Dems’ ‘terrorist’ talk
Tribune Review: Obamas will visit Flight 93 site on 9/11
Tribune Live: Municipalities worry about ‘selling soul’ to shale industry
Tribune Live: Mayor’s office squabbling with Pittsburgh’s financial overseers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Former LCB chief comes out in favor of privatization
Early Returns: Obama, Dems unpopular in SWPa
Early Returns: Daily Santorum: PA surge
Early Returns: PA bills match ALEC model measures
Early Returns: Doyle+Biden+terrorism = controversy
Early Returns: New fights b/w city, overseers

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: Saltsburg Borough: Councilman added, vice president elected
Indiana Gazette: County seasonal unemployment rate rises
Somerset Daily American: Ursina residents question sewage project financing
Altoona Mirror: Jobless rate up in several area counties
Beaver County Times: FAA shutdown will delay Pittsburgh airport project
Beaver County Times: Local congressmen react to debt ceiling deal
Observer-Reporter: Canon-McMillan directors approve sabbatical for superintendent

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley unemployment rate rises to 8.7 percent
Lehigh Valley Live: Route 22 widening back in play as commission finds new funding sources, officials say
Lehigh Valley Live: Pat Toomey is a no vote on debt plan in Senate, philly.com says. But what if the bill failed?

South Central
Patriot-News: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson’s fiscal plan uses commuter tax as bargaining chip
York Dispatch: Platts, Casey for deal; Toomey against
York Dispatch: Harrisburg mayor uncovers her fiscal recovery plan
York Daily Record: Lawmakers criticized for affiliation with natural conservative group
York Daily Record: Analyzing the debt deal
LancasterOnline: Martin eyes corrections center
Republican Herald: Holden: Agreement averted ‘unconscionable’ default

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Federal appeals court vacates ruling on Hazleton case
Citizens Voice: Barletta, Marino vote for debt deal; Toomey opposed
Citizens Voice: Summers confirms she’ll run for WB mayor
Citizens Voice: Hamilton campaigning for diversity, not judge
Times-News: Rep. Barletta votes for debt limit deal
GoLackawanna: Despite recess, council to meet on Thursday
GoLackawanna: Despite concerns, Barletta and Marino approve legislation

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council approves additional $292,400 to boost library collections
Erie Times-News: Local unemployment rates rise
Centre Daily Times: Thompson votes bill to raise debt limit
Centre Daily Times: Centre County works to document bridges
Centre Daily Times: Ferguson Township voters to decide on changing age minimum for supervisors
Wiliamsport Sun-Gazette: Marino, Thompson vote ‘yes’ on debt bill
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Parking authority offers customers deal until Sept. 1

Opinions
Patriot-News: Marcellus Shale commission takes easy way out
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: WP: Dent, Moderate Middle, Made Budget Ceiling Deal Possible
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Rumor Mill: Are Morganelli and Zito Trading Places?
Citizens Voice Editorial: Restrict how campaign funds are spent
Daily Review Editorial: Kanjorski gets creative in spending campaign funds
Pocono Record Editorial: When ‘private’ is public
Pottstown Mercury Editorial: Pa. liquor sales reform would be dream come true
Delco Times: Debt-ceiling bill: A good start, but no solution
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Editorial: The debt deal: D.C. dolts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Editorial:   Pump up your poker face, Mr. President

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