9/30 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz. It’s the last day of the third quarter – hope you’re looking forward to the flood of last-minute fundraising calls and emails.

Tim Murphy’s Primary Challenger: Months of recruiting efforts by a small, dedicated group of conservative activists has yielded challenger Evan Feinberg, a 26 year-old native of Washington County who spent the past five years working for various conservative causes in Washington, DC, like Sens. Tom Coburn and Rand Paul.

Casey’s 2012 Odds: In this week’s Politically Uncorrected column, Dr. G. Terry Madonna and Dr. Michael Young assess Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey’s re-election prospects.

Quinnipiac Poll: Tom Corbett handling of the recent flooding crisis has earned the Governor a significant boost in job approval, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll. He enjoys a favorable job performance rating by a margin of 50 percent to 32 percent, a net gain of ten points from August.

Barr’s Big Debut: Gene Barr may not technically begin his position as President of the PA Chamber of Commerce President until next week, but he’s already rubbing elbows with a former president.

Rendell for Casey: Just in time for the September 30th Q3 deadline, Ed Rendell is ready to raise the ante in this quarter’s fundraising effort for Bob Casey. The Senator’s campaign recently blasted out an email in which the former Governor asks donors to stand up against the Tea Party.

NY Times: Not all buy Christie’s assertions of bipartisanship
New Republic: Why the electoral college won’t help Obama
Washington Post: House is having polite year, insult-wise
FiveThirtyEight: Perry slumps in polls, but not to Romney’s gain
Politico: Republicans target health, education for cuts

Capitolwire (Paywall): DCNR Secretary Says Market Trends Change Gas Lease Royalties Prediction
Capitolwire (Paywall): Women, Northeasterners Boost Gov. Corbett Job Approval To 50-32
Philly.com: Pa students score slightly better on state tests
Philly.com: Ex-aide testifies that state funded technology fueled Perzel campaigns
Phillynow: PA House to vote on bill aimed at regulating abortion
Foxphilly: George W. Bush finds friendly crowd at Pa. dinner
Action news: Corbett’s approval rating gets boost in new poll
State impact: PA’s Oil and Gas inspectors too busy to speak to reporters
The Mercury: Official: Pa. public welfare program funded luxury costs
Daily Times: Poll: Pa. voters against electoral change
PA Independent: Piano teacher plays a different kind of redistricting plan
PA Independent: Republicans in Harrisburg push English only law
State House Sound Bytes: Corbett gets first 50% rating
State House Sound Bytes: Corbett announces privatization panel
Capitol Ideas: PA prison inmates returning from Virginia
AP, Patriot News: Perzel’s campaign manager testifies in corruption trial
AP, Erie Times News: Ex-speaker’s aide: Pa. employees helped campaign
AP, Houston Chronicle: W. Pa. pharmacist seeks GOP US Senate nomination

Philly.com: Uhuru candidate protests Fox29, wants into mayoral debate
Action News: New budget cuts loom in Philadelphia
CBS Philly: Head of Philadelphia’s Federal Reserve sees a light at the end of dark economic tunnel
WHYY Newsworks: Inside an Amazon warehouse in the Lehigh Valley
WHYY Newsworks: Starting the conversation on Philly’s tobacco policy
Fox 29 News: City Hall Tours Canceled Due to Crack
Fox 29 News: Council Taking Aim At Satellite Dishes
Fox 29 News: Liquor ‘Flood Tax’ for Disasters Floated
Fox 29 News: Bush Finds Friendly Crowd At Pa. Dinner
Fox 29 News: Poll: Christie’s Approval Rating Up
ABC: New Budget Cuts Loom in Philadelphia
CBS: Council Examines Ways to Protect Abuse Victims From Least Termination Penalty

Philly Burbs
Daily Times: Politicians begin fight to save county refineries
Daily Times: County Council buying computers for government center
Philadelphia Inquirer: Montco Controller Candidate Cries Foul Over Depotition
Philadelphia Inquirer: Bucks Officials’ Trial Moves Closer

Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh Councilman Lavelle Charged with Perjury
Tribune-Review: Three Downtown Buildings Targeted for $6M Restoration
Tribune-Review: State Showing Progress Under No Child Left Behind
Tribune-Review: Corbett’s Approval Rating Up Overall, Among Women Voters
Post Gazette: 4 Districts in County Fall Short On Standardized Test
Post Gazette: Top Court Won’t Hear Orie Appeal
Post Gazette: Another Republican Entering Race for U.S. Senate
Post Gazette: Campaign Aims to Save State Parks from Drilling
Post Gazette: Bill Attacking Private Transit Needs to be Clarified
Post Gazette: West Allegheny to Take New Steps Against Drugs
Early Returns: Big Political Folks On New Guv Panel
Early Returns: Daily Santorum: Field of Dreams
Early Returns: Good approval #s for Corbett

Times Tribune: Smith wants to take on Casey
Times Leader: Tea party leader challenges Casey

North by Northwest
Campaign ‘11: Toomey announces computers for Central Tech
Courier Express: Firm looking for local frac disposal site
Sun Gazette: Everett wants to change regulations that promote flooding
Erie-Times News: Armstrong county republican announces candidacy for U.S. senate in Erie

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Hanover Township sues Bethlehem
Morning Call: Centre County escaped inmate captured in Wilson
Reading Eagle: City poverty worse
Reading Eagle: County Office on Aging launches new initiative – britttany f
Express Times: Warren County suspends bill for debris disposal in mudslide

WJACTV: Poll: GOP More Enthused Than Dems
Tribune Democrat: Lieutenant Governor Visits Johnstown
Tribune Democrat: New Paris Pharmacist Seeks GOP Nomination
WTAE: DA Says Orie Files Deleted From Senate Computers
Beaver County Times: W. Pa. Pharmacist Seeks GOP US Senate Nomination
Oberserver-Reporter: PT Referendum Awaits Ruling
Observer-Reporter: Clarification: North Strabane Supervisor’s Meeting
Oberserver-Reporter: Constitutional Expert Tapped for Hearing on PT Referendum
Daily American: Noncandidates Keeping Presidential Buzz Alive
Altoona Mirror: City to Draw on Pension Fund

Altoona Mirror: Casino Might Not Make Sense or Cents
Altoona Mirror: Constitution Clearly Public Record
Observer-Reporter: Another Failure for the LCB
Observer Reporter: Coroner’s Records Belong to Public
Post Gazette: Liquor and Gas: Legislators Should Keep the Issues Separate
Post Gazette: Public Be Dambed: Anti-Regulation Fever Infects Common Sense
Times-Leader: We must supply aid first, then renew discussion on cuts commentary U.S. Rep. Tom Marino
Patriot News: Take a stand: Gov. Corbett needs to lead on important issues

Keystone Politics: Fracking Tax Revenue Must Support The General Fund
Commonwealth Foundation: Welfare Funds For Home Bowling Alley
Keystone Politics: Santorum Close To A Tie With Obama In Pa. Polls
John Hanger’s Facts Of The Day: Eight New Pa. Wind Farms Possible By 2012
Above Average Jane: Brown & Castor Appear On Radio Program
Jon Geeting: Bring Back HEMAP

September 30th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments