Good morning politicos and welcome to the Friday edition of the Morning Buzz. Be sure to check back with us later today to see who had a good week (and who didn’t) in this week’s Up & Down.
National PR Newswire: National League of Cities Announces National Speakers at Upcoming Conference AP: Sen. Casey Criticizes Social Security Administration Over Philly Basement Case National Journal: Where Republican Presidential Candidates Stand on Jobs, Economy Real Clear Politics: CBO Agrees With Sen. Toomey: “Impossible To Prove” That Stimulus Created Jobs Daily Times: Pa. Steelworkers Go To Capitol Hill Fighting For Jobs Times-Leader: Representatives From Pa. Dairy Farms Come To Capitol Hill Times Leader: Marino: Bill Offers Safeguards For Electronic Records Beaver County Times: Rep. Altmire Gets Local Police Money For Vests Daily American: Rep. Shuster’s Office Comments On Potential Hospital Cuts Through Supercommittee The Hill: Rep. Schwartz and Others Push The Supercommittee To Tackle Medicare Payments Tribune Review: Romney brings Republicans to Uptown fundraisers Tribune Review: Romney at Consol Energy Center today for pair of fundraisers Early Returns: Daily Satorum: Tears in South Carolina Go Erie: Santorum to campaign in Iowa Fiscal Times: The 10 States that Can Elect the Next President Huffington Post: Be Careful What You Cut Huffington Post: Joe Sestak: Also Ensuring the Common Good Detroit Lakes: Franken introduces senior care bill National and Legal Policy Center: FBI Files Detail Murtha Corruption
Statewide Capitol Ideas: Governor’s mansion vandalized Capitol Ideas: A Children’s Treasury Of Voucher Vote Reaction State House Sound Bites: House vetting English-only bills State Impact: Impact fee vote Patriot News: PA to consider a law to list teens as sex offenders Times Tribune: State Senate OKs Vouchers Bill PottstownMercury: Pa Senate OKs vouchers bill; House fate uncertain DelcoTimes: Senate narrowly passes school choice bill, moving voucher battle to state House Newsworks: Casey wants FEMA hurricane aid in place before winter Post Gazette: Pa. House bill to permit hunting on Sundays gets hearing Post-Gazette: Senate panel Oks Maceullus legislation Tribune-Review: Senate committee wants to triple fines for shale drillers Post Gazette: Pa. senate OKs school voucher plan Times-Tribune: Analysis: Pull cork on state booze sales AP, Indiana Gazette: Smith testifies at corruption trial PR Newswire: Auditor General Jack Wagner to Get PA Man of the Year Award at German-American National Congress Convention Pride Source: Anti-bullying measure left out of education bill Danville News: Disaster Recovery Center to close Friday Gant Daily: Corbett Announces $84 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 14 Counties Business Week: PA Government Recommends Limiting Private Liquor Stores PR Newswire: Corbett Issues Flag Order to Honor World War II Airmen PR Newswire: Governor Corbett Sings Bill Making PA Preferred Permanent Branding Program of Ag Products, Helps Consumers Identify Local Projects abc27: Gov. Corbett applauds passage of education reform bill
Philly Inquirer: Philadelphia cracking down on owners of rundown properties Inquirer: Corbett may hold line on transit funding PhillyNow: Mayor Nutter announces crackdown on owners of vacant property PhillyNow: What does graffiti on Tom Corbett’s house have to do with a former MSNBC host? 6abc: Obama billboard in Chester creates controversy: Update – Mayor responds 6abc: Council takes up new curfew bill WHYY NewsWorks: Millions more in cuts on the way
Philly Burbs Times Herald: Shapiro amendment would make gaming revenue more accessible to county Pottstown Patch: Matthews: Tax Increase Necessary Ambler Gazette: Commissioner candidates all pledge to right country’s finances Jewish Exponent: Local elections: A look at what’s ahead? PottstownMercury: House repeals law withholding contractor’s taxes PhillyBurbs: Like manna from Harrisburg: Towns get pensions windfall DelcoTimes: 3 of 4 Delco Senators back school voucher bill; passes first test DelcoTimes: Steelworkers keep fighting for refinery jobs; plan march on Marcus Hook DelcoTimes: City council candidates debate issues at DCCC DelcoTimes: Red-light enforcement cameras OK’d by Pa. Senate Montgomery Media: Commissioner candidates all pledge to right county’s finances BucksLocalNews: Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld at Valley Forge Military Academy Intelligencer: Montco chairman sees possible tax for next year Mainline Times: Manayunk Bridge: A Bridge to Everywhere
South Central Patriot News: Are red light cameras worth it in Harrisburg? Patriot News: Derry Township School District may increase taxes Patriot News: Harrisburg may have another interested buyer for the incinerator Patriot News: State reports purging 113,000 Medicaid cases since July Patriot News: Questions of the week: Should the state take over Harrisbugh? Reuters: Special report: Harrisburg
North by Northwest Centre Daily: Commissioner candidates debate budget issues Sun Gazette: Authority approves upgrades
Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards, Democratic candidates for Montgomery County Commissioner, have a new nickname for their Republican opponents.
A television ad that began airing on broadcast and cable on Sunday invites viewers to meet the ‘The Bickersons’ starring Bruce Castor and Jenny Brown – 50′s sitcom style.
The thirty-second spot highlights some of Castor’s less favorable news clips, focusing on his reputation as someone difficult to work with. The piece also continues the Dems’ line of attack against Jenny Brown as a Tea Party sympathizer.
The Shapiro/Richards campaign unveiled their first television ad last week, which was a 30 second split negative/ positive piece that says Republicans Bruce Castor and Jenny Brown, “left the door open for a tax increase.”
The Castor/ Brown campaign launched the first TV ad of the campaign, a 30 second split message television ad that contrasts the tax-and-spend record of their opponents with their record of having never raised taxes.
The clip shows Castor and Brown finishing each other’s sentences about cutting county spending and holding the line on taxes – a message that earned the pair an endorsement from The Intelligencer today.
Shaprio is a Pa. Rep. from Abington, and Richards was elected Whitemarsh Township Supervisor.
Castor is the incumbent County Commissioner, while Brown serves as a Lower Merion Township Commissioner.
By a (relatively) narrow 27-22 vote, the state Senate Wednesday passed the long-awaited plan to implement a new taxpayer funded private school vouchers scheme for low-performing schools in Pennsylvania.
It’s a political win for school choice advocates like Tom Corbett – for the moment. The Governor applauded members of the Senate for passing the bill.
“I want to commend the members of the state Senate for passing a strong education reform package that will help improve opportunities for thousands of school children throughout Pennsylvania,’’ Corbett said.
Under the plan children from households making less than $29,000 a year would be eligible to receive a full voucher of equal to what is spent in the district in which they live. Students from households earning less than $41,000 would get a voucher equal to 75 percent of the subsidy amount. On average, a family would receive $7,700 for each student, but could get as much as $13,000.
Both the PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association) and the PSBA (Pennsylvania School Board Association) strongly oppose Corbett’s plan. They were disappointed with the state funding cuts which forced already struggling school districts to increase class sizes, decrease course offerings and cut programs. The PSEA and the PSBA say school vouchers will take even more money away from public schools.
Wednesday, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Association) released a statement accusing the PA Senate of ignoring its obligations to the state legislature by passing private school vouchers.
For students from low-income backgrounds, especially black and minority households the voucher plan would provide an opportunity to get out of some of the states worst schools. Despite the widening achievement gap nationwide, students will have the chance attend more competitive schools, take Advanced Placement courses, and ultimately become more viable candidates for competitive colleges and universities.
Advocacy groups like Dropout Nation expect the passage of this plan will start a conversation about expanding voucher plans to middle-class households, especially in the suburbs.
The bill now goes to the House for consideration where support for the taxpayer-funded voucher system remains uncertain. House Speaker Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, told the Patriot-News he doubts that the House will pass the education reform plan.
Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz. Follow PoliticsPA for dispatches from Mitt Romney’s event in Pittsburgh today.
School Choice: In a 27-22 vote, the state Senate passed yesterday the long-awaited plan to implement a new taxpayer funded private school vouchers scheme for low-performing schools in Pennsylvania.
Superior Court: The two candidates for Pennsylvania Superior Court are busy gearing up for the November election. PoliticsPA checked in with Republican Vic Stabile and Democrat David Wecht to get the latest scoop on their campaigns.
Casey Bundler Update: Casey isn’t the bundler after all! President Obama’s campaign made it official in a statement to the press this week.
Allegheny Exec: The Allegheny County Executive race continues to boil with election right around the corner. Here is what’s been going on over the past few days, including Rich Fitzgerald’s latest attack ad.
PA Preferred: The state will have its own official brand when Gov. Corbett signs Rep. Stephen Bloom’s legislation later today.
National New York Times: A Fierce Battle Ahead for the House (NRCC Chair singles out Barletta, Meehan as vulnerable incumbents). Early Returns: Sen. Toomey Questions CBO Director The Hill: Rep. Glenn Thompson Among Those Pushing Senate Democrats To Support The “Forgotten 15” Daily News: Feds Mull Closing Philadelphia Antitrust Office Times Tribune: Obama Announces Help For Student Loan Borrowers The Hill: Dems put up token opposition to tax withholding repeal, offset Cap Times: Biden’s populism is right for Wisconsin Washington Times: Bullying add-ons make No Child reform less certain WYFF Greenville: Santorum Talks Taxes, Job in Greenville National Journal: Happening now: Pelosi Welcomes Democratic Female Recruits Early Returns: Daily Santorum: taste the flavor CBSPhilly: Sen. Bob Casey hots autism roundtable at ‘please touch’ museum Early Returns: Sen. Toomey questions CBO director Early Returns: Toomey, DNC chair rally in exec race Early Returns: Toomey Watch Early Returns: Occupy Pgh to protest Romney
Philly Inquirer: Senate committee OK’s Corbett school proposals Daily News: 21st-century Robin Hood advocates higher riches for poor to help middle class PhillyNow: Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission releases report on natural gas PhillyNow: Philly Rep. Josephs to be Censured by GOP radical? Philadelphia Weekly: Abortion Bill 732 is bad medicine Philadelphia Weekly: Wail “Diop” Rahman: Radical, resolute, and running for mayor CBSPhilly: Councilman Proposes Delay for PPA Penalties WHYYNewsWorks: Philadelphia steps up efforts against blight WHYYNewsWorks: Pa. Lawmakers weigh designating English official state language Inquirer: Rendell endorses Republican Al Schmidt for city commissioner
Philly Burbs Inquirer: In Bucks County race, Democrats making inroads against GOP incumbents Mercury: Fallen Pottstown Officer Honored Intelligencer: Montco chairman sees possible tax hikes for next year PottstownMercury: Patience tested over waste, crime at Occupy protest sites PhillyBurbs: House speaker testifies at corruption trial PhillyBurbs: Political graffiti sprayed at Pa. Gov’s residence DelcoTimes: State Dems: Remove Chester Butler-Obama campaign signs DelcoTimes: Voucher bill moves forward, Senate vote expected Weds DelcoTimes: Pa. Senate approves red-light cameras in 19 cities, including Chester BucksLocalNews: Republicans defeat effort to give local police use of radar Times Herald: Shapiro amendment would make gaming revenue more accessible to county Patch: Gov. Corbett Signs New Teen Driver Law
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Pittsburgh Council tries to keep mayor out of community funds Early Returns: Red light camera bill goes to House Early Returns: Sen. Toomey, DNC Chair Rally In Executive Race Tribune-Review: Hill District growth group poised to hire director Tribune-Review: Candidate Raja lays out agenda for his first 100 days in office Post Gazette: Raja has 100-day plan if he becomes Allegheny County executive
South Central Post Gazette: Transit spending boost urged Patriot-News: Liquor store report unlikely to push issue to top of Pa. Legislature’s agenda Patriot-News: Pennsylvania law on terror-free investment in public pension plans is working, state Treasury report says Post-Gazette: Cost for Pa. 4-year public universities ranked 3rd in the nation Public Opinion: Chambersburg to expect drop in funds Sentinel: Shippensburg School District cuts staff Patriot News: Mechanicsburg School District examines tax hike York Daily Record: York County bridges undermined York Daily Record: York County hospitals working to cope with drug shortages York Dispatch: HICKS: A cautionary tale, just up the road York Dispatch: Auditor general calls for action on Pa. bridges
North by Northwest Go Erie: Fatica, Styn vie for Erie County Council’s 1st district seat Erie Times: Local and state news briefs Courier Express: Armstrong candidates respond to questions Courier Express: DA candidates clash at forum Sun Gazette: Township issues temporary permits for gas, oil staging
Lehigh Valley Express Times: Portland Borough Council Commits Grant Money to Lowering Residents’ Sewer Bills Morning Call: Hellertown Misses Out On $170 In Impact Grant From Casino Cash Express Times: State Rep. Joe Brennan enters first-time offenders program for DUI arrest
The two candidates for Pennsylvania Superior Court are busy gearing up for the November election. PoliticsPA checked in with Republican Vic Stabile and Democrat David Wecht to get the scoop on their campaigns.
Each candidate had raised only about $130,000 as of the most recent campaign finance reports, so the campaign is more about shoe leather than strategy.
Stabile is busying traveling throughout Pennsylvania trying to reach out to as many groups as possible. While he is not a judge, Stabile is a former state attorney who defended state agencies in trial and appellate courts.
Even though it’s a state wide race, Stabile’s strategy is to treat the race like it’s much more local.
“It’s a tough race to run because it’s a mid year and people generally are not all that interested in judicial race so you have to really work hard to get your message out to them,” said Stabile.
When we checked in with Stabile, he was on the road and hadn’t been home in about 5 days. He expressed tremendous gratitude to his campaign team and he is confident that they will help him “sprint to the finish line” as the election draws near, reiterating that he’s running a grass roots campaign even though it’s a statewide election.
He admitted that fundraising has been challenging as expected and he doesn’t have any “big-to-do staffers” because they simply can’t afford it.
“We will do the best with what we have and hopefully that will be enough to get us over the finish line,” said Stabile.
Instead of focusing on the finances, Stabile is concentrating on getting out and meeting as many voters as possible. He wants voters to know that he’s a people-person with almost 30 years of broad base leader experience in the courts and he’s the only candidate with solid experience handling appellate cases.
Stabile wants voters to know he has immense respect for the Superior Court.
“I firmly believe these are the peoples courts and I will not legislate from the bench. This position is not about any personal agenda or ego. The position exists for them [the voters] not for the person holding the office,” said Stabile.
David Wecht hopes to leverage his judicial experience to edge out his opponent. Wecht has served on the Court of Common Pleas for PA’s Fifth District since his nomination by the Governor. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in February 2003 and he was highly recommended by the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations. He also has published extensive scholarly writing and graduated in the top of his class at Yale University.
“I have the extensive experience as a lawyer and as a judge behind me and having decided thousands of cases and written numerous opinions and having dealt with all five areas of the Superior Courts jurisdiction,” said Wecht.
Like Sabile, Wecht emphasized the importance of the appellate courts.
“There is nothing more important than electing a qualified, capable, intellectual judge to these positions,” Wecht said.
His campaign launched the only television ad of the election cycle so far, an upbeat 30-second spot that highlights Wecht’s family and resume. It’s airing on cable and broadcast in southwestern PA.
Wecht’s campaign manager is Mike Dineen. He is not contracted with a fundraising team and he has lots of volunteers that are helping out. He also suggested that this is a particularly difficult year to raise money because there is some “donor exhaustion” from last year’s campaign. Despite that, he is optimistic about the money they have raised so far.
Wecht is also out campaigning, trying to meet as many voters as possible. He said his campaign in continuing to receive financial contributions and he is very impressed and appreciative of the state party’s support.
On Friday October 17th Wecht and Stabile participated in a forum sponsored by Capitolwire & Widener University School of Law.
Why do we get the feeling we’re going to be seeing this on campaign literature next year?
John Rafferty (R-Montgomery), who is emerging as the establishment GOP candidate for Attorney General next year, is getting a boost from his colleagues in the Pa. Senate.
From yesterday’s Pa. Sen. GOP press release:
Legislation cosponsored by Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) to strengthen Pennsylvania’s laws and better protect children from sexual offenders was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today.
The measure was amended to strengthen its provisions, close loopholes in current law, and ensure that the Commonwealth complies with federally mandated national standards to strengthen sex offender registration and notification.
“This is a critical step in establishing a coordinated and national system for the registration of sexual offenders and closing existing loopholes – so that we can better enforce laws and keep children safe,” Rafferty said. “This bill creates a national registry and that law enforcement officers can access and will be available on the Internet. It also toughens penalties for offenders and ensures that they are more carefully tracked if they move from state to state.”
President Obama’s campaign made it official in a statement to the press this week. Said Ben Finkenbinder, Obama for America’s Regional Press Secretary:
“Sen. Casey and a number of donors who had previously given to Sen. Casey attended a fundraiser for the President in Philadelphia. The funds raised were misattributed to Sen. Casey – Mark Alderman raised the funds from those donors and therefore we are updating our website to reflect that Mark Alderman is the volunteer fundraiser who raised those contributions. Sen. Casey is not serving as a volunteer fundraiser for the campaign.”
OfA issued a nearly identical statement to the New York Times, whose story on the subject initiated these questions.
After a back-and-forth involving the New York Times, the Morning Call and Bob Casey’s office, his staff confirmed that the Senator has “bundled” campaign contributions for President Barack Obama. Republicans are having a field day with the confusion.
Here’s the timeline:
On Saturday the New York Times reported on “bundlers” for Obama’s reelection campaign, noting that the President had retained support form several Democratic officials who backed him in 2008, including Sen. Casey.
A bundler is someone who arranges multiple individual or PAC campaign contributions for a candidate, a common practice in federal elections.
Casey’s office initially told the Morning Call that the New York Times story was incorrect, citing the fact that the Bob Casey in their report was listed as a resident of Haverford, PA. Casey resides in Scranton.
“This is another reason why you can’t trust these Washington political operatives,” Casey spokesman Larry Smar told the Morning Call at the time. “They don’t know Haverford from Scranton, let alone Bob Casey’s record of fighting for Pennsylvania.”
A few hours later, Casey’s office redacted their statement, confirming that Sen. Casey has in fact bundled for the President.
“There is a Bob Casey in Haverford, but the reference is supposed to be to Sen. Casey. Apparently he made the list because of an event he cohosted. This was news to us. I apologize for giving you the wrong information earlier,” said Smar.
Before and after Casey’s office confirmed the NYT report, Republicans blasted him for his relationship with the President.
“It speaks volumes that, even as he desperately tries to distance himself from President Obama in public, Bob Casey is busy raising cash for the Obama campaign behind closed doors,” wrote National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Chris Bond in a Tuesday press release.
Casey’s prospective Republican opponent Tom Smith’s campaign echoed the NRSC in its own press release Wednesday.
“Like his voting record, Senator Casey can’t escape the hard facts. And these facts point to a unabashed support of President Obama’s agenda that continues to move our country in the wrong direction,” said Smith Campaign Manager Jim Conroy.
The Allegheny County Executive race continues to boil with election right around the corner. Here is what’s been going on over the past few days.
Democrat Rich Fitzgerald’s campaign is airing another negative ad this week against Republican opponent D. Raja for lawsuits that his company, CEI of America, filed against former employees. The 30-second spot lays it on thick, citing a report by the Pittsburgh City Paper.
“Raja sued 84 of his own workers, even one tyring to care for his cancer-stricken mother.”
“It’s not enough for Raja to make millions outsourcing jobs overseas or to deny people the minimum wage, but he also seeks to punish workers who decide they want to work elsewhere,” said Fitzgerald campaign manager Mike Mikus. “Most employers would show empathy when they learn a new hire’s mother had to have cancer surgery, but Raja decided he could make $5,600 off this poor guy’s unfortunate circumstance. It is truly appalling.”
Raja’s campaign has dismissed these allegations as lies.
Calling these alleged allegations “desperate claims from a desperate politician,” the Raja campaign says that Fitzgerald has sunk to a new low in politics by launching untrue attacks on Raja’s company.
“This race isn’t about Rich Fitzgerald’s deceptive claims about Raja’s company. It is about Fitzgerald’s utter failure as leader of our county,” said Raja campaign manager James Genovese. “Since he can’t run on his record, he needs to lie about Raja.”
“These types of personal attacks are why many good people don’t run for office,” Genovese continued. “Fitzgerald’s poll numbers are sinking and he had to use this type of ad. It’s shameful.”
Allegheny Exec: The Allegheny County Executive race continues to boil with election right around the corner. Here is what’s been going on over the past few days, including Rich Fitzgerald’s latest attack ad.
The Gloves Are Off In Montco Commissioner Race: With the November election just weeks away, the Montgomery County Commissioner Race is living up to the hype as a race to watch. Democratic and Republican candidates are pulling out all the stops to garner enough votes in time for this heated election.
Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission Makes Recommendations: Encouraging the state lawmakers to take a second look at the recommendations made by Gov. Tom Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, the Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission yesterday released a report calling for a drilling tax, stricter regulations on the permitting process, and a drilling moratorium on state forest lands.
Pennsylvania Ave.: Ahead of Next Public Meeting, Sen. Toomey Provides Supercommittee Glimpse Roll Call: Fitzpatrick Targeted In Pennsylvania The Hill: Rep. Glenn Thompson: ‘We Can’t Wait’ Is An Odd Slogan For The President Chicago Examiner: Rep. Meehan To Chair Hearing On Iranian Terror Plot National Journal: Rep. Schwartz Helps Bring DCCC Candidates To DC CBS: Will Santorum’s long Iowa slog pay off?ll Times-Leader: Sen. Casey Advocates Replacing Aging Iron Pipes The Hill: Rep. Shuster Speaks Out About European Aircraft Emissions Rules Wall Street Journal: Pennsylvania Increases Its Hold Over Harrisburg Real Clear Politics: State finishing case in Pa. corruption trial MSNBC: Santorum hits Romney on same-sex marriage, Perry on football C-SPAN: Rick Santorum Visits Red Arrow Diner, Manchester, NH Daily Caller: Santorum: US ‘lost the war in Iraq’ Early Returns: Daily Santorum: A fan’s notes
Inquirer: Control of casino funds key issue in Montgomery County Inquirer: GOP seeking comeback in Lower Merion Township Intelligencer: Montco campaign hitting stride Inquirer: Grammer as complex ‘Boss’ Temple News: In return for going green, free SEPTA tokens to be offered Wednesday Inquirer: McColgan says Oops! Inquirer: Philadelphia takes steps to end business-unfriendly taxes, fees Daily News: Heated debate in competitive in race for city’s 10th city council District Philly Clout: Drive my car Daily News: Changes in tax laws advance PhillyNow: Sen. Casey ‘secretly’ bundling for Obama? PhillyNow: More Philly taxpayer automobile smears Fox Philly: Occupy Philly’s price tag rises to $430,000 WHYY NewsWorks: Pa. Educational panel backs limited voucher program
Patriot News: Susquehanna School District may see $11 million grant balance Patriot News: Plans to expand Carlisle Airport Patriot News: Five items jockey for spot on Pennsylvania Legislature’s agenda Patriot-News: Steel companies, unions form a group to lobby for policies to help the industry in Pennsylvania Lancaster Era: Citizen’s arrest leads to charges Patch: House Approves Quigley Crack Down on Retail Theft Patch: Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission Issues Findings Carlisle Sentinel: Corbett launches state takeover of Harrisburg South Central: Jonestoown solar firm diversifies, expands
North by Northwest
Courier Express: Manager looks at whole picture Sun Gazette: Local frack water recycling facility toured by officials Sun Gazette: Legislators to explore gas drilling policies at hearing
Doylestown Supervisor Cynthia Philo, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully against state Senator Chuck McIlhinney in 2010, is considering a run for Congress in Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District, according to a report published by Roll Call on Tuesday.
Philo planned to attend a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee candidates orientation event in Washington DC, the article notes. Her political experience in Bucks County and background in economic development – Philo is the former executive director of the Old City District, a civic association based in the historic and bustling neighborhood near Center City in Philadelphia – appeal to local Democratic politicos.
Philo joins Democratic Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia in the Eighth District’s congressional rumor mill. Incumbent Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, a Republican who reclaimed the seat in 2010, will be a likely target for the DCCC and other progressive campaign organizations in 2012.