1-5 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos and welcome to the buzz. Santorumania continues as Pennsylvania reporters dust off old ledes and call contacts they thought might never see above the fold again.

We’re also adding a new section to the buzz, right below PoliticsPA stories: Pa. Legislative Election Updates. It will appear daily and highlight stories and news from across the state about the races for Pa. House and Senate.

DePasquale a Favorite for Dem Endorsement: When Democratic state committee meets on January 14, it looks like their decision for Auditor General won’t take too long. The only candidate actively pursuing the endorsement, York lawmaker Eugene DePasquale, is in position to walk away with it.

Stefano, Ansinn Out of Pa-8 Race: Activist Jennifer Stefano has taken the helm of Americans for Prosperity-PA  and ruled out a primary challenge to Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks). Meanwhile on the D side, Doylestown Borough President Det Ansinn has withdrawn from the race and endorsed Kathy Boockvar.

Philly Tea Party Endorses Romney: Electability is more important than conservative orthodoxy, according to one prominent Philadelphia-area Tea Party.

Altmire Hires a New Manager: Angela Ruslander is a former staffer for Rep. Bruce Bailey (D-IA), and SEIU, will take over Rep. Jason Altmire’s campaign operations. Meanwhile, Altmire’s 2008 CM is working for Rep. Mark Critz; and transition in the Rothfus camp.

McCaffery Kicks Off AG Bid: He’s been in the race for a few months, but who could resist a bic kickoff in Philly with Bob Brady, Johnny Doc, and the whole IBEW 98 team. Also present: Bucks Co. Commissioner Diane Marseglia.

Pa. Legislative Election Updates

SD-15. York County Clerk of Courts Don O’Shell announced this week that he’ll seek the seat of outgoing Sen. Jeffrey Piccola. Dauphin GOP Chair John McNally is in the race, as is 2010 LG hopeful Steve Johnson. A source indicates that neither Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) nor Lowman Henry will run.

HD-132. Allentown City Councilman Mike Schlossberg, 28, has officially thrown his hat in the ring for the open seat there. Schlossberg is seeking the 132nd seat of outgoing Rep. Jennifer Mann, who announced last month that she will retire. The 22nd, relocated by redistricting, was previously represented by Chelsa Wagner who this week was sworn in as Allegheny Co. Controller.

National
Post-Gazette: Friends, former colleagues of Santorum react to Iowa win
AP: Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich Join Lawsuit Over Virginia’s Ballot Access Law
The Hill: Santorum Looks For Staying Power
Capitolwire (Paywall): Santorum’s New Hampshire/South Carolina Travels May Now Pay Off
State House Sound Bites: Putting A Timeline On Political Redemption
John Baer, Daily News: Say Bye-Bye To Santorum — He’s Just An Asterisk In 2012 Campaign
Politico: Politico Influence: Santorum’s K Street Crew   
Real Clear Politics: From Iowa to New Hampshire, Game Definitely On
Real Clear Politics: Santorum Revels in Iowa Triumph, Aims to Prove Staying Power
Real Clear Politics: Caucus Cliffhanger Produces Drama But No Clarity
Roll Call: Santorum Super PAC Likely to Shut Down
USA Today: Two-man GOP race veers for New Hampshire
USA Today: Iowa’s Lessons: For Candidates, campaigns and the GOP
The Washington Examiner: As Santorum will learn, close is only good in Iowa (via USA Today)
Early Returns: What’s next for Rick Santorum?
Pennsylvania Ave.: What Will Be Pat Toomey’s 2012 Political Role?
Washington Post: Sentencing Postponed In Legislative Corruption Case
Washington Post: Will A Strong Finish In Iowa Lead To Santorum Surging In New Hampshire?
Washington Post: Arts Post: “Santorum Sweater-Vests Defeated By Romney Suits
Pennsylvania Ave.: Obama Camp Focused On Romney Still
Pennsylvania Ave.: Foes Of Democrat Bob Casey Have Funds To Compete

Statewide
Post-Gazette: State Democrats Ask Corbett To Make Road Funding A Priority
PhillyClout: McCaffery Kicks off AG Bid Today
Capitolwire (Paywall): Democratic Leaders Say They Would Whip Votes For Corbett If He Pushes Transportation Plan
Capitolwire (Paywall): What Will Gov. Corbett Do To Pick GOP Nominee For Attorney General?
State House Sound Bites: Project Aims to Restore Rail Service to Union County community
State House Sound Bites: Small Businesses Saying Regulations Putting the Hurt on Them
State House Sound Bites: Dems join transportation pile on
PA Independent: PA Freezes Pay for High-Level State Jobs
Capitolwire (Paywall): New Natural Gas Fleet Fueling Stations Slated For Pa.’s Highways
StateImpactPA: State Representative Of Delaware County Proposes Marcellus Air Rules
StateImpactPA: CDC Official: Not Enough Information To Determine Natural Gas Drilling Impact
StateImpactPA: American Petroleum Institute Ad: “Vote 4 Energy.”
StateImpactPA: Talisman Energy Fined Over $50,000 For January 2011 Spill
Capitol Ideas: Governor Corbett Orders $160 Million Statewide Spending Freeze
Capitol Ideas: Dan McCaffery To Formally Begin Democratic Bid Attorney General Bid
Capitol Ideas: Philadelphia Mayor Performers “Rapper’s Delight” With The Roots
Capitol Ideas: State House Democrats Call For Transportation Funding Fixes
Paul Davies, Philly Magazine: We need a poet laureate like we need a hole in the head

January 5th, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments