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10/20 Morning Buzz

On TV: It’s that time of year. Shapiro-Richards, the Dems for Montco Commissioner, are on cable and broadcast starting today. Brian O’Neill, Republican for Philly City Council D10 went up yesterday on cable. Even Richard Haaz for Montco Court of Common Pleas is on the air.

Casey Bundler Blunder: Bob Casey’s staff confirmed that the Senator has “bundled” campaign contributions for President Obama.  Republicans are having a field day with the confusion.

Murphy Raises $200K: Rep. Tim Murphy pulled in over $200,000 in political contributions in Q3, has over $873,000 cash on hand, and Sen. Toomey is lending some fundraising help next month.

Barletta Protesters: Rep. Lou Barletta’s town hall hiatus is over, and protesters are at it again.  Here’s a bit of the coverage of a raucous Monday meeting in Barletta’s home base in Hazleton.

Toomey Turning 50: Sen. Pat Toomey isn’t letting his position on the supercommittee stop him from fundraising. The Pennsylvania Republican, who has held several fundraisers while on the panel, is upping the ante next month with his 50th birthday celebration on Nov. 16 at Sonoma.

Harrisburg Takeover: By a 177-18 vote, the House of Representatives voted to concur on amendments to a Senate bill that would allow the governor to declare a fiscal emergency in Harrisburg and could lead to a receiver being appointed to take control of the city government.

Tea Party for Casey Challenger: The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC endorsed a challenger to Sen. Bob Casey: Democrat Brain Kelly of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

And congrats to Maxwell Henderson, winner of our Joe Biden caption contest. Honorable mention to Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor.

National
Pennsylvania Ave.: Santorum Touts Long Ago Pa. Victory
Washington Post: FBI was investigating Murtha for corruption, new records show

Statewide
Capitol Ideas: State Rep. Brendan Boyle: I Will Sue To Prevent The GOP Electoral College Reform Plan From Implementation
Capitolwire (paywall): House Panel Members Split On Trimming The Legislature
Capitolwire (paywall): Concerns Voiced About DPW’s Intellectual Disability Programs
Capitolwire (paywall): ‘Protect Our Vote’ Coalition Speaks Out Against Voter ID Bill
Stateline: States rewrite education rules, with or without Race to the Top
Times-News: State Rep. John Evans Announces Retirement
Capitol Ideas: Corman’s Transportation Bills To Include Much of Funding Commission’s Report
Capitol Ideas: Drivers Would Pay More Under Transportation Proposal Released Today
Capitolwire (paywall): Electric Utilities Aiming To Improve Communications After Flooding Flaws Revealed
Washington Post: Driller wins OK to stop water deliveries to Pa. town with methane in aquifer; residents upset
Lancaster online: Pitts: leave natural gas drilling regs to states
Central Penn Business: Pa. closing in on Hbg. fiscal takeover
Land Line magazine: Pennsylvania bill aims to improve road safety
State Column: Rep. Mike Kelly votes in support of the EPA regulatory relief act
Tribune Review: Perzel says he’s at mercy of court; implicates upper-tier managers
Morning Call: Pa. drivers would pay more under transportation bill
Morning Call: Do vouchers help students
WFMZ: District judge has 30 days to appeal removal from bench
Times Leader: Court says Scranton must pay police, fire awards
Times Leader: Study says casino funded Pa. grant program to end
Times Leader: Pa. lawmakers probe utility response to Lee, Irene
Times Leader: Pa. Senator challenges Corbett on transportation
Go Lackawanna: Pa. Supreme Court to “tweet” rulings

Philly
Daily News: Biden pushes bill here
PhillyClout: Phila. Bar Association Makes Reccomendations For Upcoming Election
Heard In The Hall: Everett Gillison New Chief Of Staff To Mayor Nutter
Inquirer: Prosecutors want at least 15 more years for Fumo
Heard In The Hall: Trash Rebate Moved Out of Committee
Philly Clout: Nutter uses firefighters and cops to balance budget
Heard in The Hall: Republican Criticizes Nutter Over City Hall Protest
Philly Now: Occupy Wall St. to have national convention in Philly

Philly Burbs
Intelligencer: Bucks Commissioner fundraising passes $750K ($350K for GOP, $400K for Dems)
Daily News: Marine charged with theft from Willow Grove
Pottstown Mercury: Pine Forge to remember MLK
Daily Times: Three local Marines honored
Daily Times: School in red cracks down on free lunches
Montgomery News: Republican candidates ditch forum
Phillyburbs.com: The big-money business of politics

Pittsburgh
Post Gazette: Bills restrict mailings by city

NEPA
Standard Speaker: District in pilot program for teacher evaluations
Times Tribune: DEP: Cabot can stop delivering water to Dimock residents impacted by methane migration
Standard Speaker: Private, Parochial schools have teacher evaluation process
Standard Speaker: Carbon County officials adjust to state cutbacks
Daily Review: Yaw to host constituent outreach in Sullivan county
Citizens Voice: County council candidates address manager question at forum

South Central
Public Opinion: Waynesboro councilman indicted in February bar fight
Sentinel: Focus On: How does the Harrisburg financial crisis affect the West Shore?
Sentinel: Officials clash over Pa. gay-straight school club
Sentinel: Harrisburg takeover bill heads to Corbett’s desk
Sentinel: Pa. senator challenges Corbett on transportation
AP, Sentinel: Pa. lawmakers probe utility response to Lee, Irene
AP, Sentinel: Report: Sunday hunting in Pa. may generate $804M
Patriot-News: Harrisburg City Council majority blast state lawmakers for approving city takeover bill
Patriot News: So far, Cumberland’s Republican commissioner incumbents have run on their record and not against each other
York Daily Record: Congressman Todd Platts to face competition in primary
York Daily Record: Occupy York shows up at commissioners meeting
York Daily Record: Gathering on a York corner for a brush with Biden
York Dispatch: York educators enthusiastic about Obama-Biden plan
York Dispatch: Flood caused more than $94K in damage to York treatment plant
York Dispatch: FEMA to help York County with storm damage
York Dispatch: Biden: Jobs act would bring more teachers to city
Lancaster Era: Penn Twp. will sell nutrient credits to Harrisburg
Lebanon News: Flood victims: ‘Nobody’s told us anything yet’
Lebanon News: Educators to discuss school vouchers, school choice and cyber schools
Lebanon News: School districts to share $550,000 refund from CTC
Lebanon News: County Democrats offer brunch in Gretna
York Dispatch: Windsor Twp. man taking on Platts
San Francisco Chronicle: Harrisburg on verge of losing control of finances after vote
Public Opinion: Seniors, advocates protest in Chambersburg over Social Security, media cuts

North by Northwest
State College: Centre Co. Democratic Leadership Uncertain after Resignation
Erie Times: Liberal protesters gather in downtown Erie
Erie Times: Occupy Erie gains steam and police approval
Erie Times: Meadville Council to get shortlist of prospects for new city hall
Erie Times: Erie School Board to discuss travel plans
Erie Times: Are you surprised state Rep. Evans will not seek re-election?
Erie Times: Erie City Council to vote on pay raise for mayor
Courier Express: Treasure Lake borough plan may be voted on next year
Leader-Vindicator: Local leaders react to governor’s plan for gas drilling fees
Leader-Vindicator: Barrows back on ballot after settlement in county court
Leader-Vindicator: State: RVMA violates DEP water standard
Centre Daily News: Small businesses wrestle with new duties tied to Act 32 reform
Centre Daily News: TAX COLLECTION: Municipalities prepare to turn duties over to State College
Centre Daily Times: County seeking grant for new Coburn water system
Centre Daily Times: Conservation group’s fair highlights energy-saving, cost-cutting ideas
Centre Daily News: Corman challenges Corbett on transportation
Sun Gazette: Regional police: Should county lead?
Sun Gazette: Toomey aide tours county flood areas
Sun Gazette: Commissioners to act on landfill work
Sun Gazette: Board plans for pre-construction phase at Williamsport high school

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lehigh candidates address bicounty health bureau
WFMZ: Mayor claims police chief hired illegally, seeks to have him removed
Lehigh Valley Live: Mikhail Gorbachev begins talk at Easton’s Lafayette College
Lehigh Valley Live: Northampton County Council members differ on future of Louise Moore Pine’s former home

Opinion
Courier Express: Protesters costing money we could use to aid them
Citizens Voice: Flexibility without losing accountability
Centre Daily Times: Good or bad, most people have opinion about Texas
Times Leader: Barletta: Keeping his cool at a tough town hall
Centre Daily Times: Strip searches cross a constitutional line
Public Opinion: A flat tax for whom, exactly?
Patriot News: Abortion clinics: Bill isn’t about protecting women, it’s about putting up more hurdles
York Dispatch: OP-ED: Common sense changes to prevailing wage
Tribune-Democrat: Meeting Murtha life-changing experience

Blogs
Young Philly Politics: Bridges need repair and little old ladies are homeless but have we done enough for the 1%?
Commonwealth Foundation: School choice saves kids, taxpayers $4 billion
Commonwealth Foundation: Is liquor liberty dangerous?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Bethlehem DCED director Joe Kelly behind Simao Smear
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Barron goes into the gutter in debate at Slate
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Angle schools parsons in debate at the Slate
NEPArtisan: Republican debate audience, doesn’t disappoint (again)
NEPArtisan: Bachmann channels Rep. Marino at debate
NEPArtisan: Natural Gas and government screw people again
2 Political Junkies: More spin from the Trib Editorial Page
Lu Lac Political Letter: Lu Lac edition Oct. 19
PA Progressive: OWS beginning to instill fear in the 1%

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