10/23 Morning Buzz

It’s poll-o-rama! We have numbers from the presidential and U.S. Senate contest in Pa. A new anti-Rothfus TV ad, and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Dem Super PAC Responds With Anti-Rothfus Ad (Watch Video): Seeking to avoid a GOP television spending advantage in the 12th district, the Democratic House Majority PAC is on the air blasting Republican Keith Rothfus with familiar Medicare messaging.


MCall Poll: Obama 50, Romney 45: President Obama is holding steady in Pa. according to the latest survey from the Allentown Morning Call and Muhlenberg College. He leads Mitt Romney 50 percent to 45.

LFR Poll: Obama’s Lead Grows, Casey’s Dwindles: The latest poll commissioned by Let Freedom Ring, Inc., shows that President Barack Obama holds a 48 percent to 44 percent advantage over Mitt Romney. The poll also shows Sen. Bob Casey’s lead slipping to 47 percent against Tom Smith’s 46 percent.

Angus Reid Poll: Obama 48, Romney 39: It’s poll-a-palooza in Pennsylvania today, as Angus Reid Public Opinion has released a poll showing President Obama with a double digit lead.

MCall Poll: Casey by 8: One of the pollsters that last week showed the U.S. Senate race within the margin of error now shows Sen. Bob Casey ahead of Republican Tom Smith more comfortably, 45 percent to 37.

GOP Poll: Casey, Smith Tied at 43: A poll commissioned by a Republican super PAC shows Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race tied. Sen. Bob Casey had 43.8 percent of the vote compared to Tom Smith’s 43.6.

Angus Reid Poll: Casey 44, Smith 39: A new poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion is showing Senator Bob Casey on the rise yet again. The poll shows Casey up 5 points, 44 percent to 39 percent over challenger Tom Smith.


Newspaper Endorsements Open Thread: It’s that time of year. Newspapers around Pa. are backing candidates. Here’s PoliticsPA’s running list of endorsements in statewide and congressional races.

Booker Emphasizes Obama GOTV Effort in Scranton: A fired up Newark Mayor Cory Booker addressed supporters at the Obama campaign office in Scranton Sunday.

New Casey Ad Rebuts Ineffective Charge (Watch Video): Sen. Bob Casey directly rebuts GOP challenger Tom Smith’s charge that he’s been an ineffective legislator in a new television ad. Meanwhile Smith debuted his own radio ad, about coal.

Attorney General

Capitolwire: Kane Ducking Press in “Unprecedented” Fashion: Democrat Kathleen Kane is more comfortable making a TV ad than talking to reporters. That’s the take of Pete DeCoursey of Capitolwire, who described Kane’s relationship with the press in a column Monday.

MCall Poll: Kane 40, Freed 28: A new poll released by The Morning Call and Muhlenberg College once again shows Democrat Kathleen Kane as the frontrunner in the race for Attorney General. Also, Gov. Corbett’s approval inches down.


YDR Poll: Perry Leads Perkinson by 18 Points: Republican Scott Perry leads Democrat Harry Perkinson 39.4 percent to 21.7, according to a poll by York College’s Institute of Applied Social Research and commissioned by the York Daily Record.

Club for Growth up in PA-12 With Comparison Ad (Watch Video): Another day, another ad in PA-12. This time, Club for Growth has chimed in for GOP hopeful Keith Rothfus.

Fitzpatrick and Boockvar Debate Predominated by Tax Policy: Miss the debate between Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) and challenger Kathy Boockvar? Here’s a quick rundown.

Legislative Election Updates

SD-15: Dem hopeful Rob Teplitz aims to glom onto an group of Newberry Township residents who oppose development on land that is currently a public golf course. “I am writing in support of the Valley Green Residents Organization and the other residents of Newberry Township who oppose the rezoning of the Valley Green Golf Course,” wrote Teplitz, who is not presently an elected official nor has any relation to the issue, to Carl Hughes, Chairman Newberry Township supervisors.

SD-17: In a new video, Charles Gehret, the Republican challenging Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montco) says the incumbent hasn’t been there for single mothers.

SD-49: It’s not unheard of. Candidate must quit job to run for office, so wealthy supporter “hires” him or her to be on payroll during the campaign. Pa. progressive groups have been hounding GOP state Senate candidate Janet Anderson for a week, alleging that a consulting firm in the employ of Erie County is doing just that for her. The first link is a TV segment about it. Keystone Progress has this write-up of its allegations and the Pennsylvania Progressive blog makes more serious allegations. The group’s Right to Know request has been delayed by a 30 day extension by the County agency (it has claimed a 30 day extension, through the election).

HD-104: Conservation Pa. endorsed Chris Dietz over GOP incumbent Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin). “Chris Dietz will stand up for our families and fight for clean air and safe drinking water,” said CVPA Executive Director Josh McNeil.  “He will be a powerful and thoughtful voice for a healthy environment.”

HD-105: ABC27 covered Kelly Jean McEntee’s 7 mile walk Monday. The Dem challenger was protesting her opponent, Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin), over his decision to collect over $7,000 in reimbursements and mileage from his commute and travel around the Harrisburg-area district.

HD-159: Rule number one for damage control: deleting info from your website won’t solve anything. Jay Schirilo, the GOP challenger who has alleged ethics problems on behalf of his opponent Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland (D-Delaware). A consulting firm working for groups that received state grants at Kirkland’s direction deleted its staff page – which had included several members of Kirkland’s family. “It strikes me as odd that that Starr and Associates picked this week as a time to take down its listing of staff personnel,” said Jay Schiliro, who also took screenshots. “If it was a matter of being outdated, you would think they would have just updated the website rather than deleted every staff member. If you have nothing to hide, why hide it?”

Capitol Ideas: Hours before debate, Toomey takes on Obama’s foreign policy record.
PA Independent: Outdated tax code holding back economy, Toomey says
PA Independent: Analysis: Did Casey inadvertently help Smith with ‘tea party’ ads?
StateImpactPA: How Shale Drilling Ties Into Foreign Policy
StateImpactPA: A Look At Who Might Be Setting Federal Energy Policy Next Year
Capitolwire: ‘A whole lot of yachts and three tankers.’
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: The incentive came first in potential Oracle deal in Centre County.
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: The stealth campaign of Kathleen Kane.

Inquirer: 12 crazy ways to improve presidential debates
Inquirer: Tonight’s debate: Lions, tigers and bears — or elephants vs. donkeys
Inquirer: Time running out to apply for absentee ballots in Pennsylvania
Philly.com: FactCheck: Obama’s drilling denials
Daily News: Voters’ familiarity with Fitzpatrick boosts his chances going into election day
Daily News: John Baer: We want answers, fellows, not dancers
PhillyClout: Advocates: State ads about Voter-ID are confusing people
WHYY Newsworks: George McGovern’s final words
WHYY Newsworks: Democrats underestimate the complexity of female voters

Delco Daily Times: 5 things to watch for in tonight’s final presidential debate
Delco Daily Times: Pa. attorney general candidates set for lone debate
Delco Daily Times: Presidential debate 2012: Who should get credit for Osama bin Laden?
Pottstown Mercury: Gerlach, Trivedi meet again in 6th Dist. match
Pottstown Mercury: 8 articles to read before the presidential debate on foreign policy
Pottstown Mercury: What if the world could vote in the 2012 US election?
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Tribune Review: Upheaval abroad makes foreign policy apt topic for last presidential debate
Tribune Review: Senate control hinges on a few races
Tribune Review: Polls show gap between Casey and Smith closing
Post-Gazette: Obama and Romney to debate foreign policy tonight
Early Returns: AG candidates to debate
Early Returns: New Casey Biker ad defends records
Early Returns: Club for growth hitting Critz too
Early Returns: New poll show Obama up by eight and Casey five in PA

The Times Leader: Newark Mayor Comes to Town, Pitches for Obama
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Court employees going through their own kind of judgment day Jennifer Learn-Andes Luzerne County Beat
Times-Tribune: Sparks fly over Sandusky at AG Debate
AP: Pa. AG Candidates set for Lone Debate
Citizens Voice: Veteran, anti-blight bills headed to Corbett
Citizens Voice: County Manager still late with Budget

South Central
The Patriot News: Election 2012: U.S. Senate, Pennsylvania
The Patriot News: Election 2012: Pennsylvania auditor general
The Patriot News: Election 2012: Referendums from Lower Allen, Duncannon on ballots
The Patriot News: Hampden Township corrects Voter ID information on its website
The Patriot News: Mitt Romney’s TV ad during Penn State game a false alarms for Pennsylvania Republicans
York Daily Record: Face to face: It’s the final Obama-Romney debate

Lehigh Valley
The Morning Call: Obama, Romney battle over foreign policy in last debate
The Morning Call: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey: Mitt Romney understands American leadership role
Pennsylvania Ave.: Toomey slams Obama foreign policy before debate

North by Northwest
Campaign Blog ‘12: Sierra Club endorses in Congressional race

Philly.com: Romney’s jobs fabrication
Philly.com: Obama’s Libya bluff
Delco Daily Times: Politically Uncorrected: Tight presidential race could prove another split decision
Delco Daily Times: Looking back on the life, times of Arlen Specter
Tribune Review: Voter fraud enables law breakers
Times-Democrat: Some topics presidential candidates won’t debate
Pottstown Mercury: Obama panders to college students

Keystone Politics: Wal-Mart, Fear, and Inequality in America
Keystone Politics: Debate Night: Was it all a “vulnerability gambit”?
Keystone Politics: Herman Cain wants you to intimidate your employees
Jon Greeting: Getting Married, Going to Mexico
Keystone Progress: Citizens ask “Who is paying for Anderson’s job?  Is she actually working?”

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