10/27 Morning Buzz

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

Statewide
Stateline: Foreclosure probe explained: What state AGs want from big banks
Capitol Ideas: Cork finally popped on booze debate
Capitol Ideas: Wednesday Morning Coffee: Finally Popped On Booze Debate
State House Sound Bites: Teen driving laws
PA Independent: Voucher bill moves forward
State Impact: Impact fee in Commission and more drilling in towns
Patriot News: How much does death penalty cost?
Centre Daily: Political graffiti sprayed at Pa. Gov’s residence
Centre Daily: Corbett: Limit number of stores
Times Leader: Casey Urges FEMA to Speed Storm Aid Delivery to PA
Citizens Voice: State Liquor Store Study Sale Could Provide Billion Dollar Boost
PA Senate GOP: Senate Approves Piccola-Williams Calling for School Choice Expansion
State Column: Casey Measure to Help PA Workers Signed into Law
Gas Business Briefing: State rep: PA lawmakers could vote on impact fee this year
Republic: Pa. House speaker says he was kept out of alleged GOP scheme to do illegal campaign work
Post Gazette: State Senate approves tuition vouchers
Post Gazette: Senate panel OKs Marcellus legislation, minus the impact fee
Early Returns: Fitz, O’Connor on Harrisburg committee
KDKA: State Senate takes up school voucher bill
Indiana Gazette: Campaign 2011: Judge, DA candidates square off in debate

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

NEPA
Times Tribune: Scranton Unions Say They’ll Work With City On Payment Terms
Times-Tribune: Dismissals and retirement looms in Judge Harhut’s office
Times-Tribune: Madison Twp. bridge listed among state’s ‘worst’
Times Leader: Haggerty Proposes More Properties Protected By Leeve Pay Fee
Times Leader: Municipal Officials Pursuing Buyout
Times-Leaders: Casey urges FEMA to speed storm aid delivery to PA
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre Mayor Puts Record Up Against Two Challengers
Wayne Independent: Auditors Reports Raise More Questions About Honesdale Finances
Standard Speaker: Hazleton Area Movies Forward With Bond Plans
Pocono Record: Incumbent York Faces Mancuso In Brodheadsville District Judge Race

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

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Local police get money for vests
Tribune-Review: Westmoreland Commissioner hopefuls trade barbs

Opinion
Intelligencer: For commissioner in Montgomery County: Bruce Castor and Jenny Brown
Patriot News: Marcellus Shale must be addressed
Patriot News: It is an injustice to criticize the Occupy movement
Centre Daily: Corbett’s reform initiatives on wrong track
Daily News: Obama – no more waiting
PottstownMercury: Cutting spending is not as hard as Congress makes it
DelcoTimes: About that Butler-Obama billboard
DelcoTimes: Spencer: Chester billboard deceiving to voters
Courier Times: Twisting the truth: Loughery was producing jobs long before he was elected
Post Gazette: Howard for controller: The Republican is the choice of experience
Tribune Democrat: Show support for leaner legislature
Beaver County Times: Educate yourself before voting

Blogs
Keystone State Education Coalition: Note to departing Ackerman: Don’t let the door hit you in your assertions on the way out
Young Philly Politics: Bridges need repair, little old ladies are homeless but have we done enough for the top %1?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Shouldnt kids learn how to spell?
Lehigh Valley independent: Bethlehem Dem candidates pander to old Bethlehem
2 political junkies: More on Rick Santorum’s Sex crazie positions
Above Average Jane: A note on posts about Leslie Richards
Keystone Politics: Corbet Report says Pa. should privaitize liquor stores
Dropout Nation: Tom Corbett’s Stand for Parent Power

October 27th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments