10/8 Morning Buzz

Surrogate-watchers, rejoice! Dr. Jill Biden is touring Pa. today and tomorrow: here’s her itinerary. Will we get our first 3rd quarter fundraising announcements today? Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

And don’t miss Friday’s Ups & Downs.

CAP Debuts Sandusky Hit Against Santarsiero: A conservative group is going where Republicans can’t, knocking state Rep. Steve Santarsiero over his vote for a bill that could have been used to fund a project for The Second Mile (but wasn’t).

Endorsement Rundown! The election is a mere month away, and candidates are working to consolidate their political bases for the home stretch. Here are all the statewide and congressional endorsements that didn’t fit into their own stories this week.

Study Findings Don’t Surprise Former Eagle Scouts in Legislature: A new report shows that Eagle Scouts are more likely to be civically engaged and take positions of leadership in their communities. That came as little surprise to the former scouts serving in Harrisburg.

Clinton Rallies for Critz: Democratic supporters stood shoulder to shoulder to see former President Bill Clinton endorse Rep. Mark Critz Thursday afternoon, packed into an IBEW union hall.

Buzz Bissinger: Why I’m voting for Mitt Romney

Legislative Election Updates:

HD-31: A conservative group is going where Republicans can’t, knocking state Rep. Steve Santarsiero over his vote for a bill that could have been used to fund a project for The Second Mile (but wasn’t).

HD-47: The York Dispatch interviews Rep.Keith Gillespie (R-York) and Dem challenger Sarah Speed.

HD-112: The Times Tribune ed board interviews Kevin Haggerty, the man who beat Rep. Ken Smith (D-Lackawanna) in the Democratic primary. He says among other things that he favors shrinking the legislature.

HD-124: About 2 months after he made the ballot, indy candidate Dante Picciano, challenging Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill), announced his campaign this weekend and proposed debates. “He pledges to serve one term only, a self-imposed term limit.  One and done!  He will not start running for re-election the day after the election.  One hundred percent of his effort will be on representing and serving the people, not running for re-election,” his campaign wrote.

HD-156: Ed Rendell continued his endorsement spree, this time backing Rep. Dan Truitt’s (R-Chester) challenger Brett Binder. “Bret understands the importance of protecting our environment and preserving our natural resources.  He will not sell out to special interest groups. Bret is an innovative thinker with a proven commitment to his community,” Rendell said.

HD-169: The Philadelphia Firefighters Union, IAFF Local 22, has switched sides. The union endorsed Dem Ed Neilson in the special election and now has endorsed Kralle, the Republican running for Denny O’Brien’s old seat.

Statewide:
Pa Independant: Harrisburg’s debt reveals weaknesses in how state approves borrowing
Pa Independant: Former chairman on liquor control board resigns amid ethics investigation

Philadelphia
CBS Philly: Interview with Kathy Boockvar
Heard in the Hall: Aida Guzman gets direct apology from Mayor Nutter
PhillyClout: Report: Woman punched by cop gets personal apology from Nutter in City Hall
WHYY Newsworks: Report: Casey visits Kensington in push for mortgages on low-cost houses
WHYY Newsworks: Report: Philadelphia Mayor speaks to victim in viral video beating case

SEPA: 
Delco Daily Times: Report: Mayor Nutter apologizes to Delco woman hit by officer
Pottstown Mercury: Survey: Budgets cut opportunities for Pa. students

Pittsburgh:
Tribune Review: Romney’s next test: Sustain the momentum
Tribune Review: Sharpton: Vigilance required on voter rights issues
Tribune Review: Critz confident despite latest numbers
Tribune Review: Dozens of donors give millions to super PACs
Tribune Review: Allegheny County elections offices field voter deluge
Tribune Review: Obama, Romney have feisty faceoff in first debate
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Other College Debt: Upgrades put Pennsylvania schools in a bind
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Grassroots newcomer Hans Lessmann takes on U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Judge rejects settlement over polling place access
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Mayor names eight to boards, commissions
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Clinton stumps for Critz at Beaver union hall
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Bain’s offshore strategies enhanced Romney’s wealth
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Romney disparages favorable job report
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Jobless rate falls to 7.8%, but not without issue
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Debate moderator’s light touch draws criticism
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: President likely to alter his strategy in next debate
KDKA: Rendell Says Romney Won Debate, Obama Unprepared

Southwest:
Beaver County Times: Clinton packs them in for Critz
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Medicare, Social Security big issues
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Harrisburg’s debt reveals faults in how state OKs borrowing

North by Northwest:
GoErie: Erie Democratic party to host fundraiser October nineteenth.

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Ann Romney to fundraise in Harrisburg
Reading Eagle: City officials want workers to bear higher tax burden

NEPA
Citizens Voice: For GOP, nothing borrowed
Citizens Voice: More details released on Jill Biden visits
The Times Tribune: Haggerty: Downsizing legislature will be priority
The Times Tribune: Jill Biden to visit Scranton Hazleton Monday
The Times Tribune: Candidates in local congressional races talk about jobs economy

South Central
York Daily Record: House Panel: Chinese Telecom Firms Pose Cyber Threat
York Daily Record: Confident Romney Predicts he will win Florida and White House
York Daily Record: Newt Gingrich: Jack Welch Conspiracy Theory on Jobs ‘Rings True to People’
York Daily Record: Transcript: Gillespie on ABC’s This Week
York Daily Record: Mitt Romney: Too much style?
York Daily Record: Transcript: Martin O’Malley on Fox News Sunday
Penn Live: Presidential Candidates and their governing styles: analysis
Penn Live: Election Day 2012: What you need to know to vote

Opinion:
JD Prose, Beaver County Times: Romney’s lies don’t work, but more Americans do
Tribune Review: Affirmative action: The ugly truth
Tribune Review: Press gives Obama a pass
Tribune Review: Knockdown! Can Barack Obama take Mitt Romney’s repeated body blows?
Tribune Review: We have a brand-new ballgame
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Abortion control act: Having access to free contraception is the key
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Good jobs news: But employment still needs the candidates’ attention
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Not debatable: An aggressive Romney outpoints Obama in a funk
Altoona Mirror: State jobs bill sets bar too low
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Robin L. Quillon: Religious bigots aggravate grueling campaign season
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Poll numbers depend on who’s talking
Reading Eagle: Tax hikes, spending cuts no longer can be postponed
Reading Eagle: New charts place unnecessary burden on homeowners
Sun Gazette: Don’t cut Pa defense Budget
Lancaster Online: Diligence is due on Voter ID
Penn Live: Do we really need all that stuff?

Blogs
Keystone Politics: PA-17: Laureen Cummings: Job Report Truther
Keystone Politics: UPMC, Non-Profit PILOTs and Land Value Tax
Keystone Politics: Jobs Numbers Solve the “Mystery” of Obama and the Fundamentals
Keystone Politics: Echoes of Bush in Romney’s Tax Plan Etch-a-Sketch
Jon Geeting: PA-17: Laureen Cummings: Job Report Truther
The Liberty Blog: General Motors – Going from Bad to Worse – Government Failure at Taxpayer Expense
The Liberty Blog: Fannie Mae Freddie Mac and The Forgotten Taxpayer Who Bails Them Out – Part 2- Listening to Paul Ryan

3 Responses

  1. Did I see more name calling? I am no longer surprised since I read Buzz Bissingers column. Again, someone is putting forth some arguments of substance, even reluctantly, therefore they must be verbally assaulted.
    I think Mr. Bissinger is very brave and willing to be intellectually honest in this decision. And, while I am typically used to the same disconnect politically with my own spouse, this time there is no disagreement. He is a reformed Obamaite and there is no doubt for him at all.

  2. Clinton only coming to PA to help Critz shows that Clinton owes him and isn’t trying to help the democrats! He could have made several stops and helped mulitple candidates in Pittsburgh, but he didn’t, just he weasel Critz. But neither one respects women so we aren’t suprised!
    Clinton let them get raped too!

    http://www.citizensagainstmarkcritz.com/

  3. Buzz Bissinger and Bill Gault in a tight battle for the title of “Stupidest Man In Philadelphia.”

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