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11/1 Morning Buzz

pa flagA new poll shows Corbett’s low approval rating continues, McCord picks up another labor endorsement, and the Tea Party goes after state Supreme Court justices. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Don’t forget to check back later for this week’s Ups & Downs!

F&M Poll: Corbett’s Numbers Remain Low: Governor Corbett’s approval and re-election numbers look dire, although they show a slight uptick from his historic lows in the August F&M survey.

Pittsburgh IBEW Backs McCord: The influential Pittsburgh union IBEW Local 5 endorsed Rob McCord for governor.

Reader Poll: What 2013 Race Do You Think Will Be The Closest?: We ask readers which race they think will be the most competitive on Tuesday night.

F&M Poll: Tepid Numbers for Obama, Obamacare: Pa. voters take a dim view of the President’s job performance. And while they oppose efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, few people intend to sign up. Casey’s and Toomey’s numbers aren’t great, either.

Tea Party Group Urges Ouster of Supreme Court Judges: The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC is asking for vote against retaining state Supreme Court Justices Ron Castille and Max Baer.

McVay Donates $52K to Campaign Bankroll: Jack McVay, the Democrat running for Pa. Superior Court, contributed $52,000 to his own campaign in order to expand a TV ad buy.

Halvorson Fires at Shuster In Radio Ad: Following the passage of Rep. Shuster’s first major bill as committee chairman, primary challenger Art Halvorson released an ad slamming him for supporting “Obama-Reid backroom deals.”

Sitting Lehigh Exec, a Dem, Endorses Republican Ott: Lehigh County Executive Republican hopeful Scott Ott scored the backing of current Exec Matt Croslis, a Democrat.

Statewide

Roll Call: Corbett: The most vulnerable gov in the country
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Union endorsement scorecard shows McCord leading field
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Big endorsement for McCord comes on eve of AFSCME Dem Gov decision
PA Independent: Charter school advocate to Philadelphia schools: Listen to parents
PA Independent: Zogby: Teachers’ union using ‘budget gimmicks’ in calling for rehiring of laid-off teachers
StateImpactPA: Politicians may not be in a hurry to break drilling deadlock at the DRBC
StateImpactPA: Compressed natural gas fueling stations in Southwest Pa. could double
StateImpactPA: As earnings slide, Shell CEO says company faces “hard choices”

Philadelphia
Inquirer: In the tiniest of boroughs, the race goes on
Commonwealth Confidential: Poll spells more trouble for Corbett
Philly Clout: Nutter names commission to probe L&I following collapse
Newsworks: State rep’s civic-group ‘blueprint’ goes public in Northwest Philadelphia
Newsworks: Nutter stops, offers assistance at accident scene
Newsworks: Philly parents question City Council on how $45M will be spent
KYW Newsradio: Panel To Probe L&I In Wake Of Center City Building Collapse

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Conard faces off against Kirkland in Pottstown 7th ward council race
Montgomery Media: Cheltenham Township could see tax hike in 2014
Bucks Local News: State Reps. Dean, Santarsiero urge expansion of background checks for long guns
Daily Local News: Preliminary Chesco budget will not increase taxes

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Corbett to announce in Pgh.
Early Returns: IBEW for McCord
Early Returns: Gross team shows off endorsements
Early Returns: Corbett’s F&M silver lining: Healthy PA
Tribune Review: Insurance cancellation notices, confusion about Obamacare abound in Pa.
Tribune Review: Attorney general steps into August Wilson Center case
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania welfare department urged to improve its methods
Post-Gazette: Pa. top court retains terms for juvenile lifers
Post-Gazette: Gov. Corbett to announce re-election bid next week
WTAE: State rules in WTAE’s favor for access to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s calendar
WTAE: Attorney general investigating Monroeville officials
KDKA: Corbett defends millions in consultant fees on lottery privatization

Southwest
Beaver County Times: AG’s office will probe spending of Economy committee, former candidates
Altoona Mirror: Corbett’s wife talks dropout program
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Food-stamp benefits will drop 5% for recipients as stimulus ends

NEPA
Times Leader: Poll shows Corbett viewed poorly by own party members
Times Leader: PUC fines PPL over improper 2011 storm response
Times-Tribune: Regional union members say they’re not optimistic
Times-Tribune: Scranton extends Pango’s parking-meter smartphone payment option for six more months, and the number of meters with this choice
Times-Tribune: Former Scranton mayoral hopeful formally charged with DUI

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Dent votes against slapping self on wrist for debt limit increase
Morning Call: Northampton County Council candidates on deficit
Morning Call: Northampton County Council candidates on reassessment
Morning Call: Q&A with Allentown’s mayoral candidates

South Central
Roxbury News: Rep. Patty Kim, York Mayor Kim Bracey, Endorse Dr. Brenda Alton, For Lieutenant Governor.
Lancaster Intelligencer: Lancaster County residents brace for cut in food stamp benefits
Lancaster Intelligencer: East Hempfield, after good year, says no tax hike in 2014
York Daily Record: Poll: Should lawmakers require public schools to display “In God We Trust” motto?
Patriot News: Harrisburg City Council demands answers about trash hauling contract
Patriot News: Corbett to launch re-election campaign next week
Patriot News: Will Todd Platts roll to a spot on the York County bench Tuesday?
Patriot News: Voter scorn in new poll stretches to both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue: John L. Micek

North by Northwest
Venango County Daily News: State Life Jacket Regulation Includes Smaller Boats, Starting November 1
Kane Republican: Corbett: Pa. needs comprehensive transportation plan
Express: Bill eyed to combat ‘revenge’ cyber bullying
Bradford Era: DEP Drilling Violations Up In Region, Down Across State
Times-News: Tucci, Dahlkemper to debate on WQLN-TV
Times-News: State House panel to hold jobs hearing in Millcreek
WFMZ: Northampton Co. Executive race pits John v. John

Opinions
Standard-Journal: Cuts will be felt in local communities
Times-Tribune: Some disorder in the court
Meadville Tribune: State representative says professor went too far in criticizing education plan
Patriot News: Rep. Saccone’s ‘In God We Trust’ motto imposes religion in schools

Blogs
John Hanger’s Facts of The Day: Great Solar Cost Calculator Provides Homes/Businesses Solar Estimates: Try It!
Commonwealth Foundation: “Free” Medicaid Money Equals More Debt
Third and State: ‘One-Size-Fits-All’ Business Tax Rankings Don’t Have PA’s Best Interests in Mind
Bals Blog: Playing the Race Card
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Muller Reacts to Croslis Endorsement
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Republican Dollars Say Ott Otter Quit
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Numbers Cruncher O’Donnell Files No Pre-Election Report
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: State Republicans Pouring Money Into Brown Campaign
Lu Lac Political Letter: Brominski Makes The Ask
Keystone State Education Coalition: A new ‘no excuses’ school reform mantra

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  1. I have another idea for our Italian Stallion Auditor General to examine: the separation agreement of for Secretary of Ed, William Harner. How many years of pay was this distinguished, Speedo loving, professional who had the guts to take on the Cyber Charter School Welfare Queens given to have him disappear? William Harner where art thou? Do you still exist? Are you still a Republican?

  2. Isn’t the Auditor General 110% correct on this one: the Presidency of Penn State University should not be turned into another Tom Corbett/Brabender patronage job, like the Head of the Turnpike Authority. Is there another Nutt family member to be forced on the PSU board? Doesn’t Tom Corbett sit in on those meetings with a gun to everyone’s head? Thank you AG Pasquale for keeping the dirty hands of Tom Corbett out of this postiion. http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2013/11/01/PSU-urged-to-give-vi
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