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11/11 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz. A special thanks this morning to the men and women who have served our country in uniform. VP Joe Biden will be in Delco today to march in the Veterans Day parade.

Don’t forget to check PoliticsPA later today for this week’s Ups & Downs.

Sestak on JoePa, PSUFormer Congressman and 2010 Senate candidate Joe Sestak says JoePa didn’t get “due process” (with video).

Retire-o-rama: Several high-profile Pa. Lawmakers announced yesterday that they would retire at the end of next year: Sen. Jeff Piccola (R-Dauphin), Rep. Curt Schroder(R-Chester), and Rep. Ed Staback (D-Lackawanna/Wayne).

GOP Courthouse Gains: Republicans increased their control of Pennsylvania counties by 11 on Tuesday, picking up courthouses across the state and growing their total from 40 to 51.

Fumo Resentencing: Vincent J. Fumo, the once-powerful, now-disgraced state legislator, was resentenced Thursday in an extraordinary hearing to 61 months, six more than his previous sentence.

Welch for Senate: Steve Welch, the biotech entrepreneur and former congressional candidate, has launched the first attack of the new cycle – a web video that highlights United States Senator Bob Casey’s close ties to President Barack Obama.

Christine O’Donnell: The former Delaware Senate candidate visited Lawrence County Wednesday to keynote a mock political convention at Westminster College.

Washington Post: Santorum searches for elusive spark in Republican debate
Pennsylvania Ave.: Casey Foes To Debate Next Week
Pennsylvania Ave.: Quinnipiac: Obama and Romney Tied In Pa., Oh. & Fl.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Sen. Casey Proposes U.S. Form Regional ‘Contact Group’ on Syria
Inquirer: Rep. Meehan Pleased That Fed. Dept. Of Ed. Investigating Penn State
Pennsylvania Ave.: Sens. Toomey & Casey Rescind Medal of Freedom Nomination For Joe Paterno
Business Recorder: Rep. Fitzpatrick Among Delegation Meeting Pakastani President Zardari
York Daily Record: Those In Tobacco Industry Must Disclose What Is In Their Products
Daily American: Rep. Shuster Gets Toll Credits Into Transportation Bill
Bloomberg: Rep. Altmire Caught In EPA Regulation Bind
Times-Leader: Federal Government To Buy Out Seven Plymouth Township Properties
Intelligencer: Rep. Schwartz Introduces Bill To Promote Hiring Of Veterans
Inquirer: D.A. No one has clean hands, Williams and others react to the allegations

Capitolwire (paywall): All Politics Will Be Local For Some State Legislators Come January
Patriot-News: Speaker Smith: Penn State’s Removal of Graham Spanier Was Good Step
Patriot-News: Penn State’s inaction left Corbett ‘disappointed’ Pa losing three veteran legislators Commonwealth Court rules against Foxwood investors
ABCPhilly: Governor asks Penn State students to stop violence
CBSPhilly: Ex-Pa Senator Re-Sentenced to 61 months
Bucks Local Media: Senators Casey, Toomey Rescind support for Medal of Freedom nomination for former Penn State coach Joe Paterno

Inquirer: Democrats’ Montco win reverberates regionally
Fox: Missing DA Was Tied To Sandusky Case
Phillyclout: Fight for Philly, Vets rally against Pat Toomey

Philly Burbs
Narberth-BalaCynwyd Patch: Bala Cynwd Library Renovation Contracts Approved, Barely
Intelligencer: Turnout in strongholds crucial to Montco Dems
Souderton Independent: VIDEO: Shapiro, Richards win majority in Montco Commissioners race
Norristown Patch: Put Down That Phone When You Get Behind the Wheel
Glenside News Glove Times Chronicle: Four new commissioners, four incumbents elected in Abington
Intelligencer: Montco paves way for new regime
Montgomery Life: Shaprio vows to bring new style to county government
phillyburbs: Schwartz introduces bill to promote hiring of veterans
The Mercury: Pottstown Council to vote on stopping architectural reviews for downtown
Daily Times: Delco Political parties pleased with election results
Montgomery Media: Shapiro vows to bring new style to county government
Montgomery Media: Richards Savors victory, looks to future
Bucks Local Media: Newton Borough Council votes to advertise 2012 proposed budget: spending plan includes 3 mill tax increase

Tribune-Review: Scandal ends 61 years at PSU for Paterno
Tribune-Review: Spanier’s 16-year run at PSU ends
Tribune-Review: Teamsters health insurance fund suing Pittsburgh for $367,000
Tribune-Review: EPA: Benzene level near school warrants further testing
Tribune-Review: Allegheny sewer project at estimated $6 billion
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh traffic signal upgrade touted for flow, safety
Tribune-Review: Carnegie council questions firefighters over finances
Tribune-Review: 200 rally Downtown against service cutbacks
Tribune-Review: South Fayette panel rules against driller
Tribune-Review: Allegheny County tax assessor hit with theft charge in Fayette
Tribune-Review: Subpoenas land Pittsburgh Parking Authority board before council
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh Public-Schools superintendent gets majority board support
Tribune-Review: Penn Hills council seeks a million in casino-revenue funding
Tribune-Review: Municipalities, districts report unofficial election outcomes
Post-Gazette: Corbett mostly quiet about trustees
Post-Gazette: Ex-senator Fumo’s sentence extended
Post-Gazette: Federal bill would help unemployed veterans land jobs
Post-Gazette: City modernizing traffic controls
Post-Gazette: Former city school officer sues, claiming wrongful firing
Post-Gazette: Most test results show gains in Seneca Valley; two schools did not meet goal
Early Returns: Journalists Roundtable to feature discussion of PSU scandal
Early Returns: Casey, Toomey rescind JoePa honor
Post-Gazette: Frosty forecast for Fitz, Ravenstahl

Times Tribune: Casey, Toomey won’t support Paterno bid for medal
Times Tribune: Lackawanna County taxes to jump 38 percent
Citizen’s Voice: New DA plans to assemble transition committee
Times Leader: Corbett lost confidence in Paterno, Spanier
Times Leader: Senators rescind their support for honor for Paterno
Times Leader: Experts: New district attorney’s staff key
Standard Speaker: Corbett views Penn State, Luzerne County cases as anomaly
Standard Speaker: GOP chairman: People, teamwork led to party victory
Standard Speaker: Voting mixup skews numbers in Schuylkill
The Daily Review: Incumbent ousted from Sullivan County school board
Go Lackawanna: Corbett speaks on PSU inaction
Pocono Record: Judge appoints Atkinson, Dwyer to Middle Smithfield vacancies

South Central
Public Opinion: Commissioners float 2012 budget  without tax hike
The Sentinel: Cumberland County Commissioner talks to municipalities about blocking redistricting
Patriot News: Harrisburg insurer rejects take over proposal
Lancaster Era: Assistant principle at Lancaster Mennonite accused of sex abuse
Lebanon Daily News: Pa. senator behind Harrisburg takeover to retire
York Daily Record: Platts: Those in tobacco industry must disclose what is in their products

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Locals respond to Joe Pa firing

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bethlehem to cut 10 employees to balance budget
Reading Eagle: Reading Outlet Center sold
Express Times: Easton accepts $4 million for transportation project

Indiana Gazette: County planners endorse revised drilling ordinance
Indiana Gazette: Shuster: District could change
Indiana Gazette: Clymer: Tax increase considered
Daily American: Bradley replaces Paterno as Penn State coach
Daily American: Toll credits are in transportation bill
Daily American: Election brings change, 38 percent voter turnout
Altoona Mirror: Student leader: We’re looking for leadership
Tribune-Democrat: A message from PSU’s interim president
wtae: Governor Asks Penn State Students To Stop Violence
wtae: What About The Victims?
Beaver County Times: Nebraska regent fears for student safety at Penn State game
Observer-Reporter: Absentee count continues today
Observer-Reporter: GOP shows up for commissioners’ vote
Observer-Reporter: South Fayette zoning board dismissed driller’s challenge
Observer-Reporter: Election loser to fill N. Strabane vacancy
Observer-Reporter: Write-in candidates win in Fort Cherry
Observer-Reporter: What’s closed

Williamsport Sun Gazette: House cleaing must continue at PSU
Times Tribune: Right issue in DA election
Tribune-Review: PSU’s trustees act: But they fall short
Tribune-Review: The election: Politicam veritatem
Standard Speaker: Senate vote for clean air essential
Post-Gazette: Unhappy Valley: For PSU’s sake, Paterno and Spanier had to go
Post-Gazette: Who knows best: On drilling, Republicans sell out on local control
Tribune-Democrat: A new era for Cambria and Somerset
Tribune-Democrat: Think he’s walk away? You don’t know Joe
Observer-Reporter: GOP continues to gain momentum
Observer-Reporter: In case you forgot

Young Philly Politics: Have you no shame, sir (plus Mary)?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Angle’s race, by the numbers
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Mike Krill destroyed Dowd’s election chances
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Do fewer Republicans vote in Norco municipal races?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Allen Township voters say no to open space tax hike
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Clarification on redistricting story
Keystone Politics: Keystone Progressive launches “Progressive Century Project”

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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