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11/15 Morning Buzz

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Kane on Hardball: Attorney General hopeful Kathleen Kane got a bit of national exposure Monday, as the former prosecutor talked with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews about the the sex abuse scandal at Penn State.

Santorum’s Foreign Policy: Rick Santorum wants to talk about Iran. In a recent debate and in a new radio ad titled “Disaster” that he’s airing in Iowa, Santorum said he’s the only candidate discussing the regime in Tehran.

GOP Wins Mercer Co: The results are in from Mercer County: it’s another GOP flip. 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.

National
Roll Call: Casey Seat Is Safe
Washington Post: Obama on PSU scandal: wading in too deep?
The Hill: In wake of PSU scandal, bill would suspend federal funds

Statewide
Inquirer: Second Mile chief resigns; charity hires Lynne Abraham
Times Leader: Governor: McQueary didn’t meet a ‘moral obligation’
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett gains national stature with handling of Penn State scandal
AP, Delco Daily Times: Corbett touts law protecting student athletes

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Darrell L. Clarke appears to have votes to become Council president
Inquirer: Penn State scandal will prompt bills on reporting child sex abuse, lawmakers say
Inquirer: David Oh closer to council victory?
Inquirer: Corbett defends Penn State’s decision to fire Paterno
PhillyClout: Monday’s DN– City to Occupy Philly: It’s time to move
PhillyClout: Oh-Taubenberger race to be decided tomorrow?
Phillynow.com: Daily Grinder: Gov. Corbett correctly defends Paterno firing
Phillynow.com: As Occupy Protestors are decamped across America, Mayor Nutter’s comments not unique
Phillynow.com: Fracking opponents present army corp of engineers with petition to vote no on draft rules
Phillynow.com: Occupy Philly suggests Nutter, city are exploiting negative issues
Fox Philadelphia: Mayor Nutter weighs in on Occupy Philly
Fox Philadelphia: Joe Paterno likely faces lawsuits
ABC Philadelphia: Fmr. assistant DA charged in Delco hit-and-run
ABC Philadelphia: Occupy Philly protestors clash with city officials
KYW Newsradio: Daily commuters fed up with Occupy Philly
KYW Newsradio: Darrell Clarke on track to be next Philadelphia city council president
WHYY Newsworks: What should lame duck Council members do before their terms end?
Capitol Ideas: PSU case shows two sides of Corbett’s leadership
WITF: Corbett predicts fast quick action on abuse reporting law
PA Independent: Cameras may target red light runners in more PA cities
State  Impact: Drilling rules: State best suited to make big decisions

Philly Burbs
Pottstown Mercury: State Rep. proposes tightening Pa.’s requirements to report child abuse
AP, Phillyburbs.com: President of Pa. charity linked to abuse resigns
Delco Daily Times: Former county prosecutor charged with hit-and-run that injured Haverford teen

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Tax Hike Pondered
CBS Pittsburgh: Raja Responds To Proposed Tax Increase
Post-Gazette: Mayor Ravenstahl To Pledge $80M In Spending For Projects

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver County To Examine District Judge Redistricting

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bill White: New tone is likely in Lehigh
Reading Eagle: Corbett: McQueary failed to meet ‘moral obligation’
Reading Eagle: Oley supervisors plan to downsize police force
Express-Times: Bethlehem Area vo-tech gets to keep money for home building project
AP, Express-Times: Jerry Sandusky claims his innocence in interview with NBC
Express-Times: Bethlehem City Council sets budget hearings
Express-Tmes: Budget season continues tonight in the Slate Belt

South Central
Public Opinion: Chambersburg Borough Council to work on balancing budget tonight, possibly through personnel cuts or raising tax rate
Public Opinion: Penn State community enters new week searching for new normal
Public Opinion: Frank Bodani: Bradley is the right man to lead PSU through the turmoil
Sentinel: Sandusky tells Costas he’s innocent
Sentinel: U.S. Attorney’s Office in Harrsiburg ready to assist investigators in Sandusky case
Sentinel: Occupy Philly: City is trying to discredit us
Sentinel: Penn State donated to Sandusky charity
AP, Sentinel: State takeover likely in Harrisburg
AP, Sentinel: Judge in Sandusky child abuse scandal donated to Second Mile
Patriot-News: Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky tells Bob Costas: ‘I shouldnt’ have showered with those kids’
Patriot-News: No tax increase in proposed Cumberland County 2012 budget
Patriot-News: Harrisburgh mayor to fight for power during state takeover of city
Patriot-News: Centre County court to launch a website for Jerry Sandusky updates- Ail
Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Corbett signs law to protect student athletes after concussions
Patriot-News: Harrisburg City Council attorney asks IRS, SEC to investigate incinerator financing
Patriot-News: Lower Swatara Township faces budget shortfall, blames weather and alleged embezzlement
York Daily Record: Corbett touts law protecting Pennsylvania student athletes
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania flood relief totals $187 million so far

NEPA
Times Tribune: FBI Searching Court Administrator’s Office
Times Tribune: Elected Officials Dealing With New World For Local Government
Times Leader: County to Approve Funds to Demolish Hotel Sterling
Citizens Voice:Commissioners will vote on allocating funds for Sterling Demolition
Daily Review: Federal Environmental and Health Agencies Collect Data from Dimock Facilities

North By Northwest
Erie Times: Adoption law change helps siblings reunite in Waterford
Erie Times: Sen. Casey joins efforts to retain Lord Corp. in Erie region
Erie Times: Erie County Councilman Beeman held in contempt
Erie Times: Seat changes in Millcreek Study Commission; Greene supervisor’s race reversed
Centre Daily Times: Pa. state senator wants tougher abuse reporting
Centre Daily Times: Big Ten takes Paterno name off trophy
Centre Daily Times: Borough same-sex registry growing
State College: State College Board to Talk School Facilities; O’Donnell Makes Statement on Next Budget

Opinions
Patriot-News: Political Cartoon: A Piece of the Pie
Patriot-News: Marcellus misstep: House GOP seems to want to protect natural gas drillers, not Pennsylvanians
Patriot-News: Abortion-provider bill is not needed in state
Post-Gazette: No Deal, UPMC: The Empire Attacks; The People Strike Back
Tribune-Democrat: In Ebensburg, Good Government At Work
Philly.com: Drilling rules: state best suited to make big decisions
Philly.com: Drilling rules: Affected towns must have roles
Public Opinion: Why so long for sensible anti-texting legislation?
Public Opinion: Public safety cuts should be absolute last resort
Pottstown Mercury: Monday’s sound off
Phillyburbs.com: Tea partiers and Occupiers sharing a common cause?
Phillyburbs.com: No surprises in legislative elections
Delco Daily Times: Letter from the editor: Municipal elections a preview for 2012
Morning Call: Media coverage to blame Paterno’s firing
Reading Eagle: Texting ban a big step, but lawmakers should do more
Sun Gazette: Keep in-state tuition rates as they should be
Sun Gazette: Impact fee coming; consider tweaks

Blogs
NEPArtisan: Gov. Corbett, No Morals, Enabler
NEPArtisan: Penn State Scandal: Some Thoughts
2 Political Junkies: Another Reason Not To Like Rick Perry
LuLac Political Letter: Edition 1835
PA Progressive: Penn State Notes
PA Progressive: Police Using Force Against Occupy Movements
Penn Patriot: Broadband Bring Excitng Opportunities For Students
Keystone Politics: House Fracking Bill Can’t Pass the Senate
Keystone Politics: Eli Avila Is Still a Dick
John Hanger: Today’s WSJ Editorial About EPA Air Rules Wins Gold Medal For Intellectual Dishonesty
John Hanger: Washington Post Focuses On Power Plant Rules and Debunks Regulation Is Killing Jobs
John Hanger: Krugman’s Solar and Gas Column Draws Conservative Attacks
John Hanger: Weekly Facts Rodeo
Citizens Call: Campaign Signs Seek Helping Hands for Recycling
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Longenbach In the Garden of Beasts
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Saucon Valley School Board Race May Have Hurt Kraft and McClure
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Voter Machine Malfunction Appears to be Nonissue in McClure Race

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