11/2 Morning Buzz

PA voters will see Romney and Ryan this weekend: both are coming to Pa. We have the latest on the $12M GOP spending blitz. Plus, check out the top state House & Senate races in PA. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Don’t forget to check back later for the Ups & Downs.

Top 10 State House Races: Final Week: There’s just a few days of campaigning left to go, and the picture for the state House is getting clearer. Here’s our latest look at the state House seats most likely to switch party control.

Top 5 PA Senate Races: Final Week: With just a few days left in the campaign, here are the top 5 state Senate races in Pennsylvania.

Presidential

Romney and Ryan Set To Visit PA: Romney is coming to Bucks County on Sunday; Ryan to Harrisburg on Saturday.

Prez Pa. Ad Spending Scorecard: The floodgates are open. Need help keeping track of the flood of ad spending in Pa.? We are. The RNC announced a $3 million Pa. buy Thursday, bringing the score to $11.8M GOP, $1.6M Dem. Here’s the latest.

RNC to Drop $3M in PA: The hits just keep coming. The Republican National Committee will spend $3 million on television in Pa. in the final week.

$2 Million More in GOP ads to PA (Watch Video): Chalk up two more GOP groups that will be airing in Pennsylvania, as the push for the Keystone State continues.

U.S. Senate

Casey Goes Straight to Camera in Closing Ad (Watch Video): Senator Bob Casey’s final ad touts his bipartisanship while in office. Meanwhile, GOP hopeful Tom Smith released a new web video, highlighting Casey’s ties to the Obama administration and the recession.

WI Sen. Johnson Stumps for Smith: Praising him as a like-minded “citizen legislator,” Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson campaigned with GOP Senate hopeful Tom Smith during three Pa. stops Thursday.

Row Offices

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Super PAC Hits Freed on Guns (Watch Video): A super PAC founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending over $600,000 to boost Democratic Attorney General hopeful Kathleen Kane. The ad praises her support for new gun laws, and criticizes Republican Dave Free on his endorsement by the NRA.

McCord’s Negative Ad (Watch Video): Treasurer Rob McCord isn’t taking chances. He’s had an all-out blitz on TV across the state for the past week, and it will continue through the election. Here’s his second of two ads.

Congressional

PA-12: The House Majority PAC is expanding its pro-Critz ad buy by $75,000, bringing their total to over $300K, for this spot.

Both PA-15 Candidates on TV (Watch Videos): Both Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh) and longshot Dem challenger Rick Daugherty are on TV for the final week of the campaign.

Features

Newspaper Endorsements Open Thread: It’s that time of year. Newspapers around Pa. are backing candidates. Here’s PoliticsPA’s running list of endorsements in statewide and congressional races.

Politically Uncorrected: Game on: Pennsylvania in Play: In this column, Madonna and Young argue that Pennsylvania has become a battleground state once again.

Reader Poll: Will the Ads Make A Difference? PoliticsPA wants to know whether or not the new ads being launched by both Presidential candidates will make a difference.

Reader Poll: Critz Will Come Out on Top: PoliticsPA readers believe Mark Critz will come out in PA-12.

Legislative Election Updates

SD-15: The Patriot News takes a look at the issues in the hot race for state Senate in Harrisburg between John McNally and Rob Teplitz. Also, Teplitz racked up 3 endorsements: the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association, the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Pennsylvania, and PennEnvironment.

SD-49: The Erie Reader has this video of the debate between GOPer Janet Anderson and Dem Sean Wiley.

HD-3: The Erie Reader has this video of the debate between Dem Ryan Bizzarro and GOPer Jason Owen.

HD-16: GOPer Kathy Coder says in a recent mailer obtained by North Pittsburgh Politics that she has paid her big outstanding tax bill. That doesn’t appear to be the case.

HD-39: The Observer-Reporter takes a look at the top tier state House race between Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) and Dave Levdansky, the man he beat in 2010.

HD-89: The Carlisle Sentinel has its voters guide to this race between Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) and Dem Susan Spicka.

HD-92: The Carlisle Sentinel has its voters guide to the open seat race between Democrat Chuck Comrey and Republican Mike Regan.

HD-104: The Patriot News endorsed Chris Dietz over Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin). “Coming back to that notion of being a representative of the people, we throw our support behind Chris Dietz and endorse him in the race. Dietz jumped into local government because he says he saw a need. In his words: ‘I thought, how can I make Millersburg a better place?’”

HD-116: Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) squared off against Dem challenger Ransom Young Wednesday night. Here’s the debate video and the write-up in the Standard Speaker.

HD-152: Hold the phone – Conservation Voters of PA endorsed Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montco) for re-election. That’s right, R. “Representative Tom Murt has fought to defend our environment throughout his career,” said CVPA Executive Director Josh McNeil.  “His environmental leadership in the Republican Party has been and will continue to be crucial to the ongoing effort to keep Pennsylvania healthy.”

HD-176: The Pocono Record has the skinny on the debate between Rep. (and future state Sen?) Mario Scavello (R-Monroe) and Dem challenger Maureen Madden.

Statewide
Capitol Ideas: Many end of session bill signings today
State House Sound Bites: State Attorney General race full of action as election nears
StateImpactPA: Department of Environmental Protection Waives Fees To Speed Sandy Cleanup
StateImpactPA: LNG Proponents Step Up Lobbying Efforts

Philly
The Inquirer: Romney to visit Bucks on Sunday
The Inquirer: FactCheck: Whoppers of 2012, Final Edition
Daily News: In the 8th, Boockvar battling Fitzpatrick war chest
Commonwealth Confidential: Biz community backs Freed for AG, fears “Spitzer-like” crusade by Kane
WHYY Newsworks: Explaining the four ballot questions being put to Philadelphia voters

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Meehan and Badey trade jabs in 7th District debate

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Voting disruptions should be minimal in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: As Election Day nears, ads filling Pennsylvania’s airwaves
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh School Reapportionment Commission approves final district plan
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Early (very early) voting gets underway at Upper St. Clair
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Anti-Obama office in Squirrel Hill vandalized again
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  Pennsylvania voting rights advocates plan ‘election protection’
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Romney to southeast Pennsylvania Sunday
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Casey makes new pitch
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Ryan in Harrisburg Sat.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Metcalfe: Bar UN polling observers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Judge keeps voter ID ads in place
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania voting rights advocates plan ‘election protection’
KDKA: Ad War In Senate Race Heats Up Over Coal

Southwest
AP: Pa. doesn’t expect storm to impact voting
Beaver County Times: Outside money pours into Critz-Rothfus race
AP: RNC splashes down in Pa. with $3M ad against Obama

NEPA
The Times Tribune: 17th Congressional candidates clash in debate
The Times Tribune: Corbett: Polling places will open
Citizen’s Voice: Cartwright, Cummins tout disparate paths to reforming Washington’s political climate

North By Northwest
Centre Daily: Pa doesn’t expect storm to impact voting

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: US Chamber to air ads against Dem Casey in Pa.
Carlisle Sentinel: Freed campaign launches attack ad in AG race
Carlisle Sentinel: Voter’s Guide: Pennsylvania Attorney General
Carlisle Sentinel: Voter’s Guide: State House 89th District
Carlisle Sentinel: Voter’s Guide: State House 92nd District
Carlisle Sentinel: Voter’s Guide: U.S. House 4th District
Carlisle Sentinel: Voter’s Guide: U.S. House 11th District
Harrisburg Patriot News: Campaigning in Hershey, Sen. Bob Casey touts record, expresses no worry about close race
Harrisburg Patriot News: U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta accuses Democratic challenger Gene Stilp of using phony endorsement
Harrisburg Patriot News: GOP Senate nominee Tom Smith to stump in Mechanicsburg Friday
Harrisburg Patriot News: State Senate candidates McNally, Teplitz find little to agree on
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Voters will be asked for ID, but won’t need it to vote
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: 4 Candidates Compete for Seat in 16th

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Political newcomers vie for second Lehigh Valley congressional seat
Reading Eagle: More Cash Pours into Presidential Campaign in Pa.

Opinion
Tribune Review: Romney, the solution to ObamaCare
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Global outreach: Pittsburgh deals itself into the new Middle East
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Flip-flopping seems to work
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Will anyone vote FOR Romney? I’m an independent, but I just can’t

Blogs
Liberty Blog: Republican corporate cronies selling out the forgotten taxpayer
Liberty Blog: Ethanol costs more and damages cars-government mandates may not be a good idea
Liberty Blog: Marriage and poverty in America
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: We’ll have no democracy in Allentown

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