11/2 Morning Buzz

Top 10 Redistricting Winners & Losers, Pa. SenatePoliticsPA talked with campaign consultants, political operatives and legislative staffers to see the 10 members who benefit from the plan, and who’s out of luck.Allegheny Exec: It’s the highest-dollar campaign in Pennsylvania this year, and it’s by far the messiest. PoliticsPA visited Allegheny County to check in on one of 2011’s biggest elections. Check out our analysis of the race. And take a look at this story, wherein Fitzgerald evidently exchanged words with Raja’s CM’s wife.

Roddey for Romney: Speaking of, Jim Roddey, chairman of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County, confirmed to PoliticsPA that he is endorsing Mitt Romney for President.

Unorthodox Montco GOP TV Ad: The spot features amateur footage of Democrat Josh Shapiro and running mate Leslie Richards during a meeting with the press.

Rohrer Commends Smith: Senate candidate and coal industry veteran Tom Smith is received praise from an unlikely source today: former Pa. Rep. Sam Rohrer, who sources say is all but certain to join the race for U.S. Senate against Bob Casey.

Costly Judicial Races: Legal reform groups reveled Thursday that Pennsylvania was home to the second costliest judicial elections in the nation in the 2009/2010 cycle — though that likely won’t be the case for the Commonwealth and Superior Court races this time around.

National
Capitol News: Casey to cosponsor drug shortage legislation
Washington Post: Santorum urges Cain to come clean on harrassment allegations
EarlyReturns: Daily Santorum – I’m vetted, unlike Cain
Iowa Politics: Santorum: End tax credits on ethanol, wind energy
State Impact: Huntsman calls for investigation of oil ‘monopoly’
State Impact: Drill Bits: A Wastewater Spill, Ohio’s Fracking Earthquakes, and NY Hunters Lok to PA
Ithaca Journal: Potential gas-drilling impact on wildlife scrutinized
Indiana Gazette: Boehner has high hopes for committee
PR Newswire: House appropriator offers super committee debt free proposal

Statewide
AP: Jury To Begin Deliberating In Pa. Corruption Trial
AP: Pa. Senate Approves Texting Ban
Commonwealth Confidential: The New Chair of The Liquor Control Board Wants To Privatize
Reuters: Harrisburg: A City At War With Itself
Philly Now: Philly State Rep. Beats DUI Charge
TribuneReview: Pennsylvania Senate approves driving while texting ban
TribuneReview: Governor expected to sign sports concussion legislation
Capitol Ideas: PA Tax Collections Dipped in October
Capitol Ideas: Concussion Bill On Its Way to Gov. Corbett’s Desk
Capitol Ideas: Tuesday Morning Coffee: The Redistricting Fallout Continues
witf: StateImpact: Emergency Responders Prepare For the “Big One”
State Impact: Free Pre-Drilling Private Drinking Water Testing Offered In 8 PA Counties
State Impact: House Impact Fee Would Overrule Local Drilling Ordinances
Post Gazette: Sen. Casey urges more computer courses
Hometownsource.com: Klobuchar-Casey bipartisan drug shortage legislation advanced by President

Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Northeast Philadelphia Mailer Gives Voters Wrong Polling Place Hours
PhillyClout: Council Talks Tip Legislation

Philly Burbs
Commonwealth Confidential: The LCB’s new chair wants to privatize
Inquirer: Montco candidates scramble toward the finish
Intelligencer: Montco GOP commissioner candidates on same page

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Fitz clashes with Raja CM
Early Returns: Peduto signals mayoral run
Tribune Reivew: Democrats plug for jobs bill in Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Councilman to introduce debt management bill
Tribune Review: No damage found at drill site spill
Post-Gazette: Sen. Casey urges more computer courses
Post-Gazette: Dems disapprove of plan to redraw House and Senate lines
Early Returns: One two reassessment punch
Early Returns: Dahlkemper on Daily Show
Early Returns: Fitz: Raja wrong on budget/jobs
Post Gazette: Senate deal on shale fee postponed into November
Essential Public Radio: Pennsylvania Democrats Call on GOP to vote for American Jobs Act
Essential Public Radio: Pittsburgh to host reassessment appeals meetings for residents

NEPA
TimesTribune: Wyoming County supervisor on ballot, in jail
TimesTribune: Lackawanna County’s $21M borrowing advances
TimesTribune: New legislative map shakes up Lackawanna, Monroe counties
TimesTribune: Existing and proposed legislative districts
CitizensVoice: Williams leads county council candidates in spending
WayneIndependent: Examining legislative and judicial redistricting
DailyReview: Two more polling places are moved in Bradford County
GoLackawanna: Scranton teacher meets with Obama on American Jobs Act
Pocono Record: Finally! Plan gives Monroe its own Senate seat

South Central
AP,Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. revenue collection lagged again in October
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Senate sends texting while driving ban to Gov. Corbett for enactment
Patriot News: Pa. Senate passes legislation that raises concussion awareness; sends it to Gov. Tom Corbett for enactment
Patriot News: At “State of the City” summit, Harrisburg mayor Linda Thompson calls new Act 47 push “a great start” to avoid takeover
Patriot News: State Sen. Jeffrey Piccola’s district is recast in preliminary redistricting plan
York Daily Record: Plan could add another state house seat for York county
Lebanon Daily News: Redistricting will split city
Sun Gazette: Candidates spending little on city races
Sun Gazette: Congressman introduces Safeguarding Access for Medicare Act

North by Northwest
Campaign ‘11: Dahlkemper on the Daily Show
Centre Daily Times: Centre County Commissioner rarely shies away from sharing views
Standard Speaker: 3 vie for 2 city council seats

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: City Council approves more cuts to satisfy Act 47
WFMZ: Pa. Senate approves driving-while-texting ban
WFMZ: Election day a week away
WFMZ: Governor takes a bite out of Halloween
WFMZ: A closer look at the Lehigh County sheriff’s race
Express Times: Phillipsburg mayoral race draws incumbent Harry Wyant Jr., challengers Todd Tersigni and Richard Halley
Express Times: Race for Northampton county council district 4 a clash of personalities
Express Times: Northampton county council district 2 candidates discuss Gracedale, bi-county health department
Morning Call: Allentown, Monroe county gain in remapping

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: CAMPAIGN 2011: Four running for three auditor positions
Indiana Gazette: GOP names new committeemen
Indiana Gazette: State Senate’s talks on gas-drilling bill will go on
Indiana Gazetta: Lawyers sum up cases in trial
Indiana Gazette: GOP plan for Pennsylvania assembly seats passes early vote
AP, Indiana Gazette: Bill to regulate indoor tanning
Daily American: Assessment board denies Shade school tax challenge
Daily American: Confluence to vote on tax ordinance
Daily American: Maps change state representative, senator structure in Somerset County
Altoona Mirror: Eichelberger may lose Bedford
Altoona Mirror: Jobless rate down in all area counties
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone considers move to GACTC for students
Altoona Mirror: Redraw of magistrate districts proposed
wjactv: Heating assistance available
wjactv: Panel rejects school district’s tax plan
wjactv: Johnstown federal court celebrates 20th anniversary
wjactv: Somerset Family Center almost forced to close
Tribune Democrat: Morning briefing: Spill on natural gas site ‘unacceptable’
Tribune Democrat: NEW- Pa. bridge being renamed for baseball great
AP, Times Online: Highmark, West Penn sign deal
Times Online: Controller candidates misses filing deadline
Observer Reporter: Two face off for clerk of courts
Observer-Reporter: Fr. Cherry candidate omitted from ballot

Opinion
Tribune Review: Focusing on the Fed
Post Gazette: College aid: Obama’s plan eases the debt of education
Baer Growls: Laugh Lines
Citizens Voice: Voucher bill is good alternative
Standard Speaker: Caveats apply to red-light cameras
Indiana Gazette: Patrick Dougherty: Job is to prosecute crime
Indiana Gazette: Tom Bianco: Take fiscal obligations seriously
Daily American: Food for thought
Daily American: Right to Protest
Altoona Mirror: Subsidies can delay progress
Altoona Mirror: Seniors get good news
Times Online: It’s not a Beaver County election without a sign war
Patriot News: Gov. Corbett’s voter ID plan is an election winner
Patriot News: Charter school voucher plan
Patriot News: Transportation committee’s solution: raise taxes?
Lancaster Era: A GOP presence on City Council

Blogs
Triadvocate: The new legislatives maps may not be a done deal
Save Ardmore Coalition: Cara’s Blog: Josh Shapiro: Send Montgomery County Mad Hatter Packing November 8th
John Hanger: Snowing On Global Warming
John Hanger: Fueling America’s Home This Winter: Trick or Treat?
Keystone Politics: Redistricting Plan Good For Politicians, Bad for You
Penn Patriot: Here’s a 5 Minute Plan For Creating 100,000 Jobs
Pa Progressive: MontCo GOP Fails to File Campaign Finance Report
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Following the Money in Bethlehem’s Dirty City Council Race
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Callahan Funding School Board Races
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Following the Money in the Kraft, Vaughn Race
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Following the Money in the Dowd, Werner Race
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Following the Money in the McClure, Connolly Race
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Following the Money in the Angle, Parsons Race
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Bernie O’Hare, Pig Kicker
NEPArtisan: Not Okay to be Gay says University
NEPArtisan: Lackawanna County Leaders Decide Transportation Is An Issue

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