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11/22 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. It’s a somber morning, as news sinks in that the supercommittee has failed. We place 100% of the blame on the other party. Back in PA, the U.S. Senate primary is heating up.

Rohrer Launches Senate Bid: Former State Rep. Sam Rohrer is officially a candidate for U.S. Senate. His strengths were on display during his announcement Monday, but his campaign still has questions to answer.

…And Leads the Field: A Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday morning shows Rohrer atop the crowded primary field for U.S. Senate.

Does it wash up on Toomey? The Senator is credited with offering a proposal that observers characterized as a legitimate effort to compromise. On the other hand, the supercommittee failed. So did he come out looking better or worse?

CAP Targets Fleck: The conservative group CAP, the Citizens Alliance for Pennsylvania, is setting its sights on another Republican they deem insufficiently conservative: Pa. Rep. Mike Fleck (R-Huntingdon).

AFP Targets Dent: A tea party-affiliated group is spending $10,000 on the radio this week to tell voters that Rep. Charlie Dent is too liberal. The announcement by Americans for Prosperity-PA comes just a week after a former Dent campaign volunteer announced a Democratic bid against the congressman, saying he is too conservative.

PhillyNow: Congressional Supercommittee May Admit Failure As Toomey Holds Up ‘No-Tax Pledge’
New York Times: Feuding hurts G.O.P.’s hopes to win Senate
Morning Call: Sam Rohrer Declares For U.S. Senate
Morning Call: Senate Panel Schedules Hearing On Child Sex Abuse

Capitol Ideas: Sam Rohrer Declares For U.S. Senate
Capitol Ideas: Corbett: Norquist And I Have “A Difference Of Opinion” Over Impact Fee
AP: Gas Drilling Opponents To Rally In Trenton
Capitol Ideas: Former FBI Director Louis Freeh To Lead Penn State Probe
Capitol Ideas: Monday Morning Coffee: Schools And Politics, Two Great Tastes That Don’t Always Go Great Together
State Impact: Corbett’s Fee Claims Don’t Mesh With Campaign Rhetoric
State Impact: Gas Drilling Along Delaware River Remains Uncertain
State Impact: “DEP Effort Encourages Oil and Gas Industry to Use Mine Drainage Water”
State Impact: Drill Bits: DRBC Protests Go Forward; A Cabot “Whistle-Blower” Speaks
witf: Corbett-Appointed Harrisburg Advisor Left NYC Job After Assault Arrest
Morning Call: Toomey weighs in on looming super committee deadline
Go Erie: House, Senate tackle fiscal 2012 budget
WFMZ: Former FBI director to guide PSU sex abuse scandal
Times Tribune: Corbett explains his actions as AG in Sandusky case
Gant Daily: Corbett administration files petition to appoint receiver for Harrisburg
Tribune Review: Ohio’s shale gas fields could be an issue for Pennsylvania
Public Opinion: Corbett likes PSU’s hiring of ex FBI chief
Patriot News: No movement in proposal to change how PA electoral votes are counted, says Corbett

WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia’s New Power Player
Fox Philadelphia: Will Occupy Philadelphia Hurt Tourism and Holiday Shopping?
PhillyClout: City Sets New Terms For Occupy Philly
PhillyClout: Mayor Nutter Announces Launch Of New Social Media Tool Cawley: Gas drilling guarantees job creation

Tribune Review: Onorato silent on lack of pay equity survey results
Tribune Review: Church backs pastor accused of sexual misconduct
Post Gazette: Hospitals avoid taxes by law
Post Gazette: Port Authority looks at switching to natural gas

Daily American: Greater Johnston High School going green
Altoona Mirror: Conflicts arise with members of Altoona Area School District Board
Daily Courier: Push continues to make community center seem viable
Beaver County Times: Walmart project delayed

Tribune Times: Several Scranton Budget Proposals Draw Criticism
Times Leader: Spending up, but no tax hike for Lake Township
Standard Speaker: Feds Consider Eliminating Street sign deadlines
Standard Speaker: Luzerne Commissioners Approve Interior Cover For Courthouse Work
Go Lackawanna: Council, Fire Union Head Decry Plans
Go Lackawanna: Doherty Delivers Plan
Standard Speaker: Luzerne commissioners approve interior cover for courthouse work

South Central Alleged Sandusky victim leaves school because of bullying County elections board fails to certify results York city council race
York Dispatch: Mayor Bracey says she lacks confidence in election results

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown school directors depart
Morning Call: Lehigh valley democrats regroup, prepare for 2012
WFMZ: Federal money to be used for revitalizing local communities
WFMZ: U.S Senator tours new hospital, patients, staff

Inquirer: Election Finance Laws Must Be Strengthened
Pottstown Mercury: Occupy Wall Street Should Pack Up And Go Home
Big Tent: No Defecit Deal in Latest Congressional Super-Failure
Baer Growls: Played for Fools
Commonwealth Confidential: Tax guru Norquist inserts himself in PA shale debate
Times Tribune: Gerrymandered into a corner
Times Tribune: Bald-faced gerrymandering Op-ed: End bonuses for bailouts
Citizens Voice: Redistricting along partisan lines
The Sentinel: PSU scandal opens floodgates

Pa Town Hall: The Banality of Detachment
Pa Town Hall: Questions about Corbett Role in Penn State
Pa Town Hall: Toomey Statement on ‘Supercommittee’
Pa Town Hall: Integrity’s Ground Zero
CasablancaPA: Two Years Lost
Keystone Politics: Governor Norquist Doesn’t Like the House Impact Fee
Keystone Politics: Going Into Labor: The State of the Unions (Part III)
Pennsylvania Progessive: News & Notes November 21, 2011
2 Political Junkies: Tracing the Cash
2 Political Junkies: There are more of us
Houston Chronicle: The Super Committee fails
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: A Walk in the Park? Not at Housenick Park, Sez Comm’r Hudak

  • 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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