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.

National
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

Statewide
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

Philly
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
phillyburbs.com: Cawley: Gas drilling guarantees job creation

Pittsburgh
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

Southwest
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

NEPA
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
Pennlive.com: Alleged Sandusky victim leaves school because of bullying
YDR.com: 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

Opinion
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
Patch.com: Op-ed: End bonuses for bailouts
Citizens Voice: Redistricting along partisan lines
The Sentinel: PSU scandal opens floodgates

Blogs
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

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