11/23 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the (abbreviated) Buzz. We hope you have a nice Thanksgiving planned, and that you’ve already arrived wherever it is you’re going. We’re grateful for you and all of our readers – thank you for making PoliticsPA part of your day.

We’ll be operating on a limited schedule today, and see you back on Monday.

Another Bad Poll for Obama: No one has to guess what the PA GOP is thankful for this holiday. Another poll, released Tuesday, shows President Barack Obama with upside down job approval ratings in Pennsylvania.

Casey Keeps Cool: The GOP primary for U.S. Senate is heating up, but Senator Bob Casey is doing what he does best: keeping cool. The first-term Democratic incumbent has the luxury of watching a crowded Republican primary from the sidelines. Meanwhile, he’s avoided the pitfalls of his predecessor Rick Santorum.

Corbett Takes Heat Over PSU: Appearing in front of numerous national television audiences, the freshman governor came across as a confident prosecutor committed to making things right at Penn State. Since then there has been a change of tone in the public sphere, and critics have begun to ask why Gov. Corbett why he didn’t do more to stop Sandusky himself.

Carville for Casey: Do yourself a favor and give $$ to Bob Casey, says James Carville.

Bucks GOPers Plead Guilty: On Friday, Register of Wills Barbara Reilly, who ran the office for more than three decades, and her second deputy Rebecca Kiefer pleaded guilty to forcing employees to do political work while having tax payers foot the bill.

National
Philly Now: Sen. Toomey On The Supercommittee Fail
The Weekly Standard: Toomey: Dems rejected compromise, demanded $1 trillion tax hike
ABC News: On the Iowa trail with Rick Santorum: A day with the GOP’s hardest working candidate

Statewide
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Opts For State-Run Health Insurance Exchange
Capitol Ideas: Lehigh Valley Activists Alan Jennings Quits State Planning Board, Tells Gov to “Keep Rome From Burning.”
Capitol Ideas: Tuesday Morning Coffee: Electoral College Bill Off Til Spring?
PA Independent: Delaware County legislative maps get scrutinized
PA Independent: Report calls state-related universities least transparent nationally
Go Lackawanna: Neither Obama nor any GOP candidates favorable in PA
State Impact: EPA Fines Luzerne County Battery Plant for Violating the Clean Water Act
State Impact: “US Utilities Risk Backlash, Says Report”
State Impact: The White House Will Determine What Comes Next, On DRBC Fracking Vote
State Impact: Texas Tries to Fend Off Pennsylvania’s Energy Push
Pennlive.com: PA Homeland Security office severed from PEMA, merged with state police, in intelligence reshuffle
Pennlive.com: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson asks court to force receiver to adopt her fiscal plan
Patriot News: Why don’t members of Congress share in the country’s economic pain?
Post-Gazette: Ex-state legislator joins race for Casey seat
Examiner.com: Ed Rendell criticizes Occupy, says return home
York Daily Record: GOP Pennsylvania electoral vote plan might be out of steam
Post-Gazette: Rohrer running for Casey’s U.S. Senate seat
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett defends cautious investigation into Sandusky allegations

Philly
AP: Occupy Philly Mulls Whether To Move
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia’s next power player

NEPA
Times Tribune: Scranton school district must cut almost $3 million from budget
Times Tribune: recovery plan unveiled, mayor calls unfair burden
Times Leader: Obama coming to Scranton
Citizens Voice: Scranton man charged with possession of child porn
Standard Speaker: Hazleton eyes %12 tax hike
Times News: No action on building plan
Times Leader: Marino touts balanced budget

South Central
Sentinel: South Middleton supervisors approve tentative 2012 budget
YDR.com: Bank refuses to help York borrow nearly $30 million because of its financial problems

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bid to reallocate electoral college vote delayed
Reading Eagle: Rohrer to seek U.S Senate seat
WFMZ: Ex Teacher accused of having sex with student on prom weekend

Opinion
Reading Eagle: Money a major obstacle to improving school lunches
Citizens Voice: Shameless political gerrymandering

Blogs
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: It Ain’t Just Joe Pa
PA Watercooler: Corbett’s Credibility Tanks Over His Role in Penn State Scandal
PA Town Hall: Transportation Study Misses the Bus
PA Town Hall: Unusually Quiet, S.C. Still Key for GOP
Lu Lac Political Letter: JFK- 48 Years On
Keystone Politics: Going Into Labor: The State of the Unions (Part IV)
Keystone Politics: Former FBI Chief to Lead Probe of PSU Sex Scandal
Keystone Politics: Corbett: Electoral College Change Not Happening
2 Political Junkies: Ron Paul’s Libertarian Patriarchy
Keystone Progress Blog: Pass real protections for insurance rate payers

November 23rd, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments