11/28 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. We hope your holiday was cheerful and relaxing. President Obama and DNC are on the move in Pa. this week.

DNC Launches Anti-Romney Ad in Pa: The Democratic National Committee isn’t waiting for the outcome of the murky Republican presidential primary – the organization is taking direct aim at front runner Mitt Romney in a television ad that begins airing today.

Obama to Scranton Weds: The President will travel to Scranton – typically associated with VP Joe Biden, who hails from the Electric City –  to continue his public push for Congress to pass elements of his American Jobs Act.

Prospects Dim for Electoral College Plan: After Gov. Tom Corbett made it clear last week that he won’t be pushing for movement on a plan to reform Pennsylvania’s electoral college, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi responded via Facebook saying, he does “not believe there will be sufficient time to advance [the plan] this year.”

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

National
Philly Now: Santorum Offends Muslim Group, Grows Favor With Base
Politico: Toomey: Payroll tax cut extension could pass
Politico: Separated-at-birth video hits Bob Casey
The Hill: Toomey: GOP will try to reconfigure automatic spending cuts
Times Tribune: Obama headed for Scranton High
Concord Monitor: Santorum digs into health care debate
Pocono Record: Will Santorum ever get a turn?

Statewide
AP: Bill To Put ‘In God We Trust’ On Specialty License Plates Set For State Senate
The Intelligencer: Pay Raise Time In Harrisburg
State Impact: National Park Service Opposes New Power Lines in the Delaware Water Gap
State Impact: Luzerne County Residents Sued by Gas Company Settle Out in Court
State Impact: As New York State Debates New Drilling Rules, Energy Companies Ramp Up Spending on Ads and Lobbyists
Capitol Ideas: The Sunday Brunch: Don’t Call It A Comeback
Citizens Voice: Redistricting considered an insider’s game
Fox Philadelphia: Lawsuit Allowed To Go Forward Over Jim Thorpe’s Remains
Pennlive.com: Gov. Tom Corbett is clear about where he stands on gas drilling during visit to Hershey last week
Times-Tribune: PSU commentary opportunity, risk for Kane
The Tribune-Democrat: Pa. gov’t salaries going up
Citizens Voice: Carney could be planning comeback
Times Tribune: Sandusky charges bring focus on PA. sex crime laws
Pennlive.com: PA lawmakers unlikely to repeal law that awards automatic pay raises
Pennlive.com: PA attorney General’s office gives tips on how to avoid scams and fraud on cyber monday
Pennlive.com: PA bill that would create “In God We Trust” license plate approved by the house

Philly
Inquirer: Can Mayor Nutter And Likely City Council President Bury The Hatchet?
Inquirer: Occupy Philadelphia Being Evicted From City Hall
Philly Now: Mayor Nutter Cracks Down On Tax Delinquent Pensioners

Philly Burbs
Inquirer: Bucks, Facing Deficit, Eyes Austerity Budget For 2012
Bucks County Courier Times: Police Officers Pulled From The Polls On Election Day, Accused Of Electioneering
The Intelligencer: Color Montgomery County Yellow

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Poll: Pa residents still like JoePa
Tribune Review: Communities consider ‘green’ alternatives for runoff
Tribune Review: Young candidate gains valuable experience
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reassessment in final stages
Tribune Review: FDA to sue Oakmont dietary supplement maker
Post Gazette: County council GOP suggests borrowing to avoid tax hike
Post-Gazette: Too big for their britches
Tribune Review: Automatic adjustment raises average salary to just over $82,000

NEPA
Times Tribune: NEPA lawmakers’ office rent tops $600,000 annunally
Times Tribune: Scranton’s revised recovery plan calls for use of payments in lieu of taxes
Wayne Independent: House Redistricting comment deadline Wednesday
Wayne Independent: Wayne County Commissioners budgeting process statement
Standard Speaker: Region’s legislators’ yearly rent $650,000
Standard Speaker: Casey urges Congress to fund medical college
Go Lackawanna: Budget with hike passes, 2-1
Pocono Record: Will Santorum ever get a turn?
Times-Tribune: Obama headed for Scranton High
Times Leader: Tickets to Obama speech in Scranton available Monday
Citizens Voice: Council to whittle down field of county manager candidates
Standard Speaker: Casey urges Congress to fund medical college
Go Lackawanna: Council approves borrowing, balks at PEL plan
Pocono Record: New rules mean fewer inmates, lower costs at Monroe County Correctional Facility

South Central
LDN: “Tax” Time workshop scheduled in Lebanon

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Politics as Usual
WFMZ: Occupy Allentown Expands
WFMZ: Commissioners vote to change property tax process

Southwest
Daily American: PBS Coals offering up incentives for students
Altoona Mirror: Water authority considers meter investment
Tribune Review: Local defense industry worried
Observer Reporter: Commissioners pass smoke restrictions for County properties

Opinion
Inquirer Column: Even Politics Is Not Utterly Thankless
Bucks County Courier Times Editorial: A Hole Lot Of Deficit In Bucks County
Morning Call: Republicans Stall jobs

Blogs
PA Water Cooler: Fracking is Safe, Penn State is Incompetent, and the Sun Rises in the East
Centrist: State Sen. Gene Yaw alone on taking a 3 percent pay hike
Centrist: Pennsylvania state legislators to get pay raise on Dec. 1
Centrist: Obama Again Fails Energy Independence for America
Centrist: Fed Warns Unemployment May Double Great Depression
Casablanca PA: Even More Corbett Fakery
Keystone Politics: Going Into Labor: The State of the Unions Series
Keystone Politics: Nutter: Occupy Philly Must Un-Occupy By 5pm Sunday
Third and State: A $56 million Marcellus Oops, Fiscal Austerity and Why It’s Good to Be King
Pennsylvania Progressive: Tom Corbett’s Pants Afire
Pennsylvania Progressive: News & Notes November 25, 2011
2 Political Junkies: Miami Herald Political Cartoon: Occupy
Lu Lac Political Letter: Corbett’s Thanksgiving
Lu Lac Political Letter: Maybe I’m Amazed
Lu Lac Political Letter: Too Many Debates?- Al
Penn Patriot Blog: Three Percent Cost of Living Raises Simply Outrageous
Penn Patriot Blog: The Rise of Newt Gingrich
Gort42.com: Chris Carney for Congress
Broad and Pennsylvania: Beating Charlie Dent without the name candidate?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Dietrich Ordered to Produce Note Passed During Public Meeting

November 28th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments

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