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11/29 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. Big news this morning – Pa. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi is considering a bid against Bob Casey. The story followed a busy Monday of U.S. Senate action.

Exclusive: Pileggi Considering U.S. Senate Bid: Pa. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi is considering a big against U.S. Senator Bob Casey, the Delaware County Republican told PoliticsPA Monday night.

Toomey Enters Veep-stakes: National Review columnist Jim Geraghty thinks Toomey distinguished himself on the supercommittee and would be “a boon to any ticket — especially a Romney one.” The columnist talked to several national GOP strategists who feel the same way.

Jennifer Mann to Retire: The Pa. Rep. announced Monday that she will not seek re-election to represent the Allentown-based 132nd district. The primary to replace her promises to be a free-for-all.

More Good-But-Not-Great Numbers for Casey: According to a survey from Public Policy Polling, 40 percent of Pennsylvanians approve of the freshman Democrat’s job performance while 34 percent disapprove.

Separated at Birth? From the good folks at Welch for Senate, a quirky web video exploring the “remarkable coincidences” and “bizarre similarities” between President Barack Obama and Senator Bob Casey.

Smith for Senate Endorsements: Tom Smith’s Senate campaign announced the support of Pa. Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and Pa. Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) Monday afternoon.

Paterno Poll: According to a survey from Public Policy Polling, most Pa. voters believe firing Paterno was the right decision in the wake of the University’s shocking sex abuse scandal – even though on the whole they still have a favorable opinion of him.

WHYY Newsworks: Sen. Casey Pushes To Close Social Security Loophole In Philly Basement Abuse Case
The Big Tent: Mockumentary: Casey And Obama Separated At Birth
WHYY Newsworks: U.S. Begins Penn State Investigation
National Review Online: Rick Santorum gives us a boost
Morning Call: Welch camp uses mockumentary to tie Casey to Obama
Morning Call: Obama to discuss payroll tax in Scranton
Morning Call: Dems hit Romney in TV ad airing in Pittsburgh
Politico: Pat Toomey: Dems had reason to fail

Capitol Ideas: Rep. Jennifer Mann, D- Lehigh, Will Not Run for Re-Election In 2012
Heard In The Hall: All In The Jewell Williams Family
Heard In The Hall: York County Voters To Fill Philadelphia Vacant State House Seat
Capitol Ideas: Monday Morning Coffee: A COLA And A Smile. Lawmakers, State Officials To Get Automatic Raises This Week
State Impact: EPA Chief Says Feds Won’t Let Fracking “Screw Up” Ground Water
State Impact: Corbett Says He’s Working to Keep Philadelphia Refineries Open
State Impact: Reviewing The Year’s Top Energy Stories
State Impact: Report May Have “Overstated” High Bromide Levels
State Impact: Environmental Group Says Limerick Nuclear Plant Needs New Safety Study
State Impact: Impact Fees Differ On Buffer Zones
State Impact: Drill Bits: Shale Gas Crush, Heating with Gas, and Hunting in Shale County
Essential Public Radio: Nine and counting? GOP contenders vie for Casey’s Senate seat
Centre Daily Times: Under Corbett, integrity is restored to welfare system
PA Independent: ‘Cyber Monday’ puts state online sales tax laws under spotlight
Times Tribune: Obama campaign will need PA where support has slipped since ‘08

ABC Philadelphia: City Council Debates School Prayer
Philadelphia Weekly: Daily Grinder: All’s Quiet at Dilworth Plaza

Early Returns: More good poll #s for Casey
Early Returns: Daily Santorum: Endorsement fever
Early Returns: On the middle class and politics
Early Returns: DNC hits Romney in swinging Pgh
Tribune Review: Two former employees sue SCI Pittsburgh for gender discrimination
Tribune Review: Judge orders UPMC and Highmark back to mediation

Times Leader: Marino’s records bill contentious
Times Tribune: Well setbacks issue with Marcellus impact bills
Citizens Voice: County jury commissioner to step down
Pocono Record: Rep. Barney Frank will not seek re-election in 2012

South Central
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Chambersburg borough council to review budget tonight State cuts and rising costs lead to Cumberland County library system spending down its reserves

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Jennifer Mann wont seek another term in the state house
Reading Eagle: DA honored for support of addiction programs
WFMZ: Feds will send money to repair storm damaged bridges, roads
Express Times: Southern Lehigh Valley superintendent Joseph Liberati dies

Indiana Gazette: Conservation officers spread out to make sure hunters stay on target
Observer Reporter: Washington County may soon host charter school

Philly Now: Do U.S. Representatives Support Turning U.S. Into Battleground? Watchful eye: Pa. Homeland Security office must be monitored
Big Tent: Mokymentary: Casey and Obama separated at birth?
Big Tent: DNC targets Mitt with TV ads in Pitt and other battlegrounds
Big Tent: Toomey for Veep?
John Baer, Daily News: Sunday Hunting Ban? You Bet!
Baer Growls: Hunting Helps the Hungry
Heard in the Hall: York County voters to fill Philadelphia House seat
Heard in the Hall: All in the Family
Daily Review: PA should resist urge to add more gambling PA Homeland security office must be monitored

Commonwealth Confidential: Lawmakers rake in more dough while sitting in tree stands
Young Philly Politics: The Philadelphia Police Department is Devoting Countless Resources to Protect Us From the Tyranny of Rambling 12 Hour Meetings
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Courts Waste No Time Replacing Lead Court Deputy Lance Wheeler
PA Town Hall: Obama Could Win, And Probably Won’t
PA Town Hall: County Tax Exemption Coming to an End?
PA Town Hall: Deer Season Half a Century Ago
PA Town Hall: Welfare Shouldn’t Pay for Abortions
Centrist: Pennsylvania Prosecutes 8 for Welfare Fraud
Centrist: Pennsylvania Pharmacy Council Announces Opposition to PBM Merger
Centrist: State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces December Highlights
Centrist: Obama campaigns on taxpayers’ dime
Centrist: Bob Casey & Barack Obama- Separated at Birth
Centrist: PA Legislators make double what their constituents bring home
Independent, Conservative, Common Sense Oasis: Negative Energy Produces Negative Results
New York Post: Obama’s keystone headache
Third and State: Morning Must Reads: Banks Profit From Secret Loans
Pennsylvania Progressive: Random Thoughts
Pennsylvania Progressive: Congress’ UnAmerican Detention Bill
Pennsylvania Progressive: Penn State Names Insider Panel to Investigate Scandal
Pennsylvania Progressive: News & Notes November 28, 2011
Pennsylvania Progressive: Police Fail to Evict Occupy Philly
Green Party of PA: Greens support Equal Benefits Bill
Jon Geeting: Low Government Density and High Population Density- Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together
Jon Geeting: How Not to Report on Pat Toomey
Jon Geeting: Tom Corbett: Dumbest Living Mammal
Jon Geeting: PA Republicans Love Newt Gingrich

  • 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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