11/3 Morning Buzz

Obama 2012President Obama’s campaign launched its ‘Young Americans for Obama’ effort Wednesday at the University of Pennsylvania.Schwartz v. Fattah? Republicans are tinkering with the idea of merging the Philadelphia-area districts of Reps. Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz says a legislative source close to the redistricting process. Their motive: to make life more difficult for Schwartz.

Judicial 2011: Republican Vic Stabile has criticized Democrat David Wecht for accepting a $300,000 check from the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association’s PAC.

Marcellus Shale: A Pa. House panel passed an impact fee that closely lines up with Gov. Corbett’s plan and the MSAC recommendations. It appears the law would supersede local drilling ordinances.

Montco Jewish Vote: Take a look at this interesting story about Montco’s sizable Jewish population and where those voters are leaning in this year’s election and next.

National
Pennsylvania Ave: Toomey votes against minibus spending
PR Newswire: Pennsylvania revenue department releases October collections
AP: USDA clears zoo after bison death
Iowa Times Republican: Santorum campaigns on faith
AP: Occupy Philly Protests At Comcast HQ

Statewide
Capitol Ideas: Redistricting: The Music Video
Capitol Ideas: Commonwealth Court Race Heats Up
Capitol Ideas: Wednesday Morning Coffee: House Panel To Take Up Corbett Impact Fee
State Impact: US Weights Fracking Rules for Wells, Water on Federal Land
State Impact: GOP-Backed Impact Fee Clears Committee Vote
State Impact: Colorado Draft Rules Seek More Information on Fracking Fluid
State Impact: Drill Bits: Tapping the Utica, British Protestors Shut Down Drill Site, and Gas Flows Through a New Pipeline in NEPA
Philly Now: State Rep. Proposes Resolution To Honor Joey Vento, Hype Anti-Immigration Bill But Was Referred Back To Committee
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Corbett and State Rep. DiGirolamo Battle Over Drug Office
Newsmax.com: Casey calls for HS computer courses directive
NorthcentralPA.com: Senator Yaw’s new district unveiled
Virtual-Strategy Magazine: PA Cyber Charter School Receives Middle States Accreditation
witf: House impact fee bill could nullify local drilling regulations
witf: Links: House advances impact fee bill, & some miffed at becoming part of the “whole” in Monroe County’s planned senate district
Bloomberg: Pennsylvania interviewing candidates for Harrisburg receiver
AP, Patriot News: Pa. House bill would allow gas drilling fees, establish regulations
Patriot News: PA Senate sends texting while driving bill to Corbett for enactment

Philly
Inquirer: Pa. Senate OKs ban on texting by drivers
Inquirer: City Commissioners’ Race, Usually Low Profile, Is Rife With Intrigue
Philly Weekly’s Election Guide
The Intelligencer: Top Pa. Judge Sues Lawyer Over Court Building Deal
Philly.com: city commissioner race, normally low profile, is rife with intrigue this time
Montgomery Media: Officials break ground for Venice island water facility

Philly Burbs
Bucks County Courier Times: DEP To Pay For Water Lines
Phillyburbs.com: Corbett, DiGirolamo battle over drug office

Pittsburgh
Post Gazette: Bill would set Pittsburgh debt policy
WTAE.com: Raja-Fitzgerald debate: Biggest issues in Allegheny County
Trib Live: DNC Chair raps GOP for scuttling jobs plan
Post Gazette: County Council delays vote on UPMC bonds
Early Returns: Raja: Fitz behavior erratic
Early Returns: House panel approves impact fee
Early Returns: Biden at Pitt Friday
Early Returns: Raja v. Fitz, round 2
Early Returns: Upper Branch Mine was a “powderkeg”
Post-Gazette: County executive hopefuls keep debate full of vitriol
Post-Gazette: Texting ban wins Pa. Senate approval
Tribune Review: Losses aside, W. Pa keeps power
Tribune Review: Occupy Pittsburgh members march peacefully through Oakland

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Staback plans factor in Monroe seat debate
Standard Speaker: New map reshapes 116th District
Pocono Record: Pa. house panel OKs shale fee on party lines
Pocono Record: Democrats widen voter registration gap in Monroe
Go Lackawanna: Democrats dont like shade of GOP plan
Daily Review: Pickett votes to send texting ban back to Senate
Times Leader: Governor tours jobs center in Drums
Times Leader: Griffith: Probe of Joyce data discrepancies sought
Times Tribune: Senate panel addresses court ruling
Times Tribune: Commissioners race fundraising way off from 2007
Times Tribune: Rep. Smith to hold senior fair

South Central
AP, Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. House panel OKs shale fee bill on party lines
Patriot News: Pennsylvania bill would crack down strongly on illegal immigrants
Patriot News: Pa. House member wants to put next year’s pay raise for House colleagues on hold
Patriot News: Passage of Safety in Youth Sports act earns plenty of applause
York Dispatch: 91 percent in York bar survey support retaining Blackwell as judge

North by Northwest
Campaign ‘11: Database updated to reflect Fairview changes
Centre Daily Times: Dozens call for local drilling ban
Sun Gazette: Permit for water withdraw facility denied

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bethlehem city council candidate under fire for website comments about Hispanics
Morning Call: What the statewide texting ban will mean
WFMZ: Reichley, McCarthy go toe-to-toe for Lehigh Co. court seat
Express Times: Two candidates vying to replace Ann McHale for Northampton County Council District 1
Express Times: Attendance, overdue taxes cast shadow on race for Northampton County Council District 3 seat

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: CAMPAIGN 2011: Two square off for county judge seat
Indiana Gazette: HOMER CITY: Budget calls for 1 mill tax increase
Indiana Gazette: CAMPAIGN 2011: County commissioners, sheriff, judges unopposed in election
Indiana Gazette: WEEKLY ONLINE POLL RESULT: Most readers plan to vote
Indiana Gazette: Red kettle campaign off to a good start
Daily American: Community fitness center coming to Ogle Township
Daily American: Shankville saves money by trimming bus routes
Daily American: District plan that moves Kasunic out of Somerset draws fire
Daily American: Lawmakers excited to represent Somerset County
wjactv: Johnston preliminary budget includes more firefighter layoffs
wjactv: Lawyer Challenges Advocacy Groups Proposed Drilling Ban
wjactv: Panel rejects school district’s tax plan
Tribune-Democrat: NEW- Flight 93 families seek money for 9/11 memorial
wtae: Vice President To Visit Pittsburgh This Week
Beaver County Times: Officials refute Head Start allegations
AP, Beaver County Times: Allegheny County Delays $335 million UPMC
Observer-Reporter: Political plan: incumbent vs. incumbent?
Observer-Reporter: Local youths approve of high-tech restriction
Observer-Reporter: Two face off for district attorney
Observer-Reporter: GOP aims to unseat incumbent coroner
Observer-Reporter: Responsibiltiy watchword in treasurer race

Opinion
Patriot News Editorial: New Piccola District is a Sham
Jeff Piccola, Patriot News: PSBA are hypocrite
Jim Cawley, Intelligencer: Paper should have endorsed Martin instead of Dems for Bucks Commissioner
Daily News: We make the case for Republican Council at large
Tribune-Review: Westmoreland commissioners: Anderson and Courtney
Reading Eagle: Judicial incumbents worth keeping, according to bar
Express Times: Harry Wyant for Phillipsburg mayor
Express Times: Sal Panto Jr right choice for Easton
Altoona Mirror: Pelosi position taxing
Altoona Mirror: Subsidies can delay progress
Patriot News: For the region’s health, dissolve city of Harrisburg
Patriot News: If North Dakota can do it, why can’t Pennsylvania?
Tribune-Democrat: Governor, secretary ignorant of agency’s impact
Beaver County Times: Can’t wait for next congressional election
Beaver County Times: Governor to blame
Post-Gazette: Tea partiers, occupiers bring fables to life
Standard Speaker: Study validates privatization of wine, liquor sales
Times Tribune: Eight appellate seats on ballot

Blogs
Citizens’ Call: Covey violated campaign pledge with cheap shot
John Hanger: Gas Prices For Northwest PA Fall 50% Thanks Mainly To Shale Gas
John Hanger: Stark Job Loss Data Warn PA Economic Policies Are Failing
Keystone Politics: Caption Contest For Corbett’s Creepy Costume
PA Progressive: Covey Continues to Violate Election Law
LuLac Political Letter: Write on Wednesday
2 Political Junkies: Of Course There’s No Right Wing Terrorism. Of Course Not.
NEPArtisan: Draft Chris Carney
NEPArtisan: NCAA To Pay Players? Does That Make Them Professionals?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Drug Rehab Near Becachi Faces Strong Opposition
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Stoffa: Salvesen Will Return Integrity and Honesty to Controller’s Office
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Following the Money in Norco Controller Race
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Should Judges Reibman and Ford Be Retained?
Pennbpc: House Bill Ends Local Zoning Authority Over Gas Drilling in Exchange for Tiny Drilling Fee
Pennsylvania Ave: Reps Dent and Schwartz on same side
Liberty Blog: Shapiro Richards: The Record- They Can’t Be Trusted With Money

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