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11/4 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. Welcome (back) to PA, Joe Biden and Mitt Romney. They’re in Pittsburgh and Philly, respectively. And don’t forget to check back later today for PoliticsPA’s Ups & Downs.

Top 20 Pa. House Redistricting Winners and Losers. Here are the State Reps most helped, and most hurt, by the preliminary redistricting plan.

Romney in Philly: Mitt Romney’s high-power Pa. fundraising team will open the doors for the presidential hopeful at a $10,000-per-plate dinner this evening at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia. Critics of the former Massachusetts Governor are preparing a different kind of welcome.

Speaking of Redistricting: Here’s a list of the municipalities in every preliminary Pa. House and Senate district.

Enviros v. Altmire: The League of Conservation Voters and the National Resources Defense Council Action Fund plan to spend $350,000 on an ad indicting Rep. Jason Altmire’s environmental voting record, the groups announced Thursday.

Obama Loses to Nobody: We mean that headline literally. According to a Franklin & Marshall poll released Thursday, President Obama holds a significant lead over each of his Republican opponents but by himself has upside-down re-election numbers.

Judicial 2011: Anne Covey and Vic Stabile are both on TV, but Covey’s negative ad is drawing rebuke from Democrats.

Allegheny Exec: The Allegheny Executive campaigns unveiled their closing arguments this week, and both of them are about Rick Fitzgerald.

National
MSNBC: Santorum hits all Iowa counties
WITN: Casey to examine gender pay gap
Morning Call: Toomey threat results in smooth sailing
Morning Call: Toomey urged to save funding for HeadStart
Citizen’s Voice: Obama leads GOP contenders in PA

Statewide
PA Independent: Teacher evaluation changes could consider student performance
Heard In The Hall: Is Fumo Still In Charge Of His PAC?
Capitol Ideas: Thursday Morning Coffee: The Thursday Five (Marcellus Shale Edition)
State Impact: EPA Plans Probe of Fracking Pennsylvania
State Impact: Drill Bits: Dems Unhappy with New Shale Bill, More Proof of Fracking Earthquake and Mysterious Environmental Fears
State Impact: Midnight Pennsylvania Explosion Fuels New Marcellus Shale Safety Concerns
Commonwealth Confidential: Capitol Scuffle Over Effort To Honor Philly’s “English Only” Cheesesteak King
Morning Call: Sen. Pat Toomey’s ploy raises questions
Pennlive.com: D.C funding woes could delay federal courthouse in Harrisburg
Market Watch: Congressman Fattah Announces $3.6 million in New Technology grants to improve access for legal assistance
Beaver County Times: Poll: Obama not winning over Pa, beating GOP foes
AP, Patriot News: Poll: Pennsylvanians aren’t pleased with their lawmakers
In the Loop: House bores into Obama African troops plan
The Hill: immigration Bill splits House GOP
Lancasteronline: Franklin and Marshall college poll takes on state issues
The Mercury: PA. Senator signs up for New Hampshire Presidential Primary

Philly
Heard In The Hall: Dougherty And The Council Race
Philly.com: Letter to debt panel opens door on revenue

Philly Burbs
Intelligencer: Bucks County To Borrow $75 Million at 2.74%
Montgomeryville- Landsdale Patch: County Ballot: Who’s Who?, Part II
The Intelligencer’s Guide To The Election
Bucks County Courier Times: Campaign Signs Stir Controversy In Newtown
Delaware County Times: GOP Delaware County Council Candidates Detail Economic Plan

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: House panel OKs drilling rules
Tribune-Review: Vice president will pitch jobs bill at Pitt
Tribune-Review: GOP lawmakers target competition for rare earths
Tribune-Review: Johnstown man new U.S. marshal for Western Pa.
Post-Gazette: House panel OKs drilling rules
Tribune-Review: Raja faults Fitzgerald for temper
Post-Gazette: State aims to collect taxes from online shoppers
Post-Gazette: What people on Facebook are saying about reporting taxable online buying
Post-Gazette: Texting ban depends on public awareness
Post-Gazette: Bad economy a good time for more young people to vote for a better future
The Hill: Environmental groups slam Dem Altmire in ad

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County budget to require ‘substantial’ tax increase
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioner candidates square off
Citizens Voice: Poll: Obama leads GOP contenders in Pa.
Standard Speaker: Visiting the area, Corbett calls for education reform
Daily Review: County impact fee gets boost
Pocono Record: Pa. legislator wants utilities to compensate customers for outages
Pocono Record: State helps Scranton delay paying millions in back pay to unions
Pocono Record: Erie councilman’s Social Security trial delayed
Pocono Record: Monroe County commissioners appeal to Harrisburg to redraw House map
Pocono Record: Monroe’s Senate district isn’t applauded in Northampton County
Pocono Record: Pike commissioner candidates on spending binge
Go Lackawanna: Cordaro’s new attorney emerges
Go Lackawanna: Dems fuming over redistricting
Go Lackawanna: Praise from the governor

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: North Middleton supervisors approve preliminary 2012 budget
Carlisle Sentinel: Bloom to convene county ag summit
AP, Carlisle Sentinel: Corruption trial jurors head home, no verdict yet
Patriot News: Harrisburg City Council majority blasts Sen. Piccola, Republican lawmakers, for redistricting proposal
Patriot News: Second bill on sex offenders would be more practical, Pa. House leaders say
Patriot News: State issues emergency financial plan for Harrisburg
Patriot News: Proposed redistricting of legislative districts in Cumberland county doesn’t make sense, commissioners say
Patriot News: Is it possible for Sen. Jeff Piccola to serve all five counties in the proposed redistricting?
York Dispatch: Democrats to state officials: oppose voter ID laws
AP, York Dispatch:
AP: State Orders Fee Increases, Layoffs In Harrisburg

North by Northwest
Erie Times News: Ballot question won’t cloud local race
Erie Times: DEP secretary, in Erie, calls Marcellus Shale ‘a blessing under our feet’
Courier Express: DuBois school board accepts resignations
Centre Daily Times: Pipe says it’s time for a new approach
Sun Gazette: Local reapportionment changes

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Election could affect North Whitehall manager plans
WFMZ: Council candidate accused of racist comments, posting elicit
Express Times: Phillipsburg Town Council Bernie Fey Jr lambasts peer Todd Tersigni over Phillipsburg mayoral campaign

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: CAMPAIGN 2011: Few races contested on municipal ballots
Indiana Gazette: INDIANA: School board votes to advance roof work
Indiana Gazette: CAMPAIGN 2011: Burrell Township election card complex
Indiana Gazette: Poverty hits record, census finds
Indiana Gazette: Action on road funding expected
Indiana Gazette: House panel OKs shale fee bill along party lines
Altoona Mirror: Small-city lawmakers band together
Altoona Mirror: Bedford district, official at odds over tax reassessment
wtae: Postal Service to Close Mail Centers, Reduce Delivery
Times Online: EPA to probe has drilling’s toll on drinking water
AP, Times Online: Cain often blames irreverent humor for missteps
Times Online: House redistricting could bring big changes
Observer Reporter: Preliminary Washington budget holds line on taxes
Observer-Reporter: Poll: Obama not winning over Pa., beating GOP foes
Observer-Reporter: More than 100 Occupy Pittsburgh protesters march
Observer-Reporter: Some candidates running on empty

Opinion
Altoona Mirror: State financial struggles ongoing
Altoona Mirror: Pelosi position taxing
Tribune-Democrat: Thumbs up to banning texting for all drivers
Tribune-Democrat: Glimmer of hope for Route 219: Push is on to alter federal funding avenues
Baer Growls: Lawmakers’ Pay
Times Online: We no longer have Democracy
Times Online: When is the right time to raise taxes?
Observer-Reporter: Two great choices for district attorney
Observer-Reporter: Raising the roof
Observer-Reporter: Vouchers bill’s fate unknown
Morning Call: Stabile, Covey worthy of state judicial votes
Express Times: Pennsylvania’s texting-while-driving ban doesn’t go far enough
Go Erie: Education reform needs bipartisan support
Patriot News: Fegley would bring fairness to district judgeship

Blogs
Citizen’s Call: Political Profile: Ward Three Candidate For Commissioner Melanie Vallerio
Citizens Call: Political Profile: Ward Three Incumbent Candidate For Commissioner Harvey Portner
John Hanger: EPA Issues Final Hydraulic Fracturing Study Plan
John Hanger: One- Stop Shop For Studies Debunking Howarth
John Hanger: Gas Drilling Tax In The Sausage Factory: An Update
Keystone Politics: Democrats Deny Republicans Bipartisan Cover for Gas
PA Progessive: Republicans In Congress To Rest Of The United States of America: F*CK YOU!
LuLac Political Letter: Edition 1820
2 Political Junkies: Occupy Pittsburgh Update
NEPArtisan: Nathan Barret for Scranton School Director
NEPArtisan: Dictator Billionaire Mayor of NYC Bloomberg Says Banks Not At Fault
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Where to Look at Campaign Finance Reports
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: A Hardcore Dem’s Take on Angle, Parsons, Barron, Salvesen
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: NorCo Dems Snub Tea Party Debate
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Dent: Palestine’s Membership in UNESCO Premature

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    • 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%)

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