11/7 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz. A hat tip this morning to the Harrisburg Patriot News, whose top-notch coverage of the Penn State sex scandal was among the top national stories this weekend.

Rohrer for Senate: Alex Roarty of the National Journal reports that the former Pa. Rep, and 2010 gubernatorial candidate has been hinting for months that he is on the verge of announcing his candidacy.

Redistricting Update: The AP takes a look at slow-to-develop congressional races, as would-be challengers bide their time until the maps come out.

Allegheny Exec: A poll by CivicScience of 1,307 Allegheny County voters suggests that 48 percent would vote for Fitzgerald and 30 percent would vote for Republican Raja.

Montco GOP Ad Buy: A source close to Republican Commissioner candidates Bruce Castor and Jenny Brown says the campaign made a surprise purchase of about $300,000 in air time for the duration of the campaign.

Ups & Downs: Find out who had a good week, who didn’t, and see who won at redistricting (spoiler alert: Republicans).

Vernon for Senate: John Vernon knows he has a steep climb to the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, but he suffers from no lack of energy. His campaign this week launched his first phase of his Jobs and Economic Plan, his “100 Businesses in 100 Days” tour.

Toomey Neutral: Sen. Pat Toomey is staying out of the intra-party struggle brewing in western Pennsylvania. The Senator’s office said that although he attended a fundraiser for Rep. Tim Murphy Thursday morning, he would not take sides in his upcoming primary.

National
The Big Tent: Obama To Visit Philadelphia Tuesday, November 8th
PhillyClout: Mitt Romney Gives Occupy Philly The Slip At Fundraiser
The Hill: Steny Hoyer To Campaign For Pa. Congressional Dems.
Tribune Review: Biden talks education, not jobs, in Pittsburgh
National Journal: DCCC Launching Radio Ads In 25 Congressional Districts
Post-Chronicle: Moderate House Dems A Vanishing Brand
Washington Post: The Appalachian Bubble
Bucks County Courier Times: Reps. Schwartz and Fitzpatrick Join Bipartisan Call For Increased Deficit Cuts
Maine Sunday Telegram: Rep. Altmire Signs Letter Calling For Congressional Pay Cut
NBC Philadelphia: Rep. Brady Saves Motorcycle Run In Philly
Tribune-Review: Green Groups Attack Rep. Altmire
Cumberland Times-News: Rep. Shuster Pushing Completion Of Route 219 Construction Project
Times-Leader: Rep. Marino Touts Local Pharmacies
WGAL: Sen. Casey Wants Investigation Into Power Utilities For Not Restoring Power Quickly

Statewide
Inquirer: Democrats Call State Sen. Greenleaf’s Presidential Bid A Ploy To Help Son’s Montco Candidacy
Tribune-Review: Turnpike Patronage A Melting Pot Of Diversity
CBS Youngstown, Ohio: Lawrence County Casino Gets OK For Racing License
Post-Gazette: Statewide Marcellus Control Bill Criticized As Intrusive
Post-Gazette: Gov. Corbett Avoids Spotlight On Shale Bill
AP, The Times Leader: Unopposed, well-funded
CBS Philly: PA Farmers head to Harrisburg to speak out against extending hunting days
Newsworks: Congressional Joint committee fails to agree on budget cuts
Newsworks: PA begins assembling long term strategy for aging population
Phillyburbs.com: Gas exploration fuels economy, but also divisions

Philly
Inquirer: Union Boss Working His Plan For Council
WHYY Newsworks: Dougherty Attack – A New Era In Philadelphia Politics?
Heard In The Hall: DROP Allegation A Stretch
Heard In The Hall: Let The Ballot Games Begin
Inquirer: Marcus Hook Picnic has a pitch for buyers of 3 refineries
Inquirer: Pa’s turn to adopt false-claims act
Philly.com: Occupy Philly protests fund raiser for Romney
Philly.com: Mitt Romney gives Occupy Philly the slip at fundraiser
Phillynow.com: Say goodbye to the city-ban on cell phone use while driving
Phillynow.com: Toomey helps block bill which would fix Philly’s deficient bridges, create jobs
Philadephia Weekly: PW’s Election guide to the city council, commissioner and sheriff races
Newsworks: Local officials, business leaders at odds over Pa. control of natural gas industry

Philly Burbs
Inquirer: Spending in Montco commissioner race dwarfs other counties
Lower Moreland Patch: Three Questions: Josh Shapiro & Leslie Richards
Times Herald: Some residents aloof to election, undecided on vote
Times Herald: All systems are a go for Montgomery County commissioner general election
Glenside News Globe Times Chronicle: VIDEO: Couple brings campaign against distracted driving to Penn State Abington
Intelligencer: $4 trillion a more meaningful debt target
The Mercury: Eight candidates vie for five seats on Pottstown school board
The Mercury: Montco bookkeeper admits to stealing 3.2 million
The Mercury: Write-in candidate brings contested race to L.Pottsgrove
Phillyburbs.com: Philly mayor facing underdog in bid for 2nd term
Phillyburbs.com: Redrawing PA.’s US House districts chills races
Daily Times: Delco refinery workers fighting for their jobs
Daily Times: Delco Democrats, Republicans hoping to get voters out
Daily Times: Democrats take aim in Chester Township
Montgomery Media: Occupy Norristown holds peaceful protests at courthouse
Bucks Local News: Upper Makefield supervisors approve 2012 budget with $33 average decrease in property taxes

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Parks expert: City’s industrial sties ripe for transformations
Tribune-Review: Disgraced state senator: ‘I will repay all these (expletive) some day
Tribune-Review: Senior volunteers earning tax credits by helping out in schools
Tribune-Review: Municipalities turn to new powers against unkempt properties
Tribune-Review: Mandatory projects will increase sewer bills across Pittsburgh region
Post-Gazette: Candidates wrap up campaigns
Post-Gazette: Landlords not billed by city as agreed
Post-Gazette: When help finally stops: Most unemployed no longer receive jobless benefits
Post Gazette: Corzine resignation caps whirlwind week
Post-Gazette: Time to vote: A recap of Post-Gazette endorsements for Nov. 8
Post Gazette: The key issue: Voting for school board members
CBS: Ballot Whisper Campaign Seeks Police Prosecution
CBS: Vice President Talks Student Loans, Religion At Pitt
CBS: Some Pitt Students Positive About Federal Student Loan Cap

NEPA
Times Tribune: Low-key election belies stakes on Tuesday
Times Tribune: Many twists in impact fee debate
The Times Leader: Voter’s choice of new body historic
Citizens Voice: Voters face ballot fatigue at the polls
Citizens Voice: Nanticoke, Plymouth Twp. ready for home rule votes
Citizen’s Voice: Harveys Lake, Rice Twp. races top local contests
Standard Speaker: District court study could lead to cutbacks
Standard Speaker: Election may not decide Tamaqua council’s make-up
Standard Speaker: Change guaranteed for Schuylkill commissioners
Daily Review: Candidate for Towanda Borough Council states his views
Daily Review: State, county, and local positions on Tuesday’s ballot
Go Lackawanna: Commish candidates get their say

South Central
York Daily Record: Texting-while-driving bill was a long journey for supporters
Lancaster Era: Kennel controversy draws howls from activists
Lancaster Era: Hunters wear orange, hikers don’t have to

North by Northwest
Erie Times News: Nonprofit plans analysis of downtown Erie
Courier Express: Brockway may not see tax increase
Centre Daily Times: Sandusky arrested, Curley and Shultz charged

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Amazon workers left out in the cold
Morning Call: Forks Township manager to resign
Morning Call: No tax hike in Upper Macungie
Reading Eagle: Contributions to local candidates

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: Government in Action
Indiana Gazette: Group: Reed-bakced bill will prohibit local drilling oversight
Indiana Gazette: CAMPAIGN 2011: Race for district attorney heats up as vote nears
Indiana Gazette: CAMPAIGN 2011: Two running write-in campaigns for Blairsville-Saltsburg school board
Indiana Gazette: CAMPAIGN 2011: Seven seats up for grabs in Purchase Line school board
Indiana Gazette: UNITED: School board approves renovation at elementary school
Indiana Gazette: CAMPAIGN 2011: Marion Center school board/see candidate profiles
Altoona Mirror: Bedford district, official at odds over tax reassessment
Altoona Mirror: Wind farm getting $3.2 million grant
wjactv: Funding Still Needed For Flight 93 Memorial
wjactv: Two county emergency departments merge
Tribune-Democrat: Vying for Voters: Commissioner races could drive up region’s turnout
Tribune-Democrat: U.S. boosts Cambria: Federal money flows into county
Tribune-Democrat: District judge is calling it quits after 26 years
Tribune-Democrat: School district, nonprofit team up on green project
Times Online: Crime rate rising in Beaver County, falling in state
Oberserver-Reporter: PT drilling referendum may be a first in U.S.
Observer-Reporter: City and borough share vision for future
Observer-Reporter: Several candidates unopposed in election
Oberserver-Reporter: Veterans vs. challengers in City Council race
Oberserver-Reporter: More than 100 Occupy Pittsburgh protesters march

Opinion
Times Herald: Shapiro responds to Tea Party claims
Times Herald: Who put political election signs at St Philip Neri Roman Catholic?
Indiana Gazette: Tough call goes to Tom Bianco
Indiana Gazette: Elect Dougherety district attorney
Indiana Gazette: Retain Judge Martin
Altoona Mirror: Texting ban needs more work
Altoona Mirror: State financial struggles ongoing
Tribune-Democrat: Exercise your right to vote
Observer-Reporter: May new mayor build on progress
Tribune-Review: The real American dream
Tribune-Review: The bipartisan case for an infrastructure bank
Tribune-Review: ‘Buy American’? Think again
Tribune Review: H&D’s Toxic Brand
The Times Leader: Today’s campaign taps into old fears
The Times Leader: Do the research, then head to polls
Citizens Voice: Severance tax, not impact fee, is fair way to proceed
Standard Speaker: Voucher bill gives some a choice
Daily Review: Daryl Miller, Republican: Leading our county forward in a positive manner
Daily Review: Doug McLinko: Republican: Proud to serve Bedford county and its residents
Daily Review: Mark Smith: Democrat: Meeting the challenges of county government
Daily Review: Gene Osmun: Democrat: I want to work for you as county commissioner

Blogs
Liberty Blog: 8 November: County Tax Increase- Mathews Hoeffel $42 Million Dollar Deficit
Save Ardmore Coalition: Politicking at the Expense of Local Non-Profits
Northcentral.com: Tom Marino: Jobless Situation Proof Obama Policies Are Not Working
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Parsons promises tax hikes for Gracedale, open space, bi-county health, county parks, etc., etc.
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Grammes’ family supports McCarthy for judge
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: The wicked witch of West Easton is melting
NEPArtisan: Saving Lackawanna county: Privatizing the prison won’t cut it
2 Political Junkies: The Trib, the towel, and the bus
2 Political Junkies: Let’s shout this whisper
Lu-Lac Political Letter: The D.A.’s race
Pennsylvania Progressive: Romney protested in Philadelphia
Keystone Politics: Do Corbett’s zoning changes go far enough?
Citizen’s Call: Political Profile: Democrat Dan Norris running for ward five commissioner
Citizen’s Call: Political Profile: Republican Mark Sirinides running for ward five commissioner

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