12/1 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz. If the first part of the week was all about the U.S. Senate, yesterday was all about Pa. row offices. Two candidates announced, and a third scored a big endorsement.

Obama Pitches Tax Cuts in Scranton: The President advocated an extension of the payroll tax cut – something supported by most voters – during a speech in NEPA. The House later voted it down.

PSU Forum: Administrators and students at Penn State talked about the sex abuse scandal that has shaken the University during a town hall last night.

John Rafferty for Attorney General: State Senator Rafferty has the party support – and the built-in Republican advantage for the office – that make him a favorite in the 2012 race for Pa. Attorney General.

Duke for Auditor General: Chester County Treasurer Ann Duke officially entered the race for Auditor General today. She’s the sole announced GOP candidate so far.

Onorato Endorses DePasquale for Auditor: Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, as recently as a few weeks ago thought to be a contender for the office of Pennsylvania Auditor General, has thrown his support behind Pa. Rep. Eugene DePasquale (D-York).

Corbett in Negative Territory; Toomey About Even: To our elected officials, allow us to summarize the results of Public Policy Polling (PPP)’s recent series of polling in Pennsylvania: voters are just not that into you.

GOP Blasts Obama Scranton Visit, Casey by Proxy: Lambasting him as the “Campaigner in Chief,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told reporters that the President’s Scranton visit was indicative of a failure of leadership. Meanwhile, most Republicans agreed with Obama’s payroll tax policy.

National
Early Returns: Daily Santorum: Take Me Home To Mom
Early Returns: Obama tries to tie policy to values
Early Returns: Scranton Reax
Early Returns: On stanching the blue collar bleeding
Inquirer: Obama, In Scranton, Assails Tax Breaks For Billionaires
Philly Clout: RNC Slams Obama, Casey Ahead Of Scranton Visit
CNN: Republicans use Obama trip to highlight bad economy
MSNBC: Low in polls, Santorum scores NH endorsement
Washington Post: Pennsylvania becomes major battleground for Obama in 2012
Morning Call: Obama pitches payroll tax cut in Scranton

Statewide
Capitol Ideas: Rep. Mike Carroll Wants to Protect You From Alligators
witf: Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh rescinds memo urging principals to lobby for school vouchers
PA Independent: Rafferty first GOP candidate in state AG race; defends Corbett’s handling of Penn State investigation
PA Independent: Fewer employees doesn’t mean savings for distressed municipalities
State Impact: Another Delay for New York Fracking Regulations
State Impact: UGI Cutting Its Natural Gas Rates By 13 Percent
State Impact: Programming Note: State Impact On All Things Considered
State Impact: Another Wind Farm Under Construction in Somerset County
State Impact: House Science and Politics Mix- Or Don’t in Washington
State Impact: Drill Bits: More Pipelines, Save Our Water Deliveries and Coal v. Gas
WHYY Newsworks: State Files Appeal Challenging Suppression Of Evidence In Rep. Parker’s DUI Case
Commonwealth Confidential: State Sen. Rafferty Announces Bid For Attorney General
Bucks County Courier Times: Public’s Turn To Comment On Pa. Redistricting Ends
Philly Weekly: Anti-Fracking Advocates See Stalled DRBC Vote As Victory
Examiner.com: PA GOP Senate hopeful Welch (recent Obama/Sestak supp’r) gets nat’l att’n for ad
The Hill: Casey might get another GOP challenger in Pa.
Pennsylvania Weekly: Update: Bob Casey and Pat Toomey vote AGAINST Udall Amendment
Morning Call: House uncorks liquor privatization debate
WFMZ: Pa. Sen. John Rafferty announces run for attorney general
The Morning Call, Allentown: Dominic Pileggi mulling U.S. Senate run
AP, WFMJ: Retailers, Pa. auditor general slam liquor bill
Pocono Record: Retailers, PA Auditor General criticize GOP liquor privatization plan
Pocono Record: Attorney says Sandusky had dinner with alleged victims in recent years
Public Opinion Online: PA Game commission to test deer for chronic wasting disease
Pocono Record: Public’s turn to comment on PA redistricting ends
Pennlive.com: Sandusky’s attorney: One alleged victim may join defense
Pennlive.com: Liquor store privatization would cost PA money, says Auditor General
Pennlive.com: impact of the state budget cuts on education to be discussed
Pennlive.com: Commonwealth court to hold public hearing Thursday morning to Harrisburg receiver nominee

Philly
Inquirer: Ruling Could Effect Efforts To Change Philly DROP Program
Heard In The Hall: Singer To Chair City Commissioners

Philly Burbs
The Intelligencer: Montco Posts ‘Draconian’ 2012 Draft Budget
Delaware County Times: Democrat Who Lost County Council Election Nominates Himself For Vacant Seat

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Allegheny County construction work unfunded and unfinished
Post Gazette: Municipal officials contend with gas pipelines
Early Returns: Chester Co Treasurer in aud gen race
Early Returns: Rafferty to announce AG bid
Early Returns: Gleason welcomes Pileggi

NEPA
Times Leader: W-B faces possibility of borrowing up to $2.7M to pay flood tab
Times Leader: Barletta backs tax cut, rips Obama
Times Tribune: Scranton Council vows to reduce size of tax hike
Citizens Voice: LCCC trustee’s resignation to take effect day after contract vote
Citizens Voice: New DA plans to assemble transition committee
Standard Speaker: Powell will not report to prison today
Daily Review: Troy tentative budget has 1-million tax increase
Go Lackawanna: Obama talks tax cuts in Scranton

South Central
Sentinel: Grell, Delozier to co-host town hall meeting on education reform
Pennlive.com: Protest in Perry County will call for the resignation of treasurer elect mary reisinger
York Dispatch: York County lawmakers have plans for tax hike
York Dispatch: State Capitol Christmas tree from Dover township grower

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Students, administrators talk abuse at PSU
Pennsylvania Ave: Obama pitches payroll tax cut at Scranton
WFMZ: Commissioners vote to change property tax process
Express Times: Nazareth Area school district mourns death of longtime board member Thomas Maher
Express Times: Lehigh Valley Republican committee names new executive director
WFMZ: Councilwoman wants to keep firehouse open while study is done
WFMZ: County Treasurer announces campaign for Pa. Auditor General
Morning Call: Council recommends putting meat inspections online
Reading Eagle: Commissioners lobby to keep Yatron postal center

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: IUP interviews first candidate for president
Daily American: Central City to keep steady tax rate
Observer Reporter: Hearing planned on proposed strip mine

Opinion
Big Tent: Obama in Scranton Today to Flog Jobs Agenda
Heard in the Hall: Singer to chair city commissioners
Baer Growls: A Dom In DC?

Blogs
PA Water Cooler: Occupy Lancaster disrupts Pitts Town Hall
Centrist: Sen. John Rafferty aims for dream job: Pa. attorney general
Centrist: Chesco treasurer to run for PA auditor general
Centrist: Republican Debate Scorecard: “Who Gets the Highest (and Lowest) Grades For Debating Skills So Far?
Centrist: Majority of Seniors Postpone Doctor Visits Due to Financial Concerns
Centrist: National Report: Pennsylvania Ranks 27th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
Centrist: 2010 Census Shows 65 and Older Population Growing Faster Than Total US Population
Centrist: Editorial: Legislators get raise despite lack of results
CasablancaPA: “Many of them will be lying”
Keystone Politics: Police and Protesters Clash as Occupy Philadelphia is Ousted
Third and State: Morning Must Reads: Economic Austerity and School Lunch
Pennsylvania Progessive: November 30, 2011
Jon Geeting: Jackson Eaton Sends Us to David Frum
Jon Geeting: Feed Purge
Jon Geeting: Allentown Arena Traffic Doom Is Not Inevitable
Lu Lac Political Letter: Write On Wednesday Obama In Town
2 Political Junkies: How Can There Be A “Climate II” When There Was No Climategate I?
Sights on Pennsylvania: Barletta Rips Obama Campaign Visit
Sights on Pennsylvania: Rep. Tom Marino On President Obama’s Visit to Scranton, PA
Commonweal: Is Rick Santorum saintly or selfish?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Testimony Continues on Rehab Proposed Near Becahi
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Cusick Unveils Several Cuts to Soffa’s Budget
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: NorCo Corrections Wants Three Good Men… or Women
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Sheriff Randy Miller Wants Deputy at Wolf Building
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: McClure Begins Attending Committee Meetings
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Schlossberg, Guridy, Eyeing Mann Seat
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Mazziotti Wanted Swaption Resolved Last Year

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