12/13 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. It seems that today, finally, will be the day we get to see the revised congressional maps. Hallelujah!

New Pa. Maps: Meanwhile, the panel charged with redrawing the state districts wrapped up its work yesterday. The final product won a 4-1 vote, and made just a handful of noteworthy changes from the preliminary versions.

Congressional maps sticking point: Is Lancaster County, reports Capitolwire. The map is settled everywhere except the southeast, where Rep. Pitts and Republicans in that county don’t want to see to many of their voters given to Rep. Pat Meehan. Map-makers are hopeful that today’s hearing will go forward as scheduled.

Sandusky waives hearing: Condolences to all the Pa. and national reporters who trekked up to Centre County this morning. Jerry Sandusky promptly waived his scheduled hearing this morning.

Vernon Ends Senate Bid: Army Colonel Ret. John Vernon, of Tioga County, announced that he will suspend his campaign for the U.S. Senate on Monday evening.

Smith’s New Office: Tom Smith, the coal industry veteran and former Tea Party leader, is working to broaden his appeal in southeastern Pa. The Armstrong County native today announced that his campaign is opening a new office in Montgomery County, and bringing on Tom Stoner as SEPA Director.

Voter ID: The Pa. Senate passed Monday a bill to require photo ID to be shown at the polls, but amended to allow student and nursing home IDs to be acceptable.

Redistricting
WHYY Newsworks: Public Release Of Congressional Maps Delayed
Tribune Review: New state legislative districts win final approval
Early Returns: Congressional lines due today (not)
Early Returns: New maps due Tues; Pgh, Philly suburbs in play
Early Returns: State reapportionment maps OK’d
AP, Tribune Democrat: Panel approves final Pa. redistricting plan
Post Gazette:New maps due Tues; Pgh, Philly suburbs in play
Morning Call: Maps, maps, and more maps

National
Early Returns: Daily Santorum: Extolling Trump
Standard Speaker: Hold questions Anczarski death investigation
Tribune Review: Presidency could be in hands of women
Politico: Bell Rings on GOP slugfest
Politico: The GOP 2012 race: The week ahead
Politico: The return of Newt Skywalker
Politico: Poll: Little love for big gov
Politico: RNC pounces on ‘60 Minutes’
Politico: Poll: Congress ethically challenged
Roll Call: Johnson Gains Support on Eve of Conference Vote
Roll Call: Disclosure Rules Vary for Natural Resources Panel Witnesses
Roll Call: Emails Reveal Role of Boehner Aide, NRCC in Ohio Redistricting
Roll Call: A Flood of Jewish GOP Candidates
Roll Call: Democratic Consultant a Winner in Predicting Heisman Trophy
Roll Call: Website Seeks Robocall Revenge
Washington Post: SCOTUS inserts itself into 2012 election
Washington Post: Payroll tax vote tests Boehner again
Washington Post: House GOP unveils payroll tax plan
Washington Post: Obama’s New Focus on Democracy, Ham Rights
Washington Post: GOP ties payroll tax to Keystone pipeline
Washington Post: Joe Paterno hospitalized after breaking pelvis again in fall at home
Chicago Sun Times: Why Economy’s Gotten Worse Under Obama
Hill: 2012 Republican Lawmaker Endorsements for President
Hill: Large group of Senate Democrats seek to stop Postal Service cutbacks
USA Today: Real-time reports OK’d for Sandusky hearing
Caucus: Gingrich endorses ‘Marriage Pledge’
Caucus: Huntsman and Gingrich Square Off in Unmoderated Debate

Statewide
Bucks County Courier Times: Gas Drilling Protesters Rally Outside State Sen. Tomlinson’s Office
PA Senate GOP: Senate News Brief
Capitol Ideas: Monday Morning Coffee: Maps, Maps, Maps. And More Maps.
witf: Congressional ch-ch-ch changes
WHYY Newsworks: Bucks County Case Will Challenge Cap On Damage Awards Against Pa. Governments
Inquirer: State Working To Distribute $30 Million From Phila. Sheriff Sales
witf: Links: One day ‘til the prelim, voter ID, & Council’s appeal
State Impact: “New Study Calculated How Serious Fracking-Induced Earthquakes Can Be”
State Impact: Fran Drescher Joins Fracking Fray
State Impact: Chesapeake Official Disputes EPA’s Report on Pavilion, Wyo.
State Impact: Revelers Talk Shale At New York’s Pennsylvania Society
State Impact: Drill Bits: Getting Regulations Right, No Oversight for Rural Pipelines, and a New Offer to Dimock Families
Early Returns: Senate panel OKs Pa voter ID
WTAE: Pa. voter ID bill advances, with changes
Times Tribune: Casey pushes for more heating money
Morning Call: Corbett finding favor with Pennsylvanians
Pocono Record: Pa. House approves bill to limit abortion funding

Philly
Philly Clout: Ethics Board Fines Two Donna Reed Miller Staffers
Inquirer: Similar Pipes, Different Rules
Philly Now: Pennsylvania Anti-Sharia Bill Causes Stir with Interfaith Leaders

Philly Suburbs
Intelligencer: Breaking A Sweat May Save Bucks County Some Money

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Long Faces in Durban
Tribune Review: Occupy protesters ‘evict’ BNY Mellon from its own headquarters
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reassessments encounter more problems
Post-Gazette: Amended state voter ID bill moves forward
Post-Gazette: Occupy Pittsburgh campers refuse to accept paperwork
Post-Gazette: Judge opens Sandusky hearing to live updates from reporters
KDKA: BNY Mellon files injunction to send protesters packing

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: Councilman to take office despite arrests
Somerset Daily American: Berlin approves tax resolution, board leaders

South Central
Public Opinion: Council to discuss Mann’s replacement
Patriot News: Drop in donations to Harrisburg area non-profits
Lancaster Era: No tax hike expected in Eden

NEPA
Times Tribune: Lackawanna county loses house seat to monroe county
Times Tribune: Scranton School Board to hear from public this week on budget
Times Leader: State legislative plan passes 4-1
Citizens Voice: Quiet PA town center for Sandusky standoff
Citizens Voice: County budget includes road project funds
Standard Speaker: Region faces a long road in its return to full employment
Standard Speaker: Independent county council candidate outspends field

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bethlehem floats funeral escort fee
Morning Call: Quakertown holds taxes steady

North by Northwest
Go Erie: Senate candidate Burns campaign in Erie (video)

Opinion
Daylin Leach, Inquirer: The real reason for pushing the voer-ID plan in Pa.
Inquirer Editorial: Must Council Rule Land Use? Yes
Inquirer Editorial: Must Council Rule Land Use? No
Baer Growls: Former Governors & Future Mayors
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Society Aftershocks and Afterthoughts
John Baer, Daily News: Little News Makes Pa. Society A Snooze
Express Times: Campaign reform and term limits needed
AP: PSU Culture explained away Sandusky
NY Times: Getting Gas Drilling Right
Tribune Review: The Port Authority: The road ahead
NY Times: Will Congress Ban Corruption in Its Midst?
Washington Post: Erick Wemple: Fox’s inaccurate chart
Washington Post: 5 Myths About Ron Paul
Daily News Editorial: Plan B For Plan B: Obama Disappoints On Contraception
Politico: Give Postal Service time to re-invent
Politico: Connect with Latinos to win elections
Politico: Who is paying for political ads?

Blogs
NEPArtisan: Gingrich backs Obama for president
2 political junkies: Wow, Grover gets it wrong
Pennsylvania Progressive: GOP cant agree on Redistricting
Keystone Politics: When will the “Free Market” commonwealth foundation denounce PA’s fossil fuel subsidies
Keystone Politics: Ackerman crony caught giving out jobs to friends
John Hanger: Gas generation surpasses coal by 2020
Citizen’s call: Your turn to step up for your township
Citizen’s call: Montco board launches into uncharted territory with budget deadline approaching
Commonwealth Foundation: PLCB must end costly mission conflict
Commonwealth Foundation: Privatizing Liquor sales in PA
Lehigh Valley Independent: Nominating Robert Harver as Occupy Easton villain
Lehigh Valley Independent: Ben Bernanke’s cross of gold

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