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12/14 Morning Buzz: Redistricting Roundup

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. At long last we have a new congressional map to look at, and it’s a work of art. Specifically, a Jackson Pollock painting.

Below is PoliticsPA’s special coverage of the redistricting plan, from soup to nuts. We’ve also created a special section of the Buzz to highlight redistricting stories from around the state and nation.

Pa’s New Congressional Maps: Here is the new Congressional map and the changes it will make pending approval by the majority Republican Pa. House, Pa. Senate and Governor Tom Corbett.

Altmire, Critz Gear Up for Primary Fight: Jason Altmire and Mark Critz will face off in a widely anticipated primary battle. PoliticsPA got reactions from them, as well as prospective GOP candidates Jim Christiana and Keith Rothfus.

Barletta Challenger Stays in: Bill Vinsko was one of Democrats’ top recruits for 2012, but in the new congressional map he doesn’t even live in Rep. Lou Barletta’s district. He vowed to stay in the race despite the redistricting setback.

Redistricting: What Comes Next: We have a draft of the new congressional districts. Here are the legislative and legal steps between now and it becoming the new, official map – including why it’s unlikely to be blocked in court.

Dems Decry GOP Gerrymandering: The current iteration of Pa-12, the one carved for Rep. Jack Murtha in 2001, is routinely cited as one of the most egregious examples of partisan gerrymandering in the nation. Republicans have outdone themselves with Rep. Pat Meehan’s new 7th district.

Other News:

Grading the #PaSociety Debate: Seven of the nine Republicans vying to face off against Bob Casey met in New York City this weekend, and here’s how they did.

Stollsteimer Won’t Challenge Meehan: Before the maps came out this week, Delaware County Democrat Jack Stollsteimer decided he won’t challenge freshman Rep. Pat Meehan in 2012. Instead, he has his eyes on Auditor General.

Obama Numbers Up; Casey Looking Good: Two polls send mixed signals about President Obama’s re-election hopes in Pennsylvania, and one is good news for Senator Casey.

AP: Big Changes In Pa.’s GOP-Drawn Congressional Map
Tribune-Review: New congressional map merges Critz and Altmire districts
Morning Call: Easton split from Lehigh Valley
Times-Tribune: Scranton, Wilkes-Barre out of Barletta’s district
PA Independent: New congressional map rife with gerrymandering
Politico: PA redistricting a coup for GOP
The Hill: Proposed Pa map seeks to shore up incumbents
Post Gazette: New Congressional maps released
Inquirer: Philly To Lose A State House Seat Under New District Map, While Chester County Gains One Seat
Post Gazette: State panel approves legislative redistricting map
Early Returns: Proposed Pa map
Early Returns: Kelly on redistricting, losing some of Erie
Early Returns: Dems complain about map
Early Returns: Critz: Will be “spirited campaign”
Go Erie: Erie County to be split under congressional redistricting
Somerset Daily American: Final redistricting plan approved with small changes in Somerset county
Post Gazette: New congressional maps released-Brittany H
Pocono Record: Monroe County Split Among Three State House Seats In Final Plan
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Congressional changes: Critz’s 12th and Altmire’s 4th to be merged
Beaver County Times: Beaver County in revamped 12th Congressional district
Observer-Reporter: Bog changes in Pa.’s GOP-drawn congressional map
Daily Courier: Challenge affects all 6 districts

USAToday: Resurgent Republicans close gap in key swing states
Washington Post: Sandusky backs out of hearing on sex abuse charges; Lawyer says alleged victims out of money
Delaware County Times: Sen. Casey Urges Multi-Year Deal For Building New Chinooks At Boeing
Washington Post: Facebook aims to help prevent suicides with crisis counselor ‘chat’ service
Washington Post: Pa. college: Sandusky worked with football team in 2010 even after failing background check
Washington Post: Pa. school district disagrees wtih $14M award for 2007 school bus crash that cost teen her leg
Washington Post: Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky arrives at courthouse to face accusers in child sex abuse case
AP, Washington Post: Quiet country town takes center stage for ex-Penn State coach in epic child sex abuse case
Washington Post: Has Team Romney lost its mind?
Washington Post: Campus Overload: Universities buy .xxx sites
AP, Washington Post: Lawyers for Penn St. administrators say pair don’t plan to waive preliminary hearing Friday
Washington Post: Sandusky attorney: Decision to waive hearing a tactical measure, not admission of guilt
RealClearPolitics: Santorum: Obama’s Objective Was To Take Over the Economy
NY Times: Trump Won’t Go Forward With Debate
Go Erie: Senate candidate Burns says he can distinguish himself from GOP field

AP: Gov. Corbett To Embark On European Trade Mission Next Spring
Capitol Ideas: State House Panel Approves Revamped Booze Bill
Philly Now: Critics Say Amended Voter ID Bill Still Disenfranchises Poor, Minorities, Seniors
Capitol Ideas: Report: Three of PA’s Largest Companies Tagged for Not Paying State Income Tax
PA Independent: PA lawmakers push hybrid plan for liquor privatization
PA Inependent: New PA House, Senate district maps win final approval
PA Independent: PA Senate panel softens voter ID requirement, moves proposal ahead
StateImpact: “How the EPA linked ‘fracking’ to contaminated well water”
StateImpact: “Wind-Farm Jobs Hinge on Tax Credit”
State Impact: Pa. Lawmaker Proposal Would Strip Feds of Water Regulation Authority in Allegheny National Forest
StateImpact: New Poll: Pennsylvanians Want a Drilling Tax, and Local Zone Control
StateImpact: Drill Bits: Ohio’s Fracking Earthquakes, Investors Know Risks, and More Small Pa. Towns Struggle with Zoning
Captiolwire: House approves abortion facilities legislation that could soon become state law
Capitolwire: Red light camera bills abound in Legislature, but more work must be done, says House GOP Transportation chairman
Capitolwire: House liquor panel reports out new re-vamped privatization bill
Capitolwire: Congressional redistricting negotiations center on Meehan and Lancaster County, source says
Capitolwire: Legislative panel approves final state House, Senate districts
Capitolwire: Bill to address PA’s more than $3 billion UC debt to feds moves to House floor

Daily News: Mayor Nutter Promises Wrap-ID Veto On Ad
WHYY Newsworks: SEPTA Could Be On Cutting Edge With So-Called ‘Open Fare’
Philly Clout: Foxwoods Casino Plan Not Dead, Investors Have Filed Appeal

Philly Suburbs
Inquirer: Montgomery County Commissioners Set Hearings On Budget, Grand-Jury Report
Intelligencer: Montgomery Commissioner Matthews Back On Job Following Arrest

Tribune-Review: House approves bill tightening regulations on abortion clinics
Tribune-Review: Some Pittsburgh city council aids get extra money in their paychecks
Tribune-Review: Judge proposes double tax bill plan for Allegheny County
Post Gazette: Legal effort begins to clear Occupiers from Mellon Green
Post Gazette: Reassessment decision appealed
Post Gazette: Upper St. Clair homeowners may see tax increase
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh housing authority unveils renovated senor home
Post Gazette: Last piece of Carrie Furnace puzzle in place

South Central
Public Opinion: Dairy farmers applaud board decision
Patriot News: Cumberland County to keep tax rate by dipping into reserves
Patriot News: Pinnacle Health to buy Harrisburg area imaging centers

Times Leader: Jury begins deliberations in rape trial
Times Tribune: Scranton, Wilkkesbarre, out of Barletta’s district
Times Tribune: Sandusky waives hearing on sex abuse charges
Times Tribune: Lackawanna county loses seat, gains a legislator
Times Tribune: City council says money available to restore firefighter positions
Citizens voice: Prison for former Pa. exec in fatal bone cement case
Wayne independent: Fritz mayor choice introduced
The daily review: Yow to host constituent outreach in Sullivan County
The daily review: Canton borough council meets in executive session

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Public gets first look at proposed medical charter school
Morning Call: Three seek Bethlehem school board vacancy
Reading Eagle: Critics blast police reduction proposal
Reading Eagle: City aims to strengthen home inspections
Express Times: Arts academy promises transparency
Express Times: Environmental group proposes that Bangor close Portland Generating Station

North by Northwest
Go Erie: Erie city council members question need, motivation for tax increase
Go Erie: Occupy protesters plan to remain in Erie Perry’s Square
Sun Gazette: Budget approved with no tax increase
Sun Gazette: South side Oks tax-free 2012 budget

Inquirer Editorial: Pipelines Need A Watchful Eye
Daily News Editorial: Dead Letters? Postal Service Struggles To Survive
Philly Now: Liquor Privatization Bill Approved in Committee – But There Are Problems
WHYY Newsworks: When Punishment Fits The Offense – City Ethics Board Gets It Right
Reading Eagle: Pay freeze for teachers is a positive sign
Patriot News: Remember Marcellus Shale?
USAToday: Shift from football won’t cure Penn State
NY Times: The Abu-Jamal Case
Post Gazette: Don’t be Scrooge: Congress should extend unemployment benefits

Commonwealth Foundation: The cost of PA’s education failures
Commonwealth Foundation: Gas drilling for PA’s farms, family and future
Jon Geeting: Worst congress ever
Jon Geeting: Charles Plosser likes 9% unemployment just fine
NEPArtisan: Redistricting: the Lackawanna report
PA watercooler: PA society in New York? Absolutely yes
Lu Lac political letter: 13 questions
PA progressive: State House voting to ban abortion
Keystone Politics: Why we need more lobbyists
John Hanger: Two electricity CEOs defend EPA air rules and blast WSJ

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • 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%)

    Total Voters: 231

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