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12/16 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. Don’t forget to check PoliticsPA later today for our Ups & Downs: Redistricting edition.

Critz Endorsements: The Critz camp rolled out 33 endorsements yesterday, including former AFL-CIO President Bill George of Beaver County. Most are from Cambria County. He and Jason Altmire each has begun his primary effort.

Piccola’s Open Seat: Dauphin GOP Chair John McNally announced for the 15th district Thursday, while others think Pa. Rep. Ron Marsico has the inside track. Update: 2010 LG candidate Steve Johnson is also in the mix.

Vogel Do-Over: Yesterday, when Sen. Elder Vogel switched from no to yes on the congressional redistricting map (thus avoiding a 25-25 tie), PoliticsPA chalked it up to last-second vote whipping by the Senate GOP. Turns out the initial vote was just a whoopsie, reports the Beaver Co Times.

Democratic Setback: Politico’s (former) Dan Hirschhorn takes a look at how the congressional map is going to make it tough for Democrats to make much progress in Pa. in 2012.

Pa. Labor Groups Oppose Obama: Conservatives aren’t the only ones opposed to the multi-state foreclosure settlement the Obama Administration and attorneys general nationwide are pushing. Wednesday, Pennsylvanians for a Fair Settlement, a major community Labor coalition, launched in opposition of the de facto foreclosure plan.

NRCC Hits Altmire & Critz: They don’t just have each other to worry about. This week the NRCC attacked Jason Altmire and Mark Critz over a controversial oil pipeline.

PA Independent: Redistricting plan flies through four votes in 24 hours
PA Independent: UPDATED: PA Lawmakers say redistricting process unfair, seek changes
PA Independent: UPDATED: State Senate approves congressional redistricting plan
Inquirer: Game of Congressional Redistricting Drawing To A Close
Express Times: Lehigh Valley draws heat
Delaware County Times: Dems Criticize New 7th Congressional District
Intelligencer: GOP Redistrict Plan: Keeps Bucks, Carves Montco
Capitolwire: House panel moves redistricting proposal amid Democratic criticism
Post-Gazette: New Pa. district to enter big congressional race in 2012
Early Returns: Thursday: even more redistricting
Early Returns: Critz endorsed by labor leader, others
Early Returns: PA12 heavily old Altmire district
Observer-Reporter: Commissioner: New congressional map is ‘ugly’
Sun Gazette: Plan alters district for region’s congressmen

Politico: Supreme Court to mess with Texas
Politico: Tea Party trouble for Murphy?
Politico: Snyder mulls Va. lt. governor bid
Roll Call: Between the Lines: New Pa. Map Means Winners and Losers
Fox Philadelphia: U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s Daughter To Sing National Anthem For The Sixers
Washington Post: Lawyers for 2 Penn St. officials say they’re eager to challenge perjury, other charges
NY Times: Final Debate of 2011 Poses Danger for Hopefuls
NY Daily News: Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer Joe Amendola scrambles on defense of former Penn State coordinator
NY Post: Penn St. deal nix
ABA Journal: Sandusky Lawyer Cites Differing Reasons for Hearing Waiver, Refers By Mistake to Gay Sex Line
Washington Post: Santorum fundraisers off Gingrich takedown
Washington Post: Afternoon Fix: Pro-Santorum super PAC launches $200k Iowa ad buy
Huffington Post: Rick Santorum Pleads with anti-abortion Iowans to vote for him
CNN: Santorum goes up with first paid ad
Catholic Online: Time to Send for Santorum: Could the Candidate Left in the Field be Chosen?
ThinkProgress: Rick Santorum Rejects Obamacare’s Success at ‘Pro-Life’ Event
Washington Examiner: Santorum gets key Iowa Tea Party endorsement
Think Progress: Santorum Refuses to Support Gingrich’s Proposal to Drug-Test Everyone On Food Stamps or Unemployment Insurance
Get Religion: Is candidate Rick Santorum an “evangelist”
Early Returns: Daily Santorum: Up on the air
Sun Gazette: Toomey staff to hold casework day in city

Capitol Ideas: Corbett Administration Court Democrats On Capitol Budget
Capitol Ideas: PA’s Unemployment Rate Dropped In November
Capitol Ideas: Dent Fires Back After Boscola Accuses Him Of Selling Out the LV
Capitol Ideas: Thursday Morning Coffee: Have You Met Our Friend Jerry Mander?
witf: Links: School vouchers foiled, Shale stalled, and a 3-headed dog
StateImpact: Pennsylvania’s Top Drilling Hot Spots
StateImpact: Report: Shale Could Create 1 Million Jobs Over Coming Decade
StateImpact: EOG Pays $93,000 Fine For Polluting Trout Stream
StateImpact: Time Calls Fracking The “Biggest Environmental Issue” of 2011
StateImpact: No Impact Fee in 2011- Measure Likely Headed to Conference Committee in January
StateImpact: API Spends $1.9M in 3Q to Lobby on Fracking, and Other Regulations
StateImpact: Drill Bits: Local Zoning Battles, Impact Fee Stalled, and Charging Up on the Turnpike
AP: Flurry of Action in Harrisburg
Philly Now: Pa’s Backward Expert-Witness Law Creates Advantage For Jerry Sandusky
AP: Pa. Lawmakers Approve Child-Abuse Task Force
Capitolwire: House rejects charter school reform, EITC expansion amendment
Capitolwire: Senate moves GOP drawn congressional redistricting plan to the House
Times Leader: State unemployment rate falls
Daily Review: House panel opens up doors for privatized liquor sales
AP, Tribune Review: House GOP unveils late-night surprise charter-school reform plan
Tribune Review: Corbett’s tuition voucher, drilling impact fee efforts stalled
Early Returns: Harrisburg mayor’s financial woes
AP, Altoona Mirror: Legislature makes push ahead of holiday break

Philly Clout: Today Is The Last Council Session For Six Members
Heard In The Hall: New Council President Is Buying
Philly Clout: City Gets $10 Million Grant For Transit Improvements

Philly Suburbs
WHYY Newsworks: Two More Montgomery County Officials Will Lose Their Job
Intelligencer: Montco Will Begin Review Of Grand Jury Report

Post-Gazette: Bills on budget, banks, fuel, ads constitute lengthy council session
Post-Gazette: Course on local government helps new leaders lead

Indiana Gazette: Indiance county: Commissioners approve deal with labor union
Altoona Mirror: Altoona passes 2012 budget
Beaver County Times: Whoops! Vogel had to change mistaken vote
Observer-Reporter: Commissioners to adopt budget with no tax jump

South Central
Evening Sun: Nativity scene could make Gettysburg a target
Sentinel: Cumberland County receives grant money
Patriot News: Dauphin County tax collection change approved
Patriot News: Harrisburg mayor pays late taxes and mortgage
Lancaster Era: Local farm enrolled in agriculture preservation program

Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre city council president taken to hospital from meeting
Times Tribune: Scranton City Council budget may be short $3 million
Times Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners ground airport authority plan
Citizens Voice: Lackawanna county will pay nearly $1 million to settle prison stomping case
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre area loses its student teachers

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Musikfest founder plans his replacement
Morning Call: Allentown unveils $50 million office complex
Reading Eagle: St. Joseph announces $2 million in grants
Express Times: Boscola rips Charlie Dent

North by Northwest
Go Erie: Erie county congressional split nears House vote
Centre Daily:County, municipalities pick up tab for Sandusky hearing
Sun Gazette: New district chiefs call education an exciting endeavor
Sun Gazette: Woodward Township budget passed without tax hike

NY Times: Mitt’s Zest for Zings
Intelligencer Editorial: New Congressional District Map Has GOP Written All Over It
Express Times: Why break up the Lehigh Valley
Intelligencer Editorial: Montco Commissioners Need To Clean House
Baer Growls: Ho, Ho, Ho!
Times Leader: Too many perks in tough times
Daily Review: Our rights are covered
Observer-Reporter: Redistricting 2011: mischief continues

Commonwealth Foundation: Privatizing liquor sales in PA
Jon Geeting: Solar industry has its largest quarter in US history
Jon Geeting: Time for Sal Panto to sack Glendon
NEPArtisan: PA worst state in 2011? A redistricting update and cry for help
NEPArtisan: Santorum goes from sad to desperate
2 political junkies: Again with the East anglia scandal
PA Progressive: What next for the PA GOP?
PA Progressive: Senate approves gerrymandering congressional districts
PA Progressive: Corbett lies about abortion bill
Above Average Jane: PA Dem on Voter ID
Daily Kos: No PA Marcellus shale fee for 2011
John Hanger: Stunning Fact: Traffic fatalities fall to 1949 level
Citizens call: As Montco’s world turns: New hope for a budget compromise that keeps county government in one piece; first pink slips issued by incoming democrats

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