12/20 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz.

DePasquale Endorsements: The York lawmaker announced over 100 new elected, labor and Democratic party supporters in his bid for Auditor General.

Redistricting: Will It Pass? The Pa. House will likely vote on the congressional redistricting plan Tuesday, but GOP leaders have spent much of the past few days whipping votes in their own caucus.

Christiana is Out: State Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver) announced today that he seek re-election to the Pa. House. His decision opens the door for Turzai for Congress speculation.

National
Capitolwire (Paywall): Ruling may have caused splits, but proposed map still gerrymandered, political analysts say
Capitolwire (Paywall): Will Philadelphia Democrats provide votes to pass congressional map favoring GOP?
The Big Tent: Pa. Swing Districts Still Swing Districts Under New Map
Pennsylvania Ave.: Santorum Rising In Iowa
Insurance News Net: Casey Calls on PA Insurance Commissioner to Better Protect Homeowners from Sinkhold Damage
Huffington Post: Submit this story
On Top Magazine: Ron Paul: Rick Santorum Hates Gays, Michele Bachmann Hates Muslims
Politico: Brad Thor endorses Santorum
Poitico: GOP candidates make pitch in tea party forum
ABC News: Undecided Iowa Evangelicals Pray For an Answer
LakeNewsOnline: Lake View: Give Rick Santorum a second look
Daily Caller: Leaders with Ginni Thomas: Rick Santorum
Patch: Primary Slugfest
Washington Post: Sarah Palin: Needs more info on Republican field
Washington Post: Afternoon Fix: Brown calls House GOP plan ‘irresponsible and wrong”
Newsweek: The GOP Candidates Read Wacky Books
Roll Call: Between the Lines: New Pa. Map Means Winners and Losers
Bloomberg: Bond Insurers Hire Lobbyists as Lawmakers Argued Over Harrisburg’s Fate

Statewide
Commonwealth Confidential: Showdown Expected In Pa. House Over New Congressional Map
State House Sound Bites: Pa. House To Consider Debt Ceiling Legislation
State House Sound Bites: Abortion Clinics Plan For New Rules
Commonwealth Confidential: Never In Pennsylvania? Not So. Legislature Forms LGBT Equality Caucus
Opposing Views: Pennsylvania School Voucher Scheme Fails
Capitol Ideas: Monday Morning Coffee: Redistricting, Redux.
WFMZ: Toomey introduces “Had Enough?” campaign
Sentinel: Democrats say they’ll have tougher time in GOP map for Pa

Philly
Daily News: SEPTA Silverlines a year late
PhillyNOW: Councilwoman discriminates against Jehovah’s Witnesses
Philadelphia Weekly: DAILY GRINDER: Councilwoman Discriminates Against Jehovah’s Witness?
County Times: Political Prose: Republicans give Altmire an early Christmas gift

Philly Burbs
Pottstown Mercury: Council adds new rule to littering law
Intelligencer: Bust for local zoning, boom for local drilling
Daily Times: Trainer councilman resigns
Montgomery Media: Parks dept could be the victim of the $40 million budget gap
County Times: Political

Pittsburgh
Business Times: Will there be a payroll tax cut after all?
Post Gazette: State Rep. Christiana won’t run for Congress
Patch: New Batman Trailer Released (with Mayor Ravenstahl)

NEPA
Pittston Politics: Open letter to Congressman Barletta on Pittston Politics
Pocono Record: Tougher abortion regulations set for Pa.
Times-Tribune: Natural gas drilling impact fee will have to wait for the new year
Times-Leader: Holden is ready for new territory
Standard Speaker: Councilman questioning city budget
Standard Speaker: Mahanoy Twp. approves budget with no tax increase

South Central
Patriot-News: Congressional redistricting puts Pa. congressman at a distance
Sentinel: Wilson to resign as Carlisle mayor and become TV news reporter
Sentinel: Rovegno: Motion will abolish jury commissioner
Patriot News: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson launches gun reclamation program
Patriot News: James Quigley, former U.S. Rep. who represented Camp Hill, dies at 93
York Dispatch: Brogue-area district judge office closing, cases being reassigned

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Tax cuts, pipelines, abortion clinics, budgets on table
Centre Daily Times: Legislators spar over vouchers, spending for charter schools
Erie Times: More than 34,000 Erie County Democrats would be moved under redistricting plan
Erie Times: Erie Council to vote on budget, 9/11 memorial funding
Erie Times: Erie Democrat sues Gov. Corbett over firing from state job
Erie Times: How Pennsylvania’s members of Congress voted
Erie Times: DiVecchio plans Erie County Council run in 2013
Erie Times: Prediction for drilling in 2012: Production up; fewer leases
Erie Times: Editorial Cartoon
Courier Express: Clearfield County focusing on energy
Courier Express: No tax increases in Jay Township
Centre Daily Times: Penn State saga voted AP sports story of year
Centre Daily Times: Debate continues over poultry policy
Centre Daily Times: Former 2nd Mile board members: We needed to know
Centre Daily Times: Top Senate Dem insists on 2-month payroll tax cut
Sun Gazette: Tax cuts, pipelines, abortion clinics, budgets on table
Sun Gazette: Councilman red lines cop overtime hike
State College: State College Council to Vote on Budget; No Tax Increase Planned
State College: Another Budget Gap Likely for State College Schools, Analysis Shows

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: ArtsQuest’s Jeff Parks plans to retire in 2015
Express Times: Pennsylvania lawmakers to consider redrawn congressional boundaries
Reading Eagle: Dan Kelly’s Korner: Case of driver vs judge draws police response
Express Times: Lehigh Valley cities taking another big cut in federal grant funding
Express Times: Pennsylvania lawmakers reject Democratic plan for congressional redistricting

Opinion
Inquirer: No driving and phoning
Patriot-News: Liquor law is ludicrous: It’s way past time for state to stop selling booze
Courier Express: Shouldn’t the majority rule? How do we get back to that?
Centre Daily Times: No more kid gloves for child abusers
Centre Daily Times: Get serious about drunk driving
Centre Daily Times: Lost in the scuffle
Centre Daily Times: Time to replace school board?
Centre Daily Times: Bradley is a proven leader
Centre Daily Times: Better ways exist to deal with terrorism
Sun Gazette: Financial world cleans up own mess
Erie Times: Kauthammer: Obama doesn’t appease? Not so
Morning Call: Alternatives for nonviolent offenders
Express Times: Trading voting districts should matter, too

Blogs
Caffeinated Thoughts: Ron Paul Leads, Newt Gingrich Falls, & Rick Santorum Gains in Latest PPP Iowa Caucus Poll
Lew Rockwell: Scripture and the GOP
Commonwealth Foundation: Time to end borrowing for corporate welfare
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Callahan’s principle beneficiary – himself
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Jackson Eaton to meet the press today about congressional redistricting
Lehigh Valley Independent: Jackson Eaton: Lehigh Valley has been “Charlie-mandered”
2 Political Junkies: It’s Monday, so the braintrust is misleading
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Holden: not a done deal
Pennsylvania Progressive: News & Notes December 19, 2011
Keystone Politics: Mike Sturla on the blooper reel that is Republican governance
Keystone Politics: PA House and Senate form LGBT equality caucus in partnership with Equality PA

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