2/16 Morning Buzz

Say it ain’t Solobay! It turns out that the Washington County lawmaker partook of the same Marcellus-sponsored Super Bowl for which we hosed Senate Pro Tem Scarnati. To Senator Solobay, Senator Scarnati, and any elected official considering whether to accept a lobbyist perk-fest, just don’t.

The reviews are in, and while America is officially exceptional, Santorum’s CPAC appearance was not. Sam Rohrer is back in action, so incumbents beware. Harrisburg Mayor Thompson is still in the news, and it still isn’t flattering. The Luzerne cash-for-kids scandal is ongoing. Initiatives to privatize liquor stores and public schools remain in the spotlight.

And the Post-Gazette’s Daniel Malloy is just absolutely on a role with musical puns re: Pat Toomey (aka Mos Deficit, aka Toomey and the Debt).

Finally don’t forget, PoliticsPA’s list of the Best County Chairs in PA is coming out later today, so stay tuned!

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz.

PoliticsPA Reports

OK Speech, Half-Empty Room; Santorum Gets Low Marks for CPAC Appearance
With well-known names in the mix for potential 2012 GOP candidates, the biggest challenge former senator Rick Santorum was to stand out in a group of big shots. It.. didn’t go so well.

He’s back! Sam Rohrer to Head Americans for Prosperity’s Pa. Chapter
No political figure in PA better reflects the Tea Party outlook more than former State Rep. and GOP gubernatorial candidate Sam Rohrer. Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a conservative group aligned with the Tea Party movement, announced today that Rohrer is taking over as state director of the PA chapter. Republican patrons of pork had better watch out.

State Rep. Curry Re-Introduces Turtle Bill Boxed Out Last Session
Curry has slowly and steadily pushed his bill through the legislative process and a diverse cadre of legislators have come out of their shells to support the measure, ranging from Greg Vitali (D-Delaware) to Scott Hutchinson (R-Venango).

Headlines
Observer-Reporter: Solobay also partook of controversial Super Bowl trip
Roll Call: Rick Santorum talks about his Google problem
Tribune Review: Speaker Sam Smith introduces bill to cut the legislature from 203 to 153
AP: Gov. Corbett removes Pa. employees in abortion clinic probe
Early Returns: Sen. Toomey’s rap name: Mos Deficit
Pennsylvania Ave.: Pa. Republicans, meet Marc Scaringi
Tribune-Review: Ex-Orie staffer: ‘fat cat’ donor file maintained on state time
Times-Tribune: Supreme Court approves magisterial court realignment in Lackawanna
Newsworks: Pa. liquor store privitization debate gets underway
Delaware County Times: State Senator wants to see money in move to sell off LCB
Fox Philadelphia: Unions oppose LCB privatization program
Capitol Ideas: Senate Committee Plans All-Day Hearing on Vouchers
Capitol Ideas: New Anti-Vouchers Group Emerges
Post-Gazette: State House passes gaming regulation bills
CBS Harrisburg: Mayor Thompson leaves resident four minute voicemail (h/t State House Sound Bites)
Newsworks: Milton Street gets ready to give Mayor Nutter a run for his campaign money
PhillyClout: Philly GOP has no candidate to endorse for Mayor
PhillyNow: No Republican Love for Philly Councilman Frank Rizzo
Tribune-Review: City Councilman Ricky Burgess seeking second term
Early Returns: Why McCullough could win Allegheny County Executive
Post-Gazette: Sierra Club seeking to block permit for “dirty: Clearfield County power plant
Post-Gazette: Plum official running for Allegheny County Council
It’s Our Money: Philadelphia School District officials have created a very hot fiscal potato
Fox Philadelphia: Kids in Philly get pro-union homework assignment
Times-News: IRS renews forfeiture proceedings against Erie County Councilman Beeman
Inquirer: Swearing-in set for Chester County Commissioner
Times-News: Krysiak to seek nomination for Crawford County treasurer
Newsworks: Montgomery County offices face long-term closure after water main break
Commonwealth Confidential: Scott Crawford, Rendell’s former CoS, tapped as VP for lobbying heavyweight S.R. Wojdak
Times-Tribune: Trial update: Ciavarella wanted to avoid ‘scrutiny and publicity” (Luzerne corruption)
Times Leader: Free for all as 30 candidates line up for Luzerne County Board
WFMZ: Just 1 month until special election for O’Pake’s former seat
Inquirer: Critics appeal to Corbett on Barnes move
Inquirer: Philly Planning Commission puts out draft of long-term plan
Inquirer: Ackerman to take more furlough days
Times Leader: Casey criticizes LIHEAP cuts
Tribune Review: Na na na na na na Pittsburgh! New Batman movie to be filmed in Steel City.
Citizens Voice: Ciavarella admits tax fraud, conspiracy
Citizens Voice: Candidate list growing for judicial primary
Citizens Voice: Dallas to decrease number of borough council seats
Heard in City Hall: NE Philadelphia ward leader to take on Donatucci for Register of Wills?

Opinions
Newsworks: Sanity returns, sort of
Times Leader: It’s wait and see for the GOP
Times-Tribune: Specter, Casey right on NIH
Inquirer: Nutter is failing at his job. Here’s what he has to do…and say
Sun-Gazette Editorial: Pursue the coal and nuclear power plan
Citizens Voice: Erasing the stains of corruption

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