2/4 Morning Buzz
President Obama’s visit to Penn State brought largely positive reviews, with several Republicans acknowledging that his ‘Better Building Initiative’ is a pretty good idea. PoliticsPA was on the ground and covering the speech and reactions, including video. Check back all day for more stories and followup.
Later today, PoliticsPA will unveil our new feature, back-to-back op-eds from the Communications Directors of each party. Then we’ll preview this weekend’s Democratic State Committee meeting along with Democrats’ statewide judicial races.
In other news, Senator Toomey is in a high-profile back-and-forth with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner over the Senator’s Full Faith and Credit Act. Both PA Senators will watch the Super Bowl at the White House (with J-Lo). Ed Rendell adds investment banking to his rapidly expanding portfolio.
Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz.
Obama Unveils ‘Better Building Initiative’ to Packed House at PSU
President Obama spoke with a tone of both urgency and optimism as he addressed a crowd of over 2,500 on the campus of Pennsylvania State University. His 15 minute address emphasized energy innovation and keeping America’s competitive edge. It is a part of Obama’s energy plan that is most likely to achieve bipartisan support.
Penn State Students Applaud ”Awesome” Obama Speech
Penn State students showed up en mass at the main gymnasium of Rec Hall to listen to President Obama’s remarks this afternoon. Some lined up for hours before distribution to increase their chances of getting in.
Video: Students Protest Obama Energy Policy
About 12 student protesters gathered outside Penn State’s Rec Hall to protest President Obama’s remarks on energy innovation today. The students were representatives from the group Young Americans for Freedom. Samuel Settle, the group’s leader, said he believes Obama is forcing alternative energy sources onto citizens.
Video: State Rep. Conklin on Obama PSU visit
State Rep. and former Lt. Governor candidate Scott Conklin is excited about President Obama’s choice of Penn State for today’s major policy speech, saying economic plans are essential for America’s global competitiveness.
Casey, in Washington, Comments on Obama’s PSU Visit
Senator Bob Casey is in Washington today, but had the following to say about President Obama’s visit to PSU.
Sen. Toomey Files First Bill, Challenges Democrats on Debt Ceiling
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) arrived in Washington, D.C., just a month ago, but he hasn’t wasted any time challenging Senate Democrats on a central economic issue: the debt ceiling. PoliticsPA reported last month on Toomey’s efforts to articulateconservatives’ debt ceiling argument, and on Wednesday Toomey unveiled his first piece of legislation in the 112th Congress: the Full Faith and Credit Act, filed as an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Act.
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Inquirer: DeWeese, facing charges, loss of power, soldiers on
Capitol Ideas: Bucks County man chosen as Sec. of Aging
Early Returns: Orie seeks postponement
PhillyClout: State Sen. Williams to announce next week if he is running for Mayor of Philadelphia
Newsworks: Councilman Kenney’s controversial towing bill passes Philly City Council
Early Returns: Council President Harris announces re-election bid in Pittsburgh
PhillyClout: Did Election Official Overstep Political Activity Rules?
The Hill: Geithner hits back at Toomey
Inquirer: Philly City Council moves toward gun limitations
Inquirer: What’s next for Rendell
The Sun News (SC): Santorum would eliminate 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
The Times Leader: Local group set to help Hondurans
The Times Leader: Ciavarella seeks to bar evidence from prior court rulings
Pennsylvania Ave: Crossroads group defends GOP Reps. from DCCC
Altoona Mirror: Corbett pressured to release fuel funds
National Journal: Santorum rises to 10th in GOP Pres. field
Altoona Mirror Editorial: Fix Social Security quickly
Citizens’ Voice Editorial: There’s more lost revenue out there
Post-Gazette Editorial: Onorato’s flight path: Promoting the Pittsburgh airport is a top priority
Patriot News Editorial: Mayor should stop pointing fingers and at least get paperwork in order
Patriot News Editorial: Let’s get back to basics on Medicaid Reform
Times-Tribune Editorial: Yet it’s called public service