4/26 Morning Buzz

Best and Worst Ads of 2012 Primary?
What were the TV ads that made the difference? Which ones fell flat? How about mailers, radio spots, and other campaign tools? Now that the primary is over, PoliticsPA wants to know: which campaigns stood out?

OFA, RNC Memos: Romney/Obama Weak in Pa.
The Obama for America campaign and the Republican National Committee say Mitt Romney/Barack Obama is has potentially fatal weaknesses in Pennsylvania. Here’s the gist of their arguments.

Chester Makes List of Top 10 Must Win Romney Counties
Pennsylvania is a must-win for Barack Obama, and likely target for Mitt Romney. If he hopes to take the Keystone State for the first time of any Republican since George H.W. Bush in 1988, He’s going to need Chester County. So says Campaigns and Elections Magazine.

Pa. Dems Launch Assault on Tom Smith
Did you get a chance to relax and sleep in this morning, Tom Smith campaign? Good. Hope you enjoyed it. It’s your last time before November. The PA Dems wasted no time in launching an assault on the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate Wednesday.

DCCC Promotes Trivedi to Red to Blue
A strong first quarter haul has landed Manan Trivedi on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s list of top challengers in the country. The Reading-area physician is challenging Rep. Jim Gerlach. George Badey and Larry Maggi also earned recognition.


AP: Senate upholds labor rules
AP: Senate Dems ready bill freezing student loan costs
AP: Santorum hints at Romney endorsement
Politico: Rob Portman: Vice President Vanilla?
Politico: Newt Gingrich to drop out of race on Tuesday
Politico: Republican Primary 2012: What’s next for Mitt Romney
National Journal: Poll finds public skeptical, leaning slightly Democratic
National Journal: RNC formally backs Romney
National Journal: Arizona’s ‘Show me your papers’ immigration provision could stand
The Caucus: Super PAC ad tries to tie Romney to oil companies
Five Thirty Eight: What do springtime polls tells us about the general election?
USA Today: Jimmy Carter ‘comfortable’ with Romney
Washington Post: Why the Blue Dogs’ decline was inevitable
The Hill: RNC chief accuses Obama of campaigning on taxpayers’ dime


Capitol Ideas: With Senate candidate’s defeat, Corbett’s political prestige takes a hit
Capitol Ideas: Post-gaming the primary
StateImpactPA: Where does Pennsylvania’s drilling waste go?
State House Sound Bites: ‘08 Clinton endorsements yield long-term dividends for PA polls
State House Sound Bites: Holden loses, urges supporters to rally behind opponent Cartwright PA Independent: AG, auditor general races set for PA general election
PA Independent: Updated: Incumbents fall in PA House, congressional races
StateImpactPA: What Pennsylvania’s Attorney General nominees are saying about drilling Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Cambria, Somerset, unions and Critz reap surprising victory Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Conservatives and their orthodoxies have a big GOP primary day
Capitolwire: House Speaker Sam Smith holds on in close election. Geist loses.
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Corbett’s endorsements were license to lose
Capitolwire: Argall defeats challenger Rich in hotly-contested Senate GOP primary
Capitolwire: Kane defeats Murphy, becomes first woman nominated to run for attorney general


Daily News: Ballots and bullets at Chester polling place
WHYY Newsworks: Primary gleanings
PhillyClout: State Rep Babette Josephs: Vote tally “doesn’t look good”
Inquirer: Phila. school district plan would dismantle central office, close schools
Daily News: Kenyatta Johnson ally wins his old seat
Inquirer: DeWeese wins an election, draws a prison sentence
Inquirer: Smith wins GOP Senate nod
Daily News: Philly convention with an union seal
Daily News: Nutter: to save schools, pass my budget
philly.com: Philly bond deal shaves $20M from future costs: treasurer
Daily News: Shots fired – a lot of them – near Chester polling place
Inquirer: State GOP candidates brawling in public
Philly Now: Top 10 Rep. Babette Josephs quotes, 2011-2012
Philly Now: Obama, Romney trade barbs over Pennsylvania vote
Philly Tribune: Democratic primaries show prelude to election
Philly Tribune: Politics is a primary problem for prosecutors
CBS Philly: PA Auditor General calls for repair of state’s rotting infrastructure
WHYY Newsworks: Welch says Smith’s spending was the difference in GOP Senate race
City Paper: Voter ID law prompts election day confusion, protest and a lawsuit


Inquirer: In Bucks County, a tale ID frustration
Inquirer: Peace has come to Montco commission
Philly Tribune: Delco Council meeting in Radnor
Philly Tribune: Montco oks $146 M for infrastructure
Courier Times: Union wants apology from district over ruling
Courier Times: Counties report low voter turnout; some refused photo ID requests
Courier Times: Fitzpatrick urges “no budget, no pay” for Congress


Post-Gazette: Critz defeats Altmire in 12th District
Post-Gazette: Tom Smith captures GOP nod to run against Sen. Casey
Post-Gazette: Raja posts big victory over Mustio in ugly GOP campaign
Post-Gazette: Pa. House: Preston ousted in 24th, and more races
Early Returns: Critz beats the map
Early Returns: Big night for Pittsburgh liberals


Beaver County Times: Voter turnout only 26 percent in county
Indiana Gazette: Rep. Smith edges Dush
AP: Five incumbent lawmakers lose in primary
Somerset Daily American: Bastian elected vice chairman of Republican Party
Altoona Mirror: McGinnis unseats Geist
Altoona Mirror: Geist outcome ‘stuns’ some
Altoona Mirror: Smith wins GOP race, will take on Casey
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Fact Check Romney on his dad growing up poor

Lehigh Valley:

Morning Call: RNC memo: Obama weak in Pennsylvania
Morning Call: Low turnout, enthusiasm in snapshot of Allentown primary voting
Reading Eagle: Haas choice for 187th Democrats
WFMZ: Lehigh County controller defends his position
Express Times: Lehigh Valley voters cast ballots despite lack of say in presidential nomination
South Whitehall Patch: Daugherty wins Democratic nomination for 15th
South Whitehall Patch: Ryan Mackenzie wins special election for Reichley seat


The Times Leader: Primary day is a yawner for voters
The Times Leader: Video: Holden can’t hang on to seat
Times Tribune: Voters fire warning: Incumbents beware
Times Tribune: Incumbent Kevin Murphy loses in race for state House District 113
Times Tribune: Attorney Matt Cartwright toples incumbent Tim Holden in 17th Congressional District
Citizens Voice: Voters look ahead to presidential election
Citizens Voice: Kane clinches Dems’ AG nomination
News Item: 22 percent vote in county
News Item: Stilp appears victor over Vinsko in 11th; will face Barletta
Standard Speaker: Voters favor library funding
The Daily Review: Voter ID trial run goes well
The Daily Review: ‘Silent anti-incumbancy’ vote may be telling
Pocono Record: Romney cruises, promises ‘better America’

South Central:

Patriot News: Longtime Rep. Tim Holden loses try for Democratic nomination in redrawn districts
Patriot News: Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primaries show money doesn’t always buy elections Chambersburg Public Opinion: Franklin County voters tap Shuster, Alloway and Thomas to be national delegates
Lebanon Daily News: Voter ID law creates few issues in Lebanon County

North by Northwest:

Sun Gazette: 27 percent go to polls in Lycoming County
Sun Gazette: Incumbents on top
Lewistown Sentinel: Harris wins in 82nd District
Lewistown Sentinel: Benninghoff to face Lee
Lewistown Sentinel: Marino, Scollo claim unopposed victories
Courier Express: Smith survives scare in bid for renomination
Erie Times-News: Porter gives 3rd Congressional District race another shot


Daily News: Opinion: Stop complaining – you voted for them
Reading Eagle: Letter to the editor: GOP responsible for loss of jobs
Reading Eagle: Letter to the editor: Money skewing political system
Express Times: The Morning Note: Why I didn’t vote for Tim Holden
Express Times: Editorial: Small business tax cut act doesn’t stand a chance
Times Tribune: Incumbents’ primary peril
News Item: The day after: Let’s fix redistricting mess
Lewistown Sentinel: Heads should roll throughout GSA
Courier Express: Tuesday House ‘election’ a disgrace; blame the political party hacks
Inquirer: Now, we’ll see just how able Kane is
Inquirer: Boring bad for democracy
Pottstown Mercy: Voter ID gets lots of love on PA primary test


Keystone Politics: Day after election, Spicka challenges Kauffman to series of debates in 89th General Assembly District
Keystone Politics: A (mostly!) good election night for Progressives
Keystone Politics: Jason Altmire a true gentleman in defeat
Speaking Freely: Voter ID’s “soft rollout” did not “work well”
Commonwealth Foundation: What does the primary earthquake mean?
Lehigh Valley Independent: A (Mostly) good election night for progressives
NEPartisan: Goodbye Incumbents, Goodbye Establishment
PA Water Cooler: Smith! Raja! Rick!
PA Water Cooler: Show ID: Just like apartheid
Keystone Progress: 4 PA Legislators cut ties to ALEC
Keystone Politics: Safe Seats are where progress is made

  • Who Will Be Speaker of the PA House on February 28?

    • Joanna McClinton (68%)
    • Mark Rozzi (27%)
    • A Republican TBD (5%)

    Total Voters: 315

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