4/28 Morning Buzz

It’s poll-o-rama this morning, with numbers coming in on just about everyone in Pennsylvania.

The breaking news is that President Obama’s numbers have taken a major hit. According to Quinnipiac, the percentages of PA voters who approve of Obama and think he deserves re-election are each at all time lows.

Senator Casey, meanwhile, fares better. He leads a generic Republican opponent by his highest margin yet. He and Senator Toomey each have 18-point net favorable ratings.

The Qpac survey mirrors one from Public Policy Polling yesterday, which also showed Obama with 52 percent disapproval in PA. The bright side* for Dems? They lead a generic congressional ballot by a 42 – 36 percent margin.

*Note: This side may not be as bright given likely outcomes for redistricting via total GOP control of the process.

The final poll, the Qpac look at Tom Corbett from yesterday (39 – 37 percent approval), dovetails nicely into PoliticsPA’s look at the Governor’s first 100 days in office. We look at his accomplishments, his struggles, and the most buzzed-about topics during his term so far.

In other news:

Sen. Scarnati unveils his Marcellus impact fee bill this morning, while PA Public Radio’s Scott Detrow reports that Governor Corbett had asked major driller Chesapeake Energy to vacate its position on the Marcellus Shale Coalition after repeated concerns. Chesapeake operated the well that recently spilled in Bradford County.

Casey challenger Laureen Cummings, of the Scranton Tea Party, is visiting the Glen Beck show today.

And finally, unions around the state organized protests of Comcast over allegations that the corporation uses the “Delaware loophole” to avoid paying corporate taxes in PA.

PoliticsPA Reports

Poll: Obama Losing Ground in PA; Casey Holding Steady
A Quinnipiac poll released today has grim news for President Obama: his lowest numbers yet in PA. Senator Casey, on the other hand enjoys relatively healthy support.

Gov. Corbett Hits Day 100
Today marks Gov. Corbett’s 100th day in office. PoliticsPA took a look back at some of the most buzzed about topics during his term so far.

Poll: Mixed Numbers for Governor Corbett
A Quinnipiac poll released this morning showed a jump in Tom Corbett’s disapproval, however the Governor’s approval rating remains net positive. In a sense, the numbers reflect the argument Corbett has made since unveiling his budget proposal: voters elected him to make tough decisions, some of which are bound to be unpopular.

PPP Survey: Pennsylvania Voters Favor Generic Democratic Candidates for Congress, 42% to 36%
A survey conducted earlier this month by Public Policy Polling found that Pennsylvania voters would today cast their ballots for a generic Democrat (42 percent) over a generic Republican (36 percent), though a majority (52 percent) also currently holds an unfavorable view of President Obama.

Are Democrats Trying To Do What The Tea Party Did Last Year At Town Halls?
Two freshmen GOP Congressman from Pennsylvania, Lou Barletta and Pat Meehan, have been in the national news spotlight over the last week after they were challenged aggressively by constituents at town hall meetings.

Sen. Casey Challenger Heading to The Glenn Beck Show
Laureen Cummings, challenger to Senator Bob Casey and leader of the Scranton Tea Party, is heading to New York City tomorrow to sit in the audience of conservative television personality Glenn Beck.

Marcellus Blowout and New Rules For Wastewater
In light of concerns surrounding Marcellus shale drilling, top environmental regulators and government officials have called upon drillers for an initiative to change wastewater rules in Pennsylvania.

Headlines
Altoona Mirror: Workers protest Comcast, “Delaware loophole”
The Big Tent: Santorum Faces The Iowa Pencil Sharpener
WHYY Newsworks: White House Opens Dialogue With Faith Groups In Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Ave.: Sen. Casey Hires Sestak Campaign Spokeswoman
Capitol Ideas: Senate GOP, Gov. Corbett Reach Agreement On Voucher Bill
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Democrats Try Again To Bolster Gay Rights
Inquirer: Pa., Feds. Still Seeking Answers On Marcellus Well Blowout
Post-Gazette: Protesters Disrupt Marcellus Shale Commission Meeting
State House Sound Bites: Sources: Gov. Corbett Asked Chesapeake Energy Executive To Quit Marcellus Shale Commission
State House Sound Bites: Voters Seem Confused On Gov. Corbett’s Budget
State House Sound Bites: State’s Flushburg Bill: $4,600
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Senate Calls For State Investigation Of King Charter Award
Fox Philadelphia: Geno’s Steaks Owner Joey Vento Calls Out Mayor Nutter
Patriot-News: Act 47 Team Says Harrisburg’s Incinerator Debt Is More Than $300 Million
Times-Tribune: Council to Union: Withdraw Duffy Complaint
Patriot-News: Marcellus Shale advisory board rack up violations
Patriot-News: Protesters disrupt Marcellus meeting one environmental impacts of drilling
AP: Poll shows voters divided over Corbett
Citizens’ Voice: Proposed pipeline placement prompts litigation
Citizens’ Voice: School choice tax credit bill advances
Citizens’ Voice: Federal judge nominations uncertain as new process unfolds
Daily News: Schools, jobs DROP highlight 8th Council District debate
Daily News: District 2 hopefuls discuss taxes, development at debate
Inquirer: Philly school district losing 3,820 jobs, full-day Kindergarten
Tribune-Review: $10 million question mark swirls around U.S. Steel Tower
Post-Gazette: County controller warns of potential for deficit spending
Post-Gazette: Luzerne legislator pushes to stop corporate tax loophole

Opinions
Baer Growls: Corbett’s Way
Dave Davies, WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia Council Hopefuls Put On A Show
Patriot-News Op-Ed: Gov. Corbett works to enhance business climate
Patriot-News Op-Ed: Corbett’s priority: prison funding, not education
Citizens’ Voice: Next time, say ‘pretty please’
Tribune Review Editorial: NFL, Players are two sides of a bad deal for fans

April 28th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments