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4/29 Morning Buzz

Today opens the NRA convention in Pittsburgh, the largest annual meeting of gun and 2nd amendment enthusiasts in the country. A ton of politicos are scheduled to speak, including Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Pat Toomey, Jason Altmire and more! Follow PoliticsPA all day for updates.

Governor Corbett seems to have a gaffe on his hands. The Erie Times News reported that the Governor suggested that PA colleges facing budget cuts allow Marcellus shale drilling on campus. The story quickly went national, with reporters from Politico, Gawker, Early Returns and the Daily News, all panning Corbett’s comments.

Speaking of Marcellus, Senator Scarnati introduced his Marcellus impact fee proposal yesterday and picked up wall-to-wall coverage across the state. Some interest groups and legislators came out against the plan, sure. But several players, including drillers, environmental advocates and possibly the Governor, have said the proposal is a decent starting point.

Finally, don’t forget to check PoliticsPA later today for the Ups & Downs.

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz.

PoliticsPA Reports

More Town Hall Troubles for Rep. Barletta
Freshman Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) had another rough town hall experience last night, during which police escorted a constituent out of the room. It’s the second disruptive town hall for Barletta in as many weeks, and continues the recent story line of Republican congressman facing backlash back home.

Marcellus Industry, Environmentalists Open To Scarnati Impact Fee Proposal
PA Senate Pro Tem Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson) today unveiled his much-anticipated Marcellus impact fee proposal. In their first reactions, representatives from the drilling industry and environmental advocates offered tentative support.

Intrigue and Excitement In Philly GOP Primaries… For A Change
The Republican nomination races for Mayor and the City Council at large seats has been more interesting than anything Philadelphia has seen recently for the party that only makes up 12.5 percent of the electorate according to the Examiner.

Tribune Review: NRA expected to draw thousands
AP: Pres. Obama Is Not Fighting “Militant Socialism” According to Rick Santorum
Inquirer: Newt Gingrich Says In Phila. To Check Twitter and Facebook for Prez Decision
Politico: Rick Santorum Talks Tough On Libya
CBS Pittsburgh’s Interview With Don Rumsfeld
Capitol Ideas: Sen. Toomey Comments on Donald Trump
Early Returns: Sen. Toomey Endorses Heidelbaugh
WHYY Newsworks: Phila. City Council Published Legislative Documents Online
PhillyClout: Rendell Backs Joe Grace in Phila.’s 1st District City Council Race
WHYY Newsworks: School, Term Limits, DROP Take Center Stage At 8th District Debate
Commonwealth Confidential: Gov. Corbett Doing Well, Poll Says – In Comparison
Erie Times News: Gov. Corbett Says Universities Can Raise Money By Marcellus Shale Drilling On Campus
Capitol Ideas: State Sen. Mensch Cited For Disorderly Conduct
PhillyClout: Senate Dems Vote Against Montco Sheriff Nominee – On Principle
PhillyClout: City Council Wants State To Keep Funding Full-Day Kindergarten
Citizens’ Voice: Poll finds political trouble for Obama
AP: Obama puts new national security team in place
Times Leader: Paper Social Security check set to cash out
Times Leader: Former judge Ann Lokuta rejects request to run for District Attorney
Times-Tribune: Senator proposes per well impact fee
The Morning Call: Pa. Senator Bob Mensch charged in I-78 gun incident
Patriot-News: Question of the Week: Do you favor reducing the size of Pa. legislature?
Patriot-News: Pa. state grants for college students to reflect a slight increase next year
Post-Gazette: North Allegheny debating higher taxes vs. program cuts
Post-Gazette: House passes welfare drug-testing bill
Post-Gazette: Local lawmaker proposes anti-discrimination bill
Tribune-Review: State Senate Bill would place impact fee on gas drilling
Tribune-Review: Corbett disapproval rating climbs to 37%
Tribune-Review: Corbett defends advisers on shale


Baer Growls: Morning Pat
Tribune Review Editorial: Blinded by the light: solar boondoggle
Larry Platt, Daily News: Fixing City Council: It’s Up To You
The Morning Call: Corbett education plan takes proper approach
The Morning Call: Abandoning the GOP
The Morning Call: Reject Pa. clinic bill
Patriot-News Editorial: Ready , fire, aim: Why do legislators think Castle doctrine bills are needed
Inquirer Editorial: Featherman best for GOP in mayor’s race

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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