7/18 Morning Buzz
Good morning politicos, here’s the buzz. We unveil our Q2 list of fundraising winners and losers; Romney came to western PA Tuesday, Michelle Obama is in Philly today, and a GOP super PAC has reserved $1.6 mil in Philly airtime.
Q2 Fundraising: Winners and Losers: The numbers are in. Here are the PA congressional candidates who rose and fell this quarter.
Romney Shreds Obama Economic Philosophy in Southwest PA Stop: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney attacked President Obama for undervaluing the contribution of individual business owners to the U.S. economy during a campaign stop in southwestern Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon.
GOP Group Reserves $1.6M in Philly Airtime: The conservative super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund is reserving television time in the Philadelphia media market for fall political advertisements, with plans to spend $1.6M.
PA-6 Candidates Stay on Track for Competitive Race: Q2 figures are in and the congressional race in PA-6 is likely to remain competitive. Jim Gerlach raised a healthy $341K to Manan Trivedi’s $260K, though he has more COH than any other Dem challenger in the state.
Keys, Female Dems Sing Obama’s Tune: During the President’s Women Vote 2012 Summit, singer/activist Alicia Keys didn’t put on her usual musical performance. Instead, she, along with other famous female Dems sang Obama’s praises and talked women’s issues at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
Legislative Election Updates
SD-37: Rep. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny) was nominated by the Democratic county committees of both Allegheny and Washington to run for the district’s state Senate seat.“I am grateful to the…committees for their support and proud to be their nominee,” Smith said. “Since my first campaign for the State House I have been committed to championing government accountability, job creation and smart, fair tax policies, and I have fought hard to improve our community, grow our economy, and make Pennsylvania an even better place to earn a living, start a business, and raise a family.” As a backup, Smith is also running for reelection to his 42nd district seat in the state House.
GOP nominee Raja responded by congratulating Smith on being selected, and said he is looking forward to a spirited debate. His Campaign Manager Jennifer Hass said that the voters now have “a clear choice between a liberal Harrisburg politician who was handpicked by party bosses and an independent leader and job creator who will get our economy moving again.”
HD-55: The PA GOP has released the names of candidates interested in seeking the nomination against Rep. Joe Petrarca (D-Westmoreland), after their original nominee John Palaika withdrew his candidacy earlier this week. Both are Latrobe residents: attorney John Hauser and insurance agency president Brian Panichelle. The meeting to select a nominee will be held Wednesday.
Slate: The Romney campaign’s data strategy
Politico: Keys visits Philly and says we need a ‘human’ president
Roll Call: Payroll Tax Cut Gets No Love
National Journal: Who Are the Republicans Calling on Romney to Release His Tax Returns
National Journal: Can Romney Make Cronyism an Issue for Obama?
National Journal: Romney’s Tax Returns and Other Event From the Trail
The Washington Post: Across-the-board federal cuts could cost 2 million jobs, aerospace industry-funded report says
The Washington Post: With or without tax return release, pressure on Romney ramps up from both sides
The New York Times: Cautious on Growth, Bernanke Offers No Hint of New Action
USA Today: Supplement industry boosts Romney campaign by $4.5M
USA Today: Romney on taxes: Not giving Obama chance to ‘lie’
Capitolwire: Fiscal Code reverses new DPW policy altering MA reimbursements to hospitals for baby deliveries.
Capitolwire: Marsico reveals plan to fund county-based anti-child abuse centers.
StateImpactPA: Obama Backs Fracking During Campaign Appearance
PA Independent: Proposed reforms target weatherization waste
PA Independent: Scranton could join national trend of bankrupt cities, despite officials’ opposition
Capitol Ideas: Sen. Rich Alloway’s 15 seconds of Fallon Fame
Capitol Ideas: Cutting Tariffs — an unexpected perk of the campaign game?
KYW Newsradio: Half-Million Fewer Registered Voters In Pa. Than 4 Years Ago
ABC Philadelphia: Pa. updates badges for Voter ID requirement
ABC Philadelphia: Pa. district settles suit over student sex attacks
Philly Now: DCCC Starts Online Petition to Fight ‘Voter Suppression in Pennsylvania’
WHYY Newsworks: $16.2 million pledged to help Philly schools, improve career training
PhillyClout: Firefighters union calls for city to implement its new contract
Daily Local: Romney to return to Pa. for Pittsburgh-area stop
Daily Local: Some US House incumbents raise $1 million-plus
Delco Daily Times: Casey holds cash advantage in Pa.’s US Senate race
AP: Pa. shows fewer registered voters than in ‘08, ‘04
Tribune Review: HSBC compliance director resigns amid Senate findings
Tribune Review: Crowd cheers Romney economic message in North Huntingdon
Tribune Review: Corbett visits U.S. Steel plant, emphasizes budget plan
Tribune Review: Shale support company acts as Romney stage
Post-Gazette: Obama makes pitch for safe gas drilling: Says the nation should ‘welcome’ new energy boom
Post-Gazette: Romney precedes visit by accusing Obama of cronyism
Post-Gazette: In Pennsylvania, Romney says Obama insults ‘every entrepreneur, every innovator’
Post-Gazette: Campaign filings show incumbents with edge
KDKA: Romney makes 4th visit to area
KDKA: Romney to make 2 campaign stops
KDKA: Accused ex-City Council staffer under investigation again
Beaver County Times: Catholic Church leases property to gas developer
Observer-Reporter: Filing proposed PA cracker plant posts could be rough
Indiana Gazette: D.C. environmental group to demolish Commodore Dam
Tribune-Democrat: Authors honor Murtha’s fighting spirit
Express Times: Mitt Romney criticized by Democratic leaders in Allentown for lack of transparency
The Morning Call: Toomey defends his supercommittee proposal
The Morning Call: DNC Chair Wasserman Shultz keeps pressure on Romney in Allentown
The Morning Call: New Obama TV ad suggests Romney may not have paid taxes
The Morning Call: Daugherty raises little money in race against Dent
WFMZ: Doylestown looks to enforce breastfeeding law
Morning Call: Allentown may lease water plant, raising $100 million
Morning Call: Romney’s turn in western Pennsylvania
AP: Pa. shows fewer registered voters than in ’08, ’04
AP: Mitt Romney to campaign in Pennsylvania, could pick running mate this week
AP: Pa. updates badges for Voter ID requirement
York Daily Record: York County Democratic Party to host ribbon cutting for Hanover office Thursday
Chambersburg Public Opinion Editorial: Targeting senseless drains on public safety
Harrisburg Patriot-News Op-ed: Prisoner reform: Legislation holds key for grant money
York Daily Record Editorial: Tighten charter school law
Harrisburg Patriot-News Op-ed: Corbett and Lynch want to dictate law
Keystone State Education Coalition: There’s gold in them cyber charter hills……got yours yet?
NEPArtisan: Scranton School Board Decides To Eliminate Law It Wasn’t Following
Water Cooler: Gov.Corbett Could Have Stopped Sandusky — But Didn’t
John Hanger: Rising World Oil Demand, Despite Global Slowdown, Warns US To Quicken Transition From Oil
John Hanger: Record Heat Firms Public Opinion About Climate Change But Big Opinion Gap Remains Between Public & Scientists
Keystone Politics: Missa Eaton for Congressional Keystone Challenge Contest
Keystone Politics: No, Obama Didn’t Say Business Owners Didn’t Create Their Businesses
Keystone Politics: Did Romney Pay Any Federal Taxes in 2009?
Keystone Politics: State #VoterID Spanish Website Doesn’t Work
Keystone Politics: Washington State Letting People Register to Vote Through Facebook
Keystone Politics: PA-15: $3,121
Keystone Politics: Romney’s Bust-Out Operation at Ampad
Keystone Politics: Cash for Tariff Suspensions
Penn Patriot: Freind: An Open Letter to Corbett on the Sandusky affair
Above Average Jane: Obama, Casey, Toomey, and the Disclose Act
The Pennsylvania Progressive: Mitt Romney: I Want An Apology