7/26 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, here’s the buzz. The latest PA Prez poll; new info from the AFL-CIO puts the number of voters without ID at 1.6mil; more “you didn’t build that” attacks today; and a pro-Obama group has released an Olympic ad.

PA Republicans Build That Meme: Damn the context, full speed ahead! The Romney campaign and Republicans continued their assault on President Obama’s recent “you didn’t build that” remarks in the state Capitol and across PA via a series of press conferences featured candidates and business owners.

Are There More than 758,000 PA Voters Without ID?: New information compiled by the AFL-CIO shows that not only do more than 1 percent of people lack ID, as previously estimated by the Corbett administration, but that the number may be even higher than the 9.2 percent estimate: as high as 20 percent, or 1.6 million voters.

Pitts Staffer One of DC’s “Most Beautiful”: The Hill’s annual “50 Most Beautiful” list includes Rep. Joe Pitts staffer Brian Bosak, a legislative assistant who handles business, financial and values issues. Though not a PA native, Bosak represents the Keystone State well. Two others who called PA home also made the list.

Priorities USA Torches Romney in Olympic Ad (Watch Video): Priorities USA Action released a new ad today ripping into Mitt Romney for outsourcing and his offshore bank accounts. The ad, “Romney’s Gold” is airing in four states, including Pennsylvania, and precedes Romney’s visit to London to attend the Olympics.

Public Policy Polling: Obama 49, Romney 43 in PA: Public Policy Polling’s new Presidential polls have the President with a 6-point lead over challenger Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania. The last poll conducted by PPP in the state was in May, which had Obama at 50, Romney at 42.

Team Romney’s PA “Build That” Blitz: Mitt Romney’s campaign is launching a full court national press over Obama’s “you didn’t build that” remarks, featuring local surrogates, business owners, and the campaign bus. Here are the events they plan for PA.

Eaton Wins Dems’ Congressional Keystone Challenge: The PA Dems ran an online contest for their candidates in PA’s 18 congressional districts. The winner: Missa Eaton, challenging Rep. Mike Kelly. The prize: a fundraising email likely worth a few thousand bucks.

Legislative Election Updates

SD-29: Former State Rep. Tim Seip, running on the Dem ticket for Senate, will hold a formal announcement and press event at 1 p.m. July 29 with U.S. Rep. Tim Holden and State Rep. Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill) at North End Fire Company in Pine Grove. Seip is running against Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill).

SD-40: North Pittsburgh Politics dinged GOP candidate Rep. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny). Vulakovich sent out mailers that include an absentee ballot application. The thing is, his application lacks something PA Dept. of State absentee ballots require:* a PA driver’s license number or the last four digits of voter’s Social Security number. The blog claims his opponent Sharon Brown uses the state version. NPP has the latest Vulakovich mailers (which went out to Republican voters).

*Correction: the new requirements kick in for the general election; the forms used by Vulakovich are legal and will be accepted, several Republicans tell PoliticsPA.

HD-104: Dem candidate Chris Dietz has called on his opponent Rep. Susan Helm (R-Dauphin) to delay implementation of Voter ID. Dietz said he worries that 6 percent – or 2,300 voters – could lose their right to vote under the law supported by Helm.

HD-131: Dem candidate Kevin Deely opened his campaign HQ in Allentown PA. There will be a formal kick-off event for the general election in his new office on Thursday, August 2nd, starting at 6:30pm. Deely is running against Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh).

National
Roll Call: In Congress, win a race, lose a friend (includes Critz & Altmire)
Politico: PPP: Obama up in Michigan, Pennsylvania
Politico: RJC ads to court Jews for Romney
Politico: Romney keeps pressing ‘build that’ message
Politico: Priorities ad lampoons Mitt at Olympics
Politico: Rob Portman could face heat on steel
Politico Playbook: 7/25/2012
National Journal Hotline: Hotline Sort: Democrats Motoring On
Washington Post: Pennsylvania voter ID case opens in state court
New York Times: Mogul’s latest foray courts Jews for the G.O.P.
New York Times: Pro-Obama ad delivers an Olympic-themed attack on Romney
USA Today: Report: State systems for overseas voters vulnerable
Slate: 43 percent of Philadelphia voters might lack valid ID
Wall Street Journal: Republicans make big push for Jewish voters
Wall Street Journal: Olympics-themed ad attack on Romney

Statewide
Capitolwire: Recent series of events thrusts Voter ID law to the forefront
StateImpactPA: Senator Casey Introduces Bill to Support Natural Gas Powered Vehicles
StateImpactPA: During Kayak Tour, Corbett Ties Marcellus Boom To First Oil Wells
Capitol Ideas: VoterID hearing lawyers make their case
PA Independent: Loophole could allow 100,000 noncitizens to vote – even if voter ID law upheld by court
PA Independent: Small biz owners say Obama lacks understanding of private-sector wealth creation
PA Independent: Keystone State has no plans to remove noncitizens from voter rolls

Philadelphia
Inquirer: The fight over PA Voter ID goes to court
Daily News: Specter of Nutter’s soda tax still looms
City Paper: A whopping 43 percent of Philly voters may not have voter ID, according to new data
PhillyClout: Local fire union “very disappointed” in VP Biden’s speech
PhillyClout: Is city delaying 5-year plan release until firefighter convention ends?
PhillyClout: Is Nutter likely to revive the soda tax?
PhillyClout: City councilman Kenney tells Chick-Fil-A prez to take a hike
Philadelphia Weekly: Advocates Say Population Having Trouble Getting ‘Free’ IDs
Fox Philadelphia: EPA: Water is safe in town in Dimock PA drilling region
WHYY Newsworks: As protesters rally against voter ID in Philly, evolving rules stir confusion
WHYY Newsworks: Witnesses describe bureaucratic hurdles in first day of voter ID challenge
WHYY Newsworks: PA solar industry still waiting for fix

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Sen. Daylin Leach vows to fight new voter ID bill
phillyburbs.com: Voter ID trial begins

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Buncher Co. finance plan for Pittsburgh’s Strip District in turmoil
Early Returns: New Front in Voter ID Battle
Early Returns: Obama leads Romney by 6 in Pa
Early Returns: Judge: Melvin on “fishing expedition”
Early Returns: Corbett dings Obama over Voter ID probe
KDKA: Female Candidate Challenges Congressman Mike Kelly
KDKA: Details Emerge About President Obama’s Mentor

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Voters opposed to new ID law give real life examples
Observer-Reporter: Rep. White’s open records appeal denied
WJAC: State Rep. Bud George unveils HB 2556

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Super PACs do Romney’s heavy lifting in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Ave: Romney team brings ongoing ‘you didn’t build that’ attacks to Pennsylvania
The Morning Call: Lawyers debate new voter ID law in court
The Morning Call: Pennsylvania Voter ID defense is in shambles
The Morning Call: Biden to firefighters: GOP doesn’t understand you
WFMZ: Protesters rally against voter ID law
WFMZ: Bucks County hears from voter ID education advisory
Express-Times: Lehigh Valley residents protest Pennsylvania voter ID law in Allentown
South Whitehall Patch: Voter ID Protest in Lehigh Valley Today

NEPA
AP: Judge wants Scranton mayor, council at hearing
Times Leader: Corbett orders firm time limits for rulings by DEP
Times-Tribune: Rep. Murphy’s wife granted temporary PFA
Times-Tribune: Casey seeks to keep flood ranking
Times-Tribune: Passions build over voter photo ID law
Citizens Voice: DEP to monitor for shale-related air impacts in northeast counties
Daily Item: County plans to help local voters without identification prepare
Times News: Barletta challenges Obama’s “prosecutorial discretion” when dealing with illegal aliens

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: First day of the hearing on the constitutional challenge to Pennsylvania’s voter ID law now complete
Harrisburg Patriot News: PA Turnpike Commission takes major step toward all-electronic tolling
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg’s state-appointed receiver denies request to pay for council attorney
Harrisburg Patriot News: EPA says Dimock water is safe to drink
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg, Central Dauphin and Steelton schools make state’s lowest-achieving list
York Daily Record: Penn State York names interim chancellor
AP: Pa.’s tough, new voter ID law stands in court
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Warren Elliot elected VP of Pa. Fish Commission
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Union charges that angered borough officials were withdrawn weeks ago
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Uniontown psychologist opposes Rep. Shuster, Ramsburg
Chambersburg Public Opinion: GOP candidate for Pa. treasurer to speak in downtown Chambersburg
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Willow Hill company fined $15,000 for alleged child labor law violation

North by Northwest
New Castle News: Judge orders Lawrence County GOP committee members reinstated
Lewistown Sentinel: Oak trees removed near courthouse
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Townhome project concerns residents
Centre Daily Times: Centre County residents voice concern for victims
Sharon Herald: Filing jobless claims keeps Pa. unemployed very busy
Erie Times: Erie City Council to hold meeting on redevelopment of GAF site
Erie Times: 8,700 Erie County voters to get letters about ID law

Opinion
Courier Express: Was Corbett, then attorney general, too slow to prosecute Sandusky? Perhaps; but … remember O.J. Simpson
Harrisburg Patriot News: Where did they go? State must explain why kids were dropped from medical assistance
York Dispatch: Welfare is for necessities
York Dispatch: Re-evaluate emissions testing
Washington Post Op-ed: What happens if GOP’s voter suppression works
Wall Street Journal Op-ed: Holder vs. Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Inquirer: Annette John-Hall column: Focusing outrage on the Voter ID law
Philadelphia Inquirer: John Baer column: It won’t be easy to unseat Bob Casey

Blogs
The Liberty Blog: Another Solyndra Republican: Bill Frist and Health Insurance Exchanges – Bipartisan is a Bad Word
Speaking Freely: Voter ID Trial Day 1: ID to Vote is a Burden
Lehigh Valley Independent: The Power of Changing Expectations
Lehigh Valley Independent: Ignorance is Bliss
NEPArtisan: Justice Department Eyeing Up PA Voter ID Law
2 Political Junkies: Follow Up: On The Non-Existent Voter Fraud
Water Cooler: Gov. Corbett Still Refuses To Answer Sandusky Questions!
Pennsylvania Progressive: AFL-CIO: 1.6M Without Photo ID
Pennsylvania Progressive: Philly Fire Fighters Prez Criticizes Biden
Pennsylvania Progressive: Corbett Stipulation: No Cases of Voter Fraud
Above Average Jane: The Boy Scout Issue
Penn Patriot: Freindly Fire: Corbett’s Response On Sandusky Fails To Answer Questions
Keystone Politics: Why Not Let Everyone Sell Six-Packs?
Keystone Politics: Time for a PA Bottle Deposit Law
John Hanger: EPA Ending Water Deliveries In Dimock: Delivers Final Test Results To Homes
North Pittsburgh Politics: Do Republican voters not have to show ID for the August 7th Special Election?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Dent, British MP, To Engage in Roundtable
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Hanover Votes To End NIZ Challenge

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