8/16 Morning Buzz

Good morning, politicos. Here’s the buzz.

We have all the coverage you could ever want of Voter ID: the ruling, the reaction and the results of our own reader poll. We’ve also got two ads that came out yesterday – one for Senate candidate Tom Smith and the other for state Senate candidate Janet Anderson.

And stay tuned for our afternoon coverage of a Johnstown stop featuring PA Dems Chair Jim Burn, state Sen. John Wozniak (D-Cambria), State Rep. Bryan Barbin (D-Cambria), State Auditor General Candidate and state Rep. Eugene DePasquale (D-York) and Cambria County Controller Ed Cernic Jr., as they discuss how the state budget will impact area school districts in the weeks leading up the fall semester.

Judge Simpson Rules, Voter ID Law Stands (Updated): Pennsylvania’s most controversial law of the year has been upheld by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson, who ruled this morning and issued a 70-page opinion.

Politicos React to Voter ID Ruling: Voter ID may be the most controversial issue in PA politics this cycle, and Judge Simpson’s ruling today triggered responses from leaders across the state. Read their responses here.

Poll Results: Readers, Judge Simpson Not on Same Page: If it were up to our PoliticsPA readers, opponents of the Voter ID law would’ve won in a landslide. A huge majority of votes cast showed our readers believed nearly 3 to 1 that the injunction would be granted.

Smith Campaign Announces Philadelphia-Area Ad Buy: Seeking to close a sizeable polling gap with incumbent Sen. Bob Casey, challenger Tom Smith’s campaign announced a significant ad buy in Philadelphia this morning.

Janet Anderson Ad Airing in Erie (Watch Video): The Committee to Elect Janet S. Anderson began airing a new TV ad in Erie Wednesday, emphasizing her qualifications as a job creator and her commitment to bipartisan politics.

Santorum Shows Support for “R&R” in Akron: Once a Republican presidential nominee himself, former PA Senator Rick Santorum has publicly endorsed Mitt Romney since May. Wednesday, Santorum plans to show his full enthusiasm of Romney-Ryan by headlining an event in Akron, Ohio today at 3 p.m.

Legislative Election Updates
HD-133: Morning Call reported yesterday that state Rep. Joseph Brennan (D-Lehigh) was arrested. He allegedly choked and punched his wife on the porch of their home and drove away drunk. Police picked him up a short while later and charged him with drunk driving and assault. Morning Call reported that Brennan was arrested in June 2011 for drunk driving, careless driving and public drunkenness. He had a BAC of four times the legal limit.

National
The Hill: Obama: Biden remark taken out of context
The Hill: Romney hits Obama’s likability
The Hill: McCain: Hillary Clinton has ‘ambitions’ to run for president in 2016
Forbes: In Politics, Emotion Always Beats Math
USA Today: Pelosi: Ryan ‘clarifies the message’ of rival parties
USA Today: Obama: I have strengthened Medicare
USA Today: Does every vote count? Why some Americans don’t think so
Slate: Long Lines of People Celebrate Obama’s Immigration Policy
Slate:Wind Power Grows Mighty in U.S., Becomes Campaign Issue
Slate: Obama Surpasses Justin Bieber in Online Influence, According to Klout
Wall Street Journal:Romney Gets Fundraising Lift From Nascar
Wall Street Journal: Medicare Highlights Divide on GOP Ticket
New York Times: Pennsylvania Judge Keeps Voter ID Law Intact on Its Way to Higher Court
New York Times: Choice of Ryan Shifts the Focus From Economy to Ideology
The Caucus: Pennsylvania judge upholds voter ID law
Five Thirty Eight: In Senate races, politics are local again
Washington Post: Ryan pick presents new challenges for Biden
Washington Post: Obama plays up love of beer to ferment coalition of the swilling
National Journal: Ryan Pick Excites Foes of Tech Regulation
National Journal: Romney Again Targets Federal Compensation, Jobs
Politico: Judge won’t halt Pa. voter identification law

Statewide
PA Independent: Judge upholds ‘Voter ID’ law; opponents plan to appeal to Supreme Court
PA Independent: Breaking: Judge upholds ‘Voter ID’ law
PA Independent: Law would strip tuition waivers for profs’ families
Capitolwire: Bills to switch public pensions to private accounts won’t address pension debt, official says
Capitolwire: Judge denies delay of Voter ID law; appeal to be filed this week
Capitolwire: Democrats’ Voter ID messaging contrast
Capitol Ideas: Wednesday Morning Coffee: Panel to decide whether Orie Melvin should continue to receive pay
Capitol Ideas: State Judge Upholds PA’s Voter ID Law
Capitol Ideas: State Rep. Joe Brennan, D-Northampton, arrested
State Impact PA: Drill Bits: Today’s Shale Royalties Are Tomorrow’s Pheasants
State Impact PA: Pipe Bomb Found Near Allegheny County Pipeline
State Impact PA: In Ohio Campaign Swing, Romney Focuses On Coal Policy
State Impact PA: Marcellus Shale Coalition Expands Its Philadelphia Outreach Efforts

Philadelphia
Daily News: PennDOT wid
Inquirer: Judge rejects bid to block Pa. voter ID law
Inquirer: Dismay as Corbett ends funding for tax-credit program for low-income families
PhillyClout: City council plans to keep you informed about new voter ID law
PhillyClout: 13 key points on PA court ruling upholding voter ID law
PhillyClout: Want to buy a pet cemetery
Phillynow.com: As voter ID upheld, groups offer criticism, vow education and prepare for appeal
Phillynow.com: Daily Grinder: Court upholds voter ID law
Philadelphia Tribune: Pa. judge sides with state on ID law
Fox Philadelphia: Judge won’t halt Pa. voter identification law
WHYY Newsworks: 17 political types from Northwest Philly (and beyond) react to voter ID ruling
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania is battleground for implementing Supreme Court ruling on young lifers
WHYY Newsworks: A ‘non-discriminatory’ burden

SEPA
AP: Details of the new Pa. law requiring photo ID to vote
Pottstown Mercury: Voter ID law clinics set for Aug. 15 and 25
Montgomery Media: New candidate Mary Jo Daley emerges in 148th district
Daily Local: Chester County officials react to voter ID decision

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Voting right prof: well-done decision
Early Returns: Voter ID reaction continues
Early Returns: GOP chair: Ruling shows “courage and conviction”
Early Returns: Costa: Voter ID ruling “highly disturbing”
Early Returns: Judge: Turzai comments “disturbing, tendentious”
Tribune-Review: Union leaders urge wary transit workers to approve new contract, benefit cuts
Post-Gazette:State to relax emission rules on gas stations
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania voter ID law should go forward, Commonwealth Court rules

Southwest
AP: Judge won’t halt voter ID law
Valley News Dispatch: Fawn Township concerned over quality of water
Somerset Daily American: Somerset County commissioners want voters up-to-date with voter ID law
Altoona Mirror: Dispute between Bedford judge, commissioners continues

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Young immigrants can avoid deportation under new U.S. program
Morning Call: Stark differences in Ryan, Romney, Obama tax plans
Pennsylvania Ave: Reaction to Voter ID law being upheld
Pennsylvania Ave: Smith launches first attack in Philadelphia

NEPA
The Times-Tribune: Hazelton tries again to enact immigration
The Times-Tribune: Judge green lights voter ID law; debate sharpens
Citizens Voice: State prosecutors take over case against state Rep. Murphy
Daily Item: Tax hike due to pay for Northumberland County 911 system upgrades
Standard Speaker: Judge won’t halt voter ID law
The Daily Review: U.S. Sen. Toomey tours GTP plant in Towanda
Pocono Record: Reaction from around state to decision on Pa. voter ID law

South Central
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Sandusky trial has cost taxpayers $56K so far
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Pennsylvania Voter ID law heads to state Supreme Court
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Harrisburg City Council files reply to receiver’s petition on tax hike
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Gene Stilp says his job is to ‘keep after’ Rep. Lou Barletta in 11th Congressional District race
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Q&A with Senator Pat Toomey: Sustainable budget is the top priority
York Daily Record: Judge refuses to grant injunction for Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Toomey calls for fiscal restraint, lauds VP pick
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Senator pushing for federal judge in Williamsport
Sharon Herald: South Py floats plan
Courier Express: Planners chairman resigns in protest
Centre Daily Times: Pa. lawmakers discuss farm bill’s future

Opinion
New York Times: Editorial: A Missed Chance to Reject Voting Barriers in PA
Tribune-Review: Mitt’s gutsy call
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Editorial: Safety net for mentally ill seems to be fading away
Post-Gazette: It’s notover: The state still needs to oversee the city’s finances
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial: Justice doesn’t require death
Lebanon Daily News: When tax complexity puts dinner on the table

Blogs
The Liberty Blog: The Enemy Within: Harrisburg GOP Leadership Part 1- The Union GOP- Bonusgate Republicans- The Selling Out of GOP’s John McGinnis HD 79
The Liberty Blog: “Flexibility” in the Obama Administration’s Second Term: Is That Good for America
Speaking Freely (ACLU-PA): Breaking: Judge upholds PA voter ID law
Keystone State Education Coalition: A new way to evaluate teachers – by teachers
Commonwealth Foundation: Union Leaders Misrepresent Pension Reforms
NEPArtisan: PA Voter ID: Photos Required
2 Political Junkies: Selena Cover (for) Romney. Again.
2 Political Junkies: PA Voter ID Law Upheld by Commonwealth Court
Above Average Jane: Biden Responds to “Shackles” Criticism
Keystone Progress: Millions Speak As One To Support Carbon Pollution Limits
Keystone Progress: How the Ryan/Romney Budget Hurts PA -3
Keystone Progress: Republicans Challenge Pennsylvania Petitions of Libertarian and Constitution Parties
Keystone Progress: What the Ryan/Romney Budget Means for Pennsylvania
Keystone Politics: Judge Simpson Upholds #Voter ID
Keystone Politics: High Philly Construction Costs vs. Affordable Housing
Keystone Politics: Why the Romney-Ryan “Offensive” on Medicare Isn’t Likely to Work
Keystone Politics: Maybe Pittsburgh Transit Doomsday Will Be Averted

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