8/17 Morning Buzz
Obama, Casey and Corbett have all slipped in the polls; we’ve released a poll of our own regarding campaign ads; and in case you missed it, last night Voter ID and Turzai (again) got mentioned on The Daily Show.
Don’t forget to check back later for this week’s Ups & Downs.
Dems Talk Corbett Education Cuts in Johnstown: On a hot Thursday afternoon PA Dems Party Chair Jim Burn, state Rep. and Auditor General candidate Eugene DePasquale, state Rep. Bryan Barbin and Cambria County Controller Ed Cernic Jr. gathered on the steps of Johnstown Central Park’s gazebo to talk education.
Reader Poll: Which Ads Are Most Compelling This Cycle?: Thanks to technology, we never get a break from the barrage of political ads leading up the an election. We’ve already seen quite a few this cycle – from the presidential race all the way down to state Senate. Keeping them in mind, which ones influence you the most?
AFP Ad: Hope and Change Has Failed (Watch Video): Americans for Prosperity has released a new ad, using testimonials from people who voted for Obama in 2008 who will not be voting for him again. The ad is the second phase of AFP’s major nationwide ad buy, and will be airing in Pennsylvania.
Obama Ad Criticizes GOP Medicare Plan (Watch Video): Team Obama fired the next attack in the “War on Medicare” Wednesday with the release of a negative ad criticizing the Romney-Ryan Medicare plan.
F&M Poll: Corbett’s Numbers Dropping: The latest Franklin & Marshall poll shows Gov. Tom Corbett’s favorability rating holding steady from their last poll conducted in June. But given that his unfavorability continues to climb, it is not a good sign for the Governor.
F&M Poll: Obama and Casey Numbers Lower, Still in the Lead: The latest poll conducted by Franklin & Marshall College shows a slight drop in the numbers for both the President and Senator Casey, but still has them leading their opponents.
Trivedi Makes House Calls: The doctor is in. PA-6 congressional hopeful Dr. Manan Trivedi started a campaign initiative Tuesday called “House Meetings with Dr. Manan Trivedi,” during which he will lead town-hall style discussions about important issues in the homes of 6th District voters.
Legislative Election Updates
SD-17: GOP state Senate candidate Charles Gehret called on his opponent Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montco) to apologize to Judge Simpson for comments the Senator made about the Voter ID ruling. “When Sen. Leach called Judge Simpson a ‘partisan hack’ I had to look twice to assure myself this wasn’t a self descriptive comment. Judge Simpson is above reproach and he is uniformly regarded as an even-handed jurist who looks only at the law and the facts. Sen. Leach’s comments are clearly beyond the pale,” Gehret said. “In the entire Pennsylvania State Legislature, only Sen. Leach would stoop so low and take a swipe like this at a unanimously respected judge, proving once again that he does not represent Main Line values. Sen. Leach needs to take a step back from the kooky-left Kool-Aid stand and apologize to Judge Simpson.”
New York Times: Romney Says He Paid at Least 13 Percent in Income Taxes
New York Times: The Lowest Common Denominator and the 2012 Race for President
New York Times: Few Voters Are Truly Up for Grabs, Research Suggests
The Caucus: The Early Word: Overwhelmed
USA Today: Unlike ’08, presidential campaign ads scarce in Pennsylvania
USA Today: White House rejects McCain comments on Biden
Wall Street Journal: Political Perceptions: The Ryan Medicaid Questions
Pro Publica: Pennsylvania is just the latest ruling upholding voter ID law
National Journal: Ryan’s New GOP Role Could Reopen Social Security Debate
National Journal: ‘Walmart Moms’ Still Forming Opinions About Ryan
National Journal: PA Lawmakers Poke Fun at Politics
Washington Post: Obama steps up portrayal of Romney, Ryan as out of touch with middle America
The HIll: Team Obama: Ryan ‘falls flat’ with voters, like Palin and Quayle
The Hill: White House says Obama will stick with Biden as running mate
The Hill: New poll finds Medicare more important to voters than healthcare reform law
The Hill: Black caucus leader: ‘Chains’ uproar ‘makes absolutely no sense’
PA Independent: After second budget, Corbett’s popularity slips again in new poll
PA Independent: State spends less on federal lobbying but still leads the nation
PA Independent: After voter ID decision, education process continues
State Impact PA: Drill Bits: Act 13 Injunction Remains In Effect
State Impact PA: Shell Begins Planning Beaver County Ethane Cracker
State Impact PA: Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Boom Keeps Expanding — Except In Bradford County: Inside The Latest Production Report
Capitolwire: Judge denies delay of Voter ID law; appeal to be filed this week
Capitolwire: Democrats’ Voter ID messaging contrast
Capitol Ideas: Corbett’s popularity dips again in new F&M poll
Capitol Ideas: Voter ID guru weighs in on PA court decision
Capitol Ideas: PA’s July unemployment rate was 7.9 percent, up slightly from the month before, state says
Inquirer: Can voter ID laws affect the outcome of an election?
Inquirer: Philadelphia woman, plaintiff in ID case, fears she will not be able to vote again
Inquirer: Phila. GOP group assails Biden’s ‘chains’ comments
Inquirer: Praise and brickbats for voter ID ruling
Inquirer: Pennsylvania voter ID law ruling almost certain to be appealed
Inquirer: Some election workers express defiance over ruling
Daily News: Poll gives Obama the edge, but how would voter ID affect the lead?
Daily News: City council holds hearing on rec center violence
Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett’s job approval numbers sink to new low
PhillyClout: Identification crisis
Phillynow.com: Libertarian party prepares Philly ballot access fight with help from other third parties
Phillynow.com: Daily Grinder: Philly black Republicans slam Biden over ‘chains’ comment
Philadelphia Tribune: About 85K voters eligible for special ID
KYW Newsradio: Poll: Romney cuts in Obama’s lead in Pennsylvania
WHYY Newsworks: The key finding in the voter ID ruling
Early Returns:State: No voter data to feds
Early Returns: F&M: Romney tightens Pa race
Tribune-Review: Audit rips Pittsburgh for failing to track minority participation in contracts
Post-Gazette: Democratic officials criticize education funding cuts
Post-Gazette: Obama officials announce regional manufacturing initiative
Post-Gazette: Audit: Pittsburgh minority- and women-owned contracting not tracked well
Observer-Reporter: Carmichaels OKs truck purchase
Observer-Reporter: White takes shale hiring questions to social media
Observer-Reporter: Judge denies motion in Washington County voter ID case
Daily Courier:Change in oversight of Fayette County pension fund criticized, defended
Indiana Gazette: Burrell Township: Supervisors to vote on road closing
Pennsylvania Ave: F&M: Obama Pennsylvania lead shrinks
Morning Call: Judge bars Rep. Brennan from seeing wife, grants her custody of kids
South Whitehall Patch: Update: South Whitehall Reacts to Voter ID Decision
South Whitehall Patch: Great-Grandmother Will Fight Pa. Voter ID Law
AP: PA voter ID foe: ‘It’s not over’
The Times-Leader: Residents of Pa. drilling town near settlement
The Times-Tribune: Challengers of PA voter photo ID law file appeal
The Times-Tribune: Lawyers argue Hazleton’s immigration law in 3rd circuit court of appeals
Citizens Voice: corbett’s approval rating sinks to new low
Citizens Voice: Appeals court weighs legality of Hazleton immigration law
Citizens Voice: Poll: Romney cuts into Obama lead in Pa.
Citizens Voice: Voter ID green light only sharpens debate
Standard Speaker: Pa. voter ID case, political campaigns press on
Standard Speaker: Harrisburg considers multiple pension topics
AP: Challengers of Pa. voter photo ID law file appeal
AP: Pa. jobless rate makes biggest jump since 2009
Pocono Record: Poll: Obama leads Romney by 6 points in Pennsylvania
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster County may try new Pa. program
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Poll: Obama leads Romney in PA
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Franklin County commissioners pursue local control of human services grants
York Daily Record: No college diploma? Smaller average paychecks
Tribune-Review: We can still save the Postal Service
Tribune-Review: Romney-Ryan: Real change
Post-Gazette: Bad law upheld: The voter ID statute is all about repressing turnout
Wall Street Journal: A Voter ID Victory
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial: Voter ID simply unnecessary
Philadelphia Daily News Editorial: Court votes yes on voter ID law
Philadelphia Inquirer Op-ed: Small surprise but much anger in Pa. ruling on voter ID
Philadelphia Tribune Op-ed: What could be worse? Don’t ask
Courier Times Editorial: Judge votes to sidestep key issue
Reading Eagle: Politics interfered with the mission of Komen for Cure
Express Times: Editorial: Pennsylvania’s flawed voter ID law gets kicked upstairs
New York Times: Should We Stop Taxing Capital Gains?
York Dispatch: Editorial: How to motivate voters
The Liberty Blog: The Enemy Within: Republicans Selling Out Republicans
Speaking Freely (ACLU-PA): Voter ID: Reviewing the ruling and our next steps
Speaking Freely (ACLU-PA): Another Contraception Challenge, Another Misguided Argument
Lehigh Valley Independent: #VoterID Decision Is Bad, But Probably Not 6 Points Bad
Lehigh Valley Independent: LANTA Looking at Bus Rapid Transit
NEPArtisan: Sad State of Political Cable News
NEPArtisan: Medicare Strengthened By ACA & Obama
2 Political Junkies: Now, On That $716 Billion
The Lu Lac Political Letter: The LuLac Edition #2161
Above Average Jane: Responses to Voter ID Decision
Keystone Politics: The Cost of NIMBYism
Keystone Politics: AP Tells the Truth on Obama’s Medicare Cuts to Providers
Keystone Politics: New Obama Ad Hits Romney’s False Medicare Attack Head On, Hits Ryan Plan to End Medicare
Keystone Politics: The Ticket Splitter Scourge
Keystone Politics: When Program Cuts Cost More Than the Programs
Keystone Politics: How Bad Do Minor Parties Have It on PA Ballot Access?