8/19 Morning Buzz

The Philly pols came out last night. Mayor Nutter, members of Council and other candidates did stand up comedy for charity at Daily News Columnist Stu Bykofsky’s 21st annual event. Nutter stole the show with his cracks about his recent flash mobs speech. Check out the video here.

It’s time you got to know Patrick Rothwell. The Harrisburg-born politico is Chief of Staff to Rep. Lou Barletta, and the subject of this week’s COS Spotlight. Click here to learn out the meaning of “Rothwell Duck Truck,” and see what Patrick did to the late Senator Ted Kennedy.

Accountability PA, an independent group run by former Lentz staffers, received a cease and desist letter from the Meehan campaign, asking Accountability to stop airing an ad that the Meehan campaign claims makes “defamatory claims” against Rep. Meehan on Medicare.

Rep. Altmire could see a rematch of his 2010 matchup with Keith Rothfus. The NRCC put Rothfus “On The Radar”, which is a step in their Young Guns program. The NRCC said they are meeting with Rothfus to discuss how best to campaign and fund raise against Altmire.

The commission that will redraw the General Assembly and PA Senate boundaries launched its website yesterday. The site allows political junkies to compare the 1991 and 2001 maps, see the raw data the mapmakers will use for this year’s maps and watch commission hearings.

And don’t forget to check back later for the Ups & Downs!

National
AP: Pa. Dad, Son Busted For Harassing Sarah Palin
Times-News: Erie Mayor Sinnott Decides Not To Run Against Rep. Kelly
Bucks County Courier Times: Unemployed Protest Outside Rep. Fitzpatrick’s Office
PR Newswire: Gerlach Visits NACD Member Brenntag
Times-News: Rep. Kelly Tours Erie County 911 Call Center

Statewide
AP: Perzel Pension Worth Nearly $86,000
WJAC: Ethanol Settlement Buzz At State Rep. Bud George’s Annual Picnic
Fox Philadelphia: Pa. Natural Gas Production Rises 60%
PhillyNow: Rally Calls For Reallocating of Prison-Expansion Dollars
Commonwealth Confidential: Foreign Students Stage Walkout At Hershey Factory
Reading Eagle: State Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Trash Hauling
Capitol Ideas: Thursday Morning Coffee: The Thursday Five
State House Sound Bites: State’s jobless numbers go up
StateImpactPA: More Details on Range’s Legal Challenge
StateImpactPA: Consol Makes Big Bucks Off Marcellus Sale
StateImpactPA: Health Statistics Suggest Drilling, STDs Not Linked

Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia City Council Members Urge Mayor And DA To Ice Immigration Deal
PhillyClout: Pension Board Moves Ahead With Plans For “Strategic Fund”

Philly Suburbs
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County Township Wins Cell Tower Case In Federal Court

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Unemployment up in July, Pa. statistics show
Post-Gazette: Citing diesel soot, PennFuture seeks enforcement of anti-idling law
Tribune Review: Range’s appeal of South Fayette law raises questions of conflicts

Southwest
Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown Visitors Bureau Moving Into New Home

South Central
York Dispatch: York City’s Sept. 11 service set for Kiwanis Lake Park

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Luzerne County Revenue More Than Expected

North By Northwest
Tri-County Courier Express: Public Hearing Held on 814 Area Code

Opinions
Williamsport Sun-Gazette Editorial: Legislators’ Pensions Should Mirror The Private Sector
Times-Tribune Editorial: Renew Gas Tax
Post-Gazette: Editorial: Retreat on renewables? Wise energy use should know no political season

August 19th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook | No Comments