8/2 Morning Buzz
Good morning, politicos. Here’s the buzz. Q-Pac polling has Romney and Smith slipping in the state, while Rep. Bob Brady – an Obama campaign surrogate – talked middle class tax cuts. Meanwhile, Rep. Kelly took aim at an Obama health mandate he said “would live in infamy” alongside the attacks on Pearl Harbor and 9/11.
And ICYMI, we have Bob Casey’s primary undervote in the state.
Rep. Kelly Likens New Health Mandate to Pearl Harbor, 9/11: Rep. Mike Kelly may have landed himself in hot water today, having compared a newly implemented Obama administration mandate to Pearl Harbor and the September 11 terrorist attacks during a press conference. The new mandate requires insurers provide contraceptive coverage to women.
Class Warfare, Anyone? Brady Talks Middle Class, Rips Romney: Complementing a campaign fact sheet on the presidential nominees’ competing tax plans, the Obama camp hosted a call today between U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and two middle-class voters who said Romney’s tax plan would roll back tax cuts for them while giving millions in tax breaks for the rich.
Maps: Bob Casey’s Primary Undervote: Today we present the latest in our informal series in which we map out PA’s primary data: the Democratic race for U.S. Senate. Incumbent Bob Casey lost nearly 20 percent of the vote to a no-name, no-money challenger.
Green Party Takes Over 35,000 Signatures to Harrisburg: Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein, along with PA native and Vice Presidential nominee Cheri Honkala and state party Chair Carl Romanelli, delivered petitions to Harrisburg on Tuesday to win a spot on the PA ballot.
Quinnipiac Poll: Corbett’s Numbers Slightly Better, But Still Down: Although his approval has shown a slight improvement over previous polls, Gov. Tom Corbett is still getting a net negative review from voters, with a Quinnipiac poll released today showing that PA voters disapprove of the job he is doing 45 percent to 38 percent.
Quinnipiac Poll: Casey Leads Smith 55-37: Sen. Bob Casey continues to boast a commanding lead in his race for re-election, according to Quinnipiac.
Quinnipiac Poll: Obama Snags Double-Digit Lead in PA: President Obama’s Pennsylvania lead has grown since June, according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac. He leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 11 points, 53 percent to 42 percent.
Legislative Election Updates
SD-29: Two Schuylkill Co. Dems, U.S. Rep Tim Holden and State Rep. Neal Goodman, have endorsed their fellow Schuylkill Co. Dem Tim Seip for state Senate. Seip is a former state Rep. but lost in 2010. He is running against Sen. David Argall (R-Schuylkill).
HD-79: GOP activist Bob Guzzardi has put the House Republican Campaign Committee on notice for failing to help candidate John McGinnis. PA’s HRCC backed incumbent moderate Rep. Rick Geist in the primary, but Geist lost to conservative John McGinnis, who is likely to win the general. Insiders from both parties agree that the Dems aren’t willing to invest much time and effort into their candidate, Richard Flarend, but even so Guzzardi is challenging the HRCC to more actively support him and “financially help repair the false impression its despicably untrue mailers and TV ads presented of real deal right to work, free market John McGinnis.”
National Journal: Obama Leads Romney in Three Swing-State Polls, Hits 50 Percent
National Journal: Republicans on Romney’s Trip: Any Damage Won’t Be Fatal
The Caucus: The Electoral Map: Pennsylvania Now Leaning Democratic
The Caucus: New Romney Ad Hits Obama on Layoffs After Auto Bailout
The Caucus: Obama Supporters Barraged With Pleas for Cash
Five Thirty Eight: July 31: Obama Forecast Improves on Data Showing Faster Income Growth
Politico: Romney, GOP high-rollers to meet in Aspen
Politico: Sources dispute Romney’s role in dropping wind credit
Politico: House leader: We’ll come back in August for tax and sequester deal
Politico: Obama: Romney ‘asking you to pay more so that people like him can get a tax cut’
Politico: Twitter index gives Obama the lead
Politico: Newt Gingrich: Bill Clinton may ‘shrink’ Obama in Charlotte
Roll Call: Ethics Panel Says Laura Richardson Likely Broke Federal Law, House Rules
Roll Call: GOP Gambles on Drought Assistance Bill
Roll Call: Internet Security Bill Could Be Stalled
Roll Call: Obama Team Criticizes Mitt Romney Trip
The Hill: GOP lawmakers equate birth-control mandate with Pearl Harbor, 9/11
The Hill: Romney resets media strategy
Slate: How Not To Defend Voter ID
Slate: Mitt Romney’s Version of Tax Reform Will Raise Taxes on the Middle Class
Capitol Ideas: Pennsylvania collected $1.8 billion in general fund revenue last month
Capitol Ideas: Things to look at: Tax foundation testimony on online sales taxes
Capitol Ideas: Where’s Mitt? GOP candidate is a no-show on PA TV this summer
Capitol Ideas: Wednesday Morning Coffee: Obama hits 50 percent in Ohio, Fla. and PA.
PA Independent: Dermody says authority debt may need new regulations
StateImpactPA: State funds available for housing in shale regions
StateImpactPA: An increase in both natural gas prices and production
StateImpactPA: Drill Bits: Court orders DEP to turn over documents; solar panels on Ikea’s roof
Capitolwire: Aichele testifies in court on Voter ID challenge
Capitolwire: Final witnesses testify in Voter ID challenge
Philly Inquirer: Obama leads in Pa., Ohio and Fla. among likely voters
Philly Inquirer: Which Nutter staffers stopped taking pay cuts?
Philly Inquirer: Corbett stepping down as DRPA chairman
Philly Inquirer: Philly demonstration protests end of General Assistance
Philly Daily News: Corbett takes a break from his war on women to declare victory in his war against poor people
Philly Clout: Obama hits magic 50 percent mark in PA, OH & FL
PhillyNow.com: Daily Grinder: Tea Party Urges Chick-fil-A ‘Appreciation Day’
PhillyNow.com: Shit Happens – So Don’t Ban Plastic Bags
PhillyNow.com: Green Party Presidential Ticket Arrested in Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. civic leaders get update on voter ID requirements
WHYY Newsworks: Philly official testifies poll workers aren’t ready to enforce voter ID law
WHYY Newsworks: Green Party candidate for president arrested in Philadelphia
Philly Tribune: Private $16M Grant to Aid Local Education Efforts
Philly Tribune: Williams Leads Rally Against Voter ID Cards
KYW Newsradio: Testimony Concludes In Trial Over Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law
City Paper: Jury finds conditions in Philly’s largest jail to be “punishment”
Pottstown Mercury: Poll shows President Obama ahead in swing states
Delco Daily Times: Private survey: US economy added 163K jobs in July
Delco Daily Times: Philly official predicts Election Day ‘mess’ tied to Voter ID law
Montgomery Media: Officials want park near vet center
Tribune Review: Senator says Highmark trying to lure patients from Excela
Tribune Review: DA’s office seeks 1 trial for Supreme Court justice, sister on corruption charges
Early Returns: Local Voter ID data confirms Dem fears
Early Returns: Dermody questions Voter ID letters
Early Returns: Kelly: Contraception like 9/11, Pearl Harbor
Early Returns: Q poll: Obama, Casey up big in Pa
Early Returns: NYT: PA not top tier battleground, leans Obama
AP: NCAA tabs former Sen. George Mitchell as PSU integrity monitor
Post-Gazette: Prominent names are among Allegheny County voters with faulty ID
Express Times: Greenwich Township mayor says portable signs creating blight
Morning Call: Superior Court to re-hear Northampton County Prison razor attack case
Morning Call: Allen Township to give open space referendum another try
Morning Call: Maxatawny will weigh measure to protect historic properties
Reading Eagle: Don Spatz: Mayor motivates through oratory
Reading Eagle: Witnesses say ID law confuses voters
South Whitehall Patch: Romney Plus Condi Puts Race at Dead Heat in Pa.
The Daily Review: Pickett to extend office hours as part of Towanda First Friday
Citizens Voice: Ashley mayor blames absence on council
Citizens Voice: Casey pushes FEMA for help in Plymouth Twp.
The Times-Tribune: Commuter tax eyed in compromise plan
The Times-Tribune: Agency mailer advises voters of photo ID mandate
Times Leader: Casey announces $38G grant for Plymouth police
Times Leader: Obama has big edge in Pa.; race closer in Ohio, Fla.
Times Leader: County council elects new chairman
Patriot News: Analysis: Quinnipiac poll suggests many disagree with the Gov. Corbett’s austerity measures
York Daily Record: York County Democratic Party to host annual summer picnic and a birthday celebration for Obama Saturday
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster County OKs new radio system
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Erie Times-News: Rally protests general assistance cuts to “most vulnerable”
Sharon Herald: Natural Fuel Gas raises rates 4.7 percent
Centre Daily Times: NCAA appoints former U.S. Senator George Mitchell to monitor penalty enforcement at Penn State
Politico: Momentum for cybersecurity
Washington Post: Rejecting Romney’s ‘culture’ difference
Washington Post: Obama’s biggest mistake bites back
Washington Post: Why Clinton is Obama’s leading man
Lewistown Sentinel: Fracking ban is about our water
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Editorial: The still-unknown impact of Voter ID
York Daily Record: Our opinion: How to contact Gov. (Redacted)
Speaking Freely: Voter ID Day 6: Voter confusion about new law rampant
Speaking Freely: Voter ID Day 5: The impact of voter ID
Keystone State Education Coalition: Dispatches from a “low-achieving” Philadelphia school
Commonwealth Foundation: Welfare anti-fraud measures earn gold medal
Lehigh Valley Independent: Q-Poll: Obama up 11 in PA
2 Political Junkies: Geez, they’re still on this?
PA Lu-Lac Political Letter: Healthcare in the palm of your hands
Pennsylvania Progressive: Kelly: Contraception the new Pearl Harbor, 9/11
Pennsylvania Progressive: Women’s health care advanced under ACA
Keystone Progress: Why PA’s Voter ID law will create chaos on Election Day
Keystone Progress: ObamaCare allows Pennsylvania women to take control of their health
Keystone Progress: Report: Employer tax breaks led to $50 billion debt in state unemployment funds
Keystone Politics: Pittsburgh employment is surging, but will GOP snuff out the recovery with massive transit cuts
Keystone Politics: Mike Kelly: Free birth control is like 9/11 and Pearl Harbor
Keystone Politics: How a land value tax could relieve the housing crunch in gasland
Keystone Politics: Yawn: Casey still crushing Smith by 18 points
Keystone Politics: Why Romney’s pulling back on PA ad spending
Keystone Politics: Who cares about what non-voters think about a commuter tax?
Keystone Politics: HD-131: Deely hits Simmons on Act 13 support
Keystone Politics: Government-by-poll is a terrible idea
John Hanger: PA Supreme Court asked to hear in October gas zoning appeal
John Hanger: Low gas prices have not slowed renewable energy but will they in the future?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Philly City Paper: 43% of Philly’s voters may lack ID