8/2 Morning Buzz

Veteran Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle was the lone member of the Pennsylvania delegation to vote against the high-profile, controversial debt ceiling deal reached by President Obama and congressional leaders late Sunday night.

The Forest Hills representative was also at the center of a controversial caucus huddle in which he reportedly likened Tea Party Republicans to “terrorists [who] have made it impossible to spend any money.”

The measure now heads to the U.S. Senate, where Keystone State colleagues Bob Casey and Pat Toomey are split — the former announced late Sunday that he plans to support the compromise, while the latter said yesterday that he plans to oppose it.

Stay tuned to PoliticsPA on Tuesday, as Quinnipiac University plans to release the results of its latest survey, which will cover President Obama, Congress and the debt ceiling debate.

PoliticsPA Reports

Rep. Doyle the Lone PA Dissenter as U.S. House Approves Controversial Debt Deal
“I believe the federal government’s skyrocketing national debt is a problem the United States must fix – and that it will require substantial sacrifice for us to do so – but I strongly oppose the approach taken in this bill, which I believe to be both counterproductive and unjust,” Doyle said in a statement released by his office.

Unrest in Yemen Could Have “Significant Impact” on U.S. National Security, Casey Says
As many of his colleagues became more and more immersed in the debt ceiling debate last week, United States Senator Bob Casey took to the pulpit and the Patriot-News to defend President Obama’s policy — in Yemen.

Third Party Candidate Tom Kawczynski Fights to Make Ballot in Allegheny County
Meet Tom Kawczynski. He’s just your average college graduate. He doesn’t come from a political background and he’s definitely not a millionaire. If you’re wondering why he’s interested in entering Allegheny County politics, you’re probably not alone

National
Politico: Debt-Ceiling Deal Frustrates House Liberals
Politico: Sources: Joe Biden Likens Tea Partiers To Terrorists: Rep. Mike Doyle
Roll Call: Treasury’s Priorities List Might Cost Votes
Washington Post: Biden Says Tea Party Republicans Acted Like Terrorists
NYT via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  11th hour debt deal presented in Congress

Statewide
KYW Newsradio: PA Supreme Court adopts reforms after critical reports
Citizens Voice: Commission will hand governor ideas for transportation funding
Capitol Ideas: Revenue Department Releases July tax Collections
Capitol Ideas: Corbett #TranspoFunding Report Recommends $2.5B in New Revenues
Capitol Ideas: House Panel sets hearing on #SchoolChoice
WITF: Debt ceiling deal, Harrisburg’s recovery plan, fudging test results in Public Schools
PA Independent: Santorum – Democrats ‘hooking’ Americans on entitlement
State Impact – NPR: Pipeline Company Slams EPA
State Impact – NPR: Corbett’s Shale Commission Recommendations, Visualized
Pennsylvania Avenue Morning Call: Casey supports debt deal, Toomey still reviewing
Pennsylvania Avenue Morning Call: Dent, Barletta, Holden explain their support for debt deal
Newsworks: Panel presents Corbett with funding options for Pa. transportation
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Final report: Raise money or roads will get worse

Philly
Heard in the Hall: Nutter to form plan for flash mobs
Heard in the Hall: Filing deadline for independents
Newsworks: Phila. leaders band together to tame violent mobs
PhillyNow: Independent candidate for Sheriff files nomination papers
PhillyNow: This is liquor privatization?
KYW Newsradio: Mike Fitzpatrick speaks on debt reduction plan

Philly Suburbs
Courier Times: Local Lawmaker Leaning Against Liquor Store Privatization
The Intelligencer: Philadelphia Court Reform Gets Help From Local Officials
Media: Montgomery County District Attorney Cycles For Charity
The Mercury: Area Representatives All Vote In Favor Of Debt Deal
The Mercury: Area Congress reps Tell How They’ll Vote On Deal
The Mercury: PSU Can’t Blame Rising Tuition Hikes Just On State Budget

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Mayor stands in way of Pittsburgh council’s desire to place drilling ban before voters
Early Returns: Toomey a “no” on debt deal
Early Returns: Drilling ban on thin ice
Early Returns: Daily Santorum: Feelin’ the PA love
Early Returns: Doyle: manufacturing crisis
KDKA: Local Politicians Weigh in On Debt Deal Compromise
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Dems likely to revisit fray on endorsements
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Western Pennsylvania reps want ‘to read the details’

Lehigh Valley
Lehigh Valley Live: Emily Joy Gross cannot be charged in Monroe County, Pa. Superior Court says
Lehigh Valley Live: Same-sex marriage in New York joins Palmer Township couple

South Central
Observer-Reporter: ATI announces new tentative agreement for Ludlum USW workers
Tribune-Review: Frazier hires new business manager
Indiana Gazette: Community reconsiders ban

NEPA
Citizens Voice: ‘Reality tour’ shows effects of drilling
Times-Leader: Summers to run as Libertarian for mayor in Wilkes-Barre
Times-Leader: Wyoming Mayor: Walmart plan a non-starter
Standard Speaker: Hazleton council approves building design restrictions for downtown
Daily Review: Ward: Gas company financing is preventing residents from getting mortgages
Times News: Lt. Governor guest speaker at Schuylkill Marcellus Shale group

North by Northwes
tErie Times-News: Erie Sewer Authority might exit interest-rate swap deal
Centre Daily Times: CATA begins pilot program with 15 exterior advertisements
Tri-County Courier Express: Officials say all is not lost at Bionol ethanol plant

Opinions
Times-Leader Editorial: Your call to be heard in D.C.
Times-Leader Editorial: Boards fuel bloom, but at what cost?
Pocono Record Editorial: Stop feeding Pa.’s gluttonous prisons
Rep. Joe Pitts, Politico Opinion: Health care reform’s poor prognosis
Morning Call: Pa. politics’ most profound year: 1991
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Debt Ceiling Winners and Losers
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Crime Rises Another 3.67% In Bethlehem Thru June
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Editorial: Reagan playbook irrelevant
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Editorial: The debt deal: D.C. dolts
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Editorial:  Minds opening to libertarian ideas
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Editorial:  Breath of fresh air: The EPA sets rules for drillers to cut pollution

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