8/6 Morning Buzz

Good morning, politicos. Here’s the buzz. The Casey camp released its first ad of the season, and Rothfus tells Critz to pick a side on taxes and stick to it. And don’t forget to check out who made the cut in last week’s Ups & Downs.

Obama Campaign Wraps Up Small Business Spotlights: The Obama campaign released a series of spotlights on Pennsylvania small businesses, highlighting how President Obama’s policies have benefited them. The series began July 25, and wraps up today.

Rothfus: Critz Flip-Flops on Tax Cuts: Republican Keith Rothfus accused Rep. Mark Critz of trying to have it both ways after the Congressman voted with Republicans Wednesday to extend the Bush tax cuts for all income levels, but subsequently voted with Dems on an amendment to exempt those making above $1M.

Updated With Video: Casey to Release First Ad: Senator Bob Casey is releasing his first ad of the campaign season which will be airing in the Pittsburgh media market. This release comes on the heels of his competitor Tom Smith’s ads, which began running last week.

Obama Camp Online Map: How Romney’s Tax Plan Compares: This morning, President Obama’s campaign announced the release of a new online map that shows state-by-state how the middle class will have lower tax rates under Obama – as compared to proposed tax reform plans by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

8/3 Ups & Downs: We take a look at presidential campaign apps and an act of heroism from a state Rep. There were some missteps – and even an arrest. See who had a good week – and who wishes they could take it back.

National
Slate: Harry Reid, Mitt Romney Dig In on Battle Over Tax Rumors
Slate:Would You Prefer a President Who Is Book Smart or Street Smart?
Slate:Congress Ignores National Crisis, Heads Off on Five-Week Vacation
Wall Street Journal: Why White House Projections Turn So Rosy
Wall Street Journal:Beware the Post-Convention Bump
Wall Street Journal: Fight Over Romney’s Taxes Escalates
Wall Street Journal:Politicians Seize on Jobs Report
USA Today:RNC chairman Reince Priebus calls Harry Reid a ‘dirty liar’
USA Today: Obama seeks ‘perspective’ on economy
The Caucus: Dueling campaign ads for a weekend off the trail
The Caucus: Sunday breakfast menu, Aug. 5
Five Thirty Eight: A good week for Obama in forecast
Pro Publica: Is your neighbor a Democrat? Obama has an app for that
National Journal: N2K Presidential: War Rages Over Romney’s Tax Returns
National Journal: Rob Portman Is No Chicken, But He Did Play One on TV
The Washington Post: Presidential race becomes a question of nature vs. nurture
The Washington Post: Battles, over state voting laws head to court

Statewide
PA Independent:Judges slam environmental agency for lawsuit against woman
PA Independent: Corbett: State still analyzing potential Medicaid expansion
Capitol Ideas: New Report: PA has a (voter) identity crisis
State House Sound Bites: County officials to talk voter ID, block grant program in Hershey
StateImpactPA: Senator Toomey Wants EPA to Ease Up on Renewable Fuel Standard
StateImpactPA: Corbett Says Shell Ethane Cracker’s Future Is Still In Doubt
StateImpactPA: Drill Bits: States Ask Detroit to Build a Nat Gas Car, Gov. Corbett Still Stumps for Cracker and Aluminum Drill Pipes
Capitolwire: PA clears its unemployment debt to federal government, saving $12 million in the process.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Closing arguments made in Voter ID challenge

Philadelphia
PhillyClout: Where was Johnson after water main break? Administration says invite came late
Philly Tribune: Voter ID law especially hard on ex-inmates
WHYY Newsworks: Report cites voter ID shortfalls at PennDOT centers
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett downplays report of difficulties at licensing centers
WHYY Newsworks: Hailing end of Pa. inheritance tax on family farms
The Inquirer: Thou shalt not yank Jim Kenney’s chain
The Inquirer: Survey cites difficulties getting Pa. voter ID
The Inquirer: Absentee ballots may offer a way around Pennsylvania voter ID law
The Inquirer: Getting to voter-ID centers a hardship for low-income elderly

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Election Countdown: Face the Facts, one every day
Delco Daily Times: 7th District hopeful pledges support for veterans (With Video)
Delco Daily Times: Sestak mum on future political goals (With Video)
Delco Daily Times: Penn-Delco votes down resolution for wage act
Montgomery Media: Video: Commissioners adopt open space budget with no new borrowing
Bucks Local News: Pennsylvania Attorney General announces distribution of $11.5M to municipalities, non-profits in national bid-rigging settlement
Daily Local: Area Democrats rally for Obama tax plan

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Arguments conclude in Pa. voter ID case
Post-Gazette: State Sen. Jeff Piccola charged with professional misconduct
Post-Gazette: Fund to help students get into better schools
Post-Gazette: PennDOT answers critics of its voter ID response
Early Returns: MSM: Pa not on most battleground lists
Early Returns: Study criticizes voter ID services
Early Returns: New voter ID maps; Looking to Indiana
Tribune Review: GOP group focused on policy, not party
Tribune Review: Pa. group takes cues from Club
Tribune Review: Lawmaker: PSU fines should fund abuse agencies

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: State OKs gas drilling at Dutch Fork Lake
Daily Courier: Corbett touts road’s rule in ‘revolution’

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Avenue: Pat Toomey making the rounds next week
Pennsylvania Avenue: Dent stumps for Romney in Bethlehem
Morning Call: Study: PennDOT workers ill-prepared to handle new Voter ID law
Morning Call: Farmer Tom Smith sees opportunity, and run: Little-known Western PA businessman hopes to Bob Casey Jr. in November
WFMZ: Latinos set to advise governor sworn in
South Whitehall Patch: Plaintiffs: State Workers Giving Wrong Voter ID Info

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Court aims to reduce addicts, reduce crime, cost
Standard Speaker: Council won’t pay legal bills
The Daily Review: Towanda Borough Council to vote on vehicle ordinances
The Times Leader: Change made to Mericle loan deal
The Times Leader: School review shows conflicts
Citizens Voice: Flood gauge funds still not a priority
Citizens Voice: Time not on county’s side
Citizens Voice: Education degree no longer needed to be school chief

South Central
AP: Could tougher voting laws squelch the youth vote?
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Gov. Corbett to visit Shippensburg farm today
Harrisburg Patriot News: Opponents of Pennsylvania’s voter ID law say hurdles make compliance hard
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg’s former mayor Steve Reed supports keeping bankruptcy on
the table
Harrisburg Patriot News: PennDOT ill-equipped to provide voters’ photo IDs, advocacy group finds
Harrisburg Patriot News: State Sen. Jeffrey Piccola accused of ‘dishonesty, fraud’ just months before his retirement
AP: Voter ID: Colleges work to make sure students have what they need to vote

North by Northwest
AP: Presidential TV ad spending focused on 9 states (including PA)
Centre Daily Times: Green Party candidate wants to change ‘how Washington works’
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Council head wants position in next budget

Opinion
Citizens’ Voice: Good government solves its own problems
Post-Gazette Editorial: Failed Schools: Congress must fix the for-profit college industry
Tribune Review Op-Ed: Democrats’ Hillary snub still divisive
Tribune Review Op-ed: Cheers for Utah, jeers for Pa.
Tribune Review Op-ed: Shale gas, zoning and you
Tribune Review Editorial: Aichele error ‘redistricts’ 40th
Beaver County Times Op-ed: In politics, irony isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be
Politico: Politics aside, debt fix is clear
The Inquirer: Don’t mind the tolls, DRPA is all better
The Inquirer: The American Debate: Bill Clinton surges back to center stage
Pottstown Mercury: Nasty ads are here too soon
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Property tax reform long overdue in Pa.
The Sentinel: School boards should follow the rules
Lancaster New Era: Politics and climate change
Tri-County Sunday: Stop whining and get IDs for voters who need them
Reading Eagle: John Forester column: Tax reform? Keep dreaming

Blogs
Keystone State Education Coalition: EITC 2.0: Here’s your $50 million voucher program for the 2012-2013 school year Pennsylvania
Keystone State Education Coalition: Privatizing Public Schools: Big Firms Eyeing Profits From U.S. K-12 Market
Speaking Freely (ACLU-PA): Voter ID Day 7: Summing it up
NEPArtisan: Volpe Hosts Auditor General Candidate DePasquale in Minooka
NEPArtisan: Scranton’s Recovery Plan = Epic Fail
2 Political Junkies: The Tribune-Review fails to disclose. Again
2 Political Junkies: Jenna Jameson: Mitt Romney for President
Pennsylvania Progressive: State Rep. Maloney Lies About Voter Fraud
Pennsylvania Progressive: Bailing Out Climate Change Deniers
Above Average Jane: Things not to say
Keystone Politics: HD-95: Libertarian Party pick-up opportunity?
Keystone Progress: More than a Million: Health Insurance Changes Kick in for PA Women
John Hanger: Proved Gas Reserves Up 50% From 2005 to 2010: Where’s The Gas Ponzi Scheme?
John Hanger: Cheaper & Cleaner: Natural Gas Saves Southern Company’s Ratepayers At Least $567 Million

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