8/9 Morning Buzz

Good morning, politicos. Here’s the buzz. The back-and-forth continues: between Obama and Romney, between Critz and Rothfus and between Allegheny County GOP Chair Jim Roddey and – well, pretty much everyone else.

Party Chairs Burn and Gleason Spar on CBS Philly: PA Dems Chairman Jim Burn and PA GOP Chairman Rob Gleason debated the issues of this November’s Presidential election on the Dom Giordano Show on 1210 WPHT in Philadelphia.

Some PA Legislators Sing the Voter ID Blues: Democratic legislators statewide have cried foul over Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law, saying it’s a blatant attempt by Republicans to disenfranchise the Dems’ voting base. But it’s unlikely that they themselves expected to be a part of the disenfranchised group. Until now, that is.

Toomey Pushes Pro-Business Message in Bedford: Wednesday morning, Toomey stopped at the Bedford County Development Association, where the keyword of the day was regulation – specifically, how there is too much of it.

Updated: Critz Goes After Rothfus For Hiring Practices: The Critz campaign has come out swinging, accusing Rothfus of avoiding payroll taxes by misclassifying his employees. Allegheny County Dem Committee Chair Nancy Mills has filed a complaint against Rothfus to the IRS.

Team Obama Hits Back On Welfare (Watch Video): After Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign launched an attack video against the President for his policy changes regarding welfare Tuesday, Obama’s camp swung right back Wednesday, blasting Romney’s welfare record in an attack spot of their own.

Americans For Prosperity Ad: One-Term Obama (Watch Video): Americans for Prosperity announced Tuesday that they will be releasing a new ad as part of a major nationwide buy. The ad, titled “President Obama: A One Term Proposition,” is airing in 12 states, including Pennsylvania.

Vulakovich Wins Big in PA-40: Republican state Rep. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) easily won Tuesday’s special election in PA-40 by a 3 to 1 margin, thanks to better GOTV efforts, better endorsements and strong financial backing from the state party in the conservative-leaning district.

National
National Journal: Voters Dividing Along Familiar Lines
Wall Street Journal:Political Perceptions: Pros, Cons of Paul Ryan
Wall Street Journal: ‘Better Off?’ Theme Framing Election
USA Today: Presidential campaigns buy up domain names for ‘microsites’
USA Today: Obama consumes — and critiques — news coverage
New York Times: In Clamor for Roles at Convention, More Are Out Than In
Five Thirty Eight: How Romney’s pick of a running mate could sway the outcome
The Hill: Obama: Mitt Romney wants to take women back to policies of the ’50s
The Hill: Wikipedia locks down pages of VP contenders after excessive edits
The Hill: Romney veep pick is talk of town
National Journal: Voters Dividing Along Familiar Lines, With One Surprise

Statewide
Capitol Ideas: Gone to the Dogs: Gov. Corbett ceremonially signs service dog protection bill
Capitol Ideas: Wednesday Morning Coffee: Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar
StateImpactPa: Upcoming Public Meetings Aim To Answer Questions About Shell’s Ethane Cracker
StateImpactPA: Rachel Maddow Covers Pennsylvania Methane Migration Problems
Capitolwire: Off the floor: Simpson to have first and probably last word on case that could swing this election

Philadelphia
The Inquirer: Philly city commissioner denounces voter-ID law with data
The Inquirer: Butkovitz calls for rejection of Nutter’s five-year plan
Philly Now: Not Even Corbett Knows the Details of Pennsylvania’s Voter-ID Law
Philadelphia Weekly: Philly’s Homeless Struggle to Get IDs Under the New Voter Law
Philly Tribune: PHA to eliminate hiring provisional employees
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. district attorneys want child advocacy centers to benefit from Penn State endowment
WHYY Newsworks: Analysis lends credence to claims of voter ID law’s unequal impact

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Chester council vote could lead to police commissioner’s ouster
Montgomery Media: Abington commissioner Madeleine Dean steps down

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Attorneys seek separate trials for Orie sisters
Post-Gazette: GOP leader Roddey apologizes for calling Obama supporter ‘retarded.’
Post-Gazette: Convicted legislator DeWeese seeks to stay on November ballot
Post-Gazette: Vulakovich easily wins to replace Orie
Post-Gazette: Overseers caution Pittsburgh on pensions
Early Returns: Critz on air after Labor Day
Early Returns: Today in Voter ID
Early Returns: Susan Corbett’s father dies
Early Returns: Turnout less than 14 percent in Senate special
Early Returns: Vulakovich’s 1st promise: No Speedo
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Dem chair asks for IRS, state investigation of campaign employees
Tribune Review: Accused Supreme Court justice argues to keep her trial separate from sister’s
Tribune Review: Dems break away, hope to woo voters
Tribune Review: Vulakovich wins Senate seat
Tribune Review: Ads in Pa., 10 other states to focus on debt
Tribune Review: Father of first lady Susan Corbett dies

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Public meetings on cracker plant scheduled

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Avenue: Obama and Romney: Hey Ladies!
South Whitehall Patch: Bill Hansell Named Lehigh County Executive
South Whitehall Patch: Supporters lined up for Michelle Obama tickets

NEPA
Daily Review: DEP fines EXCO Resources $47,500 for operating unpermitted transfer stations
Daily Item: 3rd class city overhaul in the works
Pocono Record: Middle Smithfield supervisor says she’ll only vote to break a tie
Pocono Record: DA: Carlisle tax collector dealt marijuana
Times-Tribune: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton one of more than 100 U.S. airports at risk of closure
Times-Tribune: State says deadline on $2.2M offer to Scranton is somewhat flexible
Times-Tribune: Scranton council delays public hearing on recovery plan
Times-Tribune: Boscov: Sales tax may not make waves
Citizens’ Voice: Decision postponed on proposed compressor station

South Central
Chambersburg Public Opinion: PA Dems. argue jailed DeWeese can’t be candidate
Harrisburg Patriot News: PA’s freshman senator visits Dillsburg, notes ‘Washington does not create jobs or prosperity’
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg University’s trustee says ‘technical default’ caused by failure to make early debt payment
AP: PA First Lady Susan Corbett’s father dies
York Dispatch: York County veterans receive $5.1M in help
Lancaster Intelligencer: The surplus bubble

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Feds ask judge to toss Erie diocese suit over contraception coverage
Erie Times-News: Catholic groups oppose Erie diocese over health-care suit
Centre Daily Times: Representative Glenn Thompson visits 4-H youth

Opinion
Times-Tribune: Maintain DOT funding for transit hub
Times-Tribune: Less profit, more college
Standard Speaker:Put the bite on tax-cheating Medicaid providers
Lewistown Sentinel: Nasty political ads are here too soon
New York Times: Op-ed: Romney’s Fuzzy Math
Daily News: Is the city’s ‘final’ budget in trouble?
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: For Pa. Legislature, mandate study a good start

Blogs
John Hanger: New UT Study Finds Association Between Earthquakes & Deep Well Injection: All States Should Follow Ohio’s Lead In Strengthening Regulation
John Hanger: Wind Power Passes 50,000 Megawatts Milestone: Doubled Since 2008
Keystone Politics: Time to Roll Back Pittsburgh’s Job-Killing Food Truck Laws
Keystone Progress: Amgen Leaves ALEC
2 Political Junkes: The Trib Is Really Pushing The Voter Fraud Fraud
Lehigh Valley Independent: What High Home Prices Mean
Speaking Freely (ACLU-PA): Philadelphia office seeks fellows for civil rights litigation
Workers’ Voice: Going for all the gold: Mitt’s Olympics

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