9/1 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, welcome to the buzz. Yesterday was the biggest day in political news for months, bar none. You can catch up here:

Perzel Pleads Guilty: It’s the end of an era. Former House Speaker John Perzel plead guilty to 8 counts of theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest. We’ve collected the Perzel headlines in a special section below.

Orie troubles: Notice a theme? State Sen. Jane Orie is being charged on secondary charges of evidence tampering, and the Superior Court rejected her argument that it constitutes double jeopardy. The Post-Gazette has called on her to resign, and they won’t be the last. We have a special section for her news stories, too.

Harrisburg Council Votes No: City Council rejected Mayor Thompson’s plan 4-3. If the state and creditors want a plan that they oppose, council opposition seemed to say, then Gov. Corbett is going to have to force it.

Toomey in Coudersport: Senator Toomey did what he does best at yesterday’s town hall: calmly explain fiscal policy. His event went without incident – the Inquirer’s Tom Fitzgerald has the story.

Citizens Marcellus Commission: A range of organizations from environmental and liberal advocacy groups, to the non-partisan League of Women Voters are forming a citizens’ panel as a counterpart to Governor Tom Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission.

Union Targets 4 GOP Reps: A large union representing airport workers is taking aim at four Pennsylvania Congressmen over what they say is an attempt to use the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization to curtail
their bargaining rights.

DOT Saw the Sign: The U.S government finally saw the sign after weeks of deliberating Senator Toomey’s forceful recommendation to back off the mandate for new street signs across the nation.

Gaming Board Controversy: Both parties have something to criticize about their counterparts’ selection for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Post-Gazette Slams Ravenstahl: The ed board took Mayor Ravenstahl to task for his frequent habit of being outside of the city during big problems.

Pittsburgh Comedy Night: Look, we know, this thing happened like a week ago – it’s old news. While PoliticsPA was busy covering Stu Bykofsky’s comedy night in Philly, out in Pittsburgh the Steelers were busy beating up on the Eagles, and western PA politicos were giving it their own go.

Perzel pleads guilty
TPatriot-News: Analysis: Perzel’s Expected Plea Will Add Fuel to Fire of Voter Skepticism
Post Gazette: Perzel Decides to Plead Guilty
AP, Daily Times: Ex-Pa. Speaker Perzel Pleads Guilty to Theft, Conspiracy and Conflict of Interest
Inquirer: Perzel, a force at his peak, fell prey to thrill of power
Patriot News: Former House Speaker Perzel’s guilty plea gives corruption probe its top prize
Tribune Review: Former house speaker faces prison after 8 guilty pleas
Post Gazette: Colleagues Wonder About Former Pennsylvania House Speaker Perzel’s Decision to Plead Guilty
Capitol Ideas: Former Speaker John Perzel Pleads Guilty to Eight Corruption Counts

More Orie Legal troubles.
Post Gazette Editorial: Time To Go: Orie Should Resign and Focus On Her Legal Defense
Patriot News: Pa. Sen. Jane Orie’s double jeopardy claim rejected by Superior Court
Tribune Review: Superior court rejects Orie’s double jeopardy claim
AP, The Times Leader: Superior court denies Orie’s double-jeopardy claim
AP, The Patriot-News: New Charges Against Sen. Jane Orie Are ‘Vindictive Maneuver,’ Attorney Says
Tribune Review: Defense for Orie may just be a snooze
Tribune Review: Charges put Orie attorney in tough spot
PennPatriot: Orie running out of options

National
Inquirer: No anger at Toomey town hall in Coudersport
Penn. Ave: Toomey agrees with Cantor: balance FEMA boost with spending cuts
CNN: Santorum decries charge of bigotry on ‘Piers Morgan’
AP: Sen. Casey Negotiating With Pakistan On Fertilizer That Has Been Linked To Bombs In Afghanistan
ABC News: Sen. Toomey and the other GOP Members of Debt Committee Met For 7 Hours Today; They Aim To ‘Achieve Success’
Fox News: Rick Santorum Unveils His Jobs Plan: ‘America’s Might Is Tied To Our Economic Might’
AP, Philly Burbs: Government Sues to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger
AP, Philly Burbs: Petraeus Leaving Army to Head CIA
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News: Reps. Altmire, Dent, Fattah, Gerlach, Meehan and Schwartz Co-Sponsor Legislation That Would Create Tax Breaks For Biotech Companies That Repatriate Revenue or Invest in R&D
WNEP Channel 16: Date debate: Boehner asks Obama to delay jobs speech
WNEP Channel 16: GOP sees politics in timing of Obama speech
Daily American: Santorum touts job plan in Johnstown

Statewide
Post Gazette: Bill Would Crack Down On Illegal Immigrants
Post Gazette: Major Changes Ahead for state DEP
Patriot-News: Auditor General Jack Wagner Recommends Ending Pennsylvania’s Wine Kiosk Program
Post Gazette: Pa. Wine Kiosks Get Scathing Review
Times Tribune: Feds drop street sign mandate
AP, The Times Leader: Recovery plan vote nears for troubled Pa. capital
Standard Speaker: Illegal immigration hearing addresses law enforcement issues
AP, Go Lackawanna: Casey returns from trip to Pakistan, Afghanistan
Fox Philly: GOP Ties Irene Aid To Spending Cuts
PAIndependent: Farms could lose workers if tougher rules on illegal immigrants are adopted
Capitol Ideas: Corbett to appear with Ollie North on Thursday

Philly
PhillyClout: Residents to Council: Show us what’s up w/ redistricting
Philadelphia Inquirer: Army of Assessors Aims to Sort Out Philadelphia Taxes
Daily News: Despite Cuts, Sayre High Will Not Lose Promise
Philadelphia Daily News: Assessors Visiting City Homes
Philadelphia Daily News: Week Before Deadline, Council Map Still in Flux
Philadelphia Inquirer: Democratic Legislators Seek to Abolish Philadelphia School Reform Commission
Philadelphia Now: Police Release 5-Year Plan to Make Philadelphia Safer
Philly Now: Daily Grinder: Economic Developments A-Plenty
Philadelphia Weekly: Public Finally Invited to Weigh In On Gas Drilling
Fox Philly: Nutter to Veto Council’s DROP Bill

Philly Burbs
Daily Times: Ex-Wallingford Swarthmore Superintendent Sharon Parker Reflects on Life as an Educator
The Mercury: Town Square: Added Students Caused Some Bus Revisions in Pottsgrove Schools
The Intelligencer: Montco Seeks Reimbursement for Irene Damages and Costs
Daily Times: Delco Declared Disaster, Freeing Up Federal Funds
Daily Times: Pa. Superior Court Orders Trial in Civil Suit Involving Widener Slaying

Pittsburgh
Post Gazette: Pittsburgh Parking Authority keeps meter money from city

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: Red Cross warns of strike
Indiana Gazette: Study trims Marcellus job estimates in Pennsylvania
Daily American: Commissioners table state grant to review options
Altoona Mirror: Tax revenue loss hits Williamsburg area
Tribune Review (Fayette County): Dunbar agrees to vacate portion of road
Observer Reporter: One gas well’s impact: $7.6 million
Observer Reporter: U.S. Senator Murphy says he wont run for Senate next year

South Central
Patriot News: Council rejects recovery plan 4-3
Roxybury News: Basically just look at all of their stories from last night
AP, Carlisle Sentinel: Harrisburg’s recovery plan goes before City Council tonight
Patriot News: Harrisburg’s urgent need for fiscal recovery paints it into corner

NEPA
Times Tribune: Power restored to 10,000; 18,000 still without service in NEPA
The Times Leader: Feds will aid municipalities battling Irene
Citizens Voice: Barletta will host session with senior citizens
Standard Speaker: In Hazleton, mayoral race gets personal
Standard Speaker: Presidential hopeful Santorum stumps in region
Go Lackawanna: Governor visits Tunkhannock

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: FEMA officials will take stock from air of Irene’s damage in Warren County

North By Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Grange Fair the grandstand for politicians
Sun Gazette: Open House exchanges become heated between U.S. Rep. Marino and local

Opinion
Post-Gazette Editorial: Nobody’s Home: Mayor Ravenstahl is AWOL too much for his big city job
Ed Rendell, Daily News: Hard to be bipartisan when it comes to Philly and Pittsburgh
Philly Inquirer: Could The School Board Do Worse?
Daily Pennsylvanian: A Curfew That Works
Patriot News: Harrisburg Should Accept Flawed Act 47
Citizen’s Voice: Authority Would Take Politics Out of Airport
Times Online: A Silenced Majority
Pittsburgh Tribune: The Year of School Choice
Standard Speaker: Ruling a setback for open records
Daily Review: Time to re-light the U.S. candle
Pocono Record: Schaller and Spano should be impeached
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg should approve flawed Act 47 plan because a state takeover will be even worse
Harrisburg Patriot News: Public-private partnerships would aid Pa. state parks
Altoona Mirror: Snails outpace our government
Altoona Mirror: Drilling jeopardizes state forests

Blogs
NEPArtisan: Smith staff shuffling could portend competitive PA-112 race
Commonwealth Foundation: Labor’s stranglehold on PA
Nazareth Patch.com: Rep. Dent Needs To Meet The Public More Often
Above Average Jane: A Look at Delco Candidates
Keystone Politics: Wine Kiosks Lose State $1.1 Million
Progress Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Holds Its Own Iowa State Fair
Neighbors Of Easton: Put Wall St. Crooks In Jail
Gort 42: Irene Caused Real Damage

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