9/11 Morning Buzz

View of the Flight 93 memorial plaza. Source: National Parks Service

Good morning politicos, here’s the buzz: check out our list of the best campaign websites in PA. Plus, Bob Casey’s got a new ad – and the endorsement of a gruff motorcyclist.

Vice President Biden is in Somerset today to visit the Flight 93 memorial, as we all reflect on the 11th anniversary of September 11th.

The Best Campaign Websites in PA: We’ve looked and looked, clicked and clicked, and here are the best campaign websites and social media accounts in PA.

Casey Ad Touts Endorsement From Gruff Biker (Watch Video): Bob Casey’s latest ad wins points for creativity. The positive, 30 second spot features a fully decked out motorcyclist listing the freshman Senator’s accomplishments.

Politically Uncorrected: “Conventional” Wisdom: PoliticsPA contributors, Drs. Madonna and Young, discuss and analyze the importance of past national conventions. Good ones seemingly matter little, while disastrous ones bode ill for the party. So what do the 2012 conventions mean?

PA Tort Reform Advocates See More Room for Improvement: Despite a recent win for tort reform advocates, a new survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranks Pennsylvania’s litigation climate in 40th place of the 50 states.

Updated: Group Re-Running Anti-Corbett Ad (Watch Video): Update: the saga continues. American Working Families began airing anti-Gov. Tom Corbett ads in late May and early June, despite the fact that Corbett isn’t up for re-election for another two years.

PA Emblematic of National Judicial Nomination Problem: Pennsylvania needs judges. National news magazine The Atlantic reported Sunday on the state’s Middle District. The 32-county area so severely lacks federal judges that the situation has reached crisis.

Legislative Election Updates:

SD-15: Dem Rob Teplitz unveiled his government reform plan Monday, along with his support for a constitutional convention. “No doubt, there’s a modern-day James Madison in Middletown, an Alexander Hamilton in Hershey, or a Benjamin Franklin in Newberry who can help move our Commonwealth into the 21st century,” said Teplitz, presumably with a straight face. “Pennsylvania families and taxpayers deserve a government that is ready, willing, and able to serve their interests. We can – and must – deliver it.”

Statewide
PA Independent: Natural gas fee yields higher-than-expected revenue for 2011
Capitol Ideas: PUC: Gas drillers have paid about $200 million in impact fees so far
Capitol Ideas: Corbett: PA still in play in 2012 White House race
Capitol Ideas: With PA Supreme Court hearing looming, states with Voter ID look to logistics
Capitol Ideas: Breaking News: Doctors group still thinks it’s too easy for people to sue them
State Impact PA: Drill Bits: Impact Fee Data, And A Court Date
MState Impact PA: More Gas “Plumes” Documented In Bradford County
State Impact PA: Act 13 Review Prompts Testy Legal Exchange
State Impact PA: Natural Gas Cars Get a Boost From Obama’s New Fuel Standards
State Impact PA: Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee Will Generate More Than $200 Million
Capitolwire: GOP state Senate candidate challenges Gov. Corbett, last two education budgets
Capitolwire: Off the floor: Will swing district GOP candidates run away from Gov or against him on education? Updated with McNally ad

Philadelphia
Daily News Report: 2 to get Pink Slips over Alleged DUIs
Daily News: Report: Ethiopian Jew who became an Israeli politician meets with black leaders in Philly
Heard in the Hall: Report: Council’s returning, ready to talk property taxes
Phillynow.com: Report: LGBT Group Equality PA Releases Endorsements
Philly Tribune: Report: Baptists join NAACP to get out the vote
ABC Philadelphia: Video: Interview with Pa.’s youngest delegate
WHYY Newsworks: Report: After DUIs, Philadelphia City Council locking up the car keys

SEPA
Phillyburbs.com: Report: Voter ID law complicates absentee ballots

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania gas drillers paying $200 million in fees for wells
AP: Pa. House strips its guards of handguns
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Nonprofit, Pittsburgh City Council at odds over blighted housing
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Voter ID case goes to Pa. Supreme Court on Thursday
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Casey runs new biker ad

Southwest
AP: For once, 9/11 attacks play small role in election
Tribune Review: Insurance company must pay some claims for damage from asphalt spilled on Pa. Turnpike
Altoona Mirror: Political students attend convention
Altoona Mirror: Lawmakers to consider phone ban for drivers

Opinion
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: If Washington won’t do it, then ‘We the People’ will have to force action on the debt

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