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9/12 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, here’s the buzz. Check out our list of the top ten state House races in Pa. this year. And check out the latest TV ad for a state Senate candidate. Who needs the presidential campaign!

Top Ten PA House Races: PA has 203 state House districts, and winning a majority of them requires lots of work, a great deal of money, and a well-executed game plan. Here are the top 10 seats in play this year.

And ICYMI, check out our list of the best campaign websites in the state.

GOP Mailer Lands on Critz on 9/11: A mailer from a group that boosts GOP congressional candidates arrived today at the homes of seniors in the 12th district. Mark Critz’s campaign called the mail piece an attack, and said that it violates the unspoken ceasefire for campaigns on 9/11.

Kim Villella Ad Hits Airwaves In SD-47 (Watch Video): Today Democratic state Senate candidate Kim Villella released a positive 30-second campaign advertisement advocating herself for the job – a seat that is one of four top-tier Senate races this year.

Voter ID Roundup: Activism, Absentee Ballots and…Strumpets?: The second and final legal challenge to Voter ID will begin this week. After Judge Simpson declined to grant an injunction blocking the law from being implemented, its proponents cheered and its opponents went to work on appeal. Here’s a roundup of what’s been going on across the state.

The Caucus: A Quiet and Solemn Day of Remembrance
USA Today: Swing-state ads bill: $575M — so far

Capitolwire: AG candidate Kane has the name ID advantage, for now
State Impact PA: Public Utility Commission Rejects Pittsburgh’s Fracking Ban
State Impact PA: “Carbon-Neutral Natural Gas? A Lab Breakthrough But …”
State Impact PA: Wind Power Industry Fights to Extend Tax Credit
State Impact PA: Drill Bits: Dueling DEP Secretaries, and Shale Poetry
State Impact PA: Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee Will Generate More Than $200 Million
PA Independent: Keystone State quiet on strike front — for now
Capitol Ideas: Corbett: No SNAFUs on Election Day because of Voter ID

Inquirer : Report: Two city staffers fired over DUI charges in city cars Report: City property site now has price tags
Heard in the Hall: Report: Nutter vetoes bill to increase parking-ticket fee to pay for park & rec Report: Bucks House race could be burbs’ best Report: New Poll Shows Support for the Green Party’s Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala
ABC Philadelphia: Video: Educating seniors about Pa.’s Voter ID Law
KYW Newsradio: Report: PennDOT Will Keep Phila. Centers Open a Few More Hours Each Week For Voter IDs
WHYY Newsworks: Report: Changes in Pa. policy worry advocates for those in need
WHYY Newsworks: Report: Nutter urges continued effort to get voters registered

South Central
York Daily Record: Sen. Brubaker’s son found dead of apparent overdose
Patriot News: Gov. Corbett attends U.S. Army War College 9/11 memorial ceremony
Patriot News: Dauphin County receives $6 million in disaster relief
Patriot News: Harrisburg Receiver: City to skip next debt payment
Patriot News: Governor chooses Charles Hall to fill Cumberland County’s coroner post
Patriot News: Marcellus Shale impact fee generates more than expected, even with 4 percent of bills unpaid
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett administration’s records denials called public ‘abuse’
Patriot News: Voter ID law set for review by state Supreme Court
Pottstown Mercury: Report: ViroPharma to expand, adds jobs with state funding

Tribune Review: Dueling DEP secretaries say Obama administration promotes, hinders energy development
Tribune Review: Biden comforts Flight 93 families
Tribune Review: Grand jury indicts man for embezzling from United Steelworkers International Union
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Biden at Flight 93 National Memorial: ‘I wish we didn’t have to be here’
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: PUC says Pittsburgh’s ban on natural gas extraction conflicts with state law
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools’ PSSA scores drop
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh city council, union members call for middle class Bill of Rights
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Look at the history of voter ID: A case cited to support Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law instead calls it into question
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Jill Biden in Pgh Sunday
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: County may increase Election Day security
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Voter ID, rogues & strumpets
WTAE: State lawmaker wants to ban handheld cellphone use while driving

Beaver County Times: Counties unsure of impact fee allocations
Tribune Review: Mt. Lebanon man used his CEO position to steal money, federal prosecutors claim
Tribune Review: Connellsville community rallies for Ten Commandments monument

Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Hicks should resign from office
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Follow the money: Pennsylvanians deserve to see the whole picture
Patriot News: Taxpayers pay the price for Medicare fraud
Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court must overturn voter ID law 

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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