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9/23 Morning Buzz

Come to the PLCA Gridiron! Some of Pennsylvania’s toughest journalists and legislators will take the stage in two weeks to make fun of themselves, each other, and anything else that comes to mind.

The House passed a continuing resolution last night, and Rick Santorum did well in a debate that didn’t really change much. Links coming later today.

Casey Trade: Last night the Senate passed Senator Bob Casey’s (D-PA) Trade Adjustment Assistance Amendment with a bipartisan vote of 69 to 28.

Redistricting Roadblock: Politico reports that Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Chester) is slowing congressional redistricting due to his hesitance to give up Republican portions of Chester County to his beleaguered colleagues to the east, Reps. Jim Gerlach and Pat Meehan.

Tea Party v. PAGOP: State committeewoman and Tea Party activist Cynthia Smith slammed the PAGOP for targeting an incumbent Republican Commissioner in Cambria County.

Electoral College: So far Democratic state legislators have denounced a plan to chop up Pennsylvania’s electoral votes and a handful of prominent Republicans have joined them. Many more have declined to take a stance on the controversial issue.

Barletta, Holden on CR: A few dozen Republicans bucked their leadership and voted against a funding bill because they wanted deeper spending cuts. Local area Republican Lou Barletta voted against it for the opposite reason.

National
AP: FEMA Approves $38.5 Million For Pa.
AP, Courier Express: DC spending fight may be felt by Pa. flood victims
Washington Post: Santorum may attack Israel in the Fox News GOP debate
The Hill: At hearing, supercommittee members display eagerness to tackle tax reform
Daily Record: Smith urges Senate to vote on autism bill
The Morning Call: PA Trade adjustment assistance
Politico: Baucus has a new K-street tack: No longer greasing the political skids-BP back from political purgatory-Business group presses regulatory reform
The Hill: Gohmert bucks leaders on military pay
The Hill: Overnight Money: Second CR, trade, super committee top agenda
Fox Nation: Santorum: Get rid of public sector unions
Political Hotsheet: Perry calls other White House hopefuls heartless toward illegal immigrants
Morning Call: Toomey proposes tax change for corporations

Statewide
Capitolwire (Paywall): Pro-electoral college plan group has $300K budget
Capitol Ideas: Strange bedfellows partly behind electoral college effort: consultant Gerow, ex-house Dems lawyer Bill Sloane helped get ball rolling
Capitolwire (Paywall): Leasing Gas Rights On State-Held Land Could Fund Enviro Programs, Analysts Say
Tribune-Review: Former GOP Staffer Pleads Guilty To Using Public Resources For Campaigns
Morning Call: Waiting for Corbett on roads, bridges
AP, Courier Express: Ex-House GOP aide pleads guilty to conspiracy
Morning Call: Barletta, Holden buck their parties on CR
YDR.com: Platts, local tea party leaders feuding
WKBN: Lawrence County crisis shelter gets $250,000 grant
NECN.com: Pittsburgh Bishop opposes fed contraception regs
The Republic: Tea Party activist from NE PA running for GOP Senate nomination, calls Casey vulnerable
BCTV.org: Kutztown gets ready for “paint the town gold”
Lexology.com: Legislation to place moratorium on real estate assessments reintroduced

Philly
PhillyClout: Ethics Board settles campaign finance violations with candidates
PhillyNow: DiCicco-Kennedy redistricting plan passes – what’s that mean for city council bipartisanship?
FoxPhilly: Ex-House GOP Aide Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
FoxPhilly: SRC Fight Gets Ugly After King Report
FoxPhilly: Carl Lewis off Ballot, Running out of Options
CBSPhilly: Former head of SRC played politics with lucrative contract
CBSPhilly: Federal workers’ union to congress – don’t cut our pay to solve debt crisis
CBSPhilly: Councilman draws ire of satellite TV companies with proposed regulations
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia City Council settles on redistricting plan
WHYY Newsworks: Mayor Nutter proposes new curfew for Philadelphia youth
AP, Courier Express: Robert Gates awarded Liberty Medal in Philadelphia
Montgomeryville-Landsdale patch: Commissioners’ race roundup: Shapiro, Richards appear at MCCC to propose assistance program for student vets
WNEP: Doherty suggests selling parking meters
Daily Times: Education cuts hot topic in Chester Upland
Philly.com: Food co-ops on rise in Philly area
PR Newswire: Congressman Fattah wins Health Advocacy Award, announces children’s, women’s health grants for PENN, CHOP
Hatboro-Horsham Patch: Castor, Brown talk transparency, ethics
Times Herald: County Commissioner candidates propose vet center
Warminster Patch: Bucks County candidates come out for expo
Phillynow: Daily Grinder: Police Union clout going up?

Philly Burbs
Pottstown Mercury: DC spending may be felt by Pa. flood victims
PhillyBurbs: Gingrich to campaign in Doylestown
DelcoTimes: Congressional Republicans, Pileggi at odds over Electoral College change
Phillyburbs: Taking the pledge
Phillyburbs: If disaster strikes again, kids ready to help

Pittsburgh
CBS Pittsburgh: Interview With Mayor Ravenstahl: Is He Running For Re-Election?
Tribune Review: Poor in Western PA worse off
Tribune Review: Allegheny to tape interviews with kids
Tribune Review: Port Authority aims for better customer service
Post Gazette: Young adult council moves forward
Post Gazette: Census shows region stable
Post Gazette: Health care impasse muddles office visits
Early Returns: Raja Ads debut Thursday
Sewickley Patch: Action group calls on Onorato to keep his promises
Post Gazette: Health insurance coverage up slightly
Chron.com: Fundraiser singals Pittsburgh Mayor’s 2013 run
Chron.com: Pittsburgh Mayor’s young adult panel to try again
Early Returns: Raja releases transit plan

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton Parking Authority Board Gives OK to Buy Meters-Ali
Times Tribune: East Mountain Residents in Scranton Give Officials Earful About Public Safety Cuts
Times Tribune: Picking Up the Pieces: FEMA Money Goes Straight to Home’s Foundation
Times Tribune: Barletta Votes Against Bill; Marino, in Favor
Times-Tribune: Old Forge School District Rejects Fact-Finding Report
Times-Tribune: Distritcts Statewide See Larger Class Sizes, Fewer Programs
Times Leader: Resisdents Press For Info On Gas Line Work
Times Leader: A Steady Stream of Denials Delivered
Times Leader: Pittston Flood Figures On Way
Times Leader: Ex-Sem Boss Eyes County Council
Times Leader: Pittston Area Moves to Replace IU Representative
Times Leader: Hazelton Mayor Asks For Time to Amend Proposed Rental Property Regs
Times Leader: Delaware Dredging to Continue
Citizens Voice: Public Defender, DA’s Office Want More Funds
Citizens Voice: Local Legilators React on Rejected House Measure
Citizens Voice: Leighton Announces District Meeting Schedule
Wayne Independent: National Child Passenger Safety Week Marked
Standard Speaker: Tamaqua Council Can Override Sewer Load Referendum Vote
Daily Review: Marcellus Shale Hearings in Wysox Tonight
Times Tribune: She can’t handle the truth; Truth is not defensive council’s best friend

South Central
Public Opinion: Franklin County Commissioners Meeting Agenda: Thursday, Sept. 22
Sentinel: Mechanicsburg Borough Council Approves Bid for Street Safety Project
Sentinel: Ex-House GOP Aide Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
Sentinel: FEMA OKs $38.5 Million in Pa. Flood Aid So Far
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Flood Victims Might Not Get Disaster Relief Funds, FEMA Warns
Patriot News: Harrisburg Mayor Rails Against City Council During Town Hall Forum
Patriot News: Pa. Higher Education Assistance Agency to Seek 5 Percent Increase in Funding for State College Grant Program in 2012-13
Patriot News: Pennsylvania College Students Whose Families Were Flood Victims Could Be Eligible For More Grant Aid
Patriot News: Mary Thompson Removed As Defendent in Suit Over Firing of Harrisburg Schools Superintendent Gerald Kohn
Patriot News: Mandate for Harrisburg to Pay $67 Million On Incinerator Debt Would Cripple the City, Lawyer Says
York Dispatch: York City Council Moves Forward With Energy Plan
York Dispatch: West York Gets Nice Surprise From Met-Ed
AP, Intelligencer Journal: Crack Found in City Hall Tower

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Outcry, outrage grip citizens at Marcellus hearing

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Township, Jaindl want zoning case tossed
WFMZ: DA files suit to remove borough councilman from office
WFMZ: Mayoral candidates go head to head

Southwest
Indiana Gazette: Borough faces $34,000 shortfall
Indiana Gazette: Directors look at PSSA scores
Daily American: Local school gets $50,000 technology grant
Altoona Mirror: Columnist ousted from St. Francis University
Tribune Democrat: Johnstown near bottom of state’s smog list
Beaver County Times: CCBC goes tobacco-free

Opinion
Tribune Review: Incumbent protection 101
Morning Call: GOP voting plan seeks political advantage
Morning Call: English-language legislation deserves support
Morning Call: Obama presents serious job proposal
Wayne Independent: Readers: Cut Pay, Early Retirement, Sat. Delivery To Save USPS
Inquirer: Can’t continue tax breaks
Daily News: Prez gives up on reaching ‘grand bargain’ on deficit
Public Opinion: Obama Scandals a Distraction
TheIntelligencer: Obama’s policies created jobs problem
DelcoTimes: Last call for LCB’s failed wine kiosk experiment
DelcoTimes: Pileggi is making waves
Intelligencer Journal: Time For Tom To Move On Transit Plan
Courier Express: Storms provide better jobs opportunities than make-work schemes
The Mercury: Our own politicians send jobs overseas

Blogs
2 Political Junkies: Yep They’re Still At It
Keystone Politics: Corbett Silent on Paying for Road and Bridge Repairs
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Do We Really Need to Give Chrin a Tax Break?
NEPArtisan: Troy Davis Executed; Blame Spread Far And Wide
PA Progressive: Free Trade Isn’t Free
John Hanger: EIA Forecasts Small Increase In US Gas Demand: Missed Opportunity
John Hanger: India’s Energy Growth Affects You: Key Facts

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