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9/26 Morning Buzz

Christiana for Congress: Conservative Beaver County lawmaker Jim Christiana, who turns 28 next week, confirmed to PoliticsPA that he is considering a bid against Rep. Jason Altmire.

Santorum’s 4th-Place FL Finish: Santorum had another respectable straw poll finish, this time in Florida, and distanced himself from audience members who booed a gay soldier during last week’s debate.

DePasquale’s Endorsements: PA Rep. Eugene DePasquale this week announced a laundry list of forty Pennsylvania Democratic endorsements in his bid for Auditor General bid.

PoliticsPA’s Ups & Downs: Check out Friday’s list to see who had a good week, and who wants a do-over.

PA Rep. Keller Scandal: Sources tell Fox 29 news that the FBI is looking into allegations that politicians and their politically connected friends and family members may have had tickets downgraded or fixed at traffic court.

Tax Relief for Same-Sex Couples: PA Rep. Babette Josephs, who represents the largest gay community in Pennsylvania, has proposed bill that would add domestic partners to the list of relatives that are currently exempt from paying state inheritance taxes.

Dem State Committee Update: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party was forced to cancel its 2011 Fall Committee Meeting and other activities originally scheduled for September 9-10 in Gettysburg due to severe flooding throughout Pennsylvania.

Raja on TV: His first general election television ad will run on both cable and broadcast (with an accompanying radio spot launching as well). The Fitzgerald camp responds.

Capitolwire (paywall): Congressman Pitts, Gerlach, Meehan Battle For Districts And Survival
Philadelphia Inquirer: Senate Blocks House Spending Bill
Philadelphia Inquirer: House Votes to Delay Rules on Air Pollution
Government Executive: Better Oversight of Contracts Called Key to Repairing Pentagon
Times Leader: Romney Using Wife’s Story To Connect With Voters Statewide
Times Tribute: 2 Hikers Released From Iranian Prison Return to US
Patriot News: Todd Platts Denies Trying To Bully Tea Party, Says Group Called Him “A Useful Idiot”
Action News: Freed hikers: Iran held us because we are American
NY Times: Flood victims getting fed up with Congress
Washington Post: FEMA disaster relief may be further delayed

Times Tribute: Spin Overtaking Facts In Marcellus Shale Debate
Philadelphia Inquirer: Area votes in congress
Boston Globe: From Pennsylvania, a cautionary tale of casino profits trailed by corruption

Philly Josh Fattal makes it home FEMA opening 2nd disaster recovery center in Philadelphia Election bill puts Pileggi in spotlight
Philly Clout: Contract stalemate continues but blue-collar union and city talk
Phillynow: Phily’s new councilmanic district map appears to screw over two wards
Philadelphia Weekly: New political party aims to shake up city council
CBS Philly: Assistance available for Philadelphia victims of tropical storm Lee
WHYY Newsworks: Jones: Philadelphia should prepare for a Washington jobs program
The Mercury: Computergate trial to begin for 3 GOP defendants
The Mercury: Heavy rains in region lead to flooding, water rescues
Daily Times: Robert Gates awarded Liberty Medal in Philadelphia

Philly Burbs
Inquirer: Bucks Republicans fire back over ethics charges GOP charge Dems with unethical campaign conduct
Daily Times: FEMA opens disaster recovery center to help Delco victims of recent storms
Daily Times: Views mixed on Pileggi’s electoral vote plan
Daily Times: Voters urged to register now
Daily Times: Ex Judge gets 17 ½ years in Pa. kickback case
Daily Times: Public gets its say on licensing for Limerick nuke plant
Bucks Local News: Northampton Township to apply for block grant funding to re-energize senior center

Tribune Review: Scalia: Duquesne Should Retain Catholic Identity
Tribune Review: Uncertainty, Discontent Woven Through Rural Pennsylvania
Post Gazette: Gas Wells on Public Land Get Federal Scrutiny
Early Returns: GOP Hand Defends Electoral Change
CBS: Allegheny County Executive Candidates Square Off

Times Tribute: Officals agree, former superintendent deserves high retirement payout
Times Tribute: For Flood Victims, Worry Of When Help WIll Arrive
Citizens Voice: Courts request $1M Spending Increase, Hint At Possible Hiring Shift
Standard Speaker: Letter Writers Urged Leniency For Conahan
The Daily Review: Aid Available For Municipalities Affected By Flooding In Tioga
Pittson Politics: No Political Rhetric, Dem Congressional Candidate Delievers Right Message
Standard Speaker: Toohil restores $1M for Castle auditorium renovations
Go Lackawanna: News briefs
Citizens Voice: Help wanted

South Central
Patriot News: Decline In Federal Grants Makes Tough Job Harder For Nonprofits
York Daily Record: Hanover Group-Home Decision Could Cost Country $500k
Patriot News: National flood insurance program is set to expire, likely driving up prices for policy holders

North by Northwest
Erie Times News: Locals optimistic about region’s recovery
Erie Times News: PennDOT to take down old bridge
Courier Express: Students granted right not to pledge
Daily Times: Watershed specialists tend to region
Sun Gazette: Mayor wants to share cost of levee

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Amazon continues to get heat
Morning Call: Microsoft denies due process
Reading Eagle: Malnutrition serious issue for local elderly
WFMZ: Fallen hero laid to rest 40 years later
Express Times: Allentown to break ground on minor league hockey arena in December

Indiana Gazette: President of Local Tea Party Plans Run for US Senate
Altoona Mirror: Reaction Mixed on Possibility of Casino
Altoona Mirror: Residents Outline City Ideas
Altoona Mirror: Gority’s Endorsement Stirs Controversy
PA Independent: $376M Erroneously Sent Out in Employment
Altoona Mirror: County to Borrow $12M for 911 Upgrades, More
Tribune Democrat: Attorney Compels City to Turn Over Sewer Records
Times Online: Country Airport Gets $2.55 Million For Runway
Beaver County Times: Hold-Up on Pa. Bonding Bill Draws Capital Interest
Times Online: ‘Computergate’ Trial to Begin for 3 GOP Defendants
Times Online: Pittsburgh City-County Building Needing Repairs
Observer Reporter: Canton Twp. Seeks Grant for Planning
Indiana Gazette: Viewing Harrisburg: Hold-up on State Bonding Draws Capital Interest

Observer Reporter: Cutting Budget Deficit About Cash, Not Class
Observer-Reporter: Save Environment, Cut Spending, Too
Oberserver Reporter: No Need to Make English Official
Reading Eagle: Casino in Reading?
Times Online: Let’s Outsource Our Local Politicians
Philadelphia Inquirer: Poor Lesson for School Kids
Philadelphia Inquirer: Federal Regulations Aren’t Job Killers
Philadelphia Daily News: Mark Zandi: A Recession Looms Again if Policymakers Don’t Wise
Philadelphia Daily News: Pols Should Stop Underestimating the Folks Who Elect Them
Tribune Review: School Choice: The Federal Case Federal regulations aren’t job killers
York Daily Record: Platts, tea party group at odds
Daily News: New infrastructure spending is a necessity: Our trains, bridges, and airports are in a shameful state

Young Philly Politics: GOP Scheme To Rig Pa. Presidential Elections Is Worst Attack On U.S. Democracy Since The Civil War
2 Political Junkies: Daryl Metcalfe On Fairness
Penn Patriot Blog: Some Legislative Staffers Accused Of Illegal Campaigning In Pa. Go To Jail; Others Are Appointed By Gov. Corbett To Oversee The State’s Elections
Jim Ellis Insights: Key House Matchups
Penn Patriot Blog: Pennsylvania Spent $376 Million In Erroneous Unemployment Payments Last Year
Keystone Politics: “Closeted Climate” In Harrisburg Prevents Gay Rights Bills

  • 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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