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9/27 Morning Buzz

Santorum Is Turning Heads – For a guy who has been written off by many political pundits in recent weeks as second-tier candidate, former Senator Rick Santorum turned a few heads this weekend.

4th Congressional District Race Getting Interesting – Jim Christiana says Washington D.C. could use a healthy dose of the message he brought to Harrisburg in 2009. The conservative Beaver County lawmaker, who turns 28 next week, confirmed to PoliticsPA that he is considering a bid against Rep. Jason Altmire.

Challenge From The Right In The 8th Congressional District? – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is used to running against rival Patrick Murphy to represent Pennsylvania’s 8th district, but he may have competition in the primary this time.

The Pitfalls Of Legalizing Gambling – Few states have a more compelling story to tell about how casino gambling is helping to balance the government’s books than Pennsylvania. Just five years after its first slot parlor opened, Pennsylvania now has 10 full-scale casinos, paying an annual $1.3 billion in taxes. That’s more revenue than New Jersey, Nevada, or any other state in the country.

Conditions at Factory Under Scrutiny –, the world’s largest online retailer, has reportedly been pushing its employees to the breaking point in order to gain an edge. A new report by the Morning Call reveals that workers at an Amazon warehouse in Pennsylvania, located in Allentown,  were forced to work brutal hours in 100 degree temperatures and were constantly threatened with termination if their productivity waned.

Scarnati At Pa. Press Club – The only thing the Legislature “absolutely must” do this fall is approve redrawn lines for the state’s 18 congressional districts and the 253 state House and Senate districts, Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati said today.

Corruption Case In Harrisburg Begins – The state Attorney General’s Office launched its second political corruption case Monday in Dauphin County Court in a case alleging that millions in taxpayer dollars was used by onetime members of the House Republican caucus to further political campaigns.


AP Star Tribune: Coalition Pushing for Great Lakes, Mississippi Watershed Divide Reaches 17 States
The Hill: Obama faces tough healthcare decision
Tribune-Review: Justice’s obstruction
Talking Points: Perry Is Soft On Marijuana
NYTimes: Is Christie the Anti-Perry or the Anti-Romney?
Politico: Poll – 81% unhappy with government
Politico: Government shutdown avoided after Senate deal
CBS News: ‘Slow and steady’ Rick Santorum focuses on Iowa after Florida straw poll –


Capitolwire (Paywall): Pro-Life Lawmakers Push Abortion-related bills
Capitolwire (Paywall): Specter Bluntly Says Electoral Change Will Cut Federal Spending For Pa.
PA Senate Republican News: Lawmakers Consider State Disaster Assistance Fund
Early Returns: Monday heds
Daily Times: Rendell offers economic review at DCCC small business forum
Early Returns: PA gambling called ‘cautionary tale’
Early Returns: Smith joins Senate fray
Houston Chronicle: Tom Smith to announce GOP US Senate candidacy
Patriot-News: Capitol agenda slated to include Marcellus Shale fees and school vouchers
Tribune Review: Defense lawyers blame former House leader in corruption scheme Pa. Senate Democrats outline jobs plan
Newsworks: At Nov. 9 resentencing, Fumo must appear in person
Newsworks: Pa. plan for more abortion clinics has bipartisan support
Newsworks: Pa. public welfare offices offer help for hurricane victims
Daily Times: Top Pa. Senator takes aim at Corbett, plan to privatize liquor
Daily Times: Pa. Senate panel to vote on redistricting public access to coroner records
Daily Times: Rendell offers economic review at DCCC small business forum
Daily Times: Pileggi set to host seminar

Philly Judge rules on montco controllers deposition
CBS Phily: PATCO introduces wave and pay card

Philly Burbs

Daily Local News: Locals skeptical of electoral college changes
The Mercury: Republicans Castor, Brown float mutiple fiscal reform measures
The Mercury: Democratic candidates Shapiro, Richards pledge not to raise taxes Chris Smith is pushing Senate to pass autism bill
Phillyburbs: Montco controller calls for opponent to join lawsuit against the county
Bucks Local News: Pa. Lawmaker: Use liquor flood tax for disasters


Tribune Review: Former Coal Company Owner to Announce Run for US Senate Seat
Tribune Review: Funds to Raze Hill Complex in Budget
Tribune Review: Officials Seek Remedies as Many Students Flee to Safer Schools
Tribune Review: Natural Gas Impact Fee in Works
Post Gazette: Pa. Democrats Pitch $1.2 Billion Jobs Plan
Post Gazette: Prosecutors Outline Case Against GOP Caucus Officials
Post Gazette: Two Pa. Bills Would Remove Barriers to Home Caregiving
Post Gazette: Scarnati’s Priorities: Redistricting, Drilling Fee, Roads
Early Returns: Scarnati: Liquor Store Sale May Mean Tax Hike
Early Returns: Fitz: Resore Property Name Searches
Early Returns: Daily Santorum: Live from New York
CBS: Redistricting Likely to Cost one Local Congressman His Job
Early Returns: City: $80M in refurbishment
Post Gazette: Drink tax diversion helps county balance budget


Times-Tribune: Conahan Being Held In Philadelphia Detention Center

South Central

Patriot-News: Harrisburg Incurs $2 Million In Flood Damage

North by Northwest

Times News: Border Patrol seeks local input
Centre Daily Times: State College rethinks refuse
Sun Gazette: Locals express concerns about Social Security
StateCollege.Com: Penn State master plan to support sustainability research
Erie-Times News: Roll Call: How Erie-area members of Congress voted

Lehigh Valley

Morning Call: Bus stop near sex offender worries parents
Morning Call: Census shows burst in population of independent men
Morning Call: Local schools teach Twitter
Reading Eagle: Redistricting may leave Berks with two representatives
Express Times: Easton hopes to use Monroe County casino money


Indiana Gazette: Lawmaker Proposes Using ‘Flood Tax’ for Disaster Relief
Altoona Mirror: Marcellus Shale Spin Taking Over Facts
WJAC: Johnstown City Officials Cracking Down on Blighted Properties
WJAC: Former President Keeps Promise to Raise Money For Flight 93 Memorial
WJAC: State Releases Study On Possible Casino Locations
WTAE: Expensive Fundraiser Suggests Ravenstahl Re-Election Run
WTAE: Legislative Reapportionment Commission Meets At Duquesne
WTAE: Sen. Jane Orie’s Defense Responds To New Charges
WTAE: Obama Pushes High-Tech Manufacturing Investment In Pittsburghi
Oberserver Reporter: Backers Push For Pa. House Votes on Abortion Bils


Tribune Review: Fast and Furtious: Justice’s Obstruction
Post Gazette: Bettery Mayor: Pittsburgh Deserves a Ravenstahl Alternative
Indiana Gazette: Welfare Change a Step in the Right Direction
Indiana Gazette: White House’s ‘Class Envy’ Rhetoric Tiresome
Philadelphia Inquirer: Don’t Need Another Casino
Centre Daily Times: Wilderness bill expands access to public lands
Washington Post: Did Santorum bring down Perry?


Keystone Politics: Rep. Platts Not Conservative Enough For Tea Party Nut Jobs
John Geeting: What Is The Fairest Way To Overhaul Liquor Licensing?
Commonwealth Foundation: By The Way, Residents Do Not Like High Taxes
John Geeting: One Vote Away From Defeating Electoral College Apportionment Reform

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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