9/29 Morning Buzz

Quinnipiac Poll: A survey released yesterday was a veritable grab bag of interesting tidbits. PA voters aren’t keen on the proposed changes to the electoral college; Obama’s PA disapproval is still above 50 percent, but he defeats all Republicans in head-to-head matchups; Bob Casey floating near the magic 50 percent number; and Perry is on the rise.

Stay tuned to PoliticsPA later this morning for a Q-pac poll on Governor Corbett’s performance and opinions on some of the issues in Harrisburg.

Countering the Electoral College: The National Popular Vote Initiative announced this week a 10-day advertising push in the Harrisburg media market consisting of full-page newspaper ads and a 60-second radio spot to capitalize on the attention to Pileggi’s Electoral College plan

Dick Morris PA-Sen Shoutout: Tim Burns hasn’t yet decided on a U.S. Senate bid, but he’s already drawing a bit of national support. Conservative pundit Dick Morris singled out Burns for a brief shoutout this week in a post about Republican chances of retaking the U.S. Senate.

Allegheny Exec: Democrat Rich Fitzgerald is on TV in the Allegheny County Exec race, and also rolled out a plan for transparency in County government.

Electoral College Plan: In case you missed it, one of the the most interesting aspects of the Republican plan to split PA’s electoral votes is the high-powered, bipartisan group behind it.

The Hill: Conservative Dems try to persevere amid low Obama poll numbers
The Hill: DOJ asks Supreme Court to hear largest suit on healthcare reform law
Fox News: Obama’s swing state blitz yields little
Catholic Online: Santorum’s little engine that could gains steam in Iowa
The Hill: Budget rep. wants supercommittee to take on permanent Medicare payments fix
LA Times: Santorum’s latest debate foe is a South Carolina voter
Washington Post: Gingrich to release new “Contract With America”
Inquirer: Texas Gov. Rick Perry pitches jobs in Philly fundraiser
Politico: Chris Christie leaves 2012 run question open, attacks Obama

State House Sound Bites: Pa voters say, 52-40, don’t change electoral votes system
Capitolwire (Paywall): Bill Would Change Regulatory Definition Of ‘Small Business’
Philly.com: PA, OH voters turn thumbs down on Obama re-elect
AP, Houston Chronicle: Ex-speaker’s aide: Pa. employees helped campaign
Philly Clout: Romney and Perry neck in neck in new Quinnipiac Poll of PA
Phillynow: Republican Legislature may back off voter disenfranchisement bills for all the wrong reasons
Carlisle Sentinel: Harrisburg fiscal bill passes House
Morning Call: Race to take on Casey gets crowded
Newsworks: Educators, Pa. lawmakers wait for Gov. Corbett to act on charter schools
Newsworks: Pa. House sends teen driving bill to governor
Newsworks: Poll finds most Pa. voters against changing electoral vote distribution

Philly.com: Montco commissioners press to fix radio system
Philly.com: Mayor Nutter’s infomercial protested by off-tv opponent

Philly Burbs
Phillyburbs.com: Postal workers rally to thank Fitzpatrick
Phillyburbs.com: Fitzpatrick questioned on flood relief
Daily Times: Postal workers rally outside Meehan office
Daily Times: End of Era II: ConocoPhillips announces plans to close Trainer plant
AP, Business Week: Biofuel company moving HQ to suburban Philly
Phillyburbs.com: Bill of no benefit
Phillyburbs.com: Merck to pay EPA $1.5 million in fines at West Point, Riverside
Phillyburbs.com: Bucks Rep. Kathy Watson’s junior-driver bill passes
Daily Times: Democratic candidates rally for “new direction”
Daily Times: Ex-Montco pol faces new charges
Montgomery Media: Former Limerick supervisor indicted on additional charges

Tribune-Review: Your Tax Dollars at Work: Chandeliers, Luxury Cars, a Bowling Alley
Tribune Review: $34 Million in Gaming Revenue Targeted to Allegheny Development
Tribune-Review: Governor to get Bill to Impose Limits on Teenage Drivers
Tribune-Review: Action of Congress on Flood Relief Awaited
Tribune-Review: Former Businessman Smith Jumps Into Senate Race
Tribune-Review: Onorato Vows He Won’t Join Mayor’s Race
Tribune-Review: Judge to Rule Soon on Peters Township Gas Drilling Referendum
Post Gazette: Poll Shows Voters FAvor Current Electoral College System
Post Gazette: Clash Over Abortion Measures Renewed in House
Early Returns: Exec Attack #28
Early Returns: GOP Vulnerable, Poll or Not
Early Returns: Daily Santorum: Near Tie With Obama in Pa
CBS: Pa Republicans Making Push To Overhaul State’s Electoral College System
Early Returns: Vernon camp releases Senate poll

Times Leader:Funding For Luzerne County’s 911 On Decline As Officials Face Crunch
Times Tribute: Flash Flooding Hit Abington
Times Tribute: Evan Demands Doherty ‘justify’ Scranton Budget Plan
Daily Review: Emergency Projects let by PennDOT
Pocono Record: PA Lawmakers Want To Fill In The Gaps -Brittany H
Times Leader: Marino hopes for flood relief
Pocono Record: Barletta supports HUBZone for Monroe
York Dispatch: Postal workers rally at Platts’ office in support of legislation

North by Northwest
Times News: Feds seek agreement in Erie pollution case
Times News: Program on natural gas leasing held in Conneaut Lake
Courier News: Stay granted in execution for Clearfield man
Sun Gazette: Postal workers thank local representative for support

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bethlehem City Council race hits YouTube
Morning Call: Bethlehem schools get better credit rating
Reading Eagle: Flooding almost deadly for commissioner
Express Times: Easton police officer facing theft charges

Indiana Gazette: ICTC, Union at Odds
Indiana Gazette: EPA Hearing On Gas Drilling Pollution Held in Pittsburgh
Indiana Gazette: Report: Health Insurers Up Fees
Indiana Gazette: Officials Defend New TVs for Jail
Indiana Gazette: Orie’s Trial Set for February
Daily American: County Candidates Address Concerns at Forum
Daily American: Development Council Encouraging Small Business Owners to Work Together
Altoona Mirror: Postal Unions Protest HR 2309
Altoona Mirror: Several Schools Skipping Obama Speech
Altoona Mirror: Frankstown Supervisors Pick a Replacement
WJACTV: New Poll On Iowa Shows Romney On Top
Beaver County Times: Christie Again Says He Isn’t Running for President
Observer-Reporter: Constitutional Expert Tapped for Hearing on PT Referendum

Tribune-Review: Tribal Politics
Tribune-Review: Pensions Undeserved
Post Gazette: People With Guns Kill: And States Should Decide Who Gets to Own a Gun
Beaver County Times: Use Common Sense in Voting
Observer-Reporter: Cutting Budget Deficit About Cash, Not Class
Express-Times: Charlie Dent’s support of polluters no way to rescue economy
Philadelphia Weekly: The Philly GOP is still a mess; Maybe Karen Brown can help
Philadelphia Inquirer: Coroners want secrets to be taken to the grave

Commonwealth Foundation: Reading Is Poorest City In U.S.
Keystone Progress: NEA TV Ad Urges Congress To Pass American Jobs Act
Big Government: In Philly, Photo ID Required For Food Stamps, Not Voting
Keystone Politics: How The No Tax Pledge Leads To Dumber Government
Keystone Politics: Raja Releases Plan For Public Transit In Allegheny County
Keystone Politics: FEC Fines Callahan For Campaign Fund Misuse
Philadelphia Weekly: Mayor Nutter’s infomercial protested by off-TV opponent

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