9/8 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz.

Redistricting Watch: Pittsburgh’s North Hills may not end up in the 4th District. The heavily-GOP region of northern Allegheny County may find a new home in Rep. Tim Murphy’s district, sources indicate. And in Allentown, Monroe County raised hell trying to get better state legislative districts. Will they get it? Here are details of yesterday’s redistricting hearing.

Marcellus Convention: At the Shale Gas Insight Conference in Philadelphia, a five member panel including Pennsylvania Congressmen Jason Altmire, Mark Critz, Tim Murphy, Joe Pitts, drilled down into the issues surrounding the drilling of Marcellus Shale and its economical potential throughout the state. Check back later for more PoliticsPA coverage of the two-day event.

Man with a Plan in a Van (Video): Eugene DePasquale’s campaign for Auditor General released a get-to-know-you video this week. It does a good job capturing the York lawmaker’s quirky, sincere style, but the real star is his light blue Ford Winstar.

GOP Debate: Curious how Senator Santorum did at last night’s forum in the Reagan Library? The Morning Call’s Colby Itkowitz has the rundown, God bless her. (Spoiler: his percentage of questions roughly corresponds to his national poll numbers). Meanwhile his latest web video, which pivots from doom and gloom to Norman Rockwell’s America, can be seen on PoliticsPA’s home page.

Same-Sex Marriage in PA? A recent F&M poll showed 50 percent of PA voters strongly or somewhat support a constitution amendment to allow same-sex marriage. But does it stand a chance? And are those numbers as solid as they seem?

Montco Commissioners: Labor Day has passed, and things are beginning to heat up in Montgomery County. Both campaigns are hitting the pavement this week.

Allegheny Exec: In the race for Allegheny County Executive, the Raja camp has created a website attacking Rich Fitzgerald.

Allegheny Dems: A writer over at Infinonymous has the local party in a tizzy over a brutal take down of recent party efforts. Agree or disagree, it is a highly amusing read.

National
Capitol Ideas: Sens. Casey & Toomey, Rep. Glenn Thompson Nominate Joe Paterno for Presidential Medal of Freedom
Pennsylvania Ave.: Balanced Budget Would Cost Pa. 365,355 Jobs
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Romney unveils sweeping economic plan
Gettysburg Times: Congress Got New Plan After 9/11 Attacks
Morning Call: Congress Returns
Politico: So, one Rick will apparently come out swinging
Politico Playbook: Debate presents crucial GOP test
Politico: Rick Santorum talks to Politico
Politico: Arrests at Paul Ryan’s ‘town hall’ event
Politico: Blue dogs, Hoyer throw cash into NV-2 special
Go Lackawana: GOP leaders feeling out jobs accord
Pocono Record: Pentagon raises alert level ahead of 9/11 anniversary
Roll Call: Welch tries to build bipartisan disaster coalition
Roll Call: Not all members will attend Obama’s jobs speech
Roll Call: Heard on the Hill: Member helps put a dent in unemployment
Washington Post: Rick Santorum likely to turn in another aggressive performance at Reagan Library debate
Washington Post: House Republicans’ pipeline bill would block safety reforms identified after recent accidents
New York Times: Republican Debate: Five things to watch

Statewide
Early Returns: Ridge: Natural Gas = National Security
PhillyClout: Natural Gas Industry Leader Bemoans Fracking Protesters
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania Congressman Tim Holden Worries As Redistricting Nears
Republican Herald: Saint Clair Reveals Landfill Reversal Decision
Philadelphia Daily News: Postgame Show Still A Thrill by Ed Rendell
Philadelphia Inquirer: Gas-Drilling Industry, Opponents Gathering in Phila.
witf: Links: State Law Snags Part-Timers, Safety Issues at Susquehanna Nuclear, & Harrisburg Awaits For Lenders
Democrat and Chronicle: Dewey Avenue Meeting Thursday
Philly Now: Daily Grinder: Pickets Up At Roman Catholic
NBC Philadelphia: Paterno Nominated for Medal of Freedom
Press and Journal: Meeting the Troops
The Times Tribune: Santorum gets Pa. Senate support
The Sentinel: Harrisburg Mayor declares state of emergency for city
Washington Post: Bill Clinton to speak at Pa. flight 93 memorial dedication ceremony this weekend

Philly
Inquirer: New Buzz For Waterfront Development
Inquirer: Pickets at Catholic High Schools
Daily News: Flap Over Redistricting Map
Inquirer: Neshaminy President Not Giving In To Union
Inquirer: Council Redistricting Made Public This Week
Attywood: The 10 Unanswered Questions of 9/11
Fox News: Ackerman Set To Cash Out Today

Philly Burbs
Philly Burbs: Montco candidates joust over county finances
Burlington County Times: Bacteria Found In Local School Water
Courier Times: Montco Awash in Road Problems
Pottstown Mercury: Growing up after 9/11
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove To Push For Improved Infrastructure
Delco Times: Sunoco To Close 2 Refineries

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Allegheny County excepts 70,000 assessment apeals
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Raja opens fire on Fitzgerald Campaign

South Central
CBS 21: Former Thompson Aide Speaks Out About Mayor, Possible Takeover
Gettysburg Times: Senator Casey Supports Steinwehr Work
The Sentinel: Department of Health: No link between staff shortages, patient deaths at CRMC

NEPA
Pocono Record: Will the State Gov’t finally draw Monroe Co better districts?
The Times Tribune: Scranton City Council Rejects Park Grant, OKs Apartment Grant
The Times Tribune: Convicted Judge Mark A. Ciavarella transferred to Oklahoma prison
The Times Tribune: New bills address superintendent contracts
The Times Tribune: Scranton city council rejects park grant, OKs apartment grant

Lehigh Valley
The Morning Call: Allentown Authority Makes $5 Million Play for Lehigh River Land
WFMZ: Public weighs in on Pa. House, Senate redistricting
WFMZ: Lawmakers are in the LV working to redistrict PA
WFMZ: NRC: PPL’s nuclear plant 1 of 5 worst safety performers
Express Times: Advocates ask for greater Latino, Monroe County representation at Legislative Reapportionment Commission hearing
Express Times: EPA investigating asbestos in Northampton County buildings

North by Northwest
Go Erie: Gov. Ridge Touts Natural Gas Industry
Go Erie: Erie County Executive to Meet with Public Safety Director About ‘Tone’ of Recent E-mail
Erie Times: U.S. Education Secretary Talks Prekindergarten in Erie (Updated 1:45 pm)
Erie Times: Erie City Council Approves Bond, Money for Capital Projects
Erie Times: Milcreek Study Commission Candidates Get Ballot Positions (Updated 1:15 pm)
The Courier Express: Brookville Feels Impact of Census
Courier Express: Large City Mayors Provide Little Except Comic Relief
Centre Daily Times: Lawsuit Agaisnt Mextorf, Loyalsock Schools Thrown Out
Centre Daily Times: School Districts Roll Out Changes On First Day of Classes
Centre Daily Times: Officials OK Patton Collaboration
Centre Daily Times: CATA to Mark 2001 Terrorist Attacks
Centre Daily Times: Vehicles Among Items to Be Auctioned
Sun Gazette: Public Safety Director Warns of Potentially Rising Waters
State College: Disaster Emergency Declared for Centre County; Flooding Hits Local Roadways
State College: State Appropriations Committee Holds Hearing at University Park

Opinion
York Daily Record: Tea Parties Scary
Hunterdon County Democrat: Newly Proposed Tax
Pierce County Herald: More To Do, Learn for ‘12 Vote
The Times Leader: Toomey faces test at deal making
Politico: Look to Nixon’s ‘silent majority’
New York Times: Debating with the stars

Blogs
Young Philly Politics: Sizing up the August jobs picture
Commonwealth Foundation: Rick Perry, Corporate Welfare, and Pennsylvania
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Dennis Pearson: A Lifetime of Preparation Ready to Serve You
Jon Geeting: Is Tom Corbett Going to Screw Allentown on Riverfront Grant?
Jon Geeting: BASD Candidate Randy Toman says birther questions aren’t nonsense
PA Watercooler: Dubya Comes to Shenksville
Keystone Politics: New Report Confirms Philly District Lax About Violence
Keystone Politics: GOP State Senators Back Santorum for President

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