Election Day Morning Buzz

Happy Election Day, politicos, and welcome to the Buzz. What looked like a possible sleeper in 2011 has heated up into a slate of genuinely interesting races.

PoliticsPA is your source for Election 2011 news statewide. We’ll have live updates on all the big races during the day – turnout reports, last-minute lit, GOTV, and more. And we’ll bring you election returns as they come in later tonight.

All Eyes on Montco: The Montgomery County Commissioners race is a hot one that will likely come down to the wire. Political observers across the state agree: no race portends more about 2012 environment than this.

Obama in Pa: The President will visit the Philadelphia area today to discuss his plan for job creation and economic growth.

Romney’s Pa. Endorsements: Mitt Romney’s campaign released a list of Pa. officials and GOP power brokers who have endorsed the former Massachusetts Governor.

Election Day
Early Returns: Allegheny County Turnout Expected To Be 30-35%
PhillyClout: DA’s Office Will Monitor Tuesday’s Election
Daily News: Suburban Races
Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch: Three Questions: Brown & Castor
Norristown Patch: Montco Candidates Spending Record Amounts in Race for Commissioner
Indiana Gazette: Indiana County Voters Guide
Patriot News: Tuesday’s election unlikely to draw midstaters
Plymouth-Whitemarsh Patch: Whitemarsh Supervisor Shooting for County Commissioner Seat
Lancaster Era: Candidates make final appeal
Reading Eagle: Mayoral candidates make their case
Morning Call: Six Candidates Vie For Three Spots on Allentown City Council
Indiana Gazette: CAMPAIGN 2011: School board races on the ballot
Daily American: Who is going to represent Somerset County?
Daily American: Six candidates vying for four Winber school board seats
Altoona Mirror: Voter turnout expected to be low
Tribune-Democrat: 2 counties competing election preparations
CBS: Raja, Fitzgerald On Last Push For Votes
Tribune-Review: Final appeals go out to voters
AP, The Times Leader: Redistricting is impacting election
Standard Speaker: Luzerne county council candidates disclose campaign expense reports
Phillyburbs.com: Dems say GOP mailer about outside contributions is racist
Daily Times: Obama to visit Yeadon on Election Day

National
Early Returns: NBC Says Pa. Is A Tossup In 2012
AP: Redrawing Pa.’s U.S. House Seats Chills Races
Heard In The Hall: Hello, Bill Clinton
Daily Caller: Rep. Brady Comments On Proposed Voter ID Law
Citizens Voice: Rep. Lou Barletta Gets Used To The Pace of Washington
Times-Tribune: Rep. Fattah Fighting For CDBG Funding
Standard Speaker: Scranton resident joins Obama administration

Statewide
Patriot-News: Computergate Jury To Enter Fifth Day Of Deliberation
WFMZ:PA Insurance Department Receives Transactional Filling on Behalf of Highmark
The Daily Review: Many twists in impact fee debate

Philly
Philly.com: New census measure shows aid programs helping poor children
Philly.com: And the winners? Its in the stars
Philly Clout: O’Neil questions campaign donations
Philly Clout: Clinton makes calls on Nutter’s behalf
WHYY Newsworks: Ballot question quandary
WHYY Newsworks: With proposed sale of state liquor stores, do consumer interests outweigh worker interests?

Philly Burbs
Bryn Mawr-Gladwyne Patch: Where to Vote in Lower Marion Township
Narberth- BalaCynwyd Patch: How Red or Blue is Your Precinct?
Montgomery Life: All systems are a go for Montgomery County
Intelligencer: Dollars continue to flow to Montco commissioner candidates
The Mercury: Montco judge candidates file injunction over opponents advertising
Montgomery Media: All systems are go for Montgomery County general election

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Johnstown’s dreams deferred by budget ax
Tribune-Review: Highmark files plan with state to acquire West Penn Allegheny
Tribune-Review: PSU must be upfront in scandal, experts say
Tribune-Review: Local effects of state judge cuts uncertain
Tribune-Review: More constituents, more money for elected officials
Post-Gazette: Corporate funding of Marcellus Shale studies at universities raises alarms
Post-Gazette: 67 city school principals awarded bonuses
Early Returns: Daily Santorum: Rising up rankings
Early Returns: NBC: Pa a toss-up
Early Returns: Monday: Back to the grind

NEPA
Times Tribune: Officials expect vote counting to proceed smoothly this election
The Times Leader: Luzerne county could lose 1 district court
Citizen’s Voice: Redistricting to cause number of district court judgeships to be reduced
Citizen’s Voice: Day of a congressman: Barletta gets used to Washington’s fast pace
WNEP Channel 16: County worker pleas guilty to theft, county takes action

South Central
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Chambersburg headed for deep cuts
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle School Board to vote on bond parameters
York Daily Record: Senator Piccola wants probe of PSU

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Curly and Schultz to step down
Sun Gazette: Commissioners race is a big draw at the polls

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown diocese to reopen six churches

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Election staffer retires from polling position
Altoona Mirror: Emergency alert system may be updated
Tribune-Democrat: Sandusky press conference to air live
Tribune-Democrat: Federal battle brews over enhancement funding
AP, Beaver County Times: Schumer: Deficit panel unlikely to succeed
AP, Beaver County Times: Revised govt formula shows new poverty high: 49.1M

Opinion
Express Times: Endorsements for Easton
Daily American: Jobs
Altoona Mirror: Obama failing own people
Tribune-Review: A strike against reason
Tribune-Review: Teacher pay: Overcompensated
Tribune-Review: Election 2011: The Trib endorses…
Post-Gazette: Nanny state: Gamblers don’t need a monthly account of spending
Post-Gazette: Gail Collins: Private jets- the politicians’ favorite perk
The Daily Review: Michael Shultz: Democrat: I have what it takes to do the job
The Daily Review: Sally Fairchild-Vaughn: Republican: Proud of my work and my staff
Times News: Some important choices on the ballot

Blogs
Young Philly Politics: Philly For Change endorses Honkala, Oh, O’Brien and 10 Democrats
Commonwealth Foundation: Nation’s report card: how did Pennsylvania schools do?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: What to watch out for at the polls
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Who the “gracedale guardians” West Easton borough council
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Anatomy of the Simao Smears
NEPArtisan: Just die already says Republicans
NEPArtisan: Commissioner outlook: O’Brien and Jones duke it out
Keystone Politics: More problems come to light at Amazon’s Allentown sweatshop
John Hanger: Oil carbon emissions declining 14% in USA
Citizen’s Call: Fake endorsement in Judges race another sign of low standards in Montco politics; Democrats seek eleventh hour court order
Citizen’s Call: School board hopefuls make their case at Candidates’ Night

November 8th, 2011 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments