PoliticsPA’s 1/7 Morning Buzz
PoliticsPA Up and Down are out for the week. Spoiler alert: Rep(?) Fitzpatrick is getting hosed for missing the oath of office. GOP consultant Chris Nicholas looks at redistricting numbers. State Rep. Metcalfe aims for the national spotlight in the immigration debate. Rendell gives his exit interview to the Capitol press corps. Toomey takes aim at defense spending. And Obama polls ahead of Rick Santorum in a hypothetical matchup.
Good Friday morning, and welcome to the buzz.
Chris Nicholas, PoliticsPA Guest Commentary: Relative GOP advantage with active voters, new technology will shake up redistricting process
The Hill: Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick casts votes in the House despite not being sworn-in correctly
PoliticsPA: Rep. Schwartz to chair recruiting for the DCCC
PoliticsPA: President Obama sends nomination of Robert Mariani for Judge of the Middle District of Pa.
PoliticsPA: State Rep. Metcalfe stakes out national role on immigration debate
SENATUS: Sen. Toomey says Defense spending could be trimmed
Early Returns: Obama ahead by large numbers among independents and against GOP challengers in PPP poll
Early Returns: Santorum not polling well in same poll
Lou Jacobson, Governing: PA’s 2012 Attorney General race rated a tossup in preliminary ratings
AP: Pa. Supreme Court amends campaigning rules for district judges
WITF: Maryland bombs lead to increased Pa. capitol security
WITF: Rendell discusses his regrets with reporters
Tribune Review: Poll shows 50% of Pennsylvanians disapprove of Obama’s job performance.
Patriot-News: Gov. Rendell discusses his plans once he leaves office
Capitol Ideas: Corbett names General Services Secretary
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board won’t reopen record on resort casino licenses
CBS Radio Philadelphia: State Sen. Williams may challenge Mayor Nutter
PhillyClout: Nutter expects State Sen. Williams to support him
Heard in City Hall: DA endorses Nutter, and talks down competition
Newsworks: Possible primary candidates in 8th district City Council race in Philly if Donna Reed Miller chooses not to run again
PhillyClout: Retiring Councilwoman Krajewsky endorses Bednarek as her successor
Early Returns: Valerie McDonald Roberts to run for Allegheny County Controller
Early Returns: Cambria County Commissioner Stevens will not run for re-election
Intelligencer: Montgomery County budget faces reality test
Intelligencer: Montgomery County to get $2 million in settlement funds from Bank of America
The (Scranton) Times-Tribune: Local fire co. needs Corbett’s approval on grant
The (Scranton) Times-Tribune: Scranton SD to get $1.4 mil from BoA bid-rigging settlement
The Wayne Independent: Marino names political staff
Patriot News Editorial: Harrisburg City Council gets it right on budget
Tribune Review Editorial: New EPA regs circumvent democratic process
Early Returns: Dems too aggressive on offense?
Newsworks: Run, Tony run
The (Scranton) Times-Tribune Editorial: Transition?
Inquirer Editorial: Republicans should commit to the Constitution, not just read it