PoliticsPA’s Morning Buzz: 8/23 Edition
After months of back and forth, 7th District candidates debate on Comcast, Pat Toomey meets the press in Harrisburg (or does he?), and Chaka Fattah’s making moves in Congress. Nobody likes Mondays, but this is Monday’s Buzz.
On the trail
Pat Toomey will be in Harrisburg speaking to the Pennsylvania Press Club today, following up on Democat Joe Sestak’s visit last month.
Question is: How many reporters will be there to greet him? Starting only a half-hour before Toomey’s speech is PennDOT’s Allen Biehler’s transportation-funding address to the four caucuses, conceivably a make-or-break moment if lawmakers want to find a way to plug the state’s half-a-billion-dollar funding gap this year. Alas, the age of one-reporter bureaus …
After months of fierce fighting, Bryan Lentz and Pat Meehan had their first debate last night (well, it was taped Thursday, but aired Sunday). The two men focused on whether to extend Bush’s tax cuts or privatize Social Security and Medicare in the brief, at-times testy, but still informative 30-minute event.
Commonwealth Confidential: DSCC Calvary spending more on Sestak ($4.4 million in airtime)
Inquirer: Once upon a time, the Guv fought hard to bring Carl Greene to Philly
The Post-Gazette on Pittsburgh’s David Morehouse, whose reach extends from hockey to politics.
Tribune-Review: State: Off-hour road work 30 percent costlier, but drivers benefit
Times-Tribune: Hybrid automaker eyes Northeast Pennsylvania
AP: Amid a legislative lull, provocative ideas emerge
Commonwealth Confidential: DSCC spending more (and more) on Sestak
The Scranton Times on drilling Marcellus Shale safely: “Last week’s forum at Marywood University on the booming natural gas industry produced some cautionary tales that should be embraced by regulators and lawmakers, and at least one that should be ignored.”
And the Philly Daily News agrees: “It’s becoming increasingly clear how much of a toll that natural gas extraction from the state’s Marcellus Shale formation is taking on the environment and potentially on human health.”
The Patriot News says Mayor Thompson and City Council are “acting like kids.”