PoliticsPA’s Morning Buzz: 9/2 Edition

The DSCC released a new ad attacking Pat Toomey, Dan Onorato gave us some more details about a severance tax and DNC Chair Tim Kaine is giving a major speech in Philly next week. Good morning, it’s a busy Thursday here in the Buzz.


On the trail


Joe Sestak will be marching in the Grange Fair parade in Centre Hall

Rep. Pitts will be touring the renovations at the Lancaster train station.

Rep. Kanjorski is having a picnic in Scranton.


PoliticsPA Reports


PoliticsPA: DSCC releases new ad attacking Pat Toomey for his ties to Wall Street and his plans for social security.

PoliticsPA: If Onorato is as close as he says he is (5 or 6 points), he better have a really good get out the vote effort because polls show that he does better among registered voters than likely voters.

PoliticsPA: Dan Onorato knows where he is going to find some revenue. Today, he gave reporters details on his plan for a severance tax on natural gas. He also took the opportunity to challenge Tom Corbett by saying he is a shrill of the gas industry.

PoliticsPA: Manan Trivedi is bringing in the big guns this week, so far he has had Rep. Mike Honda from California, Rep. Wasserman-Schultz from Florida, Sen. Casey and now DNC Chairman Tim Kaine is coming to campaign for him.

Politifact: Sestak’s new ad “mostly true”

PA2010.com: Lentz donated to Santorum in 2000


Today’s Headlines


Commonwealth Confidential: DNC Chair will speak about the Democrats fall message in a major speech in Philly next week

Early Returns: Rick Santorum will be delivering a speech about religion in the public square in Texas next week.

PA2010.com: Callahan hitting the airwaves

Hotline calls Murphy-Fitzpatrick race one of 5 “bellwether” battles across the country.

One we missed from yesterday — Daily News takes Corbett to task over new ad’s contradictions

Rothenberg Political Report: Is Rasmussen Better Than Its Reputation?

“An Aug. 16 Rasmussen survey in the highly competitive Senate race in Pennsylvania showed former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) ahead of Rep. Joe Sestak (D) by 8 points, 48 percent to 40 percent. A poll taken during the same time (Aug. 14-16) by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling showed Toomey with a 9-point advantage, 45 percent to 36 percent.

In June, Rasmussen had Toomey ahead of Sestak by 6 points, while PPP had the race tied.

Rasmussen and PPP also showed identical results in the Keystone State’s race for governor. Former Attorney General Tom Corbett (R) led Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato (D) by 11 points in a recent Rasmussen survey and by 13 points according to PPP.”

Times-Tribune: Think tank warns of gas industry tax breaks

AP: Prison project halted by judge

Chris Potter at the Pittsburgh City Paper says the Koch brothers (they of the New Yorker profile) have donated $9,500 to Pat Toomey in the last year.


Today’s Opinions

WILK: Local radio host Steve Corbett continues to not be a fan of Tom Marino

The Inquirer liked the president’s oval office address.

The Times-Tribune had a pair of editorials this morning about the legislature and transportation funding.

Tribune-Review: LCB’s snootful

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