10/6 Morning Buzz

Meet Susan Mosychuk: PoliticsPA is proud to present the 15th installment of our Chief of Staff Spotlight feature. This week, we talked to Susan, the CoS to Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny).

Allegheny Exec on the Air: The Allegheny County Executive race is heating up this week with both candidates launching ads via television and radio.

Koch Industries & Iran: The details are still emerging on this story, but expect this to be a significant talking point in the run up to the 2012 elections. Behind the scenes, Democrats are working to link PA Republicans to a Bloomberg report that Koch Industries, owned by conservative mega-donors Charles and David Koch, has been illicitly dealing with Iran.

Perzel Aide Pleads: Brian Preski, one-time chief of staff to former state House Speaker John M. Perzel, interrupted his trial in the political corruption case known as “Computergate” this morning to plead guilty to 10 counts.

Karen Brown v. NBC10: UPDATE, 3:10 pm: NBC10 spokeswoman Kathleen Burke just emailed this response on Brown’s FCC complaint: “Frankly, we’re surprised by this action as we’ve spoken with Karen Brown’s campaign about various options for air time that has comparable viewership. Details are still being worked out, and we’re confident that we’ll be able to reach a satisfactory resolution.”

Schwartz & the SGR: The medical community can usually count on the support of Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Montgomery) come hell, high water, or deficits. This week, Schwartz is puting together bipartisan support for a repeal of Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate.

National
Fox News: Santorum’s season of patience
AP: House forwards a short term spending bill
Business Week: Senate Democrats eye elections in split with Obama
Washington Post: House raises salary cap for DOMA lawyer
Early Returns: Daily Santorum: Endorsements and half truths

Statewide
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Manufacturing Reviving ‘Made In America’ Label
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Lawmaker Turns A Tin Ear To Music Educators Seeking More Support
Early Returns: Report: Fitz Up By 10 Pts on Raja
Early Returns: Corbett: education plan coming soon
Early Returns: Exec attack #23
Early Returns: WP: Pols fear Occupying armies
Early Returns: Fitz: Supports County Fee for Shale
WITF: Links: Shopping for Reforms
Tribune Review: Corbett: school reform will be next push
AP, Tribune Review: Ex-Perzel aide enters surprise guilty plea
Tribune Review: Drilling fee would be among lowest in the nation
Post-Gazette: Perzel aide pleas guilty in middle of corruption trial
Post-Gazette: State panel hears spirited debate on electoral votes
AP, Altoona Mirror: Illegal hires under scrutiny
Capitol Ideas: House approves concussions bill
Captiol Ideas: Former Perzel aid Preski pleads guilty
Capitol Ideas: Browne: Early childhood education still a top priority
Capitol Ideas: Gaming Board boss: Move investigative wing to AG’s office
WITF: Two weeks until Corbett’s school reform package
PA Independent: Education reform rises, transportation falls on Corbett’s agenda
State Impact: Corbett sticking by County-level impact fee
State Impact: The latest on Corbett’s proposed impact fee
State Impact: Drill Bits: Newspapers want access to Marcellus Shale statements, Corbett’s proposal still lowest in nation, GOP gas tax counter-proposal

Philly
FOX Philadelphia: Phila. Mayoral Candidates Debate Crime
WHYY Newsworks: Gov. Corbett To Name Pedro Ramos As Philadelphia School Reform Commission Chair
Inquirer: School Reform Commission Vows New Relationship With Public
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. City Officials Vow To Monitor Philly School District
The Notebook: Nutter, Tomalis Announce New Supports For District

Philly Burbs
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County Struggling To Buy American

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Bishop Zubik denies charge leveled by former Quigley student
Tribune Review: Counties dig into Corbett’s drilling plan
Post-Gazette: Fitzgerald would impose county tax on shale activity
KDKA: Poll shows Fitzgerald ahead in county executive race

NEPA
Times Tribune: NEPA casinos grew faster than any other
Times Tribune: Convicted commissioners names removed from mural
Times Leader: Ethics probe to have impact

Southwest
Tribune Review: Westmoreland commissioners call shale gas user fee ‘cop-out’
Tribune Review: Export councilwoman submits resignation
Indiana Gazette: Homer city: council appoints Brown to fill unexpired term
Somerset Daily American: Four running for Somerset county auditor
Observer Reporter: Under review, Pa.’s longwall mining law stirs passions

South Central
Sentinel: Corbett says education policy changes next on his agenda
Patriot News: U.S. Army paratroopers train on Cumberland-Perry County border in Pennsylvania
Patriot News:  Proposed Pennsylvania law would help protect youth athletes from concussions
Patriot News: Defendant in Pennsylvania Capitol corruption trial enters guilty plea
AP: Petition Asks Mayor To Resign Over Flood Response

Opinion
Baer Growls: Profs Vote NO
John Baer, Daily News: Why Are Dems Mum On Voting Issues?
Commonwealth Confidential: House Democrat Wants Corbett Panel to Sign “No-Benefit” Pledge
Heard in the Hall: City Contractors May Have to Pay Workers When They Are Sick
Tribune Review: Corbett’s Marcellus plan: one caveat
Post-Gazette: Uniformity pause: Corbett punts the drilling fees to county officials
Patriot News: Gov. Corbett’s Marcellus Shale impact fee is lacking
Lancaster Era: Corbett’s plan for Marcellus Shale
Lancaster Era: Targeting citizens – greta
Altoona Mirror: Vouchers bad idea

Blogs
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Bi-County Health Comm’n To Meet October 17
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Easton Candidates’ Forum Summary
Pa Town Hall: Principles Must Lead Shale Fee Proposal
Pa Town Hall: Electoral Vote Change Not Path to GOP Victory
PAWatercooler: No Electoral College Change Needed If GOP Does Its Job
Pa Town Hall: Are Republicans Flipping Their Wigs?
The Centrist: DownsizeDC.org Launches Obama Impeachment Campaign
The Centrist: Gov. Corbett Signs Several Bills into Law
The Centrist: Rep. Gerlach to Host Free Trade Forum
The Centrist: Governor Proclaims October 8th Pierogy Day in Pennsylvania
Jon Geeting: A GOP Fracking Tax I Can Get Behind
Keystone Politics: Can Corbett’s Fracking Fees Pass With Only GOP Votes?
Third and State: Pennsylvania Records First Quarter Revenue Growth
PA Progressive: Medaglia Challenger Promises to Revamp Office, Eliminate Deficits
PA Progressive: Tom Herman Lusts for Power
Lu Lac Political Letter: In Focus
Keystone Progress Blog: What’s the “Buffet Rule?” The “Romney Rule!”

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