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PA state flagWe take a long look at how competitive PA’s 6th district is; some polls say the shutdown puts Reps. Fitzpatrick and Meehan in trouble, and a Corbett gaffe makes national headlines. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Maps: Can Democrats Win in PA-6? Short answer: not as long as Jim Gerlach holds the seat. PoliticsPA breaks down a decade of election results in the newly-drawn 6th district.

Corbett Compares Gay Marriage to Incest (With Video): Tom Corbett put himself at the center of controversy Friday morning when he compared same-sex unions to a relationship between brother and sister.

10/4 Ups & Downs: A big gaffe from the Guv, a few all stars in Harrisburg, and government shutdown hijinks! See who made this week’s list.

MoveOn/PPP Polls: Shutdown Threatens Fitzpatrick & Meehan: A group of polls commissioned by a progressive polling firm show that the government shutdown is hurting Congressmen Fitzpatrick and Meehan.

Kane Makes Cousin Her Assistant, Faces Another Nepotism Charge: The Attorney General hired her cousin to be her executive assistant last January. This comes a few months after it was discovered her sister received a promotion since Kane’s election.

Dent Pushes Compromise; 5 Moderates Stick with GOP: All the latest on the government shutdown. Rep. Dent is pushing for a compromise but his fellow PA Republicans seem hesitant to join him.

Cawley to CEA: Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley signed on as a headliner for today’s Pa. Energy and Manufacturing Summit. It will be hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance at the IBEW center in Pittsburgh. “Following the tremendous success of the 2012 Energy and Manufacturing Summit, we are excited about hosting Lieutenant Governor Cawley at this year’s Summit,” said Mike Butler, Director of CEA Mid-Atlantic.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: A shift in Pa.’s energy market as two power plants move toward closure
StateImpactPA: Company puts renewable gas made from organic waste on the market
Capitolwire:
State House Sound Bites: Corbett: gay marriage like sibling marriage, not child marriage
PA Independent: PA Week in Review: Business as usual for PA legislators during shutdown
PA Independent: PA doctors: Prescription pill tracker could violate patient confidentiality

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett and incest: he was kidding
KYW: Local Councilman Pushes To Give More Protection To Pregnant Workers
NBC Philadelphia: Retired Pa. Judges Earn Millions on Bench
NBC Philadelphia: Pa. Voter Registration Deadline Is Monday
WHYY Newsworks: Plan to raise retirement age of Pa. judges to 75 moves toward Senate vote
WHYY Newsworks: Could Pa. liquor privatization reignite this year?
Inquirer: ‘A much better analogy . . .’
Inquirer: Hedge fund loses money for Pa. pension, then closes
Inquirer: Just scraping by is no answer to fixing city schools
phillydotcom: Is house arrest such a bad punishment?
phillydotcom: Corbett needs tuneup; GOP needs open primary

SEPA
Courier-Times: As Pa. lawmakers debate reforms, schools brace for pension rate spikes
Courier-Times: Council Rock seeking residents to map out future renovations
Courier-Times: Bucks County prison sergeants to get 6 percent raise
Intelligencer: Montco makes financial commitment to prospective human service center owners
Intelligencer: Bipartisan House members push plan to end shutdown
Intelligencer: Central Bucks schools honored for wellness programs

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: 30 years of change: A new direction for Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Corbett under fire for same-sex marriage remarks
Post-Gazette: Attorneys seek to seal Pennsylvania State Police gun lawsuit
Post-Gazette: Marcellus gas facilities, near to one another or even linked, are evaluated individually for pollution
Tribune-Review: Hilcorp Energy first in Pa. to test law allowing access to gas without property owners’ consent
Tribune-Review: In Internet age, cars, homes more vulnerable to hackers
UrbanMediaToday: Pittsburgh among the oldest and least racially diverse regions in the U.S.

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Critz facing campaign obstacles
Altoona Mirror: Patience is key
Altoona Mirror: School profiles have early errors
Altoona Mirror: Authority accepts Highmark offer
Tribune-Democrat: ‘The jury’s still out’: Local businesses navigate health care nuances
Tribune-Democrat: County planning to launch mental-health court
Tribune-Democrat: Sewer projects are making a stink: Homeowners are angered and confused over the work

NEPA
Times Leader: Most area schools get passing grades
Times-Tribune: Double dip for senior judges costs taxpayers millions
Citizen Voice: Bipartisanship defines county council
Standard Speaker: Pension overhaul plan unveiled
Standard Speaker: Luzerne County leaders demonstrate lack of partisanship
Pocono Record: House OKs commission to address declining Pa. tourism

South Central
AP: Public sector jobs lose appeal in wake of government shutdown
PennLive: Aaron Johnson makes write-in campaign for Harrisburg mayor official
PennLive: State officials to reveal fix for $5M uncertainty in Harrisburg’s local budget
York Daily Record: Candidates square off in York mayoral race
York Dispatch: Group protests government shutdown at Congressman Perry’s York office
Lancaster Intelligencer: Pitts, Meehan want their pay withheld during shutdown

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Retired Pa. judges earn millions on bench, report says
Morning Call: Ex-Liquor Control Board CEO becomes union lobbyist
Morning Call: For some, health coverage is a matter of faith
Morning Call: Breast density bill would mandate reporting
Express Times: Sen. Michael Doherty’s plan to revise education funding formula gets new attention
Express Times: Easton officials see renovation of former Lenny’s building as key to continued Centre Square success
AP: U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent’s government shutdown compromise is risky in his redrawn district

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Deadline to register for November municipal elections is Monday
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Same-sex marriage legislation introduced

Opinions
Inquirer: More with less in Harrisburg
Patriot-News: Pa. tea party angered by lawmakers’ shutdown switch
PennLive: Pa Senate President Joe Scarnati handicaps booze privatization, highway funding and pension reform
Sentinel: Grow up and govern
York Daily Record: Rep. Seth Grove makes property tax progress
York Dispatch: Take it slow, get it right on tax reform
Public Opinion: Corbett’s either the best or worst politician ever
Post-Gazette: War of words: The coal industry’s big problem is not Obama
Tribune-Review: The Lawrence Downs Project: Doomed to fail
News Item: Wanderings: Hypocrisy shines bring in newest fossil fuel praise
Express Times: Doherty has earned another term in 23rd District
Express Times: In Allentown, Pawlowski makes a strong case for re-election

Blogs
Keystone Politics: #PA7, #PA8 Poll: Meehan, Fitzpatrick Both Losing to Democratic Challengers
Keystone Politics: Charlie Dent is One of the Key Republicans We Need to Sign the Discharge Petition. Call Him!
Keystone Politics: Patrick Murphy Has a Sensible View of Political “Courage”
Keystone Politics: Put Up or Shut Up Time For House Republican “Moderates”
Keystone Politics: Why the Medical Device Tax Complainers Are Wrong
Keystone Politics: Democratic Governor Candidates Unload On Corbett for “Incest” Comments
Keystone Politics: Allyson Schwartz Demands Corbett Apologize for Comparing Gay Marriage to Incest
Pittston Politics: It didn’t take long, politics as usual with Home Rule & Lawton
Pittston Politics: Strike over, election between DeAngelo & Yochem next

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