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9/3 Morning Buzz

PA state flagRob McCord hires another experienced advisor amidst speculation he’ll run for Gov. Brad Koplinski became the first 2014 candidate to literally visit every corner of the state and Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be in PA this month. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

McCord Camp Hires Former Kane CM: The addition of veteran political hand Sadie Sterner-Restivo is being interpreted as another sign that State Treasurer McCord intends to launch a bid for Governor.

And the First 2014 Candidate to Visit All 67 Counties Is…: City Councilman Brad Koplinski, who’s running for Lt. Governor, became the first candidate to visit all of PA’s counties.

Minnesota Sen. Klobuchar to Headline Dems Dinner: Senator Amy Klobuchar will be the headlining guest for the state’s first Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner. Klobuchar is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2016.

8/30 Ups & Downs: An F&M poll cast a long shadow over several PA politicos, plus some interesting news out of Harrisburg. See who made the list!

Statewide
PA Independent: On tap: Liquor privatization, transportation and more is lined up for potentially busy fall session in Pennsylvania
PA Independent: Week in Review: Corbett’s admin shake-up precedes poor polling news
StateImpactPA: Surprise Inspections Examine Safety Of Shipping Bakken Crude By Rail
StateImpactPA: End-of-Summer Gasoline Prices Lower Than Previous Two Years
StateImpactPA: Legislation In The Works To Address Gas Royalty Concerns
AP: Democrats line up to challenge Corbett for Pa. gov
Meadville Tribune: State not amused by ride inspections

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Unions Regroup to Reach Workers
Inquirer: Strings Attached to Phila. School Grant Rankle Many
Philly Clout: City to Hold Telephone Town Halls on Property Taxes
Newsworks: Another try at softening Pa. budget deadline under way
AP: Philly teachers turn to crowd funding for supplies
PR Newswire: Fattah Announces $1.7 Million in Anti-Crime Funding to City of Philadelphia

SEPA
Courier Times: States rejects argument by Bristol businesses regarding Route 13 notices
Intelligencer: Judge to rule on Montco official defying gay marriage ban
Daily Times: Study: Delco among Pa.’s job-growth leaders

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Syrians in Pittsburgh fear for their relatives
Early Returns: Murphy weighs Syria vote
AP: Pa. landmark gay marriage hearing nears
KDKA: Trib Reporter in Middle East Talks About Obama Speech Reactions
KDKA: Local Leaders Weigh In On President’s Statement on Syria
Post-Gazette: Five vie to take Dowd’s council seat
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania fared slightly better when it came to summer jobs for teens
Tribune Review: UPMC, healthcare union take center stage at Labor Day parade
Tribune Review: Shaler Area teachers will strike starting Tuesday
Tribune Review: Founder of Cyber Charter School pleads not guilty to fraud, conspiracy
Tribune Review: 43 Western Pa. districts need contracts for teachers, other school workers

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: New unit designations leave fire officials fuming
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: A secret that creditors don’t want Pa. debtors to know
Beaver County Times: Christiana says Legislature must act on transparency after Trombetta charges
Beaver County Times: Lawsuit dropped against county controller
Beaver County Times: Friendship Ridge workers flood county with right-to-know requests

NEPA
The Times Leader: Area lawmakers pleased that Obama seeks approval on Syria
Standard Speaker: Employment trend not yet seen in area
Wayne Independent: DEP has response to dam matters
Wayne Independent: Council cancels closed meeting
Wayne Independent: Native is new head of PSBA
News Item: Dispute turns political Candidate for North’d Co. coroner claims harassment

South Central
Patriot-News: Penn State seeks peace with Jerry Sandusky’s victims; may have a war with insurers
Patriot-News: Pa. state government workforce has shrunk since July 1
Patriot-News: U.S. Rep. Scott Perry chides Obama over Syria; Sen. Bob Casey is confident of intelligence reports
Patriot-News: Mindlin continues push to get back on ballot for Harrisburg mayor’s seat
Carlisle Sentinel: What does the fast-food protest mean for business?
Carlisle Sentinel: Tourism troubles: County has power over agency

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Corbett’s approval numbers drop again
Morning Call: Income disparity on rise in state
WFMZ: Lehigh County Executive Matt Croslis gets OK to hire Philly firm for negotiations
Express-Times: Saucon Valley school director Mark Sivak running for unexpired term

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: U.S. Rep. Thompson: Federal shutdown to stop Obamacare unwise
Sun-Gazette: Creation of regional authority discussed
Sun-Gazette: Tioga County Courthouse light bulbs to be replaced
Kane Republican: Candidate is on ballot for vacant seat in Highland

Opinions
The Times Leader: OTHER OPINION: EDUCATION CHANGES Questionable choices for state education job
Philadelphia Inquirer: Organized labor is due for a reality check
Philadelphia Inquirer: One small step for city schools
Reading Eagle: More lawyers not the answer to City Hall’s problems
Daily Times: In defense of Sarah Palin
Courier Times: Labor’s not doing so well

Blogs
2 Political Junkies: The Braintrust Dazzles Us With Its Command Of The Facts. Again.
Commonwealth Foundation: Are Cyber School Students Second-Class Citizens?
Pittston Politics: I’m siding with WA teachers, give them a raise – but
Keystone Politics: Some Labor Day Thoughts
Keystone Politics: Want to join Rep. Bill Shuster for “an Afternoon Cruise” on a D.C. yacht? That’ll be $500, please.
Keystone Politics: The Transportation Debate Pennsylvania Should Be Having
Speaking Freely (ACLU-PA): Mazel tov: Thoughts on my freedom to marry

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