WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 73; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 72; Pittsburgh, sunny, high of 72.



* An op-ed from state Rep Jake Wheatley, Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee, warns that legislators’ continued inability to pass balanced budgets puts the state in danger of economic catastrophe when the next recession hits.


Nominations open for the Second Annual 40 Under 40 Rising Stars

Know someone aged 39 or younger who’s a Rising Star in Pennsylvania politics?

Submit nomination(s) for friends, colleagues, family and others destined for greatness to City & State PA’s 2017 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in PA government, politics, advocacy or media by clicking here

The celebration of this year’s group of Rising Stars will take place at Roy Pitz Barrel House in Philadelphia on November 30. 

Nomination Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017 at 6 p.m.




* Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-backed bill to add a work requirement to state Medicaid coverage, the Patriot-News writes.

* Disgraced former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, awaiting sentencing on bribery charges, was formally disbarred, according to the Inquirer.

* PA’s Republican gubernatorial candidates met for the first time before the Montgomery County GOP, the AP reports.

* Philly DA candidates Beth Grossman and Larry Krasner faced off in one of their last debates before the November General Election, the Inquirer writes.

* The Wolf administration finally moved on a plan to consolidate certain functions of the Department of Corrections and the state parole board, the Patriot-News reports.

* Reform advocates petitioned the PA Supreme Court to fast-track a state lawsuit seeking to change Pennsylvania’s political redistricting process, according to the Inquirer.

* A new report from Moody’s ranked Pennsylvania as one of the least prepared state’s for the next recession, Governing reports.

* The Pittsburgh region has spent between $300,000 and $400,000 assembling its bid to lure Amazon’s east coast HQ, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Lawmakers in Harrisburg introduced a bill to increase fines for littering and graffiti statewide, ABC-27 writes.

* The PA House approved numerous changes to the School Code, including ending teacher layoffs according to seniority, ending “lunch shaming” and delaying use of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement until 2019, ABC-27 writes.

* Philadelphia’s City Council introduced legislation to improve regulation at demolition sites, WHYY reports.

* PA received yet another federal extension to bring state identity cards into compliance with federal “Real ID” standards, according to ABC-27.



The Philadelphia Public Record is pleased to announce the 2017 Public Servant of the Year: Mr. Ryan N. Boyer 

Please join us for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner on Thursday, November 16, at Galdo’s, 20th and Moyamensing Avenue, Philadelphia

Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door; tables of 10 are $450. To purchase your tickets, click here.

Join us in honoring Mr. Boyer’s contributions to our community in the Public Servant of the Year commemorative issue. For advertising information, please email Melissa Barrett:, or call 215-755-2000, ext. 5




* The Daily News’ Will Bunch draws a line between the continuing clown car of congressmen from PA falling on their faces and the state’s twisted gerrymandering.

* The Observer-Reporter demands that Pensylvania join 40 other states in outlawing the ability of public school teachers to strike.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman engages in a trenchant, frustratingly dead-end round of “What If” over how the GOP would rage at President Clinton stonewalling and obfuscating over four Green Berets dead in Niger, compared to the current collective shrug.


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* The Exchange PHL will host its Equity in Philanthropy Event on Oct. 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia. For more information, click here.

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10 a.m. - State Reps. Donna Bullock and Emilio Vazquez will host the Golden Life Senior Fair 2017 in collaboration with Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke. Temple University’s Mitten Hall, 1913 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller and Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding will host a food security summit to update stakeholders, advocates, and federal partners on Governor Wolf’s blueprint and discuss the next steps to achieve the plan’s goals. Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, Conference Room 1, Entrance D, 6340 Flank Drive, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn will visit Camp Michaux in the Michaux State Forest, Cumberland County, to learn about stream restoration work on Tom’s Run. Camp Michaux, Michaux State Forest, Cumberland County.

2 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will announce the release of 60,000 additional Naloxone kits available for first responders statewide. Pittsburgh Fire Station #17, 7601 Hamilton Ave, Pittsburgh.


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KICKER: "Pennsylvania is a patient that is dying in the emergency room; it is bleeding to death." – Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner makes an eloquent case for leadership change in PA. From the AP.