WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 57; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 56; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 57.

 

NEW THIS MORNING: 

* Campaign staff are going door to door in PA’s tightly contested US Senate race, according to the Morning Call.

* Republican state Rep. Martina White is struggling to hold on to her Northeast Philly seat after a challenge from Auditor General staffer Matt Darragh, Newsworks reports.

* The state is reviewing “charity care” guidelines after an investigative series reported that some PA hospitals were denying care to the indigent, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Legislation went to Gov. Tom Wolf that would make PA the only state that concealed the identity of police involved in fatal shootings, Newsworks writes.

 

FROM THE WEEKEND:

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney canceled a fundraiser after questions emerged about whether the event would violate pay-to-play laws, the Inquirer reports.

* Wolf vetoed legislation that would have made the Inspector General’s office permanent, along with several other new bills, according to the Post-Gazette.

* A Neo-Nazi group plans a rally in Harrisburg on Nov. 5, the Patriot News reports.

* Gun control has, unusually, emerged as the key difference between AG candidates Josh Shapiro and John Rafferty, the Inquirer writes.

* Although a TV station found three votes cast by dead people, GOP City Commissioner Al Schmidt says intentional voter fraud doesn’t happen in Philly, writes the Inquirer.

* A judge is reviewing a last-minute push by Republicans to implement an out-of-county poll watchers system proposed by Donald Trump, according to the Inquirer.

* Brian Fitzpatrick and Steve Santarsiero held their final debate in PA’s only competitive congressional race, Newsworks writes.

* Republican state Rep. Justin Simmons district office was burglarized, according to the Morning Call.

* A plan to have the state police investigate officer-involved shootings in Philly was quietly shelved after resistance by the FOP, the Declaration reports.

* SEPTA officials says union workers on the cusp of striking have “little to complain about,” according to the Inquirer.

* An Inquirer investigative report found thousands of lead poisoning cases across Philadelphia have gone largely ignored by city officials.

* Pennsylvania is struggling to find uses for shuttered prison facilities, according to the Tribune-Review.

* Residents across Northwestern PA are up in arms over the dumping of fracking wastewater on rural roads and highways, the Post-Gazette writes.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Donald Trump seized upon news that the FBI would reopen an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the New York Times reports.

* A separate FBI investigation first revealed that Clinton emails had surfaced on a device owned by former NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, NBC News writes.

* Trump’s campaign manager chided a supporter who chanted “Jew-S-A” at a rally as “deplorable,” according to CNN.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer has a point/counterpoint on immigration from GOP incumbent Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty in the race for US Senate.

* The York Daily Record endorses Toomey for US Senate.

* Newsworks’ Solomon Jones notes the similarities between the FBI’s handling of Clinton and its bugging of Philadelphia mayor John Street’s office – and urges her to take a page from Street’s playbook to go on the offensive.

*The Intelligencer endorses GOP incumbent Todd Stephens for the PA House’s 151st District seat.

* The Post-Gazette endorses GOP incumbents PA Sen. Guy Reschenthaler, and PA Reps. Reps. John Maher of Upper St. Clair and Jason Ortitay of South Fayette, as well as GOP AG candidate John Rafferty.

* The Times-News endorses Democratic incumbent PA Rep. Patrick Harkins in the 1st District.

* The Standard-Speaker emphatically advises voters to reject the deliberately misleadingly worded ballot question on raising the retirement age for PA judges. 

* LancasterOnline laments the growing number of school districts in the state that are choosing to close during Election Day for fear of potential violence at the polls.

* The Daily Times excoriates the PA Legislature for the raft of crucial issues it avoided making progress on during this session.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council Joint Committees on Public Safety, Commerce & Economic Development and Global Opportunities & Creative/Innovative Economy will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

2:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Gov. Tom Wolf and Center City District President and CEO Paul Levy will officially break ground on the first phase of the Reading Viaduct Rail Park. 13th & Noble streets, at the entrance of the viaduct, Philadelphia.

3 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and Congressman John Lewis will tour Cecil B. Moore Library to highlight the need for comprehensive investment in libraries, like the City’s Rebuild initiative. Following the tour, the Congressman will discuss civic engagement and the new trilogy, “March,” with community members. 2320 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Philadelphia.

 

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KICKER: "If you have a government contract, you shouldn't be allowed to donate. It just makes things clean and easy.” – Barry Kauffman, from Common Cause, on a fundraiser Mayor Kenney abruptly cancelled that had been sponsored by a string of law firms with city contracts. From the Inquirer.