WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 62; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 60; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 59.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE PA:

* US Rep. Scott Perry, just-resigned PA Secretary of State Pedro Cortés and Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym are a few of the names to be found in the latest edition of Winners & Losers.

 

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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.

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NEW THIS MORNING:

* The Daily News’ John Baer profiled Laura Ellsworth, a lawyer and the latest Republican to jump into the Republican gubernatorial primary.

* Yet another bipartisan challenge to Philadelphia’s soda tax may be bubbling up in the PA Senate, the Inquirer reports.

 

FROM THE WEEKEND:

* A state court will grant a special, expedited hearing for a lawsuit aimed at ending political gerrymandering in PA, according to the Patriot-News.

* Conor Lamb, a Democrat and former federal prosecutor, became the latest entrant in the race for disgraced Congressman Tim Murphy’s seat in the 18th District, writes the Tribune-Review.

* U.S. Rep. Scott Perry dialed back comments he made last week that questioned the severity of storm damage in Puerto Rico, the Patriot-News reports.

* President Donald Trump selected Barry Myers, CEO of the PA-based Accuweather, to lead the National Weather Service, Philadelphia Magazine writes.

* Following an exposé on insider pharmaceutical profiteering, the PA Senate will seek to limit drugs permitted under the state’s workers’ comp law, the Inquirer reports.

* In a bid to lure Amazon’s second headquarters, Philadelphia’s City Council prepared a package of tax incentives, according to WHYY.

* Philadelphia began regular cleanups of needle-strewn areas of its opioid-ravaged Kensington neighborhood, Billy Penn reports.

* City Council introduced a new bill that would help subsidize access to home repair loans in Philadelphia, according to WHYY.

* A group looking to expand voter participation is pushing to expand access to absentee ballots in Pennsylvania, the York Dispatch writes.

* Candidates in Philly’s controller race often find themselves explaining to voters what the office does – even in the final weeks of the campaign, reports the Inquirer.

 

 

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Come celebrate the inaugural City & State 50 Over Fifty! 

Join us as we recognize Pennsylvania’s most prominent and accomplished leaders in government, business and media over the age of 50. Featuring a keynote address by Distinguished Service Award winner Ed Rendell, 50 Over Fifty will be held at Pipeline Philly on Oct. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer editorial board endorses Republican candidate Beth Grossman for Philadelphia DA.

* The Inquirer hopes that the recent arrest of local payday loanshark Charles Hallinan is the beginning of a wider crackdown on the usurious industry.

* The Patriot-News excoriates US Rep. Scott Perry for his callously reprehensible remarks and stand on the catastrophe in Puerto Rico, calling it a “black eye for Pennsylvania.

* The Observer-Reporter sounds the alarm on the continually thinning ranks of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania – from 300,000 to just 50,000 in the last 40 years.

 

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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 on November 16th in the Public Servant of the Year commemorative issue. For advertising information, please email Melissa Barrett: mbarrett@phillyrecord.com, or call 215-755-2000, ext. 5

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown … Philadelphia CIty Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at editor@cityandstatepa.com

 

NONPROFIT NEWS:

* A number of high-profile nonprofits in PA have job openings listed, including the National Constitution Center and Pennvironment, according to Philanthropy News Digest.

* The Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia and Parks & Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell will lead a tour of Rebuild site at Francis J. Myers Rec Center at 5800 Chester  Avenue on Oct. 17, beginning at 1 p.m. For more information, click here.

* The Philadelphia School Partnership presents “Education Matters: The Road to College for Students from Underserved communities,” Oct. 18 beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. For more information, click here.

 

 

TODAY’S SKED: 

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Commerce & Economic Development will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10:30 a.m. - the PA Senate and House Local Government Commission will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10:45 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will welcome the top minds in the field of urban farming and indoor agriculture to Philadelphia for their annual conference. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Bldg., 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - the PA House Education Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA House Insurance Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - the PA House and Senate Joint Legislative Air And Water Pollution Control And Conservation Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - The PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - The PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

2:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Philadelphia International Airport CEO Chellie Cameron; Rick Blatstein, founder and CEO of restaurant development company; new American Airlines VP of PHL Hub Operations Olympia Colasate and Marketplace Operating partner Clarence LeJeune will speak as Terminal B reopens after an 18 month renovation. Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal B, 8000 Essington Ave., Philadelphia.

7 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will be in attendance as former Vice President Joe Biden presents the Liberty Medal to U.S. Sen. John McCain. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia.

 

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email information to editor@cityandstatepa.com.

 

KICKER: "As I've seen with my own eyes with natural disasters of this scale, federal resources are strained.” – U.S. Rep. Scott Perry in a statement days after implying that hurricane damage in Puerto Rico had been exaggerated by the media. From the Patriot-News.