WEATHER: Philadelphia, cloudy, high of 64; Harrisburg, cloudy, high of 64; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 67.



* La Colombe co-founder Todd Carmichael has spent more time roasting conservative politicians and policies than coffee beans recently. The CEO says he’s trying to use his wealth and influence as a tool to promote left-leaning candidates for office – while rumor has it he may be eyeing a long-term challenge to Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.



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.




* PA Congressman Scott Perry got into a battle with a CNN host after he claimed that Puerto Rico – which Perry misidentified as “a country” – had suffered less hurricane damage than the media had implied, according to the Inquirer.

* After some delay, Treasurer Joe Torsella extended a five-day, $700 million loan to patch missing Medicaid funds at the request of Gov. Tom Wolf, the Patriot News reports.

* Gov. Wolf nominated two separate secretaries to lead the departments of Health and Human Services, apparently ending his bid to merge the two agencies, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Westmoreland County Commissioner Gina Cerilli will jump into the race to succeed disgraced Congressman Tim Murphy, the Post Gazette reports.

* A bipartisan group of 68 state Reps. visited the White House to meet with members of the Trump administration, according to the Patriot News.

* Lawyers in a PA gerrymandering case asked the state’s high court to settle the case in time for 2018 primaries, the Patriot News writes.

* More Philadelphia City Council members have come around to the idea of establishing safe injection sites in opioid ravaged areas of Philadelphia, WHYY reports.

* An Auditor General report ripped municipalities and school boards across the state for poor cybersecurity practices, according to ABC-27.



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.




* The Inquirer editorial board interviews both candidates for Philadelphia DA.

* The Patriot-News has an op-ed from Congressman Lou Barletta, who tries to explain why he thinks President Trump’s tax reform plan is essential to make America great again.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman turns to Shakespeare to find the perfectly pithy way to sum up a dismissive take on President Trump’s baseless and impotent attack on the First Amendment: “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”



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 at, or call 215-755-2000, ext. 5



HAPPY BIRTHDAY: PA Supreme Court Justice Debra Todd (10/15) … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at



* Nonprofit leaders from around the country offered measured praise of a new bill in Congress that would create a universal deduction for all taxpayers, writes NonProfit Times.

* The new executive director of the Philadelphia Land Bank wants to usher in a new era of transparency and efficiency to the organization, writes Next City.

* Philadelphia’s LGBT Elders Committee is pushing for a bill of rights to protect queer senior citizens, according to Generocity.



8:30 a.m. - Department of Community and Economic Development executive deputy secretary Neil Weaver will speak to high school students about the importance of STEM education and careers at the PlastiVan STEM Education event. 550 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh.

8:50 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide remarks to open the second day of the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange, an Economy League initiative aimed at developing leaders of business, civic and government organizations into visionaries dedicated to making Greater Philadelphia a world-class region. National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall, Philadelphia.

10:05 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide welcoming remarks for Wharton School’s  student pitch competition for the Amazon HQ2 proposal. University of Pennsylvania, Hoover Lounge, 3733 Spruce St., Philadelphia.

10:30 a.m. - PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards will brief reporters on long-range plans to address congestion on Interstate 476 from south of Route 3 (West Chester Pike) to Interstate 95, and on Interstate 95 between I-476 and the Commodore Barry Bridge in Delaware County. PennDOT regional Traffic Management Center at PennDOT District 6 headquarters, 7000 Gerdes Boulevard, King of Prussia.

11 a.m. - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn will visit Caledonia State Park in Franklin County to view a new solar array powering the lights and hand dryers for a restroom at the park. Caledonia State Park office, 101 Pine Grove Road, Fayetteville.

1 p.m. - Mayor, Kenney, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, State Sen. Christine Tartaglione, State Rep. Angel Cruz, Founder, President and CEO of Esperanza Rev. Luis Cortes and other partners and stakeholders will speak at the groundbreaking ceremony for the transformation of the former Roberto Clemente Middle School. The space will be converted into an affordable mixed-use commercial and residential spaces. 3921-61 N. 5th St., Philadelphia.

5:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide brief remarks at the NAACP’s Annual Awards Gala. First District Building, 3rd Floor, 3801 Market St., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “I mention Toomey not because I don’t like the guy personally, but because his ideas are backwards.” – Todd Carmichael, the millionaire founder of coffee chain La Colombe, on using his business acumen to assail conservatives and promote progressive candidates for office. From City&State PA.