WEATHER: Philadelphia, cloudy, high of 65; Harrisburg, a.m. showers, high of 62; Pittsburgh, a.m. showers, high of 68.



* Despite no indication that Treasurer Joe Torsella has changed his mind about resuming short-term loans to the state, Gov. Tom Wolf expressed confidence that all of PA’s October “pressure-point” fiscal obligations would be met.



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.




* In a visit to Harrisburg, President Trump touted truckers as big winners in a new tax plan he’s promoting, the Inquirer writes.

* Attorney General Josh Shapiro sued the Trump administration over its efforts to roll back birth control coverage for Obamacare enrollees, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Pedro Cortés, PA’s longest-serving secretary of state, has abruptly stepped down, according to the Inquirer.

* Denny Wolff, a former state agriculture secretary, will join a crowded field running for U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta’s soon-to-be-vacant seat, the Times-Tribune reports.

* A tight county council race in Delaware County is threatening long-held Republican political supremacy in the western Philly suburbs, WHYY writes.

* The president of the Radnor township commissioners has turned himself in to police over child porn allegations, according to CBS-3.

* The state’s judicial conduct board looked to suspend a judge for a second time over his alleged romantic interest in his own law clerk and subsequent retaliation against other employees, ABC-27 writes.

* Judicial races across the state are attracting little in the way of campaign cash or ad buys – with Democrats at a particular disadvantage, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Gov. Tom Wolf, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and President Trump all got “failing grades” from Pennsylvanians in recent polling, the Patriot News writes.

* After Congressman Brendan Boyle took pot shots at U.S. soccer fans on social media after the national team lost a key qualifying match, the Philly Voice called for his resignation.



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 Patriot-News’ John L. Micek takes on the biggest Twitter beef of the day, non-presidential edition: Congressman Brendan Boyle’s japes at the ignominious loss by the US Men’s National Team in World Cup qualifying.

* The Standard-Speaker approves of the state’s new “Right to Try” law, which allows terminally ill patients to try drugs not yet approved by the FDA to improve their conditions.

* The Times-Tribune picks up on the Congressional TRASH (Trash Reduction and Sensible Handling) Act, which would empower states like PA to have greater control over the torrents of trash coming into Northeastern PA from other states.

* The Inquirer writes that the PA House GOP majority is so fixated on expanding video gambling to pay for the state budget that it is essentially holding the funding for the four state-supported universities hostage to do so.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman shines an appropriately harsh light on Congressional Republicans’ abject moral turpitude in allowing CHIP to expire, thus putting nine million American children – including some 175,000 Pennsylvanians – at risk of losing health care coverage.



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



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* Generocity has an explainer on how to double the impact of your charitable gifts via donor advised funds.

* In honor of National Coming Out Day and the annual Out & Equal Summit in Philadelphia, Generocity offers four ways to make the workplace more trans-inclusive.

* Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican community has collected more than $120,000 for Puerto Rico’s recovery, as well as truckloads of needed supplies, writes the Inquirer.



8 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will attend the African American Chamber breakfast. Rivers Club, Suite 411, 301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Independent Regulatory Review Commission will meet. 14th Floor Conference Room, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will learn more about the startup partnerships taking place at String Theory Charter. Highlights of the visit will include a student-run café, the school’s robotics/engineering room and broadcasting studio, and a tour of the school’s startup incubator where students are given internship opportunities. Please note that due to scheduling constraints the Mayor will be unavailable for off-topic questions following the visit. 1601 Vine St., Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will announce an investment in the state’s workforce by Google. Bakery Square 2.0, 4th Floor, 6245 Living Place, Pittsburgh.

10 a.m. - State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware), in partnership with Gateway Health and The Salvation Army, is hosting a Navigating Life After 55+ Health Fair. Salvation Army Central Corps, 3225 Reed St., Philadelphia.

5:30 p.m. -PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards will underscore the importance of women in the workplace and share her personal experiences at the Montgomery County Commission on Women and Families’ Annual Awareness Event. Presidential, 2910 Dekalb Pike, East Norriton.

5:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide opening remarks at the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legislative Reception, which provides members of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce an opportunity to meet with elected officials and key agency staff in an informal setting. Conversation Hall, City Hall, Room 201, Philadelphia.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis, Water Commissioner Debra McCarty, and partner groups will celebrate reaching the milestone of 1,000 “Greened Acres”— a term used to describe the volume of stormwater managed by greening hard surfaces like sidewalks, streets and rooftops. City Hall, Courtyard, Philadelphia.

6:50 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will serve as Keynote Speaker for the first-ever Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Gala, celebrating the close of Hispanic Heritage Month. SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “I’m not sure why [Cortés resigned] or what’s going on, but we’re hopeful to get answers to very important questions.” – State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe promises to investigate the mysterious departure of PA’s Secretary of State Pedro Cortés. From the Inquirer.