WEATHER: Philadelphia, showers, high of 74; Harrisburg, p.m. rain, high of 69; Pittsburgh, p.m. showers, high of 71.



* Legislation from PA Reps. Madeleine Dean and Dom Costa, and from PA Sen. Pat Browne, would ban bump stocks – like those used in the Las Vegas mass shooting – for semi-automatic firearms in the state.



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.




* State Rep. Rick Saccone wants a “constitutional carry” law for PA – meaning gun owners could pack concealed weapons without a permit, the York Dispatch reports.

* During his PA visit today, President Donald Trump is expected to address taxes and the potential for economic growth in the Keystone State, the Patriot News reports.

* Attorney General Josh Shapiro will appeal a lower court’s decision to toss criminal charges against Brandon Bostian – the engineer in a fatal 2015 Amtrak crash in Philadelphia, the Inquirer reports.

* Pittsburgh lawyer Laura Ellsworth became the latest Republican to announce a bid for governor after nearly a year of speculation she would run, the Patriot News writes.

* Al Gore will attend a climate change workshop in Pittsburgh next week, according to the Tribune-Review.

* The National Review profiled gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner, calling him a “different kind of Republican.”

* With municipal elections fast approaching, both Philly DA candidates doubled down on their shared hardline stance on officer-involved shootings, the Inquirer writes.

* Jefferson’s List, a Philly-based startup billed as the “Yelp for politics,” has gone live with its platform to connect candidates with political pros, writes Technically Philly.



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’s Mike Newall lauds Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym for publicly stating her support for safe injection sites, adding that the onus is now on her colleagues to follow suit.

* The Inquirer also thinks it’s time that City Council accepts and embraces the benefits and necessity of adding bike lanes to city streets.

* The Intelligencer’s take on the legislature’s inability to come up with a revenue plan and Gov. Wolf’s borrowing spree to do so seems to be that “crazy is as crazy does.”

* The Post-Gazette gives four crucial reasons to resolve the budget crisis ASAP: the state-related universities – and the brain drain that would inevitably accompany the loss of their state funding.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman writes that the heretofore unthinkable beatdown administered to a sitting US president by a ranking senator from his own party should be just the beginning of a Republican paradigm shift on President Trump’s ability to serve.



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 Rep. Paul Costa … Jimmy Dintino … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at



* Generocity’s latest edition of Power Moves includes new permanent heads of the Fairmount Park Commission and the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia.

* Nominations for the 2018 Social Innovation Awards are live, according to Generocity.

* Nonprofit Pro has four ways to help nonprofits ride the subscription box wave. 



10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide remarks at the dedication of a historical marker commemorating the founding of Jewish Hospital, now Einstein, in 1866. Einstein Medical Center, 5501 Old York Road, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will announce an increase in GO-TIME savings. Governor’s Reception Room, Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.

10:45 a.m. - Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) secretary Dennis Davin will join local leaders and Sen. Elder Vogel for a tour of the community revitalization efforts in Zelienople, Butler County. Tour begins at Spring Street Café, 205 S. Main St., Zelienople.

11 a.m. - Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., will hold a news conference to introduce his resolution to recognize October as Bully Prevention Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, where he will be joined by Mark Smith, who gained national attention after being attacked at the hands of teenagers over the summer in northwest Philadelphia, and Smith’s caregiver. Germantown Life Enrichment Center, 5722 Greene St., Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn will join State Forester Dan Devlin and other officials in marking the opening of the new Buchanan State Forest headquarters, highlighting the new interpretive exhibits and green features of the building. Buchanan Forest District Resource Management Center, 25185 Great Cove Road, McConnellsburg.

11 a.m. - PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration, George W. McAuley, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at a forum designed to bolster involvement of disadvantaged businesses in transportation projects. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Ada Georges Dining Hall – Ballroom, 1837 University Circle, Cheyney.

11:30 a.m. - Representatives from Harrisburg City Council, Tax March, Center for Independent Living, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Hershey Indivisible and other activists will host the Not One Penny Rally Against Trump's Tax Plan event. Pennsylvania State Capitol Steps, 501 N 3rd St, Harrisburg.

12:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide remarks at the annual Hispanic Heritage Annual Luncheon & Award Program, which honors the many contributions made by Latino Americans. The Union League, 140 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia.

2:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will urge support for the shale tax and for state-related universities. City Council Chambers, 626 State St., Erie.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will attend the Philadelphia Zoo’s 8th Annual Global Conservation Gala, honoring individuals for their extraordinary contributions in conservation. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “My goal is to convince the people in Philadelphia living in poverty to take a chance on me.” – Scott Wagner lays out his blue-sky ambitions while running for governor. From the National Review.