WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly sunny, high of 90; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 89; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 84.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rhetoric and actions should call to mind those of a more locally based politician – the late Philly Mayor Frank Rizzo.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* In a unanimous vote, Bruce Beemer was sworn in as the replacement for convicted AG Kathleen Kane, the Morning Call reports.

* Under scrutiny for accepting over $160,000 in previously unreported gifts, Philly DA Seth Williams may disband his charity that has ties to the scandal, the Inquirer writes.

* Attack ads keep coming in the nation’s most expensive senate race, with both U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and challenger Katie McGinty in the crosshairs of new PACs.

* A new Monmouth poll shows Democrats Hillary Clinton and McGinty with an edge in PA races, the Morning Call reports.

* PA-8 Congressional candidates Steve Santarsiero and Brian Fitzpatrick traded barbs in an AM radio debate, Newsworks reports.

* Despite a lack of voting machines with internet connections, PA continued to reassure voters on edge about hackers rigging the upcoming election, the Morning Call reports.

* A judge ruled that Lower Merion school district, one of the wealthiest in PA, must cut school taxes due to the district’s continual budget surpluses, Newsworks reports.

* The state shelled out over $3 million in tax breaks and loans to Russian manufacturer Retal for opening a plant outside Pittsburgh, the Post-Gazette reports.

* A Lehigh University professor was sentenced to five days in jail for owning a chronically dilapidated building in downtown Bethlehem, the Morning Call writes.

* Pittsburgh and other PA school districts are facing a shortage of bus drivers, the Post-Gazette writes.

 

*********** 

Coming in the September issue of City & State PA: Spotlight on the Healthcare Industry

A special section dedicated to health care-related issues provides an ideal forum for you to educate and enlighten Pennsylvania’s policymakers on your company’s benefits and objectives. Among the topics to be explored: the pharmaceutical industry; digital technology; and health care for the vulnerable.

Ad deadline: Sept. 22; issue date: Sept. 27, with bonus distribution at the Healthcare Symposium presented by City&State PA Events. For further information, please contact Annette Schnur, Director of Business Development, at 215-490-9314, x 3004 or aschnur@cityandstatepa.com

*********** 

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* After a year of mocking the country, Donald Trump will visit Mexico to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto, the New York Times reports.

* Democratic VP pick Tim Kaine ribbed Trump in PA campaign stops, calling on the Republican to release his health and tax records, according to Politico.

* The FBI may release notes on its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as early as tomorrow, CBS News writes.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* PA Sen. John Rafferty, the GOP nominee for attorney general, has a PennLive op-ed explaining why he would be the best choice for voters in November.

* The Post-Gazette is adamant that the Porngate email user list be released as soon as possible, arguing that there is no valid reason not to do so, despite the dodges offered.

* The Times-Tribune ignores concerns by PA’s charter school execs to offer its support for Gov. Wolf’s new charter school division in the Department of Education.

* The Daily Times also applauds the new charter school division, emphasizing that their outsized negative fiscal impact on public schools must be examined.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman explores how Catholic voters could be considered the ultimate swing voters – and how they are overwhelmingly pro-Clinton.

* The Times-News wonders why Elk Creek Township supervisors were trying so hard to claim a piece of farmland that their own records showed belonged to the farmer.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at editor@cityandstatepa.com 

 

TODAY’S SKED:

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join fans and owners of the Philadelphia Soul, including Eagles great Ron Jaworski, at a celebration rally for the Arena Bowl XXIX victory. City Hall Courtyard, Philadelphia.

 

No events are scheduled for Gov. Wolf, the PA House, PA Senate or Philadelphia City Council.

 

 *********

Connect with thousands of Pennsylvania influencers 

Advertise in City & State PA magazine and in First Read. For more information, contact Annette Schnur: aschnur@cityandstatepa.com 

*********** 

 

KICKER: "When the face of the organization is somewhat tainted by what he did, how is the fund-raising going to be?" – Ryan Boyer, labor leader and board member for embattled DA Seth Williams’ Second Chance Foundation, mulls disbanding the charity over Williams’ ethical issues. From The Inquirer.