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* City&State examines the lucrative potential of PA’s emerging medical marijuana industry.

* Immigrant rights groups say they are besieged by PA lawmakers’ recent attempts to restrict immigration through state law.

* Columnist Sabrina Vourvoulias writes on the plight of Central American mothers and children currently detained at a Berks County holding facility.



* PA Democrats decried GOP legislation to allow poll watchers to serve outside their home counties in order to combat alleged election fraud, according to the Post-Gazette.

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney ribbed “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon on Twitter over Fallon’s difficulty inflecting the Philadelphia accent for a “Saturday Night Live” elections bit, reports the Inquirer.

* After four years without a raise, some Philadelphia teachers are jumping ship on the long-struggling district, the Post-Gazette writes.



* The 15-year-old daughter of Democratic state Sen. Daylin Leach has come under fire from conservative groups for asking a question at a Clinton rally, the Inquirer reports.

* Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty raised millions more in what has already become the nation’s most expensive senate race, the Patriot News reports.

* PA Republican Congressman Charlie Dent called on GOP leaders to replace Donald Trump on the presidential ticket, writes the Morning Call.

* Philadelphia School Reform member Bill Green asked state judges to bar Gov. Tom Wolf from appointing new members to the state oversight body, the Inquirer writes.
* Republican State Rep. Jim Cox is pushing, again, to abolish property taxes in Pennsylvania, according to the Patriot News.

* Moody’s gave the Philadelphia School District a lukewarm fiscal rating, Newsworks reports.

* Pittsburgh won an $11 million transportation grant to improve traffic signaling for public transit and pedestrians, the Post-Gazette writes.

* The US Navy commissioned a new ship named after the late PA Congressman John Murtha, the Post-Gazette reports.



Join City & State PA for the inaugural On Health Care Symposium

On Wednesday, October 19th, partners, government leaders and policy makers will convene to discuss health care issues affecting the commonwealth. Panelists, including Dr. Allen Glicksman, Director of Research and Evaluation for the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass; Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Service (DBHIDS); and more, will discuss everything from insurance coverage for Pennsylvania’s rapidly growing vulnerable populations to developments in the biopharmaceutical industry and the impact, innovation and legislation leading the way.

Wednesday, October 19th, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Temple University, Center City Campus, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

The event is free to attend; to register, please click here.

Contact David Alpher for sponsorship information –

215-490-9314 ext 3001




* Donald Trump’s campaign listed into a second debate amidst a firestorm over a lewd recording of the candidate denigrating women, the New York Times writes.

* A steady trickle of Republicans continued to abandon their party’s nominee for president, according to Politico.

* An NBC/Marist poll shows Clinton ahead by 12 points in Pennsylvania, NBC News reports.



* The Inquirer editorial board endorses Democrat Josh Shapiro for Attorney General.

* PennLive’s Tony May goes behind the numbers to determine that Trump’s road to victory in PA is an even harder slog than current polls indicate.

* The Observer-Reporter lauds the progress made in educating the public about the state’s opioid crisis, but stresses that it is time to do more, starting with detox units. 

* The Intelligencer continues its series of editorials on the need to change the law on contract negotiations for state employees to make the process more transparent.

* The Daily Times amplifies the drumbeat to try again to pass a state law that would allow victims of child sexual abuse to retroactively sue their attackers. 

* An Inquirer editorial has a brutal takedown on Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission and the need to shut it down.

*The Times-News’ Pat Howard seconds the judge in the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority dispute, who told Erie City and Erie County officials to work it out themselves.

* The Times-Tribune accuses the Public Utility Commission of forgetting about the “public” part of its mission in its short-sighted and ill-advised approval of the sale of the Scranton Sewer Authority.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: US Rep. Joe Pitts; PA Rep. Andrew Dinniman; Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at 



10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, along with middle school students participating in Manufacturing Day tours, high school students from the Advanced Manufacturing Center at Ben Franklin High School, PTR Baler employees and the teachers and administrators that oversee these programs, will take part in a 30-minute roundtable discussion. The purpose of this roundtable is to generate a list of actionable agenda items that the city can support to strengthen the manufacturing pipeline in Philadelphia and surrounding region. PTR Baler, 2207 E. Ontario St., Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will announce an economic development project. 2500 Locust Street, along the river trail, Philadelphia.

12:30 p.m. - Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

2:15 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will visit a Center of Excellence and host a press conference to discuss efforts to combat the opioid abuse epidemic. Community Health & Dental Care, 800 Heritage Drive, Suite 802, Pottstown.

4:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will appear at the Communications Workers of America Annual Local Leadership Conference. Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive, Aztec Room, Hershey.


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Be a part of City & State PA’s inaugural 40 Under 40 event!


Do you know someone aged 39 or younger who is a Rising Star in Pennsylvania’s political community?

Please submit your nomination(s) of friends, colleagues, family and other people you think are destined for greatness for City & State PA’s 2016 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in PA government, politics, advocacy and media. City & State PA will close the submissions process Tuesday, Oct. 25, with selections to be announced at the end of October. City & State PA will celebrate this year’s group of Rising Stars at a reception in Philadelphia, location and date to be announced.


Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 25



KICKER: "To me, it just shows there are a disturbing number of unhinged people in this country." – State Sen. Daylin Leach responding to conservative criticism that his daughter had been “planted” by the Clinton campaign to ask questions during a Q&A session at a rally. From the Inquirer.