WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly cloudy, high of 71; Harrisburg, a.m. showers, high of 68; Pittsburgh, a.m. showers, high of 62.



* The Philadelphia Parking Authority will vote today on a new director to replace Vince Fenerty, who stepped down amidst sex harrassment revelations, Newsworks reports.

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is asking Toll Brothers to voluntarily preserve building facades in a development that would partially demolish Philadelphia’s historic Jewelers Row, the Inquirer writes.

* Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, under federal investigation, allegedly violated city charter by failing to submit an annual financial plan to council, the Morning Call reports

* Census data shows the number of uninsured Pennsylvanians dropped from 8.5 percent in 2014 to 6.4 percent in 2015, according to the Post-Gazette.

* The PA Turnpike now accepts credit cards, Billy Penn reports.

* In a visit to Philadelphia, Republican state house speaker Mike Turzai lobbied to increase a state tax credit that funds private schools, Newsworks writes.

* Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says that a once-dysfunctional state child abuse hotline has seen “tremendous improvement,” the Post-Gazette reports.

* Democrat Greg Paulson accused Republican rival Scott Martin of being bought by big business, in the race to succeed state Sen. Lloyd Smucker, writes LancasterOnline.

* Erie’s 49th Senate district candidates, Dan Laughlin and Sean Wiley, debated what to do about regional job losses and scarce educational funding, the Times-News reports.

* Court costs related to feuds between the Philadelphia school district and its teachers union topped $1.2 million, Newsworks writes.

* Lancaster carved out $30 million in grants and loans to grease a downtown hotel project, LancasterOnline reports.

* An increasing number of state school districts – one in three – are seeking exemptions from a state limit on local tax increases, NBC-10 reports.

* Philadelphia agreed to industry demands to hold another public hearing on the soda tax’s impact on city businesses, the Inquirer writes.



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




* Four women have publicly accused Donald Trump of forcibly groping and kissing them without consent, the Washington Post reports.

* A new Bloomberg poll finds that Trump’s unpopularity in the Philadelphia suburbs tops 70 percent, the Inquirer writes.

* Leaked emails with details about Hillary Clinton’s speaking engagements and campaign strategy continue to give fodder to Trump, the New York Times writes.

* Sources within Trump’s campaign indicated that the candidate will suspend operations in the state of Virginia, NBC News reports.



* The Inquirer wishes a swift death for a revived bill that would allow the NRA to sue PA towns that pass gun ordinances tougher than those already on state books – and that would require those towns to pay the NRA’s legal fees if the NRA wins.

* The Morning Call’s Bill White tries – and fails – to make sense of Pat Toomey’s continued failure to repudiate Trump

* PennLive urges its readers to join a rally opposing a white supremacist group that has planned a rally of its own on the steps of the state Capitol Nov. 5. 

* The Times-News urges scientific studies of the impact of microplastics on PA waterways as soon as possible as its environmental and health threats grow.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman finally gets around to giving a history lesson on Al Gore and the fallacy of voting for third-party candidates in close, pivotal elections.

* The Post-Gazette calls for respecting Cornell High School cheerleaders’ right to protest during the national anthem, which generated angry and threatening responses.

* A Times-Tribune editorial provides an impressive list of reasons why Gov. Wolf should provide funds for the expansion of the Norfolk Southern Railroad yard in Taylor.


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8:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will attend the White House frontiers Conference. Carnegie Mellon University, Cohon University Center, Rangos 1 Ballroom, Pittsburgh.

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

10 a.m. - PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee will meet. Monroeville Municipal Bldg.,  2700 Monroeville Blvd., Monroeville.


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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: "We're paying … and we're not getting anything to show for it." – Allentown Councilman Daryl Hendricks on Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s decade-long failure to submit a financial plan for the city. From the Morning Call.