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* Delaware County DA Jack Whelan used office funds to plant dozens of billboards and other ads prominently featuring his name and likeness ahead of a judicial primary in which he ran as both a Democrat and a Republican. Critics slammed the move as an attempt to use public funds to fuel his own campaign.



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.




* State Rep. Rick Saccone announced that he will become the third Republican to run for Congressman Tim Murphy’s soon-to-be-vacant seat in Western PA, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Democrat Rachel Reddick, a lawyer and Navy vet, will challenge freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in Bucks County, according to WHYY.

* Gov. Tom Wolf wants to lease the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center to a private operator to help plug the state budget deficit, the Patriot News writes.

* A video released by PA House Speaker Mike Turzai trashing Gov. Wolf’s conduct in budget negotiations looks a lot like a campaign video for his long-rumored gubernatorial run, according to the Inquirer.

* An upcoming visit to Harrisburg by President Donald Trump will be invite-only, CBS-21 reports.

* To counter another Obamacare rollback by Trump, Wolf called for the General Assembly to require employers to cover birth control costs for their employees, writes LancasterOnline.

* Ailing oil and gas refineries around the Philadelphia region pleaded for the same white-glove treatment the coal industry has received from the White House, according to the Inquirer.

* The Trump administration’s plan to repeal coal emission standards will likely impact progress made in the Keystone State’s shift to cleaner-burning natural gas, the Post-Gazette reports.

* State legislators are considering a bill that would fuel lending for commercial energy efficiency upgrades, the Post-Gazette writes.

* A movement to repeal a soda tax in Chicago at the county level could have implications for a similar levy in Philadelphia, the Inquirer reports.

* There will be no charges in the case of a man who was investigated for asking bizarre questions about U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s daughter at a town hall, the Post-Gazette writes.



* The Citizen’s Larry Platt uses the recent Daily News investigation revealing Philly Mayor Kenney’s $25,000 backdoor payment to local NAACP head Rodney Muhammad as the catalyst to eviscerate the city’s “culture of legal corruption.”

* WHYY’s Dick Polman finds the double whammy of Donald Trump Jr.’s sudden conversion to anti-sexual harassment stance after the Harvey Weinstein exposé in the suddenly not-failing New York TImes to be a bit much to swallow.

* The Morning Call’s Bill White tries to keep up with the machinations involved in Allentown’s upcoming mayoral election.


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* Generocity has a compelling first-person take on the struggles of Red Paw Emergency Relief team, a small local nonprofit, to maintain funding levels in a time of multiple crises nationwide.

* The Philanthropy Journal explains how nonprofits looking to expand their funding base need to reach out to family foundations.

* Nonprofit Pro has four ways to make it impossible for your capital campaign to fail.



8 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will attend the Rise of the Rest Tour Kick-Off Breakfast. United Fiber & Data, 210 York Street.

9 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak to participants of the Black and Brown Founders Project. A national initiative for African-American and Latino tech entrepreneurs, this 2-day workshop provides tech entrepreneurs with best practices, tactics and community for building tech companies with modest financial resources. The event is hosted in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal and the City of Philadelphia. University Science Center, Quorum, 3711 Market St., Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

10 a.m. - The PA Senate Education Committee will meet. Lancaster County Career & Technology Center, 432 Old Market Street, Mount Joy.

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver opening remarks at the opening brunch of the Out and Equal Workplace Summit, which features over 4,000 employees and experts coming together to share strategies and best practices to create workplaces inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will attend the Rise of the Rest Tour lunch and discussion with local startups and business leaders. Warner Homestead, Lancaster. NOTE: Media planning to attend this event should RSVP to 717-783-1116 for specific location.

12 p.m. - PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards will discuss progress on improving the state’s transportation system and increased community collaboration at a Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce event. Trade & Transit Centre II, 144 West Third Street, Williamsport.

12:30 p.m. - Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel and Stephen Kerber, Director of the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute will take part in the burning of a fully furnished home during Fire Prevention Week to show how quickly fire can engulf a modern house and how residents can better protect themselves simply by closing doors.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Safety will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

1 p.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 Weiser State Forest headquarters, and the naming of the Weiser Forest District Edward W. Helfrick Resource Management Center in honor of the former state senator. 16 Weiser Lane, Aristes.

1:30 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Post Agenda Committee will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

3 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will attend the Rise of the Rest Tour Pitch Competition. Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, 1110 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg.

3 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Finance will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

7:30 p.m. - Challenge Cup is a worldwide tournament for the most promising, innovative startups to win prizes, make connections and share their vision on a global stage. The Mayor Kenney will announce the winner of this year’s regional competition winner, who will advance to the Global Finals Challenge in November. Pennovation Center, 3401 Grays Ferry Ave., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “It’s time some of us put our careers and our reputations on the line by saying, no more.” – House Speaker Mike Turzai releases an inspiring informational video to warn taxpayers about Gov. Wolf’s fiscal policies – and it’s totally, 100 percent not a pseudo-campaign video ahead of his long-talked about gubernatorial run. From the Inquirer.