WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 65; Harrisburg, partly sunny, high of 64; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 70.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* Pols are always rising and falling – Check out last month’s Winners&Losers online if you missed our print edition.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The Inquirer examines the culture of sexual harassment at the Philadelphia Parking Authority under former director Vince Fenerty.

* Pat Toomey has grown increasingly critical of Donald Trump in public, but still won’t rule out voting for the billionaire, according to the Morning Call.

* Congressmen Lou Barletta and Tom Marino also stood with Donald Trump despite his most recent lewd comments, the Times-Tribune reports.

* The three candidates for the retiring Joe Pitts’ 16th Congressional district faced off in what will likely be the only debate of that race, Lancaster Online writes.

* The US Chamber of Commerce endorses Brian Fitzpatrick for Congress in PA’s 8th District, the Intelligencer reports.

* Today is the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania.

* Real estate mogul-turned-Councilman Allan Domb has begun distributing his council salary to several public schools in Philadelphia, Newsworks writes.

* PA Treasurer candidate Joe Torsella says he wants the state to invest in childhood college savings plans for kids born in the Keystone State, the Times-Tribune writes.

* Eleven Philadelphia public schools have been scheduled for intervention by the superintendent’s office, Newsworks reports.

* Bethlehem's school district may begin teaching Spanish in Kindergarten to improve language retention, the Morning Call reports.

* Gov. Tom Wolf announced a $3 million grant to complete a key section of a waterfront bike trail in Philadelphia, Newsworks writes.

* The city of Reading has invested in a fake Christmas tree for its City Hall, after images of a scrubby, natural tree raised public ire two years ago, the Tribune-Review writes.

 

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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 – dalpher@cityandstatepa.com

215-490-9314 ext 3001

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Speaker of the House Paul Ryan abandoned any shred of party unity by announcing he would no longer defend or campaign for Trump, the New York Times writes.

* Trump kept up a post-debate campaign blitz, launching attacks at the Clintons and downplaying the scandal over his recent lewd remarks, CBS News reports.

* Billionaire Warren Buffett slammed Trump over his use of a loophole to avoid paying federal taxes, according to the Washington Post.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Daily News strongly endorses voting “no” on the misleadingly worded ballot question regarding PA judges’ retirement age.

* The Inquirer reluctantly endorses Bob Brady and Dwight Evans for Congress.

* The Daily Times looks at how PA GOP politicians, including US Rep. Pat Meehan and Sen. Pat Toomey, have responded to Trump’s disgusting comments about women.

* The Philadelphia Citizen has an op-ed by Philadelphia Eagle All-Pro Connor Barwin elucidating the civic differences and similarities between Philly and his native Detroit.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman follows the thread of Trump’s threat to put Clinton in jail should he win, and finds it leads straight to the bottom. 

* The Post-Gazette supports the Pittsburgh police’s expansion of its gunshot detection system and the continued improvement of the department’s community relations. 

* The Morning Call’s Bill White is against the renaming of Allentown’s Seventh Street to “Calle Siete” in recognition of the city’s Spanish population, but he also supports the Spanish-speaking community’s right to speak their language and hold onto their culture.

* The Times-Tribune asserts that Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon’s anti-heroin ad campaign also doubles as campaign advertising.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: PA Rep. Paul Costa … 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:

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

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee will meet. Carbon County Commissioners Conference Room, Courthouse Annex Bldg., 2 Hazard Sq., 3rd Fl., Jim Thorpe.

1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Community College of Philadelphia President Dr. Donald Guy Generals and the authors of “Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America,” Murray Dubin and Dan Biddle, as panelists discussing the life and times of O.V. Catto and how they pertain to education and activism today. Due to high interest, CCP cannot accommodate any additional audience members, but media is welcome to attend. Community College of Philadelphia, The Great Hall, Winnet Student Life Building, 1700 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia.

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

1:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for LOOK Trailers. 1355 Oak Hill Rd, Mountain Top.

 

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email information to editor@cityandstatepa.com.

 

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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

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KICKER: "I have not endorsed Donald Trump and I have repeatedly spoken out against his flawed policies, and his outrageous comments, including his indefensible and appalling comments about women.” – Pat Toomey’s strong rebuke of Trump, just before he acknowledged that he still wouldn’t rule out voting for the billionaire. From the Morning Call.