WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 53; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 52; Pittsburgh: sunny, high of 44.


* Discussions surrounding an increase in Pennsylvania’s $7.25 hourly minimum wage have been heating up again as the Legislature prepares to head back to Harrisburg next week – one proposal generating a lot of talk would raise it to $9.25 or $9.50 an hour using a phased-in approach over the next 18 months to two years, the Patriot-News reports.

* Philadelphia City Council passed a new gun regulation on Thursday that will no doubt face a legal challenge at the state level if Mayor Jim Kenney signs it. The legislation would establish a court process to temporarily remove firearms from individuals who pose an imminent threat to themselves or the public — commonly known as a “red flag” law, the Tribune writes.

* David Marshall, the top political operative for Pennsylvania Senate Democrats has resigned his position after he was suspended for allegations of sexual harassment while working for a previous employer, the Capital-Star writes.

* The view from inside Philadelphia City Hall is that Mayor Jim Kenney will not run for governor in three years, the Inquirer reports.

* Two months after eliminating mental health counseling on campus, causing confusion and concern among students, Pennsylvania’s largest community college announced Thursday it had contracted with a Harrisburg-area firm to fill the gap, Spotlight PA reports.

* Opening the first community college in Pennsylvania in 25 years has been an ongoing challenge for Erie County, but that’s not stopping supporters of the school from trying to influence the State Board of Education to take a vote on an application for one in the northwest, the Patriot-News writes.

* The first Republican has entered the race to replace Auditor General Eugene DePasquale: Dennis Stuckey, a three-term Lancaster County Commissioner, formally announced a bid, Politics PA writes.

* PA Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, who chairs the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee raged in a taxpayer-funded email, sent out by a taxpayer-funded staffer, as he accused Auditor General Eugene DePasquale of wasting taxpayer money with his report on the cost of climate change in Pennsylvania, the Capital-Star reports.

* Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a bill Thursday that will provide lawyers to low-income tenants facing eviction in the city, WHYY reports.


Celebrate the 2019 Public Servant of the Year!

The Philadelphia Public Record will honor Philadelphia City Councilmember Cherelle Parker as the 2019 Public Servant of the Year on Nov. 21.

Known as a passionate, results-oriented coalition-builder, Councilmember Parker has focused on championing policies to help the working class, senior citizens, women, children, and families alike. She has fought vigorously to address home preservation, neighborhood stabilization, job creation, economic development, and equitable schools. 

Featured speakers include Ryan Boyer, Laborers District Council; Pat Eiding, Philadelphia Council of AFL-CIO; Congressman Dwight Evans; Patti Jackson, WDAS; Mayor Jim Kenney; Katherine Gilmore Richardson, City Council candidate; Hon. Marian Tasco; and Hon. Mike Turzai, Speaker of the House.

To place a congratulatory ad in the November 21st, 2019 commemorative issue, contact Melissa Barrett: 215-755-2000 x5

Join us for a premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres and dinner on Thursday, November 21st, 2019 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., at Galdo’s, 20th & Moyamensing Avenue, Philadelphia

Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door or tables of 10 for $450:



* The Inquirer lauds the recent historic designation of Philadelphia’s Overbrook Farms neighborhood as a crucial first step in protecting and preserving the architecture that makes the city so unique.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough … PA Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning Meg Snead … U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (11/17) … PA Sen. Jay Costa (11/17) … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to


9 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at this conference, hosted by Uplift Solutions and Chestnut Hill College, about the state of the justice system, barriers to reentry, and reducing recidivism. Chestnut Hill College, Sugarloaf Building, 9220 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will meet with Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) members to discuss his charter school reform package and encourage legislators to pass legislation that would bring the current charter school law up to date. Following brief remarks, the governor will participate in a Q&A session led by PASA. Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, 2608 Market Place, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Special Council on Gun Violence will host a public hearing at Misericordia University on reducing the likelihood of accidental shootings. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, State Police, local emergency management services, and firearm safety education trainers will provide remarks to the Council on accidental deaths and injuries incurred from firearms, to help inform the Council in its work to develop recommendations to reduce gun violence in the Commonwealth. Lemmond Theater, Misericordia University, 301 Lake Street, Dallas.

10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join the Department of Human Services and Family Court at this event to celebrate ten adoptions and highlight the need for families who are interested in adopting older youth from foster care. PAFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.

11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at an open house, hosted by IBEW 98, to recognize the impact of apprenticeships on the U.S. workforce and working families. IBEW 98 Apprenticeship Training Center (ATEI), 1719 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will interact with kindergarten students learning about coding and robotics at the Interboro Kindergarten Center and explore their STEM facilities, which were funded through the governor’s PAsmart initiative. Interboro Kindergarten Center, 900 Washington Ave, Prospect Park.

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KICKER: “If you look at all the work it takes, all the money, it doesn’t scream Jim Kenney. He’s never struck me as a politically ambitious person.” – Larry Ceisler. From the Inquirer.