WEATHER: Philadelphia: rain, high of 70; Harrisburg: rain, high of 63; Pittsburgh: a.m. rain, high of 58.


* Days after a landmark court ruling that could clear the way for the nation’s first supervised injection site to open in Philadelphia, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain vowed to “use all enforcement tools” at his disposal to shut down any facility that opens before the Justice Department has exhausted its appellate options, according to a letter obtained Tuesday by the Inquirer.

* The governing board for the State System of Higher Education today will consider asking the commonwealth to make a huge one-time investment in its state-owned universities to help fuel their transformation. A source close to the system said system officials will be asking the board to consider requesting an extra upfront $100 million from the state to be spent over five years, the Patriot-News writes.

* An internal review of Pennsylvania’s parole system spurred by five parolees getting charged in quick succession with homicide is, in theory, acknowledging a long-standing complaint of parole agents over a long-term policy shift designed to help more parolees succeed on the outside, the AP writes.

* A former consultant for Philadelphia City Council candidate Judy Moore has sued her campaign, alleging the Democrat has failed to pay for $9,000 worth of work, the Inquirer reports.

* Five candidates – David Lloyd, Jo Ellen Litz, Michael Schroeder, Matthew Duvall, and Laura Quick, all of Lebanon County – have declared their interest in becoming the Democratic nominee for the open 48th state senatorial district seat that will be filled through a Jan. 14 special election, the Patriot-News writes.

* A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the conviction of former state Sen. Jane Orie, ruling that her retrial following the discovery of doctored evidence did not constitute double jeopardy, the Tribune-Review writes.

* The Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Pennsylvania’s largest community college system, has eliminated all on-campus mental health counseling for its students, a move college health experts called short-sighted and risky at a time of growing need, Spotlight PA reports.

* Rudy Giuliani privately urged President Donald Trump in 2017 to extradite a Turkish cleric living in exile in the Poconos, a top priority of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to former administration officials familiar with the discussions, the Washington Post 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; Patti Jackson, WDAS; Mayor Jim Kenney; Katherine Gilmore Richardson, City Council candidate; and Hon. Marian Tasco.

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

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Thursday, November 21st, 2019 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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

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* The Citizens’ Voice urges state legislators to not just acknowledge that now is the time for victims of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal to finally get their due, but that they must vote on legislation to make such redress possible.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Philadelphia City Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to


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

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Rules will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the PA House Democratic Policy Committee will meet. Cabrini University, Grace Hall Atrium, 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor.

10:30 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks to at a press conference to dedicate a new mural in the heart of Kensington at the site of one of the largest former encampments. Officials will also mark the one year anniversary of the Philadelphia Resilience Project by providing an update on the emergency response established to combat the opioid epidemic. Tusculum Square, Corner of East Tusculum Street and Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the annual Men Can Prevent Domestic Violence rally during domestic violence awareness month to celebrate year-round efforts to prevent and end violence. Municipal Services Building, 1401 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the annual Al Dia Hispanic Heritage Awards, which celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and recognizes individuals within the Hispanic community making a difference in Philadelphia. Union League, 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

3 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at a press conference to announce forthcoming legislation that proposes restricting the sale of flavored and highly addictive e-cigarettes to minors. Mayor's Reception Room, Room 202, City Hall, Philadelphia.

5:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join leaders from business and industry to launch the Climate Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia. During the public signing event, leaders will reaffirm their commitments to address climate change as a united group. Franklin Institute, Franklin Hall, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will attend this cocktail event to welcome B.PHL festival participants and stakeholders to Philadelphia's first annual citywide innovation festival. Independence Visitors Center, 599 Market St., Philadelphia.

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KICKER: “If you and your clients … choose to move forward immediately, then you will force my hand, and I will have no choice but to take the steps necessary to maintain the status quo.” – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain. From the Inquirer.