WEATHER: Philadelphia: sunny, high of 67; Harrisburg: sunny, high of 68; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 70.



* The Trump administration’s 2017 tax break program is failing to deliver in the parts of Pennsylvania that need it most, Spotlight PA reports.

* A new poll shows that many Pennsylvanians don’t support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, a finding that contradicts the widespread support predicted by Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the PA Post reports.

* Working Families Party candidate Kendra Brooks has penned an open letter to the Democratic City Committee in Philadelphia asking more than 3,000 committee people to break party line and support her run for City Council at-large. The letter follows a half-dozen endorsements for Brooks – a third-party candidate in a traditionally one-party town – that have already caused a rift within the Democratic base, Billy Penn reports.

* In the three years since the city’s landmark soda tax went into effect, Philadelphia has fined more than 100 retail businesses a total of $115,000 and counting for flouting the law, Billy Penn reports.

* A report compiled by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office that summarizes a series of sessions held last school year with teens across the commonwealth shows that students from across the state say schools need to hire more mental health providers, fund more bullying prevention programs and solve data reporting gaps, WESA reports.

* The Capital-Star elucidates why you should pay attention to this year’s Superior Court race.


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.

Councilmember Parker has proudly served the Ninth Council District in Philadelphia since being elected in 2015. Before that, she made history by becoming the youngest African American woman to ever be elected to the state House, where she also served as chair of the Philadelphia delegation.

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
  • Hon. Marian Tasco


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

21 S. 11th St. Suite 205, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Checks made payable to the Philadelphia Public Record


Join us for a premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres and dinner

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

Galdo’s, 20th & Moyamensing Avenue, Philadelphia

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

Buy tickets: or by contacting Melissa Barrett




* The Inquirer provides a helpful compilation of things lawmakers can do to work on the opioid crisis other than coming out against a safe-injection site.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: State Rep. Donna Bullock … State Supreme Court Justice Debra Todd … 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 to kick-off the three-day B.PHL festival, which brings together Philadelphia's top innovators and leaders in health care, technology,  music, film, and more. Entercom Philadelphia, 2400 Market St., 4th Floor, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will visit the HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy and read a book to students. 4400 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia.

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

2 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Health and Human Services will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - the PA House Democratic Policy Committee will meet. East Bradford Township Building, 666 Copeland School Rd., West Chester.

3:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at an event to celebrate PATCO's 50th anniversary. PATCO Lindenwold Line,15/16th & Locust Street Station, Philadelphia.

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KICKER: “I don’t know how we make our rural area compete.” – Jennifer Wakeman, executive director of DRIVE, an economic development agency serving Columbia and Montour Counties. From Spotlight PA.