WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 62; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 62; Pittsburgh: p.m. showers, high of 51.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Following last week’s disastrous election, Mike Meehan, a third-generation leader of the party in the city, resigned Saturday after 2½ years as chairman of Philadelphia’s Republican City Committee, Billy Penn reports

* Voter turnout across the Philadelphia region surged Tuesday to levels not seen in at least a decade in municipal elections, with 30% more voters than usual going to the polls in some counties, according to preliminary data, the Inquirer reports.

* Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board, which regulates all the wine and spirits sales in the commonwealth, had its highest-ever sales – $2.67 billion – a development that worries some state lawmakers, WITF reports.

* With Tuesday’s general election behind them, Philadelphia City Council members are now jockeying for leadership positions, contests that carry added intrigue this year thanks to the indictment of Majority Leader Bobby Henon, two vacancies in other top posts, and several members’ ambitions of becoming mayor, the Inquirer reports.

* Current and former professional athletes and players’ unions have sued Pittsburgh over a tax levied on visiting pro athletes. At issue are so-called “jock taxes” typically levied on professional athletes who work for short periods of time in cities, the AP writes.

* Philadelphia households are buying fewer sugary drinks now than they were before the sweetened beverage tax was implemented, according to a recently updated study by Mathematica Policy Research, the University of Iowa and Cornell University, the Capital-Star reports.

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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: mbarrett@phillyrecord.com. 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: https://tinyurl.com/pprpublicservant2019

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Patriot-News is waiting with bated breath to see if the courts will side with the voters who overwhelmingly approved Marsy’s law in last week’s referendum.

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KICKER: “Please be advised that I have resigned today as Chairman effective November 12, 2019. Good luck going forward.” – The entire resignation letter from now-former Philadelphia Republican City Committee head Michael Meehan. From Billy Penn.