WEATHER: Philadelphia: a.m. clouds, p.m. sun, high of 75; Harrisburg: mostly sunny, high of 79; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 77.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday narrowly fell two votes short of the two-thirds’ majority it needed to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of legislation to loosen restrictions on restaurants. By a 133-69 vote, the chamber upheld the governor’s veto of House Bill 2513, which would have allowed restaurants and bars to operate above 50% occupancy if they comply with social distancing, masks and other precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state Department of Health, PennLive reports.

* Saying he’s not going to simply accept a private group’s claims as true, a federal judge in Harrisburg Tuesday rejected an “11th-hour” plea to purge more than 21,000 supposedly dead people from Pennsylvania’s voting rolls. The request from the Public Interest Legal Foundation is too short on verifiable facts for such a call to be made just two weeks from Election Day, U.S. Middle District Chief Judge John E. Jones III concluded, PennLive reports.

* A voting rights group is raising alarms after Perry County sent out at least 7,000 mail-in ballots without return postage included, even though the state has said it will pay postage on those ballots, WITF reports.

* President Donald Trump pushed into arguably the most important state on the electoral map on Tuesday, opting for a rally in Erie instead of formal debate practice two days ahead of the final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign, the AP reports.

* With just two weeks left until Election Day, Philadelphia Democrats are ramping up in-person outreach to Latino voters, an important part of the electorate that President Donald Trump’s campaign also has in its sights, WHYY reports.

* The Inquirer has a primer on what to do if your Pennsylvania mail-in ballot hasn’t arrived yet.

* Philadelphia city councilmembers on Tuesday pressed Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw on the disparity in tactics her department used during widespread demonstrations against police brutality this spring, questioning why officers responding to unrest in West Philadelphia – a predominantly Black neighborhood – fired tear gas out of armored vehicles, while white men carrying bats in Fishtown were allowed to walk the streets without being stopped, the Inquirer reports.

* A roadside billboard in Fayette County repeating a Republican accusation that Democratic nominee presidential Joe Biden suffers from diminished mental capacity has a deficiency of its own: A whopper of a spelling error. The billboard also repeats two denigrating nicknames that President Donald Trump has used to refer to the former vice president and his running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., the Capital-Star reports.

* State lawmakers, increasingly unsatisfied with the state’s handling of jobless benefit claims, are demanding improvement from the Department of Labor and Industry, PennLive reports.

* Members of Pennsylvania’s state Senate paid tribute on Tuesday to outgoing Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, the Jefferson County Republican who will retire when his term expires in November. A 20-year veteran of the Senate, Scarnati announced in February that he would not seek reelection this year, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family, the Capital-Star reports.

* The state Supreme Court on Tuesday grappled with whether a woman’s lawsuit on claims of sexual abuse by a priest decades ago should be allowed to proceed – a lower-court ruling that has launched many other lawsuits since it was issued a year ago. The justices focused questions on whether the plaintiff, Renee Rice, waited too long to sue the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, the AP reports.

* Philadelphia Black Lives Matter activists say they’re building the movement beyond protests by confronting the disparities that put people in the criminal justice system in the first place, the Inquirer reports.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer joins the ranks of those warning that the state is about to fall off of a fiscal precipice.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … state Rep. Frank Burns … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com

 

TODAY’S SKED:

9:30 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and The Homeless will meet. This remote hearing may be viewed on Xfinity Channel 64, Fios Channel 40 or http://phlcouncil.com/watch-city-council/

10 a.m. - the PA House Consumer Affairs Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will join Councilwoman Cherelle Parker to deliver remarks at the PHL Taking Care of Business Kick-Off Event. 5548 N. 5th St., Philadelphia.

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

11 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Bock Development and Councilman Allan Domb to deliver remarks at the Topping Off Ceremony of 2100 Hamilton building. The Barnes Foundation, First Floor, West Terrace, Philadelphia.

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

2 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on People with Disabilities and Special Needs will meet. This remote hearing may be viewed on Xfinity Channel 64, Fios Channel 40 or http://phlcouncil.com/watch-city-council/

3:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the official Rebuild ribbon cutting at Disston Playground. 4423 Longshore Ave., Philadelphia.

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

 

KICKER: “Biden’s dimensia is worsening, he is not fit.” Today’s example of why proofreading is fundamental, even for boorish billboard bozos. From the Capital-Star.