WEATHER: Philadelphia: sunny, high of 44; Harrisburg: partly cloudy, high of 44; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 39.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The Inquirer tries to discern where U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey stands on the looming impeachment proceedings. 

* A group of seven current and former commonwealth workers filed a class-action lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s largest state employee labor union in hopes of recouping some of the non-member fees they paid to the union, the Patriot-News reports.

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced plans on Wednesday for the transfer of more than $5 million to assist in a pair of plans aimed at staving off gun violence and reacting swiftly to it in areas of the city affected by gun violence, the Tribune writes.

* Bucking the Blue Wave narrative in the commonwealth, a number of traditional Democratic counties in western Pennsylvania, which have been trending red for years, officially flipped to Republican-controlled commissioners in four races on Tuesday night, Politics PA reports.

* The Capital-Star analyzes the Republican problem with suburban voters and the Democratic problem with rural voters and whether the twain can meet.

* WHYY examines what could happen with education legislation in Philadelphia City Council now that Working Families candidate and Councilmember-elect Kendra Brooks will join incumbent Councilmember Helen Gym in the chamber.

* Democrats’ newly won control of boards of commissioners in Chester, Delaware, and Bucks Counties means the Republicans representing those counties on SEPTA’s board will likely be replaced by members of the victorious party when current terms expire, the Inquirer writes.

* The PA Post offers up seven solutions to fix the myriad of problems at the polls in this year’s election.

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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’ John Baer explains why Democrats shouldn’t be resting on their laurels after Tuesday’s election wins in Pennsylvania and lays out how they could still lose the state in next year’s presidential election.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: PA Rep. Adam Ravenstahl (11/9) … 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:

10:30 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at the opening of the Crane Chinatown Community Center, which includes apartments, office and retail space, and a preschool. Crane Chinatown, 1001 Vine St., Philadelphia.

10:45 a.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will tour the Parent Infant Center and announce several new apprenticeships to strengthen the workforce in early education and healthcare. The governor will be joined by apprentices, employers and leaders of the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund. 4205 Spruce St., Philadelphia. (Enter through a gate at South 42nd and Locust streets. The Sweet Building is on the right.)

1 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will discuss Pennsylvania’s progress and plans in combating the state’s ongoing opioid epidemic in a panel discussion during an opioid meeting and symposium presented by the PA Orthopaedic Society. Gov. Wolf and Dept. of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine will join other physicians in the discussion. Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland,” is a featured speaker at the symposium. The Bellevue. Main Ballroom, 200 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn will join Johnstown officials in a walking tour of a proposed section of the Path of the Flood Trail/September 11th National Memorial Trail. Pedestrian underpass, Maple Avenue and Phoebe Court, Johnstown.

4 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the ribbon-cutting for a new public space in University City. Intersection of 37th and Market Streets, Philadelphia.

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


KICKER: “It sounds really nice when people say ‘We’re going to do away with coal, we’re going to do away with gas. But we’re not going to bring you any replacement jobs, we’re not going to tell you how high your electric bills will go.” – PA Rep. Pam Snyder. From the Capital-Star.