WEATHER: Philadelphia: sunny, high of 55; Harrisburg: sunny, high of 55; Pittsburgh: sunny, high of 52.


* By a count of roughly three to one, voters overwhelmingly supported Marsy’s Law, a measure to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to spell out the rights of crime victims, although the votes won’t be certified due to a legal challenge, the Patriot-News writes.

* Working Families Party candidate Kendra Brooks on Tuesday scored an unprecedented victory for a Philadelphia City Council at-large seat effectively reserved for non-Democrats, becoming the first candidate from outside the two major parties to win a seat in the 100 years since Council adopted a modern legislative structure, the Inquirer writes.

* In a victory certain to reverberate across Pennsylvania’s political landscape, Democrats on Tuesday gained control of the Delaware County Council, the controlling body of the historically red Philadelphia suburb, the Inquirer reports.

* The Capital-Star has three takeaways from yesterday’s election.

* The Patriot-News has the results from the races across central Pennsylvania.

* The Tribune-Review has the election results from races across western Pennsylvania.

* Pennsylvania GOP officials on Tuesday filed legal action seeking redress for what they said were massive voting machine malfunctions across the Commonwealth, the Patriot-News writes.

* As the Pennsylvania GOP held a news conference to decry problems reported in some counties that were introducing new voting systems Tuesday, Pennsylvania’s acting Secretary of State said there were only isolated issues, the Patriot-News reports.

* WHYY analyzes how the incoming Philadelphia City Council plans to leave its mark on the city.

* The Inquirer is already handicapping the 2023 Philadelphia mayor’s race, including the possibility of Mayor Jim Kenney resigning early to run for governor in 2022.

* Democrat Stephen Zappala will remain Allegheny County District Attorney after winning a comfortable victory against Independent Lisa Middleman in Tuesday’s election, WESA reports.

* One Republican and one Democrat appeared likely to join Pennsylvania’s Superior Court following Tuesday’s election, the Capital-Star reports.

* Philadelphia City Councilman Brian O’Neill was poised to defeat Democrat Judy Moore Tuesday, withstanding his toughest challenge in years for his seat representing North Philadelphia, the Inquirer reports.

* For voters in 35 counties across Pennsylvania including three in the Midstate, it wasn’t just a matter of figuring out who to vote for in Tuesday’s general election. It was figuring out how to vote, the Patriot-News reports.

* In Pennsylvania, tens of thousands of people confined to county jails for non-violent offenses or who are awaiting trial are eligible to vote. Whether they do is an entirely different question, the PA Post reports.

* The executive director of Rebuild, Philadelphia’s multimillion-dollar initiative funded by its tax on soda and other sweetened beverages, resigned Friday, according to city officials, the Inquirer writes.

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: 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:



* The Inquirer is losing sleep over a proposed bill to deal with the city’s bed bug problems.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Superior Court Judge Emeritus John Bender … Executive Director of Public Citizens for Children & Youth Donna Cooper … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to


9:30 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and other City officials will outline further efforts to assist communities directly impacted by gun violence. Mayor’s Reception Room, Room 202, City Hall, Philadelphia.

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

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join the School District of Philadelphia at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate renovations to Murrell Dobbins High School's CTE labs and classrooms. Murrell Dobbins CTE High School, 2150 W. Lehigh Ave., 3rd Floor Barbershop, Philadelphia.

3 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at a cross-sector convening hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the City’s Office of Workforce Development, bringing together key stakeholders, thought leaders, and innovators to think critically about what the future of work means for the economic well-being of Philadelphia. Drexel University Bossone Research Enterprise Center, Mitchell Auditorium and Lobby, 3140 Market St., Philadelphia.

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KICKER: “For the first time in seven decades, we broke the GOP. … We beat the Democratic establishment. They said a black single mom from North Philly wasn’t the right person, but we have shown them that we are bigger than them.” – Philadelphia City Councilmember-elect Kendra Brooks. From the Inquirer.