WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly sunny, high of 59; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 56; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 55. 



* The PA House is a step closer to declaring pornography a public health crisis. The non-binding action would make Pennsylvania the 20th state to do so.



* Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, after finding no misuse of funds, formally requested that the IRS investigate bonuses paid out to the 2016 Democratic National Convention host committee, the Inquirer reports.

* Contrary to public statements, emails appear to show that Pedro Cortes, the former head of the PA Department of State, was forced out of his position by Gov. Tom Wolf in October, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Democrats selected Austin Davis, an assistant to Allegheny County Exec Rich Fitzgerald, to stand for a special election to replace disgraced state Rep. Marc Gergely, according to the Tribune-Review.

* Former Gov. Tom Ridge’s family was hopeful he would make a full recovery after being hospitalized following a heart attack, according to the Inquirer.

* The state House began debating a measure that would impose a severance tax on natural gas drillers last night, ABC-27 reports.

* The House again signed off on a child health insurance package that notably excludes sex or gender reassignment procedures, according to ABC-27.

* Prosecutors asked a judge to deny a request from a business consultant linked to an Allentown pay-to-play scheme for a trial separate from indicted Mayor Ed Pawlowski, the Morning Call reports.

* Some 125 state economic development officials were polled on their ideas to grow PA’s languid economy, Technically Philly writes.


Celebrate City & State’s 40 Under 40!
Please join us in offering our congratulations to the PA Rising Stars Class of 2017 for outstanding work in their respective fields on November 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Roy Pitz Barrel House in Philadelphia.
Keynote Speaker: Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe
Winners will also be profiled in a special City & State Rising Stars edition on December 1.
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* The Citizens’ Voice is incredulous that the PA Legislature, which has proven time and again its incompetence and disinterest in balancing the budget, has the gall to sit on a $95 million surplus in its accounts – instead of returning it to the treasury.

* The Dispatch has the fascinating backstory of the rise of York Mayor-elect Michael Helfrich, a progressive who ran – and won – on the Republican ticket.

* LancasterOnline fully supports a House bill that would reduce the size of the chamber from 203 to 151 seats – the number it should have been had a map-drawing error after the 1968 state Constitutional Convention. 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at



* Shelly Power has been named the new executive director of the Pennsylvania Ballet, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

* Generocity profiles Michelle Julet, the executive director of The Business of Doing Good, a nonprofit teaching middle-schoolers how to be socially conscious entrepreneurs. 

* York County nonprofit leaders unveiled plans to hold their first-ever 24-hour fundraiser, Give Local York, in May of next year, writes the Central PA Business Journal.



8:15 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will appear at John DeBella’s annual turkey drop to collect money and donations to help feed food insecure families. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (out front), 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.

9:30 a.m. - The Wolf Administration cabinet will host the first Cabinet in Your Community event featuring Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, and Department of Labor and Industry Acting Secretary W. Gerard “Jerry” Oleksiak. The new initiative will provide a platform for engagement between cabinet secretaries and local communities throughout Pennsylvania. Luzerne County Community College, Building 10, Education Conference Center, Room 132, Nanticoke.

9:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at this celebration of MaST Community Charter School becoming a blue-ribbon school. 1800 East Byberry Rd, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - PA Sen. Christine Tartaglione will host a health care enrollment event presented by PA Senate Democrats. 1061 Bridge St., Philadelphia.

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

10 a.m. - the PA House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and officials from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Game Commission will join legislators and representatives from the Central PA Food Bank, Feeding America, Hunger Free PA, and Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) to kick off the 2017 HSH deer donation program. Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, 3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - the PA House Consumer Affairs Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the groundbreaking of Cristo Rey’s new campus that will enable 21st-century teaching & learning methods. 1717 W. Allegheny Ave, Philadelphia.

12:30 p.m. - PA Sen. Christine Tartaglione and PA Rep. Jason Dawkins will present a $200,000 grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia. 1709 Kinsey St., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate Education Committee will meet. Assembly Room, William Pitt  Union Building, University of Pittsburgh, 3959 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh.

1:30 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County-Building, Pittsburgh.

7 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the party to celebrate the success of the 2017 Unity Cup and thank sponsors, staff, partners and volunteers. Penn Museum Upper Egypt Gallery, 3rd Floor, 3260 South St, Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “I remain at a lost [sic] to understand why you would dispense with my services without sharing with me concerns you had about my professional performance or personal life." – Pedro Cortes in private emails with the Governor ahead of his public “resignation” last month. From the Post-Gazette.