WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 48; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 49; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 44. 



* An op-ed from G. Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young lays out the terrible trilemma facing the GOP in PA and nationwide as the midterm election cycle begins.



* Former Gov. Tom Ridge was hospitalized and given emergency heart surgery while visiting Texas for a governors’ conference, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Philadelphia’s state-imposed School Reform Commission voted to dissolve itself, setting up a path to restore the city’s locally run Board of Education, WHYY reports.

* An attempt by state Republican Senate leadership to move a gerrymandering lawsuit to federal court – likely as a delaying tactic – was quickly reversed after a dispute with GOP House leaders, the Inquirer reports.

* A January date was set for a special election to replace Democratic state Rep. Mark Gergely, who resigned after being linked to a gambling ring, the Tribune-Review writes.

* Philadelphia City Council voted to give itself more power to enforce the city’s minority contracting rules, according to WHYY.

* The U.S. Senate confirmed former Cumberland County DA David Freed to serve as U.S. Attorney for PA’s Middle District, the Sentinel writes.

* Ditching its “fiscally distressed” label, the city of Pittsburgh is poised to emerge from state-run fiscal management, the Tribune-Review reports.

* Mayor Jim Kenney called on Philly sheriff Jewell Williams to resign over a string of sexual harassment allegations – while party chieftain (and Congressman) Bob Brady says he’ll take a “wait and see” approach, according to the Inquirer.


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Keynote Speaker: Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe
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* The Daily News’ Will Bunch remembers the heroic actions of the late John Raines, whose citizens’ group broke into the FBI’s Media office in 1971 and stole documents that proved the FBI was unlawfully spying on American citizens.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman gives voice to the rising sentiment that it’s time for those on the left excoriating Roy Moore and President Donald Trump for their behavior toward women to hold former President Bill Clinton to the same standard.

* The Citizen has the latest op-ed from Philadelphia Eagle Malcolm Jenkins, who focuses on the work done by the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project, which helps juveniles prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system.


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* The Pennsylvania SPCA’s annual Bark & Whine Gala honored Ed Rendell and Larry Bowa, and raised $2 million, reports Main Line Media News.

* NonProfit Times reports on the just passed tax reform bill in the House of Representatives, which will hurt nonprofits’ bottom lines to the tune of around $13 billion.

* Generocity interviews nonprofit strategist Lansie Sylvia on how to turn rage into philanthropy.



8 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak at Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Meet the Legislators, a gathering that allows local business people the opportunity to meet with local elected officials and express their business concerns. Community College of Philadelphia Northeast, First Floor, Room 124, 12901 Townsend Road, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Commerce & Economic Development will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak at the official kickoff event for Philadelphia Marathon weekend. PA Convention Center, Front of Hall F, Northeast Corner of 12th and Arch, Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine will join Elizabethtown officials in a walking tour of the borough to learn about its efforts. Elizabethtown Borough Train Station, 50 S. Wilson Ave., Elizabethtown

4:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak at the grand opening of the new PAL Center for the 25th District. 3150 N. Mascher St, Philadelphia.

6:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will attend the 2017 Delaware Valley's Most Influential Latinos Celebration, celebrating and recognizing the region's well-accomplished Latino residents. The National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East, Philadelphia.

7 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will attend the gala celebrating the 225 years of ministry for St. Thomas Church, the first Black Episcopal Church in the United States. Vie, 600 N. Broad St, Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “We’re just waiting to see what the allegations are...It would be unfortunate if the allegations are true.” – Congressman Bob Brady, who heads the local Democratic Party, said he’d wait for the outcome of multiple sexual harassment charges leveled at Philly Sheriff Jewell Williams before criticizing his colleague. From the Inquirer.