WEATHER: Philadelphia, windy, high of 55; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 57; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 56.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* Lawyers for state Sen. Larry Farnese filed a 35-page motion to dismiss bribery charges brought against him by federal authorities.

* PA Democrats are fretting over the potential loss of as many as five state senate districts in the general election, thus ushering in a veto-proof Republican supermajority.

* Philadelphia City Council passed legislation that cemented tax incentives for a $280 million hotel development in Center City.

* Columnist Tom Ferrick examines differing electoral prospects in two Pennsylvanias – one prosperous and cosmopolitan, the other rural, and in decline.

 

NEW THIS MORNING: 

* Amtrak will pay out a $265 million settlement over a 2015 train derailment in Philadelphia, the Morning Call reports.

* Backlash is brewing against the owner of Yuengling over his prominent support for Donald Trump, LancasterOnline writes.

* The general assembly sent Gov. Tom Wolf a bill that would conceal the identities of police involved in the shooting of civilians, according to the Patriot News.

* Interim AG Bruce Beemer rehired a key deputy who had been dismissed after testifying against Kathleen Kane, the Morning Call writes.

* Northampton DA John Morganelli endorsed onetime rival Josh Shapiro for AG, according to the Morning Call.

* State Rep. Mike Sturla says the NRA killed a vote to tighten animal cruelty laws over fears it would lead to the end of controversial pigeon shoots, LancasterOnline reports.

* Hillary Clinton’s campaign will not engage in the time-honored Philadelphia tradition of spreading “street money” around to local ward leaders, according to Billy Penn.

* Two former state Supreme Court justices are asking a federal court to invalidate any votes cast on a ballot question that would raise the judicial retirement age, the Inquirer writes.

* Supporters of state Rep. Martina White are – illegally – using a strategically parked tractor trailer to display a campaign ad that is visible from I-95, the Daily News reports.

* Gov. Wolf will sign legislation allowing six-pack sales at beer distributors, FOX-29 writes.

* Anti-opioid legislation died in Harrisburg as the voting season grinds to a halt, according to the Post-Gazette.

* Democratic delegate Walter Weeks was acquitted over indecent assault charges filed during the DNC, the Inquirer reports.

* A doctors’ group called for a moratorium on fracking in PA, the Post-Gazette writes.

 

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Despite – or perhaps because of – his flagging poll numbers, Trump has severely curtailed campaign spending, CNN reports.

* Clinton is already sizing up administrative picks, floating Joe Biden as possible secretary of state, according to Politico.

* A new report puts Clinton ahead by seven points in PA and asserts that the state is unwinnable for the billionaire GOP candidate, the New York Times writes.

* Philadelphia Walmart employee Osborne Hart is running as Vice President on the Socialist Workers Party ticket, NBC-10 reports.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

*The Intelligencer endorses GOP incumbent Pat Toomey for US Senate.

* The Inquirer emphatically endorses voting “NO” on the deliberately misleading ballot question regarding PA judges’ retirement age.  

* The Standard-Speaker endorses GOP incumbent Congressman Lou Barletta for the 11th Congressional District.

* The Times-Tribune endorses GOP challenger David Burgerhoff to be the Rep. for the 113th District and GOP challenger Ernest Lemoncelli to be the Rep. for the 112th.

* LancasterOnline endorses Republican Scott Martin for the PA Senate’s 13th District seat.

* The York Daily Record endorses Democratic incumbent Eugene DePasquale for auditor general.

* The Patriot News’ John L. Micek name-checks both Jake LaMotta and Smashing Pumpkins’ opus “Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” as part of a comprehensive thrashing of the Legislature’s failure to get anything done on pension reform.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman tackles the astonishing selflessness of Libertarian Party vice presidential candidate – and former two-term GOP governor of Massachusetts – WIlliam Weld’s decision to endorse Clinton for the sake of the country’s future.

* The Times-News is strongly opposed to a pair of Senate bills designed to protect the police from public scrutiny of body camera footage and officer-related violence.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (Oct. 30) … PA Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (Oct. 30) … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at editor@cityandstatepa.com 

 

TODAY’S SKED:

11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney and Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez will tour William Cramp Elementary, one of the first cohort of community schools, as part of the Healthy Schools Initiative, which focuses on nutrition, physical exercise and water access to instill preventative health practices in students and families. 3449 N. Mascher St., Philadelphia.

12:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join members of City Council as he presents a city proclamation at the 20th Annual Access Achievement Awards Brunch, an annual event honoring private businesses, public agencies, nonprofit organizations and individuals that have made outstanding efforts to improve and increase access for persons with disabilities in Philadelphia. Marriott Courtyard, Juniper Room, 21 N. Juniper St., Philadelphia.

 

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

 

KICKER: “You know it’s not looking good when even the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat...backed the Republican state Senate candidate.” – Democratic operative Jake Sternberger on one of five state senate seats likely to fall to Republicans. From City&State.