WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly sunny, high of 53; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 54; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 52.



* Philadelphia’s ethics board fined staffers of Councilmember David Oh for campaigning while on city time, Newsworks reports.

* Mayor Jim Kenney talked to Vox about Philadelphia’s new soda tax and his advice for other cities mulling similar levies.

* A judge will rule on the legality of Philly’s soda tax before the end of the year, according to the Inquirer.

* A day after her sentencing, ex-AG Kathleen Kane is focused on appealing her conviction, the Times-Tribune writes.

* With a single voting day left, the state legislature is rushing to pass a sweeping pension reform bill, according to the Post-Gazette.

* The state Senate passed a bill to allow Philadelphia Parking Authority board members to avoid a city residency requirement, the Inquirer writes.

* A bill to extend the statute of limitations for sex abuse victims died in Harrisburg – again, the Post-Gazette reports.

* The PA Supreme Court deadlocked on whether or not to invalidate a ballot question on the state’s judicial retirement age, the Inquirer writes.

* The state Legislature quickly approved a revenue workaround to a PA Supreme Court decision that ruled local casino taxes unconstitutional, the Morning Call reports.

* Lawmakers passed preliminary regulations for PA marijuana dispensaries, notably requiring that a doctor or pharmacist be present at all times, the Tribune-Review reports.

* Opponents of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission may have a real shot at abolishing the state agency for the first time, Philadelphia Magazine reports.

* SEPTA’s new fare card is being delayed again over strike concerns, Billy Penn writes.

* Hundreds turned out for a city-run panel on racial discrimination in Philadelphia’s LGBT community, the Inquirer reports.

* The Turnpike Commission began publicly posting the names of the state’s biggest toll cheats, according to the Tribune-Review.



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* In the final weeks of the presidential race, Donald Trump is taking aim at rebellious GOP leadership, the New York Times reports

* Leaked emails showed Hillary Clinton staffers discussing the campaign’s desire to conceal the improper use of a private email server, according to Politico.

* After denying that “Trump TV” was in the works, Trump began streaming a TV-like segment called “Live From the Trump Tower” on Facebook, the Guardian writes.

* A Western PA house wrapped in Trump signs has drawn more than 14,000 visitors since last month, the AP reports.



* The Inquirer points out that Mayor Kenney’s decision to award an $800,000 no-bid contract to a law firm that employs Ken Trujillo, a key player in the mayor’s election, smacks of pay-to-play.

* The Daily News endorses Democrats Katie McGinty for US Senate, Dwight Evans in the 2nd Congressional District and Steve Santarsiero in the 8th Congressional District.

* LancasterOnline offers a qualified endorsement of Republican Lloyd Smucker for the 16th Congressional District seat.

* The Citizens’ Voice endorses Democratic incumbent Matt Cartwright in the 17th Congressional District.

* The Intelligencer endorses GOP incumbent Craig Staat to be the state Rep. for the 145th Legislative District.

* The Standard-Speaker endorses Democratic incumbent Eugene DePasquale for auditor general.

* The Post-Gazette endorses Democrat Joe Torsella in the race for state treasurer.

* The York Dispatch urges PA legislators to reject a bill regulating what information coroners release to the public and when, calling it unnecessary and obfuscatory.

* The Pocono Record urges passage of a PA House bill that would extend protections for animals in the state, while lamenting the fact that such a bill needs to exist at all.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman introduces readers to Evan McMullin, and explains why the third-party presidential candidate is leading in the polls in Utah.


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9 a.m. - the PA Senate Game & Fisheries Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA Senate and PA House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Local Government Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office, Harrisburg.

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

11 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. State Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. State Capitol, Harrisburg.

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

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join President and CEO of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians Peter Gonzales, and President and CEO of the Committee of 70 David Thornburgh at a celebration of newly naturalized citizens casting their first ballots. Mayor’s Reception, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “It might not have been the most brutal fight of my career. But it was definitely in the top 10.” – Philly Mayor Jim Kenney on the fight with industry lobbyists over passing a soda tax. From Vox.