WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 74; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 72; Pittsburgh, sunny, high of 77.



* Pew released a new study showing majority support for Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and his signature soda tax, amongst other findings.



* Philadelphia School Reform Commission members Feather Houston and Marjorie Neff simultaneously resigned their seats, according to the Inquirer.

* A new Philadelphia Magazine profile of Gov. Tom Wolf asks why he has accomplished so little to date.

* A “volatile” week featured three polls with three wildly different results on the state of PA’s US Senate race, the Patriot News writes.

* Pennsylvania’s government-run liquor stores were accused of price gouging by a consumer advocate, according to the Tribune-Review.

* PA tax collections are down 3 percent in the first quarter, the Times-News reports.

* Pittsburgh county executive Rich Fitzgerald released an $880 million spending plan, with no tax increases for the 15th year in a row, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Arab-American groups in Pennsylvania are reacting to Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric with voter registration drives, the Inquirer writes.

* A blue-ribbon panel released a blueprint for addressing the state’s opioid crisis, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Ride the Ducks, an aquatic tourist shuttle service tied to several deaths in Philadelphia, abruptly suspended operations in the city, the Inquirer reports.

* A controversial proposal to build condos on Philadelphia’s iconic Jeweler’s Row advanced in the city’s permitting process, according to the Inquirer.

* A $28 million federal grant will seek to reduce farm pollution in PA and help save the Chesapeake Bay, LancasterOnline reports.

* A downtown Allentown apartment construction boom shows no sign of slowing, the Morning Call writes.



Join City & State PA for the inaugural On Health Care Symposium

On Wednesday, October 19th, partners, government leaders and policy makers will convene to discuss health care issues affecting the commonwealth. Panelists, including Dr. Allen Glicksman, Director of Research and Evaluation for the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass; Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Service (DBHIDS); and more, will discuss everything from insurance coverage for Pennsylvania’s rapidly growing vulnerable populations to developments in the biopharmaceutical industry and the impact, innovation and legislation leading the way.

Wednesday, October 19th, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Temple University, Center City Campus, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

The event is free to attend; to register, please click here.

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* Democratic VP candidate Tim Kaine held a rally at a South Philadelphia union hall, the Inquirer reports.

* Hillary Clinton’s wrenching campaign ads are notable for rarely featuring Clinton herself, the New York Times writes.

* Ralph Nader said Clinton and Trump both “flunk” on their qualifications to be president, CNN reports.



* The Inquirer urges the PA Senate to redeem itself by passing legislation that would allow victims of child sexual abuse to sue their attackers, regardless of how long ago the assault occurred or the financial impact on the Catholic Church. 

*A PennLive editorial explores the options for removing hate-mongering West York Mayor Charles Wasko, whose racist social media posts have led to near-unanimous calls for his resignation.

* The Times-News’ Pat Howard examines the hard and harder choices facing Erie County pols over a nursing home that has become a drain on financial resources.

* A Times-Tribune editorial lauds the new Lackawanna County domestic violence court.

* The Daily Times is impressed by the collaboration between Aston residents and the Delaware County Intermediate Unit that resulted in concord over a technical school.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman breaks down optics vs. substance from the VP debate, and finds that Mike Pence was the winner – on style and on positioning himself for 2020.

* The Philadelphia Citizen’s Roxanne Patel Shepevaly offers up an alternative to Columbus Day, one that is already on the City Council books: Indigenous Peoples Day.


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10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

11:45 a.m. - Gov. Wolf continues his Schools That Teach tour. Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5 School, 810 Arch St., Pittsburgh. 

4:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and Commerce Director Harold Epps will honor the small business owners who won the Storefront Challenge, a bi-annual awards program organized by the Community Design Collaborative and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce that recognizes the best storefront façade improvement projects in Philadelphia. Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia.

6:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide opening remarks as he joins Consul General of Ireland Barbara Jones and President of the Irish Memorial Kathy McGee Burns to officially start the Irish Government’s 2016 Great Hunger Symposium. Ritz East, 125 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia.


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Be a part of City & State PA’s inaugural 40 Under 40 event!


Do you know someone aged 39 or younger who is a Rising Star in Pennsylvania’s political community?

Please submit your nomination(s) of friends, colleagues, family and other people you think are destined for greatness for City & State PA’s 2016 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in PA government, politics, advocacy and media. City & State PA will close the submissions process Tuesday, Oct. 25, with selections to be announced at the end of October. City & State PA will celebrate this year’s group of Rising Stars at a reception in Philadelphia, location and date to be announced.


Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 25



KICKER: "On the macro level, the problems are so big and intransigent that it's difficult to see all the small victories. I'm not sure that my skill set – my temperament – is particularly suited for this large, very slow-moving kind of change." – Former SRC member Marjorie Neff discusses her abrupt departure from an objectively frustrating school district administration. From the Inquirer.