WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 71; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 71; Pittsburgh, sunny, high of 75.



* Republican challengers to Gov. Wolf’s 2018 re-election are already lining up, including powerful state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman.



* The Philadelphia Housing Authority will lay off 126 workers to close a $21 million deficit at the affordable housing agency, the Inquirer reports.

* Charles Wasko, the mayor of tiny West York, refused to stop posting racist internet memes of President Barack Obama after public outcry, the Washington Post reports.

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will create a new deputy post to oversee efforts to combat domestic violence, the Inquirer writes.

* PA-17 incumbent Matt Cartwright traded barbs with Republican challenger Matt Connelly in a televised debate, the Morning Call reports.

* In the Auditor General’s race, Eugene DePasquale trumpeted his record, while GOP challenger John Brown says it's time for a change, according to the Times-Tribune.

* A new state law will limit employers’ access to job applicants’ non-violent criminal history, the Patriot News reports.

* State regulators are touting a “philosophical change” in nursing home oversight after years of criticism over lax enforcement, LancasterOnline reports.

* Lawmakers are mulling a “no-fault” divorce bill that would make acrimonious separation less financially draining, the Patriot News writes.

* Former PA state Rep. Marvin E. Miller Jr. is dead at age 70, reports Lancaster Online.



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

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* The LA Times describes the last night’s VP debate as 90 minutes of purposeless “bickering” while the New York Times noted Republican Mike Pence’s penchant for ducking Donald Trump’s uncomfortable statements.

* After months of hand-wringing, the consensus amongst Republican congressmen is that Trump will probably not have a negative down-ballot effect, Politico reports.

* A parade float in rural Indiana has drawn criticism for depicting Trump executing Hillary Clinton, according to the Washington Post.



* The Intelligencer wants to know why Act 53, which allows parents to get court-ordered drug treatment for minors aged 12 to 18, has languished unused for almost 20 years.  

* An Inquirer editorial examines the impact of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s successful strike on others who have suffered from wage stagnation.

* The Daily News’ Solomon Jones raises the other Philadelphia Parking Authority scandal: its utter failure to deliver promised revenue to Philadelphia schools.

* The Standard-Speaker urges the PA Legislature to adopt the most recent version of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, which would help prevent the 28 denied organ transplants that occurred here over the past two years.

* A Times-Tribune editorial laments the dilution of a Senate bill that would have remedied the devolution of the civil forfeiture process into a sanctioned cash grab

* The Post-Gazette is the latest paper to get behind the commonsense proposal to make passing a civics exam mandatory for high school graduation.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman draws attention to another overlooked Clinton policy proposal, this time to create a National Service Reserve to work in communities.

* The Daily Times conveys the sense of urgency and potential calamity that is reverberating through Chester after the recent court ruling on casino taxes.


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9 a.m. - Mayor Kenney and Philadelphia International Airport CEO Chellie Cameron will make an announcement regarding the latest carrier to begin service to the Philadelphia International Airport. Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal A West, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - The PA House Finance Committee will meet. Bensalem Twp. Building, Council Chambers, 2400 Byberry Rd., Bensalem.

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

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney and Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera will speak at Andrew Jackson Elementary in South Philadelphia. 1213 S. 12th St., Philadelphia.

10:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will attend the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association Board Symposium. Penn Stater, 215 Innovation Blvd., Presidents Hall 4, State College.

11:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will attend the White House Rural Forum. Penn State University, HUB-Robeson Center, Heritage Hall, State College.

12:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide remarks as a part of the MEN CAN public awareness campaign designed to engage more men to speak out against family violence. Board Game Art Park, 15th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia.

5 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will attend the Pennsylvania Municipal League Reception. Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster.


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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: “The racist stuff, I admit, I did that. I don’t care what people label me as. But it’s just a smoke screen, to cover up what’s really going on.” – West York Mayor Charles Wasko’s ambiguous defense of posting racist internet memes depicting President Obama. From the Washington Post.