WEATHER: Philadelphia, cloudy, high of 69; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 72; Pittsburgh, mostly sunny, high of 76.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* A City&State investigation found that state Rep. Brian Sims failed to properly report thousands of dollars in travel reimbursements, while collecting more than $53,000 in ethically dubious speaking fees.

 

FROM THE WEEKEND:

* PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will audit the Philadelphia Parking Authority, the Inquirer reports.

* The PPA also took heat for giving a former cop a no-bid management contract that allowed the ex-officer to keep his city pension, the Daily News reports.

* Philadelphia’s Democratic committee may take a pass on endorsing troubled DA Seth Williams in a contested re-election battle, Newsworks writes.

* US Sen. Pat Toomey is appearing in a series of ads with a girl who received a lung transplant to promote his record on organ donor law, according to the Inquirer.

* Democratic Northampton DA John Morganelli joined Toomey in criticizing the state’s immigrant-friendly “sanctuary cities,” the Morning Call reports.

* An aide to Philadelphia Councilwoman Cindy Bass recommended vigilante justice be used to address purported “scary clown” sightings, Newsworks writes.

* The AG race is heating up as Josh Shapiro and John Rafferty trade barbs over gun control, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Gov. Tom Wolf announced a $1.5 million state grant for a Lehigh Valley tech incubator, the Morning Call writes.

* An oil and gas lobby is filing a suit over new drilling regulations, State Impact reports.

* Lawmakers are debating a proposal that would require PA high schoolers to pass a government civics test prior to graduation, the Inquirer reports.

* State university employees struck a tentative contract ahead of a looming strike date, the Post-Gazette writes.

 

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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.

Contact David Alpher for sponsorship information – dalpher@cityandstatepa.com

215-490-9314 ext 3001

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* A new Franklin and Marshall poll puts Clinton ahead by nine points in the Keystone state.

* New York’s AG demanded Donald Trump’s eponymous charity stop raising money, The Daily Beast reports.

* As Clinton prepares to open her third NJ campaign office, Trump announced the opening of his first, Newsworks writes.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Times-Tribune takes umbrage at Trump’s repeated assertions that if he loses PA, it will be due to rigged votes, and warns against his thuggish call for poll “observers.”

* The Observer-Reporter uses rulings by the Democratic-majority PA Supreme Court on drillers and on casino taxes to demonstrate just how important elections can be.

* A PennLive editorial compares the alacrity with which an animal cruelty bill is moving through the PA Legislature with the stalled progress of the bill to extend the statute of limitations for survivors of childhood sexual abuse who want to sue their abusers.

* LancasterOnline takes Trump to task for his Saturday appearance in Manheim, where he impugned the integrity of both Clinton and the PA electorate.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman has five reasons why the leak of three pages of Trump’s 1995 tax return could be devastating to his presidential hopes.

* The Evening Sun opines that after an EPA report showing the Glatfelter paper mill in Spring Grove is in the top 1 percent of all toxic air pollution sources in the US, it is time to do something about the plant.

* The Citizens’ Voice applauds Geisinger Health System’s acquisition of the Commonwealth Medical College as a win for Northeastern PA across the board. 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 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:

 

8:07 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will be interviewed on KDKA Morning News with Larry Richert and John Shumway. To listen online, click here.

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

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will kick off Domestic Violence Awareness month by joining Deputy Managing Director Eva Gladstein and representatives from Women Against Abuse to announce the City’s new Director of Domestic Violence Strategies position. Mayor's Reception Room, 2nd Floor City Hall, Philadelphia.

11:05 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will attend a public meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council. Virginia State Arboretum, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, Virginia.

 

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

 

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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 Wednesday, Oct. 19, 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

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KICKER: “Part of the reason I have a professional finance firm handling my compliance and my finances is so that a guy like me isn’t guessing about stuff like that.” – state Rep Brian Sims pleads ignorance to questions about thousands of dollars in travel reimbursements he received. From City&State.