WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly sunny, high of 89; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 86; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 86.



* Via Philadelphia Weekly’s Max Marin, electoral maps reveal in detail just how poorly the city’s Democratic machine fared in this week’s primary.

* Democratic nominee for Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner would consider bringing one of his opponents into his administration if he wins the general election in November.

* The state senators behind the unusual plan to offer naming rights for state buildings explain their rationale and the bill’s likelihood of passage. 



* PA House Republicans demanded the Host Committee for Philly’s Democratic National Convention refund state money over a recent bonus scandal, the Patriot News reports.

* US Sen. Bernie Sanders hailed defense lawyer Larry Krasner’s victory in the Philly DA primary, Huffington Post reports.

* Philadelphia Magazine breaks down the DA race’s biggest winners and losers.

* Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango kicked off his campaign at a mid-state rally, according to the Patriot News.

* A judge tossed out a suit from former DA Lynne Abraham that aimed to eject her troubled successor, Seth Williams, from office, the Inquirer reports.

* The Kenney administration laid out plans to engage community members ahead of Rebuild, a half-billion dollar project to repair city-owned buildings, PlanPhilly writes.

* Board members dumped the newly appointed head of Philadelphia’s LGBT advisory board after scarcely a month at the post, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

* Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a plan to offer housing counseling to residents facing foreclosure, writes the Inquirer.

* A new bill in the state Senate would broaden the attorney general’s power to investigate local corruption cases, WHYY reports.

* Most of the money in the Philadelphia DA’s race was raised outside the city’s campaign contribution limits, WHYY writes.

* Philadelphia’s City Hall hired away Boston’s first-ever chief digital officer for an unspecified position, the Business Journal writes.

* Commonwealth Court overturned a ruling by the state Charter Appeal Board that had halted the opening of a cyber charter school, according to the Inquirer.

* Latinos are reporting fewer crimes to police in three cities surveyed by FiveThirtyEight – including Philadelphia.

* A war over the sale of Scranton’s sewer system escalated when City Council members called for a state audit of the privatization deal struck by the mayor, the Times-Tribune reports.



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* The Daily News sees this week’s Philadelphia primary as an indicator of just how ineffectual the city’s Democratic power structure has become.

* The Inquirer writes that Philadelphia’s lawsuit against Wells Fargo for predatory lending practices is the right thing to do, regardless of how difficult it will be to win.

* The Observer-Reporter lays out the reasons why the General Assembly should pass the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, which protects LGBT people – and why it most likely won’t.

* The Daily Record challenges GOP PA sen. Scott Wagner to go beyond the rhetoric in his campaign ads for governor and lay out exactly which regulations he would eliminate as governor. 

* WHYY’s Dick Polman thinks the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor is the best thing that could happen for the country, and the worst that could happen for President Trump.

* The Citizens’ Voice advocates for a state amendment making judicial selection an appointive process, rather than an electoral one.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: PA Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty … PA Sen. Charles McIlhinney, Jr. … PA Supreme Court Justice David Wecht (5/20) … Tim Keller, chief of staff for PA Rep. Brian Sims (5/22) … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at



* NonProfit Pro explores how organizations can manage the expectations and measure the impact that today’s donors have on their operations. 

* Generocity previews On the Table, a massive event with 107 participating organizations, designed to let Philadelphians tell funders what issues are most important to their communities.


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The PA House and Senate will reconvene May 22.

10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Gov. Wolf, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, former Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health Arthur Evans, and Councilman David Oh will provide remarks as the Mayor’s Opioid Task Force presents their recommendations for combatting this epidemic. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.

11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will recognize the volunteers at the Center in the Park, a nationally accredited community senior center. The Mayor will also recognize Executive Director Lynne Fields Harris. Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia.

3 p.m. - Mayor Kenney Councilman Bobby Henon, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Parks and Rec Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell, Gaby Raczka of Mural Arts and representatives from the Philadelphia Water Department will unveil a new mural and break ground on park improvements that include a new playground and storm water garden. The Mayor will also take the National Wildlife Federation’s “Mayors’ Monarch Pledge,” committing to take actions designed to save pollinators, with an emphasis on the monarch butterfly – an iconic species whose population has declined 90% in the last 20 years. Wissinoming Park, 5801 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “Every single endorsement we’ve ever made has won in the 9th ward – with the exception of (Joe) Khan in this district attorney’s race...I think that itself is pretty telling.” – 9th Ward Leader Joe Khan on the insurmountable progressive wave that swept DA candidate Larry Krasner into office. From City&State PA.