WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 90; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 87; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 88.

 

FROM CITY&STATE:

* A leadership change may be ahead for the state Republican Party as attorneys Lawrence Tabas and Val DiGiorgio – head of the Chester County GOP – reportedly eye the chairman’s seat.

* In a city council session that saw key votes on the budget and a ban on employer credit checks, lawmakers appointed deputy housing director Fred Purnell to the Philadelphia Housing Authority board. He faced criticism in a past role as director of the Wilmington Housing Authority.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The Freedom Partners Action Fund, a Super PAC backed by the billionaire Koch Brothers, will run a $3 million ad blitz on Democratic US Senate candidate Katie McGinty, Newsworks reports.

* Mayor Jim Kenney signaled his willingness to compromise on his 3-cent soda tax proposal by settling for a lower rate, writes the Philadelphia Inquirer.

* Labor leader John Dougherty denied rumors that he went on a tirade in council last week, yelling at lawmakers who wavered on Kenney’s soda tax, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

* Having failed in a past attempt, lawyers for embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane again tried to argue the case against her amounts to “selective prosecution,” the Post-Gazette reports.

* Democratic US Sen. Bob Casey testified in the Fattah corruption trial yesterday, saying he had no knowledge of the bribes the congressman is accused of accepting, according to the Inquirer.

* Ridesharing service Uber is offering state regulators more data about its internal operations in exchange for reconsidering a record $11 million fine, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Philadelphia’s school board passed a $2.8 billion budget that saw sharp increases in pension and charter school costs, but tabled calls to reform the latter, the Inquirer reports.

* After a police shooting, the Department of Justice is partnering with law enforcement in Chester to improve community relations in the impoverished city, Newsworks reports.

* A national housing report found that Southeastern PA has the highest housing costs in the state, writes Newsworks.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Donald Trump officially has enough delegate votes to clinch the Republican presidential nomination, the Associated Press reports.

* Bernie Sanders drew ire from Democrats for his bid to debate Trump, which has been seen as a publicity stunt. Trump said he’d do it for $10 million, Politico reports.

* Hillary Clinton’s crowning victory in California’s primary is starting to look like less of a sure thing, writes the New York Times.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* Social worker SaraKay Smullens writes an Inquirer op-ed applauding the state for downgrading Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services, and hopes it catalyzes change.

* An Inquirer editorial strongly opposes a proposed bill in the US House of Representatives that would make it harder for schools to feed low-income children.

* Just like in labor disputes and other troubled relationships, the Daily News recommends that the state legislature and Gov. Wolf employ the services of a mediator.

* The Post-Gazette gives props to the FDA for pushing through new nutrition labels that will make ingredient lists more transparent and easier to understand.

* In the wake of President Obama’s visit to Vietnam, Washington Post columnist Colbert I. King, in a Post-Gazette op-ed, cautions that moving on necessitates remembering who we left behind.

* Heritage Foundation visiting fellow Stephen Moore writes a Tribune-Review op-ed warning that Bush Administration cronies’ anti-Trump crusading is actually enabling Hillary Clinton.

* The PennLive editorial board has serious concerns about Hillary Clinton’s judgment after reading the State Department report on her use of a private email server.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council Joint Committee on Streets & Services and Education will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

 

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KICKER: “If you f--- with my boy, I'll f--- with you," Philadelphia labor leader Johnny Doc allegedly goes after councilmembers who aren’t ready to swallow the soda tax proposal pushed by his allies — From the Daily News.