WEATHER: Philadelphia, thunderstorms, high of 82; Harrisburg, cloudy, high of 85; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 87.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* In the wake of chaos in Charlottesville, VA, PA Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is again under fire from House Democrats and Republicans for inviting (and subsequently defending) white supremacist Robert Vandervoort to a committee he chaired in 2015.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The Inquirer looks at whether Congressman Lou Barletta has the money to take on US. Sen Bob Casey.

* Several lawsuits aim to cut into the pervasive gerrymandering that has sent a disproportionate number of PA Republicans to Congress, according to the Inquirer

* The founder of an Allentown-based company was arrested for spray-painting a slogan on the side of a building in support of indicted Mayor Ed Pawlowski, WHYY writes.

* Conservative group the American Action Network is dropping cash to pressure politically vulnerable Republicans into supporting tax reform issues, according to the Patriot News.

* US Sen. Bob Casey spoke on aging issues at an appearance in Northeastern PA, the Times-Tribune reports.

* Gov. Tom Wolf pledged to reduce the amount of classroom time dedicated to state educational exams, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Councilwoman Cherelle Parker and other elected officials are rallying against a proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Philadelphia, the Inquirer writes.

* Some Allegheny County Democrats are taking aim at Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s longshot primary rivals, the Post-Gazette reports.

* A Democratic Central PA group is aiming to fill empty county committee seats, according to LancasterOnline.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Citizen has the most well-researched, even-handed examination yet of the current brouhaha over median parking on South Broad Street in Philly – and still finds there are no easy answers to the South Philly parking problem. 

* Inquirer columnist Chris Brennan took aim at a flyer circulated by Republican DA candidate Beth Grossman meant to remind voters of a slew of recently convicted Democrats – but only African-Americans and Latinos.

* The Patriot News’ John L. Micek performs a public service by explaining why there is no way that anyone who flies the Confederate flag can call themselves American.

* The Intelligencer gives a slow golf clap to Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick for finally deciding to hold an in-person town hall meeting next week.

* The Times-Tribune urges Congress to come up with a remedy to the ill-considered US Supreme Court ruling that has led to countless convicted politicians – including from PA – to seek their freedom by claiming that their quid pro quos were not “official acts.”

 

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NONPROFIT NEWS

* Jim Cawley, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, is leaving the nonprofit to take what he called “a senior leadership position” at his alma mater, Temple University, the Philadelphia Business Journal writes.

* The Philanthropy Journal lists the five blogs every nonprofit professional should be following.

* Nonprofit Pro has eight different ways to approach a wealthy person when fundraising.

 

TODAY’S SKED: 

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, Director of the Office of Immigrant Affairs Miriam Enriquez and beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will celebrate the five-year anniversary of the program’s implementation and discuss the current threats to the program. Conversation Hall, City Hall, Room 201, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - The PA House Transportation Subcommittee On Highways And Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness will meet. PA State Fire Academy, 1150 Riverside Drive, Lewistown.

11 a.m. - Mayor will announce the new sponsor for 2017 Philadelphia Marathon. Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market St., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - The PA House and Senate Center for Rural Pennsylvania Committee will meet. Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, Indiana University of PA, 711 Pratt Drive, Indiana.

7 p.m. - The PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Majority Policy Committee will meet. Upper Darby Township Municipal Building, 100 Garrett Rd., Upper Darby.

 

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

 

KICKER: “WeWantEd Allentown.” – Some not-so-catchy graffiti scrawled in support of indicted Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski by local business owner John Laube. From WHYY.