WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 92; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 91; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy/p.m. thunderstorms, high of 88.



* Mark B. Cohen, who served in the PA House for 42 years, is now repositioning himself as a “change agent” for his run as a Democratic Court of Common Pleas candidate.



* Western PA businessman Paul Mango officially announced his bid for the governor’s office, the Post-Gazette writes.

* New Philly Democratic DA nominee Larry Krasner held a press scrum to outline his plans for the office, including scrapping the death penalty and increased police accountability, Billy Penn reports.

* Prosecutors in the Philly DA’s Office and the head of the city’s police union made their displeasure with Krasner’s election publicly known, the latter calling the defense attorney “anti-law enforcement.”

* US Sen. Pat Toomey may have been scammed by a PAC that was recently raided by the FBI for allegedly stealing money purportedly raised on behalf of Republican candidates, according to the Patriot News.

* Politicos say Democratic controller nominee Rebecca Rhynhart trounced an entrenched incumbent by running as a reformer in a reform-minded year, reports the Inquirer.

* Courts dealt a serious blow to paid-sick leave and mandatory job training legislation passed by Pittsburgh City Council, according to the Tribune-Review.

* A new coalition is lobbying to improve building conditions in Philadelphia schools, the Inquirer writes.

* Two state senators have proposed a bill to drum up revenue by selling off naming rights to state-owned buildings, the Patriot News reports.

* Philadelphia school administrators have quietly held a string of meetings with charter school operators to discuss reforms, according to WHYY.

* The Philly City Planning Commission weighed in on a string of zoning-related bills currently in City Council, writes PlanPhilly.



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* The Intelligencer writes that voter turnout in primaries won’t go up until “the major parties stop manipulating the process and all registered voters are allowed to participate.”

* LancasterOnline adds its voice to the growing number of those concerned by the chilling effect that two bills in the General Assembly would have on transparency regarding police shootings and body camera footage.

* The Inquirer’s Inga Saffron says Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla is undermining city planning policy by attempting to spot zone a waterfront parcel for a “fantasy” condo tower.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman again uses numerous GOP sources and the law itself to detail how President Trump’s request for the FBI to drop its investigation of Michael Flynn constitutes a federal offense.

* The Patriot News hopes that Harrisburg voters and the vanquished Democratic mayoral candidates will heed winner and incumbent Mayor Eric Papenfuse’s call for unity going forward.

* The Post-Gazette is grateful for the philanthropy of the late businessman Henry Hillman, whose will ensures that his family nonprofits will continue to improve life in Pittsburgh. 

* The Daily Times is encouraged by the lack of success Delaware County politicians had with cross-filing – the odious, legal practice of listing themselves on both party ballots – in Tuesday’s primary.


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* The Philadelphia criminal justice reform community tries to figure out what’s next in the wake of Larry Krasner’s victory in the Democratic primary for district attorney, writes Generocity.

* NonProfit Pro offers up strategies to get wealthy potential donors to become wealthy actual donors.

* The Central Pennsylvania Creative Professionals, an advertising industry group, awarded Taproot Kitchen, which teaches culinary skills to adults with developmental disabilities, a branding update at their annual event, writes the State College News.


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The PA House and Senate will reconvene May 22.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Independent Regulatory Review Commission will meet. 14th Floor Conference Room, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney and Michael Carroll, Deputy Managing Director of the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS), will join AT&T officials as they engage the public on the dangers of distracted driving with AT&T’s “It Can Wait” distracted driving simulator. Municipal Services Building, Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia.

11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney and City Representative Sheila Hess will celebrate the contributions of Philadelphians who are 100 years old or older. Philadelphia has among the largest centenarian populations in the nation. Event Center at SugarHouse Casino, 1001 North Delaware Ave., Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - the PA Senate Aging & Youth, Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Health & Human Services and Intergovernmental Operations will meet. Plumbers Local 690 Union Hall, 2791 Southampton Rd., Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will tour economic development projects in Philadelphia. Wynne Senior Residences, 2001 N. 54th St. Philadelphia.

4:45 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will welcome attendees to the Early Childhood Education Opportunities Fair, an event aimed at helping early childhood education (ECE) professionals reach the next level in their career, as well as promoting opportunities for people interested in pursuing a career in ECE. Public Health Management Corporation, 1500 Market St., Philadelphia.

6:45 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will participate in a fireside chat with WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey as part of WeWork’s Future of Philly Series. This is the third event in the series that brings together partners and influencers in the different pillars of Philadelphia culture to produce content curated events and conversations around the future of Philadelphia. WeWork Northern Liberties, 1010 N. Hancock St., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: "I can tell you we're going to be talking to (Republican DA candidate) Beth (Grossman) and anybody else that may come out as an independent in the future...Listen, we're not going to shut our doors on this guy (Krasner) either. If he wants to talk, we'll be available.” – Philadelphia FOP Prez John McNesby says the organization is keeping its options open, after Krasner won a primary by lobbying for more police accountability. From the Inquirer.