WEATHER: Philadelphia, morning thunderstorms, then partly sunny, high of 91; Harrisburg, partly sunny, high of 91; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 90.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* In opening statements at AG Kathleen Kane’s perjury trial, prosecutors said she was “on a mission...of revenge” when she leaked grand jury documents to a reporter, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Both Democrats and the GOP filed ballot challenges against Libertarian marijuana activist Richard Tamaccio, who is running for Attorney General, reports the Inquirer.

* Two new Super PACs are blasting U.S. Senate candidates Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty over their stances on abortion and Iran, respectively, writes the Morning Call.

* The raids on labor leader John Dougherty are eclipsing a positive first year for Philly Mayor Jim Kenney, who is heavily backed by unions, according to the Inquirer.

* Former Philly Mayor Michael Nutter has taken a job at the University of Chicago’s Urban Labs think tank. He will work remotely, according to Newsworks.

* Democrat Lisa Austin, who previously ran for Erie’s county council, will take a shot at becoming the city’s mayor next year, the Erie Times-News writes.

* Philadelphia’s school district will begin searching for severely undervalued real estate in the city to drum up property tax revenue, the Inquirer reports.

* A nonprofit is collecting signatures for a ballot question that would force Pittsburgh to post more city data online, according to the Tribune-Review.

* Black Lives Matter activists have filed a petition to tear down a statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo outside of Philadelphia’s Municipal Services Building, Newsworks reports.

* The mayor of Dunmore caused a stir by refusing to tell city council why he briefly ordered police to abandon a local DUI checkpoint, writes the Times-Tribune.

 

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* On a tour of the Keystone State, GOP VP nominee Mike Pence promised to end a so-called “war on coal,” that has retarded PA’s mining industry, the Post-Gazette reports.

* A new Quinnipiac poll puts Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump by 10 points in PA.

* Trump was slammed over comments in which he intimated that “Second Amendment people” could kill Clinton to stop her judicial appointments, the AP writes.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* PA House Speaker Mike Turzai has a simple message in his PennLive op-ed: Pension reform needs to be at the top of every legislator’s agenda when they come back.

* Working on the assumption we have moved forward on the subject recently, Newsworks’ Dave Davies asks: Are we moving backward on public integrity?

* A PennLive op-ed from a Harrisburg Black Lives Matter-affiliated writer wants the movement to matter to the media beyond requests for comment after shootings.

* Daily News columnist Solomon Jones has an incisively brutal take on why Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon shouldn’t be drawing an additional paycheck from IBEW Local 98.

* An Inquirer editorial tries to tease out the possible reasons for the FBI raids on John Dougherty’s home and offices, asking: Is there a Philly pol not being watched?  

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman takes stock of the latest depth charges of disunity set off in the GOP, including 50 GOP national security experts’ disavowal of the nominee.

* A Times-Tribune editorial sees an upcoming zoning hearing in Scranton on a couple’s renting their home through AirBnB as a referendum on the sharing economy.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

10:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will host a press conference to discuss the 2016-2017 budget investment in opioid abuse treatment. Montgomery County Recovery Center, 316 DeKalb St., Norristown.

 

No events are scheduled for Mayor Kenney, the PA House, PA Senate or Philadelphia City Council.

 

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KICKER: "If Donald Trump can be the president, why can't a high-school-educated comedian be the chief law enforcement officer of Pennsylvania?" asked Libertarian Rich Tamaccio, facing multiple ballot challenges in his run for Attorney General. From the Inquirer.