WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 85; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 82; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 83.

 

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* Check out the latest edition of WInners & Losers!

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Citizens in Philadelphia and across PA held vigils in honor of those killed and wounded at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA, CBS-3 reports.

* At a panel about the future of Philly politics, panelists debated the relevance of city Democratic party chair (and Congressman) Bob Brady, the Inquirer writes.

* PA lawmakers looked to hasten the replacement of lead utility lines, reports the Post-Gazette

* Lois Fernandez, founder of Philadelphia’s popular Odunde festival, died at 81, according to NBC-10.

 

FROM THE WEEKEND: 

* PA Democrats have a strategy to win back seats in the Philly suburbs, but not everyone is confident it will actually work, Philadelphia Magazine writes.

* FairDistricts PA plans a week of educational events and campaigning for political districting reform, the Pittsburgh City Paper reports.

* The Atlantic rapped PA and other states for onerous professional licensing requirements.

* More and more convicted pols are taking a stab at appeals based on the US Supreme Court’s McDonnell ruling, according to the AP.

* WHYY’s Dave Davies profiles the uphill battle faced by Mike Tomlinson, the Philly GOP’s Republican controller candidate.

* PennDOT is investing $30 million in a “smart traffic signal” program to help alleviate congestion in Pittsburgh, the Post-Gazette writes.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* Politico’s Jeff Greenfield has a contrarian, chillingly plausible rationale for why President Trump continues to whiff on racist softballs like condemning the white power movement after this weekend’s violence in Charlottesville.

* Professors G. Terry Madonna and Michael Young tell the Indiana Gazette that Pennsylvania’s 2018 elections are shaping up to be a key battleground (and a referendum on Trump) as Dems eye congressional and Senate seats across the country.

* The Post-Gazette is impressed by how the state pension funds have reduced their management fees, but agrees with Treasurer Joe Torsella, who says more can be done.

* The Standard-Speaker uses the PA Legislature’s attempted takeover of the nonprofit Joint Underwriting Association as yet another example of why it is past time to develop a long-term solution to the budget funding crisis.

* The Inquirer and Daily News co-author an editorial assessing the challenges facing Mayor Kenney’s initiative to make Philadelphia a zero-waste city.

* The Dispatch makes a forceful argument for passage of a new domestic violence currently before the PA Legislature.

* LancasterOnline backs the Lancaster City Housing Authority’s decision to make all of its public-housing units smoke-free ahead of a 2018 federal deadline to do so.

 

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NONPROFIT NEWS

* Generocity has the inside story of how Philly immigrant rights organization Juntos was able to generate $10,000 in donations in four days to facilitate a move this past month.

* There are multiple new grant opportunities for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the state, according to Grants.gov.

* Philanthropy News Digest has a roundup of nonprofit jobs available across the commonwealth.

 

TODAY’S SKED: 

10 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will make a major announcement about PSSA testing. Susquehanna Township Middle School, 801 Wood St., Harrisburg.

 

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KICKER: “There are two questions here: Can I raise $1 million? And if I have to quit my job, can I afford to do that?” – Would-be congressional candidate Omar Woodard on challenging party boss Bob Brady. From the Inquirer.