WEATHER: Philadelphia: p.m. thunderstorms, high of 82; Harrisburg: a.m. rain, high of 81; Pittsburgh: a.m. thundershowers, high of 77.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* If the U.S. House ultimately moves to impeach President Trump, two suburban Philadelphia congresswomen – U.S. Rep Mary Gay Scanlon and U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean – could be on a team of Democrats that makes the case to the U.S. Senate to oust the president from the White House, the Capital-Star writes.
* PA House Republican leaders this week asked their Democratic counterparts to “address” a controversy involving State Rep. Brian Sims of Philadelphia, whose posts of himself berating antiabortion protesters caused a social media firestorm, the Inquirer writes.
* The Patriot-News previews the key Central PA races on the ballot in next Tuesday’s primary.
* The Post-Gazette has a primer on next Tuesday’s primary elections in Western PA.
* The latest abortion restriction battle in the General Assembly is challenging legislators and their long-held beliefs and positions on the hot-button issue like never before, the Capital-Star reports.
* Governor Tom Wolf is raising the alarm over the impact Chinese tariffs are having on Pennsylvania’s farmers, the PA Post reports.
* Gov. Wolf and his New Jersey and Delaware counterparts signed a proclamation Thursday to reaffirm a commitment to work together to make the river fishable and swimmable, ensure high drinking-water quality standards, and keep the tidal shorelines and waters of the river accessible to the public, the Inquirer writes.
* Desiree Peterkin Bell, the former Philadelphia city representative who pleaded guilty last week to stealing and misusing funds from a city-operated nonprofit, was also found in violation of the city’s ethics laws and fined $6,000, in addition to the $19,807 in restitution she is required to pay as part of her plea deal and settlement with the Board of Ethics, the Inquirer reports.
* The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Thursday on whether to extend a consent decree that would force UPMC to continue taking Highmark insurance, WESA reports.
Celebrate organized labor’s finest!
On June 20, the Philadelphia Public Record’s annual Salute to Labor will honor five of the region’s most influential union members. Celebrate with leaders from across the city at the Philadelphia Joint Board, 22 S. 22nd Street. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., enjoy a premium open bar, extensive hors d’oeuvres and the awards ceremony for Lifetime Achiever, Rising Star, Organizer/Activist, Management Leader, and Good Deeds.
Individual tickets are $40; groups of 10 can be purchased for $350. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
* The Inquirer offers its endorsements in the primaries for Philadelphia Sheriff and City Commission.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … PA Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty (5/19) … former PA Sen. Charles McIlhinney, Jr. (5/19) … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to email@example.com
9 a.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will join Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney to support Phillies legend Dick Allen being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame during the Golden Days Committee’s 2020 voting session next December. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.
9:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at a briefing on the City Charter Amendment ballot question, which proposes making the Office of Immigrant Affairs a permanent part of City government. This briefing also includes updates on the PHL City ID program. Cabinet Room, Room 221, City Hall, Philadelphia.
10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will greet pre-K students and deliver remarks at this annual year-end celebration for PHLpreK, the free, quality pre-K program supported by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax. Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia.
11 a.m. - Philadelphia City Councilmember Mark Squilla will join the National Park Service for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the re-opening of historic Independence Mall. Independence Mall between Market & Chestnut streets, Philadelphia.
12 p.m. - Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke will join Mayor Jim Kenney and School District of Philadelphia (SDP) Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite to celebrate the grand opening of a children's health clinic at Gideon Elementary School. 2817 W. Glenwood Ave., Philadelphia.
12:30 p.m. - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Michael Walsh will join state lawmakers and Norristown and Montgomery County officials in a tour of the borough. They will discuss how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address green infrastructure needs in the borough. Intersection of East Lafayette and DeKalb streets, Norristown.
1 p.m. - PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding will visit Braddock Farms to learn about the farm’s educational model of small-scale agricultural sustainable production in an urban setting. While there, he will discuss the opportunities available in urban agriculture under the PA Farm Bill. Braddock Farms, 1000 Braddock Ave, Braddock.
2 p.m. - Governor Tom Wolf will join local leaders on a walking tour of Steelton, Dauphin County to observe blighted businesses and discuss how Restore Pennsylvania could assist with revitalizing communities by demolishing and rehabilitating properties. Walking tour will begin at 123 N. Front Street, Steelton.
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KICKER: “It’s not just the tariffs – I think there’s chaos surrounding the tariffs. There’s a frustrating lack of strategy on the part of the administration.” – Gov. Tom Wolf expresses frustration with the Trump tariffs’ impact on PA farmers. From the PA Post.