WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 78; Harrisburg, cloudy, high of 78; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 88.



* Despite visits by President Trump and Vice President Pence, GOP candidates Lou Barletta and Scott Wagner increasingly seem to be abandoned by the Republican establishment, especially in terms of funding, writes the Inquirer.

* GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner repeated a white nationalist anecdote that compares Muslims and immigrants to an infestation of raccoons that can only be taken care of by President Trump, the Patriot-News reports.  

* Democratic candidate for Congress Scott Wallace has said he would call for legislation to compel presidential candidates to release their tax returns – while he has continued to resist doing so himself, the Inquirer writes.

* Former President Barack Obama will be in Philadelphia today to stump for Democratic candidates, including Gov. Tom Wolf and US Sen. Bob Casey, WHYY writes.

* Philadelphia City Councilman Allan Domb introduced legislation that would prohibit participation in the city’s controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan for new non-union employees, Philadelphia Magazine writes.

* Pennsylvania had one of the highest increases in overdose deaths over the past decade, according to a new report by the CDC, the Inquirer writes.

* Private equity firms have made some $3.8 billion in profits off of the state’s pension funds over the past decade, despite the funds’ lackluster performance and increasingly shaky finances, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Likely voters in the state hold harsh views of the Catholic Church, but are almost evenly split on whether to expand the statute of limitations to allow for victims of long-ago abuse to file civil lawsuits, the Morning Call reports.

* Reports show that placing police officers in Philadelphia schools is expensive to do and is traumatic for students of color, WHYY writes.

* Susquehanna County became the first in PA to purchase anti-hacking voting machines as mandated by Gov. Wolf, NBC-10 reports.



* The Inquirer congratulates Delaware County officials for giving students at Haverford College an education on voter suppression and rightly demands that the county end disenfranchisement efforts.

* The Citizens’ Voice takes PA Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati to task for his indefensibly usurious decision to charge $160 an hour to anyone who wishes to review his campaign finance records and uses his bad faith to call for reform on the subject.

* The Times-Tribune wants to see DUI laws changed so that repeat offenders face even stiffer penalties than they currently do.


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10 a.m. - Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at the official street renaming ceremony for Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr., hosted by Councilman Curtis Jones. 2400 block of N. 59th St., Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Majority Policy Committee will meet. Quakertown Community School District Administration Building, 100 Commerce Dr., Quakertown.

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the unveiling of the new Billy the Goat sculpture in Rittenhouse Square. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.

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KICKER: “We don't care that Trump is crude, we don't care that he insults people and we don't care that he's changed positions, we don't care how many times he's been married, we don't care that he fights with Megyn Kelly or Rosie O'Donnell, we don't care that he doesn't know the name of some Muslim terrorist. This country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies are making fun of us. We are being invaded.” – GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner closes out a frequently repeated white nationalist anecdote comparing Muslims and immigrants to a raccoon infestation. From the Patriot-News.