WEATHER: Philadelphia: a chance of rain, high of 63; Harrisburg: mostly cloudy, high of 58; Pittsburgh: partly sunny, high of 54.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Population shifts mean that Pennsylvania is expected to lose one of its 18 U.S. House districts in the upcoming redistricting process, and the new map must be approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf, The Associated Press reports.
* A super PAC is airing a radio ad attacking Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the front-runner for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, over a 2013 incident in which he chased down a Black jogger and held a shotgun while detaining him, HuffPost reports.
* U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey said he won’t seek earmarks if Congress resumes the practice of padding spending bills with pet projects to boost their chances of passing, and urged his fellow Republicans to do the same, The Hill reports.
* As President Joe Biden bushes for trillions in national infrastructure funding, Pennsylvania Republicans are leaning into divisive social issues like abortion, election laws and transgender athletes in school sports, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s 2021 budget proposal calls for increased spending and tax cuts, but freezes the city’s police budget, PlanPhilly reports.
* Mail-in ballots are going out next week in Allegheny County but with some changes, including that voters now must request the mail-in ballot and no satellite offices will be available for drop-offs, CBS Pittsburgh reports.
* State Sen. Carolyn Comitta introduced a bill that would repeal a section of state law that currently only recognizes marriage between a man and woman, WFMZ reports.
* Al Día News profiles first-term state Sen. Nikil Saval’s unexpected road to success in politics.
* U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle presented a congressional citation to Terrill Haigler, better known as @_yafavtrashman, a sanitation worker whose posts about his daily work on Instagram went viral during the pandemic, CBS Philadelphia reports.
* Draw the Lines PA, a good-government group, brought its “Voteswagon” to Allentown recently to spread awareness about the risks of gerrymandering and to call for a fair redistricting process, The Morning Call reports.
* The Lebanon Daily News profiles the four candidates running for the 48th state Senate District in the May 18 special election: Libertarian Tim McMaster, independent Ed Krebs, Democrat Calvin “Doc” Clements and Republican Christopher Gebhard.
* State Sen. Bob Mensch introduced a bill calling for an audit of Pennsylvania’s 2020 general election votes, the Doylestown Patch reports.
* Several major Philadelphia area corporations were among those who signed a statement published as an advertisement in major newspapers opposing “any discriminatory legislation” that would make it harder to vote, the Inquirer reports.
* Fetterman urged students at the California University of Pennsylvania to stay involved in the political process, the Observer-Reporter reports.
* John Baer writes for PennLive that Pennsylvania’s flawed tax system is unlikely to be improved by lawmakers anytime soon.
* The Inquirer criticizes state legislators’ “total lack of shame” in obtaining per diem benefits during the coronavirus pandemic that collectively amounted to more than $726,000.
* The Penn Capital-Star has an op-ed stating that Chesapeake Energy got off easy with a $1.9 million settlement for illegally damaging wetlands and streams at 76 fracked gas well sites in Pennsylvania.
* The Public Opinion has an op-ed saying “disgruntled Republicans” criticizing U.S Rep. John Joyce, a Trump supporter, for meeting with Biden need “a reality check.”
* President Joe Biden announced plans to end America’s military presence in Afghanistan by September during a White House address heavy on symbolism and marking one of his first defining decisions as commander in chief, Politico reports.
* U.S. health officials are weighing next steps as they investigate a handful of unusual blood clots in people who received Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, The AP reports.
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10 a.m. – The Independent Regulatory Review Commission meets to discuss newly instituted state regulations, 14th floor conference room, 333 Market St., Harrisburg.
10 a.m. – The House State Government Committee holds a public hearing to hear from stakeholders and committee members concerning the election process, Room 515, Irvis Office North, state Capitol, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. – The Philadelphia City Council meets, Council chamber, City Hall, Philadelphia.
1 p.m. – The Philadelphia City Council Committee on Gun Violence Prevention as well as the Committee on Children and Youth holds a joint hearing on the need for universal access to trauma counseling for Philadelphia’s youth, Council chamber, City Hall, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “Too often in the past, citizens have been deprived of the liberty to participate in the process of deciding how they should be represented. When you draw the maps, you define choices people get to make at the ballot box.” – David Thornburgh, spokesman for Draw the Lines PA, via the Morning Call.