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WEATHER: Philadelphia, isolated thunderstorms, high of 80; Harrisburg, scattered thunderstorms, high of 76; Pittsburgh, thunderstorms, high of 72.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* The Tribune-Review is reporting that Attorney General Kathleen Kane, on trial for perjury related to confidential emails allegedly leaked from her office, violated an office policy she introduced that barred the use of personal emails in the discussion of AG business: http://goo.gl/xxgxmF
* Meanwhile, State Sen. Anthony Williams, an ally of Kane’s, filed an ethics complaint alleging that state prosecutors had tried to “cover up” a state justice’s involvement in the “Porngate” scandal that her office’s investigations triggered. The complaint was summarily dismissed, according to the Inquirer: http://goo.gl/7vlwnn
* A state regulatory commission greenlit sweeping changes to PA’s oil and gas industry supported by Gov. Tom Wolf, setting the stage for legislation to enact those regulatory measures in the statehouse. The GOP has vocally opposed the raft of changes, which would affect where drilling can take place and how spills should be cleaned up, writes PennLive:http://goo.gl/VPUVlZ
* In response to a recent incident in which a Philadelphia man fatally shot his 4-year-old daughter, Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke has said he wants to make it a crime to leave a gun within reach of a child, the Inquirer reports: http://goo.gl/KvitId
* Following a string of similar moves by executives elsewhere, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney barred non-essential government employee travel to North Carolina and Mississippi over those states’ recent anti-LGBT legislation: http://goo.gl/bVouJL
THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:
* Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, campaigning in PA, weighed in on a soda tax proposed by Mayor Kenney that would fund many of his campaign pledges, most notably a universal pre-K program. The Inquirer reports that Clinton supported the move, while Sanders called the levy “regressive”:http://goo.gl/UBurTw
* Donald Trump gave a campaign speech in Harrisburg, slamming “dumb as rocks” political leaders for shipping jobs overseas and again promising that Mexico would pay for his vaunted border wall plan, writes the Inquirer:http://goo.gl/euiXAd
* The GOP presidential candidates made late pitches directly to party delegates for support in what will likely be a contested convention, “humbling” themselves in front of nearly 168 delegates, writes Politico:http://goo.gl/jubWdu
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Hospital workers won a huge victory for Pittsburgh – the largest wage raise from a private employer in the country. UPMC executives said it wasn’t possible, but we proved that by standing together we win.
We can’t stop there. It’s for UPMC to stop its unlawful anti-union campaign and respect our union rights. Hospital workers, our families and our patients are standing together for our rights and our care.
* Citing her wealth of experience while taking into account her shortcomings – as well as those of her challenger – the Daily News editorial board endorses Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee for president:http://goo.gl/TRbdte
* Berwood A. Yost, chief methodologist for the Franklin and Marshall College Poll, writes an Inquirer op-ed that examines how the real “Trump effect” is that his candidacy has so fascinated the press that it has shirked its responsibility to report accurately on the facts, as evidenced by the massive voter registration swing to the Republican Party in Pennsylvania that never happened: http://goo.gl/fwo8nw
* Tim Eller, executive director of Keystone Alliance for Public Charter Schools, writes in a Daily News op-ed that charter schools in the city and state are being unfairly demonized, laying out their benefits, including that brick-and-mortar charters have a higher graduation rate than public schools:http://goo.gl/V7nYSe
* The need for clean energy laws to successfully pass – both at the state and national levels – has never been more imperative, argues an Inquirer editorial, which urges pushing back against both the fossil-fuel industry and its Republican accomplices in their efforts to derail and/or stall legislation that will help prevent more cases of extreme weather like the deadly storms in Houston this week: http://goo.gl/Zcenv3
* A PennLive op-ed by the site’s Harrisburg reporter, John L. Micek, looks at the similarities between supporters of Trump and Clinton:http://goo.gl/3DzNEd
* The Post-Gazette editorial board gives its readers a primer on why there is a question about abolishing Philadelphia Traffic Court on the statewide ballot next Tuesday – and why any voter who believes in good government and real justice will vote to do so, regardless of where they live in the state:http://goo.gl/yA1E9Z
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9 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, along with representatives from the Institute for Market Transformation, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, will present three $5,000 checks to the winners of the Energy Reduction Race, which challenged large buildings to reduce their energy consumption during a one-year period. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.
10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on Rules will convene. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
2 p.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on The Disabled and Persons with Special Needs will hold a meeting. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
6 p.m. – Gov. Wolf will make remarks at the Allegheny County Labor Council Dinner. Sheraton Station Square, Main Ballroom, 300 W. Station Square Dr., Pittsburgh.
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KICKER: "If you are going to vote for anyone else than me, don't vote," another subtly crafted campaign message from Trump to PA voters in Harrisburg. From The Inquirer