WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 91; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 90; Pittsburgh, mostly sunny, high of 87.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* State Rep. Mark Rozzi, abused by a Catholic priest, held a rally in Philadelphia to protest the gutting of his anti-clergy abuse bill by fellow lawmakers, the Inquirer reports.

* Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced $43 million in affordable housing projects for the Pittsburgh area, the Pittsburgh Business Journal reports.

* Mayor Jim Kenney unveiled the first nine “community schools” in Philly, designed to combine social, health and education services in one building, the Inquirer writes.

* Prominent PA Republicans, like Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, are skipping their party’s fête in Cleveland, writes Newsworks.

* Temple University President Neil Theobald, who lost a no-confidence vote last week, retained a lawyer specializing in college president compensation, writes the Inquirer.

* Mayor Kenney signed an order changing the name of the city’s Office of Supportive Housing to the “Office of Homeless Services” to clarify its mission, Newsworks reports.

* Former lobbyist Joseph McCormick, of Newtown Square, passed away from cancer-related complications, according to the Inquirer.

* Jim Foster, a Germantown-based newspaper publisher who ran for mayor last year, died following a stroke he suffered last week, reports the Inquirer.

* The state budget passed last week includes $5 million tax credit for beer brewers, reports the Pittsburgh Business Journal.

* The state Department of Environmental Protection fined pipeline builder Stonehenge Appalachia, LLC $1.5 million for “egregious violations,” the Post-Gazette writes.

* The Delaware River Joint Bridge Toll Commission, which operates seven crossings between PA and NJ, is eyeing raising tolls on several bridges, the Morning Call reports.

* Erie’s city council is mulling a land bank to acquire and redevelop blighted properties, the latest in a string of PA municipalities to do so, writes the Erie Times-News.

* Scranton is seeking a state economic development grant to cover pay raises for city employees, writes the Times-Tribune.

* Four Philadelphians have been selected to speak at the Democratic National Convention, the Inquirer reports.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* As the Republican National Convention roars into Cleveland, the overwhelming theme is “doom” – and Trump’s ability to avert it, writes the New York Times.

* Melania Trump, wife of The Donald, gave an RNC speech that was suspiciously similar to one delivered by Michelle Obama in 2008, writes the AP.

* Urban Outfitters, a popular clothing outlet, has released a line of anti-Trump clothing, according to Bloomberg News.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Daily News lauds Philadelphia’s new contract with its biggest union, AFSCME District Local 33, as a win-win that provides a template for future union contracts.

* The Times-Tribune enthusiastically endorses US Rep. Bob Brady’s proposed Automatic Voter Registration Act, which would add 50 million voters to the rolls.

* In light of declining coal production, the Times-Tribune urges PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to reassess the state’s bonding program to make sure coal companies – and not taxpayers – shoulder the burden of mine remediation.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman pulled out his stopwatch to see how long it would take Paul Ryan to mention Donald Trump to the PA delegation yesterday – it wasn’t pretty.

* The Post-Gazette editorial board hopes that Sunday’s prayer rally in Pittsburgh is the catalyst for better relations between the police and African Americans.

* The York Dispatch calls last week’s rally against police shootings a missed opportunity for dialogue between citizens and law enforcement. 

* At a time when the nation seems to be drifting from its moral center, an Inquirer editorial wonders why the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia hasn’t made a concerted effort to help the community find a way forward from brutality.

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: to PA Rep. Daniel McNeill … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at editor@cityandstatepa.com 

 

TODAY’S SKED:

2 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will hold a press conference to discuss opioid prescribing guideline recommendations. Governor’s Reception Room, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

5:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and Commerce Director Harold Epps will be present as Target opens their newest Philadelphia location. 11th and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia.

6:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will address the crowd at Campus Philly’s My Philly SUmmer Party, a networking event for students spending their summer interning with City based businesses. The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.

7 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide words of encouragement and support to the graduates of Women Working for a Change’s, a unique reentry program created by Mothers in Charge. Philadelphia School District Administration Building, 440 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.

 

 

No events are scheduled for the PA Senate, PA House or Philadelphia City Council.

 

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KICKER: "No, I'm more of a home guy. I prefer to be in Bucks County more than anywhere else." – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick conveniently explains why he’s skipping his party’s big Ohio bash – and, of course, why it has nothing to do with Trump. From Newsworks.