WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 83; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 82; Pittsburgh, partly sunny, high of 84.

 

FROM CITY&STATE:

* In an historic vote with wide-ranging ramifications for the entire country, Philadelphia City Council approved Mayor Jim Kenney’s soda tax.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Philadelphia City Council passed a $4.2 billion budget that includes the soda tax, as well as $192 million more in spending than last year’s budget, reports the Inquirer.

* There will be at least one more day of the Congressman Chaka Fattah trial: The first full day of jury deliberations ended without a verdict, according to the Inquirer.

* As the debate over new Pittsburgh superintendent Anthony Hamlet rages, the city’s school board is struggling to move forward on other issues, writes the Post-Gazette.

* In a closed session, the School District of Philadelphia enacted sweeping policies protecting transgender students, including the right to use the bathroom of their choice and to be referred to by the pronoun of their choice, according to the Inquirer.

* US Sen. Pat Toomey’s proposed gun legislation will not make it to a vote in the Senate, according to the Morning Call.

* The Morning Call also looks at how PA’s other senator, Bob Casey, went from being pro-gun to a gun-control advocate over the past decade.

* Philadelphia officials and protesters have very different opinions for what protests at the Democratic National Convention should look like, according to Newsworks.

* Groundbreaking changes to PA liquor laws – all 163 pages of them – means it could be awhile before you can buy merlot at your local Wegmans, writes the Patriot News.

* The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency approved a record $125 million in grants to help send students to college, writes the Patriot News.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Focused on defeating Donald Trump and maintaining the momentum of his “political revolution,” Bernie Sanders pledged to support Hillary Clinton, the AP reports.

* It’s an uphill climb to the presidency when two-thirds of the country doesn’t like you and “a majority can’t stand you,” as Politico reports is the situation for Donald Trump.

* A growing number of GOP politicians may be jumping off the Trump bandwagon, but none of them have said they would support Clinton instead, writes the Washington Post.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* A PennLive op-ed by Jeff Coleman and Eric J. Epstein uses absolutely jaw-dropping numbers on PA’s prison growth industry to argue it’s time to reform a broken system.

* US Sen. Pat Toomey responds to Ed Rendell’s Daily News open letter with one of his own in the paper, citing his work on gun control and calling for bipartisan work on it.

* A Times-Tribune editorial wholeheartedly endorses the Joint State Government Commission that will study whether or not to consolidate PA’s 500 school districts.

* The Intelligencer editorial board thinks the PA House’s recently passed pension legislation is a start, but urges pols to focus on the $64 billion pension deficit as well.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman launches into a Trumpian doubleheader: the nominee telling GOP leaders to “just be quiet,” and calling Iraq veterans thieves.

* In an Inquirer op-ed, Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal laments that Orlando has become the addition of another chapter in the history of violence and prejudice toward the LGBT community.

* A Post-Gazette editorial points out that history isn’t pretty, arguing against the removal of two Confederate flags from a capitol display this week – previously reported in C&S.

* The Daily Times editorial board hopes that body cameras and a recent public forum are the start of a new era of police transparency and outreach for Chester.

* A Times-Tribune editorial calls on state legislators to stop delaying action on clean energy, noting that it is federally mandated and thus unavoidable.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

9:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will attend the 10gth annual John DeBella Radiothon. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - The PA House Human Services Committee will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

 

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KICKER: “They’re talking out of both sides of their mouth. They appear to be planning for the zombie invasion at the same time they’re saying: ‘None of you are zombies’” – Lawrence Krasner, a civil rights attorney, talking about Philadelphia’s plan to deal with protesters during the DNC, from Newsworks