WEATHER: Philadelphia: p.m. thunderstorms, high of 86; Harrisburg: mostly sunny, high of 87; Pittsburgh: mostly sunny, high of 88.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* In a rare display of bipartisanship, both Gov. Tom Wolf and GOP leaders in the General Assembly agree that this month’s primary demonstrated a need to tweak things before November’s general election, the Capital-Star reports.
* The Trump reelection campaign sued Pennsylvania state and county elections officials Monday, saying mail ballot drop boxes were unconstitutional in the way they were used in the June 2 primary election and asking a federal court to bar them in November, the Inquirer reports.
* According to the U.S. Census, 30 percent of Pennsylvania adults expected someone in their household to have a loss in employment income in the next four weeks. Nearly 50 percent of Pennsylvania households (4.8 million people) were already experiencing a loss in employment income by week 7 of the pandemic, the Capital-Star reports.
* Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak on Monday announced that people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation (UC) and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) may now qualify for 13 additional weeks of payments through the state’s Unemployment Compensation Extended Benefits program, PennLive reports.
* After weeks of declining new case numbers, “daily COVID case counts in Philadelphia are no longer falling,” said city Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley on Monday. “That, combined with the rise of cases throughout the country, is troubling.” Over the weekend, the City confirmed 298 new cases of the coronavirus but recorded no new fatalities. On Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 85,988 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, with 6,614 deaths in the commonwealth, WHYY reports.
* Pennsylvania is seeing a slight overall rise in COVID-19 cases and a spike in western Pennsylvania, although Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday said he believes surges can be handled without steps such as moving a county back to yellow phase restrictions, PennLive reports.
* Pennsylvania’s Departments of Health and Human Services released more detailed guidance over the weekend about how nursing and personal care homes could again allow visitors, the Inquirer reports.
* The Pennsylvania Department of Health says it is taking steps to learn more about the health risks of fracking following criticism from an investigative grand jury, days after a grand jury report said the DEP and the health department failed to protect people from the adverse health effects of the fracking boom that began about 10 years ago, WITF reports.
* A number of lawyers will soon file a lawsuit – or multiple lawsuits – in federal court against various city and police officials as well as individual police officers on behalf of numerous plaintiffs, Philadelphia Magazine reports.
* A group of Pennsylvania’s congressional Democrats say that although Republicans haven’t gotten on board with a policing reform bill the U.S. House passed this week, they believe they’re already winning in the court of public opinion, WHYY reports.
* Chief Inspector Anthony Boyle, one of the highest-ranking officials in the Philadelphia Police Department, was suspended Monday for 30 days with intent to dismiss after an Internal Affairs investigation found neglect of duty, failure to supervise, and conduct unbecoming an officer, the Inquirer reports.
* The Inquirer speaks for people across Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the United States by calling for a reduction in the number of fireworks going off every night.
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9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Legislative & Budget Committee will meet remotely. To attend remotely, click here.
10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.
10:30 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will give remarks during a socially distanced press conference for the Independence Blue Cross Repurchase Celebration. Independence Courtyard, 1901 Market Street, between 19th and 20th (enter on Market), Philadelphia.
11 a.m. - the PA Senate reconvenes. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
2 p.m. - the PA House Democratic Policy Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.
2:30 p.m. - Governor Wolf will join Senator Camera Bartolotta, House Minority Whip Jordan Harris, Rep. Sheryl Delozier, and criminal justice advocates for a virtual panel celebrating the anniversary of the Clean Slate Act and the 35 million cases automatically sealed since the historic bill was implemented. Individuals impacted by Clean Slate will join the panel to share their personal stories and what this historic legislation means for them. ZOOM Virtual Panel; to join, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or register HERE.
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KICKER: “Defendants have sacrificed the sanctity of in-person voting at the altar of unmonitored mail-in voting and have exponentially enhanced the threat that fraudulent or otherwise ineligible ballots will be cast and counted in the forthcoming general election. – Part of the language of a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania by President trump’s reelection campaign. From the Inquirer.