WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 93; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 94; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 94.

 

NEW FROM CITY & STATE:

* State Sen. Daylin Leach, state House candidate Patty Pat Kozlowski and state House Speaker Mike Turzai are just some of the names to be found in the latest edition of Winners & Losers.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Planned Parenthood will reportedly drop $1.5 million into supporting Gov. Tom Wolf’s reelection, the Inquirer reports.

* As expected, Democrats selected former Allegheny County chair Nancy Patton Mills as their new state chair, according to the Tribune-Review.

* US AG Jeff Sessions spent a visit to the city of Scranton bashing pro-immigrant sanctuary city policies in the city of Philadelphia, WHYY reports.

* A bipartisan group called the Problem Solvers PAC has quietly funneled some $277,000 into U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker’s reelection bid, LancasterOnline writes.

Daily News Columnist John Baer takes a closer look at a recent poll that rankled the PA GOP by showing Democratic incumbents Gov. Wolf and US Sen. Bob Casey with a double-digit lead over their Republican rivals.

* With the clock ticking down, most Harrisburg sources still expect a quick and uncontroversial passage for an election year state budget, the Patriot-News reports.

* The City of Philadelphia has cut ties with a recovery house group that drew numerous complaints of unsanitary conditions and drug dealing, Billy Penn writes.

* Seventeen advocacy groups pressured Allegheny County DA Stephen Zappala to halt the introduction of condoms as evidence in prostitution cases, saying it discouraged their use, the Tribune-Review writes.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Tribune asks the not-at-all inflammatory question: “Is Philadelphia City Council being pimped out to racist labor unions?”

* The Citizen makes a compelling case for the General Assembly’s new tax bill that would supersede Philadelphia’s soda tax, which has proven to be more regressive than expected.

* LancasterOnline cites the recent report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on the state of the bay to urge Pennsylvanians to do more to protect it – the state lags far behind the other five states whose waterways feed into the bay.

 

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NONPROFIT NEWS:

* Brandy F. Burnham has been named president of AHEDD, a Camp Hill-based nonprofit that helps companies hire people with disabilities, reports the Central PA Business Journal.

 

TODAY’S SKED:

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Finance Subcommittee on Tax Modernization and Reform will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA House State Government Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Majority Policy Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - the PA House Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at an event to celebrate Citizens Bank's support of CHOP’s South Philadelphia Community Health & Literacy Center. 1700 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - the PA House Consumer Affairs Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - the PA House Labor & Industry Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new play space at Whitman Library. 200 Snyder Ave., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email the information to editor@cityandstatepa.com.


KICKER: "Everyone is tired... Everyone has fatigue from the last couple years." - Lobbyist Deb Suder on this year’s budget negotiations, which are widely expected to be brief and cordial after years of partisan fights. From the Patriot-News.