WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 85; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 86; Pittsburgh, sunny, high of 83.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* A new Franklin & Marshall poll shows Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey leading their Republican opponents by double digits – GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner called the pollster “left-wing,” according to the Patriot-News.

* The PA Senate passed a redistricting bill that immediately came under attack after Republicans inserted language that would create a new set of “judicial districts” for appellate elections, the Post-Gazette writes.

* The Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors sent out a mailer attacking tax hikes in Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed budget plan, WHYY reports.

* Patty Pat Kozlowski, the GOP candidate in Philadelphia’s 177th state House District, found herself at the center of a controversy for using the term “junkie” to describe opioid users in her neighborhood, according to the Inquirer.

* A controversial bill banning abortions based on Down syndrome diagnoses passed a state Senate committee vote, WSKG reports.

* The PA Senate State Government Committee amended legislation to shrink the size of the state legislature – removing language that would have affected senators – and teeing a proposal to reduce the state House for a vote, the Morning Call writes.

* Convicted former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s sentencing hearing for a battery of corruption charges has been rescheduled, according to the Morning Call.

* Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym introduced “fair workweek” legislation that would require fast-food and retail employers to provide employees with more predictable schedules, the Inquirer writes.

* Philadelphia City Council held a bill that would have established minimum parking requirements for some developments and moved along another measure to create an insurance program for civic associations, WHYY reports.

* PA State Troopers must now notify superiors if they interact with ICE after a joint ProPublica/Inquirer investigation found local police officers have been helping immigration authorities round up suspects, according to the Inquirer.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Post-Gazette has a lengthy list of concerns for Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to investigate during his audit of the state’s voter registration and election-management system.

* The Citizens’ Voice writes that Gov. Wolf’s new regulations to better control methane emissions in new gas wells is a good start, but to really make a difference in the fight against global warming, the rules should be extended to all wells.

* The Times-Tribune lambastes the state Senate GOP majority for its “act of supreme cynicism” in turning an already-suspect redistricting bill into an attack on the state judiciary.

* LancasterOnline covers the history and significance of Flag Day, which is celebrated today for the 102nd time.

 

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NONPROFIT NEWS:

* Kathleen Pavelko will retire as CEO/president of WITF after 20 years at the helm of the public radio/television station, reports the Central PA Business Journal.

* The latest edition of Generocity’s Power Moves chronicles the comings and goings of leadership changes in the Philadelphia region social impact world.

 

TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - the PA House Appropriations Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA Senate Pennsylvania Commission On Sentencing will meet. PA Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee of the Whole will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the PA House Game & Fisheries Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin will join Mayor Kenney and other local leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking of Rail Park, a new urban park built on an old abandoned viaduct originally constructed in the 1890s, in Center City Philadelphia. 13th and Noble streets, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate Pennsylvania Commission On Sentencing will meet. PA Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Labor and Civil Service will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera will visit Penn State Harrisburg to visit high school students as they participate in the STEM Summer Enrichment Program. Throughout the summer, PDE leaders will visit educational camps, libraries, and colleges to highlight the importance of STEM education as part of the #SummerOfSTEM tour. 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown.

2:30 p.m. - Governor Wolf will join Department of Labor & Industry Deputy Secretary Eileen Cipriani to host a press conference outlining new occupational licensing reforms. These reforms will modernize the system and remove barriers for skilled workers to get meaningful jobs that Pennsylvania needs to strengthen our economy. Wilkes Barre Career & Technical Center, 350 Jumper Rd., Plains Township.

3:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at an event to celebrate the 10-year milestone of the City's mortgage foreclosure program that helps stabilize neighborhoods and keep residents in their homes. City Hall, Courtroom 653, Philadelphia.

5:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at an event to recognize local immigrants who shared their powerful stories with AL DÍA as part of a six-month editorial project shedding light on the U.S. immigrant experience. National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East, Philadelphia.

6:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at an event for young business professionals to network and learn about the state of Philadelphia and how they can engage in improving the city. Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th St., 15th Floor, Philadelphia.

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


KICKER: "This is the same pollster that predicted President Clinton and Senator McGinty, both by double digits." – Scott Wagner’s spokesperson dismisses new F&M polling showing the GOP candidate trailing Gov. Wolf by nearly 20 points. From the Patriot-News.