WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 55; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 57; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 54.

 

NEW THIS MORNING: 

* After begging for house arrest, former AG Kathleen Kane was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in county jail on perjury charges, the Inquirer writes.

* AG candidates Josh Shapiro and John Rafferty debated shortly after Kane’s sentencing, ABC-27 reports.

* US Sen. Pat Toomey and challenger Katie McGinty sparred in a final debate, ABC-6 writes.

* Toomey’s Lehigh Valley neighborhood was vandalized with anti-GOP graffiti, the Morning Call reports.

* President Barack Obama endorsed Democratic congressional candidates Christina Hartman and Steve Santarsiero, according to the Patriot News.

* After taking flak for the mishandling of a racist incident, Philly’s deputy of LGBT affairs said she will not step down, Newsworks writes.

* The General Assembly shot down a proposed ban on plastic bag taxes, the Patriot News reports.

* The PA Senate passed last-minute legislation that would further loosen state alcohol regulations, the Morning Call writes.

 

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* With trouble brewing over Trump’s candidacy, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is taking aim at down ballot races in GOP strongholds like Arizona and New Hampshire, CNN writes.

* Trump’s hopes of winning Florida seem to be slipping away, Politico reports.

* Members of the PA General Assembly rallied in support of Trump with son Eric Trump on hand in Harrisburg, the Inquirer writes.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer leaves no room for misinterpretation as to why AG Kane deserves to be behind bars instead of on house arrest.

* The Intelligencer endorses Republican Tom Murt to be the 152nd District state Representative.

* The Inquirer endorses Republican incumbent Patrick Meehan to be the US Rep. for the Seventh District, perhaps the most gerrymandered in the country.

* The Post-Gazette endorses Democratic incumbent Mike Doyle for the US House’s 14th District.

* The Citizens’ Voice endorses Democratic challenger Mike Molesevich to be the US Rep. for the 10th District and offers a qualified endorsement of Republican incumbent Lou Barletta to be the US Rep. for the 11th District.

* The Daily Times uses the looming $4.3 million gap in Delaware County’s upcoming budget, courtesy of the PA Supreme Court’s striking down the state’s casino tax laws, as Exhibit A as to why the law needs to be fixed – post haste.

* The Standard-Speaker counsels the use of arbitration in future disputes between the state universities teachers union and the state to avoid situations like last week’s strike.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman unpacks the different potential faceoffs between a President Clinton and a Republican Senate over Supreme Court nominees.

* The Observer-Reporter applauds the Canon-McMillan School District for revising its school lunch policy, following national opprobrium over its refusal to provide hot lunches to students whose parents are behind on lunch plan payments.

* The Pocono Record provides a surfeit of reasons why President Obama’s post-White House efforts to end gerrymandering could do worse than to start in Monroe County.

* The York Daily Record opines that Hanover’s ban on clowns is no laughing matter, but is a First Amendment issue.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: PA Rep. Mike Carroll … 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:

8:30 a.m. - the PA House Appropriations Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

8:45 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will deliver remarks at PA Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability Solutions Conference. Hilton, Ballroom 2nd Floor, 1 N Second St., Harrisburg.

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

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Banking & Insurance Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Bldg., Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.

8:30 a.m. - the PA House Judiciary Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

11 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. State Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. State Capitol, Harrisburg.

1:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will announce funding for the MulDer Square Project. Derry and Mulberry Streets, in front of E&L Mini Market, Harrisburg.

2 p.m. - Pittsburgh City Council Executive Session will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will be present for the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations public hearing on racism and discrimination in Philadelphia’s LGBTQ Community. Liberty Resources, 801 Arch Street, 2nd floor (Arch street entrance), Philadelphia.

 

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

 

KICKER: "There's no place for any kind of vandalism. There's no place for that kind of language. I was obviously extremely distressed and disappointed that our neighbors and friends would be subject to something like that." – US Sen. Pat Toomey responds to news that graffiti, reading ‘Look Out Toomey And You Neo Nazi Republicans,’ was tagged near his Zionsville, PA home. From the Morning Call.