WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 92; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 92; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 91.

 

CITY&STATE PA AT THE DNC:

* At the PA delegation breakfast yesterday, local Democrats tried to boost the message of party unity Democratic National Convention organizers desperately want to project.

* A criminal justice reform panel, featuring Mayor Jim Kenney and DA Seth Williams, brought a bipartisan consensus on how to end the problem of mass incarceration.

* A City&State event at the Union League brought PA and NY’s delegations together to settle the eternal debate over which state has the best food.

* The Philadelphia GOP held a DNC counter-event, festooned with imagery designed to tie Hillary Clinton to recently indicted PA politicians.

* Philadelphia-area LGBTQ pols and their allies, like state Rep. Brian Sims and Minority Leader Frank Dermody, rallied at an Equality PA mixer.

* Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama fought to fuse together two feuding wings of the party at the DNC – at least superficially.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* After a PA Supreme Court ruling, one of the first Catholic priests convicted of sexual abuse in PA will get a new trial, the Inquirer reports.

* Former Democratic state Senate leader Robert Mellow has authored a book describing federal criminal charges against him as “bogus,” the Times-Tribune reports.

* Former Harrisburg councilmember Brad Koplinski has been charged with stealing DNC media credentials and vouchers, Newsworks reports.

* The Department of Justice is investigating an arrest in Erie that led to a black man being severely injured while in police custody, the Erie Times-News reports.

* A $5.7 billion capital plan for the PA Turnpike is under review after disagreement among commission members over how to pay for the plan, writes the Post-Gazette.

* Charter schools are suing the Pittsburgh public school district over its annual renewal policy, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Pittsburgh won a $19 million grant to cap a downtown highway separating neighborhoods from the city center, the Pittsburgh Business Journal reports.

 

DNC IN PHILADELPHIA:

* Hillary Clinton made history as the first presidential candidate nominated by a major U.S. political party, a nod sealed by onetime opponent Bernie Sanders, the New York Times reports.

* Bill Clinton gave a lengthy, lukewarm speech laying out his wife’s epic biography, the New York Post writes.

*  thSeveral activists were arrested for trying to hop the security perimeter at the Wells Fargo Center in a night that saw many tense protests, the Inquirer reports.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer is closely watching the DNC for signs of growing – or waning – unity among party faithful.

* As Hillary Clinton is introduced to the voting public – again – Newsworks’ Dick Polman says now is the time for her to “put her thumb on the likability scale.”

* PennLive’s John L. MIcek also weighs in on the “getting to know you” portion of last night’s convention – and what more needs to be done for Clinton’s image rehab. 

* The Intelligencer welcomes PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s announcement that he will be auditing the state’s two underperforming retirement systems.

* The Daily Times brings to light how a Libertarian candidate’s attempts to gather signatures in a county park to get on the ballot became a First Amendment issue.

* An Observer-Reporter editorial lauds two Washington nonprofits that have begun new programs to help their clients help themselves.

* The dumbfounding possibility that a judge could have ruled on an East Stroudsburg University official’s sexual and fiscal misconduct – without having seen a crucial sealed report – has the Pocono Record calling for release of the full report.

* The York Dispatch calls on PA legislators to quit playing a shell game with funding for agencies like York’s Children, Youth and Family program.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Mayors Against Discrimination Founder Edwin M. Lee of San Francisco, CA, Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix, AZ, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, West Sacramento, CA, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, D.C., Mayor Michael Hancock, Denver, CO, First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray and Co-Chair of the Equality Caucus Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) to discuss how local LGBT anti-discrimination policy can impact the passage of the Federal Equality Act authored by Rep. Cicilline. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.

2 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will help honor Democratic National Convention CEO Leah Daughtry, Melissa Harris-Perry of Elle.com and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman at this event to celebrate champions of justice on behalf of women and girls. Members of the press interested in attending should RSVP to Adena Andrews at aandrews@mskolnik.com. South Kitchen, 600 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.

5:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will discuss the Democratic National Convention with Frankie Darcell on WDAS-FM. The interview can be heard live HERE.

 

No events are scheduled for Gov. Wolf, the PA House, PA Senate or Philadelphia City Council.

 

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City & State PA covers the DNC 

Be sure to check cityandstatepa.com throughout the day and evening to find out the latest on what is happening at the DNC – and how it impacts the Commonwealth. 

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KICKER: "This is what [Bernie Sanders] would do. I think he'd be proud," Tennessee delegate Kristy Douglas, who walked out from the DNC floor in protest after Sanders helped nominate Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate, From the Inquirer.