WEATHER: Philadelphia, scattered thunderstorms, high of 91; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 92; Pittsburgh, scattered thunderstorms, high of 86.

 

CITY&STATE PA AT THE DNC:

* Both Bernie Sanders and his fill-in, Danny Glover, failed to appear at the Pennsylvania delegation’s Wednesday breakfast. Several Philly councilmembers, MontCo commissioner Josh Shapiro and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke instead.

* Later, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale warned the PA delegation that if he wins, Donald Trump would turn the White House into “crazyland.”

* At a DNC panel on education reform, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym called PA’s school funding system “deplorable” and promised to picket over a fair funding lawsuit headed to the PA Supreme Court.

* Support or opposition to immigration emerged as the decisive theme of both parties’ conventions.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty is using the DNC to stump for votes in a tight race against Republican incumbent Pat Toomey, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Political analysts say a Republican swing in PA is looking increasingly likely, Newsworks reports.

* Longtime PA Democratic politician Brad Koplinski was arrested on charges of using stolen media credentials to get into the DNC, where he stole parking passes and food vouchers, reports the Patriot News.

* The PA Supreme Court agreed to an emergency hearing on a lawsuit challenging a ballot question to extend the retirement age for PA judges, the Inquirer reports.

* Pension reform is emerging as the PA legislature’s top priority for the fall season, writes the Patriot News.

* Richard Basciano, the property owner involved in a fatal 2013 Philadelphia building collapse, lost a court motion to move his civil trial out of the city, the Inquirer reports.

 

DNC IN PHILADELPHIA:

* Speaking at the DNC, President Barack Obama asked voters to preserve his legacy by voting for Hillary Clinton, BBC news reports.

* The theme of yesterday’s convention speakers largely centered on American exceptionalism, according to the New York Times.

* At least 35 activists were arrested after nighttime rallies and sit-ins got more aggressive, the Inquirer reports.

* A Lady Gaga concert promoted by union leader John Dougherty and NJ’s Norcross political family decided at the last minute to bar media, writes Newsworks.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* Instead of state pension funds investing in poor-returning securities, the Intelligencer loves the proven idea of putting the funds into infrastructure projects with guaranteed returns, like bridges and toll roads.

* An Inquirer editorial welcomes the news that the PA Supreme Court will hear a challenge to a misleading ballot question on mandatory retirement age for judges.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman uses US Rep. Joe Crowley’s DNC speech attacking Trump for grabbing a grant intended to help small business after 9/11 – and Clinton’s support of 9/11 first responders – as a vivid example of the difference between the two candidates.

* An Observer-Reporter editorial hopes that PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s report on unacceptable nursing home lapses leads to serious, necessary reform.

* A Standard-Speaker editorial welcomes DePasquale’s announced audit of PA’s pension fund management – a welcome change from legislators’ failure to act.

* The Post-Gazette approves of the $19 million plan to cap a roadway to rejoin Pittsburgh’s Hill District to Downtown, fixing a decades-old civic mistake.

* A Daily Times editorial follows the continuing troubles of Upper Chichester residents with CSX trains and the havoc they are wreaking on the town’s way of life.

* The Times-News’ Pat Howard focuses on the importance of getting the urban plan, Erie Refocused, right the first time – he doesn’t think there will be a second chance.

* LancasterOnline welcomes the Lancaster County DA’s decision to hire a community outreach coordinator as a way to fight crime and educate the public.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

No public events are scheduled for Mayor Kenney, 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: "While it's not always easy to get the credentials. It's not impossible when you just ask,” Harrisburg Councilman Ben Allatt on his former colleague Brad Koplinski, who was caught stealing DNC press passes. From the Patriot News.