WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly sunny, high of 88; Harrisburg, partly sunny, high of 85; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 86.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Embattled Congressman Chaka Fattah was found guilty on all 22 counts of federal racketeering and bribery charges against him, reports the Inquirer.

* The Fattah verdict prompted calls for him to resign, as well as a slew of notables who lamented his fate, according to the Inquirer.

* The PA House passed HB 1948, which would be one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the US if enacted – Gov. Tom Wolf has stated he would veto it, writes PennLive.

* In another sign that on-time passage is a priority this year, Gov. Tom Wolf said that his latest budget can be enacted without major tax increases, writes the Morning Call

* In other budget-related news, the PA legislature appears poised to enact its second tax amnesty program in six years, according to the Morning Call.

* Municipalities are planning new gun control laws in the wake of the PA Supreme Court overturning a law that prevented them from doing so previously, writes Newsworks.

* In the wake of the Orlando massacre, bills that would provide equal protection to LGBT people have gained momentum in the state legislature, writes the Post-Gazette.

* Gateway School District students can expect a new sight when they return to school in September: armed school police officers, writes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

* A proposed expansion of Philadelphia’s Southport marine terminal is drawing fire from individuals and groups opposed to the proposal’s operator, according to the Inquirer.

* Hotels and AirBnB hosts aren’t the only ones making room for DNC visitors: Philly is readying Holmesburg Prison to hold arrested protesters if necessary, writes the Inquirer.

* The Department of Environmental Protection will hold public hearings on a proposed 44.6-year expansion of the Keystone Sanitary Landfill, reports the Times-Tribune.

 

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Brushing off the satisfaction that comes from a good Google search, Donald Trump declared that “we don’t know anything about Hillary in terms of religion,” writes CNN.

* Hillary Clinton lands the best line of the day – that all of Trump’s books “end on Chapter 11” – in a blistering attack on his economic policies, writes the New York Times.

* House Speaker – and accomplished fund-raiser – Paul Ryan won’t be helping Trump with his money woes, instead focusing on helping GOP incumbents, writes Politico.

 

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

 

* An Inquirer editorial ponders what might have been, if Chaka Fattah had applied his prodigious talents to just serving his constituents instead of himself.

* Like many, many Americans, the Daily News editorial board is outraged that the Senate, led in reverse by Republicans, failed to pass gun control legislation.

* Catholic Diocese of Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico has an Erie Times-News op-ed explaining his opposition to HB 1947, which eliminates the statute of limitations for bringing charges against those who commit child sexual abuse.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman plays the numbers – as in, the shockingly low amount of cash the Trump campaign has on hand, its paltry number of paid staffers, etc.

* While the Post-Gazette editorial board acknowledges that the current state pension reform bill is nowhere near strong enough, it is better than the alternative.

* The Commonwealth Foundation’s Elizabeth Stelle has a damning PennLive op-ed, replete with examples of wasteful spending, to show that there is no need for new taxes.

* The Pocono Record has a pointed editorial slamming the state for taking so long to come up with stricter vaccine protocols for public school students.

* A Tribune-Review editorial wonders why PA House Speaker Mike Turzai refused five times to answer if his chief of staff influenced his about-face on expanding gambling.

* An Evening Sun op-ed has a very personal take on why the Second Amendment needs to be amended itself.

* The Observer-Reporter comes down firmly in support of a joint educational venture between Washington School District and Washington County jail. 

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

9:30 a.m. - The PA House Aging & Older Adult Services Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - The PA House Transportation Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will make remarks at Equality PA’s Day of Action in support of passing statewide non-discrimination legislation. Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg.

1:45 p.m. - The PA Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

2:30 p.m. - The PA Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East WIng, Harrisburg.

4:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell, Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis and Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez will officially open the City’s pools for the summer 2016 season. Max Myer Pool, 1601 Hellerman St., Philadelphia

 

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KICKER: “I’ve known him 30 years. He’s done an awful lot of good for the city of Philadelphia, for the region, and for the United States. It’s a shame to have something like this happen.” – Congressman Bob Brady, on Congressman Chaka Fattah’s being found guilty, from the Inquirer