WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 95; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 95; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 89.



* The first night of the Democratic National Convention proved to signal the end of an era for the Obamas, and for Bernie Sanders as well .

* Pennsylvania’s delegation kicked off the Democratic National Convention with a breakfast full of high-power speakers and a message of unity.

* Congressman Brendan Boyle compared Donald Trump to Hitler at an afternoon PA delegate meeting.

* Speaking at an immigration panel of big-city mayors, Jim Kenney described Trump supporters as a modern-day version of the nativist “Know-Nothing” party.

* The remarks were a prelude to Kenney’s speech at the DNC – although the mayor’s spotlight was dimmed by a flood of early-evening speakers.

* While a post-Bernie Sanders party searches for meaning, Philadelphia delegate Malcolm Kenyatta writes that the Democrats’ calling can be found in fixing the blighted neighborhoods just beyond the DNC.

* Don’t forget to catch up on the C&S DNC Survival Guide – before it’s too late!



* Officials said traffic and travel delays between downtown Philly and the Wells Fargo Center would likely continue throughout the convention, writes the Inquirer.

* DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was booed offstage at a Florida delegation breakfast, and was little-seen during the day’s events, writes The Hill.

* A speech by Michelle Obama, laying out her husband’s legacy and Hillary Clinton’s importance, drew wide acclaim for its power and graciousness, the LA Times reports.

* The day ended with onetime opponent Bernie Sanders urging Democrats to rally behind Hillary Clinton, drawing tears from his supporters, CNN reports.

* At least 55 protesters were restrained and ticketed by police, the Inquirer reports.



* Speaking at a DNC event, U.S. senate candidate Katie McGinty referred to her opponent Sen. Pat Toomey as “an asshole,” the Patriot News reports.

* Former Philadelphia Judge Dawn Segal was found guilty of seven violations in a case-fixing scandal, the Inquirer reports.

* State Sen. Rich Alloway is drafting legislation to tighten PA’s animal cruelty laws, after a picture of an abused puppy mill dog went viral, Lancaster Online reports.

* PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will launch a review of the state pension system after a federal investigation found corruption in the state investment process, writes the Morning Call.

* The warden of a Western PA prison has faced two attempts by his board to oust him, following a string of harassment and misconduct complaints, writes the Tribune-Review.


Founded in 1987, Neff Associates is a national and regional award-winning agency that specializes in branding for consumer, B2B, non-profit and other organizations that want to communicate a message or raise the visibility of their brand. In-house services include Branding, Public Relations, Advocacy, Creative, Website Development, Media Buying and Social Media. Neff’s integrated approach drives compelling results for their clients. This saves clients time and money. For more information, visit




* Noting that no one likes a rigged game except for the winner, the Intelligencer hopes that the Wasserman Schultz fiasco leads to changes in the nomination process.

* PennLive’s John L. Micek assesses the growth of Bernie Sanders’ movement – and how it has grown out of his control, as evidenced by Day 1 of the DNC.

* For LancasterOnline, the theme of the first night of the DNC – “United Together” would be hilariously ironic – if the stakes weren’t so high.

* A Morning Call op-ed by energy and environment consultant J. Winston Porter makes the case that fracking is contributing to lower carbon emissions

* The Standard-Speaker lambastes the PA legislature for going on summer vacation instead of working on fixing the school tax burden and pension reform.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman puts Trump’s post-convention bounce into historical perspective – and doesn’t really feel any better about the future after doing so.

* Taking solace that PA is not as bad as Louisiana or Illinois is cold comfort for the Observer-Reporter in the wake of former PA treasurer Barbara Hafer’s indictment.

* The Times-News editorial board emphasizes that the time is now to implement the strategic plan for Erie known as Erie Refocused.

* It’s time to make the coal-fired Brunner Island energy plant more environmentally friendly, writes the York Dispatch.

* The Times-Tribune thinks it is a safe bet that PA lawmakers have played the wrong hand by doubling down on gambling revenue in the state budget.




HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at 



8:07 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will be interviewed on KDKA Morning News with Larry Richert and John Shumway. To listen online, click here.

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. will join law enforcement professionals, members of civil rights and defender groups, former inmates and community leaders for a robust panel discussion on criminal justice reform in the U.S. moderated by “The Atlantic” Senior Editor Ron Brownstein. Fieldhouse Sports Bar, 1150 Filbert St., Philadelphia.

3:45 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will attend the Congressional Black Caucus event. Press interested in attending this event should RSVP to Lowell Thomas at 215-498-3719 or Del Frisco’s Steakhouse, 1426 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.

5:45 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will welcome 100+ international ambassadors to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. Please note this event is closed to the press. Union League, 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.


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



City & State PA covers the DNC 

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



KICKER: "In terms of Pat Toomey. He's an asshole, dammit. We know that, I'll tell you." – U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty gets unexpectedly raw at a DNC event. From PennLive.