WEATHER: Philadelphia, scattered thunderstorms, high of 85; Harrisburg, partly sunny, high of 83; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 86.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Surrounded by his allies, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed the city’s landmark soda tax into law during a City Hall ceremony, writes the Inquirer

* Jury deliberations in the trial of Congressman Chaka Fattah went south in hours, and no reason is yet known for the dismissal of a juror, according to the Inquirer.

* US Sen. Pat Toomey joined with other vulnerable Republican incumbents to side with the NRA in killing any hope of a gun control bill, according to the Erie Times-News.

* The PA Supreme Court ruled that a controversial state law allowing gun owners to sue municipalities over their gun control legislation is illegal, writes PennLive.

* PA’s highest court also rejected Bill Cosby’s request for a review of his sexual assault case, according to PennLive.

* Veteran Philly anti-poverty activist Cheri Honkala’s idea for a Democratic National Convention protest really stinks: She is organizing a “Fart-in,” reports Newsworks.

* One possible reason why PA’s fracking laws aren’t stronger: the gas industry spent $8 million lobbying state lawmakers last year, according to StateImpact PA.

* Despite what seems to be an inexorable tide turning toward liquor sales privatization, PA’s liquor stores union boss is still fighting for the status quo, writes the Morning Call.

* With pressure building to re-open the search for a new Pittsburgh schools superintendent, pro- and anti-Anthony Hamlet rallies were held, writes the Post-Gazette.

* True to his word, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse did indeed refuse to answer any questions from PennLive reporters at a news conference on Monday, thus sticking to his ploy to punish the paper for what he feels is unfair treatment.

* Gov. Tom Wolf’s new office in Pittston was chosen by a competitive bid process and not because the building owner was a Wolf campaign donor, writes the Inquirer.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* The statistic of the day comes courtesy of the Washington Post, which reveals that Bernie Sanders won substantially more under-30 votes during the primaries that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump - combined.

* Perhaps in a nod to the fact that he is underperforming in a myriad of categories, Trump finally jettisoned his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, writes the AP.

* Adding to the woe-is-Trump narrative: his campaign has just $1.3 million in cash – compared to the Clinton campaign’s $42.5 million, reports Politico.

 

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* A thoughtful PennLive editorial lays out a convincing case for the passage of HB 1947, which would eliminate the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases.

* Pat Toomey deserves credit for being one of the few Republicans to join in the Democratic filibuster on gun control last week, writes the Erie Times-News.

* State lawmakers need to come clean on just how bad the pension crisis is, and just how little their pension reform bills will do to solve it, writes the Daily News. 

* A Daily Times editorial has an incisive, biting review of the erosion of abortion rights around the country, and the constant attempts to do the same here in Pennsylvania.

* An Intelligencer editorial assesses the responses from both state and federal lawmakers to the contaminated water situation at area military bases. 

* The Citizens’ Voice endorses a truly common-sense proposal by PA Rep. Mike Sturla to introduce water-usage fees as a way to generate revenue and protect waterways.

* Bob Fayfich, executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools, has a Morning Call op-ed calling for reform for both charter and public schools

* After Spring Grove School Board member Matthew Jansen’s anti-Muslim rants about a Dallastown church’s Ramadan wishes, the Evening Sun calls for his resignation.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman ruminates on how effective the Free the Delegates movement can be in stopping Trump’s nomination, even with the support of Paul Ryan.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

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

9 a.m. - The PA House State Government Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - The PA House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee wil meet. Room 39, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - The PA Senate Appropriations and Labor & Industry Committees will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

12:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will help Governor Rendell announce the Broad Street beautification project in preparation for the Democratic National Convention. City Hall Courtyard, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - The PA House will reconvene.

2 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, along with DNC Convention CEO Rev. Leah Daughtry and Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee Executive Director Kevin Washo, will discuss the upcoming Democratic National Convention and take related questions from the media. National Press Club, 13th Floor National Press Building, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. Please send email to jhdcpr@starpower.net to register and for dial-in instructions and information on submitting questions. The event will also be broadcast live on C-SPAN 3 and C-SPAN radio. 

 

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KICKER: “We’re going to kill two birds with one stone: We’re collecting enough beans to feed a bunch of hungry people in Philadelphia, and then we’re going to surround the Democratic National Convention and have a national fart-in, as a final expression of what we think of this whole process” – activist Cheri Honkala, as reported in Newsworks