WEATHER: Philadelphia, cloudy, high of 35; Harrisburg, cloudy, high of 34; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 30.


* Leaked emails show Philadelphia Councilmember Bobby Henon busy drafting a sweeping bill aimed at providing paid family medical leave to private-sector workers – a plan that may be paid for through increases to the city wage tax.

* Ahead of a Saturday vote for the PA GOP chairmanship, partisans attacked candidate (and party lawyer) Lawrence Tabas for appearing as a defense witness at the bribery trial of state Sen. Larry Farnese.



* Read Jim Kenney’s lips: During its annual luncheon, the mayor told the Philadelphia business community he won’t raise city taxes, according to the Inquirer.

* The Mayor also used the event to advocate for more local spending to address the opioid crisis, writes WHYY.

* With possible funding cuts looming, Philly Council President Darrell Clarke tells the Inquirer that Kenney should be more “flexible” about the city’s “sanctuary city” status.

* The Philadelphia GOP filed a lawsuit against Freddie Ramírez – handpicked successor to convicted state Rep. Leslie Acosta – for allegedly residing in Bucks County, Philly Weekly reports.

* Lackawanna County Commissioner Pat O’Malley may have violated state ethics laws by voting on his own appointment to the county board, the Times-Tribune writes.

* PA gambling interests are looking to fast-track internet gambling legalization after presumptive Attorney General Jeff Sessions comments that he might scratch an Obama-era memo that allowed the practice, writes the Patriot-News.

* The PA Senate is eying a bill that would gut paid sick-leave legislation implemented in Philadelphia, according to WHYY.

* Scranton City Council asked state Rep. Kevin Haggerty to stop trying to name a local bridge after Joe Biden, the Times-Tribune reports.

* After an emergency “boil water” advisory rocked Pittsburgh, City Council launched an investigation into the city’s water and sewer authority, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Longtime reform advocate Kelvyn Anderson resigned his position as executive director of Philadelphia’s Police Advisory Commission, WHYY reports.

* The Pennsylvania Bar Association released recommendations for PA appeals court candidates, the Post-Gazette reports.



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* LancasterOnline thoroughly eviscerates state lawmakers’ per diem system, logically demanding that it should be ended ASAP.

* The Intelligencer previews what will surely be, given the abundance of fiscal issues facing the state, a difficult budget address by Gov. Wolf on Tuesday.

* The Inquirer finds there is plenty of blame to be shared by Philadelphia CIty Council and the Board of Ethics over politicians missing mandatory ethics classes.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman again raises the question of what to do about a mentally ill president, listing the eight warning signs for Narcissistic Personality Disorder from the American Psychiatric Association. 

* The Post-Gazette is furious about the latest incompetence at Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority that led to residents boiling water, and demands Mayor Peduto do something.

* The Times-Tribune appreciates the thought process behind Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano’s plan to help low-level opioid offenders, called the “contract for recovery.”

* The Tribune-Democrat takes a look at the three referendum issues before Johnstown voters, including one on establishing a code of ethics for the city.


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12:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will attend Jummah (midday) prayer service to stand in solidarity with Philadelphia’s Muslim Community. Muslim American Society, 123 E. Luzerne St., Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney, Councilman Mark Squilla, Siobhan Reardon, President of the Free Library, Dr. Hite, and Principal Andrew Lukov will distribute library cards to Kindergarten students at Southwark School, one of the first nine community schools. All 12,000 kindergarten students will be receiving Free Library cards this month. 1835 S. 9th St., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “While I believe in individuals' rights regardless of their citizenry, the simple reality is we cannot lose federal and state funding,” Council President Darrell Clarke steps into the fray on a battle between the city, state and federal government over Philadelphia’s “sanctuary city” status. From the Inquirer.