WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 42; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 37; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 31.
 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* After the acquittal of state Sen. Larry Farnese on bribery charges, a former federal prosecutor says that the FBI “overreached” by charging the pol over an alleged attempt to influence a ward election.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Philly Mayor Jim Kenney’s campaign spent over $70,000 in “legal services,” in part to handle information requests from federal authorities, according to the Inquirer.

* Heading into a tough re-election campaign, financial disclosures found Gov. Tom Wolf with $1.7 million on hand, according to the AP.

* An Inquirer analysis finds that most Philly councilmembers skipped out on required annual ethics training.

* Gov. Wolf has paid out $1.8 million to consultant McKinsey & Co. to find cost savings ahead of a looming state budget deficit, the Post-Gazette reports.

* The PA Senate passed a bill to loosen the statutes of limitation on some sex abuse cases, the Philly Voice writes.

* State Senate Democrats are calling for hearings to explore ways to reform Pennsylvania’s higher-than-average property taxes, according to the Morning Call.

* State Rep. Tim Briggs said he wants to introduce legislation that would require “media literacy classes for PA schoolchildren to fight ‘fake news,’” the Philly Voice reports.

* Campaign finance reports show that Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, rumored to be the target of a federal investigation, has spent some $175,000 on legal defense costs, the Morning Call writes.

* Despite opposition from colleagues, Philly City Councilman Allan Domb is advocating for a tax lien securitization plan as a new revenue source for the city, WHYY writes.

* Philadelphia formed a 21-person “Millennial Advisory Committee” to focus on how City Hall can address the needs of its younger residents, Billy Penn reports.

* A new Center City District report shows Philadelphia’s poverty rate has increased in every neighborhood outside of the city center since 1970, CurbedPhilly writes.

* With lead poisoning bills on deck in the state legislature, a LancasterOnline report finds PA has elevated rates of childhood lead contamination.

* The mayor of Shamokin was charged with disturbing 14 grave sites at the local cemetery, the Morning Call reports.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer lauds the justice meted out by a Philadelphia jury that found all defendants guilty in the case of a 2013 building collapse in Center City.

* The Morning Call’s Bill White finds a groundswell of grassroots support for gerrymandering reform, and explains why it needs to reach critical mass ASAP.

* The Citizens’ Voice also gets behind gerrymandering reform, adding that the Legislature needs to pass an amendment to reduce its size to help with budget woes.

* The Patriot News derides the “paycheck protection” bill that passed out of committee this week as a blatant GOP attempt to muzzle the power of unions, and wonders, as do many constituents, why lawmakers aren’t focusing on the budget or pension reform?

* The Times-News is baffled by PA Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati’s continued use of a debunked defense to justify removing the ability for victims of past child sexual abuse to sue their violators.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman breaks down the Democrats’ options for blocking the stolen Supreme Court seat now slated to go to Neil Gorsuch as nonexistent, and why.

* LancasterOnline asks for more time before a final decision is made on allowing the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline from destroying 31 miles of Lancaster County farmland.

* The Daily Times assesses Sunoco’s presentation on the positive impact of its Mariner East 2 pipeline in Marcus Hook vs. western Delaware County’s antipathy for the project.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: PA Rep. Bryan Barbin … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at editor@cityandstatepa.com

 

TODAY’S SKED: 

10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10:15 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will be interviewed on WURD. To listen online, click here.

11 a.m. - Pittsburgh City Council Post Agenda will meet. Council chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

12:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver his second annual address to the Chamber of Commerce during their annual luncheon. Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, Grand Ballroom, 5th Floor, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will announce that Medicaid expansion now reaches 700,000 Pennsylvanians.Governor’s Reception Room, Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.

 

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email information to editor@cityandstatepa.com

 

KICKER: “I think you may have got all these dogs chasing a couple of cats.” – After the Farnese acquittal, former federal prosecutor William DeStefano says the local FBI anti-corruption unit may have grown too big for its own good. From City&State PA.