WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 71; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 70; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 71.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* As promised, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill that would have curtailed seniority protections for public school teachers. State house GOP leaders have vowed to revive the issue in budget negotiations, writes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

* PA Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, who has harped on Philadelphia’s pro-immigration “sanctuary city” status in his reelection campaign, is bringing the issue to the Senate floor. He wants to strip cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration officials of federal community development funds, the Morning Call reports.

* Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced a bill to tax beverage containers as an alternative to Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed levy on sugary drinks. Brown’s plan amounts to a smaller tax on a wider range of products, writes the Philadelphia Inquirer.

* Consultant Tom Lindenfeld, who used his political firm as a conduit for an illegal $1 million campaign loan to Chaka Fattah’s 2007 mayoral campaign, took the stand at the congressman’s corruption trial, Newsworks reports.

* PennDOT okayed testing for a fleet of driverless Uber taxis in the streets and hills of Pittsburgh, writes the Tribune Review.

* A house bill would block pension payments to public employees convicted of crimes, including a string of recently indicted pols, writes the Post-Gazette.

* Overtime payouts by the City of Philadelphia are up $25 million for this fiscal year — which doesn’t end for another month and a half — totaling $160 million, the Inquirer reports.

* Dauphin County state Sen. Rob Teplitz introduced a bill, which would probably require some constitutional amendments, to suspend lawmaker pay in the event of another lengthy budget impasse, writes the Patriot News.

* Philadelphia state Sen. Vince Hughes is taking another shot at “smart gun” legislation for PA. The technology, which theoretically allows firearms to only be discharged by their owners, would be required for all guns sold in the state, writes the Patriot News.

* A new report shows that state funding to publicly affiliated universities has fallen by nearly one-third over the past eight years, according to the Inquirer.

* A former Palm Beach school principal and ex-NFL player has been tapped to lead the troubled Pittsburgh school district, writes the Post-Gazette.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* The fracturing of the Democratic party, as its more left-leaning wing continues to coalesce around Bernie Sanders, is eroding presumptive candidate Hillary Clinton’s chances to beat Republican Donald Trump in November, writes the Washington Post.

* As calls for party unity have grown louder, the Bernie Sanders campaign assailed Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for “throwing shade” on the Vermont Senator’s outsider bid since day one, Politico writes.

* The Republican National Committee has formalized efforts to raise $1 billion to elect Donald Trump, ending the self-funded period of the New York billionaire’s presidential campaign, CNN reports.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* A Philadelphia Inquirer editorial wants to know what it will take for politicians to prioritize schools over positions.

* In his Daily News column, WIll Bunch has an idea on how to make America greater again: take the existing accomplishments wrought by Obamacare and expand them so that everyone in America has affordable health care.

* In her Inquirer column, Trudy Rubin concisely lays out a number of reasons why the US government should finally release the missing 28 pages from the 2002 joint congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks – and why it is still dragging its feet on doing so.

* Douglas A. Brook, who has served in four presidentially appointed positions, has an Inquirer op-ed that functions as a de facto to-do list for whoever runs the incoming president’s transition team.

* An Intelligencer editorial asserts that it is about time that the PA House is finally moving toward legislation that would make first-time DUI offenders install ignition interlocks on their cars – currently, the state only requires the system, which uses a breathalyzer to check for alcohol level, for second-time offenders.

* Byron York has an op-ed in today’s Intelligencer that examines the still-murky legacy of President George W. Bush for the Republican Party, and how it has hampered his ability to stump for candidates during this year’s elections.

* Newsworks columnist Dick Polman uses this past weekend’s debacle at the Nevada Democratic convention to underscore the very real possibility that Bernie Sanders’ continued candidacy could fracture Democratic unity enough to give Donald Trump a path to victory.

* The Patriot News editorial board wants to know when someone – some local and/or state entity – will step up and claim responsibility for the collapse of a retaining wall for Harrisburg’s Mulberry Street bridge.

* The Post-Gazette editorial board can’t figure out just what the Obama administration is thinking by allowing arms sales to the Libyan and Nigerian governments – two countries in states of turmoil.

* Washington Post columnist E.J.Dionne, in a column appearing in the Post-Gazette, is looking forward to the time when Hillary Clinton adopts some of Bernie Sanders’ more progressive, innovative policies, and Sanders throws his support wholeheartedly behind Clinton.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Health and Human Services will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - The PA Senate Independent Regulatory Review Commission will meet. 14th Floor Conference Room, 333 Market St., Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - The PA House Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness will meet. State College Area High School, 653 Westerly Parkway, State College.

11 a.m. - The PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee will meet. CHOP Karabots Pediatric Care Center, 4865 Market St., Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will present a City Proclamation at the 16th Mayor’s Centenarian Celebration. Penn’s Landing Caterers at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

1 p.m. – Gov. Wolf and PA Rep. Krueger-Braneky will hold a roundtable with state and local elected officials, law enforcement, health professionals and advocates to discuss Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis. Brookhaven Municipal Center, 2 Cambridge Road, Suite 100, Brookhaven.

4:30 p.m. – Gov. Wolf will attend “Conversation with the Governor.” PA Academy of Fine Arts, Historic Landmark Building, The Rotunda, 118 N Broad St., Philadelphia.

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KICKER: "I hope we don't get that far but it's very important that legislators and top administration officials understand and recognize that if we fail to do our jobs, Judgment Day is coming" – state Sen. Teplitz compares a bill to temporarily suspend legislative pay in the face of another budget impasse to the wrath of God – From the Patriot News.