WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 87; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 80; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 71.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Kathleen Kane’s embattled Attorney General’s office has been hit by a discrimination lawsuit filed by her twin sister, who doubles as her deputy, the Morning Call reports.

* Gov. Tom Wolf won’t say whether or not the Republican-controlled legislature will pass a budget before the start of the next fiscal year, on July 1, writes the York Daily Record.

* Milton Street, former state representative and brother of ex-Philly Mayor John Street, will run as an independent for Chaka Fattah’s old congressional seat, writes the Inquirer.

* A new report shows most PA school districts are planning to raise taxes and cut staff due to financial problems, writes the Times-Tribune.

* Unpaid EZ-Pass tolls cost the Turnpike Authority $42 million in last year, Newsworks reports.

* Congressman Brendan Boyle called for an invesigation into reports of contaminated water near former military bases in Bucks and Montgomery County, Philly.com reports.

* Philadelphia’s City Council is expected to vote on a much ballyhooed soda tax proposal before the end of the week, Newsworks reports.

* Republicans are looking to block new environmental regulations for oil and gas drillers that recently passed out of an oversight committee, according to the Patriot News.

* Scranton’s county government approved hundreds of thousands of dollars in new affordable housing initiatives, writes the Times-Tribune.

* Michael Seas, twice a candidate for a Western PA state house seat, pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit DVDs while running for office, according to the Associated Press.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Hillary Clinton officially has enough delegates to clinch the Democratic Presidential nomination, the New York Times reports.

* Philadelphia’s trades unions have signed a binding agreement promising not to picket or stop work at the Democratic National Convention, writes the Inquirer.

* Despite calls from his party to stop, Donald Trump has ramped up criticism of judges and journalists investigating scandal-ridden “Trump University,” Bloomberg News writes.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* In his latest Newsworks column, Dick Polman can’t look away from Donald Trump’s clown-car crash boorapalooza of racist ranting about non-white jurists.

* The PennLive editorial board stresses that in the wake of a PA woman’s contracting an antibiotic-resistant superbug, it is past time to build up our medical defenses.

* Former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has an op-ed in the Pocono Record telling Democrats to find comity and common ground, for the good of the country. 

*An Intelligencer editorial warns that the state’s “pension iceberg,” to quote a Commonwealth Foundation report, is titanic, and needs to be dealt with – now.

* Comparing Paul Ryan’s capitulation on Trump to Richard Rich’s betrayal of Thomas More, George Will excoriates Ryan’s decision to do so in an Intelligencer op-ed.

* An Inquirer editorial pushes both sides of the sugary drink tax debate to stop focusing on its impact on lower-income families, basically calling it an easily disproven canard.

* Daily News columnist Will Bunch has an extremely troubling report on how the state shadily rescinded the largest fine ever assessed to a polluter – a fracking company.

* The Post-Gazette has a John Baer op-ed that examines how House Speaker Mike Turzai’s first opponent in three cycles might make him more amenable to a budget deal.

* The Erie Times-News’ Pat Cuneo hopes that with the Democratic nomination a done deal, Bernie Sanders will finally end his campaign and support Hillary Clinton.

 

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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 online, click here.

9 a.m. – The PA House and Senate Education Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Bldg., Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - The PA House Gaming Oversight Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office, Harrisburg.

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

9:30 a.m. - The PA Senate Transportation Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. – The PA Senate State Government Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. – The PA House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

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

11 a.m. - The PA Senate Judiciary Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - The PA Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - The PA Senate will reconvene.

1 p.m. - The PA House will reconvene.

2 p.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on Streets and Services will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

4 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and Chief Education Officer Otis Hackney will recognize Philadelphia’s students advancing to the National History Day Finals in Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.

7 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will give the keynote address during the 2016 Graduation and Achievement Ceremony for District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund. Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia

 

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KICKER: "I don't have anything against [Democratic primary winner] Dwight Evans. My issue is, he should have to work for the seat between now and November. I'm going to make him work." — ex-state Rep. and ex-con Milton Street on his inexplicable decision to run as an independent in the race to succeed Congressman Chaka Fattah. From the Inquirer.