WEATHER: Philadelphia, showers, high of 75; Harrisburg, scattered thunderstorms, high of 75; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 77.
FROM CITY & STATE:
* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration fired back at city council claims that the city was failing to collect $36 million in liquor tax annually.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* A new salvo of campaign ads in PA’s US Senate race seek to paint Republican Pat Toomey as a “protector,”according to the Morning Call.
* Reading officials are mulling a plan to issue municipal ID cards, which can help undocumented immigrants access crucial services, Newsworks reports.
* Pennsylvania has opened a new wing of a state prison designed to house and protect transgender inmates,the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
* Former state Sen. Vince Fumo, once jailed on corruption charges, was nearly the victim of an online phishing scam centered on bogus yacht payments, writes the Philadelphia Inquirer.
FROM THE WEEKEND:
* As Philly moves to cut its overcrowded jail population by one-third over three years, the Inquirer takes an in-depth look at the stark obstacles to reform.
* A scathing special report from the Post-Gazette reveals how PA’s epidemic of opioid overdoses can be traced back to legal prescriptions from careless doctors.
* State environmental secretary John Quigley abruptly resigned after emails surfaced suggesting he had colluded with advocacy groups, writes the Post-Gazette.
* Republican PA House Speaker Mike Turzai is facing an unexpectedly tough reelection bid in his Western PA district, in part due to shifting demographics, writes the Post-Gazette.
* Numerous political players have been informed by the FBI that they were secretly recorded during a federal investigation into Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, the Morning Call reports.
* More than 30 former city employees, mostly ex-Mayors and other one-time administrators, collect generous, six-figure pensions, according to an Inquirer investigation.
* Mayor Kenney said he would like to downgrade some minor crimes, like public drunkenness, to civil charges to fight jail overcrowding, reports the Inquirer.
THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:
* A report from Politico outlines Donald Trump’s longstanding connections to the New York-area mafia.
* New polls show Trump and Hillary Clinton in a near dead heat, CNN reports.
* Bernie Sanders is stepping up his feud with the Democratic party, endorsing a primary challenger to current DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, according to Reuters.
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* In an Inquirer op-ed, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer wonders who will be more successful at wooing Sanders supporters: Clinton or Trump.
* In the wake of pedophilia accusations against Catholic church officials in the Altoona-Johnstown diocese, the Inquirer editorial board commends the state legislature for once again taking up the issue of ending and extending time limits in sexual abuse cases.
* Daily Local News columnist Christine Flowers weighs in on the dismissive ways politicians like Donald Trump, Ed Rendell and Bill Clinton behave toward women.
* The Post-Gazette editorial board comes out in favor of PA house legislation that would help diagnose mental illness in adolescents and thus potentially prevent suicides.
* In a Post-Gazette op-ed, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne hopes that the Obama administration’s revamp of overtime rules is the first step toward focusing on populist policy.
* Tribune-Review columnist Salena Zito writes that it is increasingly likely the haters will decide this year’s presidential election.
* A Tribune-Review op-ed by retired CIA officer John D. Woodward Jr. calls attention to the potential pitfalls that could accompany the ongoing reorganization of the agency.
* A Morning Call op-ed by Vivek Wadhwa examines how Donald Trump’s promise to get Apple to manufacture iPhones in the US instead of in China isn’t so far-fetched.
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9 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
10 a.m. – Philadelphia City Councilmen Bobby Henon and Mark Squilla will attend the grand opening of the United Safety Academy. 38 Jackson St., Philadelphia.
10 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will hold a roundtable with state and local elected officials, law enforcement, health professionals and advocates to discuss Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis. The Good Samaritan Hospital, First Floor Classrooms 1&2, 4th and Walnut Streets, Lebanon.
11 a.m. – The PA House Education Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.
11 a.m. – The House Professional Licensure Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
11:30 a.m. – The PA House Transportation Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.
1 p.m. - Philadelphia City Council Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: "As much as I routinely talked with the mayor...I kind of figured I was on tape. I've never gotten one of those letters before, but I figured it was coming this time," Kevin Lott, business manager for the Lehigh Valley carpenters, contemplates PA politics in an age of robust federal corruption probes. From the Morning Call.