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Last chance! Join City & State PA and WHYY for the tastiest event of the summer – TODAY!
City & State PA and WHYY are excited to announce the inaugural Politics of Food. Taking place today, July 25, this event will bring together some of the most influential names in dining, politics and policy to discuss the future of issues like feeding vulnerable populations and the future of urban farming. Following the panels, attendees will enjoy offerings from the region’s top restaurants, distillers and brewers, including Misconduct Tavern, Roy Pitz Brewing, The Trestle Inn and more.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Some in Harrisburg grumbled about House Speaker Mike Turzai’s decision to attend a four-day conference in Georgia amidst a budget impasse, the Patriot News reports.
* Gov. Tom Wolf said he was not yet alarmed by the lack of process in budget talks, according to WHYY.
* Prominent ACA foe Pat Toomey was unsure if a repeal bill would clear the Senate, the Inquirer writes.
* Advocates blasted a plan by the city to shift controversial civil asset forfeiture proceeds from the District Attorney’s Office to drug treatment efforts, WHYY writes.
* Philadelphia’s June soda tax revenue predictions came up short, continuing a trend, the Business Journal reports.
* Philadelphia released certain details about an imminent effort to clear away a large encampment of opioid users from Conrail tracks in the Kensington neighborhood, Billy Penn reports.
* Officials in Philadelphia said they knew nothing about billionaire Elon Musk’s recent claim that he had won approval to build his “hyperloop” transportation system through the city, according to the Inquirer.
* The Institute of Justice, a libertarian legal group, will help a professional AirBnB host file a constitutional challenge to PA’s real estate licensing requirements.
* The city will go to court to compel a Philly developer to take responsibility for 19th-century burial grounds uncovered at an Old City project site, Billy Penn writes.
* Legal defense costs in the Eric Frein ambush shooting have cost taxpayers $425,000, the Post-Gazette reports.
THE PUBLIC LOSES IF ‘COMPETING’ CASINOS CAN HAVE SAME PRINCIPAL OWNERS
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board (07/12/17): “More gambling and fewer restrictions is a losing bet. Pennsylvania had good reasons to limit casino ownership when the law was written; those reasons haven’t changed.” Allowing concentrated ownership in multiple casinos is bad for competition and growth in Pennsylvania. Removing ownership restrictions puts "the casino industry’s interests above the public’s," and is only meant to enable one casino owner's "already considerable wealth and power": Watche Manoukian. Learn more: bit.ly/2tgiPqn
* The Times-Tribune argues that PA Speaker of the House Mike Turzai and the GOP-dominated House should step aside and let the Senate and Gov. Wolf handle the rest of the budget negotiations.
* LancasterOnline urges parents to pay attention to the state’s new, stricter guidelines on vaccinations and get their kids vaccinated before the school year begins.
* The Inquirer demands justice for slain community activist Winnie Harris, whose killers continue to remain at large.
* WHYY’s Dick Polman explains why we should care about the opportunistic history of new Trump administration communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
* The Post-Gazette applauds Pittsburgh’s joining the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, which helps cities ensure citizens can live free of mold, lead, pests and other quality-of-life issues.
* The Daily Record urges Hellam Township to reject a developer’s request to tear down a house that played crucial roles in the Underground Railroad and the Civil War – to build an industrial park building.
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* Generocity has the lowdown on who’s going where in the Philadelphia nonprofit world, including three city agencies with new directors.
* The Pew center for Arts and Heritage is funding a residency program for African American artists in Philadelphia, reports Generocity.
* Nonprofit Pro breaks down the four keys to increasing the success of a fundraising campaign.
Submit your nomination for City & State PA’s 2017 “50 Over Fifty Awards”: Honoring Pennsylvania Leaders Over the Age of 50!
City & State PA will honor 50 of the most prominent and accomplished leaders in government, business and media over the age of 50 who continue to make a positive impact on Pennsylvania through their achievements, leadership abilities, philanthropic efforts and dedication to the betterment of the commonwealth!
To be eligible, nominees must be a Pennsylvania resident and must be at least 50 as of January 1, 2017.
To submit a nomination, click here.
Deadline: August 21, 2017 at 6 p.m.
8:06 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will be interviewed on KDKA-AM. To listen online, click here.
10 a.m. - Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.
11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, the Office of Adult Education and XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and operating world-changing incentive competitions, will formally announce a first of its kind partnership that will help support the next field campaign phase of a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for existing smart devices that result in increased literacy skills among participating adult learners. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia.
11:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will participate in a health care conference call with with Sen. Casey and Attorney General Shapiro. RSVP to email@example.com or 202-228-6367 for conference dial-in passcode.
2 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will present Guion Bluford, Jr., a Philadelphia native and the first African American in space, with a city citation. Col. Bluford will also be presented with a quilt made by students from Global Leadership Academy. The event is hosted by the Mann Center as a part of their 2017 Community Festival. City Hall, 2nd Floor Art Gallery, Philadelphia.
4:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and IBM Vice President of Global Initiatives Diane Melley will announce a new partnership that will place 100 IBM trainees in community schools to engage in a weekly day of service for 90 minutes, training students in STEM and robotics. Community schools are made possible by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax. We Work Building, 8th Floor, 1900 Market St., Philadelphia.
5:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will help celebrate Philadelphia’s newest cutting edge technology company, Amino Payment. We Work Building, 8th Floor, 1900 Market St., Philadelphia.
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KICKER: "Where's the governor been? He's completely absent. Where is he? I haven't seen him anywhere, have you?" – Speaker Mike Turzai tries to divert questioning about an out-of-state trip he took shortly after raising serious objections to long-running budget talks. From the Patriot News.