WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 87; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 83; Pittsburgh, mostly cloudy, high of 78.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* A Supreme Court ruling tossing out corruption charges against former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell has wide-ranging impacts for indicted Philly pols — lawyers say it’s great news for Fattah and co-conspirators, less so for state Sen. Larry Farnese.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Following House approval, a budget draft is headed to the state Senate, but Gov. Tom Wolf said he won’t sign it unless a gaping revenue hole is filled, the AP reports.

* The PA Senate gutted a controversial bill to allow victims of molestation to sue institutions decades after abuse had occurred, writes the Tribune-Review.

* Legislators voted to subpoena embattled AG Kathleen Kane, initiating the impeachment process of an official whose term ends in Jan., the Patriot-News reports.

* Democratic AG Candidate Josh Shapiro donated contributions he’d received from lobbyist Herb Vederman, a Fattah co-conspirator, to charity, the Inquirer reports.

* A bill to allow commercial development on state parkland dies in a House vote, according to the Patriot-News.

* After the PA Supreme Court struck down legislation allowing people to sue cities over gun laws, legislators offered a new bill restoring the laws, writes Keystone Crossroads.

* Legislators voted to reform Pittsburgh’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, a fiscal watchdog found to have destroyed internal records in a probe, writes the Trib.

* The price of taxi medallions has continued to crater, following years of competition from ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft, writes PlanPhilly.

* Four activists were arrested in Philadelphia for blocking traffic during a protest over the Supreme Court ruling against immigration reforms, Newsworks reports.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* A week of wildly varying polls now shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a statistical dead heat, Politico reports.

* While a Congressional committee cleared her of wrongdoing in the Benghazi incident, Clinton faces a final challenge over her secret email server, writes the New York Times.

* Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is bringing a string of A-list celebrities to the DNC in Philadelphia, including Bryan Cranston and Janelle Monae, according to the Inquirer.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

 

* The Post-Gazette asserts that the PA Department of Corrections’ decision to keep prisoner Arthur Johnson in solitary confinement for 37 years is a form of torture.

* In his Newsworks blog, Dick Polman exults in the Supreme Court decision striking down Texas abortion regulations, and its exposure of the GOP abortion long con.

* The Intelligencer applauds PA Rep. Scott Petri’s plan to have suburbanites who work in Philadelphia get part of their city wage tax returned to their home municipalities.

* Solomon Jones’ Daily News op-ed wants to know why minorities get such a tiny share of Philadelphia’s city-funded construction jobs – and what the city is going to do about it.

* The York Dispatch draws a straight line between Trump’s boorish behavior toward the press and Harrisburg mayor Eric Papenfuse’s refusal to talk to Patriot-News reporters.

* The state must step up its contribution to cleaning the Chesapeake Bay, since the Susquehanna River is its largest tributary, argues the Citizens’ Voice.

* According to a stomach-turning Inquirer editorial, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission still hasn’t learned its lesson when it comes to capitulation, as evidenced by the wholly avoidable security-camera saga that has cost the district millions.

* A Lancaster Online editorial brims with frustration over the cost to replace the Conestoga Creek Bridge – a completely avoidable endeavor, in its opinion.

* A Times op-ed believes that the recent announcement that Shell is building a cracker plant in Beaver County is just the latest sign of a manufacturing comeback in PA.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

 

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

9:30 a.m. - The PA Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - The PA House Local Government Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - The PA Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - The PA House will reconvene.

11 a.m. - The PA Senate will reconvene.

6:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide remarks as Class 191 and Class 192 graduate from Fire Cadet Training. Temple University, McGonigle Hall, 1800 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.

 

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KICKER: “I think the timing is awfully convenient, considering the conviction came down last week and they didn't say anything about it until a reporter called to ask about it"  – Republican Jordan Russell questions Democratic AG candidate Josh Shapiro’s motives in donating money he received from now-convicted lobbyist Herb Vederman. From the Inquirer.