WEATHER: Philadelphia, p.m. showers, high of 73; Harrisburg, cloudy, high of 73; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 76.



* A week after the landmark Philadelphia primary, candidates and consultants are still conducting postmortems on what happened – and how.

* After months of horse trading, Philly’s City Council is close to a deal with the mayor’s office on Rebuild, a plan to infuse $500 million into repairs for city-owned buildings and public spaces.



* Mike Turzai says he’ll keep his House speaker position if he runs for governor, despite growing calls for him to give up his leadership post, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Capitol Police arrest 23 protesters during the first day of the “March on Harrisburg,” which has called for political reforms, LancasterOnline reports.

* The same protestors had picketed a committee meeting hosted by arch-conservative Rep. Daryl Metcalfe to call for a ban on political gifts, the Patriot News writes.

* State Sen. Daylin Leach is mulling a run for US Rep. Pat Meehan’s congressional seat, the Inquirer reports.

* The state legislature is mulling a bill that would toughen criminal sentences at an $85 million cost to the state, despite a yawning budget deficit, the Morning Call writes.

* Karen Murphy will step down as Gov. Tom Wolf’s Health Secretary, according to the Times-Tribune.

* Gun rights groups rallied in Harrisburg to call for looser concealed carry rules, LancasterOnline writes.

* PA Rep. Jonathan Fritz was named as the new GOP deputy whip for the 2017-18 legislative session, the Times-Tribune reports.

* A man locked up for 24 years will be released after a conviction review by the Philly DA, the Daily News writes.

* The Philadelphia Housing Authority bought a shuttered high school in North Philadelphia, which it intends to reopen via a nonprofit operator, WHYY reports.

* The PA Supreme Court struck down a residency requirement law for Pittsburgh police, according to the Tribune-Review.



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* The Tribune-Democrat has an op-ed by Franklin & Marshall’s G. Terry Madonna on Pennsylvanians’ increasingly positive views on legalizing marijuana – and why it won’t happen anytime soon.

* LancasterOnline urges public safety officials and lawmakers to ramp up efforts to protect first responders from potentially deadly exposure to fentanyl when dealing with drug users and dealers.

* The Intelligencer has no sympathy for school district officials complaining that a proposed PA House bill could restrict their ability to challenge property assessments.

* The Dispatch writes that the pollution caused by York Haven’s Brunner Island Power Plant isn’t just a local issue, as evidenced by a lawsuit filed against the EPA by Connecticut over its emissions.

* The Times-News examines the factors driving the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority’s steep drop in ridership and assesses the road ahead for the agency.

* The Observer-Reporter celebrates the naming of Marilyn House West as Waynesburg University’s first female and African American chair of the board of trustees.


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* The Philanthropy Journal News covers the 10 steps to planning a successful fundraising event.

* Compass and Wharton Community Consultants are each looking for nonprofits in the Philadelphia area that they can provide pro bono consulting services to, writes Generocity. 

* Philadelphia’s $500 million Rebuild project is working to create as much public engagement in the process as possible, writes Generocity.

* A seminar, Nonprofit Accounting Changes: What Nonprofit Leaders Need To Know - Presented By Your Part-time Controller, will take place at the Union League in Philadelphia on May 23, beginning at 8 a.m. For more information, click here.

* The Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia will host an Educators Funding Roundtable on school funding on May 24, starting at 8:30 a.m. For more information, click here.

* The Green Tree Community Health Foundation hosts “When You're Hungry, Nothing Else Matters!” at Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Philadelphia May 24 at 7 p.m. For more information, click here.


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9 a.m. - the PA House Finance Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9:15 a.m. - the PA House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice and Judiciary Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Health Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA House Judiciary Subcommittee on Family Law will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Education Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Law and Justice Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Majority Policy Committee will meet. Harrisburg Area

Community College, 1500 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA House Children & Youth Committee will meet. Room 39, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA House State Government Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

11 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

11:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Insurance Committee will meet. Room 8 E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

1:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak about this year’s Wawa Welcome America! festival taking place over 4th of July weekend. This is the 25th anniversary of the event. Independence Visitor Center, 1 N. Independence Mall W., Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.


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KICKER: “You know, I haven’t heard anybody asking the governor to resign to run for governor, and yet he’s at the budget table.” – House Speaker Mike Turzai on why he won’t step down from a leadership post ahead of his gubernatorial bid. From the Post-Gazette.