WEATHER: Philadelphia, rain, high of 90; Harrisburg, mostly cloudy, high of 90; Pittsburgh, mostly cloudy, high of 87.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Legislators in Harrisburg left town for the holiday weekend with no plan to pay for a recently passed state budget, writes the Patriot News.

* Nearly a third of Philadelphia’s commuter rail fleet is out of commission after a “structural defect” was detected on SEPTA’s newest train model, writes PlanPhilly.

* US Sen. Pat Toomey has come under scrutiny for his role in promoting a conservative online college with a questionable history, the Morning Call reports.

* The impeachment process unfolding against AG Kathleen Kane may bar the release of a report on the “Porngate” scandal prepared by her office, writes the Patriot News.

* A year after a raid on Allentown’s city hall, Mayor Ed Pawlowski has been politically isolated and hobbled as an administrator, the Morning Call reports.

* Harrisburg Republicans hired to clean up Philly DA Seth Williams’ PAC have ditched their client amidst a federal probe into his finances, reports the Inquirer.

* A federal court order has greatly reduced the number of signatures required for minority parties to get on the ballot in PA, writes the Tribune-Review.

* The Inquirer profiled “Represent!”, a Philly-based PAC that aims to elect more women to political office.

* Lawmakers are angling for a bill that would require health insurers to cover a range of currently high-cost, modern cancer treatments, according to the Tribune-Review.

* Newsworks interviewed City&State PA reporter Ryan Briggs about his recent feature on probation and parole violations contributing to Philly’s overcrowded jails.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* Donald Trump’s success in Pennsylvania – and the Presidential race – hinges on electoral outcomes in just 10 counties, writes the Tribune-Review.

* Trump may have already lost three key swing states in the Southwest over his comments about “Mexicans,” according to Fortune.

* Hillary Clinton has been formally interviewed by the FBI about her role in the operation of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State, Slate reports.

* President Barack Obama officially joined Clinton on the campaign trail over the weekend, according to the New York Times.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

 

* A Daily Times editorial warns the PA Senate to take heed of the recent US Supreme Court ruling on abortion as it deliberates HB 1948, which restricts abortion rights.

* In the wake of Haverford College’s decision to cap financial aid, the Inquirer wants the next president to do something about the spiraling costs of college education.

* The Morning Call’s Bill White hopes that the US Supreme Court ruling in favor of former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell won’t prevent any potential charges being filed against Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski. 

* As he does every Independence Day, Dick Polman examines the Declaration of Independence, and wonders what would have happened if Thomas Jefferson’s statements contra the British slave trade had been allowed to remain in the document.

* A Citizens’ Voice editorial praises the recent ruling in federal court that overturns a PA law that made it unduly difficult for third-party candidates to get on the ballot in the state.

* The turf war over the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority never should have happened, and needs to be resolved by Erie’s next mayor, according to a Times-News op-ed.

* An Inquirer op-ed offers a historical perspective on the relationship between Philadelphia and the Democratic National Convention, warts and all.

* After its fourth straight failed state inspection, it’s obvious the York County Department of Children, Youth and Families needs more funding, writes the Evening Sun.

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TODAY’S SKED:

 

No events are scheduled for the PA Senate, PA House, Philadelphia City Council, Gov. Tom Wolf or Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.

 

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KICKER: “It's anticipation, anxiousness, frustration. What is going to happen? When will it finally happen? This is crazy. We can't go on like this” – Allentown City Council President Ray O'Connell on waiting for the other shoe to drop after a federal raid on city hall one year ago. From the Morning Call.