WEATHER: Philadelphia, a.m. showers, high of 46; Harrisburg, cloudy, high of 43; Pittsburgh, a.m. snow showers, high of 35. 

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* A group of women lawmakers assembled to promote and push their legislative package to curb sexual harassment and assault in the Capitol and across the commonwealth.

 

NEW THIS MORNING: 

* At a rally in the politically vulnerable Philadelphia suburbs, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf again publicly expressed his opposition to a GOP bill to curb abortion access, the Pottstown Mercury reports.

* Former Democratic state Rep. Marc Gergely was sentenced to 18 months house arrest and three years probation for his role in a video gambling ring, according to the Tribune-Review.

* Democratic state Rep. Kevin Haggerty could soon face a contempt vote by his colleagues after missing 21 straight session days in a row, the Morning Call reports.

* During early testimony at the state gerrymandering trial, a political science expert stated that randomly computer generated political districts would be fairer than PA’s current map, the Inquirer writes.

* After several delays, the state Senate approved funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program – although Congress must now do the same, the Post-Gazette reports.

* A bill that would let students transfer public school funding to private schools may get new life as a GOP lawmaker opposed to the measure is rotated off the Senate education committee, according to WITF.

* The Wolf administration rolled out a home-eldercare feature to the state’s Medicaid program aimed at reducing state nursing home costs, the Morning Call writes.

* A VICE News analysis found that fatal police shootings fell in cities like Philadelphia that enacted Obama-era Department of Justice reforms.

* The Huntingdon County DA ruled that state police were justified when they fatally shot an aggressive – but innocent – suspect in a trooper slaying, the Post-Gazette writes.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer has an op-ed by Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, who defends and explains her bill to ensure that “stop-and-go” establishments follow the letter of the law, which would include taking down their ubiquitous acrylic barriers.

* The Post-Gazette welcomes the entry of the Democratic Socialists of America into state politics, noting that the party fielding two primary challengers in next year’s Democratic House primary is how the system is supposed to work.

* The Dispatch writes that a bill proposed last month to eliminate the position of lieutenant governor is far from perfect, but serves as a good conversation-starter on the subject.

 

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NONPROFIT NEWS:

* Generocity has a packed edition of its Power Moves column detailing who is going where in the Philly nonprofit world.

* Philadelphia nonprofit Mighty Writers is expanding to the city’s rec centers next year, reports Generocity.

* Widener University VP for University Advancement Linda Durant was named vice president of development for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

 

TODAY’S SKED: 

9 a.m. - the PA House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House Finance Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA House Professional Licensure Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Banking & Insurance Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Majority Policy Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.

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

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

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Law and Government will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate State Government and Transportation Committees will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - the PA House Labor & Industry Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Education Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Health & Human Services Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will tour the School District’s "most improved" high school and meet with students, staff and the principal. Paul Robeson High School, 4125 Ludlow St, Philadelphia.

11:30 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

12 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will provide an update on education in Pennsylvania, including improving Career and Technical Education and STEM programs. Commonwealth Media Center, Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.

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

1 p.m. - the PA House will meet. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

5:50 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks and help light the Boathouse Row “Menorah” in honor of the first night of Chanukah. MLK Drive Fish Ladder, Philadelphia.

 

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KICKER: “An extreme statistical outlier.” – A political scientist’s description of Pennsylvania’s entire Congressional district map at a state gerrymandering trial. From the Inquirer.