WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, windy, high of 45; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 49; Pittsburgh, mostly sunny, high of 50.



* Capitol Police said vandalism at the state Senate offices was caused by a local man who had recently fought with his girlfriend, the Post-Gazette reports.

* A “Super PAC” with ties to billionaire George Soros is reportedly backing progressive DA candidate Larry Krasner, the Inquirer reports.

* Seth Williams’ deputy Tariq El-Shabazz resigns from the DA’s Office amid rumors he will jump into the race to succeed his old boss, WHYY writes.

* Philadelphia named Amber Hikes as its new director of LGBT affairs, according to PhillyMag.

* State Rep. Greg Vitali called for Gov. Tom Wolf to overhaul the state’s ancient campaign finance website, WHYY writes.

* In a WHYY interview following national immigration enforcement raids, Philly Mayor Jim Kenney told the city’s undocumented community to “pray,” according to the Inquirer.

* Troubles continue at PA’s crippled unemployment system, where long lines and busy signals have caused some claimants to lose their benefits, WHYY reports.

* The PA Department of Environmental Protection issued permits for the controversial PennEast pipeline, the Morning Call writes.

* A county judge will hear arguments for and against Scranton’s right to exceed a cap on annual tax hikes, which the municipality regularly exceeds, the Times-Tribune reports.



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* The Morning Call’s Bill White explains why, with the proposed repeal of Act 38, the state will comply with federal Real ID, meaning PA residents can use their driver’s licenses as ID at airports.

* The Citizen tries to figure out just how the issue of redistricting has become a cause célèbre in the state.

* The Dispatch enumerates the reasons why it supports PA Sen. Mike Folmer’s proposed bill to reform the practice of civil asset forfeiture

* The Daily News’ Will Bunch counts the minutes – all 3 million-plus of them – since US Sen. Pat Toomey has graced Philly constituents with his presence at a town hall.

* The Daily News calls on Philly City Council President Darrell Clarke to drop the veiled threats to derail the city’s once-in-a-generation chance to repair its infrastructure through the Rebuild program.

* The Post-Gazette commends AG Josh Shapiro on making good on his campaign promise to focus on consumer protection, noting his work on a funeral home owner and a wire fraud case.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman divides his focus between the logical, sickening story behind Michael Flynn’s resignation as the country’s first Russian national security adviser and the dead-eyed performance of Dr. Evil wannabe Trump surrogate Stephen Miller.

* The Times-News explores the myriad of reasons why Erie’s police force is only 3 percent black in a city where 17 percent of the residents are black.

* The Daily Times welcomes the opening of First Steps Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, which focuses on heroin and opioid addiction.


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9:25 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will provide remarks at the PA AFL-CIO Biennial Legislative Conference. Harrisburg Hilton, One North Second Street, Harrisburg.

9:30 a.m. - The PA House Game & Fisheries Committee will meet. 60 EW, Harrisburg.

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

1:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will discuss Pre-K education funding in the 2017-2018 budget proposal. Governor’s Reception Room, Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.

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


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KICKER: “No one has said, 'I’m from George Soros,'” – Philly DA candidate Larry Krasner ducks questions on his ties to a progressive Super PAC connected to the Hungarian billionaire and campaign donor. From the Inquirer.