WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly sunny, high of 42; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 41; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 40. 



* Former state Senate leader Bob Mellow, state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe and newly elected PA Rep. Jeanne McNeill are just a few of the names in the latest edition of Winners & Losers.

* The disparate public defender budgets of two PA counties underscores the difficulties caused by the state’s refusal to provide funding for agencies, leaving procurement entirely up to the counties.



* A top aide to Congressman Bob Brady, Don “D.A.” Jones, pleaded guilty to perjuring himself in order to cover up a scheme to pay off a political challenger, the Inquirer reports.

* A judge made public a trove of data used in a 2011 redistricting effort that top PA Senate Republicans sought to keep out of a gerrymandering lawsuit, the Inquirer writes.

* Democratic state Rep. Paul Costa is in hot water for endorsing a Republican in a local council race who some see as a future challenger to House Leader Frank Dermody, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto lost his chief of staff over his $109,000 salary – which his aide said was low even by the standards of municipal government, according to the Post-Gazette.

* Pennsylvania’s credit rating has stabilized but still has a negative outlook due to repeat budget crises, WHYY writes.



* Former Philly Parking Authority deputy executive director Richard Dickson is poised to collect a massive early pension payout as the agency faces renewed scrutiny over wasteful mismanagement, the Inquirer reports.

* Gov. Tom Wolf publicly approved of the PA State Police investigating officer-involved shootings internally, according to the Patriot News.

* Former state Sen. Ed Zemprelli passed away at age 92, the Post-Gazette writes.



* The Inquirer has an op-ed by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who assesses what the GOP tax plan would do to Philadelphia (spoiler alert: he’s not a fan).

* The Standard-Speaker is enthusiastic about Gov. Wolf’s announcement last week that the state would dramatically expand opportunities for hemp production and research.

* The Citizen comes out strongly against a Philadelphia City Council bill that would offer forgiveness for old parking tickets – depriving the city’s school district of millions in the process.


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* ArtPlace America awarded Philadelphia’s Village of Arts and Humanities a $500,000 grant to fund a Civic Power Studio, writes Generocity.

* The Citizen explores why the Philadelphia Eagles have become the NFL’s most civically active, community-oriented and socially conscious team.



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

10 a.m. - the PA House Center for Rural Pennsylvania will meet. Room 256, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

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

10:30 a.m. - Gov. Wolf and other elected officials will rally against Senate Bill 3. Conshohocken Borough Hall, 400 Fayette Street, Conshohocken.

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

12 p.m. - the PA House Transportation Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office Building, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee of the Whole will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

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

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

1:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the Globy Awards Ceremony and Ideas Summit, hosted by the Global Philadelphia Association, to recognize Philadelphia industry leaders who have played an important role in promoting Philadelphia on a global scale. Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut St, Philadelphia.

4 p.m. - The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats’ ACA Mobile Enrollment Tour will make a stop in Philadelphia on Monday, December 11, hosted by Senator Art Haywood and State Treasurer Joe Torsella. Lonnie Young Community Center, 1100 E Chelten Ave, Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “I apologize to the people of Philadelphia and to my family for bringing this dishonor upon them.” – Brady aide Donald “D.A.” Jones pleads guilty to perjury in a political payoff scheme. From the Inquirer.