WEATHER: Philadelphia, cloudy, high of 42; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 39; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 36. 



* Union groups launched a six-figure ad buy targeting Southeastern PA Republican congressmen Ryan Costello, Charlie Dent, Brian Fitzpatrick and Pat Meehan.

* With observers looking for an upset in PA-18 with centrist Democrat Conor Lamb, the candidate is still figuring out how to sell his stances on issues like abortion and gun control.



* U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s resignation over groping charges could be an unexpected windfall for Comcast – the Minnesota legislator was one of the telecom giant’s biggest critics in Washington, according to the Inquirer.

* House Speaker Mike Turzai rebuffed calls to demote state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe over his anti-gay outbursts, LancasterOnline writes.

* Democrats blasted PA-18 Congressional challenger Rick Saccone over his comment that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore deserved a “presumption of innocence” over a string of sexual assault accusations, the Post-Gazette reports.

* The PA Auditor General released a report asserting that mismanagement at the scandal-plagued Philadelphia Parking Authority had cost Philly schools some $78 million in lost revenue, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

* Art Halvorson, a repeat Tea Party-style challenger to Congressman Bill Shuster, is shopping around a new poll that purportedly shows the incumbent’s waning popularity, the Post-Gazette writes.

* As many as 54 witnesses could be called by federal prosecutors in the trial of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, the Morning Call reports.

* Gov. Tom Wolf called on state lawmakers to tighten pension rules after a convicted pol won back his retirement pay, according to the Inquirer.

* A judge heard closing arguments in a state gerrymandering lawsuit that’s aimed at upending Pennsylvania’s political redistricting process, WHYY writes.

* A Philadelphia City Council staffer claims their car was covered with Chinese food after a testy council hearing over a bill to tighten regulations on takeout beer stores, according to the Daily News.

* Some 200 municipalities to date have voluntarily opted out of PA’s recent gambling expansion, WHYY reports.



* The Inquirer’s Mike Newall writes about the human cost of Vince Fenerty’s predatory, tyrannical reign at the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

* LancasterOnline gives high marks to Gov. Wolf’s announcement of reduced standardized testing requirements for students.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman performs the political and moral calculus on Democrats’ strategy of taking the high road by forcing their politicians to resign over sexual predation while Republicans stand pat.

* The Dispatch chastises outgoing York Mayor Kim Bracey for saddling Mayor-elect Michael Helfrich with a “passive-aggressive” budget that put him in a no-win situation.


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* The nonprofit advocacy group Food & Water Watch filed an appeal to keep a PA poultry processing plant from purchasing pollution credits that would allow it to continue dumping nitrogen and phosphorus into the Chesapeake Bay, Common Dreams writes.

* The Barra Foundation announced that 43 nonprofits in the Philadelphia region will receive $50,000 each as part of its 2018 grant-giving, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports

* KidsMakeItRight, the social-impact arm of local startup SmartyPal, is helping teach kids compassion through project-based learning, writes Generocity.



9 a.m. - Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards and Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne, along with Sara Weir from the AAA Foundation, will host “Maintaining Mobility” in conjunction with Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. Surrey Services for Seniors, 60 Surrey Way, Devon.

9 a.m. - Department of Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera will celebrate national Computer Science Education Week as he participates in an Hour of Code event with middle school students at Pequea Valley Intermediate School. 166 S. New Holland Rd. Kinzers.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee will meet. Duquesne University  Power Center Building, Dougherty Ballroom, 1015 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh.

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

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will tour PHLpreK provider Amazing Kidz and recognize the 21 PHLpreK providers who have significantly improved their Keystone STARS quality ratings since January 2017. 1267 E. Cheltenham Ave, Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will take part in the 2017 Capitol Christmas tree lighting. Main Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg.

3:30 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

6:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the unveiling of the Philadelphia Fire Department Foundation’s new mission and vision statement. Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill, 1 Dock St, Philadelphia.

7:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the gala to kick off Army-Navy weekend. Pennsylvania Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “Nobody should disparage or incite each other, or others, and that’s true for each and every one of our members.” – PA House Speaker Mike Turzai, creating an equivalence between PA Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s homophobic behavior and PA Rep. Matt Bradford’s touching Metcalfe’s sleeve to get his attention during a meeting. From LancasterOnline.