WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 44; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 42; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 37.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* As the trial of US Rep. Bob Brady’s former aide Ken Smukler gets underway, prosecutors accused him of having “deliberately flouted” campaign laws, the Inquirer reports.
* Following his dominant performance in last week’s election, US Sen. Bob Casey was noncommittal when asked if he would run for president in 2020, the Patriot-News reports.
* Despite sexual misconduct scandals in both chambers, a package of bills that would offer greater sexual harassment protections and accountability in state government failed to gain any traction before the General Assembly adjourned, Billy Penn writes.
* Democrat Susan Wild, who already beat Republican Marty Nothstein last week to win the new PA-7 seat, defeated Nothstein in the race to finish out former US Rep. Charlie Dent’s term for the PA-15 seat, the Morning Call reports.
* “Fair work week” legislation that would provide scheduling certainty to employees continued to make its way through Philadelphia City Council, the Tribune writes.
* The final tally for voter turnout in last week’s elections show that more than five million Pennsylvanians – or 58.4 percent – voted, with some counties touching numbers only seen in presidential election years, the Morning Call reports.
* The PA Department of Education launched a new online hub that gathers statistics on public and charter schools for parents, teachers, and students, WESA reports.
* Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty proved to be surprisingly popular at the polls, receiving at least 43 write-in votes in Philadelphia alone in last week’s elections, the Philly Voice writes.
* The Inquirer has an op-ed by Drexel President John Fry, who notes where Philadelphia fell short in its bid to land Amazon’s HQ2 – and what the city needs to do to make up that gap.
* The Daily Times celebrates the arrival of the Year of the Woman in both Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., courtesy of a record-setting number of female politicians.
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8:45 a.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at a breakfast gala, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Philadelphia Chapter, to recognize and celebrate the region's most important philanthropists and volunteers. 200 S. Broad St., Hyatt Grand Ballroom, Philadelphia.
9:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at a press conference to officially kick off Philadelphia Marathon Weekend. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Hall F, Philadelphia.
10:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at an event to celebrate National Adoption Month. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Hamilton Auditorium, 128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.
11:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will participate in a public briefing as city officials provide an update on the immediate goals of the Philadelphia Resilience Project, the City of Philadelphia’s emergency response to combat the opioid epidemic in Kensington and surrounding neighborhoods. Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center at Visitation, 2646 Kensington Ave, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “We’ll see what happens.” – US Sen. Bob Casey doesn’t rule out running for president when asked about his 2020 aspirations. From the Patriot-News.