WEATHER: Philadelphia, rain, high of 45; Harrisburg, rain, high of 45; Pittsburgh, rain, high of 47.

 

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* Check out last week’s political Winners&Losers!
 

FROM THE WEEKEND:

* Millions gathered for the Women’s March in Philadelphia and dozens of other cities to protest the agenda of the incoming Trump administration, writes the Inquirer.

* The Patriot News writes that AG Josh Shapiro has begun purging allies of his predecessor, Kathleen Kane, including her twin sister, Ellen Granahan.

* The federal government has given PA more time to comply with new “Real ID” standards that will warrant the replacement of all state identification cards, the AP reports.

* Five people have put in their names as possible replacements for Shapiro’s old seat on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, writes the Inquirer.

* A judge set a mid-February trial date for indicted Democratic state Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, reports the Inquirer.

* State Sen. Daylin Leach is floating legislation that would require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns in order to run in PA, according to the Patriot News.

* Jury selection begins in the corruption trial of former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed, who squandered tax money on a never-built Wild West museum, the Inquirer writes.

* Freshman Philly Congressman Dwight Evans gave a Q&A to Philadelphia Magazine

* Treasurer Joe Torsella moved to ban controversial “finders’ fees” for firms that did business with the department, according to the Morning Call.

* The Philadelphia Board of Ethics called for the city to end a policy of automatically deleting government emails after 50 days in The Daily News

* PA Republicans are calling for an audit to settle a long-running funding dispute at the state Department of Labor & Industry, the Patriot News writes.

* The PA Supreme Court granted lawmakers another four months to fix a casino tax law the high court had ruled unconstitutional, the Morning Call reports.

* Crime and the PA prison population continued to drop, but the number of parolees in the Keystone State is way up, according to an AP report.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* A Patriot News op-ed argues that the fate of PA Congressman Lou Barletta is deeply tied to Donald Trump and his tenure in DC – for better or worse.

* Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke wrote an Inquirer op-ed slamming the city for selling vacant land directly at auction instead of through the Land Bank – a program he once opposed.

* Increasing freight traffic in the Keystone State is yet another reminder to legislators to invest in state infrastructure to keep economic fires burning, according to the Post-Gazette.

* Morning Call columnist Bill White ticks off the “top” stories of 2016 – a shameful and chaotic year for politics in PA and the nation.

* The Intelligencer editorial board favors construction over obstructionism on the controversial PennEast pipeline as it winds its way through populous suburbs.

 

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TODAY’S SKED: 

9 a.m. - The PA Senate Majority Policy Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will join Executive Director Rue Landau and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to release their report on Racism and Discrimination in the LGBTQ Community following the public hearing on October 25, 2016. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - The PA Senate will reconvene. State Capitol, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - The PA House will reconvene. State Capitol, Harrisburg.

 

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KICKER: “My standard Wawa order isthe newspaper. It used to be the small turkey hoagie, but I’m trying to cut back.” – Dwight Evans gives a very personal Q&A to Philadelphia magazine.