WEATHER: Philadelphia, cloudy, high of 50; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 46; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 41.



* Federal prosecutors recommended a sentence of 17 to 21 years in jail for convicted former Congressman Chaka Fattah, reports the Inquirer.

* Ahead of his swearing in, AG-elect Josh Shapiro is crossing the state to gather feedback on criminal issues like gun violence and the opioid crisis, WHYY writes.

* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney went off-script at an event to reiterate that his administration would fight to preserve its sanctuary city status, the Inquirer writes.

* A judge may decide a budget feud growing between Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and city council, the Morning Call writes.

* Republican state Sen. Scott Wagner – who will run against Gov. Tom Wolf – sat down for a Q&A with the Patriot News editorial board.

* US Sen. Bob Casey vowed to pass a measure aimed at shoring up pension benefits for coal miners, according to the Morning Call.

* Gov. Wolf said his administration would move to purge over 40 defunct state task forces created by his predecessors, the Patriot News writes.

* Northampton Congressman Matt Cartwright has been tapped to join the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, the Morning Call reports.

* PA charter school advocates are hopeful that they will benefit from a Trump presidency, the Inquirer writes.

* A state audit shows that fracking impact fees in PA are rarely spent on environmental remediation, WHYY reports.

* Pittsburgh City Council passed a measure designed to combat gender bias, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Despite efforts at police reform, Philadelphians lodged over 3,000 complaints against officers during the past five years, WHYY writes.

* Montgomery County will review its voting system after an election snafu caused a shortage of absentee ballots, according to the Inquirer.

* A new report found nearly $1 billion in retail demand annually in Philadelphia’s Center City, WHYY reports.



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* The Post-Gazette wants to see Allegheny County make more of an effort to minimize the amount of time pregnant offenders spend in jail.

* The Daily News excoriates Sen. Pat Toomey for his “irrelevant and coercive” bill to punish sanctuary cities like Philadelphia – with 1.5 million of his constituents – by denying them block grants.

* The Inquirer is justifiably concerned that a proposal to change Philadelphia’s competitive bidding process will favor the connected instead of the competent.

* The Citizens’ Voice writes that the recent PA Supreme Court ruling in favor of former PA Rep. Mike Veon shows that the state’s conflict-of-interest law needs reform.

* LancasterOnline understands the reasoning behind the upcoming ban on cellphones in Lancaster County courtrooms, and points out ways and why it should be refined.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman asks the question: “Should Democrats become the Party of No?” á la the GOP (spoiler: he answers in the affirmative).

* The Daily Times remembers the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and takes comfort and strength in the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum in Media.

* The Philadelphia Citizen has an informative explainer on what Philly’s Office of the Inspector General is and what it does to “boost public confidence in city government.”


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10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will visit Pee Wee Prep Educational Center, an early childhood educational provider participating in the city’s new pre-K initiative, PHLpreK. This quality provider is rated STAR3 by the state’s Keystone STARS rating system and will expand to educate 60 additional children starting on January 4. Pee Wee Prep Educational Center (inside Greater St. Matthew Church) 5544 Race St., Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on Aging will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

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

12 p.m. - Gov. Wolf and his administration will celebrate a gift drive providing donated gifts to in-need families and seniors. Keystone Building Atrium, 400 North Street, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell will join Drexel faculty and administrators as Drexel University celebrates 125 years of existence. Drexel University, Main Auditorium and Great Court, 3141 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.

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

4:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will attend the grand opening and ribbon-cutting of Taller Puertorriqueño’s El Corazon Cultural Center. He will provide brief remarks and tour facilities of this 24,000 square-foot center that will consolidate all of Taller Puertorriqueño’s operations while also functioning as a community hub and gathering space. 2600 N. 5th St., Philadelphia.

5:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide welcoming remarks as the Philly Start Up Leaders gather to discuss the challenges, opportunities and best practices for diversity in tech. Bok Building, 1901 S. 9th St., Philadelphia.

6:30 p.m - The PA Senate Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing will meet. Harrisburg Hilton & Towers Hotel, 1 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg.


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KICKER: "We are not walking back on civil rights, we're not walking back on minority rights, we're not walking back on LGBT rights, we're not walking back on sanctuary city, we're not walking back on anything.” – Philly Mayor Jim Kenney reiterates the city’s commitment to its pro-immigrant sanctuary city policies. – From the Inquirer