WEATHER: Philadelphia, sunny, high of 47; Harrisburg, sunny, high of 48; Pittsburgh, sunny, high of 45. 



* PA Sen. Rick Saccone, PA Rep. Justin Simmons and Mount Airy Casino are just a few of the latest Winners & Losers.



* Democrats picked attorney Conor Lamb as their candidate for a special election to replace disgraced U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy in the 18th Congressional District, the Post-Gazette writes.

* After news of his chronic absences in Harrisburg surfaced, state Rep. Justin Simmons dropped his bid for Congressman Charlie Dent’s old seat, the Morning Call reports.

* The head of the Philadelphia Parking Authority board filed a defamation suit against the Daily News over a cover image depicting him dressed as Santa Claus holding a bag of cash, according to Law360.

* Once ranked as one of the nation’s most vulnerable governors, political observers now say a second term for Gov. Tom Wolf looks increasingly likely, according to the AP.

* The Democratic Socialists of America is resurgent among younger voters in Philly, Philadelphia Magazine writes.

* Philadelphia Magazine tracked down the city’s top Democrats to get their reaction to Sheriff Jewell Williams’ multiple sexual harassment allegations.

* Gov. Wolf wants a bill passed this year to help curb opioid use and improve access to drug treatment, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Nine new charter operators applied to open schools in Philadelphia, WHYY writes.

* Philadelphia selected the first 21 nonprofits that will land contract under Rebuild, the city’s $500 million public works project, WHYY reports.

* A new bill would put the troubled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority into state receivership, according to the Post-Gazette.


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Please join us in offering our congratulations to the PA Rising Stars Class of 2017 for outstanding work in their respective fields on November 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Roy Pitz Barrel House in Philadelphia.
Keynote Speaker: Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe
Winners will also be profiled in a special City & State Rising Stars edition on December 1.
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* The Times-Tribune recommends the state switch to a two-year budget cycle.

* The Patriot-News writes that in the wake of recovered video from the night Penn State fraternity pledge Timothy Piazza died, it is time for Penn State to disband all fraternities.

* LancasterOnline enthusiastically supports a bill from PA Sen. David Argall that would allow gubernatorial candidates to pick their own lieutenant governor running mates.

* The Daily Times is cautiously optimistic that after a series of court rulings, this might be the end of the crooked road for gerrymandering.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman recaps Democrats’ latest win – the mistrial in the federal corruption trial of US Sen. Bob Menendez – and its impact on the Senate. 

* The Citizens’ Voice opposes formation of a study commission to review Luzerne County’s home rule charter, offering several arguments against such a move.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: PA Rep. Pam Snyder … Beth Strain Berry, Constituent Services Director for Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday at



* Generocity covers the week’s nine Power Moves in the Philadelphia nonprofit community.

* Just in time for the holidays, Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy has released its latest High-Impact Giving Guide, reports Generocity.

* Lancaster County’s annual Extraordinary Give event raised a record amount of money this weekend for nonprofit organizations, reports Fox43.

* Amber Breiner was named the first executive director of the Carbon County Community Foundation, reports Philanthropy News Digest.



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

10 a.m. - Gov. Wolf’s Middle Class Task Force will meet to hear from southeastern Pennsylvanians about how to improve the lives of middle-class workers and their families. Merck & Co., 351 N. Sumneytown Pike, North Wales.

10:15 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will tour Appvion Spring Mill and highlight the importance of manufacturing and apprenticeship programs in Pennsylvania. 100 Paper Mill Road, Roaring Spring.

10:30 a.m. - the PA House Consumer Affairs Committee will meet. Room B31, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - In conjunction with the Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. will host his annual Healthy Holiday Harvest/Community Turkey giveaway. Wynne Senior Residence, 2001 N. 54th Street, Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - the PA House Labor & Industry Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

12 p.m. - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine will join Elizabethtown officials in a walking tour of the borough to learn about its efforts. Elizabethtown Borough Train Station, 50 S. Wilson Ave., Elizabethtown

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

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

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

1:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak during this visit to the Navy Yard to discuss the business environment in Philadelphia as part of the Philadelphia Delivers Tour to highlight local businesses after the Amazon HQ2 bid. The Navy Yard, Urban Outfitters (Acid Bath), 5000 S. Broad Street, Building 543, Philadelphia.

2:15 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will tour Western PA Laborers’ Education and Training Center to highlight the importance of workforce training. 317 Deer Creek Rd., Saxonburg.

5 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will speak at the official start of the "Deck the Hall" Holiday Light Show presented by Independence Blue Cross & Center City District. West Side of City Hall, Central Portal, Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “It has become clear that running for, and possibly serving in, Congress are not conducive to the commitment I must keep to my family, especially my young daughter.” – State Rep. Justin Simmons announces that he will drop a bid for Congressman Charlie Dent’s former seat because of his family – and definitely not because of an exposé on his chronic absenteeism in Harrisburg. From the Morning Call.