WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly sunny, high of 62; Harrisburg, partly sunny, high of 61; Pittsburgh, partly sunny, high of 59.



* PA Republicans approved conservative state Rep. Stan Saylor as the new House Appropriations chair during caucus leadership votes



* Ahead of a Senate leadership vote today, state Sen. John Yudichak will challenge Sen. Larry Farnese for his Democratic caucus secretary slot, the Times-Tribune reports.

* Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter authored an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

* A report from the Independent Fiscal Office showed the state is on track to miss revenue projections by nearly $500 million, according to the Post-Gazette.

* The release of an AG report on the “Porngate” email scandal has been delayed yet again, the Patriot News reports.

* Harrisburg Republicans are eyeing further state liquor reforms in 2017 – including the recurring issue of privatization, the Patriot News writes.

* Gov. Tom Wolf signed off on the latest round of liquor reform legislation, which notably allows beer distributors to sell six-packs, according to the Tribune Review.

* The Philly GOP took heat for a belated response to a string of locally sourced racist incidents that followed Trump’s election, Philadelphia Magazine writes.

* A Philadelphia workshop instructing people on how to run for office drew 275 registrants after an upset election, the Inquirer reports

* Despite a massive budget deficit, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission refused to cancel any road improvement projects, the Post-Gazette writes.

* Philadelphia moved to update its outdated ankle-bracelet monitoring system as part of far-reaching criminal court reforms, WHYY reports.

* The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is eyeing the sale of a string of dilapidated houses built after the 1985 MOVE bombing, the Business Journal writes.

* A bike-sharing program for Lancaster has stalled as city officials bicker over what the system should look like, LancasterOnline reports.

* The City of Philadelphia’s pension fund shelved risky investments and cut management fees to reduce volatility, writes the Inquirer.



* The Inquirer examines NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s shortsighted decision to end the agreement between PA and NJ that allowed workers to pay the income tax based on their home state, noting that it could cause some NJ businesses to move to PA.

* LancasterOnline has a partial compendium of write-in presidential candidates proffered by Lancaster voters, including Gandalf, Kanye and Bill Nye.

* The Daily Times explores what impact today’s House committee meeting on pipeline safety will have on the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline project.

* The Philadelphia Citizen is nonplussed by Mayor Kenney’s lackluster and inadequate response to recent incidents of flash mob violence in Center City.

* The Intelligencer has an appreciation of Bucks County’s successful open space program initiative, which is nearing the end of its 10-year run.

* The Times-News makes a compelling case for Harrisburg to provide a lasting economic fix for Erie’s school system.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman assesses the trajectory and influence of Steve Bannon, who appears to be Trump’s own Goebbels.


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8:45 a.m. - the PA Senate and House Local Government Commission will meet. Room 14, East Wing, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - the PA Senate and House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

9 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will participate in a conversation, moderated by past-chair of the board for the Sustainable Business Network Colleen Bracken, with socially  and environmentally responsible business owners from Philadelphia and the surrounding region about the most pressing issues facing mission-driven businesses. Pyramid Club, Fairmount Room, 52nd Floor, 1735 Market St., Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Health and Human Services will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10:20 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide remarks as he joins PHA CEO Kelvin Jeremiah to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the agency’s Sharswood/Blumberg Transformation Plan. Sharswood/Blumberg Site, 1524 N. 24th St., Philadelphia.

12 p.m. - the PA House Liquor Control Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

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

1:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will attend a fireside chat on bringing innovation and technology to inner city children. Pennovation Works, 3401 Grays Ferry Ave., Philadelphia.

7:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and Councilman Allan Domb will be in attendance at Saxbys’ Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest-Growing Philly-Based Companies Party to celebrate Saxbys and the 22 other Philly-based companies named among Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list. Each of the companies in attendance will donate $1,000 and nominate a local nonprofit organization to receive a donation. Two of these nonprofits will be randomly selected to split the total donations later in the evening. 2300 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “You may be thinking, ‘Well, I gave a speech early Wednesday morning, I said all the right things. Hillary spoke, and she said all the right things. President Obama spoke, and he said all the right things, and so everything must be okay, right?’ Let me assure you Sir, NOTHING could be farther from the truth.” – Former Mayor Michael Nutter takes a page from Clint Eastwood’s playbook in an open letter savaging Donald Trump – From the Philadelphia Business Journal.