WEATHER: Philadelphia, rain, high of 57; Harrisburg, partly sunny, high of 56; Pittsburgh, partly sunny, high of 57.



* Ahead of a key state house leadership vote today, former PA Democratic party chair Jim Burn called for fresh blood in response to bruising electoral losses.



* Despite her arrest and conviction, a legislative panel investigating ex-AG Kathleen Kane’s tenure and political activity continues in Harrisburg, the Patriot News writes

* A former prosecutor told the panel that Kane quashed investigations into NEPA power players Louis DeNaples and William Conaboy, according to the Times-Tribune.

* Dwight Evans was sworn in to the House of Representatives’ 2nd District, officially replacing convicted Congressman Chaka Fattah, the Inquirer reports.

* State Rep. Leslie Acosta is headed back to Harrisburg despite pleading guilty in a federal corruption investigation, the Morning Call reports.

* A new study shows that PA has more abandoned oil and gas wells than previously thought – and many are leaking, according to WHYY.

* Western PA US Attorney David Hickton, a Democrat, was the first in the nation to resign ahead of the incoming Trump presidency, the Post-Gazette writes.

* After a fifth night of anti-Trump protests, organizers in Philadelphia pledged to march every day until the new president’s inauguration, 6ABC reports.

* After a wave of racist incidents in the wake of Trump’s election, Philly Mayor Jim Kenney called on Philadelphians to reject bigotry, Billy Penn writes.

* Philadelphia blew through its overtime budget for the sixth year in a row – the city blamed staff shortages and last year’s papal visit, according to the Inquirer.

* A federal judge ordered the NSA and CIA to disclose whether or not they were surveilling Occupy Philadelphia protesters in 2011, the Inquirer writes.

* Pittsburgh reached a PILOT deal with its only casino after a state court ruling exempted slots parlors from local taxes, the Post-Gazette reports.



* The Inquirer uses the horrifying example of black Penn students receiving threatening racist texts to call out Trump for not repudiating his dog-whistle campaign tactics.

* The York Daily Record asserts that York’s progress away from its bitter racial history will continue by holding those peddling hate speech – like the high schoolers shouting “White Power” after Trump’s victory – to account.

* The Philadelphia Citizen has Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin’s latest op-ed comparing Philadelphia and an opposing team’s city, in this case, Atlanta.

* The Morning Call’s Bill White wonders just how committed PA voters are about “draining the swamp” in Washington when they voted for all the same “critters” in-state.

* The Intelligencer appreciates that every school district in Bucks County save Bristol Township has Narcan on hand, and hopes that opioid education is just as available.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman notes he has been calling for over a decade for the US to junk the Electoral College.

* The Post-Gazette backs Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s exerting control over the city’s police, despite his publicly dressing down a commander during last week’s protests.

* The Times-Tribune sheds light on the disgraceful efforts of Scranton’s school board and city council to keep the public from knowing just what they are – and aren’t – doing.

* LancasterOnline offers a thoughtful explanation of why school truancy should be decriminalized and handled by schools, counselors and social workers.


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8:15 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will be interviewed on KDKA Morning News with Larry Richert and John Shumway. To listen online, click here.

9 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will be interviewed on KDKA by Marty Griffin. To listen online, click here.

9 a.m. - the PA Senate and House Capitol Preservation Committee will meet. Room 401, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will provide remarks at the Environmental Defense Fund and Google Methane Mapping Project announcement. Pennsylvania West Room, Second Floor, Westin Convention Center, 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh.

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

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

11 a.m. - the PA House will reconvene. State Capitol, Harrisburg.

11:30 a.m. - Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

2 p.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on Finance will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “You could be a genius one cycle and a moron the next in the eyes of some of these people...Say you had different leadership – would anyone win a district that Trump won by 30 points?” – Former McGinty campaign manager Mike Mikus suggests maintaining the status quo at an upcoming Democratic House leadership vote, despite a disastrous election. From City&State.