WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly sunny, high of 61; Harrisburg, partly sunny, high of 60; Pittsburgh, mostly sunny, high of 57.



* After a victorious election, PA Republicans confront a future dominated by difficult questions about pension reform and the state budget.

* Check out last week’s Winners&Losers!



* Philadelphia’s mayor during the Reagan administration, Wilson Goode, fears that President-elect Trump could have a “devastating” impact on the city, the Inquirer writes

* The state house will vote today on a bill to punish pro-immigrant sanctuary cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, WHYY reports.

* The president of the Philly NAACP blamed Trump for creating “an atmosphere of fear” and bigotry in the US, according to the Inquirer.

* PA Circuit Court Judge Theodore McKee is leading a national fight against faulty eyewitness accounts in criminal cases, the Post-Gazette writes.



* Now that they have even larger majorities in Harrisburg, the GOP’s political power sharing with Gov. Tom Wolf enters “uncharted territory,” according to the Morning Call.

* Some Puerto Rican mayors are shipping heroin addicts to Philadelphia and other cities to relieve the island's own opioid crisis, an Inquirer investigation found.

* State Sen. Scott Wagner sees a clearer path to the governor's office in the wake of a stunning Trump victory in PA, according to the Post-Gazette.

* Ex-AG Kathleen Kane brought in new lawyers to handle her appeal of a two-year jail sentence, the Post-Gazette writes.

* PA Congressman Lou Barletta and Tom Marino have been invited to serve on Trump’s transition team, the Morning Call reports.

* Former Lancaster County Congressman Bob Walker is being eyed as a possible Trump administration pick, LancasterOnline reports.

* SEPTA will finally begin phasing out the use of tokens on its transit lines in Philadelphia next week, WHYY reports.

* Gov. Wolf said he would assemble a team to combat incidents of “overt racism” in PA schools emerging in the wake of Trump’s win, the Morning Call reports.

* Sunoco announced that it would again delay the Mariner East pipeline, carrying gas from Western PA to Philadelphia, over permitting issues, WHYY writes.



* The Post-Gazette uses the deceptive way that GOP legislators were able to push through a ballot measure on judges’ retirement ages to show that Washington has nothing on Harrisburg when it comes to swamp-like conditions.

* The Daily Times is furious over the PA Turnpike’s gall at raising tolls by 6 percent in January, while wiping off $5.4 million in uncollected tolls in 2015, and wonders when effective enforcement measures will be enacted for scofflaws.

* The Citizens’ Voice believes that with Josh Shapiro as AG, Eugene DePasquale as auditor general and Joe Torsella as treasurer, progressives have a chance in Harrisburg.

* The Times-Tribune adds its voice to the chorus calling for an end to the Electoral College.

* The Morning Call’s Bill White touches on everything from Yuengling beer to America’s children in an op-ed on the way forward for the country.

* The Times-News lays out the ways that medical marijuana could help the Erie region’s economy.

* LancasterOnline is cautiously optimistic about proposed legislation to ban “aggressive” panhandling, and notes the need for a comprehensive response to solve the issue.


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9:30 a.m. - the PA House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

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

12 p.m. - the PA House Ethics Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.

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

1 p.m. - Philadelphia City Council Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

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

1:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will discuss the Shell cracker plant site. Fairfield Inn, 1438 Brodhead Rd, Monaca.

2:45 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will attend the opening of the Steamfitter Training Center. 230 Wise Road, Harmony.

6 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will congratulate participants and thank the sponsors, volunteers and city staff for making the first-ever Philadelphia International Unity Cup a success. Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia.


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KICKER: “I don’t have a choice. When I see something wrong, and I know I can get in there and fix it, that’s what I’m going to do.” – State Sen. Scott Wagner on running for governor. From the Post-Gazette.