WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 52; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 48; Pittsburgh, cloudy, high of 42.
NEW FROM CITY&STATE:
* GOP sources are publicly talking up Delaware County Congressman Pat Meehan for a run against US Sen. Bob Casey in 2018.
* Check out last week’s Winners&Losers!
NEW THIS MORNING:
* A special state committee released a new set of guidelines aimed at preventing another Kane-like fiasco in the state Attorney General’s office, WHYY reports.
* A suit over refugees seeking to attend school in Lancaster heads to an appeals court, according to LancasterOnline.
FROM THE WEEKEND:
* An FBI agent says informant Tyron Ali told him that he was instructed not to target Republicans in a sting that ultimately netted five Democratic pols, the Inquirer writes.
* Philadelphia Magazine profiles Mayor Jim Kenney’s first year in office.
* Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni announced that she will challenge Philly DA Seth Williams in next year’s election, reports the Inquirer.
* Former judge and alleged mafioso Louis DeNaples dropped efforts to do business with a casino he founded but relinquished to avoid prosecution, the Morning Call reports.
* The dedication of a new mayoral portrait in Philadelphia somehow led to a “flame war” between former mayors John Street and Michael Nutter, the Inquirer reports.
* The PA GOP claimed the state’s open records office intentionally released contact info for the state’s 20 members of the electoral college, the Patriot-News writes.
* Abandoning recount efforts in state courts, Jill Stein announced she would file a new petition in federal court, the Inquirer writes.
* A WHYY report outlines what would programs would be at stake if US Sen. Pat Toomey followed through with a threat to cut federal funding to “sanctuary cities.”
* Automatic pay raises kicked in for PA General Assembly members, the Times-Tribune reports.
* The Lehigh Valley airport is charging ridesharing services a fee to do business at the airport to make up for cratering long-term parking demand, the Morning Call writes.
* The Scranton school district is facing a record $29 million deficit next year with few budget balancing options in sight, the Times-Tribune reports.
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* The Express-Times cheers the news that NJ Gov. Christie has backed off of his plan to rip up the reciprocal tax agreement between NJ and PA that could have had devastating employment consequences on both sides of the Delaware.
* The Times-Tribune reflects on the latest advances in the state’s war on opioids and what comes next.
* The Daily News offers a surprisingly upbeat assessment of Philly’s Rebuild program for neglected rec centers, libraries and parks, and of its focus on minority inclusion.
* The Daily Times hopes to toast the privatization of PA liquor stores as soon as possible, but knows there are more serious issues to deal with first.
* The Patriot News has a detailed condemnation of Penn State for the way it treated Mike McQueary after he blew the whistle on Jerry Sandusky.
* The Philadelphia Citizen has a deep dive on what effect President-elect Trump and his potential policies will have on law enforcement in cities like Philadelphia.
* The Post-Gazette explains why Pittsburgh’s newly reconstituted City Ethics Board is so important and lays out what’s in store for its members.
* The Times-News takes stock of the hurdles that need to be cleared before a community college in Erie can become a reality.
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10 a.m. - Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.
11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will offer remarks as he joins Council President Darrell Clarke, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker and Community College of Philadelphia President Donald Generals to help announce the new Power Up Your Business initiative designed to strengthen commercial corridors in neighborhoods and offer free services for small businesses that employ local residents. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.
12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will discuss the importance of the Rebuild Initiative before presenting Philadelphia native and world champion boxer Bernard Hopkins with a Liberty Bell and City Proclamation to commemorate his final fight taking place later this month. Oscar de la Hoya, a former champion boxer and Hopkins’ business partner, will also be in attendance. Athletic Recreation Center, 1400 N. 26th St., Philadelphia.
1 p.m. - Philadelphia City Council Committee on Commerce & Economic Development will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: "When he brought this to the attention of investigators, he was told to cease immediately. Ali did not encounter such pushback when showing similar initiative with Democrats." – FBI Special Agent Robert J. Haag claims criminal informant Tyron Ali, who helped bring down six Democratic pols, was blocked from targeting Republicans. From the Inquirer.