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PA-state-flag6-14Trump is coming to Philly, Reed pleads guilty and Montco names a new Commissioner. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Montco Gets a New Commissioner: The Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas unanimously named Ken Lawrence to fill Josh Shapiro’s old Commissioner seat.

Trump, Congressional GOP Coming To Philly: Donald Trump will join Congressional Republicans in Philadelphia on Thursday for a strategy session.

Reed Pleads Guilty to Taking Artifacts: The former Harrisburg Mayor says he was merely being careless.

Reader Poll: Do You Approve or Disapprove of Donald Trump?: How do you feel about the 45th President?

Reader Poll: Plurality Want Repeal of Obamacare: Our readers are divided over the Affordable Care Act.

Statewide
City & State: Khan broke rules by publicizing complaint against DA Williams
StateImpactPA: Senate panel approves royalty bills (again)
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers protest Wolf’s swift action to close prisons
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers resume UC fight, begin moving legislation

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Traffic restrictions, protests Thursday for Trump’s visit to Philly
Inquirer: Can’t ‘out-Trump Trump’: as Philly lawyer heads to White House, firm sets D.C. lobbyist ‘Rules’
Inquirer: What to expect, protest-wise, for Trump’s Philly visit
Inquirer: Amid upheaval there, here, British leader to address Republicans in Philly
Inquirer: Was it a ‘good deed’ or a bribe? Farnese’s trial over $6,000 payment begins
WHYY Newsworks: Awaiting appeal, Fattah feeling ‘upbeat’ on last day before prison
WHYY Newsworks: Prosecutors, defense clash over whether $6,000 gift from Pa. Sen. Farnese was bribe or ‘good deed’

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Early Neshaminy budget has proposed 2.5 percent tax increase
Bucks County Courier-Times: Area accountable care organizations will try to improve care, reduce costs for Medicare patients through federal program
Bucks County Courier-Times: Protesters rally in Doylestown Borough against Trump EPA chief pick
Delco Daily Times: Clarifi offers informational sessions on Affordable Care Act before Jan. 31 deadline
Delco Daily Times: Middletown OKs study of pipeline’s safety

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Post-election protesters say their work is just beginning
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh federal judge Thomas Hardiman on Trump’s final list to fill Supreme Court vacancy
Post-Gazette: Rivers Casino aims for 4-diamond rating for new hotel, bringing jobs along with it
Post-Gazette: Consol prohibited from mining near Greene County stream
Tribune-Review: Health of hotel industry in Pittsburgh region lags
Tribune-Review: Uber donates $10K, free transportation to Pittsburgh women’s shelter

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Judge declines to scrap values
Altoona Mirror: Reade water board member to resign
Beaver County Times: Casey takes Trump, staff to task for focusing on inauguration numbers
Beaver County Times: Columbia Gas to spend $1.7 million on Beaver Falls pipe replacement
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners: No raises for most nonunion employees ‘until further notice’

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County tax collector pay cut rejected
Times Leader: Luzerne County prison correctional officer suspended without pay amid assault charges
Times Leader: Dallas Township supervisors to discuss municipal building
Times-Tribune: Five lawmakers back leaving partnership
Times-Tribune: Scranton residents oppose city tripling of Local Services Tax hike to $156
Times-Tribune: Scranton firetrucks outfitted with overdose antidote

South Central
Patriot-News: Wolf dismisses Drug & Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis
Patriot-News: Speed-detection cameras could be installed at road construction zones to slow speeders
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania pension reform advocates to Legislature: Don’t forget the debt
Patriot-News: Memorial scheduled for Harrisburg community activist; donations sought for burial expenses
York Dispatch: Central York’s new JROTC program training future leaders
York Dispatch: Mayor: York City welcomes immigrants
Lancaster Online: Hundreds rally outside U.S. Rep. Smucker’s office for #LancasterStandsUp
Lancaster Online: Pennsylvania government continually misses annual budget deadline, so lawmaker proposes 2-year budget

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Sentencings for Allentown City Hall defendants delayed
Morning Call: Trump Cabinet debate brings more than 150 protestors to Toomey’s Allentown office
Morning Call: Emmaus postal worker charged with assaulting co-worker
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s pension debt clock at $74 billion and counting, group says
Reading Eagle: Pottsgrove School District hires new superintendent
Reading Eagle: Loved ones worry about closure of Hamburg Center

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Sinnott plans to stay neutral in Erie mayoral primary
Erie Times-News: Stores try to build oases in Erie food deserts
Sun-Gazette: South Side school budget talks starting
Sun-Gazette: Locals recount lifetime inaugural experiences

Opinion
Daily News: Pennsylvania’s lousy unemployment comp mess
Daily News: Why Trump’s massive Big Lie doesn’t change anything
Patriot-News: Did Sen. Pat Toomey really compare people with pre-existing conditions to burned down buildings?
Post-Gazette: Prisoners of pensions: Corrections Dept. budget shows need for reform
Post-Gazette: Strong performance: The Oscar nominees are a diverse, talented lot
Post-Gazette: So long, TPP: Trump exits partnership for new course on trade
Delco Daily Times: Some sobering numbers on selling off state stores

Blogs
Billy Penn: Centre County DA: I ‘made a Facebook page that is fake to snoop,’ email confirms
Billy Penn: What to expect when the GOP Retreat descends on Center City Philly
Billy Penn: Meet the young, out Republican trying to make the Philly GOP great again
Philly Voice: Kenney says he’s already ‘deeply disappointed’ in Trump
Keystone Crossroads: Post-election, Luzerne County is a hotspot of national media attention

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