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PA-state-flag6-14Wolf invites Ryan to see a drug treatment center, Pennsylvania may have a Supreme Court Justice, and Wolf names a new chair to Crime Commission. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-Gov: Wolf Names Ramsey as New Chair of Crime and Delinquency Commission: The Governor taps the former Philly Police Commissioner for the post.

Touting ACA, Wolf Invites Ryan to Drug Treatment Center: Governor Wolf invited Speaker Ryan to visit an opioid treatment center during the Speaker’s forthcoming visit to Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania Judge Among Two Finalists for SCOTUS Nomination: Pittsburgh-based Judge Thomas Hardiman is reportedly one of two names on President Trump’s list to replace Justice Scalia.

PA-8: Naughton Profiled in Atlantic Magazine: The chemist is preparing to fight the Trump Administration.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Trump administration issues temporary media blackout at EPA, freezes grants
State House Sound Bites: New year, same old pension problems
Capitolwire: Advocates urge lawmakers to begin paying down PA’s $74 billion public pension debt.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Kenney not planning to meet with Trump during Philadelphia visit
Inquirer: Fattah surrenders to begin serving 10-year prison term
Inquirer: GOP retreat opens in Philly with shared goals — but competing messages
Inquirer: Convicted legislator Acosta gets her wish for special election candidate to replace her
Inquirer: Clarke seeks review of city land sales
WHYY Newsworks: Prison closures could be a boon to state finances, but communities are worried

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times:  Lower Southampton, police agree to new contract
Bucks County Courier-Times: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick voices PennEast concerns
Delco Daily Times: Chester adds eight new cops to police force
Norristown Times Herald: Ken Lawrence Jr. sworn in as Montgomery County commissioner

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: State prison in Pittsburgh threatened but positives make it difficult to close
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh immigrants, their advocates react to Trump’s reported refugee plans
Post-Gazette: Morale called ‘tenuous’ at SCI Pittsburgh amid possible shutdown
Post-Gazette: State System wants to give universities permanent pricing flexibility

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-Tribune: Pizza shop owner plans run for mayor
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre city council to consider adding to city’s debt
Times Leader: Luzerne County tax collector pay cut rejected

South Central
Patriot-News: Pa. officials denounce Trump on voter fraud claims
Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Wolf wins cancer fight, gets ‘clean bill of health’
Patriot-News: Ex-Cabinet official says he was fired by Wolf over his opposition to department restructuring plan
Lancaster Online: Gov. Tom Wolf expects more than 4,500 opioid overdose deaths in 2016, up from 3,500
York Daily Record: Wolf picks Jonestown woman for Pa. cabinet post

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: 3 takeaways from Lehigh Valley Chamber’s Economic Outlook event
Morning Call: PA Legislature considers cameras in active work zones
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania officials stand by integrity of election
Reading Eagle: Officials weigh in on 15-year contract for Exeter police

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Federal funds available for Centre County drug court
Erie Times-News: Donjon, like other shipyards, weathers a slower season
Erie Times-News: Erie-area school officials call on Harrisburg to fix education spending
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Burns reintroduces Blue Lives Matter bill
Sun-Gazette: Going national: Girl’s effort to help rape victims gets attention
Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf again to push for severance tax on natural gas industry

Opinion
Daily News: Dear GOP: Don’t retreat from the real America in Philly
Delco Daily Times: Score one for residents in Battle of Mariner East 2
Patriot-News: Closings prisons should only be the first step in reform
Inquirer: Trump’s first days resemble those of a dictator

Blogs
Billy Penn: See how gerrymandered PA’s political districts have gotten
Billy Penn: How Philly’s planning to greet President Trump
Philly Voice: Kenney says he’s already ‘deeply disappointed’ in Trump
Keystone Crossroads: Trump reverses late Obama effort to help first-time home buyers

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