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pa-state-flag6Make sure to check out our comprehensive review of the 2016 presidential results in the Keystone State. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Analysis: A Complete Breakdown of PA’s Presidential Results (Maps): We break the election down to voting districts and examine why Trump beat Clinton.

Statewide
PLS Reporter: Senate committee chairs see substantial reshuffling in new legislative session
PLS Reporter: What will the new General Assembly look like?
PLS Reporter: Philadelphia, Allentown urge President Obama to enhance immigrant protections before he leaves office
StateImpactPA: Friends and foes of Constitution Pipeline await appeals court ruling

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Two more announce they are running against DA Seth Williams
Inquirer: Philly’s 35-year-old accounting software is somehow still kicking
Inquirer: Pa. faces ‘a difficult budget year’
Inquirer: Historic population loss could weaken Pennsylvania’s political clout
Inquirer: 1950: Did a Phillies fan rob a Yankees pitcher during a World Series game?
WHYY Newsworks: Fattah continues to look towards appeals as way to avoid January prison date
WHYY Newsworks: Rendell to Kenney: Lighten up!
WHYY Newsworks: Fight brewing in Philly controller’s race

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Fallen soldier banners mistakenly removed from grounds outside former Bucks courthouse
Delco Daily Times: Delco sheriff’s office warns residents of scam calls
Delco Daily Times: CHA’s ‘less is more’ boss gets contract extension

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Western Pa. court vacancies loom as presidential transition nears
Post-Gazette: Uncertainty over the future of Obamacare may drive insurers away
Post-Gazette: Unregulated recovery homes criticized over living conditions
Post-Gazette: First GOP challenger to Wolf emerges
Tribune-Review: Allegheny County to consider e-cigarette ban in public places
Tribune-Review: Pennsylvania Turnpike toll leaps into new year

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Corso rises to vice president of operations at UPMC Altoona
Altoona Mirror: Wolf prepares for next session
Altoona Mirror: Weaver showed desire for police work
Beaver County Times: Hunger among college students: Food pantries expand on Pittsburgh campuses

NEPA
Times Leader: Casey, constituents praise Obamacare, warn about consequences of repeal
Times Leader: Luzerne County elected tax collector compensation up for discussion
Times Leader: Group working to bring Veterans Memorial Wall to Swoyersville this summer
Times-Tribune: Lawmakers start new session in Harrisburg

South Central
Patriot-News: PA expected to lose one or two seats after next census report
Patriot-News: Fallen trooper Landon Weaver followed standard procedure in PFA response, state police say
Carlisle Sentinel: Medicare strengthens its policy for clients with hip fractures and heart attacks
Carlisle Sentinel: Sunoco wins in court over property for its natural gas line
Lancaster Online: PA think tanks look for new ways to improve the $1.7 billion dollar budget deficit.

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Former businessman Ernie Schlegel runs for Reading City Council
Reading Eagle: Questions on which Republicans will run against Wolf in 2018 linger
Morning Call: Three years since Wolf’s execution block, death penalty sentences in PA remain unresolved
WFMZ: Texas Federal Judge Reed O’Connor halts transgender protections under Obamacare

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: House Republicans vote to keep independent ethics office in place
Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County  Judge Dudley N. Anderson set to retire this year
Erie Times-News: House GOP votes to eliminate ethics office
Erie Times-News: Sonny Perdue expected to be Trump’s Agriculture secretary

Opinion
Patriot-News: A New Year’s resolution – Trump’s critics should insist on accountability
Post-Gazette: A shrinking Keystone: Population loss means diminished political clout
Post-Gazette: Step away from the job: Many workers don’t take time off, but they should
Post-Gazette: Ebola breakthrough: International collaboration yields a vaccine
Inquirer: Trump is wrong to shrug off Russia’s cyberattacks
Daily News: Democrats, stop blaming Putin and look in the mirror

Blogs
Billy Penn: Mummers Parade: 13 photos from Philly’s 2017 celebration
Keystone Crossroads: A year later, two Delco communities on steadier financial footing
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup Jan 2: What would it take to adequately fund PA’s Basic Education Funding Formula?

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