Friday, October 30, 2020

Friday PA Capitol & COVID NewsClips 10.30.20


Senate
returns to voting session Nov. 10 or at the Call Of President Pro Tempore

House returns to voting session Nov. 10 or at the Call Of The House Speaker


Gov. Wolf: Hand Deliver Your Mail-In Ballot Today

Dept. Of State Urges Voters To Hand-Deliver Mail-In Ballots Immediately

Gov. Wolf: PA Prepared For Nov. 3 Election

Ford Turner: Gov. Wolf Says State Prepared For Election-Related Civil Unrest; Trump ‘Mistaken’ About Wolf Counting Votes

Op-Ed: Dear Millennial And Gen Z Voters, Your Ballot Matters

Editorial: Voters Are Doing Their Job, Despite Republican Efforts To Interfere In The Process

Wallace McKelvey: Will Your Ballot Arrive In Time?  New Postal Service Data Casts Doubt

Some PA Voters Still Haven’t Received Their Mail-In Ballots Yet, And They’re Getting Nervous

AP-Mark Scolforo: Missing Mail-In Ballots Puzzle Butler County Officials

AP-Marc Levy: Late-Arriving Mail-In Ballots Count In PA, For Now

Jan Murphy: PA Election Officials To Count Late-Arriving Ballots, For Now

Some PA Counties To Delay Counting Mail-In Ballots

Cumberland County Sticks With Plan To Not Touch Mail-In Ballots Until Nov. 4

PA Democrats Enter Homestretch Fearing U.S. Supreme Court Will Throw Out Votes

PA Struggles With How Or If To Help Voters Fix Their Mail-In Ballots

Conservative PA Republicans Continue Court Challenge Against Private Election Grants To Counties, Cities

TNS: PA Pollsters Say They’re Learned Their Lessons After Blowing 2016

Spotlight PA: Erie County Restricts Activities Of Openly Armed Residents Near Polls If They Aren’t Voting

Guns At Polls: Erie County Sets Rules Amid Concerns

Lackawanna County To Remove Most Ballot Drop Boxes At Close Of Business Friday

Some Allegheny County Voters Accidentally Receive Incorrect Polling Place Info

Behind The Scenes: Allegheny County Elections Warehouse

Luzerne County Council Kicks Off Inquiry Into County Elections

Luzerne Election Board Hears Complaints About Slow Ballots, Election Issues

Both Parties Training Poll Watchers For Election Day And Beyond In Luzerne County

Supporters, Revelers, Monitors, Intimidators: On Election Day All Will Be Bound By The Law

Republican Advantage Continues To Shrink In Lancaster County

How PA Nursing Homes Are Protecting Residents’ Votes

Editorial: Make Voting More Convenient

Scranton Catholic Diocese Adds More Priests To List Of Those Credibly Accused Of Child Sexual Assault

Scranton Catholic Diocese Paid $24.2 Million To 213 Survivors Of Child Sexual Assault

Gov. Wolf Signs Bills To Expand Clean Slate, Support Sexual Assault Survivors, Others

Break-Ins At Dozens Of Philly Pharmacies Have Owners, Customers, Shaken

Paul Muschick: How A New PA Law Helps Block More Criminal Record From Public View

Jan Murphy: Faculty Cuts At State Universities Expected To Be Announced Friday

Duquesne U. Suspends Greek Life For Rest Of Fall Semester

Court: HACC Nursing Student Who Uses Medical Marijuana Can’t Avoid Drug Test She’s Sure To Fail

Freshpet Opens $100M Lehigh Valley Expansion, It Needs 125 More Workers

UPS Hiring 840 Seasonal Workers In New Stanton, Pittsburgh

National/International

Quinnipiac PA Poll: Biden 51%, Trump 44%

Eager To Shake Its Rust Belt Designation, Erie A Profile Of Redefinition

Some See Trump As A Protector, Others Have Had Enough, Military Voters In PA Divided

Philly Firefighter Union Stands By Controversial Trump Endorsement As Members Remain Divided

John Baer: Some Final Thoughts On Pennsylvania’s Choice For President

Op-Ed: These PA Voters Spent 8 Weeks Talking To People On The Other Side Of The Aisle, Biggest Surprise: How Well It Went

PennLive.com Endorses Joe Biden

Op-Ed: Trump And Republicans Are Muscling Toward PA Election Heist

New Yorker: In PA, Republicans Might Only Need To Stall To Win

Ivanka Trump Blasts Biden As Empty Vessel During Wayne County Stop

Melania Trump, Trump, Kamala Harris Expected To Visit NE PA

Rendell Says He’ll Consider Moving To New Zealand If Trump Wins

Pittsburgh Artist Creates 7 Foot Replica Of President Trump’s Head

Op-Ed: The Case For Trump: Policies Not Personalities - Fmr Cong. Ritter

Op-Ed: How Trump Has Failed Rural Pennsylvania

Civil Justice

AP: Police Who Shot Wallace Were Improperly Trained, Family Says

Lawyer: Wallace Bodycam Footage Reveals Philly Police Officers Intended To Kill

Philly Police Seek $14 Million For Tasers While Overtime Costs Pile Up

Philly Council Votes To Ban Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets On Protesters

Op-Ed: Stop Stealing!  Protest But Without Destruction.  You’re Hurting Your Own Communities

During A Mental Health Crisis, A Lancaster Family’s Call To 911 Turns Tragic

Stigma, Cost And Lack Of Access Mean Fewer Mental Health Resources For Black Men

Pitt Joins Initiative To Develop More Diversity

Coronavirus

Spotlight PA: Trump Threatened To Withhold COVID Aid To PA As COVID Surges, What You Need To Know

Dept. Of Health Reports 44 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 2,202 New Cases -- 10.29.20 

AP: Health Secretary: Avoid Holiday Gatherings To Slow Spread Of COVID

PA Officials Not Considering Renewed Shutdown But Don’t Celebrate Holidays With Anyone Outside Your Household

Health Secretary Urges Public To Comply With Contact Tracers

Depts. Of State, Health Remind Voters How To Safely Cast Their Ballots On Election Day

How Philly Will Keep Polling Places COVID Safe On Election Day

Dept. Of Human Services Warns Of Potential Scam Involving Pandemic EBT Benefits

Dept. Of Revenue Employees Keep Funds Flowing During Pandemic

Allegheny County School District Will Hold Online Classes For Next 2 Weeks Due To COVID

Student, Coach At Allegheny County H.S. Test Positive For COVID

Moon Area H.S., Middle School Moves To Remote Learning Due To COVID

Lackawanna County School District To Return To Hybrid Schedule Due To COVID

Dauphin County School District’s H.S., Middle School To Close For 3 Days Due To COVID

Philly’s Nov. 30 Back-To-School Plan Threatened By Rising COVID Cases

With Ventilation Questions, COVID Surging, Parents, Teachers Wonder If Philly Schools Will Be Ready To Reopen

State College Police Release Photos, Ask For Help To ID Partygoers Who Broke COVID Ordinance

Washington County Commissioner Tests Positive For COVID

Wilkes-Barre Police, Firefighters Back On The Job After Quarantine

Editorial: Return To In-Person Government Meetings A Positive Step Toward Access

Ford Turner: ‘Major Concern’ PA Food Service, Lodging, Travel Jobs Lost During COVID Aren’t Coming Back

PA Bar Owners To Wolf Administration: ‘Let Us Do Our Jobs’

Restaurant Owners Speak Out Against Gov. Wolf

Allentown Business Owners, City Hall Wants To Know How It Can Help You Pull Thru The Pandemic

National/International

AP: ‘So Frustrating’: Grave Missteps Seen In U.S. COVID Response

AP: On COVID, Trump And Health Advisers Go Their Separate Ways

The Hill: Dr. Fauci Expresses Support For National Mask Mandate

AP: As COVID Surges, Trump Rallies Keep Packing In Thousands

AP: Surge In COVID Threatens To Reverse Global Economic Rebounds

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[Posted: October 30, 2020]

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Thursday PA Capitol & COVID NewsClips 10.29.20


Senate
returns to voting session Nov. 10 or at the Call Of President Pro Tempore

House returns to voting session Nov. 10 or at the Call Of The House Speaker


TODAY Live Event 2:00: Gov. Wolf, Secretary of State provide update on election preparation.  Watch Live::  https://www.governor.pa.gov/live/facebook.com/governorwolf/ 


TODAY 9:00 a.m. WITF Smart Talk: Health Secretary Talks COVID


AP: U.S. Supreme Court Justices Deny Fast, New Look At PA Mail-In Ballot Deadline

John Micek: U.S. Supreme Court Turns Down PA Republicans’ Request To Halt Extended Ballot Deadline, Report

Katie Meyer: Counties Wait For 1.2 Million Mail-In Ballots To Be Returned

Dept. Of State Urges Counties To Start Counting Mail-In Ballots Tuesday, Not Wait Until Friday

Some PA Counties Will Delay Counting Mail-In Votes, Potentially Fueling Challenges

Spotlight PA: Will PA Be At Center Of Another Bush v. Gore? 8 Lawyers, Scholars Weigh In

Charles Thompson: Wolf Slams Trump’s Campaign Trail Assertions About PA Vote Count

Dept. Of State: PA Officials Discuss Election Security With U.S. Attorneys, FBI Agents

Stephen Caruso: Post Office Lost Unknown Number Of Mail-In Ballots In Butler County

Westmoreland: Over 49,000 Mail-In, Absentee Ballots Returned, But Woes Persist

Postal Service Ordered To Increase Late Trips For Election Mail

Spotlight PA: Erie County Restricts Activities Of Openly Armed Residents Near Polls If They Aren’t Voting

Luzerne Election Board Hears Complaints About Slow Ballots, Election Issues

Election Day Less Than A Week Away And Officials Are Scrambling To Finalize Their Plans

Lehigh Valley Election Judge Facing Criminal Ballot Tampering Charges Decides To Resign After All

Editorial: Exercise Your Right To Cast Your Vote

Editorial: Getting Out The Vote Vital

Editorial: Kudos To Election Workers

John Micek: ‘It’s Not A Party That John Heinz Would Recognize’: Tom Nichols Would Like The Soul Of The Republicans Back, Please

PA Gaming Board Levies Fines For Free Slots Play Violations At 2 Casinos

Andrew Maykuth: PA Fines 2 Casinos For Too Much Complementary Slot Play

IUP Restructuring Plan To Close 5 Fine Arts Programs, Reduce Faculty

Court: St. Joseph’s U. Student Wasn’t Victim Of Anti-Male Bias In Proble Of Sex Assault Complaint

Op-Ed: It’s Time To Unlock Higher Education For Pennsylvanians With Records

PA Program Offers Free Breast Cancer Screening In Certain Cases

PA Town Hall On Unemployment Comp, Job Search Set For 1:00 Thursday

Lancaster County Unemployment Falls To Lowest Since Beginning Of Pandemic

National/International

Cong. Lamb’s Race Moves To Solid Dem

Cong Smucker In Generational, Political Scuffle To Retain His Seat

New Yorker: In PA, Republicans Might Only Need To Stall To Win

Franklin & Marshall PA Poll: Biden 50%, Trump 44%

-- 57% have unfavorable opinion of Trump

-- 52% have favorable opinion of Biden

-- 27% say COVID is most important problem facing PA

-- 21% say unemployment of most concern

New Poll Shows Biden Leading Trump In PA

Biden Leads Trump By 6 Points In New F&M Poll

Biden’s Lead Over Trump In PA Hasn’t Budged F&M Poll Says

Trump Narrows Gap In Latest F&M Poll, Biden Now Leading PA By 5 Points

John Micek: F&M Poll: Biden Leads Trump 50-44% In PA

Civiqs/DailyKos PA Poll: Biden 52%, Trump 45%

5 Places That Explain Pennsylvania’s Presidential Race

AP: Philly Shooting Brings Policing, Racism Back Into Campaign

Philly’s Black Immigrants Turn Out To Defeat Trump

Biden Touts Scranton In Video Message From Childhood Home

Op-Ed: I’ve Seen The Best Of Joe Biden Up Close

Kamala Harris’ Husband Pumps Up Lehigh Valley Campaign Volunteers In Allentown

Kamala Harris’ Husband Makes Campaign Stop In State College To Rally Voters

Trump’s Path To PA Win Relies On Republican ‘Firewall’ In Lancaster County, Surrounding Region

Editorial: Trump’s Lancaster Rally Brought Unnecessary COVID Risks

Ivanka Trump In Pittsburgh: U.S. Can Fight Virus While Waiting On Vaccine

Ivanka Trump To Visit Wayne County Thursday

Donald Trump, Jr. Returning To Blair County

Trump To Hold Rallies In Butler, Bucks, Berks Counties

Trump To Hold Rally At WB/Scranton Airport Monday Evening

Latino Voters In PA Are Diverse, Growing In Number And Could Sway The Election

Trump Sees Latino Voters As Rare Bright Spot In PA

Civil Justice

Gov. Wolf Signs Disaster Emergency After Days Of Unrest In Philadelphia

Philadelphia Under Curfew Amid Unrest Following Police Killing

AP: Philadelphia Pledges Better Response After Black Man’s Death

Video Surfaces Showing Philly Police Bashing SUV Windows, Then Beating Driver While Child Was In Backseat During Protests After Walter Wallace Was Shot

Feds Arrest Prominent West Philly Activist, 2 Others In A Case Tied To Torched Police Cars

Coronavirus

Dept. Of Health Reports 44 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 2,202 New Cases -- 10.29.20 

Depts. Of State, Health Remind Voters How To Safely Cast Their Ballots On Election Day

Dept. Of Human Services Warns Of Potential Scam Involving Pandemic EBT Benefits

Dept. Of Health Reports 22 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 2,228 New Cases -- 10.28.20 

COVID Cases Rise In Philly, Doctors Help Care Homes And Addiction Rehabs Navigate Outbreak

Charles Thompson: Health Secretary Cautions Against Even Small Holiday Gatherings

Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe), Family Self-Isolate After Husband Test Positive For COVID

Allegheny County Officials: ‘No Pattern’ In New COVID Cases

Allegheny County Sees No Clear Pattern To Explain Growing COVID Cases

Delaware County Says COVID Upswing Due To Social Gatherings

Op-Ed: COVID Herd Immunity Is Not The Way Forward In Allegheny County

Laura Olson: States Struggle To Draft COVID Vaccine Plans While In The Dark On Details, Funding

Op-Ed: Public Health In Philadelphia Defines This Year’s Ballot

Liquor Control Board Waives $27.7 Million in 2021 Licensing Fees for Businesses Most Impacted by COVID-19

AP: Liquor Control Board Waives Nearly $28 Million In Fees

Ford Turner: LCB Approves Waiver Of Fees For COVID-battered Bars, Restaurants

Ford Turner: COVID Struggles Of Restaurants, Bars Deepen

Dept. Of Agriculture Releases COVID Restaurant Enforcement Actions Oct. 19-25

Yudichick: Program To Aid Nursing Homes With PPE In Luzerne County Successful

AG Shapiro Leads Coalition Fighting Trump Administration’s Attempts To Undermine 

Workplace Protections As COVID Continues To Decimate Economies

Pittsburgh Schools Extend Remote Learning For Most Students Until Jan. 4

Allegheny County School District Closes High School Due To COVID With ‘Significant’ Quarantines

COVID Surge Forces Westmoreland Schools To Decide On In-Person, Fully Remote Learning

2 COVID Cases Prompt Closure Of Lehigh Valley Elementary School

Lycoming County H.S. To Reopen Friday After Cleaning

Shady Side Academy Students Livestream Radio Production Of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ To Accommodate COVID Restrictions

Allegheny County School District Suspends Academic Eligibility Requirement Due To Struggling Students

Plum School District To Seek State COVID Relief In Allegheny County

PIAA Still ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Winter Sports Starting On Time

U.S. Middle District Court Debuts Video Advising Jurors On COVID Safeguards

Third Round Of Federal CARES Money Coming To Struggling Lancaster County Businesses

National/International

Trump Administration Lists Ending COVID Pandemic Among Its Accomplishments

Editorial: Trump’s Lancaster Rally Brought Unnecessary COVID Risks

Ivanka Trump In Pittsburgh: U.S. Can Fight Virus While Waiting On Vaccine

AP: FBI Warns Russian Ransomware Assault Threatens U.S. Health Care System

AP: Biden Vows Not To Make ‘False Promises’ Of Fast Pandemic Fix

AP: Stock Rout Deepens As S&P Drops 2.7%, Dow Falls 770 On Worsening COVID Fears

AP: Europe, U.S. Facing New Round Of Shutdowns Amid COVID Surge

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[Posted: October 29, 2020]