Friday, January 29, 2021

Friday PA Capitol & COVID NewsClips 1.29.21

returns to voting session Feb. 1, 2, 3

Senate returns to voting session Feb. 1, 2, 3

Feb. 2 - Governor’s Video Budget Address

Gov. Wolf Lays Out 2021 Agenda Prioritizing Economic Recovery, Building On Bipartisan Measures, Government Reform

AP: Wolf, Now A Lame Duck, Wants Billions For Workforce Aid

TribLive: Wolf Focuses On Economic Comeback, Bipartisan Progress, Transparency In 2021

PennLive: Higher Minimum Wage, Natural Gas Tax, Allowing Marijuana Sales, Wolf Outlines 2021 Goals

Stephen Caruso: Weed, Ethics, Natural Gas Tax: Wolf’s 2021 Plan For Pennsylvania Explained

Katie Meyer: Wolf Previews Budget With ‘Billions’ In Workforce Aid, Says Philly Vaccine Woes ‘Not my Job’

PLS Reporter: Wolf Revives Natural Gas Severance Tax, This Time For Workforce Development

The Center Square: Wolf Now Offers Natural Gas Severance Tax As Revenue Stream For Workforce Development Programs

House Republican Leader: There Should Be No Other Top Priority Than Getting People Vaccinated

Senate Republican Leader: Wolf Failed To Mention Getting Access To COVID Vaccine As A Priority

PA Chamber: Policies That Increase Cost Of Doing Business In PA Will Slow Economic Recovery

Cap-Star: New 23-Member Bipartisan State Board Kicks Off ‘Nuts And Bolts’ Review Of PA’s Election Laws

Ford Turner: County Election Officials Tell Lawmakers Of Problems With PA’s Aging Voter Registry System [Due To Be Replaced In Next 18 Months]

WBTimes: Luzerne County Election Inquiry Committee Focuses On Dead Voters

CentreDT Letters: Time For Republican Lawmakers To Tell The Truth; Tell Legislators Not To Steal Your Vote

YorkD Editorial: Republican’s Latest Push: Voter Restrictions

House Democratic Leader Appoints Fmr Rep. Frank Dermody To Gaming Control Board

Jan Murphy: Fmr Rep. Frank Dermody’s Soft Landing Places Him In $145,000 Gaming Board Post

ScrantonT Editorial: Emergency Power Belongs With Governor

PennLive: Lt. Gov. Fetterman Sees Marijuana, LGBTQ Flgas Removed From Capitol Office Balcony, Says He’ll Put Them Back Up

ScrantonT: New Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Catholic Diocese Of Scranton

CourierT: Bucks Judge Criticizes Woman Behind Complaints Against Him

Inquirer: Sneak-Peek At New Documentary On Philly DA

PA Public Media: Advocates Highlight How PA’s Outdated School Funding Policy Causes Deep  Inequities

Inquirer: Most Philly Kids Off Track On Reading, School Board Grills Superintendent

Op-Ed: Poverty Plus Poor Schools And Stressed Out Parents Are Fueling Harrisburg’s Record Homicide Rate

PG: Plan In Works To Save Sports Programs At State-Owned Universities Being Merged

Inquirer: Philly Will Consider Establishing Public Bank To Boost Black-Owned Businesses

Inquirer: Philadelphia Urged To Use Vacant Land To Curb Affordable Housing, Food Shortage

PlanPhilly: SEPTA To Explore Regional Rail Fare Restructuring As Agency Faces A Future With Fewer Suburban Commuters

BillyPenn: More People Fell On SEPTA Tracks In 2020 Than In Past 5 Years, Despite Massive Ridership Drop

WilliamsportS Editorial: Opioid Pushers Who Knew Dangers Deserve No Leniency

PG Editorial: Health Privacy Is Priceless

TribLive: ATI Reports $1.12B Loss In Last 3 Months, Advances layoff, Cost-Cutting Plans


Op-Ed: Here’s What Philly Voters Who Elected Biden Want From His First 100 Days

Cap-Star: Toomey Leads Criticism Of Biden’s HUD Pick During Senate Hearing

Civil Justice

Inquirer: Philly Police Commissioner Defends Response To Protests Following Critical Report, She Won’t Resign

WPSU: Lawsuit Alleges State College Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Osaze Osagie Was Unfit For Duty

PennLive: PA Human Relations Commission Ready To Investigate Racism Allegations At Central PA High School

PG Editorial: State Police Resume Collecting Racial Data For Traffic Stops

PA’s Role In The Assault On U.S. Capitol

WITF: Countering The Big Lie: WITF News Coverage Will Connect State & Federal Lawmakers With Their Election Fraud Lies And The Assault On The U.S. Capitol

TribLive: Allegheny County Man Arrested For His Role In Assault On The U.S. Capitol Told Feds He Would Do It Again

PG: Prosecutors: Allegheny County Man Arrested For His Role In Assault On U.S. Capitol Said He Would Do It Again, Indicated He Wanted To Kill Biden, Others

NYT: Why Pennsylvania Republicans Are All-In For Trump More Than Ever

Op-Ed: PA Republican Cong. Mike Kelly Came Closer Than You Think To Stealing The Election For Trump

WLVR: PA Hate Group Activity Has Increased Over Past Few Years

AP: Christianity On Display During Assault On U.S. Capitol Sparks New Debate


Dept. Of Health Reports 159 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 9,643 New Cases-- 1.29.21

Dept. Of Health Reports 198 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 6,036 New Cases-- 1.28.21

TribLive: Allegheny County Reports 135 New COVID Deaths, Points To State Backlog For Large Increase

ScrantonT: Long-Term COVID Case Trends Looking Better For NE PA, State

YorkD: PA National Guard Should Handle Vaccinations, Say Republican Lawmakers

Spotlight PA: Could A Centralized Vaccine Sighup Ease PA’s Rollout Pains?  It’s Complicated

AltoonaM: Clinic Vaccinates Hundreds For COVID

MCall: Wind Creek Event Center In Bethlehem To Serve As COVID Vaccination Site

LancasterOnline: Lancaster County Wants To Start 5,000 Dose A Day Vaccination Site, But Details Sparse

CourierT: Family Doctors In ‘Mad Scramble’ For COVID Vaccine

Inquirer: Is Your Hospital Going To Give COVID Vaccine To Patients?  Look Here

WESA: Prison Guards, Inmates Lack Vaccine Access As COVID Rages At SCI Forest

MCall: Outrage Over COVID Deaths At Lehigh County Jail Vented At Forum

Inquirer: Drexel Nursing Students Helped Discredited Philly Fighting COVID Vaccinate Patients

WBTimes: 90 Luzerne County Residents Volunteer To Provide Elderly Vaccine Transport

PennLive: Don’t Take Pain Relievers Before Receiving COVID Vaccine, Could Interfere With Effectiveness

Paul Muschick: PA’s COVID Vaccination Plan Needs Work, Here’s How To Fix It

John Baer: Hey Harrisburg, Washington, Think Vaccine, Vaccine And Vaccine!

Op-Ed: As Long-Term Care Facilities Remain Ravaged By COVID, Staff, Residents Wait Too Long For Vaccines

PG Editorial: Vaccine Rollout: Not Good Enough

TribLive Editorial: All Hands On Deck For Vaccination Rollout

LancasterOnline: Public Health Dept. Would Help COVID Vaccine Distribution In Lancaster

ErieT: Local Doctor: Erie Not Close To Pandemic’s End

TribLive: Allegheny County Restaurant Owner Tells Judge She Will Never Require Masks

PG: Allegheny County Restaurant Owner Plans To Continue Ignoring COVID Rules

ErieT: Erie Food Bank Feels COVID’s Impact

WHYY: Can. Sen. Nikil Saval Cancel Rent During A Pandemic And Keep Landlords Whole?

ScrantonT Editorial: Follow The Science On Reopening Schools


AP: Republicans In PA, Other States Are Pushing To Curb  Governors’ COVID Powers

AP: Biden Opens Sign-Up Window For Those Without Health Insurance In Time Of COVID

AP: Novavax Vaccine Seems Effective Against COVID Variant In U.K. Study

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[Posted: January 29, 2021]

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