Saturday, January 23, 2021

Saturday PA Capitol & COVID NewsClips 1.23.21

returns to voting session Jan. 25, 26, 27

Senate returns to voting session Jan. 25, 26, 27

Republican Sen. Mastriano Plans Bill To Take Away The Right Of PA Voters To Use Mail-In Voting

Stephen Caruso: Without Apologies, PA Republicans Forge Ahead With Hearings On 2020 Elections

Lawmakers Spar During Hearing On 2020 Elections

House State Govt. Committee Holds Partisan Hearing Demanding Answers In Search Of A Problem

Op-Ed: House State Govt. Committee Seeks To Re-Litigate 2020 Election - Democratic Chair Of House State Govt. Committee

Op-Ed: Unity Needed In Election Reform - Republican Chair Of House State Govt. Committee

AP: Senate Takes Step To Limit Governor’s Authority To Declare Disasters To 21 Days

Op-Ed: Constitutional Amendment Last Line Of Defense Against Executive Overreach - Commonwealth Foundation

Paul Muschick: Newest Assault On Your Voting Rights: PA Republican Judicial Gerrymandering Scheme

Letter: PA Legislators Must Reject Dangerous Bill To Extend Gerrymandering Into Courts

Op-Ed: Handoffs At Auditor General Open Records Show Government At Its Best

PLS Reporter: Independent Fiscal Office Predicts State Will Run Structural Deficits For Next 5 years

PA Casinos Saw Revenue Drop By $759 Million In 2020, State Reports

SpotlightPA: Acting PA Victim Advocate Resigns After Rejections By Republican-Run Senate

AP: Lawsuit Claims NRA’s Rhetoric Spurred Deadly Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Son Of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims Sues NRA

Cap-Star: Philly To Hold Gun Buy-Back Event On Saturday

Editorial: Bar Guns From Government Properties

PA Prosecutors Use Human Trafficking Law To Charge Pimps, But Advocates Say Focus Should Now Turn To ‘Buyers’

Retired Philly Detective Accused In Lawsuit Of Arresting Innocent Man For Murder

Bucks County Judge Faces New Allegations Of ‘Abusive,’ ‘Humiliating’ Comments

Op-Ed: End The Blame Game: Officials Should Embrace, Not Attack, Private Cyber Charter Schools

Dept. Of Labor & Industry: PA December Unemployment Drops 0.1% To 6.7%

AP: Unemployment Rate Stable In PA, As Payrolls Shrink

Biden Inauguration

Editorial: An Anxious Nation Can’t Afford Another Failed Presidency


Philly Mayor Adds U.S. Senate To List Of Higher Officers On His Mind For 2022

As Trump’s U.S. Attorney In Philadelphia Steps Down, What Is His Political Future?

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

Stephen Caruso: Without Apologies, PA Republicans Forge Ahead With Hearings On 2020 Elections

PA Spotlight: Senate Republicans Spent Over $1.04 Million In Taxpayer Money On Lawsuit To Overturn 2020 Election Results

NYT: Unnamed PA Politician Reportedly Part Of Effort By Trump To Install New U.S. Attorney General Sympathetic To His Baseless Claims Of Voter Fraud

Republican Sen. Mastriano Plans Bill To Take Away The Right Of PA Voters To Use Mail-In Voting

Cap-Star: With Extremism Resurgent, Will PA Finally Pass A Tougher Hate Crimes Law?

Reuters: Biden Orders Assessment Of Domestic Extremism Risk

Philly Judge Raises, But Doesn’t Revoke, Bail For VA Men Accused Of Election Interference

VA Men Arrested Near Philly Vote Counting Center Jailed Again For Attending Assault On U.S. Capitol

PennLive: Central PA Teacher Didn’t Violate School Policy By Attending U.S. Capitol Protests

Lawyers Representing Capitol Insurrectionists Building Damning Case Against Trump

Bloomberg: Organizers Of Trump Rally That Led To Assault On U.S. Capitol had Been On Campaign’s Payroll

AP: Trump Impeachment Trial Set To Begin Feb. 8


Dept. Of Health Reports 205 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 5,785 New Cases-- 1.23.21

AP: Democratic Sen. Williams Of Allegheny County, State Police, Prison Guards Slam State Over Vaccine Rollout

Sen. Williams’ Statement On COVID Vaccine Rollout

Wolf: PA Health Secretary Nominee Will Focus On COVID Vaccine Rollout

Spotlight PA: Where To Get COVID Vaccine In PA And Who Can Get It

State Vaccination Rate Lags As Demand For COVID Vaccines Grow

Listed Vaccine providers In PA Don’t Have Vaccine

WITF: PA Lags Behind Some States In Administering COVID Vaccine

Lehigh Valley Sees COVID Vaccine Chaos Amid Huge Demand But Limited Supply

How To Get COVID Vaccine In The Lehigh Valley

Allegheny County Opens COVID Vaccines To Those 65+, All Shots Gone Within 1 Hour

Allegheny Health Network Suspends Vaccine Appointments As Hospitals Struggle With Supply

Monroeville Clinic To Start Vaccinating 65+, Supply ‘Extremely Limited’

Greene, Washington County Hospitals, County Leaders Join Forces To Create COVID Vaccination Clinic Sites

Eligible For COVID Vaccine?  Here’s How To Schedule An Appointment In Centre County

Vaccination Begins For Philly School Nurses, Full Staff May Not Come Until May

Wait For Vaccine Frustrates Teachers, Slowed School Reopening Plans In SE PA

Op-Ed: Vaccine Distribution In PA Should Disappoint Us All

Editorial: Patience Key To Getting Vaccine, Local Plan Essential

Dept. Of Health Reports 193 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 5,338 New Cases-- 1.22.21

New COVID Cases Trend Downward, But Deaths Still High

Sen. Tomlinson (R-Bucks) Tests Positive For COVID [16th Lawmaker]

Gov. Wolf To Nominate Alison Beam [Deputy Chief Of Staff To Gov.] Secretary Of Health, Dr. Wendy Braund As Interim Acting Physician General

PennLive: New Pick For Health Secretary Draws Praise, Hopes For ‘Fresh Perspective’ In Tackling COVID

AP: Wolf Names Replacements For Departing Health Secretary

PennLive: Wolf To Nominate Alison Beam As New Health Secretary

Wolf Announces Nominations For Secretary Of Health, Physician General

PennLive: While Dr. Levine Inspired And Enraged Pennsylvanians, Her Work Caught Biden’s Eye

Editorial: Dr. Levine Takes Federal Post

Editorial: COVID Deaths Exceed 1 Per Day In PA Prisons, Wolf Needs To Use All The Tools He Has

State Police Liquor Enforcement Issues 16 NOVs, 30 Warnings For COVID Violations Jan. 18-21

Allegheny County Health Shuts Down Another Bar for Defying COVID Rules

Editorial: We’ve Had Enough Sorrow, Wear A Mask

Pittsburgh Doctor Wants Pregnant Women Included In COVID Vaccine Trials

Education Advocates Asks Pittsburgh Schools For Transparency In Reopening Plans

Childrens Hospital In Philly Endorses Return To In-Person School In Philly Area

Dept. Of Labor & Industry: PA December Unemployment Drops 0.1% To 6.7%

AP: Unemployment Rate Stable In PA, As Payrolls Shrink

Dept. Of Labor & Industry Issuing Extended Federal Unemployment Benefit Payments

Wolf’s Shutdown Loses Some Sting As Unemployment In Lancaster County Drops

Wilkes-Barre Extends Payment Deadline For Emergency Relief Loans

Pandemic’s Impact On Local Tax Revenue Beings To Become Clearer In Lycoming County

AP: Feds Philly Man Charged In $700,000 Protective Equipment Scheme

U.S. Postal Service Continues To Grapple With Unprecedented Backlog Of Mail Amid COVID Crisis Frustrating Lehigh Valley Residents


AP: Biden Ordering Stopgap Food Aid, Raising Minimum Wage For Federal Employees, Contractors As Talks Start On Big Aid Plan

Hopes For One Dose Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine High, Results Of Trials Expected By End Of January

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