Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Tuesday PA Capitol & COVID NewsClips 1.5.21

swearing in day January 5, Noon; Watch Live 

House swearing in day January 5, Noon; Watch Live 

TODAY 2:00: Michael Huff will discuss COVID testing, case investigations, contact tracing.  Watch Live: pacast.com/live/doh or https://www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentofhealth/  Español:  pacast.com/live/es or facebook.com/PAGACLA/ 

Spotlight PA: Frustrated By The PA Legislature?  How Obscure Rules Kill Reforms And Fuel Partisan Gridlock

Spotlight PA: Election Officials Want A Say In PA’s Voting Reforms, But Politics May Get In The Way

Altoona Mirror: Mail-In Ballot Protections Outlined By Delaware County

Why Isn’t PA Legislature More Productive? Some Say Unfair Rules Hold Lawmakers Back

PA Redistricting Will Be Different In 2021, But Some Say Process Needs Major Overhaul

AP: Republicans To Block Democratic State Senator From Senate Seat, Democrats Say

Sen. Brewster’s Senate Swearing-In Will Be Delayed, Top Republican Senator Says

PA Republicans To Delay Sen. Brewster’s Swearing-In For ‘Time To Digest’ Republican Opponents Election Dispute

21 Uncounted Ballots Discovered Among Westmoreland County Voting Equipment

Jan Murphy: House Republican Leader Looks Ahead To New Legislative Session

House Democrats Appoint Standing Committee Chairs [PaEN]

Jan Murphy: Democratic State Lawmakers Propose 60-Day Moratorium On Evictions, Foreclosures After COVID Disaster Expires

Fmr Republican House Speaker Perzel Wins 3rd And Likely Final Bid To Avoid Paying $1 Million Penalty For Corruption Conviction

Event To Burn Trump 2024 Flag On DGS Website Like All Public Events In Harrisburg

Editorial: Republican Cong. Meuser Should Support The Will Of The Voters, Not Trump’s

Editorial: Sickening Display Of Raw Ambition

Editorial: Pennsylvania Keeps Workers In Poverty

State Lawmaker Who Died Of An Aneurysm Had COVID, But Were They Related?

AP: State Legislatures Could Prove To Be Hothouses For COVID Infection

Editorial: Mourning The Loss Of Rep. Reese

December State Revenue Collections $465.8 Million More Than Anticipated, Up $467.1 Million For Fiscal Year [PaCN]

Impact Of PA Casino Closures Remains To Be Seen, Though Industry Was Surging This Fiscal Year

Bally’s To Open Mini-Casino Near Penn State’s Main Campus

Editorial: Is Turnpike Toll Increase Gap Unfair?

Erie County Community College Launches Search For Home

Why Philly Student Borrowers Want Biden To Cancel Student Debt

Thousands Of PA Children With Autism Set To Lose Access To Treatment In Mid-January

PA Commission On Crime & Delinquency Accepting Applications For Nonprofit Security Grants

Client Advocate Getting Results In Lehigh County Public Defender’s Office

Progress In Society Is Cyclical: Philly LGBTQ Elders Talk Movement’s History, Today’s Parallels

Feds Involved In Pittsburgh Explosion Investigation, Fireworks Suspected

Despite ‘Great Uncertainty’ Pittsburgh Mayor, Allegheny County Executive Look To 2021 For Recovery

Editorial: Anti-Competitive Google


AP: Congressional Seat Census Data Won’t Be Ready Until February

Editorial: Postal Service Problems Need Addressing

AP: Urging Calm, DC Mayor Calls In National Guard For Protests Over Confirming Biden’s Victory

AP: Georgia Election Officials Reject Trump Call To ‘Find’ More Votes

AP: Trump, Allies In Desperate Bid To Undo Biden Win At Congress

NYT: As Georgians Prepare To Vote, Trump Interference Draws Rebuke

Federal Judge Threatens Lawyer Behind Republicans’ Election Lawsuit With ‘Potential Discipline’

AP: Analysis: With Call, Trump Shows No Limit To His Power Grab

Civil Justice

School Police Presence Increased Across Allegheny County Over Five Years


Dept. Of Health Reports 185 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 8,818 New Cases-- 1.5.21

Dept. Of Health Reports 122 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 7,805 New Cases - [2 Days] -- 1.4.21

PA Shows Big Drop In COVID Cases, But Holiday Likely Clouded Numbers

Westmoreland County Reaches 20,000 COVID Case Mark

Lancaster County Had 4 Open ICU Beds On New Year’s Day, COVID Surges Threaten Hospital Systems

State Lawmaker Who Died Of An Aneurysm Had COVID, But Were They Related?

AP: State Legislatures Could Prove To Be Hothouses For COVID Infection

Op-Ed: How To Help Someone Struggling With Guilt Of Transmitting COVID To Others

Ford Turner: More ICU Beds Becoming Available; Speed Of Vaccine Rollout Depends On How Much State Gets

PA To Get More COVID Vaccines This Week, Availability To General Public Still Months Away

WHYY: With Holidays Over, PA Vaccination Effort Expected To Ramp Up

Secretary Of Health Denies PA Trails Other States In Planning Mass Vaccinations

‘It Will Take Months’ Until COVID Vaccine Available For Everyone In PA, Levine Says

Cap-Star: After Slow Start, Health Secretary Hopeful Pace Of COVID Vaccinations Will Increase In 2021

Allegheny County Adds New Vaccine Distribution Location In Monroeville For Priority Populations

Op-Ed: 4 Ways To Improve Philly’s COVID Vaccine Plan

Gov. Wolf Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard Update Dec. 25 - 31

PA Health Officials Monitor For New COVID Strain

Free COVID Testing Returns To Centre County This Month

Pittsburgh-based Wellness Retailer Now Selling At-Home COVID Tests

Dept. Of Health Update On COVID Investigations, Contact Tracing, Monitoring Dec. 20-26

State Police Liquor Enforcement Issues 46 NOVs, 37 Warnings For COVID Violations Dec. 31 - Jan. 3

Allegheny County Health Dept. Cites More Restaurants For Defying State’s Shutdown Order

PA Restaurants Resume Indoor Seating: ‘I’m Excited For Customers To Come Back’

Lehigh Valley Retail Center Kicks Off New Year With New Restaurant Opening

Bucks Restaurants Reopen, But Will They Survive?

As PA Restaurants Resume Indoor Dining, Gyms, Casinos Open, Businesses Look Beyond 2020 Disaster

As Restrictions Life, Reopened PA Businesses Cast A Wary Eye Towards The Future

Impact Of PA Casino Closures Remains To Be Seen, Though Industry Was Surging This Fiscal Year

Op-Ed: Dept. Of Human Services Frontline Works Are Heroes - Secretary Teresa Miller

Jan Murphy: Democratic State Lawmakers Propose 60-Day Moratorium On Evictions, Foreclosures After COVID Disaster Expires

Cap-Star: Democrats Float Eviction Moratorium Plan

John Micek: ‘Stop The Flood’ Faith Leaders, Advocates Tell Lawmakers To Save Thousands Facing Eviction

A New Chester County Eviction Prevention Program Expands Jan. 5

WITF Smart Talk: Homeless Pennsylvanians Suffer As Temperatures Drop

Erie County School District To Reopen Despite Superintendent’s Plea To Delay Return To School

COVID Plagued Schools In 1st Semester, Likely To Continue After Holidays In Western PA

Op-Ed: Student’s Dreams Falter As Pandemic Lingers

Op-Ed: Science Education Couldn’t Be More Important As We Endure The COVID Pandemic

Could More Changes Be In Store For PA’s College Students Returning To School?

Villanova Again Pauses Men’s Basketball After 2 Players Test Positive For COVID

Forced To Cancel Fundraisers, Lehigh Valley Nonprofits Struggle To Meet Demands For Services By Most Vulnerable Citizens

Besides PPP, There’s Another Forgivable Loan Program For Small Businesses Thanks To New Stimulus Bill


NYT: New COVID Variant Detected In NY Amid Growing Crisis Over Vaccine Rollout

AP: UK Prime Minister Orders New COVID Lockdown For England

AP: Germany Set To Extend Hard Lockdown As Daily Deaths Mount

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