Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Tuesday PA Capitol & COVID NewsClips 2.23.21

returns to voting session Feb. 23, 24

Senate Budget Hearings Start March 8

House returns to voting session March 15, 16, 17

House Budget Hearings Schedule

ErieT: U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Cong. Kelly, PA Republican Appeal To Throw Out Entire PA Mail-In Voting System 

ErieT: Republican Cong. Kelly Calls U.S. Supreme Court Refusal To Hear Appeal ‘Astounding’

PG: U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Cong. Kelly, PA Republican Petition Challenging Constitutionality Of PA’s Mail-In Voting Law

Charles Thompson: U.S. Supreme Court Is Not Taking Up 3 PA Republican Challenging PA Election Results, Process 

Inquirer: U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Hear One Of PA Republican Challenges To Mail-In Ballots, Can Now Count 10,000 Mail Ballots 

AP: U.S. Supreme Court Formally Rejects Republican Challenges To PA Elections

NYT: U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Hear PA Election Case On Mail-In Ballots

Tony Norman: Voters To PA Republicans - Stop Trying To Steal Our Votes!

PG Editorial: Work To Reform Vote-By-Mail

LancasterOnline Editorial: Letter From County Voting Officials Is Part Of Mail-In Voting

AP: PA Republican State Committee To Discuss ‘Issues’ Surrounding Trump Impeachment Trial Wednesday

Inquirer: Republican Donor With History Of Racist Language Gives $500,000 To Group Opposing Democratic Philly DA 

YorkD Editorial: Putting A [Charlie] Dent In The Republican Party?

Politics PA: Rep. Flynn Announces Bid For Sen. Blake’s Seat In Lackawanna

Spotlight PA: Sues To Unseal Court Records In Embezzlement Case Of Fmr Rep. Leslie Acosta (D-Philadelphia)

WESA: Delayed Census Data May Mean Setbacks In Redrawing Legislative, Congressional Voting Districts

Senate/House State Govt. Committees: Hold Joint Hearing Feb. 24 On U.S. Census, Redrawing Districts

PG: Truckers To Fight PennDOT Plan To Charge Bridge Tolls

ScrantonT: New Bridge Tolls Coming To NE PA As PennDOT Seeks Money For Upgrades

AP: Defrocked PA Catholic Priest On Trial In East Timor On Sexual Abuse Charges Involving Orphan Girls

ErieT: Spike In Erie’s 2020 Gun Crimes Continues In 2021

TribLive: 4 Arrested, 19 Guns Seized After Western PA Gun Show

Op-Ed: Philly Failing To Protect Domestic Violence Victims

MCall: Wolf Discusses Proposal To Pay For Workforce Development With Natural Gas Severance Tax

WHYY: Wolf Promotes Natural Gas Tax To Pay For Workforce Development Programs

ScrantonT: Lackawanna Group Wll Discreetly Mail Naloxone To Combat Opioid Overdoses

Inquirer: Tower Health Replaces CEO After Sustaining Big Losses In Philly, Suburban Hospitals

TODAY: WITF Smart Talk 9:00 a.m.: The Rise Of Telehealth To Meet COVID Challenges

TribLive: Western PA Colleges Receive Military Friendly Designation

WBTimes: U. Of Scranton Nabs $1.5 Million Grant for Engineering Program

MCall: Black-Owned Lehigh Valley Distiller Looks To Grow In PA, Beyond

PG: Pittsburgh Receives Favorable Credit Rating Despite Pandemic Economic Pressure

LancasterOnline: Lancaster City To Part Ways With Municipal Broadband Building MAW Communications

PG: Wabtec Believes Full Automation For Railroads Is Within Reach


PG: Casey, Cong. Lamb Press For $15 Minimum Wage In COVID Bill As Democrats Face Unity Test

Civil Justice

PennLive: Amid Policing Backlash, PA State Police Struggle To Evolve: ‘This Is A Crisis’

PennLive: Milton Hershey School Students Playing Key Role To Improve State Policing Across PA

PennLive: PA State Police Program To Improve Minority Relations Results In Better Policing Of Police Protests

Governor’s Advisory Commission: Statement On Racial Violence Against Asian Pacific Americans

LancasterOnline Editorial: Online Hate Crimes At Penn State Must Be Stamped Out

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

USA Today: Why Does PA Have The Most Arrests (23) Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol?  Democrats Point To Republican Lawmakers’ Rhetoric

PennLive: Police Chief Supervising Lebanon County Police Officer Arrested For His Role In Assault On U.S. Capitol Suspended Pending Investigation

ErieT: Clip Of Washington County PA Republican Condemning Toomey’s Vote To Convict Trump For Inciting Assault On U.S. Capitol Goes Viral

Letter: Republican Party Has Lost Its Way - Lancaster County

Op-Ed: Republican Flirtation With Extremism Began More Than Half A Century Ago - Lebanon Valley Professor

Op-Ed: This Is How Fascism Begins

LancasterOnline Editorial: Online Hate Crimes At Penn State Must Be Stamped Out


Dept. Of Health Reports 97 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 2,830 New Cases-- 2.23.21

Dept. Of Health Reports 44 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 3,427 New Cases [2 Days]-- 2.22.21

TribLive: Allegheny County Posts Lowest New COVID Numbers Since November

TribLive: Westmoreland County Adds Fewest New COVID Cases Since October

WESA: State’s New Mandate To Push Out COVID Vaccine Might Be ‘Really, Really, Really Hard To Hit’ 

PG: PA Health Dept. Concerns About Bill To Create Central COVID Vaccination Registry

PennLive: PA’s Weekly Supply Of COVID Vaccine Grows By 40,000

Inquirer: Philly Teachers Get First COVID Shots, But Grief For Nearly 45,000 Dead In PA, NJ

Ford Turner: Senate Committee Advances Bill To Allow National Guard To Plan Vaccine Centers

MCall: Lack Of Supply Forces Allentown To Postpone 2nd Shot COVID Vaccinations

TribLive: Westmoreland County Commissioners Put COVID Vaccine Appointment Registry On Hold

PennLive: New UPMC Website Allows People To Register For COVID Vaccine Appointments

TribLive: Westmoreland Pharmacist ‘Absolutely’ Wants To Play Bigger Role In Doling Out COVID Vaccine

CitizensV: Volunteer Drivers Needed To Take Seniors To Get Vaccinated In Luzerne County

Op-Ed: Nursing Homes Still Deserve Better, A Year Into The Pandemic

Gov. Wolf: COVID Early Warning Dashboard Update For Feb. 12-18

PennLive: 40 PA Counties Have Substantial Spread, Positive Test Rate Drops For 10th Week

MCall: Where Is The Flu?  PA Cases Plummet During COVID Pandemic

ScrantonT Editorial: Vaccinate Prison Staffs

ErieT Editorial: COVID Lays Bare Our Treatment Of Prison Inmates

State Police: Liquor Enforcement Issued 28 NOVs, 18 Warnings For COVID Violations Feb. 19-21

PG/Capitalwire: DCED Secretary Gets An Earful About COVID Business Closures During PA Budget Hearing

NYT: State Lawmakers Defy Governors In COVID Battle For Power [Includes PA]

PG Editorial: Plan For The Next Pandemic

PennLive: Should PA Schools Be Forced to Give Assessment Tests In A Pandemic?  Educators Want Feds To Waive Mandate

Inquirer: Chester, Delaware County Consider Relaxing Distance Guidelines to Teach More Kids In Schools

WHYY: Why Are Negotiations Over Reopening Philadelphia Schools Dragging On So Long?

Inquirer: Philly Teachers Get First COVID Shots, But Grief For Nearly 45,000 Dead In PA, NJ

PG: Pittsburgh School District Releases Details On Timetable, Order For Students To Return To Classrooms

MCall: Bethlehem Considering Return To In-Person Instruction In April

Inquirer: Pandemic Life May Have Lasting Effects On Babies, But It’s Taking An Even Greater Toll On Their Parents

TribLive: Indiana U. Of PA Plans For Full Campus Reopening In August

MCall: Wolf Discusses Proposal To Pay For Workforce Development With Natural Gas Severance Tax

WHYY: Wolf Promotes Natural Gas Tax To Pay For Workforce Development Programs

MCall: See How Much Your County Will Get Under State’s COVID Business Relief Program

ErieT: COVID Battered Tourism In Erie In 2020

PennLive: Loss Of Online Raffles, Pandemic Creating ‘Terrible Struggle’ For Financially Strapped Fire Companies

PennDOT: Extends Expiration Dates On CDL Licenses, Commercial Learner’s Permits


AP: U.S. COVID Deaths Surpass 500,000, Confirming Virus’s Tragic Reach

Post: Maryland To Launch Centralized Vaccine Registration System For Mass Clinics

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