Thursday, June 3, 2021

Thursday PA Capitol & COVID NewsClips 6.3.21

Senate returns to voting session June 7, 8, 9

House returns to voting session June 7, 8, 9

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Spotlight PA: Five Takeaways From A Year-Long Investigation Into Lawmaker Spending - Transparency In Name Only 

Spotlight PA: Bipartisan Bill Would Force Lawmakers To Post Online How They Spend Millions In Tax Dollars

John Baer: Let’s Make June PA Legislature Appreciation Month 

YorkDR: Here Are 2 Election Changes Bipartisan PA County Commissioners Want Legislature To Make

PLS Reporter: County Commissioners Push For Pre-Canvassing, Mail-In Deadline Changes As Republicans Consider Election Overhaul

WilliamsportS: Bipartisan County Commissioners Around State Want Election Reforms

New Castle News: Rep. Grove ‘I Didn’t Have 10 Hearings To Only Do 2 Things’ We’re Going To Have Comprehensive Election Reform Legislation 

Paul Muschick: Mail-In Voting Easy As Boiling Water, Yet PA Voters Still Make Mistakes, Threatening The System

CitizensV Editorial: Voting Rights - Expand Don’t Restrict

TribLive: Westmoreland Primary Results Receive Preliminary Certification

Stephen Caruso: PA Revenues Up $3 Billion At Start Of Budget Sprint

PG Editorial: Horse Racing Industry Needs Improvement

PA Cap-Star: ‘Flag Police’ Acting At Republican’s Urging Took Down Pride Month Flags, Fetterman Tells Donors

PG: Hearings On State University School Mergers Double To 8

Ford Turner: As PA Restaurants Struggle To Find Help, Lawmakers Want Unemployment Recipients To Prove They Are Looking For Work Immediately

Column: Without Enough Child Care, Workers Can’t Get Back To Work

PG Editorial: Those Collecting Unemployment Benefits Should Be Looking For Jobs

AP: Fmr Nursing Home Manager Pleas To Endangering 3 Residents In Suburban Philadelphia

Jan Murphy: PA Prisons Suspend Requirement For Inmates To Pay For Health Care

PA Cap-Star: Philly Council Unveils Anti-Violence Plan Aimed At City Youth

WHYY: Residents React To Philly Weekly’s Gun Violence Contest

WHYY: Delaware County Announces Appointees To Juvenile Detention Oversight Board

PennLive: Central PA Students Plan Protest Against Sexual Violence At PA Capitol

CourierT: New Crime Victim Specialist Unit Seeing Success In Central Bucks

TribLive: Ross Park Mall Beefing Up Security With Cameras, K9 Unit After Gunfire

Guest Essay: Why PA Needs A ‘Red Flag’ Gun Law: 72 Hours Could Save Your Life

WHYY: Federal Court Vacates Montgomery County Woman’s Conviction In Friend’s Overdose Death

AP: Florida Inmate Says He Killed 6 In PA In 1970s

PA Cap-Star: 11 Generic Versions Of An HIV Drug Rushed To Market, And List Prices Went Up, Why?

MCall/AP: Lehigh Valley Employer Amazon Won’t Test Job Seekers For Marijuana

PennLive: Central PA’s Largest Private Company Hiring 130 People

Inquirer: Philly Shipyard Brings In New Generation Of Apprentices

Biden Infrastructure Plan

MCall: U.S. Labor Secretary Visits Lehigh Valley, Pushes Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Civil Justice

TribLive: Allegheny County DA’s Ethics Questioned Over Email About Black Attorney

TribLive: Allegheny County Judge Halts Plea Deals Amid Questions Surrounding DA Zappala

WESA: Allegheny County DA Faces Outrage After Report He Lashed Out At Lawyer Who Called His Office ‘Systemically Racist’

Inquirer: Yellow Whistles Providing Safety, Security For Asian Americans Facing Hatred

TribLive: Purchase Of Police SWAT Bots Questions By Pittsburgh Council

TribLive: State Police Provide Glimpse Into Use-Of-Force Training With Demonstration For Community Members

WBTimes: Complaint Filed With State Human Relations Commission Over Racist Comment At Wilkes-Barre Golf Course

PA's Role In Assault On U.S. Capitol

USA Today: Feds: Bucks County Man Charged In Assault On U.S. Capitol Has Long History Of Violent Crimes Against Women, Should Stay In Jail

WSJ: PA Republicans Call For Election Audit Similar To Arizona’s [Senators Mastriano, Dush]

AP: As Part Of Continuing Efforts To Discredit 2020 Election, Arizona Republican Election Audit Draws PA Republican Lawmakers Calling For Audits In PA [Updated]

PA Cap-Star: Republican Sen. Mastriano, Lawmakers Visit Arizona Election Audit 

WPost: Observers Of Arizona’s Republican-Led Election Audit Document Security Breaches, Prohibited Items On Counting Floor 

Yahoo News: Controversial Audit Of Arizona Ballots Continues Amid New Allegations Of Incompetence

AP: Inside Arizona’s Election Audit, Republican Fraud Fantasies Live On

Guest Essay: Arizona Republicans Are Rejecting The Reality Of Trump’s Defeat On Nov. 3 - Mark Singel

Guest Essay: I Watched The Republican’s Arizona Election Audit, It Was Worse Than You Think

AP: Charges After Assault On U.S. Capitol Roil Far-Right Groups


Dept. Of Health: Reports 36 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 656 New Cases; 54.6% Fully Vaccinated (Age 18+) --6.3.21

Dept. Of Health: Reports 45 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 580 New Cases; 54.4% Fully Vaccinated (Age 18+) --6.2.21 

TribLive: COVID Cases, Hospitalizations Continue To Drop In PA, Allegheny, Westmoreland Counties

MCall: Lehigh County Sees No Additional Cases For First Time Since September

PennLive: Most PA Hospitals Hold Back On Requiring COVID Vaccinations For Employees, At Least For Now

Triblive: Barbers Split Over Helping Biden Promote COVID Vaccines In Western PA

WilliamsportS Editorial: Hope In A Needle Restoring Freedom Slowly But Surely

WHYY: Philly Lifts Most COVID Restrictions

PG: Changes Prompted By COVID Are New Normal At Somerset Prison

CentreDT: COVID Death Reporting Caused Confusion Throughout PA Coroners Say

CourierT: Why Do PA Coroners Not Always Notify Family Of A Death?

TribLive: Allegheny County Officials See Brighter Light At End Of COVID Tunnel

TribLive: Pittsburgh Region Adds 15,200 Jobs In April, But 80,000 Short Of Pre-Pandemic Level

Ford Turner: As PA Restaurants Struggle To Find Help, Lawmakers Want unemployment Recipients To Prove They Are Looking For Work Immediately

Column: Without Enough Child Care, Workers Can’t Get Back To Work

ScrantonT: Lackawanna Commissioners Add $141,000 To Hospital COVID Grant Program

TribLive: UPMC Reports $6 Billion In 2021 Revenue As Hospital Volumes Rebound From COVID Shutdown

ErieT: Erie Region’s Big Hospitals Thrive, Smaller Ones Struggle

PennLive: Profits For PA Hospitals Plunged During First COVID Wave

PG: New Home, Condo Sales In Pittsburgh increased 25% During Pandemic

Federal COVID Relief

DCED: Urges Counties, Cities, Local Govts. To Request Their American Rescue Plan Funding Allocations 

WHYY: Proposed Cut To Philly’s Parking Tax Could Have Strings Attached

Other States/National/International 

The Hill: Federal Appeals Court Rejects Bid By Landlords To Resume Evictions

AP: Vaccine Protection May Diminish Need For Yearly Boosters

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