PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week–

— Drawing New Voting Districts

— WHYY: PA Lawmakers Prepare For A Month Of Intense Redistricting Negotiations

— TribLive/Inquirer: Wolf Will Use Computer-Drawn Maps And Other Tools To Help Spot PA Gerrymandering

— PA Cap-Star: Advocates Want More Diverse General Assembly; But Making That A Reality Is Complicated

— MCall – Ford Turner: Lehigh Valley Lawmakers Are Deciding Whether To Seek Reelection Aid Redistricting Uncertainty; Here’s Who’s In So Far

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: House Panel Extends Deadline To Dec. 6 For Proposed Congressional Voting District Map Submissions

— ScrantonT: Late Voting District Maps Another Aspect Of Bad State Government

— TribLive Guest Essay: Redistricting Maps Must Be Released Now –  David Thornburgh

— TribLive Guest Essay: How To Make Voting Districts Fair To Voters, Not Parties – Linda & Chris Fowler

— WBTimes Guest Essay: Redistricting Doesn’t Give Us Fair Representation, Single Transferable Voting Does

— Governor’s Race

— ABC27: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Sen. Corman Kicks Off ‘Restore Freedom’ Tour In Bellefonte

— WBTimes: Republican Sen. Corman Brings Gubernatorial Pitch To Luzerne County

— CitizensV: Republican Sen. Corman Brings Gubernatorial Campaign To Luzerne County With Sen. Yudichak By His Side

— TribLive: Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Sen. Corman Lays Out Platform In Pittsburgh Stop

— PG: Republican Candidate For Governor Sen. Corman Visits Hazelwood Green As He Begins Campaign

— Inquirer: Fmr Western PA Republican Member Of Congress Melissa Hart Says She’s Running For Governor

— Nov. 2 Election

— PA Cap-Star: What The 2021 Judicial Races Tell Us About 2022 And Beyond

— MCall: Lehigh County Judge Rules Mail-In Ballots Without Dates Should Be Counted; Votes Could Affect Close County Court Race

— WHYY: Berks County Reports 35 Late Bilingual Ballots, Most Due To Late Post Office Delivery

— YorkD: Central York School Board Race Heads To 2nd Recount Amid Lawsuit Threat

— WBTimes: Luzerne County Manager Elaborates On Decision To Hire Election Consultant To Help Run Nov. Election

— Election Reform/2020 Election Fallout

— PA Cap-Star: Senate Republicans Release Redacted Contract For Election ‘Investigation’ With Firm That Has No Direct Experience Reviewing Elections

— ScrantonT Editorial: Senate Republicans – Don’t Redact Anything From Election ‘Audit’ Contract

— PennLive Guest Essay: [Republican] PA Legislature’s Election Reform Targets People Of Color – POWER Interfaith Group

— York Dispatch Editorial: Senate Republicans ‘Audit’ Choice – Good Money After Bad Idea

— Spotlight PA: PA Latinos Work To Turn Huge Population Gains Into Political Muscle, But Still Face Barriers

— ReadingE: Berks County Officials Say Distrust In Elections Is Damaging The Process

— Inquirer: Republican Philly Election Official Who Defended The Integrity Of 2020 Election To Take Over Good-Govt. Watchdog Group The Committee Of Seventy

— Inquirer: PA Woman Charged In Assault On U.S. Capitol Said She Was Willing To Die For The Cause

— Inquirer: King Of Prussia Man Charged With Beating U.S. Capitol Officer With Metal Flagpole In Jan. 6 Assault

— MCall: Jim Thorpe Man Sentenced To Probation For Taking Selfies During Assault On U.S. Capitol

— TribLive: Beaver County Man Gets 1 Month In Jail In Charges Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

— MCall: Judge Orders Release Of PA Man’s Cellphone Videos From Jan. 6 Assault On U.S. Capitol

— MCall: Berks County Man Facing Charges From Assault On U.S. Capitol Wants Jury Trial

— CitizensV: Luzerne County Woman Pleads Guilty To Charges Resulting From Assault On U.S. Capitol

— PG: Downtown Pittsburgh Rioter Gets 1 Year In Federal Prison For Hurling Concrete At City Cops

— PG Editorial: U.S. Senate Ethics Panel Must Assess Republican Senators’ Role In Assault On U.S. Capitol

— AP: Federal Court Hears Debate Over Accused Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter’s Words

— MCall/AP: Asian American Woman Beaten On Philly Train Shortly After Anti-Violence Rally

— WHYY: Hundreds March In Philly After 4 Asian American Teens Attacked On SEPTA

— PA Cap-Star Guest Essay: Pennsylvania Is One Of 49 States With Citizen’s Arrest, Pro-Lynching Laws

— PennLive: Millersville U. Responds To White Nationalist Stickers Going Up Around Campus In Lancaster County

— MCall: Vandals Write Satanic Imagery On Lancaster County Church

— WHYY: Political, Religious Groups Join Together In Philly To ‘Shine A Light’ On Antisemitism

— Inquirer: Philly Commerce Dept. Staffers Say Director Made Anti-Semitic Comments, Verbally Abused Them

— Big New York City Party!

— Inquirer: Fmr Western PA Republican Member Of Congress Melissa Hart Says She’s Running For Governor

— The Pennsylvania Society Honors Dr. Ala Stanford Of Philadelphia, Founder Of Black Doctors COVID Consortium

— CourierT: The Pennsylvania Society To Honor Dr. Ala Stanford Of Philadelphia, Founder Of Black Doctors COVID Consortium

— Spotlight PA: Vaunted Pennsylvania Society Weekend In NYC Loses Luster Among Politicos

— Inquirer: Slimmed-Down PA Society Weekend Kicks Off In NYC

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: The PA Society Dinner Returns To NYC, But With Far Less Hoopla

— PG Editorial: Pennsylvania’s Schmooze Fest In New York City

— Harrisburg Political Potpourri

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: PA Lawmakers’ Salaries To Rise Automatically By Nearly $5,000

— ScrantonT Editorial: Need To Shrink General Assembly Grows By 5.6% [Cost Of Living Raise]

— PennLive Guest Essay: Our Country Requires Good Leaders But Also Good Citizens – Mark Singel

— AP: Rich? Want To Be A U.S. Senator?  Welcome To Pennsylvania!

— WITF: Oz Faces Residency Questions In U.S. Senate Race, But The Law Appears To Be On His Side

— TribLive Column: Who Gets To Run For U.S. Senate?  Almost Anyone Whether They Live In PA Or Not

— PennLive – Charles Thompson: PA’s U.S. Senate Race Keeps Getting More Interesting

— The Hill: Republicans Grapple With Chaotic U.S. Senate Primary In PA

— PA Cap-Star: Fmr PA Republican Cong. Keith Rothfus May Join U.S. Senate Race

— AP: Republican Celebrity Surgeon Dr. Oz Running For U.S. Senate In PA

— Inquirer: Dr. Oz Has Peddled ‘Fat Burners’ And Other Pseudoscience, Now He’s Running For U.S. Senate In PA

— TribLive – Deb Erdley: Dr. Oz Calls Keystone State Home As He Ponders U.S. Senate Bid

— AP: TV Stations Pull Dr. Oz Talk Show Now That He’s Running For U.S. Senate In PA

— PG Editorial: Dr. Oz’s U.S. Senate Candidacy Could Be Bad News For PA Republicans

— PA Cap-Star: Republican Hopefuls Dr. Oz, White Using Pre-Checked Boxes For Extra Campaign Cash

Republican Cong. Reschenthaler Endorses Dr. Oz For U.S. Senate

— MCall – Paul Muschick: Dr. Oz For U.S. Senate? PA Doesn’t Need Carpetbaggers Like Him

— WESA: Medical Experts Say Oz’s Medical Expertise Can Be Double-Edge, Especially Amid Pandemic

— WHYY: Rep. [And U.S. Senate Candidate] Kenyatta Calls For State Of Emergency On Gun Violence In Philadelphia

— CourierT: Conservative Caroline Avery Announces Challenge To Republican Cong. Fitzpatrick [Active Supporter Of Ex-President]

— CourierT: America First Party Candidate Bradley Lanning Announces Challenge To Republican Cong. Fitzpatrick

— PennLive: Ex-Rep. Davidson Pleads Guilty To Filing False Expense Reports

— MCall/AP: As New Jersey’s Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Window Closes, Victims Have A Long Road Ahead To Seek Justice [Includes PA Victims]

— Inquirer: ‘Troubled’ Mennonite Boys Were Trafficked, Forced Into Physical Labor And Abused At PA Farm, Lawsuit Says

— York Dispatch: How Do We Fix York County’s Child Welfare Crisis? ‘A Sinking Ship’

— PennLive – Charles Thompson: Can We Better Respond To Domestic Violence? ‘I Am Fearful Every Moment Of The Day For Children’ In PA

— YorkDR: Recent Bullying In Hanover Area Schools Has Parents Voicing Concerns

— Inquirer: Drug Overdose Deaths In Philadelphia Could Set Another Record In 2021

— MCall: AG Shapiro: Opioid Settlement Funds Can Help Deal With Drug Treatment Staffing Shortages

— PennLive Guest Essay: We Can Solve The Opioid Crisis That COVID Made Worse

— WESA: What Would Happen To Abortion Access In PA If Roe v. Wade Was Overturned?

— WHYY: PA Could Become Destination For Abortions If Roe Is Overturned

— PennLive: Implicit Racial Bias Is Another Barrier To Quality Health Care

— Inquirer: Rebuilding Philly: As College Campuses Return To Normal, Will Administrators Heed The Lessons Of COVID?

— MCall: Millersville U., Lehigh Carbon Community College Partner To Create A Path Through Higher Education For Students with Intellectual Disabilities

— PG: Will PA State Universities Offer Fewer Majors As They Merge?

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: Faculty Retirements At State Universities Double Typical Year

— TribLive: Cyberattack Forces Closure Of Butler County Community College Monday, Tuesday

— TribLive: Butler County Community College To Resume Class After Ransomware Attack

— TribLive Editorial: Butler County Community College Teaches Lesson With Ransomware Shutdown

— ErieT: Janet Rapp Marched For Equal Rights Amendment, Worked 30 Years At GE Transportation

— PA Cap-Star: Bucks County Students Push To Make Hershey’s Kiss PA’s State Candy

— CitizensV: Petitions To Decriminalize Pot In Wilkes-Barre Circulating

— Dept. Of Revenue Reports November State Revenues $217.9 Million Over Estimates; $1 Billion Above Estimates For Fiscal Year

Pennsylvania collected $6.6 billion in General Fund revenue in November, which was $217.9 million, or 3.4 percent, more than anticipated, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell reported today. Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $18.7 billion, which is $1.0 billion, or 5.7 percent, above estimate.

November collections include $3.841 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act – State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund dollars transferred to the General Fund. These funds, accounted for under non-tax revenue, were appropriated as revenue replacement dollars in Act 1-A of 2021.

— Independent Fiscal Office Reports November Revenues $284.2 Million Above Its Estimates; $1.2 Billion Over Estimates For Fiscal Year

— PennLive – John Baer: PA’s History Of Phony Budgets Brings Us Infrastructure Woes, Bridge-Tolling Plan

— EPA Awards PA $240.4 Million In Bipartisan Infrastructure Funding For Water Infrastructure That Prioritizes Underserved Communities

— TribLive: PA Wine & Liquor Sales Set Another Record

— MCall – Ford Turner: Alcohol Sales Spike In PA After Shutdown Eased, 2 Lehigh Valley Counties Are Among Top 3 In State
— MCall – Ford Turner: PA Alcohol Sales Boom: See Which Counties Had The Biggest Increases

— MCall: How Northampton, Lehigh Counties Helping Small Businesses With Their Pandemic ‘Rescue Plans’

— ReadingE: Berks County IU Show Lawmakers How They Spent COVID Relief Funds

— Liquor Control Board: Releases FY 2020-21 Annual Report

— PA Cap-Star: Report – PA Ranks 39th For Condition, Cost-Effectiveness Of Its Highways

— MCall – Paul Muschick: Why I Support A Plan To Restore Toll Takers On The PA Turnpike

— MCall – Paul Muschick: ‘The Most Expensive Road In The World” PA Turnpike

— WBTimes: New Gambling-Funded Program Pays For Major Luzerne County Infrastructure Needs

— State School Funding Trial

— Inquirer: Fmr Top PA Education Official Testifies School Funding Is A ‘Root Cause’ Of Achievement Gaps

— WHYY: As PA School Funding Trial Resumes, Here’s A Cheat Sheet On What’s Happened So Far

— WESA: Witnesses Testify In PA School Funding Lawsuit, Decision Still Weeks Away

— LancasterOnline: Lancaster School Officials Likely To Testify In Education Funding Trial Next Week

— Gov. Wolf Vetoes Legislation To Allow Concealed Carry Of Guns Without Permits

“This?legislation, which eliminates the requirement for individuals to obtain a license before carrying a concealed firearm,?will only exacerbate gun violence and jeopardize the safety of all Pennsylvanians.”

— PennLive Guest Essay: Don’t Fear A Law Not Requiring Permits Or Background Checks To Conceal Carry Handguns, It Gets More Guns In The Hands Of People Quickly – Sen. Kim Ward, Senate Republican Leader  

— Inquirer: Rutgers Study Finds New Gun Owners Have Less Control Over Their Emotions And Impulses 

— AP: Wolf Adds To Mounting Veto Tally, Kills Permitless Gun Bill

— PA Cap-Star: Legislators React To Wolf Veto Of Bill To Allow Concealed Carry Of Guns Without Permits

— TribLive: Wolf Draws Fire, Praise For Veto Of Bill To Allow Gun Use Without Permits

— Gov. Wolf Announces $15.7 Million In Gun And Group Violence Intervention And Prevention Grants

— Gov. Wolf: Highlights Grassroots Efforts To Combat Gun Violence Amid Republican Efforts To Pass Bills Endangering Communities

— WHYY: Rep. [And U.S. Senate Candidate] Kenyatta Calls For State Of Emergency On Gun Violence In Philadelphia

— Inquirer: Temple’s Campus On Edge After A Student Was Shot To Death

— AP: 14-Year-Old Teen Shot 18 Times While Waiting For Bus In Philadelphia

— YorkDR Guest Essay: PA Gun Debate Obscures The Fraught Racial History Of 2nd Amendment – Rep. Bullock (D-Philadelphia)

— Inquirer Editorial: Are Any Of Philly’s Anti-Violence Tactics Working?  Without Better Tracking We’ll Never Know

— PennLive: 14-Year-Old Kills Friend In Accidental Shooting In Harrisburg

— PG: Allegheny County Grapples With Another Year Of Triple-Digit Homicides

— TribLive Editorial: Most Important Part Of Gun Ownership Is Responsibility

— MCall/TMS: Boy, 12, Charged With Threats To Shoot Up Lancaster County School

— TribLive: West Mifflin H.S. Switches To Remote Learning After Threat, The 4th Western PA District To Receive Threats This Week   [AP: Student Kills 3, Injures 8 In Michigan School Shooting]

— TribLive: Threats Of Violence Prompt Modified Lockdown Friday At Pittsburgh Public Schools; The 6th School District This Week In Western PA  [4th Student Dies In Aftermath Of Michigan H.S. Shooting]

— TribLive: Schools Across Western PA Try To Keep Students Safe In Face Of Increased Threats

— WBTimes: Wilkes-Barre Area School District Closes Schools, Goes Virtual After Late-Night Threat

— TribLive Editorial: Violent School Threats Spread Like Epidemic

— ScrantonT Editorial: Thoughts, Prayers Aren’t Enough As School Shootings Continue

— Inquirer: Relatives, Activists Hold Meeting About Shooting Of Fanta Bility, 8, Outside Delaware County Football Game In August

— WHYY: Man Exonerated After 30 Years In Prison Sues City Of Philadelphia

— PennLive: PA Logs Highest 1-Day Total Of New COVID Cases In Months

— PennLive: PA Warning System Shows Another Rise In COVID Infection Rate

— PennLive: COVID Cases In PA Rise To Surge Levels Not Seen In Months

–MCall: Dept. Of Health Reports Over 10,000 New COVID Cases Friday For First Time Since Jan. 9; 3,985 Hospitalized

— AP: PA Supreme Court Rules School Mask Mandate Remains For Now

— ScrantonT: More Than 1,500 School-Age Children In Lackawanna County Test Positive For COVID Since August

— LancasterOnline: LG Health, WellSpan Pause Elective Surgeries Among Rising COVID Hospitalizations

— YorkD: WellSpace Health Delays Nonemergency Procedures Amid Spiking COVID Cases

— PennLive: Some Central PA Hospitals Surpassing Pace Of Worst COVID Surge

— ErieT: COVID Admissions Near All-Time High At 2 Erie Hospitals

— CentreDT: Under COVID Strain, Mount Nittany Med Center Diverts Emergency Patients

— Inquirer: COVID Making Amputations More Common, 2 Philly-Area Survivors Tell Their Stories

— TribLive: Western PA COVID Hospitalizations Hit Highest Point In More Than 10 Months

— WESA: Another Wave Of COVID Sweeping Thru Allegheny County, But This Time It’s Different

— TribLive: COVID Outbreak Hits Westmoreland Jail As Caseload Surges Throughout County

— YorkD: COVID Outbreak Sends York County Prison Into Lockdown

— CentreDT: COVID Cases, Deaths Escalating As Centre County Heads Into Winter

— CentreDT: Mount Nittany Health Warns Of More ‘Extraordinary Measures’ Due To COVID

— CentreDT: State College Borough Poised To Extend Masking Ordinance

— CentreDT: With Cases Rising, Penn State Announces COVID Mask Policy Will Continue

— TribLive: Bus Driver Shortage Prompts Announcement By Plum School District Busing Is No Longer Guaranteed

— CitizensV: At-Home COVID Tests In Short Supply In Luzerne County

— PennLive: If Vaccine Works So Well, Why Is COVID Surging Again In PA?

— AP: CDC Says Ages 18 And Up Should Get Booster Shot

— PG: CDC Is Fixing Its PA Vaccine Data After Reports Of Inaccuracy

— York Dispatch: Omicron Variant Raises COVID Alarm As Vaccination Rate Declines

— PG: Interest In Booster Vaccine Shots Spike As COVID Cases Keep Rising, Omicron Spreads

— TribLive: Allegheny Health Network Moves Ahead With Vaccination Requirement; UPMC, Excela Await Court Ruling

— WESA: Without Federal Mandate, Most SW PA Hospitals Back Off COVID Vaccine Requirement

— PennLive: Geisinger Health Seeks Dismissal Of Unvaccinated Employees’ Lawsuit Over Required COVID Testing

— PG: Allegheny County Says Some Workers Were Fired For Lack Of Vaccinations

— TribLive: 90% Of Allegheny County Employees Comply With Vaccine Mandate

— TribLive: Fired Allegheny County Employee Highlights Tension Over Vaccine Exemption Requests

— TribLive: Westmoreland Nursing Home Vaccine Mandate On Hold As Nearly A Third Of Staff Remains Unprotected

— WilliamsportS Editorial: Mandates Should Be Decided By Employers, Not Employees Or White House

— PG: UPMC: Antibody Injections Offer New Path For COVID Treatments

— YorkDR: Wife Of York County Man On ‘Death’s Doorstep’ From COVID Sues UPMC To Use Ivermectin

— House Republican Leader Rep. Kerry Benninghoff: Diagnosed With Breakthrough Case Of COVID

— House Republican Rep. Mark Gillen Tests Positive For COVID

— New COVID Variant

— AP: Philadelphia Health Officials Report The First Confirmed Omicron COVID Case Reported In PA

— AP: Wolf Says Urging Vaccine Shots Is His Containment Strategy For New Omicron Variant

— PG: New Omicron Variant Underscores Need For Vaccination, Pitt Expert Says

— WHYY: Philly Health Officials Urge Residents To Take Precautions Against New Omicron Variant

— PG: With Omicron Looming, PA, Allegheny County Continue To Fight Against COVID, Delta Variant

— WHYY: How Philly Area Scientists Are Looking Out For The Omicron Variant

— MCall – Paul Muschick: Don’t Fear Omicron Variant, But Be Very Afraid Of More Government Restrictions

— NPR: Dr. Fauci: 1st U.S. Case Of COVID Omicron Variant Identified [California]

— WPost: Omicron Variant Now In North America As First Cases Found In Canada

— AP: Nations Close Borders, But More Omicron Cases Emerge Globally

— Reuters: Omicron COVID Variant Poses Very High Global Risk, World Must Prepare – WHO

— NPR: Biden’s New Winter COVID Plan Will Reimburse You For At-Home Tests

— Financial Times: Moderna Chief Predicts Existing Vaccines Will Struggle With Omicron

New MCall/Muhlenberg College Poll Reports

     — 20% report contracting COVID

     — 41% say they are extremely or very concerned about COVID pandemic, down from 57%

     — 33% said stress related to pandemic has had an impact on their mental health

     — 60% support public schools requiring students to wear masks

     — 26% always wear masks at indoor public spaces, 23% most of the time

     — 74% report receiving at least one COVID vaccine shot – 88% of Democrats, 71% of Independents, 62% Republicans

     — 76% will get a booster shot

     — 59% agree unvaccinated individuals put others at risk

     — 50% believe employers should not mandate vaccinations

     — 44% disapprove of the way Gov. Wolf handling COVID outbreak, 35% approve

     — 45% disapprove of the way President Biden is handling outbreak, down from 55%; 40% approve

— MCall: New Poll Shows Pennsylvanians Still Divided Over Mandatory Vaccinations, School Masking

— WITF Smart Talk Monday 9:00 a.m.: New Poll Finds PA Supports Mask Mandates In School, Split On Vaccine Mandates

— PA Economy

— Gov. Wolf: More Than 15,000 Small Businesses & Hospitality Businesses Received Over $480 Million In COVID Relief Funding

— PennLive Guest Essay: Lawmakers Should Commit To An Equitable Recovery By Investing In Small Businesses

— WilliamsportS: Wolf Works To Push Up Worker Pay, Minimum Wage

— PA Cap-Star: Junior Achievement Of Western PA Teaches Career Skills To Fayette County Students

— ErieT: Erie Has A Child Care ‘Crisis’; But Help Could Be On The Way

— TribLive: Bus Driver Shortage Prompts Announcement By Plum School District Busing Is No Longer Guaranteed

— WESA: Pittsburgh Bars Employers From Discriminating Against Domestic Violence Victims

— WITF: At A Key Philadelphia Port Complex, Long-Term Problems And Short-Term Staffing Issues Are Colliding

— MCall – Ford Turner: Glass, Bottle Shortage Making It Harder To Get Alcohol, PA Restaurant Owner Says At House Hearing

— MCall: PA Auto Show In Harrisburg Canceled Due To Manufacturing Shortages

— PG: Grim Outlook For Gravestone Manufacturers Amid Supply Chain Squeeze

— PennLive: Many Weis Markets Employees To Get Appreciation Bonus

— LancasterOnline: Lancaster County To Offer Sign-On Incentive For New Caseworker Hires, Bonuses For SEIU Staff

— WESA: As Pandemic Continues, Job Growth In Pittsburgh Area Continues To Stall

— Triblive: Pittsburgh Region’s Jobless Rate Falls To 5.9%; Labor Force Shrinks

— ErieT: Erie Unemployment In October Held At 6.3%

— PennLive: 11 Largest Private Companies In PA, According To Forbes

— WHYY: Wawa Ranks As PA’s Largest Privately-Owned Company

— WHYY: Municipal Bank Could Be A First For Philadelphia And The Country

— Inquirer Guest Essay: Philly Is 44% Black, Yet Black Companies Get Less Than 12% Of City Contracts

— PA Cap-Star: Fmr Sen. Rob Wonderling To Step Down As Head Of Philly Chamber

— Inquirer: Rob Wonderling Quits Philly Chamber With Political Tensions High

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