PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg Last Week

Here are the Top 10 Stories From Harrisburg last week–

— AG Shapiro: Sues Senate Republicans Over Plan To Subpoena Voters’ Private Data

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced his Office has filed a lawsuit against Pennsylvania state senators Chris Dush and Jake Corman as well as the Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee for their efforts to subpoena the personal identification information of nine million Pennsylvanians.

— AP: AG Shapiro Sues To Block Republican Election Subpoena

— PA Cap-Star: PA Senate Democrats Ask Court To Push Back Republican Subpoena For Personal Voter Information

— PA Cap-Star: PA County Officials Say Bipartisan Election Reform Bill A Step Toward ‘Badly Needed Relief’

— WITF: False Voter Fraud Claims, COVID, Heavy Workloads Are Contributing To PA’s Poll Worker Shortage

— ErieT Guest Essay: Republicans’ Election Lies Are Tearing Our Commonwealth Apart – Gov. Wolf

— WPost Guest Essay: Pennsylvania Republicans Invade Voters’ Privacy In Service Of The ‘Big Lie’ 

— MCall Guest Essay: How PA Senate Republicans Are Putting Your Personal Information At Risk – Rep. Schweyer

— Inquirer Guest Essay: PA On The Precipice Of A Major Political Showdown Over Voting Rights – Rep. Kenyatta

— TribLive Guest Essay: Creating An Election System For 2021, Not Patching One From 1937 – Rep. Nelson

— Inquirer Editorial: The Big Lie Gets More Dangerous With Every Step It Takes

— The Center Square: Rep. Grove To Introduce Same Election Reform Bill Wolf Vetoed

— MCall/TNS: All Eyes Turn To PA After Arizona’s Republican ‘Audit’ Affirmed Biden’s Presidential Victory  [Audit Finds Bigger Lead For Biden]

— Inquirer: What To Know About PA Republican ‘Forensic Audit’ Of Nov. 2020 Election

— ScrantonT Editorial: Senate Republicans Pass Bill To Limit Access To Publicly Owned Data

— Inquirer: Republican In Chester County Admitted He Voted Illegally In His Son’s Name In 2020 Election

A Chester County man admitted he cast an illegal ballot in his son’s name during the 2020 presidential election, and has been barred from voting again for four years, prosecutors said Monday.

— PG: FBI Pittsburgh Encourages Pennsylvanians To Report Hate Crimes, Launches Awareness Campaign On Social Media

— PA Cap-Star: In Reversal Redistricting Commission Votes To County 3,000 More Prisoners In Their Cells

The commission charged with redrawing Pennsylvania’s 253 legislative districts backtracked Tuesday, agreeing to further limit the number of people reallocated out of prison and to their homes when drawing district boundaries.

— AP: State Appeals Court Judge Candidates Talk Temperament, Not Cases

Eight candidates for four seats on Pennsylvania’s statewide appeals court endured an hour of lightning round questions during an online campaign forum on Monday, but the verdict on their performance will have to wait for voters on Nov. 2.

— PA Cap-Star: Judicial Candidates For PA Appellate Courts Make Their Pitches To Voters

— AP: PA Supreme Court To Hear Argument In Victims’ Rights Amendment Case

— ScrantonT: Hundreds Expected To Testify At Luzerne County Court Kids-For-Cash Damages Hearing

— What Lawmakers In Harrisburg Should Be Working On–

— ErieT: Republicans vs. Wolf: 5 Biggest Fights In Harrisburg As Lawmakers Turn To Challenge Governor

— WITF:  Elections, Emergency Powers, Legislative Voting Districts Mapping Among Items On PA Lawmakers’ Fall To-Do List

— McCall – Paul Muschick: Here’s What PA Lawmakers Should Be Working On, Instead Of Fighting Mask And Vaccine Mandates

— PA Cap-Star: As Harrisburg Republicans Craft Fall Agenda, Their Allies Are Asking For More On Abortion, Guns, Spending Limits

— LancasterOnline: PA Legislators Promised #MeToo Reforms Inside Capitol, So Far, Few Changes Have Become Law

— Spotlight PA: SEC Probes PA School Pension Fund Asking About Compensation And Gifts To Staff

— AP: 4 Teenagers Accused Of Plotting Attack On Lackawanna County School On Columbine Anniversary

— PG: Food Supply Shortages Hit School Districts Across Allegheny County Due To Labor Shortages

— Inquirer: In The Philly Region, A Massive Effort To Help Afghan Families

— PennLive – John Baer: The Legislature’s Back In Session; Get Ready For Some Deja Vu

— Harrisburg Political Potpourri–

— Inquirer: Here Are The Candidates For Governor To Replace Wolf

— WHYY: Shapiro Remains Lone Democrat Among Crowded Field For 2022 Governor’s Race

— AP: Republican Candidate For Governor Lou Barletta Signs Anti-Tax Pledge

— PA Cap-Star: Q&A – Lou Barletta Thinks 2nd Time’s The Charm In Republican Run For Governor

— ScrantonT Editorial: Barletta All-In For Unfair State Taxation

— PG: McSwain Cites His Conservatism, Toughness As Pathway To Republican Nomination For Governor

— Inquirer: Here Are The Candidates To Replace Toomey In U.S. Senate

— Spotlight PA: Democratic Rep. Boyle Stripped Of Committee Leadership, Capitol Access

— Inquirer: Rep. Kevin Boyle (D) Arrested, Charged With Harassment, Violating Protection From Abuse Order

— PA Cap-Star: Philly Democratic Rep. Kevin Boyle Arrested

— PennLive – Jan Murphy: House Republicans Call For Rep. Boyle’s Resignation

— PA Cap-Star: Sen. Mastriano Barred From Attending Private Senate Republican Meetings

— PennLive – Charles Thompson: DePasquale Preparing For Another Run At Republican Cong. Scott Perry, But He’s Not Running Yet

— AP: PA Supreme Court To Hear Argument In Victims’ Rights Amendment Case

— TribLive Guest Essay: Gambling Is Good For PA Economy – Cong. Reschenthaler

— Inquirer Editorial: Wolf’s Opioid Disaster Declaration Is Over, But PA’s Overdose Crisis Is Not

— WHYY: Philly Republican Folk Hero Al Schmidt Is Shaking Up Politics As Usual At Philadelphia Parking Authority

— Inquirer: Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Added Jobs Thanks To Increased Funding For Child Care, New Study Says

— WITF: Central York School Board Lifts Ban On Diversity Resources

— Inquirer: Why PA Moderates And Progressives Are Clashing Over How To Advance Biden’s Agenda

— PA Cap-Star: PA Educators Ask For A Seat At The Table In Response To K-12 Mask Mandate, COVID Mitigation

Even though they’re responsible for enforcing the latest statewide mask mandate in public schools and childcare centers, some Pennsylvania educators say they aren’t sure how to do it.

— PA Cap-Star: House Republicans Punt On School Masks Vote After Returning Early To Address It [so far]

— MCall – Ford Turner: PA Republicans Consider Pushback On School Mask Order: ‘School Boards In A Horrendous Position’

— PA Cap-Star: Allegheny County Ran Out Of Pediatric ICU Beds And Added Tents To Increase COVID Bed Capacity

— PG: COVID Case Rates Steady At High Level As More Infections Recorded; Vaccinations Drop

— AP: School District That Shunned Mask Mandate Reverses Decision

— CitizensV: School-Age COVID Cases Up 41% In Luzerne County

— LancasterOnline: Lancaster County School District Urges Parents Not To Send Sick Kids To School Amid COVID Surge; Warns Of Possible Shutdown

— MCall: Some Lehigh Valley Colleges See Spike In COVID Cases

— WHYY: Philadelphia-Area Universities Ask For COVID Vaccination Or Testing Compliance

— TribLive: More Than 100 Penn State Students Suspended For Bucking Vaccine Or Test COVID Requirement

— PennLive: PA COVID Hospitalizations Rise About 2,600 As Spike Continues

More than 2,600 COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospitals across the state, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  The number of patients in ICU beds has risen by 60 over the past week, which represents a 10% increase.

— PennLive: COVID Cases Remain High In These PA ZIP Codes

— PA Cap-Star: Allegheny County Ran Out Of Pediatric ICU Beds And Added Tents To Increase COVID Bed Capacity

— AltoonaM: UPMC Altoona ER Appears To Be Overwhelmed With Patients With COVID Symptoms

— TribLive: Pittsburgh Pediatrician Hopes ‘A Lot Of Kids’ Get Vaccinated By Halloween

— ReadingE: Reading Hospital Nurse Died From COVID– Her Dying Wish?  Get The Vaccine

— TribLive: PA Health Officials Ready COVID Boosters For 65 And Older Population

— LancasterOnline: Nearly $48 Million In COVID Rental Assistance Remains Available For Lancaster County Renters

— TribLive: Pandemic Caused A Drinking Boom As LCB Reports Record Sales, Profits

Pennsylvanians bought more wine and liquor during the pandemic than ever before, according to financial numbers released Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

— PA Gaming Control Board: Reports August Revenue $408 Million; Down From $423.6 Million In July

The PA Gaming Control Board posted reports today on its website that show that the combined total revenue in August 2021 generated from all forms of gaming regulated by the Board along with fantasy contests was $408,092,073.  In July, revenues totaled over $423 million.

— TribLive Guest Essay: Gambling Is Good For PA Economy – Cong. Reschenthaler

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