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  • Pennsylvania to Pay Mail-In Ballot Postage for November General Election

    08/02/2020 12:00:21 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 01 2020 | KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will foot the postage bill for mail-in-ballots in November’s general election, officials announced Friday. The state government plans to use money from the federal emergency coronavirus aid bill to cover the cost of postage, which could total several million dollars to cover 55 cents per ballot, NBC 10 Philadelphia reported. Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf’s top elections official, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, said paying for postage makes voting more accessible, safer, and easier during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Pa. will provide postage-paid envelopes for mail-in and absentee ballots for November election

    07/31/2020 1:49:36 PM PDT · by lightman · 101 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 31 July A.D. 2020 | Deb Kiner
    The Pennsylvania Department of State announced today that it will provide postage-paid envelopes for mail-in and absentee ballots for the general election in November. “Our goal is to make voting as accessible, safe, and easy for eligible voters as possible,” said Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar in a news release. “Mail-in or absentee voting with prepaid postage means Pennsylvanians can vote from the comfort of their own home, without having to make a trip to the post office to buy a stamp, during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Eligible voters can apply for mail-in or absentee ballots online or in person...
  • Sen. Mastriano blasts clergy in Facebook video, deletes it

    07/31/2020 10:07:47 AM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies
    York Dispatch ^ | 30 July A.D. 2020 | Logan Hullinger
    State Sen. Doug Mastriano attacked local faith leaders Wednesday night in a since-deleted Facebook Live video after more than 40 signed a letter rebuking his attacks on COVID-19 safety measures, particularly his rejection of mask wearing. The Franklin County Republican, who also represents a portion of southwest York County, accused the religious leaders of being corrupted by leftist ideologies and "denying" the power of Christ. The comments came the same day the group — largely composed of reverends, deacons and vicars — signed onto the letter that appeared as a full-page advertisement in The Gettysburg Times. In the video, Mastriano...
  • ‘You won’t be safe,’ Pence warns during ‘cops for Trump’ stop in western Pa.

    07/30/2020 6:08:55 PM PDT · by lightman · 4 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 30 July A.D. 2020 | Marc Levy
    Vowing to bring "peace and security to cities across America," Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday carried the Trump campaign's message of law and order to exurban Pennsylvania, a battleground state where Pence warned of a descent into chaos in big cities should presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden be elected. At a "cops for Trump" rally outside in Greensburg, Pence warned of rising violence in cities, castigated Democrats' calls to defund police and framed November's election as being about safety and security. The theme is emerging as a key Trump campaign message that plays on the violence that has cropped...
  • New poll shows Trump struggling in Pa., with many planning to vote ‘against’ him

    07/30/2020 6:04:13 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 58 replies
    Penn Live ^ | 7/30/2020 | Penn Live
    President Donald Trump trails Democrat Joe Biden in Pennsylvania 41% to 50%, according to a new poll. The poll by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College also found that only 38% of respondents believe Trump is doing an excellent or good job — the same as in January. But the poll also found only 24% of Pennsylvania respondents believe the United States is “headed in the right direction,” down from 38% in January. “I’m not going to make an argument Trump can’t win, but he obviously has his work cut out for him,” F&M political scientist...
  • Postponed gun rights rally at Pa. Capitol now rescheduled for September

    07/29/2020 12:41:20 PM PDT · by lightman · 7 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 29 July A.D. 2020 | Jan Murphy
    The annual Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms at the Pennsylvania Capitol that had been postponed in June has been rescheduled for Sept. 29. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler County, announced on Wednesday that the rally will begin that day at 11 a.m. on the front steps of the Capitol and carry the theme, “Stand Your Ground Against Socialism.” In announcing the new date for the rally that in the past has drawn a few thousand attendees, Metcalfe said the theme grows out of what he calls “Gov. Tom Wolf’s tyrannical abuse of emergency powers” during the...
  • How long will it be before residents of Pa. nursing homes can have visitors again?

    07/28/2020 3:26:24 PM PDT · by lightman · 35 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 28 July A.D. 2020 | David Wenner
    Every skilled nursing home in Pennsylvania has met the July 24 deadline for testing all residents and employees for COVID-19, the state said Tuesday. Completing that round of tests is a key part of the plan for allowing in-person visits to nursing homes — something that hasn’t happened in Pennsylvania since early March, and which experts say has grave medical consequences of its own. If a facility has zero infections among residents and staff, it can move into the first stage of a three-stage plan for resuming visits. It takes one or more additional two-week periods of no infections before...
  • Multiple Philadelphia Police Cars Set On Fire Across City Overnight

    07/27/2020 12:04:39 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 25 replies
    CBS News(Philly) ^ | 07/27/2020 | Howard Monroe
    Multiple Philadelphia police cars were set on fire across the city overnight. Now investigators are trying to figure out who set fires to at least four patrol vehicles. The first incident was reported around 1:40 a.m. Monday at 11th and Vine Streets in Chinatown, which is right outside of the 6th District Police Headquarters. By mid-morning police were taping off the area and called it a crime scene.
  • Pa. school director threatens to 'shoot' anyone who approaches her without a mask

    05/22/2020 4:56:43 AM PDT · by kevcol · 68 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2020 | Jessica Chasmar
    A Pennsylvania school director resigned Wednesday amid backlash over a Facebook post that said she would “shoot” anyone who came within 6 feet of her without a face mask on. Selinsgrove school director Jennifer Rager-Kay, a physician who last year unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat for Rep. Fred Keller’s state House seat, came under fire Monday after she posted a rant against anti-lockdown protesters that gathered last week in Harrisburg. “I find it interesting that the largest group of those protesting in the anti-lockdown protest and refusing to wear masks in public as they see it as a violation of...
  • Philly DA warns federal officers could be arrested if they storm Pennsylvania protests

    07/24/2020 1:15:12 PM PDT · by familyop · 106 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2020 | Vandana Rambaran
    The district attorney in Philadelphia is warning federal officers that they could face arrest if they bring their tactics of "abuse of power" to his city. District Attorney Larry Krasner accused President Trump of "acting like an authoritarian dictator," he said on an appearance on MSNBC's "The ReidOut" Thursday and cautioned him not to send federal agents to his city.
  • With VoteSafe Initiative, Both Parties Push PA Mail-In Ballots

    07/24/2020 8:51:25 AM PDT · by oldbill · 71 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 23, 2020 | Salena Zito
    But these are no longer traditional times, so elected officials on both sides of the aisle have joined together in a statewide campaign called VoteSafe Pennsylvania to advocate for mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential election.
  • Giant steps up efforts to remind shoppers to wear face coverings

    07/23/2020 3:12:52 PM PDT · by lightman · 42 replies
    Pen ^ | 23 July A.D. 2020 | Sue Gleiter
    Giant grocery stores are once again reminding shoppers to wear masks. Starting this week, employees are positioned at store entrances reminding customers of Pennsylvania’s order to wear face coverings while inside stores, said Ashley Flower, spokeswoman. In addition, Giant will offer complimentary masks by request if customers don’t have one or have forgotten, she said. “We care deeply for all of our customers and are committed to creating a respectful and compassionate environment,” Flower said. “In that spirit, we will not prevent someone from entering our store if they cannot wear a mask for medical reasons.” Employees also are reminding...
  • Rally to end coronavirur restrictions set for today

    07/22/2020 7:39:50 AM PDT · by lightman · 13 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 22 July A.D. 2020 | Steve Marroni
    A rally calling for an end to Pennsylvania’s coronavirus restrictions is set for 11 a.m. today at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. Organizers of the “Pennsylvania Assemble for Freedom” event say they are gathering “to call out the governor, and to demand to be set free from any, and all restrictions, and to return freedom of choice to ‘We the People.‘” According to organizers, speakers will address the crowd starting at noon. They include lawmakers like state Sen. Doug Mastriano, state Rep. Russ Diamond, as well as business owners and representatives of organizations like ReOpen PA. “We will be peaceful,...
  • Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf explains why bars, restaurants are focus of targeted coronavirus mitigation efforts

    07/21/2020 1:56:23 PM PDT · by lightman · 54 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 21 July A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that the state has evidence indicating a recent rise in the number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases in Pa. can, at least in part, be traced back to places people are drinking alcohol. It’s part of the reason why Wolf, in conjunction with Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, ordered all bars that cannot serve a meal to close while also mandating that alcohol can only be consumed on a business’ premise if it is sold within a meal transaction. A meal is defined by the state’s Liquor Control Board as food that is prepared...
  • New COVID wave hits Pa., but Wolf and Levine OK with hospitals urging non-COVID patients to seek care

    07/16/2020 10:16:14 AM PDT · by lightman · 19 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 16 July A.D. 2020 | David Wenner
    The emergency room is still running at about 80% percent of normal and hospital beds are similarly underused at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. At times during the past few months, those levels have been far lower at Penn State Health and virtually all other hospitals in Pennsylvania. Health systems say the lack of patients devastated them financially and caused major medical consequences for people who delayed care. It resulted from two things: The statewide ban on non-urgent surgeries and treatments that was intended to free up beds for COVID-19 patients; and people avoiding hospitals and medical...
  • Metcalfe Calls on Wolf to Resign or Face Impeachment

    07/18/2020 9:43:58 AM PDT · by lightman · 27 replies
    repmetcalfe.com ^ | 16 July A.D. 2020 | Rep. Daryl Metcalfe
    HARRISBURG – Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) sent the following open letter today offering Gov. Tom Wolf the opportunity to resign or face impeachment and potential removal from office: “With each passing day the General Assembly and those we represent are gaining further momentum in pursuing your impeachment through House Resolution 915. Following the shame and struggles you have placed upon the state, we ask that you save us further strife by resigning on your own accord. Your further authoritarian dictates, as of yesterday, have only strengthened our resolve. “On behalf of our shared constituents, shuttered businesses, and the families who...
  • Pa. names counties to watch for coronavirus cases, including some in central Pa.

    07/17/2020 4:44:33 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 17 July A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    As coronavirus cases have been climbing in Pennsylvania, some counties are drawing attention from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration. The Wolf administration is monitoring counties that are seeing a higher percentage of positive cases over the past week. In a news release Friday, the administration focused on several counties where more than 5 percent of those being tested are positive, a benchmark that health professionals have cited as a sign of trouble. Overall, the statewide positivity rate is 4.4 percent. But several counties have topped 5 percent, including some in central Pennsylvania. Southwestern Pennsylvania, which has seen an uptick of cases,...
  • Cemtral Pa/ restaurant owners to petition Gov. Wolf's latest COVID-19 restrictions

    07/17/2020 1:07:12 PM PDT · by lightman · 43 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 17 July A.D. 2020 | Sue Gleiter
    Frustrated by Gov. Tom. Wolf’s latest COVID-19 restrictions on the food service industry, restaurant owners in central Pennsylvania are armed for a fight. Representatives from dozens of establishments gathered earlier today at Bonefish Grille in Lower Allen Township to express their dissatisfaction with the governor and his recent mandates. In the coming days, they plan to spread word about a petition demanding change. “How can one person have this much power? How can one person go across our constitution, stomp on it and never look back? And there’s nothing we can do? He has too much power,” said organizer Matt...
  • Poll: Majority Pennsylvania Voters Believe ‘Secret Trump Voters’ in Their Communities

    07/15/2020 6:54:27 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Jul 2020 | Hannah Bleau
    The majority of Pennsylvania voters believe that there are “secret Trump voters” within their communities, a Monmouth University Poll released Wednesday found. The latest Monmouth University Poll showed Joe Biden, the Democrat Party’s presumptive nominee, leading President Trump by double-digits in the critical battleground state, 53 percent to 40 percent among registered Pennsylvania voters. While three percent indicated that they will cast their vote for another candidate, four percent indicated that they remain undecided. Biden also appears to have an edge among independent voters, leading Tump 54 percent to 33 percent. However, the majority of voters in the Keystone State...
  • Wolf willing to 'pull the plug' on school reopening if new COVID surge can't be stopped

    07/15/2020 5:16:01 PM PDT · by lightman · 37 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 15 July A.D. 2020 | David Wenner
    Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday he’s willing to “pull the plug” on school reopening if a new surge of COVID-19 infections continues to grow. Yet it might be irrelevant, he said, because fear of catching the disease would likely keep teachers and students away anyway. Wolf and others cited that potential as a major factor in the decision to impose the new restrictions on restaurants, bars and indoor gatherings announced Wednesday. With only about six weeks remaining before the start of school, it’s critical to bring the surge under control now, they stressed. “If we do not get community disease...