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  • Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Wolf calls for marijuana legalization to aid state economy

    10/13/2020 2:50:59 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 56 replies
    Fox Business ^ | October 13 2020 | Brittany De Lea
    Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday called for marijuana use to be legalized, which he said could help shore up the state’s economy. Wolf said on Twitter that he would be renewing calls on the state legislature to legalize adult-use to provide a new revenue stream as the state battles a multibillion-dollar coronavirus-related budget deficit. During a press conference on Tuesday, Wolf acknowledged that so far there has been no movement among Pennsylvania lawmakers to advance corresponding legislation.
  • Wolf eases Pa. crowd limits with sliding scale tied to capacity

    10/07/2020 9:35:04 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 14 replies
    fox29 ^ | 10/06/2020 | FOX 29 Philadelphia
    PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is allowing larger crowds at indoor and outdoor events under guidance that's linked to the maximum capacity of venues. The Democratic governor's new rules, announced Tuesday, will take effect on Friday. They employ a sliding scale that will permit much larger crowds at many events, including school sporting events during the fall season.
  • 80-year-old former Marine dies after confrontation with bar patron not wearing a mask

    10/06/2020 8:20:42 AM PDT · by lightman · 107 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 6 October A.D. 2020 | Janet Krajcsik
    An 80-year-old man, a retired steelworker from Pittsburgh, died after he confronted a bar patron who wouldn’t wear a mask, according to KDKA CBS 2. The District Attorney believes Rocco is the first person to die in the U.S. because of a physical altercation over wearing a mask. The death of Rocco Sapienza is being investigated as a homicide. In a report by WKBW ABC7 in Buffalo, the incident took place at Pamp’s Red Zone Bar and Grill in West Seneca, New York, on Sept. 26. The Erie County District Attorney’s Office in New York says Sapienza got into an...
  • Pa. changes coronavirus gathering limitations; what’s it mean for sports, events, and more?

    10/06/2020 8:13:14 AM PDT · by lightman · 10 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 6 October A,D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine have changed their order related to gathering limitations in the state. Originally, indoor events were restricted to just 25 people, while outdoor events could have up to 250. Now, however, the maximum capacity will be determined based on a venue’s maximum occupancy. It breaks down like this: Maximum Occupancy - Allowable Indoor Rate 0-2,000 people - 20% of Maximum Occupancy 2,001 - 10,000 people - 15% of Maximum Occupancy Over 10,000 people - 10% of Maximum Occupancy up to 3,750 people Maximum Occupancy - Allowable Outdoor Rate 0-2,000 people...
  • PA Governor Wolf And State Rep. Ullman Caught On Hot Mic Saying Masks “Political Theater”

    09/29/2020 7:59:44 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
    AND Maganize ^ | 09 29 2020 | Staff
    According to a tweet from ReopenBucks County PA, State Representative Ullman and Governor Tom Wolf (PA, D) were caught on a hot mic referring to “masks as ‘political theatre’ that they want to get ‘on camera’.” The tweet includes a link to a YouTube video of that instance.
  • Gov. Tom Wolf puts President Trump on blast for Saturday’s Harrisburg airport rally

    09/25/2020 1:13:20 PM PDT · by lightman · 37 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 25 September A.D. 2020 | Charles Thompson
    Gov. Tom Wolf issued a statement Friday calling President Donald J. Trump’s continued scheduling of large campaign rallies in Pennsylvania dangerous, manipulative and wrong, and urged all attendees “to think of the health and safety of their families and their communities before attending... any rally put on by the Trump campaign.” If they do persist in going, Wolf said, their duty to their families and friends includes wearing a mask and maintaining proper social distancing for the duration of the events. Wolf’s comments come as the president is making huge personal investments in trying to hold Pennsylvania and it’s 20...
  • Gov. Wolf Thanks House Democrats for Protecting Pennsylvanians

    09/24/2020 1:24:11 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 26 replies,gov ^ | 09/23/2020 | Press Release
    Today, Governor Tom Wolf thanked House Democrats for upholding COVID-19 mitigation measures that protect the health and safety of Pennsylvanians. The governor released the following statement: “I am thankful to the House Democrats for continuing to stand with me and showing a commitment to working collaboratively to protect the people of Pennsylvania during this ongoing public health crisis. Pennsylvanians should be thankful as well. “Throughout this pandemic, my administration has maintained that school districts should have local control on decisions over school sports and extra-curricular activities and has no intention of changing course on this recommendation. Important mitigation measures such...
  • Federal judge denies Gov. Tom Wolf’s request for stay on pandemic restrictions ruling

    09/22/2020 1:19:52 PM PDT · by lightman · 18 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 22 September A.D. 2020 | Jan Murphy
    A federal judge on Tuesday denied Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration’s request for a stay on a federal court decision that found some of the governor’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to be unconstitutional. The Wolf Administration sought the stay while appealing U.S. Western District Judge William Stickman IV’s order that was issued last week that ruled the governor’s closure of nonessential business, a stay-at-home order and an order to limit gathering sizes were unconstitutional. In denying the stay, Stickman said, “the public interest would be ill served if the court would grant the stay allowing the unconstitutional measures to remain in place.”...
  • Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes high school sports attendance bill, setting up possible override vote in General Assembly

    09/21/2020 3:23:30 PM PDT · by lightman · 10 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 21 September A.D. 2020 | Jan Murphy
    Gov. Tom Wolf, as promised, vetoed a bipartisan-backed bill on Monday that would have given local officials’ authority this year to decide whether to hold K-12 sports and activities and set crowd limits at events. This action shows his determination to urge Pennsylvanians to adhere to his 25-person limit for indoor events and 250 for outdoor contests to control the spread of COVID-19, even though a federal judge has declared those limits along with other pandemic-related restrictions the governor ordered as unconstitutional. The Wolf Administration has requested a stay on that order while appealing U.S. Western District Court Judge William...
  • Gov. Wolf to veto Pennsylvania school sports bill; override attempt expected

    09/21/2020 1:23:10 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 29 replies
    6abc ^ | 09/21/2020 | AP
    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania -- Gov. Tom Wolf will go through with a veto of a bill that would give school districts the sole ability to make decisions on sports, including whether and how many spectators to allow, he said Monday. The Wolf administration's gathering limits of 25 people indoors and 250 people outdoors apply to youth sports, but legislation that cleared the state House and Senate would empower schools to make their own rules about the number of spectators permitted at games. Some families have chafed at the statewide limits, saying attendance could safely be expanded while still allowing for adequate...
  • Liberating Pennsylvania From Lockdown: A judge says Gov. Tom Wolf’s orders violate the U.S. Constitution.

    09/16/2020 5:48:28 AM PDT · by karpov · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Septem | WSJ Editorial Board
    ‘The liberties protected by the Constitution are not fair-weather freedoms—in place when times are good but able to be cast aside in times of trouble.” So federal judge William Stickman IV wrote Monday in an instructive ruling that overturned Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s use of emergency power. The decision comes nearly six months after Mr. Wolf invoked police powers to impose a strict lockdown as his strategy against Covid-19. Mr. Wolf argued the case is moot since he has relaxed his orders, but Judge Stickman noted that Mr. Wolf continues to assert that he can reinstate restrictions, as other governors...
  • Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus mandates ruled unconstitutional: What changes? What happens next?

    09/15/2020 11:53:44 AM PDT · by lightman · 18 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 15 September A.D. 2020 | Chris Mautner
    On Monday a federal judge in western Pennsylvania ruled that parts of Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home and business closure orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic were unconstitutional. The ruling was in a lawsuit filed in March by four western Pennsylvania counties and several Republican state lawmakers that claimed the governor’s orders violated the First Amendment as well as the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. What does it mean for the average Pennsylvanian? Here’s what we know so far. Why did the judge rule the shutdown orders unconstitutional? U.S. District Judge William S. Stickman IV...
  • Federal judge rules Pennsylvania's coronavirus orders are unconstitutional

    09/14/2020 11:55:02 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09 14 2020 | Justine Coleman
    A federal judge ruled on Monday that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) coronavirus orders, which shut down the state, closed businesses and limited gatherings, were unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV, a Trump appointee, said in his opinion that Wolf’s and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine’s COVID-19 orders violated and continue to violate the First Amendment right to freedom of assembly and the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. The efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus “were undertaken with the good intention of addressing a public health emergency,” Stickman wrote. “But even in...
  • 'A return to normalcy might be on the horizon’; Pa. House GOP leaders react to court’s reversal of Wolf’s COVID-19 response orders

    09/14/2020 1:12:06 PM PDT · by lightman · 25 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 14 September A.D. 2020 | Jan Murphy
    House Republican legislative leaders say “a return to normalcy might be on the horizon” after reviewing U.S. Western District Judge William Stickman IV’s ruling that found Gov. Tom Wolf’s restrictions imposed to control the spread of COVID-19 to be unconstitutional. In a ruling issued on Monday, the federal judge ruled Gov. Tom Wolf’s and Health Secretary Rachel Levine’s congregate gathering, stay-at-home and business shutdown orders violated the First and Fourteenth amendments. In their reaction, House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster County, and House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre County, cited an excerpt from the judge’s opinion that highlight that a response...
  • Pa. Democratic lawmakers face difficult vote on high school sports bill that Gov. Wolf plans to veto

    09/11/2020 4:54:38 PM PDT · by lightman · 14 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 11 September A.D. 2020 | Jan Murphy
    A difficult vote may lie ahead for 56 Democratic slate lawmakers who joined their Republican colleagues in supporting a bill that would give local schools the authority to make decisions about holding sports and other activities, including how many spectators can attend. That bill was presented to Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday. He has said he will veto it and can take up to 10 days to do that. Wolf has recommended schools hold off on sports this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic and his administration wants strict limits on the number of spectators. If Wolf follows through with...
  • Wolf ‘can’t conceive’ that Pa. legislature will override his planned veto of high school sports attendance bill

    09/10/2020 12:20:11 PM PDT · by lightman · 19 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 10 September A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf plans to veto a bill that would allow school districts to decide how many fans can attend indoor and outdoor high school sports games and events this fall, and he said Thursday he “can’t conceive” that the legislature would override his decision. Both chambers have passed House Bill 2787. It would allow districts to circumvent the state’s current order that limits gatherings to 250 people outdoors and 25 indoors because of the coronavirus pandemic. Under the bill, schools could set their own limits on the number of fans that can be in the stands as long...
  • Pa. restaurants can soon open to 50% capacity, but must end booze sales early: Wolf

    09/08/2020 10:14:27 AM PDT · by lightman · 24 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 8 September A.D. 2020 | Sue Gleiter
    Restaurants and bars in Pennsylvania are getting some relief. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced today that starting Sept. 21 establishments can increase indoor seating capacity from 25% to 50%. But Wolf also threw in an additional caveat - restaurants with alcohol sales will have to cut off booze sales at 10 p.m. “While our aggressive and appropriate mitigation efforts have kept case counts low, we must continue to take important steps to protect public health and safety as we head into the fall. At the same time, we must also support the retail food services industry that has struggled throughout...
  • Trump rally organizers didn’t get permission to break Pa. outdoor capacity limits, Gov. Wolf’s office says

    09/05/2020 2:53:53 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 37 replies
    WPXI ^ | September 5, 2020 | Melanie Gillespie
    LATROBE, Pa. — A crowd of about 7,000 people gathered at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe Thursday night to watch President Donald Trump’s speech ahead of the November elections. The airport estimated that 5,000 people were on the field and inside the event -- with an extra 2,000 surrounding the airport and 900 of those estimated to be sitting in the hangar when the president spoke. Thousands of people were shuttled in, standing to watch Trump’s 90 minute speech. The majority of those in attendance were not wearing face masks or within six feet of each other, so why...
  • Gov. Wolf is acting like a ‘king’ and his mask mandate is a political statement, couples claim in federal lawsuit

    09/04/2020 9:03:04 AM PDT · by lightman · 16 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 4 September A.D. 2020 | Matt Miller
    Gov. Tom Wolf is acting like a “king” and is trampling their rights under the state constitution, two Pennsylvania couples are claiming in a newly filed federal lawsuit, the latest legal challenge to the governor’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. And they claim the governor’s face mask wearing mandate has become a form of political expression that is being illegally imposed on Pennsylvanians. Chad Parker, Rebecca Kenwick-Parker and Mark and Donna Redman are being supported in their U.S. Middle District Court suit by the Michigan-based American Freedom Law Center. They are asking Chief Judge John E. Jones III to rule...
  • US wildlife officials aim to remove wolf protections in 2020

    09/02/2020 11:29:16 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies
    RFD TV ^ | September 1, 2020 | Andrew Ly
    TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP) — The Trump administration plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of the year, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday. “We’re working hard to have this done by the end of the year and I’d say it’s very imminent,” Aurelia Skipwith told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday. The administration also is pushing ahead with a rollback of protections for migratory birds despite a recent setback in federal court, she said. The Fish and Wildlife Service last year proposed...