Pennsylvania Perspective for Thursday, October 6, 2022
October 6, 2022
October 6, 2022
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On Thursday, Governor Tom Wolf paid a visit to CANPACK — the Scranton area’s largest manufacturing plant since Proctor & Gamble — in celebration of the 194,000 jobs created and retained by his Governor’s Action Team (GAT). See more on Governor Wolf’s website.
On Tuesday, the Lycoming County Board of Elections voted 2-1 to hand-count ballots from the 2020 presidential election. According to official results, Republican candidates — Donald Trump for president and Heather Heidelbaugh for attorney general — won the country handily. WVIA has more.
State House Democrats are allegedly planning to introduce legislation to protect nurses who provide reproductive health services and patients from out of state who seek abortions in Pennsylvania. Currently, both chambers of the General Assembly are controlled by the Republican majority. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has more.
With this summer’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the issue of abortion rights has been passed back down to the states, thus raising the stakes for many pro-choice Democratic state House candidates. WESA has more.
On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Democratic Policy Committee and Legislative Black Caucus held a hearing on environmental justice, during which activists and subject matter experts expressed frustration at perceived inaction. The Pennsylvania Capital-Star has more.
Regardless of who emerges victorious from this year’s gubernatorial election, Pennsylvanians should expect to see drastic changes to the direction of the state’s energy policy — specifically as it pertains to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). While Republican State Senator Doug Mastriano is vocally opposed to joining RGGI, Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro has his own “reservations” about joining as well. The Center Square Pennsylvania has more.
A recent Associated Press review of Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman’s daily calendars and attendance records revealed a relatively “light schedule,” contrary to the carefully curated image given off by his campaign for U.S. Senate. The Tribune-Democrat has more.
After having worked in City Hall for more than three decades, Sharon Vaughn is one of two Democratic nominees likely to be elected to an at-large City Council position this November. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
The Union League has been receiving pushback from many of its members over the exclusive club’s decision to award Florida Governor Ron DeSantis one of its highest honors — a distinction the Governor now shares in common with President Abraham Lincoln. Billy Penn has more.
Bond expert Tom Kozlik — who cut his teeth as a financial analyst for city agencies under Mayor Ed Rendell — warns that city officials will need to adjust quickly to the rapidly evolving fiscal reality brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Philadelphia Inquirer has more.
On Wednesday, Washington County residents gathered for a public forum on two recently released state-funded studies on the effects of fracking on public health. Despite having worked with local groups to put on the event, the researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, who funded the studies, did not attend. StateImpact Pennsylvania has more.
Mayor Ed Gainey’s administration has announced that it will be loosening higher education requirements for Pittsburgh’s police recruits. The policy reduces the prerequisite number of college credits from 60 to 15, and allows for recruits to complete 45 credits while at the academy. WESA has more.
A recent PINJ investigation has uncovered an astonishing track record of suspended medical licenses, failed board exams, and falsified information in Allegheny County Jail medical doctor Wilson Bernales’ past. Dr. Bernales has since been placed on suspension pending a review of his qualifications by Allegheny Health Network. PINJ has more.
Six people who are incarcerated at Allegheny County Jail have filed a class action lawsuit alleging violation of their state and federal constitutional rights due to the jail’s rampant use of probation detainers. WESA has more.
City & State Pennsylvania has updated its list of key endorsements in the state’s competitive U.S. Senate race between Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and Republican celebrity surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz. See more here.
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