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  • 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...
  • Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf renews the COVID-19 disaster declaration for another 90 days

    09/01/2020 9:12:21 AM PDT · by lightman · 26 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 1 September A.D. 2020 | Jan Murphy
    For the second time since the first two presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus appeared in Pennsylvania on March 6, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday renewed the state’s disaster declaration for the pandemic for another 90 days. “As we approach the six-month mark of this crisis, I continue to be amazed at the resiliency and strength shown by Pennsylvanians during this pandemic,” Wolf said in a statement. “We are going to continue to combat the health and economic effects of COVID-19, and the renewal of my disaster declaration will provide us with resources and support needed for this effort.” This...
  • Successful return to school could lead to easing of bar and restaurant restrictions: Wolf

    08/31/2020 10:01:30 AM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 31 August A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday presented a fall legislative agenda that included a push for legalizing marijuana for recreational use by adults. Harrisburg, PA – August 25, 2020Commonwealth Media Services By Greg Pickel | A successful return to both K-12 schools and colleges could lead to an easing of the targeted bar and restaurant restrictions in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf said as much on Monday, more than a month after he and Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine signed orders that limit indoor and outdoor occupancy, forbid bar service, and require prepared food to be purchased if a customer wants...
  • HUGE! New Strzok-Page Emails Show Comey FBI Investigated President Trump’s Tweets Critical of Obama and FBI

    08/31/2020 7:34:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    GP ^ | By Cristina Laila August 28, 2020 at 5:12pm
    Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained 323 pages of emails between former FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page showing Comey’s FBI was investigating President Trump over his critical tweets of Barack Obama and the FBI. The FBI is purposely slow-rolling its production of emails to Judicial Watch and only processing 500 pages per month in response to a 2017 FOIA lawsuit. Judicial Watch obtained a March 2017 email Peter Strzok sent his boss Bill Priestap and others about probing President Trump’s tweets about being wiretapped by the FBI. Judicial Watch reported:
  • Gov. Tom Wolf proposes changes for upcoming election

    08/27/2020 12:25:05 PM PDT · by lightman · 33 replies
    WGAL ^ | 27 August A.D. 2020 | Staff
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing changes to the state's election laws that would extend deadlines for mail-in ballots and speed up the appointment of poll workers. Here's a breakdown of the governor's proposals: To speed up vote counting, counties would be allowed to start scanning and verifying ballot envelopes, match signatures to voter rolls and scan ballots 21 days before the election (current law only permits this process to begin at 7 a.m. on Election Day). Counties would NOT tabulate or report vote totals until polls close on Election Day. Allow counties to count eligible ballots...
  • Toomey, Perry take aim at Gov. Wolf’s handling of pandemic; blame response for weak Pa. economy

    08/26/2020 2:52:13 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    Pennlive ^ | Ivey DeJesus
    Sen. Pat Toomey and Rep. Scott Perry on Wednesday took aim at the Wolf administration’s handling of the coronavirus, blaming it for what they said was a weak state economic recovery. At a press conference in York attended by about two dozen business leaders and elected officials, the two Republican lawmakers criticized some of the restrictions and measures rolled out by Gov. Tom Wolf intended to mitigate the spread of the highly contagious virus. Toomey first outlined the federal response to the pandemic, including the release of trillions of dollars to states under the CARES Act, which he said significantly...
  • Thwarted at every turn, Pa. GOP lawmakers hatch new plan to limit Wolf’s emergency powers

    08/26/2020 8:59:09 AM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 26 August A.D. 2020 | Spotlight PA
    HARRISBURG — Thwarted by court rulings and vetoes, Republicans in the legislature unhappy with Gov. Tom Wolf’s response to the coronavirus pandemic are plotting two new efforts to curtail his emergency powers. In June, the legislature voted to force Wolf to end the state’s COVID-19 disaster declaration, which greatly expanded the Democratic governor’s powers. Wolf countered that such a move required his approval. The state Supreme Court sided with Wolf, who then vetoed the measure. But the saga isn’t over yet. Members of the GOP who control the state House now plan to advance a measure to override Wolf’s veto,...
  • Legalized marijuana, paid family leave and child care: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf releases fall agenda

    08/25/2020 11:35:33 AM PDT · by lightman · 26 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 25 August A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    Gov. Tom Wolf introduced a broad legislative agenda for the fall, including expanded access to child care, paid family leave for Pennsylvanians, recreational marijuana sales and a host of other items. The governor is asking lawmakers to change the law to allow sales of marijuana for recreational purposes, going beyond sales of medical marijuana. He’s also seeking more than $300 million in grants and loans for small businesses and tax breaks for the hospitality industry. Wolf announced a lengthy list of proposals to help the state recover from the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic damage to families and the...
  • 9 Pa. counties bear watching for coronavirus cases; statewide, rate of positive tests drops again

    08/24/2020 2:10:45 PM PDT · by lightman · 18 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 24 August A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    Skip to Article pennlive’s Logo Subscribe Your support makes a difference. Subscribe to PennLive. Pennsylvania Real-Time News 9 Pa. counties bear watching for coronavirus cases; statewide, rate of positive tests drops again Updated 4:33 PM; Today 4:29 PM 34 Students return to school By Ron Southwick | Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Monday nine counties bear watching because they have a higher rate of coronavirus infections, including some in central Pennsylvania. On the upside, the rate of positive cases continues to drop statewide. Across Pennsylvania, 3.4% of those tested for the coronavirus were positive, down from 4% the previous...
  • Gov. Wolf responds to PIAA’s decision to move forward with fall sports

    08/21/2020 5:38:30 PM PDT · by lightman · 10 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 20 August A.D. 2020 | Edward Sutelan
    Gov. Tom Wolf made his recommendation that high school athletics be shut down until Jan. 1, 2021, but the PIAA has decided to move forward with the start of the fall season on Monday regardless. Just after the PIAA voted to advance with the season, Wolf has maintained the position that while he does not believe sports should be happening at the high school level this year, it remains a decision up to the PIAA. “The Wolf administration has been in contact with representatives from PIAA as needed throughout the pandemic. While the administration expressed broad concern with the PIAA’s...
  • A decades-old law is shielding the Wolf administration from scrutiny of its coronavirus response

    08/19/2020 12:03:27 PM PDT · by lightman · 9 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 19 August A.D. 2020 | Aneri Pattani
    HARRISBURG — For the first months of the pandemic, as state officials took sweeping and unprecedented actions to combat COVID-19, the public was cut off from a crucial tool to understand how those life-and-death decisions were being made. The Wolf administration in mid-March stopped responding to public records requests, a way for people to obtain copies of government data, emails, and other records from state agencies. Without that, Pennsylvanians were forced to rely on elected officials to share as much — or as little — information as they chose. When the state’s open records process resumed in May, it was...