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  • Pa.’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is climbing to ‘meh’

    02/27/2021 11:21:44 AM PST · by lightman · 12 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 25 February A.D. 2021 | John Baer
    The good news is Pennsylvania no longer sits among the bottom-dwelling states in vaccinating people against COVID-19. The bad news is Pennsylvania is still Pennsylvania. This means that even at its best and no matter the issue, it’s hanging around or just below the middle of states. This week, for example, 28 states have vaccinated higher percentages of their populations. But there used to be 38. So, we’re making progress in climbing toward mediocrity. Meanwhile, Gov. Tom Wolf chants his mantra: “We need to do better.” You’ll be happy to know he’s tapped a bipartisan legislative task force to work...
  • ‘President Trump’s supporters attempted a coup’: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf on U.S. Capitol attack

    01/06/2021 3:36:21 PM PST · by lightman · 115 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 6 January A.D. 2021 | Teresa Bonner
    Gov. Tom Wolf issued this statement Wednesday afternoon condemning the violence in Washington, D.C.: “Today, President Trump’s supporters attempted a coup. This was the direct result of a deliberate disinformation campaign by Republicans from the President down to legislators in Pennsylvania. They lied about the results of the election. They lied about voter fraud. They lied about my administration and other governors. They lied about the administration of the election here in Pennsylvania and across the country. On November 3, we had a remarkably well-run election despite historic challenges. “Eight of the nine Republican members of Congress from Pennsylvania lied...
  • Pa. business leaders grateful for lifting of stricter COVID-19 mitigation orders but wonder how long it will last

    12/30/2020 1:31:32 PM PST · by lightman · 9 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 30 December A.D. 2020 | Jan Murphy
    Come 8 a.m. Monday, restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor dining at a quarter or half of their occupancy. Bowling alleys, hair salons, museums and casinos can open their doors up to 50% capacity. And other in-person businesses can operate up to 75% capacity. Hearing that Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Wednesday he is lifting these stricter time-limited COVID-19 mitigation orders he first imposed on Dec. 12 is a relief to hard-hit businesses across the commonwealth. Wolf said his decision to not extend those orders and returning to the ones in place as of Dec. 11 is based on...
  • Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf explains why he lifted temporary COVID-19 restrictions on businesses

    12/30/2020 11:41:54 AM PST · by lightman · 20 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 30 December A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that he will lift some temporary restrictions on Pennsylvania businesses, including a suspension of indoor dining at restaurants, on Jan. 4. The news conference comes days before restrictions the governor has imposed on businesses are slated to expire. Wolf said those measures will indeed end on the scheduled expiration date of Jan. 4. Earlier this month, Wolf imposed temporary restrictions on businesses, including a three-week ban on indoor dining at restaurants. Wolf also has ordered the closure of entertainment venues, including casinos, theaters and concert halls. Retailers and most other businesses are restricted to 50%...
  • 33 more Pa. restaurants ordered to close for not following Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 orders

    12/29/2020 3:25:48 PM PST · by lightman · 32 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 29 December A.D. 2020 | Sue Gleiter
    More Pennsylvania restaurants are getting dinged for defying Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigation orders. As part of its latest round of inspections, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced it has ordered 33 restaurants to close for allowing patrons to eat indoors. The inspections took place Dec. 21-27. Under the governor’s latest mandate, restaurants are not permitted to serve patrons indoors for three weeks ending Jan. 4. In addition, restaurants must continue to follow rules requiring employees to wear masks, while they offer carryout and takeout and serve diners outdoors. Restaurants ordered to close include Denny’s Lennies Restaurant in Halifax, Villa...
  • Too little or too much? Reaction varies to Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s new COVID-19 mitigation orders

    12/10/2020 3:58:33 PM PST · by lightman · 11 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 10 December A.D. 2020 | Jan Murphy
    With Pennsylvania’s COVID-19-related deaths hitting their highest point in the last two days since the pandemic began and the number of new cases consistently topping 10,000 each day, Gov. Tom Wolf and state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine are imploring the state’s residents to hit a three-week pause on certain activities. Among them, they are banning indoor dining at bars and restaurants, halting school sports and activities, and prohibiting entertainment venues such as casinos, theaters and bowling alleys from being open starting this Saturday until 8 a.m. on Jan. 4. Tom Wolf has now tested negative for the coronavirus following...
  • Classroom instruction can continue at Pa. schools despite new coronavirus orders tied to indoor gatherings

    12/10/2020 2:49:07 PM PST · by lightman · 14 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 10 December A.D. 2020 | Greg Pickel
    Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced a number of new coronavirus mitigation efforts on Thursday, but they won’t impact classroom learning. The restrictions that go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday and last until 8 a.m. on Jan. 4 include, among many other things, a ban on indoor gatherings of 10 people or more. The order signed by Wolf, however, specifically addresses school settings. “Classroom instruction by school entities is not a “gathering” or “event” for purposes of this Order,” it reads. “Nor is a meeting of electors, including any preparation, to perform...
  • No more indoor dining, casinos and theaters will close and new limits on retailers: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf

    12/10/2020 1:38:08 PM PST · by lightman · 46 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 10 December A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    Gov. Tom Wolf announced new steps Thursday to combat the surge in coronavirus cases, including measures to prohibit indoor dining in restaurants, the closure of casinos and theaters and a temporary halt to scholastic sports. In a news conference, Wolf said he is imposing other limits on all businesses serving the public, capping retailers, barber shops and salons and other businesses to 50% of indoor occupancy limits. Gyms and fitness centers can offer outdoor classes but cannot offer indoor operations. Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, the governor’s office said, but churches and other houses of worship are exempt...
  • Pa. nursing homes sue Wolf administration for $153 million in federal funds they claim belongs to them

    12/08/2020 11:23:32 AM PST · by lightman · 7 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 8 December A.D. 2020 | Jan Murphy
    Three organizations representing nearly 700 Pennsylvania’s nursing homes are suing Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration in what they term is a fight for some of the facilities’ survival and to protect their residents and staff against the coronavirus. The lawsuit filed on Monday in Commonwealth Court demands the administration direct the more than $153 million allocated to Pennsylvania through the first federal stimulus package, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, to these health providers that care for tens of thousands of the state’s older and vulnerable residents. In Pennsylvania, the state Department of Health reported on Tuesday there are 40,541 resident...
  • Restaurant owners question Gov. Wolf’s 5 p.m. alcohol cutoff on biggest bar night, call it unfair

    11/23/2020 2:42:05 PM PST · by lightman · 32 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 23 Novem ber A.D. 2020 | Sue Gleiter
    Restaurant owners say they aren’t sure how a 5 p.m. booze cutoff on one of the biggest bar nights of the year will help to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Already, last call for bars and eating establishments in Pennsylvania is 11 p.m. Plus, nightclubs are not permitted to operate. “It doesn’t make sense. All you’ve’ done is targeted one industry and pushed them to the brink. People are going to go somewhere else,” said Bill Kokos, owner of the Sierra Madre Saloon in Hampden Township. As part of a press conference with Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf, Health Secretary...
  • New limits on gatherings and an advisory to stay home: Gov. Wolf announces new steps on COVID-19

    11/23/2020 12:27:55 PM PST · by lightman · 42 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 23 Novem ber A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    Saying Pennsylvania is in a “precarious place” with the coronavirus, Gov. Tom Wolf is advising residents to stay home whenever possible and moving forward with other measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Wolf and Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced new measures in a news conference Monday. Under the new measures that were described as “targeted” steps, indoor events are limited to 500 people and outdoor gatherings are capped at 2,500, Levine said. In addition, schools in most Pennsylvania counties will have to file a certification form with the state if they want to continue to provide in-person...
  • Will Pa. follow its neighbors in rolling out new statewide coronavirus restrictions?

    11/16/2020 5:30:49 PM PST · by lightman · 10 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 16 Novembe r A.D. 2020 | Wallace McKelvey
    Surging COVID-19 cases led all of Pennsylvania’s neighbors to enact new restrictions in recent days but Gov. Tom Wolf has avoided a statewide rollback so far. In recent weeks, the state repeatedly broke its single-day record for new coronavirus cases, with health officials warning of substantial spread in 59 counties. Meanwhile, 9.6% of all tests coming back positive, a sign of undetected transmission across the state. The state Department of Health reported 9,675 new positive cases over the weekend, bringing the statewide total total to 269,613. In all, 9,325 people have died from COVID-19. At a press conference Monday morning,...
  • Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf to join NJ, NY governors in ‘emergency summit' to discuss more possible COVID-19 restrictions

    11/13/2020 6:47:51 PM PST · by lightman · 62 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 13 November A.D. 2020 | Brent Johnson
    Gov. Tom Wolf will meet with the governors of New York, New Jersey and other northeastern states this weekend to discuss possibly coordinating new restrictions to help curb COVID-19 spread as as a second wave of the coronavirus grips the region. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the “emergency summit” on Friday. Gov. Phil Murphy’s office confirmed the meeting to NJ Advance Media, saying the discussion will be held virtually. “Governor Murphy looks forward to continuing our work with our regional partners to address the public health crisis,” spokesman Mahen Gunaratna said. The summit will also include the governors of...
  • INSANE: Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County Board Of Elections Votes to Count Undated Ballots

    11/10/2020 8:34:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/10/2020 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    The Allegheny County Board of Elections has voted to allow ballots to be counted that were not properly dated when they were mailed in. These ballots were the only item on the board’s agenda on Tuesday. According to the board, there are 2,349 ballots without dates — which they have now decided to count.“What we have here is essentially a technicality that we don’t want voters to get disenfranchised with,” said Allegheny County solicitor Andy Szefi, according to a report from the CBS Pittsburgh. The report added that “those dateless ballots will undergo further analysis to make sure they are...
  • ‘This election is far from over’: President Trump refuses to concede

    11/07/2020 10:00:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 88 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 7, 2020 12:34 PM | Eileen AJ Connelly
    President Trump is refusing to concede the election to Joe Biden, insisting “this election is far from over.” A statement signed by the president said Biden “has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.” Neither candidate has been certified as the winner in any state, as all 50 continue to wrap up their vote counts. The statement singled out Pennsylvania, whose 20 electoral votes put Biden over 270 Electoral...
  • New Batch of Votes Found In Philadelphia (23,277 Votes In, All For Biden)

    11/04/2020 11:38:54 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 121 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | November 4th
    Two more batches of Pennsylvania vote were reported: -23,277 votes in Philadelphia, all for Biden -about 5,300 votes in Luzerne County, nearly 4,000 of which were for Biden *With 83% of the expected vote in, Trump’s lead in PA is now just below 6 points.
  • Trump promises court fight over Pennsylvania absentee votes [that’s what they call mail-in ballots here]

    11/02/2020 10:16:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Dissociated Press ^ | November 2, 2020 | Mark Sherman
    President Donald Trump and his reelection campaign are signaling they will pursue an aggressive legal strategy to try to prevent Pennsylvania from counting mailed ballots that are received in the three days after the election. The matter could find its way to the Supreme Court, especially if those ballots could tip the outcome in the battleground state. The three-day extension was ordered by Pennsylvania’s top court. The Supreme Court refused to block it, but several conservative justices have indicated they could revisit the issue after the election. Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, already has told local elections...
  • Family restaurant fined $10K for violating coronavirus restrictions found not guilty [ Pennsylvania ]

    10/21/2020 10:10:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 20, 2020 | Andrew Mark Miller
    Pennsylvania restaurant owners who were fined roughly $10,000 for opening their doors in defiance of coronavirus restrictions have been deemed not guilty. A judge in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, found Taste of Sicily not guilty in its fight against the Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus restrictions, according to Local 21 News Harrisburg. “The crux of the legal argument is that orders that have been issued by the Governor and The Department of Health are legally unenforceable. Judge Garvey agreed with that argument,” the restaurant’s lawyer Eric Winter said. The restaurant, co-owned by siblings Michael Mangano and Christine Wartluft, opened in May...
  • Pa. restaurant owners deflated after bill to ease restrictions fails

    10/21/2020 8:59:08 AM PDT · by lightman · 8 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 21 October A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    Pennsylvania restaurant owners have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and were hoping to see restrictions relaxed on their businesses. An effort in the General Assembly failed again Tuesday, albeit just barely. The state House of Representatives fell short in a bid to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of a bill that would have eased rules on restaurants. The effort needed two-thirds of the House and fell short by two votes. John Longstreet, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, said the defeat of the bill (HB 2513) was a blow for the industry. “The failure...
  • Gov. Wolf vetoes bill to loosen restaurant restrictions

    10/16/2020 3:57:53 PM PDT · by lightman · 28 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 16 October A.D. 2020 | Sue Gleiter
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed a key bill that would loosen restrictions on restaurants and bars in the state. House Bill 2513 would set minimum capacity for restaurants and taverns at a minimum of 50% and even beyond that if the premises allow. It further would allow establishments to permit patrons to sit at bars, provided they socially distance, and would eliminate the requirement that a meal must be purchased to buy an alcoholic beverage. “This bill jeopardizes public health and safety as it permits eating establishments, including restaurants, bars, clubs and banquet halls, to operate up to 100%...