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  • Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf reacts to Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade

    06/24/2022 3:34:26 PM PDT · by lightman · 32 replies
    WGAL ^ | 24 May A.D. 2022 | Staff
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has reacted to the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Video above: Wolf vows to protect abortion access ahead of court's decision Here is the governor's full statement: "First and most importantly, it is critical that everyone understands that abortion services are available and unharmed in Pennsylvania by today’s Supreme Court action. Providers may still provide reproductive health care services and patients should continue the health care plan they’ve developed with their physicians. "Nonetheless, I am deeply disappointed in today’s Supreme Court opinion and the impact this decision will...
  • Gov. Wolf says he has tested positive again for COVID-19 Published: Jun. 06, 2022, 8:26 p.m.

    06/06/2022 5:47:36 PM PDT · by lightman · 54 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 6 June A.D. 2022 | Becky Metrick
    Gov. Tom Wolf has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time, according to a post on his social media. “My symptoms are mild,” Wolf wrote. “I’m grateful that I recently got my second vaccine booster.” Wolf said he is isolating at home, according to CDC guidance. In December 2020, Wolf tested positive for the virus but was asymptomatic. He was testing negative in the following days, his office said at the time. It was unclear Monday how Wolf would be handling upcoming engagements.
  • GOP front-runner Mastriano brings gubernatorial pitch to Kirby Park

    05/13/2022 8:15:17 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Times-Leader ^ | 5/13/2022 | Tony Callaio
    Doug Mastriano did not mince words when he addressed the gathered crowd at Kirby Park Friday afternoon. "Pennsylvania should be the light of freedom for around the nation and the entire world," he said from under the Martz Pavilion. "So many important things happened in Pennsylvania. I'll say most of the key moments in American history." He queried the audience, "The government derives its consent from whom?" In unison nearly all in attendance responded, "The people." "The consent of the people," Mastriano repeated continuing, "And we clearly did not consent to the overreach over the last few years." He reflected...
  • Pennsylvania taking baby steps away from gas tax, toward fee for miles driven

    05/08/2022 12:51:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | May 7, 2022 | Ed Blazina
    Following a slowly growing national movement, Pennsylvania may be ready to try the idea of charging drivers a mileage-based fee to make up millions in transportation revenue lost to more fuel-efficient hybrid and electric cars. Melissa J. Batula, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s acting executive deputy secretary, said the department is working with the General Assembly to draft legislation establishing fees for those who pay little or nothing toward road maintenance. That’s because the state gets about 75% of its road money from the gasoline tax. A commission appointed last year by Gov. Tom Wolf recommended a series of steps...
  • Is your church getting paid by the government to convince the flock to get injected?

    04/12/2022 5:50:23 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 20 replies
    Leo Hohmann ^ | 4/10/22 | Leo Hohmann
    According to a report in the Epoch Times, the state of Pennsylvania is paying churches to convince their members to get vaccinated. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration wants pastors, rabbis and other faith leaders to turn their houses of worship into centers for “vaccination events,” using federal grant money as an incentive to lure churches into a partnership with the government. But this is not just going on in Pennsylvania as reported by the Epoch Times. It’s going on across the United States. The Epoch Times article reports that Pennsylvania’s public health leaders want to “harness the power of community...
  • A Slovakian woman is stuck with 30,000 bottles of Russian vodka after Pa.’s ban

    03/09/2022 9:54:44 AM PST · by Tired of Taxes · 50 replies
    MSN - Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | March 9, 2022 | Jenn Ladd
    When you sell liquor in Pennsylvania, you have only one true customer: the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Even if you buy a cocktail at a bar, the establishment had to buy that booze from the state-run liquor store, just like you. So when Governor Tom Wolf urged the PLCB to stop buying and selling Russian-sourced products to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it put Margaret Bayuk in a tight spot. Bayuk is a 74-year-old Slovakian immigrant and longtime resident of Beaver Falls, Pa. She’s also the sole proprietor of Ustianochka Vodka, distilled and bottled in Russia and exclusively sold in...
  • Leg­is­la­tors should ap­prove Pennsylvania cor­po­rate tax cut

    03/07/2022 1:58:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 6, 2022 | Editorial Board
    Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled state legislature have found something to agree on: Pennsylvania’s corporate net income tax, the second-highest in the nation, costs the state more in lost business than it collects in revenue. The legislature should immediately pass the outgoing governor’s proposal to cut the corporate tax from 9.99% to 7.99% starting in 2023. That would move the state outside the top 10 highest CNI states, although it would still leave Pennsylvania at a disadvantage compared to nearby competitors like New York (6.5%) and Virginia (6%). After that, there are two ideas on the table for lowering...
  • Progressives Against Transparency. The ACLU joins Democratic politicians in opposition to making school curricula available to parents.

    01/27/2022 5:54:25 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 31 replies
    City Journal ^ | 26 Jan, 2022 | Zaid Jilani
    In at least a dozen states, Republican lawmakers have introduced bills seeking to make instruction in public schools more transparent. Pennsylvania’s bill, for example, would require public schools to post their curricula online. Democrats have largely opposed these bills, viewing them as the latest conservative salvo against critical race theory–inspired pedagogy. In vetoing the Pennsylvania legislation, Democratic governor Tom Wolf warned that the “legislation is a thinly veiled attempt to restrict truthful instruction and censor content reflecting various cultures, identities, and experiences.” Taken literally, Wolf’s statement is false. Requiring schools to be transparent about what they’re teaching does not inherently...
  • Wolf admin used state grant funding as leverage during debate on carbon fee (Pennsylvania)

    01/04/2022 6:18:09 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 3 replies
    Pennsylvania Capital-Star ^ | 4 January 2022 | Stephen Caruso
    Gov. Tom Wolf has often said he’s “not a politician.” But before a vote on a key climate policy last month, his administration reached for a classic piece of Harrisburg leverage — state funding for local projects — to get Democratic lawmakers in line. On the record, no Democratic lawmakers would acknowledge the tactic. But privately, lawmakers and lobbyists noted that the Democratic Wolf administration implied that gubernatorial sign-off for millions in state aid to lawmakers’ districts was contingent on backing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. The threat of withholding state funding is a bit of political hardball...
  • REPORT: U.S. Govt Chartered Christmas ‘Ghost Flights’ to Carry Illegal Migrants into Pennsylvania.

    12/27/2021 4:26:07 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    The National Pulse ^ | December 27, 2021 | Raheem J. Kassam and Kay Smythe
    Chartered jets carrying mostly minor-age, illegal immigrants into Scranton, Pennsylvania have attracted the attention of leading conservative lawmakers in the state, The National Pulse can reveal. Congressman Dan Meuser as well as gubernatorial candidate Lou Barletta have urged immigration authorities as well as Governor Tom Wolf to explain what one source told The National Pulse were “ghost flights” into Scranton International Airport over the course of December. The term “ghost flight” was used to describe the secretive nature of the flights, some of which arrived at night, without passenger manifests being made available. Beginning on December 11th and set to...
  • Gov. Tom Wolf names acting secretary of the commonwealth

    12/27/2021 1:32:29 PM PST · by lightman · 17 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 27 December A.D. 2021 | Jan Murphy
    The head of a national non-partisan organization focused on research and education about voting by mail will become the next person to run Pennsylvania’s Department of State. Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday announced Leigh M. Chapman, who currently serves as executive director of Deliver My Vote, will move into the spot on Jan. 8 that is now held by Acting Secretary Veronica Degraffenreid. Degraffenreid will become a special advisor to the governor. Chapman has some familiarity with the department, having worked as its policy director from 2015 to 2017 overseeing the implementation of electronic voter registration. She will serve the...
  • Gov. Tom Wolf vetos curriculum transparency bill, calling it a ‘dangerous and harmful imposition’

    12/22/2021 2:33:31 PM PST · by lightman · 19 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 21 December A.D. 2021 | Jan Murphy
    Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday vetoed legislation that would have required public schools to post online educational materials used in their classrooms. The legislation was billed as a way to give parents easier access to the curriculum being taught to their children but the governor and Democrats saw it as an unfunded mandate meant to intimidate educators and hurt students’ learning opportunities. “Under the guise of transparency, this legislation politicizes what is being taught in our public schools,” Wolf said in his veto message. The bill would have required school administrators to post and periodically update course syllabuses, course summaries,...
  • Gov. Tom Wolf not looking to impose a statewide mandate to curb spread of COVID-19: ‘Vaccine is our strategy’

    12/14/2021 9:53:19 AM PST · by lightman · 9 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 14 December A.D. 2021 | Jan Murphy
    Despite the uptick in COVID-19 cases particularly in Central Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf has no intention of imposing a statewide mask or vaccine mandate but will continue to urge Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated. “The vaccine is our strategy,” Wolf said on a KDKA morning radio show. Wolf was asked whether he was considering going down the path that Philadelphia city officials announced on Monday that starting next month, a COVID-19 vaccine will be required to eat inside a restaurant or food establishment in that city. “Local municipalities, as you know, I think ought to be free to do with what...
  • Some central Pa. schools drop mask mandates, others continue to require them

    12/14/2021 4:23:06 AM PST · by lightman · 8 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 14 December A.D. 2021 | Sue Gleiter
    Central Pennsylvania school districts wasted no time determining whether to require students to wear masks or not following the state Supreme Court ruling Friday that voided the Wolf administration’s mask mandate. A number of area districts including Central Dauphin, Cumberland Valley, Steelton-Highspire, Susquehanna Township School District and West Shore announced they would maintain masking policies. While others, including East Pennsboro Area School District, Upper Dauphin Area School District, West Perry School District and Northern York County School District are making masks optional. The high court overturned a controversial order issued in August by Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam to keep...
  • PA acting Health Secretary Alison Beam to step down at end of the year

    12/13/2021 7:54:51 AM PST · by lightman · 14 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 13 Decenber A.D. 2021 | Megan Lavey-Heaton
    Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that the Pa. Department of Health’s acting secretary is leaving the administration. Keara Klinepeter, executive deputy secretary with the department, will step into the acting health secretary role when Alison Beam resigns at the end of the year. The announcement of Beam’s departure comes days after the state Supreme Court struck down the school mask mandate she issued in August. “I am proud to have worked with Acting Secretary Beam over the past several years, and the commonwealth has been fortunate to have had the benefit of her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic – especially...
  • Pa. Supreme Court vacates mask mandate for schools, child care facilities effective immediately

    12/10/2021 2:13:58 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    Fox 43 News ^ | 12-10-2021 | Fox 43 Newsroom
    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has affirmed the Commonwealth Court's decision and vacated the mask mandate issued by the acting state health secretary. This means that the mask mandate has been dropped, effective immediately. The opinion is expected to be released at a later date. Judge Saylor did not participate in the vote. The legality of the order requiring masks in K-12 schools and child care facilities went before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this week, as the two sides argued their respective positions before the justices Wednesday in Philadelphia.
  • Order requiring Pa. school students to wear face masks is invalid, state Supreme Court says

    12/10/2021 1:29:10 PM PST · by lightman · 14 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 10 December A.D. 2021 | Matt Miller
    In a one-page decision issued Friday afternoon, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that an order that has kept the state’s schoolchildren masked for months must be voided. The decision upholds an earlier ruling by Commonwealth Court, which found the masking order issued in August by Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam is unenforceable. Beam lacked authority to require that students wear face masks while in school in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, the two state courts concluded. The mask mandate was challenged in court by a bloc that included Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, a Republican who...
  • School mask mandate opponents, supporters get grilled by Pa. Supreme Court

    12/08/2021 10:40:43 AM PST · by lightman · 8 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 8 December A.D. 2021 | Matt Miller
    Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on one of the most divisive issues facing the state at the moment – the state-imposed mandate that children must wear face masks while in school to protect against COVID-19. Yet the nearly hour-long session in Philadelphia wasn’t really about the virus or controlling its spread or whether wearing those masks is an effective response to the pandemic. Instead, the arguments centered on whether the state’s Acting Secretary of Health, Alison Beam, had the legal authority to issue the mask mandate. As Justice Debra Todd observed, the high court was being tasked with conducting...
  • Pro-Abortion Gov. Wolf on Mississippi Abortion Case: ‘Another Attempt Dismantle Individual Freedoms’

    12/04/2021 9:39:55 AM PST · by lightman · 29 replies ^ | 4 December A.D. 2021 | Madeline Leesman
    Pennsylvania’s pro-abortion Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, issued a statement on Thursday slamming the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The Court heard oral arguments for the case on Wednesday, which surrounds a Mississippi law that bans abortions at 15 weeks. Dobbs is the first case in decades with the potential to overturn Roe v. Wade. In his statement, Wolf called the pro-life movement “anti-choice” and said that the Supreme Court could negatively affecting women and “birthing people” with their decision. “Today’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court demonstrate another attempt to dismantle individual freedoms across the...
  • Democrat Tom Wolf Vetoes Constitutional Carry for Pennsylvania

    12/03/2021 9:56:39 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/03/2021 | Awr Hawkins
    Gov. Tom Wolf (D) vetoed legislation Thursday that would have removed the state’s requirement that law-abiding Pennsylvanians get a permit before carrying a gun for self-defense. On November 17, 2021, Breitbart News reported that legislation to make Pennsylvania the 22nd constitutional carry state was headed to Wolf’s desk. Wolf’s opposition to the legislation was well known, and NBC Philadelphia noted that he vetoed constitutional carry on Thursday. He called the bill “dangerous,” adding, “This legislation, which eliminates the requirement for individuals to obtain a license before carrying a concealed firearm, will only exacerbate gun violence and jeopardize the safety of...