Op/Ed: The time for gun safety reform is now | The Unionville Times

Better internet access coming to Pa. counties, with the passage of landmark broadband bill (abc27.com)

Pa. Senate passes bill to help increase broadband access | State | theprogressnews.com

General Assembly sends Wolf bill creating new Pa. broadband authority – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. court weighs legislative subpoena issued as part of Senate election ‘investigation’ – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. Republicans and Democrats fight over access to private voter information for election investigation (abc27.com)

No proof vote was rigged, but 2020 election reviews persist | WITF

GOP’s election case in Pa. court focuses on privacy, Trump – pennlive.com

Court battle over Pa. GOP’s subpoena of sensitive voter data centers on legislative power vs. privacy (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania Senate moves to overhaul probation system | WITF

PA House, Senate committees hear about problems with state fireworks law (readingeagle.com)

Pa. lawmakers out of ‘oohs and aahs’ as they look to rework 2017 fireworks law (abc27.com)

Bill addressing constitutional amendment process clears Pennsylvania Senate committee | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

State lawmakers vote for package of 5 constitutional changes | WITF

Democrats split on changing Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation (abc27.com)

Pennsylvania House advances measure banning private funds in elections | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Lawmakers clash after House panel approves updated congressional map | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

State senator said he wasn’t the target of the shooting that damaged his district office – pennlive.com

Gunfire injures man; stray bullets hit offices of state senator, NAACP – YouTube

House GOP advances amended Pennsylvania congressional map before public can analyze it · Spotlight PA

YAW: RGGI Fails Pennsylvania on its Most Basic Promise – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pa. lawmakers lack votes to stop Wolf’s carbon-pricing plan to fight climate change – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Op-Ed: Permitless Carry is a horror that endangers everyone (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pa. House votes to reject Gov. Wolf’s climate plan for power plants | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State grants to help local groups promote COVID-19 vaccinations; Wolf requests FEMA help | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania Makes Investment in Community Parks in Penn Hills – PennWatch

Westmoreland Co. lawmaker offers to help with vaccine exemptions as covid-19 infections surge | TribLIVE.com

A Christmas fantasy: Pa. lawmakers offer taxpayers some gifts | John Baer – pennlive.com

Pa. Game Commission board could add 9th District (goerie.com)

Yaw honors Lewisburg state champions | Local News | standard-journal.com

Pennsylvania lawmaker proposes constitutional amendment to end state control of liquor sales – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

New district maps loom over Pa. lawmakers ahead of long-awaited reveal – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Pa. House tweaks congressional map before Christmas, hopes for fresh tidings from Wolf – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Curriculum transparency bill heads to Wolf’s desk, who opposes it – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


Coronavirus – COVID-19

Gov. Tom Wolf requests FEMA help for PA hospitals amid COVID spike (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Pennsylvania asks FEMA for help with COVID surge | WITF

‘Everywhere is full’: New COVID-19 surge is clogging Pennsylvania hospitals | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Mount Nittany Medical Center seeing record number of COVID-19 patients | WITF

Mask mandates are back in New York and California but not in most other states : Shots – Health News : NPR

Mask mandates are back in New York and California but not in most other states : Shots – Health News : NPR

What makes omicron spread so quickly? A new study offers a tantalizing clue : Goats and Soda : NPR

Harrisburg school district hosts free Pfizer vaccination clinic (abc27.com)

Why have there been more COVID-19 deaths in 2021 despite the availability of vaccines? (abc27.com)

Doylestown Health chief of cardiac surgery says he refused COVID vaccine, was fired (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

As cases grow league-wide, Eagles rallying around enhanced COVID protocols – Daily Local

Health worker vaccine mandate blocked in half the states | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hospitalized patients with breakthrough COVID-19 are older and sicker, report finds (inquirer.com)

US sports leagues cope with COVID-19 outbreaks amid variants – Reading Eagle

COVID-19 pushed hospital charges above $100,000 for many in Pa. – pennlive.com

FDA will not authorize Merck’s COVID-19 pill for pregnant women, reports say – pennlive.com



With inflation still hot, the Fed takes a step towards rate hikes : NPR

Another big year expected for industrial real estate in 2022 — but development may be stymied by supply chain – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Ransomware attack has companies, including Giant, trying to find ways to pay employees this week – pennlive.com

The Biden administration wants to boost the number of truckers : NPR

Retail sales disappoint in November, raising concerns that inflation is tamping down on spending | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Warren General nurses overwhelmingly OK new contract | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UPMC Altoona nurses gather in Pittsburgh, call on health care system to address ‘staffing crisis’ | TribLIVE.com

Audubon workers in Pennsylvania vote to unionize | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)



How to fix Philadelphia’s wrongful conviction problem, according to experts (inquirer.com)

Pittsburgh City Council advances legislation to reduce traffic stops | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Philly just promoted four Black female police officers to captain. It’s about time. | Jenice Armstrong (inquirer.com)

Former children and youth boss gets house arrest for child endangerment | Crime-emergencies | citizensvoice.com



Build Back Better Would Block Pell Grant Funding for Career College Students – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

Pa. Special Ed. panel recommends more funding predictability for schools | Thursday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Masks, diversity among top issues facing new school boards in Bucks (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

No CTC Thursday for Hanover Area students after bus fight | Times Leader

Colleges go back to drawing board again to fight COVID: ‘It is obviously extremely dispiriting to have to take these steps’ – pennlive.com

Gov. Tom Wolf has failed to address the collapse of Pa.’s intellectual disability system – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)



State Sen. Scott Martin announces run for PA governor (broadandliberty.com)

Former Brentwood councilwoman Stephanie Fox to run for retiring Mike Doyle’s congressional seat | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Young Americans motivated to make change: AP-NORC, MTV poll | TribLIVE.com

State Rep. Austin Davis to enter Lt. Gov race with Dem Josh Shapiro’s backing | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Laughlin’s exit from gov’s race a reflection of party, not the politician (goerie.com)



Tornadoes, snow squalls, and high temps hit the Midwest in a wild winter storm : NPR



$33M approved for rail system improvements across Pennsylvania (abc27.com)

SEPTA union: Who is Brian Pollitt, the new leader? (inquirer.com)

Pennsylvania lost the most money out of any state due to cyberattacks: FBI | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Business leaders see promise in Scranton-NY Amtrak route (poconorecord.com)



Pennsylvanians rally for medical freedom | fox43.com

The FDA may be poised to ease access to abortion pills : NPR

Flu cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are also rising (inquirer.com)


State News

Nearly 6,000 Pa. businesses got relief grants totaling $145 million (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

PSERS board’s meetings Thursday and Friday could chart pension funds’ future (inquirer.com)

Where did the lanternflies go? Pa. public reports down 50 percent in 2021 | TribLIVE.com

Pennsylvania lost the most money out of any state due to cyberattacks: FBI | Today in Pa. – pennlive.com

Pennsylvania’s child care crisis demands lasting solutions (goerie.com)

Pennsylvania rental assistance: Millions still available, but some counties out of money – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pa. sends second vague email to patients about medical marijuana vape product safety – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


National News

Powerful Typhoon Hits The Southern Philippines : NPR

A Surfside condo collapse grand jury report calls for immediate reforms : NPR

‘Robber barons’ essay shows left’s penchant for attacking the rich (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Biden pledges ‘whatever it takes’ to assist tornado victims – Daily Local

Derek Chauvin pleads guilty to federal charge in George Floyd’s death | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Welcome to Day Zero. Now let’s rebuild America’s civics infrastructure – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)


Local News

In a few weeks, plastic bags, straws will be banned in West Chester (dailylocal.com)

Two Chester County residents honored for saving the life of Coatesville police officer – Daily Local

Performing arts venue in Wilkes-Barre receives zoning approval | Times Leader

Luzerne County Council approves 2022 budget with no tax hike | News | citizensvoice.com

Lackawanna County commissioners approve $5 vehicle registration fee | News | thetimes-tribune.com

Reading passes a $95 million 2022 budget with no tax increase (readingeagle.com)

Ligonier area provides props as ‘The Pale Blue Eye’ film crew arrives at Compass Inn | TribLIVE.com

York County, Pa 2022 budget includes lower than projected tax increase (ydr.com)

York Mayor Helfrich: Ask City Council to support my budget (ydr.com)

Bourbon Barrel: Erie business remains closed despite $500,000 bailout (goerie.com)

Brenton Davis plans to change how Erie County battles COVID-19 (goerie.com)

Pandemic relief funding to cover $893K Cambria courthouse boiler upgrade and more | News | tribdem.com

Local organizations provide relief services, seek donations and volunteers after tornadoes strike Kentucky | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Lancaster court to offer consumer debt resolution program in January | Local News | lancasteronline.com

Will Lehigh Valley residents push back on demand for solar farms? – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Chester County agency gets funding to support vaccine outreach efforts – Mainline Media News



‘We can’t miss this unique opportunity’: Civic groups push Pittsburgh Mayor-elect Ed Gainey to make public transit a top priority | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Like putting a Band-Aid over a torn ACL’: Pittsburgh Public Schools board debates tax increase | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



‘Ready. Set. Philly!’ initiative wraps up as business leaders push for office workers to return to city – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

As Philadelphia COVID cases rise, health commissioner discourages holiday gatherings (inquirer.com)

Meek Mill hoops with Philly kids affected by justice system (abc27.com)

Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez wants to ban lawmakers from making more than $25,000 from side jobs (inquirer.com)

Racing the clock to save historic buildings, Philadelphia will hire two new preservationists | Local News | phillytrib.com

Used car prices in the Philadelphia region jump by 27% (theintell.com)



Congress approves the National Defense Authorization Act : NPR

Child tax credit payments hinges on Build Back Better (abc27.com)

Biden will nominate Michelle Kwan and Caroline Kennedy for ambassador posts : NPR

Biden, Manchin sharply divided over $2T Dem bill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As U.S. House passes anti-Islamophobia bill, Pa.’s Perry calls sponsor Ilhan Omar ‘anti-Semitic’ – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)