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Legislature

Sen. Schwank Visits Berks WIC Facility, Touts Importance of Boosting Enrollment – BCTV

Wolf breaks ground on revitalization project at Coatesville train station | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

Governor Outlines Plan for Workers, Pay and Paid Sick Leave – PennWatch

Governor, labor secretary visit Allentown in support of higher worker pay, benefits – lehighvalleylive.com

Gov. Wolf visits Erie to outline plan to protect workers, improve pay and paid sick leave | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

Democrat Thom Welby declares victory for State House 113th District | wnep.com

Welby wins victory in race for 113th District vacancy | Election | thetimes-tribune.com

Democrats keep hold on to two House seats in Tuesday’s special elections – pennlive.com

Death of a Lobbyist: PA Lawmakers Finally Target Lobbying – The Etownian

West Philly gets $220,000 in state funds to improve lighting | Local News | phillytrib.com

This week’s biggest Winners & Losers | City & State PA (cityandstatepa.com)

MASTRIANO:  The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Will Haunt PA Long Into the Future – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19

How will President Biden’s vaccine mandate impact Pennsylvania businesses? (abc27.com)

Biden Vaccine Mandate on Businesses Panned as Harmful to Economy – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

More people are getting COVID vaccine boosters than first shots : Shots – Health News : NPR

Federal vaccine rule for private businesses to kick in on Jan. 4 – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

The White House issued its new vaccine mandate and dozens of states race to sue : NPR

US mandates vaccines or tests for big companies by Jan. 4 – Daily Local

New federal COVID vaccine mandates will affect thousands in Erie County (goerie.com)

New COVID-19 pill cut hospital, death risk by 90% (abc27.com)

CDC supports, Republicans question nationwide vaccine mandate | ABC27

28M children in U.S. now eligible for Pfizer vaccine | ABC27

Report: US cancels vaccine maker’s multimillion dollar deal | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

Hundreds of children line up at Kennett Middle School for a jab of the COVID vaccine (dailylocal.com)

Children 5 to 11 cleared for COVID-19 shots across Pennsylvania (ydr.com)

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are available for younger children in Pa. | WITF

Pediatricians, state health official say get kids vaccinated against COVID-19 | Coronavirus | thetimes-tribune.com

A pill brings new hope in the global fight against COVID-19 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Not all state employees are created equal, at least where vaccine incentives are concerned – pennlive.com

COVID is still crushing parts of the U.S., as the holiday season approaches | WITF

 

Business/Jobs

Job growth accelerated in October. Will it be enough? : NPR

Jobs Report Live News and Analysis – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

 

Crime/Punishment

We need to find a better way to balance police budgets | Roger Chesley – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Active duty police in major U.S. cities appear on purported Oath Keepers rosters | WITF

 

Education

At Owls on the Hill, students make the case for Temple’s funding | Temple Now

113 school board candidates supported by ‘Back to School’ PAC win races with more possible (broadandliberty.com)

Guest Opinion: No more student lunch debt (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Guest Opinion: GOP school board wins will, hopefully, bring reform (buckscountycouriertimes.com)

Editorial: School bus issues require public’s help – Daily Local

Cabrini University targets Dreamers and adult learners to bolster enrollment – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Pocono voters elect incumbents, newcomers to school boards (poconorecord.com)

Social media a part of Scranton union strike | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

National union president encourages Scranton teachers | Education | thetimes-tribune.com

 

Elections/Politics

‘It was an honest mistake’: Gov. Wolf’s wife drops off his ballot, violating Pa. election law (abc27.com)

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s wife dropped off his mail ballot, violating state election law · Spotlight PA

Political focus now moves to 2022 midterms in Pa. | WJAC (wjactv.com)

Ben Waxman Announces State Rep Candidacy – Jewish Exponent

Pennsylvania Republicans Court Bridgewater CEO and Army Veteran for Senate Race (freebeacon.com)

Election Marred by Ballot Problems in Montco, Delco Lead to Call for Recount – DV Journal (delawarevalleyjournal.com)

City council President Ismail Smith-Wade-El to announce primary challenge of 16-term Rep. Mike Sturla | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Lancaster to start counting ‘unprecedented’ 52,300 write-ins, could flip 4 school board races | PA Power and Policy | lancasteronline.com

Analysis: Democrats show signs of strengthening in Pittsburgh and its suburbs | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

After Virginia, GOP amplifies debate over race and education | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Clout has three questions every Election Day. Some politicians answered. Everyone dodged the third one. (inquirer.com)

Mail-in ballots impact Leechburg Council race, boost 2 incumbents and knock out another | TribLIVE.com

Fresh off 2021 wins, Pa. GOP eyes a bright midterm. Can Democrats stop them? – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Why education was a top voter priority this election | WITF

 

Environment

Energy Department Aims to Slash Cost of Removing Carbon From the Air – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Ali Zaidi, General McLane grad, serves as Biden’s deputy national climate adviser (goerie.com)

EPA proposes rules that would target methane releases from existing gas sites | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After her hunger strike for the climate, Philadelphian Abby Leedy keeps marching (inquirer.com)

Va.’s Kaine, others, look to add Chesapeake Bay cleanup provisions to Pentagon spending bill – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Climate change is a justice issue: These 6 charts show why | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Let’s change the future for our children by taking action today on climate change | Opinion – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Transportation

$30 million interchange to link Route 130, Pennsylvania Turnpike | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

 

Health

One boy’s struggles at CHOP show how Pa. can’t meet the needs of severely autistic kids (inquirer.com)

Report: Pandemic exposed deep disparities in health coverage for Pa. kids | Friday Morning Coffee – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

State News

Pennsylvania has billions in federal aid that could help Lehigh Valley taxpayers – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

Pa. American Water program marks 30 years helping customers in need – The Mon Valley Independent

Pennsylvania officials tout commitment to agriculture | Pennsylvania | thecentersquare.com

PPL residential rates to soar 26%, nearly matching 10-year high | Local Business | lancasteronline.com

Biden nominates Philadelphia exec Mike Gerber to serve on Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Wine & Spirits customers encouraged to ‘shop early’ for the holiday season – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

Immigrant groups frustrated by inaction in D.C. block traffic in front of Sen. Casey’s Philadelphia office | WITF

 

National News

Jury in the Ahmaud Arbery case is 11 white people and 1 Black man : NPR

A supply chain bottleneck at the nation’s seaports is causing cargo backlogs : NPR

Penn National shares plummet on earnings miss, allegations against Barstool’s Portnoy – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

 

Local News

New playground opens to much fanfare at West Chester’s Everhart Park – Daily Local

Rita Frealing: First African American and Female Mayor-elect of Gettysburg (abc27.com)

Chester County Democrats continue ‘blue’ streak – Daily Local

Proposed 2022 county budget includes no tax increase (delcotimes.com)

Upper Burrell supervisors call for 20% real estate tax hike for 2022 | TribLIVE.com

Diwali in Bucks County: Indian community creates understanding with festival of lights (theintell.com)

Some of Allentown’s top officials can now live outside the city, but with limits, voters decide. Here’s what it means. – The Morning Call (mcall.com)

East Union Twp. supers propose tax increase | News | standardspeaker.com

 

Pitt

Highland Hose in Tarentum celebrates a pair of 50-year members | TribLIVE.com

Business community reacts to Ed Gainey’s election win – Pittsburgh Business Times (bizjournals.com)

Gainey to bring new energy along with a familiar presence as Pittsburgh’s new mayor – Pittsburgh Business Times (bizjournals.com)

Incumbent Dem Coghill poised to keep seat in City Council race against Green candidate Mulvaney | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County’s eviction moratorium extension rejected by court | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper (pghcitypaper.com)

Pope Francis appoints Father Mark Eckman auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh to host 2022 meeting of world’s energy ministers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Grant program channels more than $836K to Black creatives in Pgh – Pennsylvania Capital-Star (penncapital-star.com)

 

Philly

Philadelphia Voters Approve Marijuana Referendum Calling For Statewide Legalization – Marijuana Moment

Philadelphia Overwhelmingly Votes To Decriminalize Cannabis | Benzinga

Dr. Cheryl Bettigole named Philadelphia health commissioner – Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

Camden’s Cramer Hill Waterfront Park to open on former dump site (inquirer.com)

Trash pickup delays in Philadelphia rose during pandemic, City Controller report finds (inquirer.com)

Philadelphia City Council calls for hearings into child abuse cases that settled for millions (inquirer.com)

Country’s oldest Thanksgiving parade resumes in Philadelphia | WITF

City Council addresses rat problem during Thursday’s session | Local News | phillytrib.com’

 

Washington

House tees up vote on Build Back Better spending plan : NPR

Biden administration sues Texas over new voting restrictions | TribLIVE.com

The Biden administration is suing Texas over its new voting law : NPR

$1.85T domestic policy bill, $1T infrastructure package on brink of House votes, but fights remain | News | tribdem.com

House Democrats Hunt for Votes to Pass Biden’s Domestic Agenda – The New York Times (nytimes.com)