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Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary

January 21, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Dr. Rachel Levine  (Photo/WH) By Will Weissert ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — President Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine…

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GOP proposal to elect judges by zone advances by single vote

January 21, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: State Rep. Margo Davidson and State Rep. David Millard (Photos: PA House) By Mark Scolforo ASSOCIATED  PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. — A legislative panel last Wednesday narrowly approved a proposal to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to elect state appeals court judges by zone, a movement largely motivated by Republicans’ anger over recent rulings from…

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Fetterman taking steps toward running for US Senate in 2022

January 14, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, right, shakes hands with state Attorney General Josh Shapiro during a news conference about legal action in the dispute between health insurance providers UPMC and Highmark, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. — John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor,…

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Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus installs officers for 2021-22

January 14, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: State Rep. Summer Lee and State Rep. Donna Bullock (Photos: PA House) The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus this week installed officers to serve in the 2021-22 legislative session, announced Chairwoman Donna Bullock, (D- 195th Dist.). “We came together to install our officers and acknowledge the importance of our voices in Harrisburg and across…

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House will consider Trump impeachment Wednesday

January 11, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout of the storming of the Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Democrats say the House will consider the impeachment of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, one week after an angry mob of his supporters invaded the Capitol. House Majority Leader Steny…

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Dick Thornburgh, ex-governor and US attorney general, dies

January 8, 2021

By Mark Scolforo ASSOCIATED PRESS  Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died last Thursday morning at a retirement community facility…

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Report documents poor virus response in state veterans home

January 8, 2021

By Mark Scolforo ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. — A law firm’s state-commissioned investigation into a troubled veterans home in the Philadelphia suburbs identified myriad problems and mistakes it said helped the coronavirus sweep through the facility like wildfire this spring. The report issued Thursday said supervisors at the state-owned Southeastern Veterans’ Center waited too long…

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