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Politics is a multi-field many layered behemoth with countless items always in in motion.

PA Politics has a list of the moving pieces, both federal and state, that are floating around right now.

Texas’ huge swath of New Laws, most notably the abortion law change and the Supreme Courts lack of staying the law, are big news and have swept the Afghanistan withdrawal from the headlines handily. But there are hundreds of other moving items even just at the Federal level that are being pushed, debated, funded, defunded, shelved, dusted off, etc. as they become or lose their usefulness in the political arenas.

4D chess has nothing on this,

Former President Donald Trump endorses Sean Parnell for U.S. Senate. Here is the Playbook.

Trump Endorses Parnell for Senate: Former President Donald Trump pointed to Sean Parnell’s military service in the endorsement, while also saying the GOP Senate hopeful will fight for “Election Integrity, Strong Borders, our Second Amendment, Energy Jobs, and so much more.”

‘GOP lawmakers go to court to challenge mail-in voting law’: The Associated Press reports that “fourteen Republican lawmakers have filed a new lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting law, calling it unconstitutional and asking for it to be thrown out.”

‘Pennsylvania’s carbon plan clears last regulatory hurdle’: The Associated Press reports that “the centerpiece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to fight climate change passed its last regulatory hurdle Wednesday, in a hard-fought bid to make Pennsylvania the first major fossil fuel state to adopt a carbon pricing policy.”

‘Pa. Republicans eye constitutional amendment to restrict top health official, confine powers’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “one day after Republicans who control the state Legislature railed against a new statewide mask mandate in K-12 schools and childcare centers, a group of GOP lawmakers are again eyeing the constitutional amendment process to limit the authority of the state’s top health official.”

‘For the first time, Pa. Senate gives public online access to spending records’: Spotlight PA reports that “the Pennsylvania Senate for the first time is giving the public online access to the way the chamber and its elected members spend millions in taxpayer money on themselves.”

‘How Pa. lawmakers, elected officials, and U.S. Senate hopefuls reacted to Texas abortion ban’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports how “Pennsylvania lawmakers, organizations and candidates reacted” to “a Texas law that would ban most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy went into effect Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to act on an emergency request to stop it, the New York Times and other news organizations reported.”

‘Pa. will require masks in schools: Questions and answers’: PennLive provides a “quick overview of the mask requirement in schools” in Pennsylvania.

‘Northampton County executive candidate speaks out after viral video on school mask mandates’: WFMZ reports that “after receiving social media criticism, Steve Lynch put out a YouTube video the next day claiming he did not intend to incite violence or physical intimidation. But the Republican candidate for Northampton County executive says he stands by his speech made at a rally in Harrisburg Sunday where he said he was going to school boards to remove members.”

‘Governor Tom Wolf Activates Pennsylvania Air National Guard To Support Afghan Ally Refuge Efforts’: KDKA reports that “Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced on Wednesday that 43 Pennsylvania Air National Guard members have been activated to help with Afghan ally refuge efforts in the U.S.”

‘In South Philly, HUD secretary announces major steps to increase affordable housing’: KYW Newsradio reports that “the Biden administration is relaunching the Federal Financing Bank in order to make loans available for affordable residential development. It’s one of several steps that U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge announced to create more affordable housing.”

‘Parents, students criticize mask mandate at meeting spearheaded by Northampton County executive candidate’: WFMZ reports that “hours after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf put the mandate in effect, angry parents in Northampton County are taking action… a couple dozen parents and student set up shop Tuesday night under a pavilion at 26th Street Park in Northampton. Steve Lynch, a candidate for Northampton County executive, rallied them together.”

Giordano Backs McSwain for Governor: TalkRadio 1210 WPHT’s Dom Giordano penned an op-ed for the Delaware Valley Journal titled, “Backing McSwain for Governor for Law and Order,” where he details his support for Bill McSwain for Governor. McSwain, a former U.S Attorney who served during President Donald Trump’s administration, is a potential candidate for Governor.

‘Houlahan bill would create cybersecurity job training programs’: The Daily Local News reports that “U.S. Representatives Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) have introduced the Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Expansion Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would strengthen the U.S.’ cyber defenses and cybersecurity workforce by creating two new training programs within the federal government. One of the training programs would specifically recruit veterans for these in-demand jobs.”

‘Thompson, Keller rip Biden address on Afghanistan pullout’: The Bradford Era reports that Reps. Fred Keller (R-Snyder) and G.T. Thompson (R-Centre) criticized President Joe Biden’s speech on Tuesday following the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

‘Newtown 9/11 Ceremony To Honor First Responders Past and Present’: Newtown Patch reports that “Newtown is set to host a 9/11 memorial ceremony at Pickering Field to honor first responders past and present.” Former Gov. Mark Schweiker “is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the ceremony on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.”

‘Bucks County state lawmakers respond to Pa. Health Department order on mandatory school masking’: The Bucks Local News reports that “Bucks County state lawmakers are responding to an order issued on Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Health mandating masking at all grade levels beginning Sept. 7. Here’s what they are saying:”

‘York County split on Gov. Tom Wolf’s new mask mandate’: The York Dispatch reports that “the debate over mask mandates continues across Pennsylvania in the wake of Gov. Tom Wolf new statewide mask mandate for schools and child care facilities Tuesday.”

‘Many in Chester County support school mask mandate’: The Daily Local News reports that “many parents and education officials in Chester County are welcoming the Department of Health’s order mandating masks for all students in Pennsylvania’s public and private schools, as well as child care facilities.”

‘Key Republican Flips On Allegheny County’s Paid Sick Time Bill, Setting It Up For Sept. 14 Vote’: WESA reports that “after an earlier paid sick leave proposal languished for nearly a year in an Allegheny County Council committee, the head of that panel says she now supports the policy, and will move quickly to pass a new version of it.”

‘County exec, health director praise school masking mandate’: The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that “Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Health Director Dr. Debra Bogen on Wednesday praised the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s decision to require universal masking in schools to protect against the spread of Covid-19.”

‘‘Mad or nah?’: Philly residents react to the city welcoming Afghan refugees’: WHYY reports that “Tamara Russell, aka P.O.C., hit the streets of Philadelphia to talk with residents and gauge their attitudes toward the promise of help for Afghan evacuees.”

‘Philly is still refunding suburban commuters for their 2020 wage taxes’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Philadelphia has already paid back more than $81 million in wage taxes to suburban residents who worked from home last year instead of commuting to the city — and officials are still processing refund applications.”

‘A Census tale of 2 towns: Which population grew the most in York County? Which shrunk most?’: The York Daily Record reports that “Wellsville recorded the highest growth over the past decade, its population increasing by 24.4%. Meanwhile, Jefferson’s population dropped by 10.2%, the largest percentage drop in York County.”

‘Peduto: Hamlet ethics violations ‘concerning’’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Mayor Bill Peduto on Wednesday said the report of ethical violations by Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet was “concerning” and calls into question whether he should remain the district’s leader moving forward.”

‘New DA Walsh ready to continue Vittone’s legacy’: The Observer-Reporter reports that “​​Jason Walsh, who was elevated to Washington County district attorney last week following the Aug. 21 death of Gene Vittone, said he wants to continue prosecuting major cases while battling the opioid epidemic that is once again claiming countless lives.”

‘Pittsburgh Police to use federal funds for electric bikes, cold cases’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “the Pittsburgh police force is poised to receive just under $342,000 in federal grants that officials say will be used for technology, electric bicycles and consultants on cold cases.”

‘Local unemployment rate dips slightly’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “the local unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point in July and the labor force improved for a second consecutive month, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.”

‘Delco Election Board member resigns’: The Delaware County Daily Times reports that “the Delaware County Board of Elections started its September meeting Wednesday with the announcement that one of the three board members, James J. Byrne Jr., had resigned last week.”

‘Residents Vs. Taney Street’: The Philadelphia Citizen reports that “in the wake of last year’s racial awakening, a group of engaged Taney Street residents sought to shed the racist history of the name. Here’s how they’re doing it.”

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: GOP lawmakers go to court to challenge mail-in voting law
AP: Pennsylvania’s carbon plan clears last regulatory hurdle
AP: Parnell gets Trump endorsement in Pennsylvania Senate race
Spotlight PA: For the first time, Pa. Senate gives public online access to spending records
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. set to enter northeastern initiative limiting carbon from power plants
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Republicans eye constitutional amendment to restrict top health official, confine powers
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How Pa. lawmakers, elected officials, and U.S. Senate hopefuls reacted to Texas abortion ban
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Gov. Wolf signs weather emergency proclamation, officials urge people to stay home
Inquirer: Trump endorses Sean Parnell in Pennsylvania’s 2022 Senate race
Inquirer: Horse deaths at Parx Racing are on pace to surpass 2019′s fatalities
Patriot News: Pa. will require masks in schools: Questions and answers
Patriot News: Pa. reports 3,100 new COVID-19 cases: daily update
KDKA: Governor Tom Wolf Activates Pennsylvania Air National Guard To Support Afghan Ally Refuge Efforts
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Health Department Reports 3,100 New Cases, No Additional Deaths
City & State PA: Pennsylvania takes the final step toward joining RGGI
Post-Gazette: Former President George W. Bush will be the speaker at Flight 93 Memorial on 9/11
WESA: Former President George W. Bush To Reflect On 20th Anniversary Of 9/11 At Flight 93 Memorial
StateImpactPA: Pa.’s RGGI rule, which would put a price on carbon dioxide, nears finish line after oversight board vote
The Hill: Trump endorses Parnell in Pennsylvania Senate race
Pittsburgh Business Times: Independent panel vote helps clear way for Pennsylvania to join RGGI
CNN: Trump endorses Parnell in Pennsylvania Senate race
CNN: Democrats break ranks to back $24 billion boost to Pentagon budget
WTAE: COVID-19 transmission levels in Pennsylvania by county

Philadelphia 
KYW Newsradio: In South Philly, HUD secretary announces major steps to increase affordable housing
KYW Newsradio: UPDATE: Philly teachers union approves deal reached just hours before deadline
Inquirer: Philly is still refunding suburban commuters for their 2020 wage taxes
Inquirer: Inside the PFT’s new contract: 3 years of raises for Philly teachers
Inquirer: Unvaccinated Americans shouldn’t travel for Labor Day weekend, CDC says; hospital capacity stable as cases rise locally
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Mad or nah?’: Philly residents react to the city welcoming Afghan refugees
WHYY Newsworks: Philly teachers poised to ink new ‘on time’ deal with 3% raises
Philadelphia Citizen: Residents Vs. Taney Street
Billy Penn: Philly high school student: I’m ‘hopeful, scared, and nervous’ about return to school with ‘impossible’ rules and regulations

SEPA
Daily Local News: Houlahan bill would create cybersecurity job training programs
Daily Local News: Many in Chester County support school mask mandate
Delco Daily Times: Overdose candlelight vigil brings overdoses out of the darkness
Delco Daily Times: Delco Election Board member resigns
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County prison low on COVID cases
Delco Daily Times: Delco now at ‘high risk’ with rise in COVID cases
Newtown Patch: Newtown 9/11 Ceremony To Honor First Responders Past and Present
Inquirer: Delco jail guards are considering a strike after another worker was attacked
Bucks Local News: Bucks County state lawmakers respond to Pa. Health Department order on mandatory school masking
Bucks Local News: Fitzpatrick announces grant for Bristol and Bensalem fire departments
Bucks County Courier Times: What’s to blame for the worker shortage situation in Bucks County?
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf orders resources to storm-weary Bucks County as Ida continues

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Key Republican Flips On Allegheny County’s Paid Sick Time Bill, Setting It Up For Sept. 14 Vote
WESA: Allegheny County Paid Sick Time Proposal Awaits Further Review, With Vote At Least 2 Weeks Away
WESA: Warden Responds To Criticism Over Allegheny County Jail’s Use Of Force Training, Weapons Contracts
WESA: Gov. Wolf’s Health Department Mandates Masks For Schools, Child Care Facilities
WESA: Pittsburgh Restaurants That Require Vaccination Report Business Is Good
Post-Gazette: Trump endorses Parnell in Pennsylvania Senate race
Post-Gazette: Peduto: Hamlet ethics violations ‘concerning’
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Police to use federal funds for electric bikes, cold cases
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Jail warden defends new guard training contracts
Post-Gazette: Health officials see spike in COVID-19 cases among children in Allegheny County
KDKA: Leaders In Allegheny County Applaud New School Mask Mandate
KDKA: Allegheny County Officials Report No Deaths Or Injuries From Remnants Of Ida, But Leaders Say It’s Not Over Yet
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports 199 New Cases, 3 Additional Deaths
Pittsburgh Business Times: County exec, health director praise school masking mandate
Pittsburgh Business Times: County looks to increase flu vaccinations ahead of projections for bad year
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Jail warden defends militaristic training contracts
Tribune Review: Covid cases in Westmoreland, Allegheny up for 2nd straight month
City Paper: Movements against Critical Race Theory in Pittsburgh-area schools have ties to Republican organizing and right-wing media
City Paper: Loser ex-president endorses Sean Parnell for senate … and lies in the process

SWPA 
Tribune Review: Former President Bush to speak at 20th anniversary of 9/11 in Somerset
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County makes changes to comply with Open Meeting Law
Observer-Reporter: New DA Walsh ready to continue Vittone’s legacy
Observer-Reporter: Programs can help those losing federal jobless benefits
Observer-Reporter: Public works, school districts prepare for remnants of hurricane
Observer-Reporter: Attorney for Uniontown man charged in Capitol riot hospitalized with COVID-19
WESA: Former President George W. Bush To Reflect On 20th Anniversary Of 9/11 At Flight 93 Memorial
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pa. worker shortage lingering as economy struggles to regain steam
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Daily COVID-19 update shows small dip; Cambria adds 37 cases
Altoona Mirror: Agriculture
Altoona Mirror: Blair considering labor attorney fees
Altoona Mirror: Wolf mandates masks in schools

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Local unemployment rate dips slightly
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County Salary Board to meet for first time in 2021
Times-Tribune: Masking is required in Pennsylvania schools, Wolf announces
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County epidemiologist analyzing COVID-19 data, informing pandemic response
Times-Tribune: NEPA sees highest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases since end of April
The Times Leader: Luzerne County allowing weather-related leave for non-essential workers
The Times Leader: 95 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Wednesday; 3,100 statewide
Citizens Voice: Almost 100 new COVID-19 cases reported in county

South Central 
York Dispatch: York County split on Gov. Tom Wolf’s new mask mandate
York Dispatch: York County pauses to investigate controversial prison contractor
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania couple desperate to get their family out of Afghanistan
York Daily Record: A Census tale of 2 towns: Which population grew the most in York County? Which shrunk most?
York Daily Record: Who is the Pennsylvania man speaking for MIA attorney of Capitol insurrection defendants?
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 92 new COVID-19 cases for Cumberland County Wednesday
Patriot News: Meet Harrisburg’s new community service aides, ‘Working for ways to connect everyone’
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County approves hiring and retention bonuses for Lancaster County Prison officers
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County commissioners to vote on bonuses aimed at addressing “unprecedented” prison staff shortages
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘He threw a curveball at us’: Lancaster County school officials, parents react to Wolf’s school mask mandate

Lehigh Valley     
Morning Call: Battle over masks in Pennsylvania schools heads to Legislature as Wolf administration order triggers tumult
WFMZ: Northampton County executive candidate speaks out after viral video on school mask mandates
WFMZ: Parents, students criticize mask mandate at meeting spearheaded by Northampton County executive candidate
WFMZ: Northampton County to vote on $1.25M in small-business grants
Reading Eagle: Berks adds 123 COVID cases in the daily update

North by Northwest
The Bradford Era: Thompson, Keller rip Biden address on Afghanistan pullout
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Williamsport city council returns to remote-only meetings amid COVID spike
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Officials in Lycoming County offer resources near and far in wake of Hurricane Ida
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County commissioners respond to controller’s assertions
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners approve purchases for Lycoming County landfill, other needs

Opinion  
Paul Muschick: Why did Gov. Tom Wolf put school boards through hell if he planned to overrule them on masks?
Dom Giordano: Backing McSwain for Governor for Law and Order
Signe Espinoza: GOP lawmakers are wrong, vaccines and abortions save lives
Joyce M. Davis: Thank you, Gov. Wolf! You’ve mandated masks in K-12, and parents are overjoyed | Social Views
John L. Micek: Gov. Tom Wolf finally imposed a school mask mandate. It’s about time | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Hunter DeRensis: Nation-Building Abroad Eroded Pennsylvanians’ Trust in Institutions
Bruce Katz, Colin Higgins, Karyn Bruggeman and Michael Tolan: A Better Way To Spend COVID Relief Funds
Arthur Steinberg: Troubled PSERS must change to support hardworking educators
Randy Parker: Here’s how the York Daily Record is doing in its efforts to reflect diversity of this area
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Given the delta threat, the mask mandate for K-12 schools and child care facilities was overdue but the right call
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: New state database will identify cops with misconduct claims
Bill White: [Bleep] Biden signs are one of my pet peeves
Dr. James H. Birkholz: The Cornwall Lebanon School Board’s decision against masking defies both logic and science
Albert Eisenberg: There are fair compromises on LGBTQ protections — but the Equality Act falls short
Solomon Jones: Measuring the cost of the Afghanistan war in dollars — and missed opportunities at home
James E Williams Jr.,(USA, COL., Ret.): Men take better care of their cars than their health
Aarushi Dedhiya: Social media can be dangerous to both teens and adults
Henry Joyce: Here’s how to eliminate the coronavirus
The Angry Grammarian: Calling people ‘the unvaccinated’ could be a deadly shift in language

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