Sunday, June 18, 2023

Top 10 Stories: Harrisburg/PA Politics Reported By Local News Media Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else--

-- Gov. Shapiro

-- AP: Gov. Shapiro: Collapsed Stretch Of I-95 In Philadelphia To Reopen Within 2 Weeks

-- Inside Climate News: Secretive State Climate Talks Stir Discontent With Gov. Shapiro On Variety Of Environmental Issues, Including Dimock Shale Gas Drilling Settlement

-- PA Senate/House

-- Spotlight PA: PA Lawmakers Ask For Investigations After Gaming Regulators Met Privately With Casino Lobbyists

-- U.S. Senate/House

-- WKBN: PA U.S. Senator Fetterman, Other Members Introduce Bill To Create Spotted Lanternfly Research & Development Program

-- National Politics

-- Inquirer: What Biden’s Campaign Kickoff In Philadelphia Signals About His Reelection Campaign

-- Inquirer: Some PA Supporters Of Ex-President Are Tired And Looking For Alternatives: ‘This Is Not Going To Stop’

-- Post-Gazette: PA Congressional Republicans Jumped To Defend Ex-President, In Harrisburg It’s More Of A Mixed Bag

-- LancasterOnline Editorial: Another Warning About Danger To Democracy Posed By FreePA, Moms For Liberty

-- PennLive: Use Of Fake Images In Republican Presidential Race Part Of AI ‘Arms Race’

-- Election Reforms

-- WITF: Interstate Partnership Help Prevents Voter Fraud In PA, So Why Is A PA Republican Senator Pushing For The State To Leave It?

-- Scranton Times Editorial: Election Audit Proves Security; Expanded Access

-- Citizens Voice: Luzerne County DA Report On Ballot Paper Shortage Finds No Crime, Cites Human Error, Lack Of Training

-- I-95 Collapse Philadelphia

-- AP: Gov. Shapiro: Collapsed Stretch Of I-95 In Philadelphia To Reopen Within 2 Weeks

-- AP: PA Using Tons Of Recycled Glass Nuggets To Rebuild Collapsed I-95 In Philadelphia

-- Inquirer: How Aero Aggregates Recycled Glass Will Be Used To Rebuild I-95

-- WHYY: Following I-95 Gasoline Tanker Truck Fire, Experts Weigh In On Environmental Impacts

-- Inquirer: PA Lawmakers Already Working To Extend Emergency Declaration For I-95 Collapse Or It Will Expire In 21 Days

-- Inquirer: Months Of Repairs And Travel Headaches Ahead After An I-95 Bridge Collapsed In A Fire In Philadelphia

-- WHYY: PA Gov., Philly Mayor, Transportation Leaders Outline Response To I-95 Highway Collapse

-- Norfolk Southern Train Derailment

-- Spotlight PA - Stephen Caruso: Train Safety Bill Inspired By Norfolk Southern Train Derailment Faces Tough Odds In PA Senate

-- LancasterOnline: 3 Lancaster Republican Lawmakers Opposed Bipartisan Railroad Safety Bill

-- PennLive: Diesel Storage Tank Leak Reported On Norfolk Southern Property In Harrisburg June 8

-- East Palestine, OH Residents Cause A Stir In Columbus In An Attempt To Get State Emergency Declaration For Norfolk Southern Train Derailment

-- The Allegheny Front: EPA Assures Farmers It’s Safe To Grow Food Near Norfolk Southern Train Derailment Site

-- PA Politics Of Russian Invasion

-- TribLive: PA Average Gasoline Price Down 28% From Record High Set 1 Year Ago

-- AAA Average Gasoline Prices: Pennsylvania $3.64, National $3.57

-- PUC Vice Chairman: During Winter Storm Elliot We Learned Natural Gas Can Be An Intermittent Generator Of Electricity Just Like Renewables  [PaEN] 

-- S&P Global: Federal Inquiry Finds Same 3 Causes Driving U.S. Electric Generation Outages In Extreme Cold - Reliability Of Natural Gas System Remains A Concern  [PaEN]   

-- Utility Dive: Power Plants Remain Vulnerable To Outages In Extreme Cold, Despite Warnings, FERC, NERC Find

-- Utility Dive: PJM Interconnect’s Electric Power Capacity Market Is Sound, But Changes Needed To Adapt To Evolving Grid Mix, Extreme Weather: FERC Panelists

-- PUC Releases Summer Readiness Reports From Electric Utilities - Adequate Capacity And Supply To Meet Summer Energy Needs  [PaEN]

-- Utility Dive: FERC Approves PJM Electricity Capacity Auction Delays To Incorporate Potential Market Reforms

-- Observer-Reporter Editorial: The Struggle Between [Electric] Power And Money

-- PUC Approves 6.8% Natural Gas Rate Increase For National Fuel Gas

-- Baker Hughes: Pennsylvania Natural Gas Drill Rigs Down 2 to 22 Last Week

-- Bloomberg: European Natural Gas Prices Spike As Major Dutch Gas Site Set To Close

-- Bloomberg: Europe’s Fragile Natural Gas Market Show Huge Price Swings Last Week, Shows Risk Of Crisis Redux

-- PA Business Report: Allentown-based Air Products To Supply Qatargas With LNG Natural Gas Technology, Equipment 

-- Wall Street Journal: Oil/Gas Drilling Stocks Plunge On Bets For Oil Price Slump; Natural Gas Prices Down 38% Since December

-- AP: Germany Hails EU Deal On Renewable Energy Raising Target For 2030 To 45%

-- Financial Times: Shell Pledges To Invest In New Oil And Gas Production For Years To Come

-- Financial Times: Williams Pipeline Says US Green Energy Shift Will Need More Natural Gas As A ‘Back-Up’

-- PA/Harrisburg Politics Potpourri

-- WESA: Allegheny County Democrats Pledge Unity After Tough Primary As Leaders Look Ahead To Change

-- PA Role In Assault On U.S. Capitol

-- Crawford County Man Gets 30 Months In Prison For Crimes Related To Assault On U.S. Capitol

-- Inquirer: PA Republican Emails Shed New Light On 2020 Election Upheaval; Show How Conspiracy Theories Permeated Legislature

-- Budget 2023

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: PA Senate Republican Leader Shares His Thoughts On Topics On The Budget Table

-- PennLive - John Baer: PA Governors’ First State Budget Deals Can Get Dicey

-- York Daily Record: Why Gov. Shapiro’s First Budget Could Be Heading Into Overtime

-- Spotlight PA: How Landmark School Funding Lawsuit Is Shaping Budget Negotiations

-- Health Care

-- AP: The Great Gift: How Billions In COVID Relief Aid Was Stolen Or Wasted; Business Fraud At SBA Over $106 Billion

-- Education

-- Spotlight PA: How Landmark School Funding Lawsuit Is Shaping Budget Negotiations

-- Spotlight PA: Penn State Has 26-Person, $11.4 Million Legal Unit, Why Does It Hire Outside Law Firms?

-- PennLive - Jan Murphy: Faculty Contract At PA State-Owned Universities To Expire Without New Agreement In Place

-- Law Enforcement

-- PennLive - Charles Thompson: PA State Trooper, Suspect Killed, Another Trooper Badly Injured In Juniata County Shootout

-- AP: Pittsburgh Synagogue Gunman Found Guilty In Deadliest Attack On Jewish People In US History

-- PennLive: Gun Owners Defend Their Rights At PA Capitol Rally; ‘Guns Are Not Inherently Violent’

-- AP: Federal Indictment: Mount Carmel Borough Police Officers Kicked, Punches, Choked Arrestees

-- AP: Woman Charged With Aggravated Assault After Shooting Cameron County DA In Leg

-- The Economy

-- Dept. Of Labor & Industry: PA Unemployment Declines To Record Low 4.0% In May

-- The Center Square: Surging Child Labor Violations In PA Prompt Legislative Action

-- Post-Gazette/ - Robert Swift: PA House Panel OKs Minimum Wage Hike On Party-Line Vote

-- SpotlightPA - Stephen Caruso: Why Some Lawmakers Think This Will Be The Year PA Raises Its Minimum Wage

-- AP: The Great Gift: How Billions In COVID Relief Aid Was Stolen Or Wasted; Business Fraud At SBA Over $106 Billion

-- Other

-- Dept. Of Revenue Extends Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline To Dec. 31

[Posted: June 18, 2023] 

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