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What We’re Hearing
“It’s just hard to watch their disappointment time and time again, because there are many who are really relying on their day in court.” – Mike McDonnell
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1. PA Child Sexual Abuse Survivors’ Wait For Justice Likely To Continue
photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Capital-Star
“Child sexual abuse survivors are coming to grips with the likelihood they will endure another delay in their chance to pursue justice against their abusers and the institutions that protected them.
The state House of Representatives on Tuesday recessed until Feb. 27 – a month past the deadline set by former Gov. Tom Wolf who called the General Assembly into special session to pass a constitutional amendment expanding the time allowed for victims to seek civil suits against abusers and get it before voters in the May primary.” (PennLive)
PA House Leaders Are On a Listening Tour: Sex Abuse Survivors Feel Unheard – Again. “Though the Pennsylvania General Assembly this month seemed on the verge of taking action for childhood sexual abuse survivors, movement on the issue appears to have fallen casualty to political infighting and a dysfunctional House of Representatives.” (USA TODAY PA State Capital Bureau)
2. Shapiro Signs Order Establishing Office of Transformation and Opportunity
“There’s a new Cabinet position in the Commonwealth. Gov. Josh Shapiro signed an executive order on Tuesday creating the Office of Transformation and Opportunity and named Ben Kirshner as the Chief Transformation and Opportunity Officer.” (PoliticsPA)
Shapiro Creates New Economic Development Strike Force In Governor’s Office. “Continuing to tick off campaign promises he can control, Gov. Josh Shapiro on Tuesday signed an executive order that he hopes will bring Pennsylvania more success when it comes to landing “big fish” economic projects.” (PennLive)
- Office of Transformation and Opportunity Aims to be One-Stop Shop’ For PA Businesses. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
Shapiro Wants PA Pension Funds To Ditch Wall Street Money Managers. “Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro wants to cut back on state pension funds’ reliance on outside investment contractors, who manage billions of dollars in public money while collecting lucrative state fees.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
PA Hospitals Call On Shapiro To Address State’s Health Care Worker Shortage. “Citing Pennsylvania’s dubious distinction of having some of the most severe shortages of health care professionals in the nation, hospitals want Gov. Josh Shapiro and lawmakers to act.” (Morning Call)
Why Rainbow Room’s Queer Prom Is Center of Controversy In Mastriano’s Plan To Ban Drag Shows. “Pennsylvania State Sen. Doug Mastriano wants to ban drag shows from public places, and cites a Bucks County resource center for LGBTQ teens and their Queer Prom as an example of the kind of events he is trying to legislate.” (Bucks County Courier Times)
Around The Commonwealth
3. Philly NAACP Protests Union League Honor For Fla. Governor Ron DeSantis
“Hours before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was set to be honored at the Union League in Philadelphia, demonstrators decried the award, calling it a “slap in the face” to Black and brown people.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Union League Event Honoring DeSantis Draws Protest. “A large crowd of community members and activists gathered at the headquarters of the Union League of Philadelphia’s headquarters Tuesday evening to protest the club’s event honoring Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.” (Philadelphia Tribune)
Street Endorses Rhynhart For Mayor. “In her quest to become Philadelphia’s first female mayor, former city controller Rebecca Rhynhart called upon someone for an endorsement who knows the job well – former two-term mayor John Street.” (PoliticsPA)
Gainey Orders Review To Make Sure Pittsburgh’s Big Nonprofits Are Paying Fair Share In Taxes. “Mayor Ed Gainey signed an executive order on Tuesday directing the city of Pittsburgh’s finance and law departments to review all tax-exempt properties in the city, to ensure their tax-exempt status meets the state’s legal requirements.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
Smucker: Debate Over Raising Federal Debt Ceiling Should Launch Larger Conversation About Nation’s Finances. “The sky isn’t falling in the nation’s capital, according to U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker. At least not when it comes to the debt ceiling and the larger debate about the national debt, the Lancaster County Republican said, dismissing warnings from Democrats who say House Republicans are holding the nation’s fortunes hostage.” (LNP)
PA County Official Has Had Enough With 2020 Election Recount: ‘It’s Time To Move On.’ “Lycoming County Commissioner Scott L. Metzger on Tuesday said he’s spent enough time looking back now that the hand recount for the 2020 presidential and auditor general races has been completed.” (PennLive)
- After $11K Bill, Will Lycoming County Move On From 2020 Election? (Williamsport Sun-Gazette)
How Communities In North-Central PA Are Attempting To Preserve A Scarce Resource: Darkness. “Light pollution is slowly encroaching on the Pennsylvania Wilds. Environmental groups and residents are suggesting regulations that protect night sky views and the commerce they bring.” (Spotlight PA)
Greensburg Police Chief Charged In Connection With Drug Distribution Conspiracy. “Greensburg Police Chief Shawn Denning has been charged by federal officials with six counts of drug-related offenses.” (Tribune-Review)
Luzerne County Council Votes Down Home Rule Study Commission Ballot Question. “A question on whether to reconsider Luzerne County’s home rule government won’t be placed on the May 16 primary election ballot, a council majority decided Tuesday.” (Times Leader)
4. What They’re Saying
A glance around the Keystone State at editorials and opinions.
- Where’s The Honor In The Union League’s Celebration of Ron DeSantis? (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- PA House Republican Leaders Voted For a Democrat Speaker Despite Holding The Majority. (David H. Zimmerman, Broad + Liberty)
- Will Pittsburgh Nonprofits Pass a Charity Inspection? (Tribune-Review)
- Disclose Donors, Inaugural Spending. (Times-Tribune)
- Harrisburg, Let Cops Have Tools To Enforce Speed Limit. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
- Want Growth In Erie? Cut Taxes On Homes and Jobs, Hike Taxes On Land Instead. (Chuck Nelson, Erie Times-News)
- Republicans Are Riding High On ‘Place-Based Resentment.’ (Thomas B. Edsall, New York Times)
- A Warning to the Media About the Next Presidential Race. (Jeff Greenfield, POLITICO)
5. Want Eagles’ Tickets? Sorry.
Tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship Game between the Eagles and the 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field sold out in minutes on Tuesday.
Some fans who logged on to Ticketmaster at 10am say they remained stuck in the queue for “nearly an hour” with more than 2,000 of buyers ahead of them. (WPVI)
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