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Name: Kathy Hinsman
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PA Dems advisory concerning May Primary

The first question on your 2021 PA Primary ballot asks whether partisan legislators should be able to terminate a governor's existing emergency declaration, like the one being used now to fight the pandemic.

This amendment would allow partisan politicians to derail nonpartisan emergency response. It could even put Harrisburg gridlock in the way of health experts and first responders.

VOTE NO to keep partisan politics out of Pennsylvania's disaster response.

Just like the first, the second question on your 2021 PA Primary ballot would strip power from the governor, health experts, and emergency responders to put it in the hands of the gridlocked PA legislature.

In this case, the amendment would automatically terminate emergency declarations after just three weeks. Only the legislature would have the power to extend or renew emergencies.

VOTE NO to keep partisan politics out of Pennsylvania's disaster response.

The third question on your 2021 PA Primary ballot asks whether the state constitution should specifically prohibit the denial of equal rights based on race or ethnicity.

This amendment offers additional protection against laws or policies that would deny Communities of Color their legal rights. It codifies the progress many Pennsylvanians have fought for for so long.

VOTE YES to help ensure equal rights under the law for all Pennsylvanians.

These important ballot questions show the value of voting in every single election! Please share this guidance with fellow PA voters and ask them to vote No, No, Yes with you.

Polls are open from 7 AM until 8 PM on Tuesday, May 18th. You can also vote from home by requesting your mail ballot right now.

Pittsburgh Area: AHN, UPMC plan large vaccine clinics for Pittsburgh area

(link) https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/04/07/vaccine-clinics-pittsburgh-area-johnson-and-johnson-shot-upmc-ahn/stories/202104070109

Allegheny Health Network and UPMC have announced upcoming large-scale vaccination clinics where they will administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The AHN clinic, in partnership with the Allegheny County Health Department, plans to vaccinate 13,000 people at their two-day clinic scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The clinic will be at Next Tier Connect at Pittsburgh East, an office building near the AHN Forbes Hospital in Monroeville.

The clinic is open to eligible people in phases 1A and 1B. People interested must pre-register by calling 412-362-8677 or going online to AHN’s website.

- more at link -

Major opportunity to get J&J vaccine in Monroeville today and tomorrow. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY. Bring ID and proof of age or eligibility as 1A or 1B. Masks and social distancing required, no charge for the vaccine of course.

There's a store shooting in Bryan, Texas - 6 people are injured

(link) https://www.wpxi.com/news/trending/several-people-injured-texas-shooting-police-say/PBIFYM3BNZEUZPE3BDCZHZDR34/

BRYAN, Texas — Six people were injured after a gunman opened fire Thursday at a cabinet store in a Bryan, Texas, industrial park, police confirmed.

Bryan Police Lt. Jason James confirmed to CNN that six people had been injured, although he did not say how many people were shot. No other details were immediately released, The Eagle of Bryan-College Station reported.

Bryan police confirmed that the shooting occurred at Kent Moore Cabinets in Bryan, KBTX reported. The store is a custom cabinet manufacturer and is located in the Brazos County Industrial Park, KAGS-TV reported.

James added that no one was in custody, but said employees at the business were being interviewed. James added that witnesses had identified a suspect.

more at link

This is a breaking story, more to come on 6 p.m. news.

Thursday morning joke (found on Reddit)

A frog walks into a bank, and approaches the teller. He sees the teller's name tag is Paddy Black and says, "I'd like to take out a loan, Mrs. Black."

"Certainly," says the teller, "how much would that be for?"

"One million dollars," replies the frog. "Don't worry, it's ok, I know the manager."

The teller is understandably taken aback by this, and asks if the frog has any collateral to cover this.

"As a matter of fact, I do!" says the frog, and he reaches into his pocket and hands over a tiny ceramic elephant.

"What?!" says the teller, "This is garbage! I can't take this!"

"Well, take it up with my father then!" the frog retorts.

"Oh yeah, and who might that be?" The teller is quickly getting more and more annoyed at the frog.

"Why, it's Keith Richards!" The frog is waiting impatiently, tapping his toe on the ground. "Now, can I have that loan or not?"

"Wait right here," the teller says, as she proceeds into the manager's office.

"Sir, there's a frog out there who claims to know you, and wants a million dollar loan. He claims his father is Keith Richards! He even gave me this as collateral," she says, holding up the elephant. "I mean, what even is this?"

The manager takes a look at the elephant and replies, "It's a knick knack, Paddy Black, give the frog a loan. His old man's a rolling stone!"

Daylight Savings Time (2021) begins Sunday, March 14th

Turn your clocks ahead 1 hour on Saturday night, March 13th.

It's hard to believe, but we've made it through another winter.

Activists get behind legislation to open legislative redistricting process in Pennsylvania

Link: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2021/03/03/redistricting-reform-Pennsylvania-congressional-map-Fair-Districts-PA-legislative-process/stories/202103030162

Activists are launching a campaign to contact Pennsylvania’s 253 lawmakers advocating the passage of a bill that they say would bring more transparency to the process of redrawing legislative and congressional boundaries.

Fair Districts PA, a coalition of groups that support redistricting reform, is calling the effort the “March Toward Transparency.” It’s intended to garner the votes needed to pass Senate Bill 222 and its companion bill in the state House, which would formally outline a process of public input when state legislative and congressional districts are drawn over the next year or two.

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For years, advocates had fought to take the power over redrawing district lines from the Legislature and give it to an independent commission, but support never materialized and time ran out, leaders say. Now, they want to push through a bill that — at the very least — would shed light on the process.

If passed, the legislation would mandate a series of live-streamed public hearings before and after lawmakers approve their preliminary plans. Then allow citizens to submit their own maps to “be given consideration equal to formal testimony presented at public hearings,” according to a sponsorship memo. It also would require the launch of a website for data, proposed maps and public comment.

“I’ve been advocating for it as a transparency process, and I think that’s a great story,” said House bill sponsor Wendi Thomas, R-Bucks, in remarks to the Fair Districts PA seminar. “I think most legislators want government to be transparent. It’s a very unifying message that everybody can get behind.”

- more at link -

Info on the spotted lanternfly infestation

Link: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly

Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect that has spread throughout Pennsylvania since its discovery in Berks County in 2014. SLF feeds on the plant sap of many different plants including grapevines, maples, black walnut, and other important plants in PA. If you see SLF, help us stop it in its tracks! To report a sighting, use our reporting tool below or call our hotline at 1-888-422-3359.

Why You Should Care

SLF is a serious invasive pest with a healthy appetite for our plants and it can be a significant nuisance, affecting the quality of life and enjoyment of the outdoors. If not contained, spotted lanternfly potentially could drain Pennsylvania’s economy of at least $324 million annually, according to a study carried out by economists at Penn State. The spotted lanternfly uses its piercing-sucking mouthpart to feed on sap from over 70 different plant species. It has a strong preference for economically important plants including grapevines, maple trees, black walnut, birch, willow, and other trees. The feeding damage significantly stresses the plants which can lead to decreased health and potentially death.

As SLF feeds, the insect excretes honeydew (a sugary substance) which can attract bees, wasps, and other insects. The honeydew also builds up and promotes the growth for sooty mold (fungi), which can cover the plant, forest understories, patio furniture, cars, and anything else found below SLF feeding.

- more at link -

Edit to add video:

Lots of info for homeowners and gardeners, how to identify the spotted lanternfly, how to get rid of eggs, etc. And here I was all worried about stinkbugs!

New look for the distinguished Senator from Texas

Former Hershey PA basketball coach charged in U.S. Capitol riot

(link) https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2021/02/17/Former-Hershey-Christian-Academy-basketball-coach-charged-U-S-Capitol-riot-bozell/stories/202102170103

A Hershey resident who used to coach at Hershey Christian Academy has been charged in connection with the U.S. Capitol riots on Jan. 6, according to newly unsealed documents.

Leo Brent Bozell IV, 41, is charged with illegally entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct and impeding an official session of Congress, according to the federal affidavit. Footage from the riot shows Bozell inside the Capitol, including the U.S. Senate floor, according to an affidavit written by Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent Lynda W. Thomas.

The charging documents show the process of Bozell being identified, which included the online conversation about him, as he was wearing a Hershey Christian Academy sweatshirt during the riot.

Back in January, the Hummelstown-based academy released a statement after these social media postings indicated that Bozell might be associated with the school:

“Hershey Christian Academy, as an organization, does not engage in political activities, and has no political views of its own, nor does Hershey Christian Academy express any opinions on the political beliefs of others,” officials said on Jan. 15. “Hershey Christian Academy is available to any and all law enforcement authorities that are investigating this matter, and they will have our full cooperation.”

The school also said that he was not a board member, employee or representative of the academy. Now, court records show that Bozell was a coach with the school until March 2020.

- more at link -

Feds got another one.

York County GOP committee votes to censure Sen. Pat Toomey

Link: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2021/02/15/York-County-republican-committee-vote-to-censure-U-S-Senator-Pat-Toomey-trump-impeachment/stories/202102150065

The York County Republican Committee has voted to censure Republican Sen. Pat Toomey following his decision to find former President Donald Trump guilty of inciting the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot at the end of the weeklong impeachment trial.

Trump was acquitted by a 57-43 Senate vote Saturday afternoon, but Mr. Toomey was among seven Republicans voting to convict the former president. That night, the York County Republican Committee approved censuring Mr. Toomey during its meeting.

The committee, in a press release, said that Mr. Toomey’s voting record over the past four years runs counter to the principles of the GOP and that he’s out of touch with the core beliefs of Pennsylvania Republicans.

“For the past four years Sen. Toomey sat silently as a hyper-partisan Democrat Congress relentlessly attacked President Trump, impeaching him twice on fabricated charges,” said state House Rep. Dawn Keefer, a Republican who represents parts of York and Cumberland counties and who proposed the resolution.

“Given [Toomey’s] recent support of the second unconstitutional impeachment effort against a president who is no longer in office, the York County Republican Committee has reached the limits of its frustration,” she said.

Gee that's not how I remember it, Dawn Keefer. All I can remember are the hundreds of times Toomey gave rubber-stamp approval to every one of Chump's initiatives for 4 years.

Hyper-partisanship? Looking squarely at the Pennsylvania Repuke Party.

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