Bellevue Bulletin, 11/13/2020

Bellevue Bulletin, 11/13/2020

Federal

Biden Wins Pennsylvania, Presidency 

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to win Pennsylvania and the White House. 
  • Biden leads with 307 electoral votes, after flipping a number of states blue. 
  • Erie and Northampton county flipped back to Democratic after going red in 2016, adding to large numbers for Biden in Allegheny, Philly suburbs, and Lackawanna County. 

Trump says coronavirus vaccine could be widely available by April as U.S. shatters case record

  • The United States reports more than 177,000 new coronavirus cases, the record high for the third days straight. 
  • A vaccine could become widely available to the general population as early as April, according to President Trump.

State

Statewide Election Updates:

  • For Attorney General, Josh Shapiro defeated GOP challenger Heather Heidelbaugh. The AP called the race for Shapiro last Friday afternoon. As of Friday morning, Shapiro leads Heidelbaugh by 287,565 votes (4.28%).
  • For Auditor General, Republican Tim DeFoor defeated Democrat Nina Ahmad. The AP called the race for DeFoor last Friday morning. As of Friday morning, DeFoor leads by 222,545 votes (3.34%).
  • For Treasurer, Republican challenger Stacy Garrity defeated incumbent Treasurer Joe Torsella. On Tuesday afternoon, Torsella conceded in the race. As of Friday morning, Garrity leads by 67,634 votes (1.02%). – Via Politics PA 

Wolf extends Pa.’s opioid disaster declaration as COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket | Friday Morning Coffee

  • On Thursday, Governor Wolf extended Pennsylvania’s opioid disaster declaration for the 12th time. 
  • The public health crisis continues unabated amid COVID-19.
  • Wolf signed the state’s 11th renewal in August, and it has been renewed every 90 days since its inception in January, 2018.

City

Philly City Council has formally apologized for the deadly 1985 MOVE bombing

  • On Thursday, Philadelphia City Council voted to apologize for the MOVE bombing that occurred 35 years ago and left 11 people dead, including five children. 
  • The bombing burned 61 homes in West Philadelphia, where Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, who sponsored the resolution, represents. 

Biden’s COVID-19 task force includes physicians from Philly and Princeton with long public health resumés

  • President-elect Joe Biden has named two Philadelphia-area physicians to his coronavirus task force as the presidential transition period begins. 
  • Ezekiel Emanuel is the first, a University of Pennsylvania oncologist and medical ethics expert.
  • The second is Julie Morita, the executive vice president of the Princeton, N.J.-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Look at this!

Ward, McClinton shatter 244-year-old glass ceiling in Pa. General Assembly

Rep. Joanna McClinton will be the first Black woman to serve as Minority Leader in Pennsylvania’s state House. Sen. Kim Ward will be the first woman to serve as majority leader in Pennsylvania’s state Senate.

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