Jan 17, 2021

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State capitals are preparing for unrest after far-right threats, and residents are dreading it: ‘I feel like I’ve been held hostage’

By Anna Orso
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A member of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police guards the entrance to the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex in Harrisburg on Jan. 13. State capitol buildings across the country are under heightened security after the siege of the U.S. Capitol last week. JOSE F. MORENO / Staff Photographer HARRISBURG — Harrisburg, Pa., is not Washington, D.C. The ornate state capitol building is smack in the middle of the city’s downtown. There is no two-mile National Mall lined with monuments leading up to it. It’s surrounded by shops and cafes, and hundreds of people live a football field’s distance from the stairs. So when a mob of […]Read more >
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Biden taps Jaime Harrison to serve as Democratic chairman

By Bill Barrow and Meg Kinnard, Associated Press
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This Oct. 17, 2020 photo shows then-Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison speaking at a campaign rally in North Charleston, S.C. Meg Kinnard / AP WILMINGTON, Del. — Jaime Harrison, the failed South Carolina Senate candidate and longtime Democratic Party official, is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the national party, according to multiple party officials. Harrison is expected to be elected without any significant opposition when the Democratic National Committee convenes next Thursday in a virtual session, a day after Biden is inaugurated. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision […]Read more >
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To do this week: Take care of yourself and others

By Staff Reports
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Let 2021 be a balance of self-care and taking care of others. On the to-do list this week: Make your life a little easier. We have some takeout options you can feel good about, and some local businesses that have self-care items to get us through these cold, dark days. And we have a calendar of MLK Day events and volunteer opportunities so you can take care of other people, too. Plus: If you’re struggling with patience right now, it’s not just you. We have some tips for dealing with that. And remember: We’ve collected our best Philly tips all in one place here. Stay healthy, stay safe, and, as much as possible, it’s […]Read more >
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A former Philly insurance executive is eyeing a run for Pennsylvania governor

By Andrew Seidman
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Daniel J. Hilferty speaks at a Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia event in Philadelphia on Feb.11, 2020. MONICA HERNDON / Staff Photographer A former Philadelphia insurance executive is taking steps toward a potential Republican campaign for Pennsylvania governor next year, according to two people familiar with his plans. Daniel J. Hilferty, the former CEO of Independence Health Group, has been calling potential donors and gauging interest among supporters for a prospective candidacy, according to one person with direct knowledge of the matter. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to […]Read more >