How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Pennsylvania politics

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Candy Woodall and JD Prose

About This Series: Over the next few weeks, reporters at USA Today’s Pennsylvania Network will take a look at the impact of COVID-19 on the Commonwealth over the past year and what the future holds.

State House Republicans began this week with an investigation into the Wolf administration for its management of retirement homes and long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This political fight launched on Monday is the latest in a series of partisan battles in a year in which COVID-19 changed Pennsylvania politics.

More:Pennsylvania. House leader wants to investigate Wolf administration’s actions on nursing homes, COVID

Since Governor Tom Wolf announced the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 on March 6 and the school and business closures soon after, he has met resistance from Republicans.

A debate started last year on public health and the economy. Democrats were seen as the party that put public health first, and Republicans were seen as the party that put the economy first.

The vitriolic political and cultural battle has become as fierce as the novel coronavirus, with toxic rhetoric, a cycle of impeachment calls and armed rallies on the steps of the State Capitol Building.

Political debates have been replaced by partisan warfare as Wolf has faced a complex daily challenge for the past year: controlling the spread of the virus, protecting the most vulnerable, reopening the economy, allowing students to come back …

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