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5/11 Ups & Downs

Mary Gay Scanlon polls ahead in a crowded primary, Dom Costa seeks a new nomination strategy, the school funding formula loses in court, and the Washington Capitals finally get by the Penguins.  See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!


Up-Arrow4-2Mary Gay Scanlon.  In the crowded primary for the 5th Congressional district where a candidate could win with less than 20% of the vote Mary Gay Scanlon is polling at 18% according to Public Policy Polling and 17% in a Independence Communications and Consulting poll.  In a year where women are expected to perform well it could be enough to get her through the primary.



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Dom Costa. Democratic state Rep. Dom Costa is facing a strong primary opponent, and in a bid to make it to the general election he sent out a mailer to Republican voters in his district asking for them to write him in for the Republican nomination.  




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School Funding Formula.  The current school funding formula took a hit this week when the Commonwealth Court dismissed a number of objections from the state, allowing for further discovery and the lawsuit to continue forward.   




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CAP.  The Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania has had a rough cycle this year.  Scott Wagner, one of their biggest boosters, has distanced himself from the group, the GOP has called for an ethics investigation into them over the 38th state Senate district, and now they had to send out a second mailer in the 62nd state House district correcting an earlier mailer that they had sent accusing Jim Struzzi of supporting President Obama.  The problem was the Jim Struzzi they found of Facebook supporting Obama was not the same one running in the race.





Gun Violence Prevention.  Governor Tom Wolf announced a new $1.5 million statewide grant program that is open to all municipalities in the state to support programs to combat gun violence in communities.  






Washington Capitals.  The Washington Capitals finally got the penguin shaped monkey off their shoulder, finally defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.  Now on (hopefully) to the finals.




Bonus Up/Down: Every week, PoliticsPA will be including a bonus up or down, that is exclusive to Playbook email subscribers.  To sign up to see the bonus arrow click here.

The tweet of the week goes to one of the greatest hockey blogs of all time for their perfect image after the Caps-Pens series finished.  Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s throwback tweet came in a close second.  


3 Responses

  1. 4 Down arrows to the preordained slate of candidates running for Democratic State Committee. How arrogant are these insiders and those who support them by soliciting votes before State Committee members have been elected and before Counties have reorganized. And looks at the line up: 4 inside hacks with not one Independent thought to share among them. Katie McGinty now actually looks appealing. Wolf you hypocrite haven’t you done enough damage ? You said you were staying out of this. You’re a lame duck in 6 months so I hope the State Party gives as much “weight to your slate” this time as they did on 2014.

  2. This is the hardest I’ve had to campaign . We usually just need to make the token visit to the districts I represent every 2 years throw a check at them for photo op and call it a day. These dumb Dems are usually satisfied with that…..we are Costa’s and we are entitled to hold office with no opposition!
    Who does this Sara girl think she is?

  3. The Facebook mix-up with the CAP organization is incredibly sloppy research. Someone got paid for this mix-up that had serious consequences where they had to send out a mailer correcting a previous mailer. The CAP gang needs to get the Manager of the NY Mets on staff immediately because after his major gaffe of making a mistake in the batting order (something that hasn’t happened in 40 years or so)–he is ready to work for CAP!

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