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5/15 PoliticsPA Playbook

The PoliticsPA 2018 primary election pool is here, Trump records an endorsement call for Barletta, and one last poll ahead of the Gubernatorial primary shows Wagner leading.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

2018 PoliticsPA Primary Election Pool: Co-sponsored by PoliticsPA & The Law Offices of Adam Bonin, enter for your chance at being known as the best politico in the state. Winners announced here next week.

Trump Records Endorsement Call for Barletta: President Donald Trump is helping make the final push for Congressman Lou Barletta’s Senate bid by recording an endorsement call ahead of the primary.

SP&R: Wagner 37, Mango 23, Ellsworth 18: In a new poll from from Susquehanna Polling and Research and WHTM state Sen. Scott Wagner holda a 14 point lead of his closest rival in Tuesday’s primary.

Legislative Election Update
KDKA: Saccone Gets A Second Chance, But Faces Opposition Both In And Outside Party
Post-Gazette: 32nd District primary race features two longtime combatants
Inquirer: A Q&A with Theresa Wright: The accountant running for Congress ‘to fight for equality and fairness’ | #PA5

State House Sound Bites: Wolf admin approves clinical research on medical marijuana
State House Sound Bites: After SCOTUS decision, PA working toward legal sports betting
Capitolwire: U.S. Supreme Court ruling paves ways for sports betting.

Inquirer: Pa. primary election 2018: Voters guide
Inquirer: Mayor Kenney, labor leader Dougherty clash with Council over union diversity
Inquirer: Is this primary election Pennsylvania’s oddest ever?
Inquirer: Will Bucks County Democrats choose a millionaire, a veteran or an environmentalist for congressional nominee?
Philly Mag: 2018 Pennsylvania Primary: What to Know Ahead of the Election
WHYY: N.J., Del., Pa. racing to implement sports betting after U.S. high court ruling
WHYY: On primary day, Republicans and Democrats agree new congressional map may cause confusion
WHYY: Philly mobilizing to deter fraud at polls during primaries
WHYY: ‘Misleading’ ballot question would tweak Philly school board process
KYW: Krasner warns against monkey business on Election Day in Philadelphia

Daily Local: Pennsylvanians set to go to polls for primaries on Tuesday
Bucks Local News: Races for U.S. Congress, Governor; special election in 178th head local ballot in Bucks County
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf announces progress in opioid declaration
Bucks County Courier Times: Employee-owned companies a focus for Wolf visit to Upper Southampton plant
Delco Times: It’s time for Delco voters to make their picks

Post-Gazette: Bill Peduto: Pa. should take lead on legalizing — and regulating — recreational pot
Post-Gazette: State hospitals face staff shortages if licensing system doesn’t improve
Post-Gazette: Primary election day is Tuesday. Here’s what your vote will decide in Pennsylvania
WESA: The Primaries: What You Need To Know
WESA: Amazon Visited Pittsburgh, And Leaders Still Aren’t Detailing The Steel City’s HQ2 Offer
WTAE: Pennsylvania taxpayers spend millions treating non-emergencies at the ER
Tribune Review: Election HQ: Information on Western Pennsylvania Primary Day races
Tribune Review: Greensburg appoints new administrator, fiscal director
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Tweets Support For Recreational Marijuana
KDKA: Republican Race For Governor Is The Top Billing In Pa. Primary
KDKA: Young Adults Still Can’t Identify Fake News, Study Finds

WJAC: Candidates seeking Republican gubernatorial nomination visit Johnstown
Altoona Mirror: Local races may boost turnout
Beaver County Times: GOP voters to select candidates for governor, Senate

WNEP: Is Sports Betting coming to Pennsylvania?
WBRE: GOP candidates for governor stump in NEPA
Times Leader: Lots of choices and races for Pennsylvania primary voters
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Hall, Lackawanna County offices and courthouse closed Tuesday for Election Day
Times-Tribune: Candidates watching voter turnout

South Central
WGAL Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey among first universities picked to study medical marijuana
York Dispatch: Pennsylvania may be among several states with edge in race to legalize sports betting
Patriot News: Sliders, fries and a closing argument, the GOP guv candidates head into the primary home stretch
Patriot News: 13 arrested in Poor People’s Campaign protest against outside Pa. Capitol
Patriot News: Casinos seem receptive to sports betting, but some complain about Pa.’s 34 percent tax rate
Patriot News: Even with staff cuts, $5.5 million budget gap remains for Harrisburg schools
Patriot News: The sports book is open: What will happen in Pennsylvania as sports gambling gets legal OK?
LNP: Mailers attempt to ’embarrass people into voting’ by revealing voting history to neighbors
LNP: 7 things you need to know about voting on Tuesday
LNP: Pennsylvania Primary 2018: Everything you need to know about the contested races

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Senate, governor races crucial for November election
Morning Call: Your procrastinator’s guide to Tuesday’s primary election
Morning Call: Voter cheat sheet: PA-7 race to represent the Lehigh Valley in Congress
Morning Call: Report: Allentown expects $4-5 million annual deficit through 2022
Reading Eagle: Tuesday’s primary will narrow GOP gubernatorial, Senate fields
Reading Eagle: Reading council critical of mayor’s paving of alley

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Tuesday is the Pennsylvania primary election. Here’s what you need to know
Centre Daily Times: These townships argued over land containing gas wells. Who won?
Erie Times-News: Sports betting could come to Erie
Erie Times-News: Lots of choices, races for Pennsylvania primary voters

Daily Local: Editorial: Today’s Primary Election is confusing; it’s also important
Inquirer: My congressional district got eaten by Delco – now I’ve got to pay attention to the race | Mike Newall
Tribune Review: Statue of limitations reform: No clock on this crime
Post-Gazette: Where are the unions? To support U.S. jobs, support fair trade efforts
Patriot News: Tuesday is Election Day in Pa., Remember to vote | Editorial
LNP: If you’re a registered Democrat or Republican, don’t miss the chance to vote in Tuesday’s primary — voting is essential

4 Responses

  1. Timing is everything in politics and Lou Barletta just has bad timing here. Trump is not drawing independents at all and in fact is turning them off in droves and that is who Lou has to appeal to so he can win. The reality is that Lou is so attached to the Trump brand he cannot extract himself from it. So goes Trump and so goes Lou politically. This means that the ongoing drama of the Muller investigation and Stormy Daniels and Russia and The Wall–it goes on and on taking down Lou’s chances to win in November. Bottom line: If Hillary had won this Senate race would absolutely be closer but with Trump tanking with independents and Lou tied to him it bodes badly for Lou’s November chances.

    1. Always remember, at least on immigration, Lou was Trump before Trump even hit the political scene.

      1. Good point on Lou and Trump but I’d say Trump owns the issue being that he is President. I think Trump and Lou are so intertwined that they are inseparable which definately works against Lou getting independents who are turned off to Trump. What is more interesting to me is to wonder about what this race looks like with Hillary President. I think it would be a toss-up and a very different race. The “What If’s” are fascinating.

        1. If Hillary would have been elected in 2016, the Republicans in Congress would have spent the last 2 years investigating everything they could about her. Trey Gowdy would have been a prominent individual and would probably be running for re-election this year rather than retiring. I also think the Republicans would easily hold the house and would pick up seats in the US Senate, maybe even in PA. I still think Casey would win, but it would have been much closer that it will end up being in November. Lou won’t be able to carry votes across the state and I’ll even bet that he will run behind Wagner in vote total come November.

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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