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5/21 PoliticsPA Playbook

The latest Politically Uncorrected column, the Ups & Downs from the primary election, and the Congressional Leadership Fund is changing the role of outside spending.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Politically Uncorrected: Five Takeaways That will Still Matter on November 6th: What can we glean from the primary election heading towards the general election?

Post-Primary Election Ups & Downs: An absolutely zany primary season comes to an end. See who won and who lost on Tuesday.

Tribune Review: Super PAC with Southwestern Pennsylvania office redefining role of outside spending: A Republican super PAC’s office in Southwestern Pennsylvania is part of a vast field operation that is redefining the role of deep-pocketed outside groups in elections, according to a Thursday report in POLITICO. The Congressional Leadership Fund, which announced it would open an office to support third-term Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, has collected $71 million and opened 34 offices around the country with 4,000 student volunteers, according to the report.

State House Sound Bites: House GOP grapples with harassment, & points a finger at Democrats
StateImpact: 13 U.S. lawmakers call on EPA to release toxic chemical study
StateImpact: Johnstown’s comeback could get an energy boost from the sun
City & State: PA Democratic gender inclusion rules block female committee candidates
City & State: Winners and Losers for the week ending May 18
Capitolwire: PA unemployment rate sees slight drop due to fewer people in state’s labor force.
Capitolwire: PA electric, gas, water utility customers to save at least $320 million annually due to PUC ruling related to federal tax reform.

WHYY: GOP nominee Scott Wagner calls education his ‘cornerstone,’ emphasizes fiscal accountability
WHYY: Pa. women poised to make history in congressional delegation after primary victories
WCAU: Democratic National Chairman Tom Perez Says Pennsylvania Is ‘Ground Zero’ in Effort to Take Back Control of U.S. House
WPVI: Breaking down the Pa Primary winners and losers
Inquirer: What we can learn from low Pa. primary election turnout, and why it matters that just 1 in 6 Philly voters showed up
Inquirer: Clout: The Kentucky Derby – an event to forget?
Inquirer: Will self-made business candidates in Pa. help save the GOP majority in Congress?
Inquirer: 10 billion hours of paperwork!? Philadelphia, other cities aim to simplify those forms

Delco News Network: ‘Year of the Woman’ hits home in Delco
Bucks Local News: FAIR DISTRICTS: Newtown Supervisors approve resolution asking state to set up independent panel to redraw Pa.’s election districts
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown School Board OKs $62.7M budget with 3.5% tax hike
Bucks County Courier Times: PA payrolls hit new record; labor pool shrinks
Bucks County Courier Times: State Sen. Leach asks DAs to stop prosecuting pot possession
Delco Times: Scanlon, Kim gear up for battle in 5th District

Pittsburgh Business Times: PLCB awards almost $1M in grants to develop, promote Pennsylvania wines
The Incline: What happens to Braddock if John Fetterman becomes Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor?
Tribune Review: Last chance to weigh in on Westmoreland comprehensive plan
Tribune Review: Seneca EMS joins state’s ‘Leave Behind’ program to combat overdose
Post-Gazette: For some, the Kentucky Derby is an unforgettable experience. For Joe Scarnati, not so much.
Post-Gazette: Pa. unemployment dips to 4.7 percent in April
WESA: Rep. Barletta Faces Skeptics In PA Senate Race
WESA: Citing Fiscal Concerns, Rothfus Votes With Dems to Kill Farm Bill
WESA: The Politics And Ethics Of Pennsylvania’s Proposed Down Syndrome Abortion Ban
KDKA: Pa.’s Tax On Sport Betting Is Highest In The Nation, Unlikely To Deter Casinos
KDKA: Pa. Public Utility Commission Orders Rebates To Consumers

Altoona Mirror: McGinnis: GOP missed its big chance in 2014
Beaver County Times: Lamb legislation creates grants for police to buy drug-testing devices
Beaver County Times: Steamfitters union sets open house to recruit welders for Shell project

Times Leader: Wolf: Significant progress in opioid fight via disaster declaration
Times Leader: Where did Luzerne County stand statewide in primary election turnout?
Citizens Voice: Oversight coming for sober houses
Times-Tribune: Scranton council to get presentation on SeeClickFix app

South Central
York Daily Record: A Who’s Who of York County residents holding key political posts in Harrisburg
WHTM: Pennsylvania flags lowered for victims of Texas school shooting
York Dispatch: York Latina leader follows in mother’s footsteps with advocacy
WITF: Expansion of CHIP sought despite threats of funding cuts
Patriot News: Keno so far is proving to be a gamble for Pa. that was worth taking
Patriot News: In Pennsylvania, Rep. Barletta faces skeptics in Senate race
Patriot News: Will Harrisburg schools keep superintendent? Another vote set for Monday
Patriot News: Here’s why you might soon receive money back on your utility bills
LNP: Lancaster County Prison receives national award for PrisonStat program

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Valley View: Capturing the coveted youth vote
Morning Call: PA-7 showdown for Congress: Susan Wild vs. Marty Nothstein
Reading Eagle: Reading wants tax sale of city property halted
Reading Eagle: Fewer than one in five registered voters cast ballots in Berks County

North by Northwest
Meadville Tribune: Lawmakers return to Capitol optimistic about state budget
Erie Times-News: Erie, Crawford counties key to DiNicola primary win
Erie Times-News: Erie schools, others target truancy under new law
Centre Daily Times: What these local moms are doing to tighten ‘loopholes in our laws’ regarding guns

City & State: Closing the enthusiasm gap is key to Wagner’s chances against Wolf
Delco Times: Editorial: Too many voters took the 5th, and we dont mean casting ballots
Daily Local: Editorial: Women stand up to take their place in government
Inquirer: John Fetterman will make Pennsylvania’s odd couple of politics worth watching | John Baer
Inquirer: Put Obamacare on the November ballot; support candidates who want to fix it | Editorial
Inquirer: Philly Council should quit stalling on funds to fix parks, rec centers, and libraries | Editorial
Tribune Review: Pa.’s gambling bet
Post-Gazette: The Granny effect: Another blow to the American family — from opioids
Post-Gazette: A natural gas tax will work in Pennsylvania
Patriot News: Democrats can’t just count on a wave, they need an argument | Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: It’s York County’s turn in the spotlight this campaign season | Kirstin Snow
Patriot News: Pa. needs to get sports gambling regs right the first time | Editorial
LNP: Reflections on the body politic, after a primary election and Friday’s school shooting
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Trump shows weak hand in bid to lower drug prices

2 Responses

  1. Has John Baer asked Fetterman out on a date yet?

    Baer’s Man-Crush for Fetterman is beyond the pale.

    Up next: John Baer wears Cheerleader uniform for Fetterman.

    1. Complaining about the press is like “working the refs”…You know you’re singing the “Love Song of A Losing Campaign” when you start griping and weeping about the press. All the hallmarks of a losing campaign are accounted for–Wagner is not going to attract independents with his dour demeanor as well as the daily Trump scandals–Wagner is sailing on his version of the political Titanic.

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