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April 26th Playbook

Good Tuesday morning. GOP, Democrat debate recaps. Perry linked to attempts to overturn 2020 election. Ad Watch. Here is the Playbook.

PA Weather
Quincy | Showers Likely, 63
Quakertown | Showers Likely, 67
Quarryville | Showers Likely, 64

PA Sports
76ers (lead 3-2) | lost vs. TOR, 103-88; THU at TOR
Flyers (25-44-11) | lost at CHI, 3-1; THU at WIN
Penguins (45-24-11) | tonight vs. EDM
Phillies (7-10) | d. COL, 8-2; TUE-THU vs. COL
Pirates (8-8) | TUE-WED-THU vs. MIL
Union (5-1-2) | SUN vs. NSH


PA Senate Race: ‘Pa.’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidates divide on energy, government reforms and more in Monday debate’: PennLive reports that “at Monday’s debate between the Democratic candidates seeking the party’s nomination for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat, real differences emerged on a list of issues including: energy policy; suspending the federal gas tax; reforming areas of government like the Supreme Court and the Electoral College; Medicare for all; and even the merits of negative campaigning.”

  • ‘McCormick, Oz tussle in GOP debate, but three others in U.S. Senate race also swing hard’: PennLive reports that “the two Republican frontrunners vying for a U.S. Senate seat from Pennsylvania, David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz, went at each other hard during a debate on Monday night. But the three other candidates were equally primed to clash.”
  • Inquirer: 4 takeaways from Monday night’s Pennsylvania Democratic Senate debate
  • Inquirer: 4 takeaways from Pennsylvania’s first Republican Senate debate
  • Post-Gazette: Trump will stump for Mehmet Oz in Greensburg at May 6 rally
  • The Hill: Takeaways from Monday’s Pennsylvania GOP Senate debate
  • WHYY: Lots of jabs, but few policy differences in first full GOP Pa. Senate debate
  • The Hill: Trump to hold rally for Oz ahead of Pennsylvania Senate primary 
  • Inquirer: Everything to know about the 2013 John Fetterman jogger incident
  • AP: Trump endorsement hovers over prime-time GOP Senate debate
  • Post-Gazette: Pa. Democratic Senate debate brings out candidates’ key points with single question
  • Post-Gazette: Oz flaunts Trump endorsement as U.S. Senate candidates try to prove their Pennsylvanian roots
  • Philly Clout: Conor Lamb brags about a Philly ward endorsement he didn’t technically win
  • Politico: West Point grads rally behind McCormick
  • Politico: Dr. Oz: ‘We cannot move on’ from the 2020 election
  • CNN: Four candidates in Pennsylvania Senate GOP debate say party should not move on from 2020 election
  • WTAE: Former President Trump coming to Greensburg for rally
  • PennLive: A TV star, a diplomat, soldiers and other self-made successes: Meet the Republicans who want to be Pa.’s next senator  
  • Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Carpetbagger’ accusations continue in Pa.’s GOP U.S. Senate race
  • Billy Penn: A Democratic candidate for Senate claimed a Philly ward endorsement that didn’t quite happen
  • Inquirer: Pictures from Monday’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidates debate
  • City & State PA: New endorsements in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race
  • Inquirer: The Pa. GOP Senate candidates will debate tonight — without the front-runners. How to watch and what to watch for.
  • PennLive: GOP candidates for US Senate to debate at Dickinson Tuesday: How to watch 
  • Spotlight PA: Pa. primary election 2022: Watch Spotlight PA’s Republican U.S. Senate debate live

PA Governor Race: Ad Watch: Governor’s Edition 4/25: It’s been a while since we last took a look at the ads from the GOP governor’s chase. Here are the latest TV advertisements that have been released by the Republican campaigns for governor in our Commonwealth since our last edition on March 17.

  • PennLive: Pa. GOP gubernatorial candidates accuse Corman, Mastriano of waffling on no-excuse mail-in voting
  • Philly Clout: Josh Shapiro spends big to tell his story now, with no Democratic primary rival for governor
  • PennLive: Lebanon County Democrat wants to join court fight to keep Mastriano off primary ballot 
  • Post-Gazette: Pa. Senate leader and gubernatorial candidate Jake Corman calls for critical bridge data to be open to the public
  • Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Democratic candidates appear before supporters to seek out votes
  • Reading Eagle: Former state representative talks about his campaign for lieutenant governor in Pa.
  • Sharon Herald: Sims stumps for votes in Hermitage

Reader Poll: Who “Won” The GOP Senate Debate?: Did you watch the entire GOP Senate debate on Monday night? If so, who do you think “won” the debate? We’d like to know.

Debate/Forum Calendar: As we close in on 30 days remaining before the May 17 primary, there are currently six forums or debates on the calendar for voters to hear from the candidates.

Perry Linked to Attempts to Overturn 2020 Election: Rep. Scott Perry was heavily involved in calls and meetings with Donald Trump and his top aides as they devised a strategy to overturn the 2020 election.

‘Coal interests sue to block Pennsylvania’s carbon policy’: The Associated Press reports that “coal-related interests sued on Monday to block the centerpiece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to fight climate change, a carbon-pricing policy that will impose a cost for emitting planet-warming carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-fired power plants.”

‘Cap and trade gets a big win in Pennsylvania. Will it last?’: E & E News reports that “the Northeast’s cap-and-trade program has installed its keystone. Now, the question is how long it will stay in place.”

‘Students across Pa. are taking the PSSAs. What will the results say about the pandemic’s impact?’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “students across the state are taking the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests this week — some for the first time since the pandemic upended the education system.”

‘Pennsylvania nursing home buyers would face more scrutiny under state health proposal’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “in the most complete revision of its nursing home rules in at least 25 years, the Pennsylvania Department of Health last month proposed new regulations that would require more scrutiny of homes’ prospective owners.”

‘1 in 5 young Pa. voters can’t participate in the big Senate or governor races because the commonwealth has closed primaries’: Billy Penn reports that “about 21% of Pa. voters aged 18 to 34 are not registered Democratic or Republican, according to state data.”

‘Pa. landowners have dealt with coal, oil and gas rights. Now, there are pore rights.’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the “state is among a handful that are working on laws for how carbon is captured and stored underground.”

‘Drive an electric vehicle? Learn how Pa. plans to spend federal money on new charging corridors’: The Express-Times reports that “Pennsylvania was already working on electric vehicle charging corridors before the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) was signed, and now the public can hear the state’s plans and weigh in on them.”

‘Carnegie Mellon’s Ramayya Krishnan named to Biden administration’s new AI advisory panel’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “a longtime Carnegie Mellon University faculty member has been appointed to the Biden administration’s panel on artificial intelligence as the U.S. eyes its competitiveness on the global stage, and Congress weighs federal investment in advanced technologies.”

‘The 2022 Higher Education Power 100’: “City & State PA’s 2022 Higher Education Power 100, written in partnership with Hilary Danailova, recognizes the individuals who are redefining what it means to be a leader in this field.”

Regional Spotlight: Central
PennLive: Voters’ guide: Meet Pa.’s 2022 primary election candidates
PennLive: Fight to put a halt to tolling I-83/South Bridge gets day in court  
PennLive: Three Mile Island documentary coming to Netflix in May
PennLive: Central Pa. man threatened to ‘literally’ kill Biden, wanted to assassinate Trump, indictment says
PennLive: Harrisburg group among 7 awarded inaugural Pa. Tourism Office grants for Juneteenth celebrations
PennLive: Flood insurance sticker shock stuns Susquehanna Valley residents: report
LNP | LancasterOnline: PA ag secretary warns avian flu outbreak will be here for ‘extended period,’ urges poultry operators to do their part 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Attorneys in fair funding trial to make oral arguments July 26 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County elections board warns of unsolicited ballot mailings 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County air quality fails in annual report; here’s what that means 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Journalist, ‘1619 Project’ creator Nikole Hannah-Jones speaks in Lancaster 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County Elections Board signs off on polling place changes for May 17 primary; mail-in ballot dropoff moved inside elections office 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Presidential biographer Jon Meacham to speak at Lancaster Chamber’s annual dinner; tickets now on sale 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Fight against Lancaster city’s first new affordable housing construction since the ’70s has echoes of the past
LNP | LancasterOnline: For Earth Day 2022, local groups offer ideas for how Lancaster County residents can support the environment
York Daily Record: York Mayor Helfrich oath of office challenge: Judge hears arguments
York Dispatch: How does York County’s air quality compare to our neighbors?
York Dispatch: Helfrich goes to court over question of his future as York City mayor
Carlisle Sentinel: PennDOT proposes bridge replacement plan in Monroe Township
Carlisle Sentinel: CDC: Cumberland County vaccination rate with booster hits 42.2% 

George Fernandez: National Minority Health Month reveals glaring gaps in health equity in Pennsylvania
Anthony O’Brien: Why taxing the rich won’t pay for free child care
Craig Snyder: John Fetterman — socialist for senate
John L. Micek: Pa. Rep. Perry ‘endorsed’ plan to send pro-Trump extremists to the Capitol | Monday Morning Coffee
Jim Hertzler: Rep. Kim is up to the challenge to represent the new 103rd district
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Flirting with disaster: Bridge inspections must stay public
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Holocaust comparisons and misinformation highlight the need for quality education
George Fernandez: National Minority Health Month shines a light on glaring gaps in health equity
Char Magaro: We’ve celebrated Earth Day 2022, now what?
Michael Stumo: Is Congress preparing a big trade gift for China?

8 Responses

  1. Congressman Perry is a glorious MAGA leader and should be treated as such. Hold him up.

  2. Media coverage of the Senate race is excellent. Inquirer take away points for R’s and D’s interesting. I still think Dr Ozzie would be hard to beat for Fetterman and that Lamb would win against any R. Sadly for Dems hard left votes in primaries and may nominate Fetterman when Lamb could easily beat any R for Senate. Fetterman’s wobbly debate style and struggle to hit the political fastballs that come in during big races will show in the fall. The R’s are going to throw heaters at 95 mph across the plate and there won’t be time to wobble for Fetterman.

    1. Hmm, didn’t Lamb vote for the Wall and didn’t he vote against Covid funding? Why do we need another Manchin in the Senate? We don’t!

  • 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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