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April 29th Playbook

Happy Friday. Mastriano, Daniels make news. Group turns on Barletta. Pike County – center of PA political universe? Pro-Israel group attacks Lee. Here is the Playbook.

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Eagles draft Georgia DT Jordan Davis
Steelers draft Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett

76ers (clinch 4-2) | won at TOR, 132-97
Flyers (25-45-11) | FRI vs. OTT
Penguins (45-25-11) | FRI vs. CBJ
Phillies (10-10) | d. COL, 7-1; FRI-SAT-SUN at NY Mets
Pirates (8-11) | lost vs. MIL, 3-2; FRI-SAT-SUN vs. SD
Union (5-1-2) | SUN vs. NSH


PA Governor Race: Republican Governor Candidates Square Off: Four of the GOP candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor met on the debate stage and found more in common than might have originally been expected.

  • Mastriano Campaigned at Event Promoting QAnon: GOP candidate for Governor Doug Mastriano was a speaker at the “Patriots Arise” conference in Gettysburg last weekend. The event was hosted by a pair of QAnon activists and deeply steeped in the language of right-wing Christian fundamentalism.
  • Daniels’ Wife Obtains PFA Order Against Him: Teddy Daniels, GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, has been ordered to stay away from his home after his wife obtained a protective order citing claims of physical and mental abuse.
  • AP: Candidate in Pennsylvania primary hit with protective order 
  • Philly Clout: A dark money group set up to support Lou Barletta for Pennsylvania governor just turned on him
  • Inquirer: A GOP candidate for lieutenant governor was barred from his home after his wife accused him of abuse

PA Senate Race: ‘David McCormick and Mehmet Oz made their pitch to Northeastern Pennsylvania at an ice fishing party’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “candidates for statewide office don’t often run into one another on the campaign trail. But for one day, Pike County felt like the center of Pennsylvania’s Republican political universe.”

  • Inquirer: Senate candidate Mehmet Oz says he’s a Pennsylvania resident now. So why’s he still hanging out in his New Jersey mansion?
  • National Journal: Monmouth Poll finds unsettled GOP primary in Pennsylvania

‘Pa. Election Day 2022: A complete guide to the May 17 primary, including how to vote, find your polling place, understand mail-in ballots, and more’: Spotlight PA details “what you need to know to be prepared for Pennsylvania’s 2022 primary election.”

‘Wolf in Reading to promote plan that would send $2,000 to some Pennsylvanians’: The Reading Eagle reports that “the Democratic governor visited the Salvation Army of Reading to promote his PA Opportunity Program.”

‘Pro-Israel group attacks Lee as bad Democrat without mentioning Israel, or its own support for GOP’: WESA reports that “a pro-Israeli political committee has taken to Pittsburgh’s airwaves by attacking Congressional candidate Summer Lee. But while its advertisements — which don’t mention Israel at all — blast Lee for not being a loyal Democrat, the organization behind it also backs hardline Republicans who fought to overturn Joe Biden’s election.”

‘Primary 2022: 2 vying for GOP nod in the 4th Congressional District’: The Reading Eagle reports that “Comcast executive Christian Nascimento and insurance agent Daniel Burton Jr. will face each other in the May 17 primary. The winner of the primary will face Madeleine Dean, a Montgomery County Democrat who is seeking her third term, in the general election.

‘AG Josh Shapiro files motion to revoke bail of former Somerset Co. DA’: KDKA reports that “Pennsylvania’s Attorney General is filing a motion to have bail revoked for the former District Attorney in Somerset County. Jeffrey Thomas is facing new charges that were filed earlier this week.”

‘Campus-based child care has helped student-parents; Democrats evaluate expansion, affordability’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “on Thursday, student-parents and child care providers said additional funding for campus-based programs could help sustain care and address student retention rates across Pennsylvania schools.”

‘Fair funding fallout’: City & State PA provides “a look back at the state’s education funding trial and where the General Assembly can go from here.”

‘New report takes stock of Muslim voter participation in Pennsylvania’: City & State PA reports that “EmgageUSA, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to empower Muslim American communities, released a report Wednesday analyzing Muslim voter turnout during the 2020 election. The voter impact report both tracked Muslim American voters in 12 states and their participation following Emgage’s Million Muslim Votes campaign.”

City & State PA’s Biggest Winners & Losers This Week: City & State PA highlights the three winners and losers in Pennsylvania politics last week.

‘Asst. US Secretary Of Health Rachel Levine meets with Lehigh Valley mental health providers’: WFMZ reports that “St. Luke’s University Health Network hosted a behavioral health roundtable with U.S. Assistant Secretary Of Health Rachel Levine as a special guest.”

‘Session Superlatives’: City & State PA reports that they are “turning the State Capitol into Harrisburg High to see who would get honored in City & State’s yearbook.”

Regional Spotlight: North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Congressman criticizes handling at border
WJET: Rep. Mike Kelly joins legal fight to keep Title 42 
Centre Daily Times: Is a health department right for Centre County, State College? Consultant summarizes report
WJET: Erie County Council discovers ballot error 
WJET: State money to fund projects in Erie, Millcreek, and Waterford
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council’s president wants to explore mayoral security plan
Erie Times-News: Erie County’s primary election ballots to be reprinted. Here’s why
Erie Times-News: Erie County’s air quality has improved from F to A over 12 years
Erie Times-News: Tyler Titus eyes Democratic committee seat as Ian Murray retires
Erie Times-News: ‘In midst of a crisis’: DA, mayor, police urge unity as crime surges
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council urged to support heavy investment in youth programs
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council split over Rescue Plan spending. Here’s why
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Little League anticipates full return
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County Patriots spark election interest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County Commissioners talk community as bridge bundling gets underway
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Williamsport seeking greener design for parks
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Amazon prepares to open local operations, brings 100 new job opportunities
Centre Daily Times: State College Juneteenth celebrations get support from PA Tourism Office. Here’s what’s planned
Centre Daily Times: New project could help Centre County residents erase convictions from their records. How it works
Centre Daily Times: ‘We deserve some answers.’ Centre County commissioner questions Benner Township warehouse

Lisa Boscola: Open access to the ballot box: Allow independents to vote in primary elections 
Maureen Madden and Ben Sanchez: Celebrate sport, embrace competition, practice empathy and stop attacking transgender athletes
Frank DeFilippo: America has the best politicians money can buy. Let ‘em show it 
Chuck Ardo: We can’t overlook the danger posed by Christian nationalists 
John L. Micek: And justice for whom? Pa. lags on commutations, new data shows | Thursday Morning Coffee
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Smithfield project deserves city funds, attention
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Everyone, especially lawmakers, should be for cleaner air in Lancaster County
Gary Olson: Challenging conventional thinking about Russia, Ukraine and the U.S.
Joyce M. Davis: Mentors can help ensure success for women who decide to return to work | Social Views
Kurt Knaus: Russia’s aggression is proving American needs to be energy independent

10 Responses

  1. Dem candidates seem to have a problem not beating their wives or kids. Dem response: Give us another one, just like the other one (from Philadelphia)

  2. When your guys make news because they are Qanon supporters and wife beaters, then you should know something went very wrong in your Party.

  3. Daniels is done. Campaign will be all about legal issue from this ointforward.

    1. Mastriano should be done, too. His campaign seems all about Qanon. LOL. SMH. This is what PA GOP has sunk to.

      1. Mastriano should win now. His campaign is all about MAGA. The PA Dems have sunk so low, they have no chance.

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