May 10th Playbook
The Allegheny County Republican Committee announced that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will headline their Lincoln Day Dinner later this month. Here is the Playbook.
DeSantis To Headline Allegheny County GOP Dinner: Allegheny County GOP Chairman Sam DeMarco called DeSantis the 2024 presidential frontrunner, if Donald Trump decides not to enter the race.
May 7th Ups and Downs: The PA Supreme Court selects a chair for the reapportionment commission, a Bucks County Republican is ranked as the most bipartisan member of Congress, plus WITF earns some national recognition. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.
Inquirer Editorial Board Endorses Krasner for Reelection: The Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board endorsed Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner for a second term.
The New Yorker Profiles Mastriano: The New Yorker’s Eliza Griswold wrote a story about state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Adams) and how his “rise embodies the spread of a movement centered on the belief that God intended America to be a Christian nation,” for a story titled, “A Pennsylvania Lawmaker and the Resurgence of Christian Nationalism.”
WaPo Details Dem Divisions in 2022 PA Senate Primary: The Washington Post details the divisions in the 2022 Democratic primaries for U.S. Senate in several key states including Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidates Debate: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that policing took “center stage” at the latest debate between the Pittsburgh mayoral candidates. The hour-long debate was hosted by WPXI-TV and moderated by Lisa Sylvester. The debate was sponsored by the Black Political Empowerment Project.
KYW Newsradio Fact-Checks Philly DA Debate: KYW Newsradio delivers a fact-check from the Philadelphia District Attorney debate that took place on Wednesday night between Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and challenger Carlos Vega.
Inky: ‘Crime victims are some of the most visible figures fighting against Philly DA Larry Krasner’s reelection’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that crime victims are “prominently featured in TV ads funded by an outside group that is the biggest spender in the race, and in campaign mailers for Kranser’s opponent Carlos Vega.”
Allentown Mayoral Candidates Debate: The Allentown Morning Call reports that the candidates for Allentown mayor participated in the final debate prior to the primary on Thursday. The candidates discussed representation and police reform during the “in-person forum on Latino affairs, hosted by PBS39 and 91.3 WLVR and sponsored by La Mega 101.7 and La Razón newspaper.
AP Highlights Voter ID, Election Law Discussion in PA: The Associated Press reports that Gov. Tom Wolf is “ready to discuss legislation to update the state’s election law, but opposes changes to the voter ID law.”
Morning Call Details Allentown Mayoral Fundraising Race: The Allentown Morning Call reports that four Democratic candidates for Allentown mayor have spent more than $200,000 combined in the race.
New York Times Profiles Levine: The New York Times highlights U.S. Assistant Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine’s “rise as transgender issues gain prominence.”
Casey Holds Town Hall in Beaver County: WESA reports that Sen. Bob Casey promoted President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal during a town hall on Thursday night in Beaver County.
Post-Gazette: ‘Reschenthaler, Casey see bipartisan momentum for ‘clean slate’ bill in Congress’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Sen. Bob Casey (D) and Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny), who introduced the Clean Slate Act last month, see “bipartisan momentum” for the proposed legislation in Congress.
City & State PA’s Biggest Winners & Losers Last Week: City & State PA highlights the three winners and losers in Pennsylvania politics last week.
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘Pa. senators ask Gov. Wolf to move up state’s reopening from May 31 to Friday before Memorial Day’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that a group of 21 mostly Republican senators sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday asking to “move up reopening of the state from its remaining COVID-19 mitigation orders to Friday, May 28, three days earlier than planned.”
Morning Call Provides Voter Guide to Primary Election: The Allentown Morning Call provides a “procrastinator’s guide” for voters in the Lehigh Valley for the 2021 primary election.
Casey to Introduce Two Police Reform Bills: KDKA reports that Sen. Bob Casey is “planning to introduce two bills on Monday to improve the way police engage with those with disabilities.”
WESA: ‘Ballot Measure Seeks To Curb Solitary Confinement At Allegheny County Jail’: WESA reports that voters in the Allegheny County primary will have a say on “whether to restrict when the county jail can use the practice” of solitary confinement.
Krasner Rallies in Northeast Philly: The Northeast Times reports that Northeast Philadelphia Against Racism held a rally on Saturday that was “billed as being against hatred and white supremacy and for justice, peace and equality,” but “ultimately turned into an effort to boost” Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s reelection campaign.
Salsman Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges, Resigns as Bradford County DA: ABC27 reports that Bradford County District Attorney Chad Salsman, “who said the criminal charges against him were a pack of vicious lies, has now pleaded guilty and “admitted that he abused his power, promoted prostitution and tried to interfere with his trial.” Salsman also resigned as Bradford County District Attorney.
KDKA Previews Superior Court and Commonwealth Court Primary Races: KDKA reports on the seven candidates running for the three nominations for the PA Superior Court and Commonwealth Court.
Smith Scores Highest Among Candidates in York County Bar Association Poll: The York Daily Record reports that Suzanne Smith, who is one of three candidates running for two open positions for judge in York County, received the highest overall rating among her peers in the York County Bar Association Poll.
Citizens Voice Previews Luzerne County Council Races: The Citizen Voice highlights the nine candidates that are competing for the 5 seats on Luzerne County Council.
Scranton Times-Tribune Previews Lackawanna County Judge Primary: The Scranton Times-Tribune details the three candidates on the primary ballot seeking to earn a 10-year term on the Lackawanna County court, filling a vacancy that will occur when Judge Thomas Munley reaches that mandatory retirement age of 70 this month.
Erie Times-News Previews Erie County Council Races: The Erie Times-News provides a preview on the seven Democrats and three Republicans that will be on the primary ballot for Erie County Council.
Erie Times-News: ‘Anderson was suspended, sued for not repaying employer, prompting bankruptcy in ’09’: Erie Times-News reports that Erie County Councilman Carl Anderson, a candidate for Erie County Executive, “filed for bankruptcy in 2009 after his former employer took him to court for not returning what amounted to a signing bonus of $77,400, according to court documents.”
Bethlehem Mayoral Candidates Participate in Candidates Forum: WFMZ reports that two of the three candidates for Mayor of Bethlehem participated in a candidates forum on Thursday night when they discussed police reform and affordable housing.
Berks Stands Up Endorses Candidates for Primary Election: The Reading Eagle reports that Berks Stands Up has endorsed candidates for the upcoming primary election.
Bucks County Courier Times Previews Candidates for Bucks County Judge: The Bucks County Courier Times highlights the three candidates running for the Common Pleas Judge position in Bucks County.
Lawrence Joins NewDEAL Organization: The Pottstown Mercury reports that Montgomery County Commissioners’ Vice Chairman Ken Lawrence Jr., along with 18 other state and local representatives, have been appointed to this year’s The NewDEAL class, which is an organization of Democratic elected officials across the country, which stands for “Developing Exceptional American Leaders.”
Harrisburg & DC
AP: Voter ID is a flashpoint in Pennsylvania election law talks
AP: Pennsylvania dropping vaccine provider map in favor of feds’
AP: DA drops ‘vicious lies’ defense, pleads guilty in sex case
The New Yorker: A Pennsylvania Lawmaker and the Resurgence of Christian Nationalism
New York Times: ‘This Is Politics’: Dr. Rachel Levine’s Rise as Transgender Issues Gain Prominence.
Washington Post: As Biden faces a struggle to hold the Senate, Democrats’ divisions resurface
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Facing grim climate projections, state officials call for multi-dimensional approach to addressing climate change
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘The system denies our humanity’: Congressional panel hears heartbreaking stories of Black maternal deaths, pregnancy complications, racism
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The week in 5 tweets | Five for the Weekend
Patriot News: Mother’s Day brings two Pa. lawmakers to this family dinner table
Patriot News: Pa. senators ask Gov. Wolf to lift COVID-19 restrictions at start of Memorial Day weekend
Patriot News: Western Pa. man faces new charges in connection with U.S. Capitol riot
USA Today: Why Pete Buttigieg visited Pittsburgh and called for a ‘generational investment’
KDKA: Sen. Bob Casey To Introduce Two Police Reform Bills
KDKA: 7 Candidates Seek 3 Nominations For Statewide Appellate Bench
KDKA: Pa. Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Ban State From Requiring ‘Vaccine Passports’
Spotlight PA: A Pa. prosecutor waited months after receiving a police report to charge a man who shot at protesters
Tribune Review: Pa. politicians walk fine line on vaccine endorsements to hesitant constituents
Tribune Review: To-go alcoholic drinks may become permanent in Pa.
PLSReporter: Educators, advocates urge legislature to increase school funding beyond federal stimulus
City & State PA: This week’s biggest Winners & Losers
City & State PA: Should policymakers raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage?
WTAE: Jobless, but benefit claims still backlogged, PA unemployed voice frustrations
NorthCentralPA: Pa. Senate bill will remove ‘homosexuality’ from state’s crimes code
WESA: As Primary Nears, Wolf Administration Campaigns Against Emergency Powers Ballot Questions
Inquirer: Pa. is dropping its vaccine provider map in favor of the feds’
The Hill: Philadelphia DA candidate addresses woman found dead in his home
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania district attorney pleads guilty, resigns amid sexual misconduct charges
KYW Newsradio: ‘Victoria’s Law’ would limit dog, cat or rabbit sales in stores to shelter or rescue animals
CNHI: Medical marijuana reforms stalled amidst stalemate over full legalization
CNHI: Abuse survivors plan rally to press Pa. Senate to act on lawsuit bill
NBC 10: 1,000s of Former Republicans Will Play a Role in Philly DA’s Democratic Primary
Inquirer: Crime victims are some of the most visible figures fighting against Philly DA Larry Krasner’s reelection
Inquirer: Helmut Jahn, designer who modernized Philadelphia skyline with Liberty Place, dies at 81
KYW Newsradio: Fact-checking Krasner, Vega in the Philadelphia DA debate
KYW Newsradio: Kenney promises more easing of COVID-19 restrictions, predicts return to normalcy in Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia City Commissioners appeal to appreciative Council for more money
KYW Newsradio: Asian Americans discuss violence fears, pandemic concerns with Philadelphia leaders in town hall
KYW Newsradio: Surge of illegal ATVs, dirt bikes drives City Council to redefine ordinance
KYW Newsradio: Mobile dropbox locations announced for Philadelphia mail-in ballots
KYW Newsradio: Philly cultural officer proposes guidelines to remove monuments
KYW Newsradio: New Philly program helps parents with early childhood care through home visits
KYW Newsradio: Flashpoint: Bones of MOVE bombing child victims held at Penn Museum — reaction and Penn apology
Northeast Times: Krasner, others rally in Burholme
City & State PA: Mental health crisis teams proposed to help cops
City & State PA: DA candidates get in last jabs before primary
Billy Penn: Nominate your favorite awesome Philadelphian for a Billies award
Daily Local News: Chester County lawmakers pledge support for redistricting transparency bills
Daily Local News: Chester County voters overwhelmingly choosing mail-in ballot option
Daily Local News: Anti-mask rally in Chester County: ‘Let them breathe’
Pottstown Mercury: ELECTION 2021: Two seek GOP nod in New Hanover supervisors race
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County authorizes $2.15M in coronavirus-related contracts
Pottstown Mercury: ‘I’m honored to be selected’: Lawrence joins national NewDEAL organization
KYW Newsradio: Suburban lawmakers ask Biden to withdraw Montco airbase’s appeal of PFAS standards
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania COVID-19 cases see another steep drop
Delaware Valley Journal: Why Is Delco Building A Brick-and-Mortar Health Dept. In An Amazon World?
Bucks County Courier Times: Meet the candidates for Bucks County judge
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County to study connecting Upper Bucks to public transportation
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh mayoral candidates face off in televised debate as policing takes center stage
Post-Gazette: Reschenthaler, Casey see bipartisan momentum for ‘clean slate’ bill in Congress
Post-Gazette: Sen. Bob Casey, sports team representatives, health officials push COVID vaccine
Post-Gazette: City Council to examine delays in Pittsburgh’s tax payment processing
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pennsylvania crosses 9 million vaccine doses
WESA: Casey Pitches Biden’s Infrastructure, Families Plan At Monaca Town Hall
WESA: Activists Propose Civilian Council To Oversee Pittsburgh Police Spending, Discipline
WESA: Ballot Measure Seeks To Curb Solitary Confinement At Allegheny County Jail
KDKA: Some Officials Urge Pennsylvanians To ‘Vote No’ On Disaster Declaration Constitutional Amendments On The Ballot
KDKA: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Push To Make To-Go Cocktails Permanent
KDKA: Pittsburgh-Area Attorneys Criticize Pa. Health Department And Global Insight Over Contact Tracing Data Breach
KDKA: Pittsburgh Sports Teams Weighing Options Of Opening Full Capacity Sections For Vaccinated Fans
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 246 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing Total To 98,969
Tribune Review: Fitzgerald’s lack of attendance at Allegheny County Jail board meetings stirs debate
Tribune Review: Allegheny County’s average of new covid cases hits low not seen since November
City Paper: New study shows electric vehicle expansion could significantly reduce Pa.’s climate pollution
WTAE: Bi-partisan group of state senators ask governor to lift COVID-19 mitigation efforts three days early
Beaver County Times: Casey lauds Biden jobs plan at Beaver County town hall
Observer-Reporter: Lawmakers introduce Health Care Heroes and Public Health Preparedness Act
Observer-Reporter: Washington Council has first reading on police review board ordinance
Observer-Reporter: Bentleyville farmer indicted for assaulting officer during Capitol insurrection
Observer-Reporter: Number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients showing decline
Tribune Review: 4 seek GOP primary nod for supervisor in Mt. Pleasant Towship
Tribune Review: Incorrect ballots mailed to some Mt. Pleasant voters, Westmoreland County says
Post-Gazette: District judge race omitted on some Westmoreland County ballots
Post-Gazette: Washington County man charged again in Capitol riot, this time with assault and theft of Romney letter
KDKA: Westmoreland County Board Of Elections: 178 Mail-In Ballots, 13 Absentee Ballots Will Be Re-Sent Due To Error
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Casey applauds effort to ‘meet people where they are’ at Oakhurst Homes vaccine clinic
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘Restart button’: State Board of Pardons secretary to speak at Johnstown barbershop
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria, Somerset add COVID-19 deaths over weekend
Altoona Mirror: New bills could change kids’ vaccines
Altoona Mirror: Commissioners meetings to be in-person
Citizens Voice: GOP county council race: 9 candidates vie for 5 seats
Citizens Voice: Pedri, Sanguedolce clash over plea deal in voting fraud case
Citizens Voice: W-B fire chief: Vote “yes” on ballot question to give low-interest loans to full-time departments
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County small businesses receive grants
Citizens Voice: Mullery hosting shredding event
Citizens Voice: 32 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Luzerne County on Sunday
The Times Leader: Toomey again to push for ‘Thin Blue Line Act’
The Times Leader: Treasurer Garrity highlights work done by Pennsylvania’s manufacturers
The Times Leader: Over 200 county hospitality businesses to receive funding
The Times Leader: Mullery to host free paper shredding event May 29 in Nanticoke
The Times Leader: 32 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Sunday
The Times Leader: All but two ZIP codes report 50 or fewer COVID-19 cases this week
Times-Tribune: Three seek nominations for Lackawanna County judge in primary
Times-Tribune: Fine print reveals donors’ interests, influence
Times-Tribune: Infrastructure plan would help Scranton projects, officials say
Times-Tribune: Seats up for grabs in Clarks Green, Ransom and Scott townships
Times-Tribune: More than 13,200 mail-in, absentee ballots requested in Lackawanna County, almost 2,800 returned
Times-Tribune: Luzerne County 7-year-old among latest to die of COVID-19
York Dispatch: Klunk’s anti-sexual harassment bill on its way to Senate
York Dispatch: Want a say in York County’s transportation needs through 2025?
York Dispatch: Saturday update: Three new death linked to COVID-19 in York County
York Daily Record: Election 2021: Suzanne Smith scores highest among peers in York County Bar Association Poll
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. senators ask Gov. Wolf to move up state’s reopening from May 31 to Friday before Memorial Day
LNP | LancasterOnline: Up to 100 mail voters in Marietta, Mount Joy areas receive incorrect return envelopes due to vendor error
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 47 new cases of COVID-19 in Saturday’s report for Cumberland County
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley’s procrastinators guide to the 2021 primary election
Morning Call: Allentown campaign finance: Four Democratic mayoral candidates have spent more than $200,000 combined
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidates discuss representation, police reform in final debate before May 18 primary
Reading Eagle: Berks Stands Up endorses candidates in May primary
Reading Eagle: Berks County continues running hot on COVID cases, has returned to top 5 in Pa. for pandemic rate
Reading Eagle: Weekly Pa. COVID case report shows Berks County higher than the state averages in key metrics
Express Times: Bethlehem seeking housing providers for those at risk of homelessness
Express Times: State closes week with lowest case average since March 5; 65% of Pa. adults have at least first COVID shot, over half fully vaccinated; DOH now using federal vaccine map | Pa. COVID vaccine map (05/07/21)
WFMZ: Bethlehem mayoral candidates discuss police reform, affordable housing
WFMZ: ‘We don’t want to be that county dragging behind other counties,’ Berks commissioner says about vaccination rate
WFMZ: COVID relief checks handed out to local businesses in Berks
North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council race: seven Democrats, three Republicans on primary ballot
Erie Times-News: Anderson was suspended, sued for not repaying employer, prompting bankruptcy in ’09
Erie Times-News: The race for Millcreek Township supervisor: Meet the candidates
Erie Times-News: The race for Erie County Council: Democrat Calipo seeks to reform local government
Erie Times-News: The race for Erie County Council: Democrats Herbert Riede and Lydia Laythe square off
Erie Times-News: The race for Erie County Council: Democrat Winarski looks to bring city experience to county
Erie Times-News: The race for Erie County Council: Republicans Scott Rastetter and Samuel C. Bayle IV square off
Erie Times-News: The race for Erie County Council: Democrat Euell-McNair eyes opportunity to help families
Erie Times-News: The race for Erie County Council: Republican Gostomski wants to bring ‘skeptical eye’ to county spending
Erie Times-News: The race for Millcreek supervisor: Democrat John Morgan says planning is key to growth
Erie Times-News: The race for Millcreek supervisor: Democrat Kim Clear says development requires change
Erie Times-News: The race for Millcreek supervisor: Republican James Lindstrom urges focus on businesses
Erie Times-News: Millcreek supervisor race, Republican Kirk McCaslin: Roads are priority
Erie Times-News: Erie restaurant owner calls COVID-19 inspectors ‘Hitler people’
Erie Times-News: Jefferson Society Global Summit kicks off Monday
Erie Times-News: U.K. variant blamed for Erie County’s rise in weekly COVID-19 cases
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Bradford County DA pleads guilty to intimidation
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County Water and Sewer Authority audit released
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Area school officials forewarn of ‘funding cliff’ arriving soon
Centre Daily Times: Early voting, ballot drop boxes and more: What to know before the May 18 primary election
Centre Daily Times: What’s the future of Airbnb in Bellefonte Borough? Council is seeking community input
Wellsboro Gazette: Legislators talk economic recovery, workforce development
Frank Farry: Ballot question is about helping fund municipal fire companies
Mark S. Singel: Republicans need to face facts: The Earth is round, the sun is hot, and Biden won
Edward W. Lynch Jr.: Chris Gebhard had a good reason for not attending the League of Women Voters debate
Ernest Owens: Not Enthusiastic About Voting for Either Larry Krasner or Carlos Vega? You’re Not Alone.
Linda Kerns: Judges should be faithful to Constitution
Liz Terwilliger: A primary election where we all get to vote
Ron Klink: Patent waivers won’t cure COVID-19
Charles McElwee: Philly and Pittsburgh primaries are referendums on progressive politics
Frank J. Lucchino: Build America’s Libraries Act
Clifford Bob: Rein in emergency powers in Pennsylvania
Phelim Kine: U.S. Steel needs a ‘just transition’ focus
USA Today Editorial Board: Don’t tie the governor’s hands when disaster strikes
Inquirer Editorial Board: Larry Krasner deserves a second term as Philly district attorney
Citizens Voice Editorial Board: Our endorsement: Kokura Kravitz, Bobeck for county bench
Reading Eagle Editorial: Community colleges offer hope for now and the future
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: U.S. Steel should reconsider pulling the plug on its $1.5B Mon Valley project
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pittsburgh pilot program for robot deliveries is a good test for the future
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The U.S. Justice Department is hosting a virtual town hall to help seniors guard against scammers
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Colleges are moving away from standardized tests to increase diversity, but it isn’t working
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A U.S.-China agreement could signal new global cooperation in combatting climate change
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Eviction moratorium stay
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: As local elections officials prepare for May 18 municipal primary, we examine a few things we hope voters will keep in mind
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Honoring nurses and mothers as we begin the second full week of May
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Limiting criteria for routine traffic stops would be good step in police reform
York Dispatch Editorial Board: We can end this, just get your shots
Michael Coard: This year’s court races are seriously important. Make your voice heard
Christine Flowers: Philadelphia must be saved from Larry Krasner
Mike Miorelli: The Morning Call wins awards, but making a difference is what counts
Jon Geeting: This Election Day, Lets Vote And Vax
Tony Norman: The Big Lie and the little politicians who make it possible
Keith C. Burris: Two tribes block the way
Shannon McLaughlin Rooney: Philadelphia needs a second MOVE bombing commission
Mistinguette Smith: The MOVE bombing was a Philadelphia tragedy — and an American one
Will Bunch: Police robbed these Black men of their lives, too, but we’re not talking about this
Michael Faccinetto: Geography shouldn’t determine destiny for our students
Paul Muschick: Free beer, doughnuts and IronPigs tickets: Why you can get more freebies because of the pandemic
Alishine Osman: Perry’s nod to the “Replacement Theory” is an insult to his constituents, many of whom are immigrants
Janelle Crossley: Contact your legislators, make your voices heard for transgender girls
Andrew Stuhl: An open letter to Rep. Fred Keller
Ruth Ann Dailey: Coercion and our racist dystopia
David M. Shribman: Can Joe Biden go the distance?
John L. Micek: The propaganda is the point: Fla.’s DeSantis proves the GOP isn’t interested in governing
Elizabeth Wellington: There’s a word for the thing we need most right now: Grace
John Cole: Pa. Politics: Lather, rinse, repeat | Editorial Cartoon
Chris Kelly: Can’t get mayor from here