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May 10th Playbook

Barnette Surging. Mastriano Takes Charge. Last day to request vote-by-mail ballot. Could Shapiro Ad Backfire? How long will we wait for election returns? Here is the Playbook.

PA Weather
Erie | Sunny, 66
State College | Sunny, 73
Allentown | Sunny, 73

PA Sports
76ers (tied 2-2) | TUE at Miami
Penguins (lead 3-1) | d. NY Rangers, 7-2; THU at NY Rangers

Phillies (13-16) | d. Seattle, 9-0; TUE at Seattle
Pirates (12-16) | d. LA Dodgers, 5-1; TUE vs. LA Dodgers

Union (5-1-4) | TUE vs. Orlando City


How Long Will We Wait for Election Returns?: Would it surprise you to hear that we will probably know the winners of the major races by midnight? Why will it be different from 2020?

PA Senate Race: GOP Senate: Can Kathy Barnette Pull It Out?: Don’t look now, but Kathy Barnette has made the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate even more compelling.

  • Inquirer: Kathy Barnette is neck and neck with Oz and McCormick in the Pa. Senate race, poll says
  • Inquirer: Trump’s smackdown of David McCormick shows the risks for Republicans trying a MAGA makeover
  • The Hill: Philadelphia Inquirer editorial board backs Lamb over Fetterman for Senate 
  • Politico: ‘Ultra-MAGA’ longshot roars into contention in key Senate race
  • The Hill: McCormick says he’s running on ‘America First agenda’ after Trump’s knock 
  • The Hill: Trump ally slams Pompeo over criticism of Oz
  • PennLive: Kathy Barnette is giving the high-priced Pa. Republican Senate primary a grassroots jolt
  • ABC27: Pa Senate Race: Oz, Barnette, McCormick lead crowded race
  • ABC27: McCormick says he’s running on ‘America First agenda’ after Trump’s knock
  • Fox News: McCormick slams Dr. Oz as unpopular ‘Hollywood liberal’ days before Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary
  • Fox News: Senate hopeful Kathy Barnette, born from rape, ‘grateful’ for serious national abortion discussion
  • National Journal: Kathy Barnette is surging in the polls
  • ABC27: Pa. Senate race: McCormick to campaign with Ted Cruz in Lancaster County
  • City & State PA: New endorsements in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race

PA Governor Race: Trafalgar Poll: Mastriano Leads By 10: Doug Mastriano has jumped out to a double-digit lead in the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in the latest Trafalgar Group Poll.

  • The Caucus: Mastriano says Shapiro’s TV ad will help him win next week’s GOP primary
  • The Times Leader: Rep. Boback endorses Barletta in governor’s race
  • CNN: Candidate for governor tries to deny press entry to his event, but CNN got access
  • ABC27: Pa. Governor race: Mastriano takes double-digit lead in new poll 
  • StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania governor candidates show support for fossil fuels, ignore climate in runup to primary
  • City & State PA: Barletta makes increased transparency in education a major focus point of his campaign

‘Court battle over Pennsylvania climate rule set to begin’: StateImpactPA reports that “the battle over the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is now in the courts.”

‘Casey remains uncommitted on bill to legalize abortion nationwide’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “​​U.S. Sen. Bob Casey refused to say Monday if he will vote to preserve a woman’s right to choose an abortion.”

‘Casey, Cartwright team up on abandoned mine land bill’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “legislation that would tweak spending on fixing abandoned mine land will allow reclamation projects to last longer, officials said Monday.”

‘Congressional candidate in Lehigh Valley talks jobs, controlling inflation’: WFMZ reports that “one of the Republican candidates for Congress from the Lehigh Valley talked jobs Monday in Lansford, Carbon County.”

‘2 local congressmen recognized for bipartisan efforts in Congress’: WFMZ reports that “the Lugar Center and Georgetown University have named Republican Brian Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania’s first district the most bipartisan member of Congress.”

‘‘It’s like night and day’: Last piece of Pa. Capitol restoration project completed for $2.2 million’: PennLive reports that “work has been underway on returning the 116-year-old Pennsylvania Capitol to its original condition for the past four decades – and at long last, the final piece of the restoration is complete.”

‘State, local officials highlight addiction prevention efforts across Pa.’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “state and local addiction prevention officials gathered on the Capitol steps on Monday to highlight statewide prevention efforts as part of Pennsylvania Prevention Week, which began on Sunday and runs through Saturday.”

‘Consumers could see a 6 to 45 percent increase in electricity costs this summer, PUC warns’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “with electricity prices set to rise starting June 1, the state agency that oversees public utilities in Pennsylvania is urging residents to do some comparison shopping if they want to soften the blow to their wallets.”

‘Green Party candidates are seeking spots on the ballot for governor, lieutenant governor and U.S. Senator’: City & State PA provides “a guide to the Green Party ticket and some of each candidates’ top issues.”

‘Why Pennsylvania’s health department is taking Spotlight PA to court’: Spotlight PA reports that “a panel of Commonwealth Court judges is set to hear arguments this month over whether the Wolf administration must reveal details of how patients and physicians are using the state’s medical cannabis program for addiction treatment.”

Legislative Election Updates

WHYY: Redistricting forces a contentious Democratic primary in Northwest Philly
ABC27: Pa. Republican representative endorses challengers to GOP incumbents
Morning Call: Election 2022: Schweyer, Santiago on Allentown crime, school funding and other issues in rematch in new House 134th District
PennLive: Two prominent Cumberland Co. leaders vie for new state Senate seat
Times-Tribune: Two Democrats and two Republicans seek nominations in 118th state House District
Times-Tribune: Contests in Democratic, Republican primaries in 139th State House District
Times-Tribune: Two Democrats in contention for state House seat nod meet in debate
Citizens Voice: 5 Republicans want to be state rep of 117th District
Reading Eagle: Schuylkill health consultant is seeking seat in Pennsylvania House
WFMZ: Candidate’s father speaks out regarding accusations following campaign event

Regional Spotlight: Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Primary Preview 2022: Candidate guide to contested races in Cumberland County
PennLive: Cumberland County resident selected as next president and CEO of Pa. chamber
York Daily Record: Here’s why a York City Council member wants to protect hairstyles from discrimination
York Dispatch: Who will represent York City’s mayor in the challenge to his … mayorship?
York Dispatch: Planned Parenthood braces for post-Roe abortion demand in Pennsylvania
LNP | LancasterOnline: What’s the state of abortion access in Lancaster County as Supreme Court weighs ruling?
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘Choking on my rage’: Lancaster abortion-rights protesters rally at courthouse
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As abortion rights come under attack, Lancaster County residents demand action
PennLive: Charles Patterson named Shippensburg University’s next president after a 10-month trial run
Carlisle Sentinel: Photos: Abortion rights advocates gather in Carlisle Square Tuesday night 

Charlie Dent: I was caught in the uncomfortable middle of the abortion battle
John L. Micek: Chesapeake Bay advocates praise feds for new conservation funds | Monday Morning Coffee
Dick Polman: Dems’ inaction helped speed the demolition of Roe v. Wade 
George Heitmann: Nuclear war may be the only way to deter Putin

4 Responses

  1. I hope Mastriano wins the GOP nomination because he’s basically Scott Wagner without the money. He will lose bigger than Wagner in the general.

  2. Mastriano debating the subtle nuances of a Atty Gen Josh Shapiro tv ad should send chills down the spine of Capitol insiders. Because it is “insider baseball” type argument that is a bad sign. You got a finite amount of time between May and Nov and right off the bat amateurish Mastriano is headed toward the town of “Obtuse” population 2.

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