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May 16th Playbook

What. A. Weekend. Fetterman Suffers Stroke. Trump Endorses Mastriano. Commonwealth Partners Pull Plug on McSwain. Barnette Dodges Charges. Here is the Playbook.

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Reader Poll: Who Will Win the GOP Senate Race?: We want to know who YOU think will win the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. Vote in our reader poll that is open through Sunday.

PA Governor Race: Trump Endorses Mastriano for Governor: Former president Donald Trump gave his coveted endorsement to Republican candidate for governor Doug Mastriano early on Saturday morning.

  • Emerson GOP Governor Poll: Mastriano Pulls Away: The final Emerson College poll of very likely GOP voters in Pennsylvania show that Doug Mastriano appears to be pulling away in the race for the governor’s nomination.
  • Highlights of an Interview With Doug Mastriano: Andrew Torba, founder of the Gab social network, recently conducted a 16-minute interview with GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano. Give a listen.
  • Hart Steps Aside, Endorses Barletta for Governor: Melissa Hart has suspended her campaign and endorsed Lou Barletta for the Republican nomination for governor.
  • Commonwealth Partners Pulls McSwain Endorsement: The Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs this evening pulled its endorsement of Bill McSwain for governor and cast its support to Lou Barletta.
  • Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Primary Preview: Here’s who’s running for Pa. governor
  • Erie Times-News: Who’s running for PA governor? 2 exit, leaving 7 GOP candidates, 1 Dem
  • WFMZ: Berks commissioners Leinbach and Rivera endorse Barletta in primary
  • AP: Trump backs Mastriano in Pennsylvania GOP governor primary
  • Washington Post: Leading GOP candidates in Pennsylvania were in Washington on Jan. 6
  • PennLive: Tom Marino accuses Trump of throwing Barletta ‘under the bus’
  • PennLive: Pa. GOP gubernatorial field now down to seven candidates with Hart’s departure from race 
  • PennLive: Trump weighs in on Pa.’s governor’s race and makes his pick known
  • PennLive: Conservative advocacy organization endorses Lou Barletta for governor
  • Citizens Voice: Spotlight on Hazleton as Barletta vies for governor
  • Citizens Voice: Mastriano campaigns in Wilkes-Barre; Meuser endorses Barletta
  • Post-Gazette: Pa.’s crowded Republican primary gubernatorial field is thinning, but it may be too late to derail Doug Mastriano
  • Post-Gazette: McKeesport’s Austin Davis thinks he has a shot a winning Democratic nomination in Pa. Lt. Governor’s race
  • Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: McSwain campaigns in Cambria County
  • Observer-Reporter: Outcome still uncertain in statewide GOP races Tuesday
  • WHYY: Mastriano, leading in GOP governor polls, taunts ‘establishment’ at closed event 
  • Billy Penn: Why Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race is drawing attention from around the country
  • Billy Penn: The Martin’s potato roll empire is backing Doug Mastriano, and Philly sandwich slingers are concerned
  • Philly Voice: Pennsylvania governor’s race takes shape as test of state’s political identity
  • Philly Voice: Among Pa. GOP governor candidates, McSwain tops latest fundraising list with $5 million from one source
  • Delco Daily Times: Shapiro uses Swarthmore visit to outline how he sees gubernatorial race
  • Levittown Now: GOP Candidates Block Press From Bucks County Campaign Rally
  • Inquirer: A major GOP group is ditching Bill McSwain, joining a last-ditch effort to help Lou Barletta stop Doug Mastriano 
  • Inquirer: Trump endorsed Doug Mastriano in the Pa. governor’s race, a late boost for the far-right front-runner
  • WJET: Bill McSwain holds campaign stop in Erie
  • Huffington Post: Videos Contradict State Lawmaker’s Claim He Left Capitol While It Was ‘Still Peaceful’
  • StateImpactPA: As Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates push more gas production, report collects studies that show fracking harms
  • Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lt. Gov. candidate repeats call for civility
  • Three Questions in Three Minutes: Chris Frye: In a partnership with Metro Philadelphia, PoliticsPA presents “Three Questions in Three Minutes,” a series of quick-hitting interviews with politicians making headlines in Pennsylvania. 

PA Senate Race: Fetterman Suffers Stroke, Says Doing Better: Pennsylvania lieutenant governor John Fetterman announced today that he suffered a stroke while campaigning in Lancaster.

  • Emerson GOP Senate Poll: Oz Increases Lead: The final Emerson College poll of very likely GOP voters in Pennsylvania show a preference for Mehmet Oz for U.S. Senate.
  • Podcast: GOP Senate Candidate Kathy Barnette: In this March episode of the PoliticsPA Podcast, Kathy Barnette talks about her candidacy in this spring’s U.S. Senate primary and why she felt compelled to run.
  • AP: EXPLAINER: What do we know about John Fetterman’s diagnosis? 
  • City & State PA: Dem strategists: Fetterman’s stroke should have minimal impact on the primary 
  • AP: ‘Reprehensible’: Oz condemns GOP opponent’s tweet on Islam
  • Inquirer: Doctors explain what led to John Fetterman’s stroke
  • Inquirer: Kathy Barnette says tweets under scrutiny in Pa. Senate race were ‘not even full thoughts’
  • WHYY: Barnette, surging in polls, tries to avoid mainstream attention and rebuff GOP attacks 
  • The Guardian: Can this offbeat tattooed Democrat flip a Pennsylvania Senate seat? 
  • Post-Gazette: Democratic U.S. Senate front-runner John Fetterman says he’s recovering from stroke 
  • Post-Gazette: Pa. Senate primary could decide who controls power in Washington in November
  • LNP | LancasterOnline: Lt. Gov. Fetterman admitted to LGH after stroke, now ‘feeling much better’
  • LNP | LancasterOnline: Ted Cruz appears at Lititz rally for GOP Senate candidate Dave McCormick 
  • York Dispatch: York City Mayor Michael Helfrich endorses John Fetterman
  • York Dispatch: John Fetterman returns to York roots for closing pitch in Senate race
  • Times-Tribune: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stumps for McCormick in Wilkes-Barre Twp.
  • The Times Leader: Cruz: McCormick the best conservative who can win in November
  • WTAE: Commitment 2022: Jeff Bartos, candidate for US Senate
  • Inquirer: Oz, Barnette, McCormick scramble across Pa. ahead of Tuesday’s extremely close primary
  • Inquirer: Election updates: Kathy Barnette voted in 2016, contrary to report; Republicans scramble to stop two of their candidates
  • Inquirer: Scenes from the Pennsylvania primary election campaign
  • PennLive: Pa. Lt. Gov. Fetterman had stroke but is on way to ‘full recovery’: campaign 
  • PennLive: For real? Too real? Pa.’s Republican U.S. Senate primary may turn on authenticity
  • Erie Times-News: GOP Sen. Candidate Sands voted by mail in 2021, wants them gone in 2022
  • Erie Times-News: Barnette’s past raising questions as support gains in Senate race
  • Axios: Oz calls Kathy Barnette’s tweet on Islam “disqualifying”
  • Morning Call: Pa. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman says he had a stroke and remains hospitalized but is staying in Senate race
  • The Hill: Barnette says opponents ‘mad’ she is taking lead in Pennsylvania Senate race
  • The Hill: Barnette on Islam-pedophilia tweet: ‘I don’t think that’s me’ 
  • The Hill: Oz goes after Barnette in Pennsylvania
  • The Hill: GOP sounds alarm in Pennsylvania as hard-line candidates rise
  • Politico: Pa. Senate candidate blasts foes for criticism of bigoted remarks
  • CNN: Oz fights off McCormick’s millions and Barnette’s surge in final days of Pennsylvania Senate primary 
  • CNN: Barnette slams GOP rivals at closed event as spotlight on late-surging Pennsylvania Senate hopeful intensifies 
  • CNN: Fact check: Deceptive attack ad from Oz allies falsely depicts Barnette’s positions on Black Lives Matter, race and policing
  • Fox News: PA GOP Senate candidate addresses past tweets, says ‘Democrats have their own issues’ 
  • Fox News: Pennsylvania US Senate candidate McCormick says ‘stakes are so high’ for country’s trajectory 
  • Fox News: Three-way race in Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary election ‘battle of the century’: Schlapp
  • Fox News: Pennsylvania Senate candidate Kathy Barnette pressed on controversial tweets: ‘Can’t provide a lot of context’ 
  • City & State PA: New endorsements in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race

Sunday News Show Preview – May 15: If it’s Sunday and just two days remain before the primary, you might be in front of your television catching up on state political issues on the morning shows.

‘Unmarked postcards sent to Pennsylvanians tell them ‘whether you vote is public record’’: Spotlight PA reports that “a handwritten postcard with vague sender information reminding some Pennsylvania voters about the May 17 primary appears to comply with the law, but the language did cause confusion among some recipients and raise concern about harassment.”

‘5 things to watch in tomorrow’s Pennsylvania primary election’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “the results will tell us a lot about where the Democratic and Republican Parties are heading after the upheaval of the Trump presidency.”

‘Analysis: Five things to watch as Pennsylvania primary voters head to the polls on Tuesday’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “as the polls close Tuesday night, here’s our top-of-mind questions.”

‘More Pa. Democrats jump ship to Republican Party, further shrinking registration advantage’: KYW Newsradio reports that “Democrats still hold a slight registration advantage over Republicans in Pennsylvania, but that advantage is shrinking. According to political analysts, shifts in party affiliation now could have a big effect in November’s general election.”

‘Baby formula shortages have Pennsylvania parents scrambling’: WESA reports that “formula has been impacted by the supply-chain issues that have roiled the economy in the wake of the pandemic.”

‘Conor Lamb’s territory in Beaver, Allegheny counties up for grabs in Tuesday’s congressional primary’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Democratic and Republican voters in Beaver County and large parts of Allegheny County on Tuesday will choose their nominees to replace the U.S. House seat left open by Rep. Conor Lamb’s quest to become a senator.”

‘Former state Sen. Jim Ferlo, who served parts of Western Pa., has died’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “former state Sen. Jim Ferlo has died, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa announced on Twitter Sunday evening.”

‘Candidates for Congress stress issues and differences on why they should succeed Rep. Doyle’: KDKA reports that “it’s one of the most hotly contested races in the Pittsburgh region: the Democratic nomination to succeed Congressman Mike Doyle, who is retiring at the end of the year.”

‘5 Democrats, 1 Republican seek nominations to run for U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle’s seat’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “five Democrats and one Republican are seeking their parties’ nominations in Tuesday’s primary to run for longtime U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle’s seat in November.”

‘USW District 10 becomes latest union to support Democrat Steve Irwin in 12th District primary race’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “the United Steel Workers District 10, which represents thousands of workers in southwestern Pennsylvania and about 50,000 in total across the state, announced its support for Mr. Irwin at a press conference at Steelworkers Union Hall in Braddock alongside U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills.”

‘Congressman Fitzpatrick Doesn’t Take Part In Pre-Primary Election Interview’: Levittown Now reports that “the three-term congressman and his campaign did not respond to multiple requests for a pre-primary interview with and did not provide a reason for their lack of response. A text to Fitzpatrick’s cell number was unreturned.”

‘Alex Entin Looks To Continue President Trump’s Policies’: Levittown Now reports that “Alex Entin has a big task ahead of him – convincing Republicans that he’s their man in Tuesday’s primary election.”

‘Ashley Ehasz Thinks She Can Win First Congressional District’: Levittown Now reports that “without a primary challenger, Ashley Ehasz, the Democratic candidate for the First Congressional District, is preparing for the November election.”

‘Tom Ridge receives award from the Intelligence and National Security Alliance’: PennLive reports that “former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge on Saturday evening accepted the 2022 William Oliver Baker Award from the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).”

‘Does buying sets of lottery balls qualify as an emergency? State lawmaker says no’: PennLive reports that “the state House recently passed legislation to crack down on emergency purchases and the bill’s author considers the recent purchase of lottery balls a classic situation as to why it’s needed.”

‘Thousands gather peacefully in Harrisburg to join nationwide ‘Bans off Our Bodies’ abortion rights protests’: PennLive reports that “thousands of abortion rights advocates and supporters gathered in Harrisburg on Saturday in a peaceful demonstration demanding protection of abortion rights. The Capitol steps gathering was part of a nationwide “Bans Off Our Bodies” day of action.”

‘A final look at the 2 Republicans vying in Pa. primary to unseat Lehigh Valley’s Susan Wild’: The Express-Times reports that “Kevin Dellicker and Lisa Scheller are running in the Republican primary election on May 17 for the 7th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. That seat is held by Wild, a two-term incumbent.” 

‘Republican candidates for 7th Congressional District speak with 69 News’: WFMZ reports that “in the 7th Congressional District, the Republican race pits two business owners against each other for the chance to face Democratic incumbent Susan Wild in the fall.”

‘State senators push biparisian juvenile justice reforms’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “legislation to strengthen Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system is set for action according to Sen. Baker, Sen. Steve Santarsiero, D-10, and Sen. Jay Costa, D-43, who have been working to implement reforms needed to improve outcomes for youth, families, and communities, with a continued focus on protecting public safety.”

Legislative Election Updates
City & State PA: Your guide to the 2022 primary challengers
Inquirer: Philly’s Democratic establishment and progressives again facing off over state House seats
Northeast Times: Dillon, Oropeza debate the issues
Citizens Voice: Primary election is the first with new district lines for the state House and Senate
Tribune Review: State Rep. Emily Kinkead faces challenge from Nick Mastros in Dem primary
Times-Tribune: Flynn attacks Donahue as Tuesday primary election approaches
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Election 2022 | Challenger Cashaw seeks to unseat Burns in Pa. House primary 
Northeast Times: Candidates continue to stump as election day nears
Northeast Times: Democratic primary showdown in 172nd 
Northeast Times: 2 Dems hope to succeed Driscoll in 173rd
Daily Local News: Newcomer Ciliberti challenges incumbent state Rep. Lawrence in Republican primary for 13th District
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Election 2022 | Incumbent Burns faces primary challenge in bid for eighth Pa. House term 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Election 2022 | GOP’s Billow unopposed for nomination in 72nd District
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Rival candidates tout smaller state government
PennLive: Debate canceled for 86th House District due to threat of violence

Regional Spotlight: Southeast and Lehigh Valley
Billy Penn: Procrastinator’s Guide to the May 2022 primary election in Philadelphia
Morning Call: Decision time is here again: A procrastinator’s guide to the primary election in Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley 
Bucks County Courier Times: Will GOP primary voters back moderate Fitzpatrick or ‘America First’ Entin?
Morning Call: Lehigh County has an evictions problem. Could a lawyer be the solution? 
Morning Call: Allentown still has nearly half of its $57 million in American Rescue Plan money. Here’s how it will be spent. 
Morning Call: Rock falls and retaining walls: Will Interstate 80 projects add more traffic on Lehigh Valley highways, as critics fear?
Inquirer: Anthony Clark, first Black head of Philly’s city commissioners, has died
Inquirer: Republicans respond to potential South Philly ‘ballot harvesting’ by GOP operative with firings, campaign attacks
Inquirer: What we know about how Philly conducted the citywide property reassessment
Inquirer: Crozer Health is planning on shutting down mental health services. Delco patients are scrambling.
Inquirer: Mariner East Pipeline has sparked a boom in fracked gas exports from Philly region 
Inquirer: Rapidly gentrifying parts of Brewerytown and West Philly could see major tax spikes after the new property reassessment
WHYY: Philly City Council considering measures to ease impact of new property assessments
WHYY: Philly’s new property tax assessments: How to challenge your new valuation 
WHYY: ‘Thinking outside of the box’: Delco leaders plan to dispatch mental health experts alongside police 
WHYY: Real estate assessment could mean higher property taxes for many Philly homeowners
WHYY: Technical and supply chain issued delay Philadelphia City Council’s return to live meetings
Philadelphia Citizen: Listen: The Ultimate Insider on the PA Primary 
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania primary 2022: A guide to voting in Tuesday’s election 
Philly Voice: There are four ballot questions for Philly voters to answer in Tuesday’s primary election
Philly Voice: Philadelphia would impose fees on developers who don’t replace trees they cut down in effort to improve city canopy
KYW Newsradio: Why Philly has about 35,000 abandoned vehicles yet to be towed
KYW Newsradio: Days before midterm elections, protesters in Harrisburg fight for abortion rights
Fox News: Far-left Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner’s company owes $86,000 in unpaid taxes
Billy Penn: Mayor Kenney’s budget earmarks about $500 per Philly resident for violence prevention 
Billy Penn: Map: Here are Philly’s 700+ polling places for the May 2022 primary election
Reading Eagle: Primary Election 2022 guide for Berks County Pennsylvania voters
Reading Eagle: Reading officials banned from using city vehicles and gas cards
Reading Eagle: Candidate on May ballot receives endorsement for office
Reading Eagle: Berks election officials working to expedite delivery of outstanding mail ballots
Reading Eagle: Berks officials say electronic poll books ready for countywide rollout [Video]
Reading Eagle: American Rescue Plan grant requests nearly double the funding available from Berks
Reading Eagle: Pa. official takes a hike with students at Nolde Forest in Berks
Montgomery Media: Gov. Wolf calls for pandemic fund allocation to property, rent program during Montgomery County visit
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County man draws federal prison term for shooting into Democratic Party headquarters
Bucks Local News: U.S. Senate Committee advances legislation that will benefit Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
Bucks Local News: Hundreds rally in Bucks County for abortion rights, reproductive justice
Levittown Now: Levittown High Schoolers Demonstrate Against Expected Overturn Of Roe V. Wade
Daily Local News: Bipartisan Houlahan, Tenney legislation to promote female entrepreneurship advances in House
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County Jail Oversight Board reinstitutes some charges at county prison
Delco Daily Times: Health care crisis at Delaware County Memorial Hospital takes center stage
WFMZ: Allentown mayor lays out plan for how to spend funds aimed at recovering from pandemic 
WFMZ: The Morning Call workers stage 1-day walkout after disputes with owner over wages, newsroom diversity 
WFMZ: Berks commissioners approve BARTA for another 50 years 
WFMZ: PennDOT encouraging public comment on US 222 widening project in Berks 
WFMZ: Lehigh County OKs temporary wage increases for ‘essential’ employees 
WFMZ: Easton to launch AI assistant for city hall
Express Times: Pa.’s primary election is Tuesday. Who’s running in the Lehigh Valley? When are polls open? 
Express Times: Here’s how Easton is now planning to spend its $20.7M in COVID relief aid 
Express Times: Abortion rights rally in Bethlehem among hundreds of demonstrations across U.S. (PHOTOS)
Express Times: Masks urged indoors in Lehigh and Northampton counties with ‘high’ COVID level

Salena Zito: Trump endorsement of Mastriano leaves Pennsylvania Republicans furious
Sam DeMarco: Please, Republicans, not Mastriano
Mark S. Singel: Who will be a good public servant? It’s hard to tell from the messy run-up to the primary
Cheryl Schlamb: Pennsylvania must do more to retain nurse practitioners
Chris Kelly: Fetterman’s radical strategy: Being himself
Tony Norman: Kathy Barnette and the return of the good old days
Brandon McGinley: Doug Mastriano and Kathy Barnette exemplify politics in a time of apocalypse
Will Bunch: Doug Mastriano’s assaults on the press are a slide into ‘authoritarianism 101′
Jeff Garis and Nick Pressley: With costs rising, Pa. residents still need help from Washington and Harrisburg
John L. Micek: Pa. awards $2M in clean energy grants to boost workforce development | Friday Morning Coffee
PennLive Editorial Board: Tuesday’s primary election: You want to be there
Inquirer Editorial Board: We wanted to endorse in Republican primaries this year. We can’t. 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Chaotic GOP primaries show need for new primary system 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pennsylvania primaries spotlight national political pressures
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Eat better and cheaper, and support your local farmers too
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: If you’re a registered Democrat or Republican, don’t forget to vote in Tuesday’s primary
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: The Stehli Silk Mill redevelopment project in Manheim Township is once again in limbo, because of course it is 
Salena Zito: Back to the land: Family farms flourish amid food uncertainty
Salena Zito: Take a break from politics: Spend time in nature
Kiley Bense: When people have to choose health or jobs, everyone loses
Keith C. Burris: Primary hopes
Helen Ubiñas: Four Pennsylvanians who had an abortion reflect on life after Roe
Winston Cleland: Facts about the new pediatric health center serving West Perry children

4 Responses

  1. Politics PA missed mentioning the spoiled brat teenager snit thrown by Biden

  2. Politics PA missed mentioning the spoiled brat teenager snit thrown by Barnette.

  3. Torba was so zealous that he made Mastriano look reasonable. I thought the story about Mastriano’s family not approving of his religious switch was candid and made him look like a real person and not a media figure. Dems should take him seriously.

  • 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%)

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