May 17th Playbook

Reps. Mike Kelly and Guy Reschenthaler endorsed Sean Parnell’s campaign for U.S. Senate. Here is the Playbook. 

Kelly and Reschenthaler Endorse Parnell for Senate: Reps. Mike Kelly and Guy Reschenthaler penned a joint op-ed in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review calling Sean Parnell a “Republican nominee who won’t back down.”

May 14th Ups and Downs: A Trump ally joins the 2022 race for U.S. Senate, the President endorses a candidate for state Senate in Northeast PA, plus WNEP has a new president and general manager. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Inquirer Highlights PA GOP Governor and Senate Primaries: The Philadelphia Inquirer provides an update on the Republican Party 2022 primaries for Governor and Senate in Pennsylvania, adding that “as Republicans maneuver for nationally watched gubernatorial and Senate races, this week shows Trump’s influence remains as powerful as ever.”

Spotlight PA and The Caucus Highlights PA Lawmakers Spending: Spotlight PA and The Caucus write about the PA lawmakers “who spent the most on food, lodging, mileage and more.” 

AP Previews PA’s Primary: The Associated Press details the upcoming primary in Pennsylvania that includes coverage on ballot issues and judicial races. 

Washington Examiner Highlights Upcoming SD22 Special Election: The Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito writes about the “critical test for Republican progress” in the upcoming special election for the state Senate’s 22nd District in Northeast PA between Democratic state Rep. Marty Flynn and GOP Lackawanna County Commissioner Chris Chermak. 

Philadelphia Tribune Editorial Board Endorses Krasner: The Philadelphia Tribune Editorial Board announced that they have endorsed Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s reelection bid, plus endorsements for other races in the upcoming primary. 

Rendell Talks to Smerconish About Vega Endorsement: Former Gov. Ed Rendell talked to Michael Smerconish about his endorsement of Carlos Vega in the Philadelphia District Attorney race over incumbent Larry Krasner. 

City & State PA Highlights Kenyatta’s Senate Campaign: City & State PA highlights state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta’s (D-Philadelphia) campaign for the U.S. Senate and how he wants to be the “working people’s” candidate.  

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

Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidates Talk Top Priorities with KDKA: KDKA’s Jon Delano talked to the candidates for Pittsburgh Mayor about what their first priority would be if elected. 

Post-Gazette Previews Pittsburgh Mayoral Primary: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on the upcoming primary for Pittsburgh mayor and “on whether the city lives up to its billing as one of America’s most livable.”

Inquirer Highlights Final Philly DA Primary Campaigning: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the “final push before the Democratic primary” for Philadelphia District Attorney between incumbent Larry Krasner and challenger Carlos Vega, detailing that “Krasner rallied with progressives and pumped up campaign volunteers ahead of Tuesday’s election, while Vega gave notably apolitical remarks at an anti-violence rally.”

Scranton Times-Tribune Reports on Scranton Mayoral Money Race: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti leads the money race over City Controller John Murray in the primary race for Scranton mayor. 

Guardian Civic League and Club Valiants Endorse Krasner for Philly DA: WHYY reports on the “two organizations representing Philadelphia’s Black and Latino police officers and first responders” that “announced their endorsement of District Attorney Larry Krasner.”

Harrisburg Mayoral Candidates Answer Questions on Poverty and Schools: PennLive asked the Harrisburg mayoral candidates readers’ questions on “How to address concentrated poverty in the city?” and “How can the city help the schools?.”

Kenyatta Announces Senate Campaign Chairs: In a tweet on Friday afternoon, State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia) announced his U.S. Senate campaign chairs which include state Reps. Jessica Benham (D-Allegheny) and Nancy Guenst (D-Montgomery), President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Jerry Jordan, former Chief Defender of the Defenders Association Keir Bradford Grey, and LGTBQ+ activist Adrian Shanker. 

Scranton Times-Tribune Highlights Important Races in NEPA: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports on the upcoming races that “highlight the local ballot” in Northeast PA that include the Scranton mayoral race, school board, state Senate, and county judge.  

Wolf Talks to MTP Daily About CDC Mask Guidance: Gov. Tom Wolf talked to MSNBC’s Meet the Press Daily about his “plans to lift his state’s mask mandate for all residents following the CDC’s updated guidance for vaccinated individuals,” adding that he was “taking by surprise” with the new CDC mask guidance. 

PennLive Highlights Harrisburg’s Tax Abatement Program and How it Affects the Mayoral Candidates: PennLive reports on how Harrisburg’s “five-year-old property tax abatement program” has “affected the active Democratic mayoral candidates.” 

Jones To Resign from Federal Bench To Lead Dickinson College: The Associated Press reports that John E. Jones III, the chief judge of the U.S. Middle District of Pennsylvania, will resign this summer “to take a two-year term as interim president of the Carlisle-based Dickinson.” 

DCCC Hits Perry Over Opposition to American Rescue Plan: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a targeted, five-figure ad campaign titled, “Participation Trophy” targeting six House Republicans, including Rep. Scott Perry (R-York), over opposing the American Rescue Plan and attempting to “take credit” for the relief included in the plan, according to a press release from the DCCC. 

Post-Gazette: Casey Announces ‘$12.7 Billion for Home- and community-based services’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Sen. Bob Casey joined officials in President Joe Biden’s administration on Thursday to “announce the first-ever release of federal funding for home- and community-based services, a fast-growing sector that provides care to seniors and people with disabilities in their own homes or independent living settings.” 

Post-Gazette: ‘Rep. Guy Reschenthaler questions U.S. research funding to Wuhan laboratory’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Washington) and his “renewed questions on Friday about the origins of COVID-19.”

Lamb Sponsors Bipartisan PAVE Act: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) and two other lawmakers introduced the bipartisan bill, known as “the Providing Assistance for Vital Enhancements (PAVE) Act,” which “would provide the rest of the money that states told the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials last winter they have lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Inquirer’s Photos of Philly DA Race: The Philadelphia Inquirer put together a story on the pictures of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and challenger Carlos Vega campaigning leading up to the primary election.  

PennLive Details “What You Need to Know” for Upcoming Primary: PennLive reports on “what you need to know” leading up to the primary election on Tuesday.  

Weingarten Campaigns in Scranton: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “in a rare school board campaign visit,” Randi Weingarten visited Scranton on Saturday to “campaign for the union-endorsed candidates.” 

Erie Times-News Highlights Erie County Executive and Mayoral Fundraising Race: The Erie Times-News reports that Erie Mayor Joe Schember is the “top fundraiser” in the mayor’s race, while “Erie County Councilman Carl Anderson had the largest cash haul in the race for Erie County executive.”

Citizen Voices Previews Primary Races in Luzerne County: The Citizens Voice previews the upcoming races on the primary ballot in Luzerne County which includes the election for county judge, state Supreme Court and the special election for the state Senate’s 22nd District.  

Citizens Voice Highlights Luzerne County Judge Money Race: The Citizens Voice reports that the five candidates for Luzerne County judge “have raised a combined total of more than $650,000 this year for their campaigns.”  

Citizens Voice Reports on Luzerne County Judge Final Arguments: The Citizens Voice reports on the five candidates running for Luzerne County judge making “their final argument” before the primary.  

Morning Call Provides Voter Guide for Lehigh Valley Voters: The Allentown Morning Call gives the “Lehigh Valley’s procrastinators guide to the 2021 primary election.”

Bethlehem Dem Mayoral Candidates Debate: The Allentown Morning Call reports that the Democratic candidates for Bethlehem mayor addressed “tax hike, vaccine availability,” during a live debate.  

Meuser Bipartisan Bill Passes House: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Luzerne) is “applauding the House passage” of his bipartisan bill, H.R. 433, “the Family Support Services for Addiction Act,” which would “create a $25 million grant program over five years to help national and local nonprofit organizations provide services for families impacted by addiction.”

McNeill and Pennycuick Introduce Victoria’s Law: The Daily Local News reports that state Reps. Tracy Pennycuick and Jeanne McNeill have introduced House Bill 1229, known as Victoria’s Law, which would “regulate pet sales in Pennsylvania. 

Garrity Delivers Keynote Speech to McKean County GOP Dinner: The Bradford Era reports that Treasurer Stacy Garrity delivered the keynote address at the recent McKean County Republican Committee dinner.  

The Times Leader Highlights Three Luzerne County Council Candidates: The Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader highlights Gregory S. Wolovich Jr., Martin Dartoe, and Chris Perry’s campaign announcements for Luzerne County Council. 

Moran Under Investigation By City’s Charter Board over Solicitor Firing: The Reading Eagle reports that Reading Mayor Eddie Moran is “under investigation by the city charter board to determine if he has violated the city’s governing document.” 

Lehigh Valley Live Previews Easton City Council Primary Race: Lehigh Valley Live reports on the upcoming primary race for Easton City Council between incumbent Sandra Alercia Vulcano and challenger Taiba Sultana. 

Delaware County Daily Times Reports on Contested Primary Races: The Delaware County Daily Times highlights the upcoming local contested primary races for Tuesday.  

Delaware County Daily Times Highlights ‘Few High-Profile’ Primary Races: The Delaware County Daily Times previews the “several races” that “have emerged for Tuesday’s primary election” that include Chester City Council, Darby mayoral seats, and more.  

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat Previews Johnstown Mayoral Race: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat highlights the race for mayor of Johnstown between incumbent Democratic Mayor Frank Janakovic and GOP challenger John DeBartola. 

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat Previews Cambria County Sheriff Race: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat previews the upcoming Democratic Party primary for the Cambria County sheriff’s office between Kirk A. Moss and Tom Owens. The winner will face acting Sheriff Don Robertson, a Republican, in the general election. 

Observer-Reporter Highlights Washington County Judge Race: The Observer-Reporter details the “Eleven candidates vying for four district judge seats in Washington County.”

Erie Times-News Previews Erie County Sheriff Race: The Erie Times-News reports on the Erie County sheriff race that includes two Democrats and one Republican on the primary ballot.  

Observer-Reporter Details Washington City Council Races: The Observer-Reporter highlights the “three candidates that are vying for two seats on Washington City Council.” 

Erie Times-News Highlights Erie District Judge Races: The Erie Times-News reports on the “Democratic candidates square off, incumbent running unopposed in 2 Erie district judge races.”

PennLive Previews Judge Race in Cumberland County: PennLive reports that “the main event on Cumberland County’s primary election ballot is the battle for an open judgeship in the county courts.” 

Kelly Nominated Stefanik for House Republican Conference Chair: According to POLITICO, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) was one of the members to formally nominate Rep. Elise Stefanik to serve as the House Republican Conference Chair. 

AFP Launches Campaign Opposing Biden Infrastructure Proposal: Americans for Prosperity, the Koch-backed “free market activist” group, launched a nation-wide seven-figure ad campaign called “End Washington Waste: Stop the Spending Spree,” aimed at urging members of Congress to oppose President Joe Biden’s $4 trillion infrastructure proposal, according to a press release. The first phase of the campaign targets 27 lawmakers in 16 states, including Pennsylvania Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny), and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh). 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: See the Pa. lawmakers who spent the most on food, lodging, mileage and more
Spotlight PA: FBI probe of massive Pa. pension fund seeks evidence of kickbacks or bribery
AP: Pennsylvania’s spring primary: ballot issues, judicial races
AP: Pennsylvania: Businesses, schools can still require masks
AP: Federal judge to leave bench to head Dickinson College
AP: The Latest: Pirates lift mask rule for fully vaccinated fans
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Some struggled to adjust to pandemic learning. A Pa. Senate bill could address gaps
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. lawmakers have been promoting May 18 ballot questions. One method is raising eyebrows
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In the absence of state and federal demographic data, Pa.’s LGBTQ community conducts its own research
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Philly Council approves resolution opposing Pa. House GOP’s anti-transgender sports bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Welcome aboard, Marley! | Five for the weekend
City & State PA: Kenyatta wants to be the “working people’s” candidate
City & State PA: Winners & Losers
City & State PA: Pennsylvania relaxes mask requirements following new CDC rules
Inquirer: What Sean Parnell, Liz Cheney, and Rudy Giuliani show about Trump’s hold on Pennsylvania Republicans
Morning Call: COVID restrictions are being eased starting Monday in Pennsylvania. Here’s what you need to know
WITF: Pediatricians Say GOP Vaccination Proposal In Pennsylvania Could Put Children, Newborns At Risk 
Fox News: COVID restrictions: What states have eased rules following updated CDC guidance
Fox News: Penn State faculty vote to end terms ‘freshman,’ ‘sophomore’ & others
KDKA: Pennsylvania Ending Extended Jobless Benefits, Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5%
KDKA: Pennsylvania Adopts CDC’s Relaxed Mask-Wearing Guidelines For Those Fully Vaccinated
KDKA: Report: Pa. Court May Have Given Jerry Sandusky A $95,000 Break
Post-Gazette: White House, alongside Sen. Bob Casey, announces $12.7 billion for home- and community-based services
Post-Gazette: PG INVESTIGATION | Shrouded in secrecy, the Pa. Turnpike Commission hikes tolls, spends millions  
StateImpactPA: Clean energy advocates say industry will slow if lawmakers fail to increase renewable energy goals
Altoona Mirror: Pa. court won’t hear Sandusky petition
KYW Newsradio: Dramatic decline of COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania
KYW Newsradio: Pa. bill would let parents decide if child should repeat a grade
The Hill: Pennsylvania university condemns ‘horrific’ harassment of LGBTQ students
The Hill: States begin lifting mask mandates following updated CDC guidance
The Hill: Philadelphia health commissioner resigns after revelations he cremated, disposed of MOVE bombing victims’ remains
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania Health Department: Businesses can still require masks
CNHI: Three Republicans vying to run for state Supreme Court
CNHI: State set to end jobless benefits program
Bucks Local News: Senate passes bill offering parents the option of allowing their children to repeat a grade due to COVID-19
CNN: Philadelphia discovers the cremated remains of MOVE bombing victims after a city health official’s resignation
Patriot News: COVID-19 in Pa.: Cases, hospitalizations continue to dip as vaccine rate nears 50%  

Inquirer: Philly DA Larry Krasner and challenger Carlos Vega make final push before Democratic primary
Inquirer: Kensington symbolizes the promise and peril of Philly DA Larry Krasner’s policies as he seeks reelection
Inquirer: Philly Mayor Jim Kenney issues ‘next steps’ in MOVE bombing redress and mishandling of victims’ remains
Inquirer: Philly says it found the remains of the MOVE bombing victims it thought it had cremated and discarded
Inquirer: Prosecutors put Philly Proud Boys president Zach Rehl at heart of Jan. 6 planning in new Capitol riot filing
Inquirer: Mayor Kenney speaks to press about MOVE remains    
Inquirer: Philadelphians gather and march on Osage Avenue on MOVE Day of Remembrance
Inquirer: Replacing Farley as Philadelphia health commissioner could take months, even as the pandemic lurches on
Inquirer: Mothers of children who died in the MOVE bombing find no comfort in city discovery that human remains were not destroyed
Inquirer: Pa. updates mask rules to match CDC, while Philly expects decision ‘within days’; N.J. to continue indoor mask mandate
Inquirer: On a Philly street, a campaign to change a name that causes pain in the Black community
Inquirer: Photos as Krasner and Vega campaigning before DA primary election
WHYY Newsworks: Black police officers and first responders endorse Krasner for DA, breaking from union
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia says it found MOVE victims’ remains top official ordered destroyed
Philadelphia Tribune: City Council considers cutting Philadelphia’s parking tax rate
KYW Newsradio: MOVE bombing victims’ remains apparently found intact
KYW Newsradio: Members of MOVE call for Philadelphia to return remains of bombing victims
KYW Newsradio: Palestine supporters march through Philadelphia, while Jewish advocates say issue is ‘complicated’
KYW Newsradio: COVID-19 variants’ spread to Philly makes vaccination more key, says Penn expert
Philadelphia Citizen: Citizen How-To Guides 
Philly Voice: City finds remains of MOVE bombing victims after they were thought to have been destroyed
Philly Voice: New bill would dramatically reduce Philly’s parking tax rate
Chalkbeat Philadelphia: Philadelphia pre-Ks could see millions in federal dollars. Parents and providers weigh in on how to spend it.

Delco Daily Times: Contested races on Tuesday’s primary ballot
Delco Daily Times: Few high-profile races on primary ballot
Daily Local News: Rep. Pennycuik bill would regulate pet sales in Pennsylvania
Bucks County Courier Times: Voting on Tuesday? Here’s what you can expect at the polls in Bucks, Montco
Bucks County Courier Times: ‘Beginning of the end’? Bucks and Montgomery County loosen mask rules, but don’t ditch face coverings just yet
Bucks Local News: NAACP announces plans for Bucks County George Floyd Memorial Vigil
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County outlines housing affordability vision

Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s mayoral race a referendum on its most livable cities claim
Post-Gazette: About half of Allegheny County voters who requested mail-in ballots have returned them
Post-Gazette: Rep. Guy Reschenthaler questions U.S. research funding to Wuhan laboratory
Post-Gazette: Rep. Conor Lamb sponsors bipartisan bill to reimburse states for $18 billion in lost transportation funds due to pandemic
Post-Gazette: Bethel Park council urges ‘yes’ vote on residence referendum
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County surpasses 100,000 cases
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayoralty Candidates Reveal Their Day One Top Priority If Elected
KDKA: County Election Bureaus Short On Poll Workers
KDKA: Hundreds March Through Pittsburgh In Solidarity With Palestine
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh Wins State Environmental Grant For Electric Vehicles
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Has Seen Over 100,000 Total Coronavirus Cases Since Pandemic’s Start
Tribune Review: 4 Republicans, 3 Democrats seeking seats on Harmar Board of Supervisors
Tribune Review: Trib Total Media names Luis Fabregas as next executive editor
Tribune Review: Allegheny County surpasses 100,000 covid-19 cases, half-million residents fully vaccinated
City Paper: Pittsburgh Controller audit shows select police officers rack up disproportionate amount of complaints
City Paper: Hundreds join Stand in Solidarity with Palestine protest in Oakland
WTAE: Coronavirus in Western Pa.: Over 237,000 cases in 14 counties, according to PA Dept. of Health 
WESA: ‘Palestine Will Be Free!’: Pittsburgh Muslim & Jewish Groups Gather In Oakland To Condemn Violence Against Palestinians
WESA: Big Donations And Questions In City School Board Races
The Incline: Helping you fill out your ballot in the ‘Burgh

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Primary elections Tuesday feature school boards, local government offices; special legislative race on ballot
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Incumbent Democrat Janakovic, Republican challenger DeBartola running for mayor in Johnstown
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Moss, Owens to square off in Cambria Democratic sheriff primary, GOP candidate Robertson awaits winner
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County’s daily COVID-19 case rate dropping; three deaths added
Beaver County Times: What you need to know about voting in Beaver County on Tuesday
Beaver County Times: McCoy, Lapic vying for Ambridge mayor seat
Beaver County Times: Ohioville borough candidates stress no zoning and emphasize transparency in office
Beaver County Times: Candidates for Rochester’s 4th Ward Council battle for single seat 
Observer-Reporter: Eleven candidates vying for four district judge seats in Washington County 
Observer-Reporter: Three candidates on ballot for Washington City Council
Observer-Reporter: Heroes Act funding vital to the health care community
Observer-Reporter: State records 27 new COVID deaths
Altoona Mirror: Area COVID-19 numbers improving

Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor, school board, state Senate and county judge races highlight local ballot
Times-Tribune: Biden endorses Flynn for state Senate seat
Times-Tribune: Cognetti leads the campaign money race in bid for reelection
Times-Tribune: In rare school board campaign visit, national teachers union president calls Scranton recovery plan ‘immoral’
Times-Tribune: PEMA director urges voters to reject constitutional amendment on emergency powers
Times-Tribune: Downward trend in regional COVID-19 cases continues
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County primary ballot includes contests for county judge and state Supreme Court and special election for state Senate
Citizens Voice: The numbers are in: Judge candidates raised more than $650,000
Citizens Voice: Five running for Luzerne County judge make their final argument
Citizens Voice: 21 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Luzerne County on Sunday
The Times Leader: Meuser bill would enhance, expand family support addiction services
The Times Leader: Get ready for Tuesday’s Luzerne County primary election
The Times Leader: Wolovich announces county council campaign
The Times Leader: Martin Dartoe announces county council run
The Times Leader: Perry announces run for Luzerne County Council
The Times Leader: 21 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Sunday; 1 death
The Times Leader: All county ZIP codes reported fewer than 60 new cases

South Central 
Patriot News: Harrisburg mayoral candidates take readers’ questions: How to address concentrated poverty in the city? 
Patriot News: Harrisburg mayoral candidates take readers’ questions: How can the city help the schools?
Patriot News: Harrisburg’s tax abatement program, a Papenfuse initiative, is working for one of his rivals in this year’s primary
Patriot News: Pa. Primary Election Day is Tuesday: Here’s what you need to know 
Patriot News: Judge race headlines Cumberland County primary ballots 
Patriot News: Harrisburg residents can meet city council candidates at outdoor event on Sunday 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County business owners, lawmakers’ frustrations with Pa. COVID-19 response boil over onto Tuesday’s ballot 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County tests election equipment ahead of Tuesday’s primary 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Demonstrators gather in Penn Square to protest anti-Asian racism 
LNP | LancasterOnline: PA court officials say funding crisis could affect operations, public access to court information
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster City Council passes resolution supporting equitable school funding
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 16 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Saturday
York Dispatch: Digital divide: York County officials say they’re not done on broadband initiative 
York Dispatch: Saturday update: Two new COVID-19 death reported in York County

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley’s procrastinators guide to the 2021 primary election 
Morning Call: Bethlehem’s Democratic candidates for mayor address tax hike, vaccine availability during live debate 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley groups speak out on Middle East violence 
Morning Call: Nonprofit Lehigh Valley-area drug treatment center pays no fines for 28 violations, but CEO is paid $1 million
Morning Call: Here are inspection violations at Pennsylvania drug treatment centers in 8-county Lehigh Valley region 
Morning Call: Have thoughts on the long-imagined pedestrian bridge in Bethlehem? City officials want to hear from you
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor under investigation by the city’s charter board over solicitor firing 
Reading Eagle: Reading requires masks and social distancing despite new guidance from the CDC
Reading Eagle: Who’s running for township supervisor in Berks County [Map] 
Reading Eagle: Who’s running for borough councils in Berks County [Map] 
Reading Eagle: Life of longtime Leesport mayor, a decorated Korean War veteran, celebrated
Reading Eagle: Complaints filed in race for a supervisor seat in Bethel Township lead to investigation
Reading Eagle: Plunging COVID case numbers for Berks and Pa. in the state’s weekly report
WFMZ: Reading charter board investigating mayor’s firing of city solicitor
WFMZ: Bethlehem mayoral candidates discuss their plans for the city ahead of primary election next week 
WFMZ: Penn State Lehigh Valley prepares for gala honoring Charlie Dent
WFMZ: Berks commissioner urges continued vaccinations amid reactions to new mask guidelines
Express Times: Bethlehem mayoral candidates trade shots, but also find common ground in pre-election debate
Express Times: Easton councilwoman seeking 6th term faces primary challenger
Express Times: Weekly Pa. COVID update: New cases down 43% over last 2 weeks. The fully vaccinated can ditch their masks.

North by Northwest
Bradford Era: Garrity gives keynote at McKean County GOP dinner
Erie Times-News: Schember top fundraiser in mayor’s race; Anderson outraises county executive candidates
Erie Times-News: Floating warship museum project is among Rep. Mike Kelly’s earmark funding requests 
Erie Times-News: Erie County sheriff race: Two Democrats, one Republican on primary ballot
Erie Times-News: Democratic candidates square off, incumbent running unopposed in 2 Erie district judge races 
Erie Times-News: ‘Our benefit to unify’: ‘Black Voters Matter’ bus visits Erie to boost voter turnout
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: House regulates debt collectors; Senate addresses predatory lending rule 
Erie Times-News: Need a mask? It depends on where you go in Erie County 
Erie Times-News: Discord in Waterford: Borough sues council president in zoning case over storage container 
Centre Daily Times: Police, priorities & the pandemic: State College Borough Council candidates talk issues
Centre Daily Times: ‘Love your neighbor.’ Asian Americans in Centre County speak out during AAPI Heritage Month
Centre Daily Times: COVID-19 cases appear to be on the decline in Centre County, across Pennsylvania
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council OKs vaccination awareness campaign

Jake Corman: Ballot questions will settle debate — should a governor have unilateral control?
Dan Miller, Ed Gainey, Jason Dawkins: There’s a reason we have juvenile courts
Salena Zito: In the land of Dunder Mifflin, a critical test for Republican progress
Salena Zito: Sean Parnell launches a critical Senate campaign in Pennsylvania
Mark S. Singel: Liz Cheney has been punished by her own party for telling the truth
Rick Santorum: What Justice Thomas really said about regulating social media 
Paul Muschick: Pennsylvania election reform: The good (requiring voter ID), the bad and what’s missing 
Paul Muschick: Ohio’s $5 million vaccine bribe: What a disgusting waste of taxpayer money
Jim Leous: Listening to entire State College community is key to rebuilding
Ezra Nanes: Let’s stand together and say, ‘no one is an outsider in this town’
Mike Miorelli: Low turnout looms for Election Day, but the work carries on
Curt Schroder: Court rulings have hurt families, businesses, health care
Emily Goulet: Jill Biden Is Exactly What Washington, D.C., Needs: A Philly Girl
Kyle Sammin: Wolf Politicizes PA Amendment Process Ahead of Primary
PennLive Editorial Board: Do you really want the bickering General Assembly deciding your fate in an emergency? 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Things to consider as you vote on proposed emergency powers amendments in Tuesday’s primary 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Progress toward new Lancaster County prison is welcome news after a long wait
York Dispatch Editorial Board: City leaders need to live with their own policies
Inquirer: Should Philadelphia have open primary elections? | Pro/Con
USA Today Editorial Board: Climate forecast ups the ante, time for Pennsylvania to shift to clean energy
Philadelphia Tribune Editorial Board: Krasner for DA and other endorsements
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Downtown street and sidewalk space for dining is a good thing
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: UVA Health is canceling some patient debt, and other health care systems should take note
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pittsburgh’s Christian Immigration Advocacy Center deserves help from other helpers
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Skepticism about mask advisory
Daily Local News Editorial: Be sure to vote in Tuesday’s primary
Observer-Reporter Editorial: Voters should support firefighters and constitutional amendments
Melissa Weiler Gerber: Lawmakers need to pass, and Gov. Tom Wolf needs to sign, this cost-effective measure addressing disparities in access to STI prevention and treatment
Joe McClure: Legal voting age in U.S. dropped 50 years ago: ‘I felt a little more powerful’
Tony Norman: Let’s get ‘bored’ for democracy’s sake
Heather Ann Thompson: Saying Her Name
Keith C. Burris: The fire this time
Charlie Schliebs: Regional natural gas industry at a crossroads
Michael A. MacDowell: Controlling monopolies is a bipartisan issue that benefits all Americans
Edith Abeyta, Tony Buba, John Detwiler, Jan McMannis and Nica Ross: One down, many to go: Our health is our wealth
Colin Jerolmack: Pennsylvania’s public lands should be protected for everyone, not drilled into oblivion
Joyce M. Davis: PEMA Director Padfield explains how the state responds to natural disasters during Facebook Live today at 2 p.m.
Helen Ubiñas: The latest mishandling of MOVE remains is an outrage — and an opportunity 
Christopher Brooks: Historically Speaking: Why do we assume George Floyd murder is about race?
Tree Layton Zuzzio: You deserve clean water
Alison McCook: The CDC’s new mask rules promise freedom. But to me they mean fear.
Paul Kisslinger: We lost a son to opioids. ‘We need to stop the hurt’
Ruth Ann Dailey: Misplaced outrage tempered by facts
Zhao Gu Gammage: My name is Zhao Gu. You can call me Zhao Gu.
David M. Shribman: One picture tells the 1988 political story
Maria Panaritis: Our magical, post-pandemic awakening is here. Fly, people. Fly.
Will Bunch: Americans must look honestly at the Middle East. Israel’s problems are our problems, too 
Mike Starck: Here’s how one Pa. company is giving back during the pandemic with the flip of a switch
John Cole: All you need to know about school funding inequities in Pa. | Editorial Cartoon
Rob Tornoe: Cartoon: Another sign Philadelphia is returning to normal
Chris Kelly: Political pests swarm for election

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  1. Just as is true in the gubernatorial race, the senatorial candidates are high-quality individuals; Sean has received good reviews and Kathy Barnette (whom I’ve known for years) is a force with which everyone must reckon.

    She was sensational on Saturday when providing the opening prayer for Doug’s event in Chambersburg with Rudy, and she’s now “seasoned” after having run for Congress; she home-schooled and her daughter is an absolute dreamboat.

    Kathy suppresses any sense of militarism while drawing upon her contributions to the USA; she cites her book as exemplifying why it’s vital America retain its “meritocracy” foundation.

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