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May 17th Playbook

Happy Election Day. It’s finally here. How Does An Election Happen, Anyway? Barnette Says She Won’t Support Another GOP Candidate. Shapiro Begins General Campaign Tonight. Here is the Playbook.

PA Weather (no excuses today! VOTE)
Pittsburgh | Sunny, 70
Harrisburg | Sunny, 76
Philadelphia | Increasing Clouds, 80

PA Sports
Phillies (17-18) | TUE-THU vs. San Diego
Pirates (15-19) | lost at Cubs, 9-0; TUE-WED at Chicago Cubs
Union (5-1-5) | draw vs. NY Red Bulls, 1-1; WED vs. Inter Miami


What Goes Into Making An Election Happen?: Primary election day is finally here in the Keystone State. And here’s a tip of the hat to the election officials both local and statewide that make them work.

PA Governor Race: Mastriano Surging: The Trafalgar Group released its final Pennsylvania primary poll overnight and Doug Mastriano is pulling away in the chase for the GOP nomination for governor.

  • GOP Governor’s Race Spending Surpasses $22M: According to Medium Buying, TV/radio ad spending in the Pennsylvania GOP chase for governor has surpassed $22 million.
  • WITF: Mastriano, a Trump-backed election denier, leads Pennsylvania GOP field for governor
  • Politico: GOP blame game erupts in Pennsylvania governor’s race 
  • Citizens Voice: Barletta camp upset with Trump snub
  • AP: Pennsylvania governor race divides Republicans, unites Dems
  • Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Josh Shapiro to begin general election campaign for governor in Johnstown
  • Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Barletta stumps in Williamsport: ‘I’m the only candidate who can win in November’
  • WJET: Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Gerow visits Erie
  • Pennsylvania Capital-Star: LIVE COVERAGE: Primary Election Day 2022 in Pennsylvania

PA Senate Race: Oz Still Holds Lead: The Trafalgar Group released its final PA primary poll overnight and Mehmet Oz continues to hold onto the lead in the chase for the GOP Senate nomination.

  • Barnette Won’t Support Another GOP Candidate: Kathy Barnette said that she would not support either Mehmet Oz nor Dave McCormick should they be the Pennsylvania GOP Senate nominee.
  • PennLive: Republican U.S. Senate candidates criss-cross Pa. by ground and air looking for every last edge 
  • Post-Gazette: John Fetterman won’t attend his election night party in Pittsburgh, but second lady Gisele Fetterman will host
  • PennLive: Fetterman’s stroke likely won’t affect outcome of Tuesday’s Senate primary: analysts
  • Inquirer: Here’s what we know about John Fetterman’s stroke — and long-term recovery for patients like him
  • Politico: Trump works overtime to push Dr. Oz over the finish line
  • Politico: Fetterman’s not-so-secret weapon: Weed legalization
  • CNN: ‘He is unconventional’: John Fetterman’s unique persona is put to the test in Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary
  • CNN: Barnette said she was leading buses to DC for ‘our 1776 moment’ on January 6, 2021
  • CNN: Are Republicans about to blow the Pennsylvania Senate race?
  • AP: Candidate in hospital, others scrambling before Pa. primary
  • Fox News: Three-way Oz-Barnette-McCormick clash for GOP Senate nomination on eve of Pennsylvania primary
  • Fox News: Rep. Keller on Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary: Best person is Dr. Oz
  • Fox News: Inflation playing a role in Pennsylvania primary election
  • Fox News: How Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate race turned into a ‘three-way-tie’
  • The Hill: Fetterman stroke throws curve into Pennsylvania primary
  • The Hill: Oz leading Barnette, McCormick in tight Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary: poll
  • The Hill: Barnette says she had a ‘wonderful time’ at Jan. 6 rally
  • The Hill: Five things to watch in North Carolina, Pennsylvania primaries
  • WJET: Republican candidate for Senate Dave McCormick stops in Erie
  • ABC27: Pennsylvania officials question lack of notice during Fetterman’s stroke
  • ABC27: Mad dash to the finish for Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Senate candidates on eve of primary election
  • WJET: Lt. Governor John Fetterman speaks out about his stroke
  • City & State PA: New endorsements in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race

‘Pennsylvanians to cast first ballots under redistricted maps’: The Associated Press reports that “the first electoral aftershocks from legislative redistricting earlier this year will be felt Tuesday, when Pennsylvania voters pick primary candidates for Congress, 203 state House seats and 25 Senate districts.”

‘Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary will wrap up a chaotic campaign and chart both parties’ paths forward’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “a dramatic primary delivered one more day of twists, as Pennsylvania’s primaries drew national attention for the impact on the Senate, state government, and the directions of both parties.”

‘Voter Registration Update: Pa. GOP further narrows Dems’ registration edge’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “if voting registration figures are a lagging indicator of partisan enthusiasm, and I believe that they are, then Republicans are heading into Pennsylvania’s 2022 primaries with a major head of steam.”

‘Pa.’s richest person has spent at least $18 million on the 2022 primary — mostly to influence one issue’: Spotlight PA reports that “Yass’ allies, including many who spend or have sought his dollars, argue he is a single-issue donor who backs candidates who support alternatives to public schools.”

‘Lawmakers Laughlin and Collett are vouching for independent voters’ voices in primary elections’: City & State PA reports that “Pennsylvania is one of only nine states that doesn’t allow unaffiliated voters to participate in primaries.”

‘Wolf announces public-private partnership on hydrogen hub’: The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that “Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday announced a statewide initiative to secure a hydrogen hub and large-scale carbon storage system in Pennsylvania in an effort to gain a share of $8 billion in federal funding for such efforts.”

‘Gov. Wolf calls recent mass shootings ‘appalling,’ reiterates call for gun reforms’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday condemned deadly mass shootings that happened over the weekend in Buffalo and Orange County, Calif.”

‘Republican commissioners, again, remove mail-in ballot dropbox from Lancaster County building [update]’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “Lancaster County’s Republican commissioners made clear on Friday that they would meet on Monday to vote to remove a mail-in ballot dropbox from the county government building’s entrance.”

‘U.S. Sen. Bob Casey stops by Berks Tec Centro to celebrate $500,000 in federal funding’: The Reading Eagle reports that “the center provides workforce development and adult education services.”

‘Tolling plan dropped for 1 side of I-78 bridge after community input. There’s still time to weigh in.’: The Express Times reports that “plans for the I-78 bridge near the Lehigh Valley changed, in part, because of community response.”

‘Keller proposes legislation to ramp up domestic drilling’: The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that “U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, recently introduced new legislation in support of the development of American oil and natural gas.”

Legislative Election Updates
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Lancaster Co. House candidate loses Dem endorsements in confusion over abortion stance
Citizens Voice: Harrisburg PAC contributed $30,000 to 3 GOP state rep candidates from Luzerne County
Reading Eagle: New congressional and legislative districts mean changes for some Berks voters

Regional Spotlight: Central
LNP | LancasterOnline: Hate crime reporting in Pa. is inconsistent, but trends clearly show an increase
LNP | LancasterOnline: What you need to know about Tuesday’s primary election in Lancaster County [Voters Guide 2022] 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here’s how much Lancaster residents contributed to statewide primary candidates [graphic] 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Analysis: Five things to watch as Pennsylvania primary voters head to the polls on Tuesday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster City Council votes to limit short-term rentals 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Mounting costs hit $4.5M as Lancaster city seeks new partner for long-delayed municipal broadband [Lancaster Watchdog]
PennLive: Here are the hot Pa. primary races to keep an eye on come Tuesday
PennLive: PennDOT opens final public comment period on I-83 South Bridge tolling project 
PennLive: Harrisburg mayor outlines $42 million COVID relief spending plan
PennLive: Mechanicsburg council member pleads no contest to loitering charge 
PennLive: Harrisburg dedication paves the way to a lasting appreciation of Thomas Morris Chester
ABC27: Biden signs bill naming Sylvia H. Rambo United States Courthouse in Harrisburg
York Dispatch: York City Council to vote on residency, hair discrimination bills
York Dispatch: What you need to know for York County’s primary election
York Dispatch: ICYMI: Rep. Perry pushes ‘replacement theory’ during committee hearing
York Dispatch: PennDOT to hold public hearings on I-83 bridge tolling project
York Dispatch: Three Mile Island decommissioning continues as Netflix show premieres

Dr. Mehmet Oz: I’m Mehmet Oz and here’s why I want Pennsylvania’s vote
Kathy Barnette: I’m Kathy Barnette and here’s why I want Pennsylvania’s vote
David McCormick: I’m David McCormick and here’s why I want Pennsylvania’s vote
Carla Sands: I’m Carla Sands and here’s why I want Pennsylvania’s vote
Paul Muschick: Didn’t get your mail ballot? How you still can vote Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s primary
James Greenfield: Kathy Barnette Can Win the PA Senate Seat
John L. Micek: Pa. Primary 2022: 3 storylines we’re following today | Tuesday Morning Coffee 
John L. Micek: What’s on the ballot Tuesday? A choice between fact and conspiracy | Monday Morning Coffee
Joseph Minott: Pa. voters must prioritize clean energy, environmental issues in Tuesday’s primaries
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: What’s the vaccine for hate?
Bruce Wilson: Why we should embrace today’s high fuel costs
Karly Matthews: Our grandparents’ nuclear mistakes can’t define our energy future
Tony Norman: Comrades in death
Irv Halter: We must unite for our children and for our future as a nation
Michael Coard: Brown v. Bd of Ed never really overturned Plessy

3 Responses

  1. The only real question is how true and refreahing PA GOP voters will be today in choosing their candidates. MAGA or ultra-MAGA?

  2. The only real question is how crazy PA GOP voters will be today in choosing their candidates. MAGA or batshit crazy ultra-MAGA?

  • 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%)

    Total Voters: 231

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