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May 18 Playbook

Former Congressman Lou Barletta announced that he’s running for Governor in 2022. Happy primary day politicos, Here is the Playbook. 

Barletta Announces 2022 Bid for Governor: Former Congressman Lou Barletta promoted his roots in the state and career in elected office, while specifically citing his opposition to Gov. Tom Wolf’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as a reason for entering the 2022 statewide contest.

SD22: Biden Endorses Flynn: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that President Joe Biden has endorsed state Rep. Marty Flynn (D-Lackawanna) in the special election for the state Senate’s 22nd District.  

Toomey To Meet With Buttigieg and Raimondo to Unveil New Infrastructure Proposal: POLITICO reports that Sen. Pat Toomey will be one of five GOP Senators to meet with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, & White House legislative affairs today as they are expected to unveil a new infrastructure proposal. 

AP Previews Primary Election in PA: The Associated Press reports on the “Fight over virus orders, high court seat lead primary ballot’ and the “Nationally watched questions on pandemic, race on ballot.”

Inky Details What To Watch in Philly DA Primary: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on “some factors that will help determine the winner” in the Philadelphia District Attorney Democratic Party primary between incumbent District Attorney Larry Krasner and challenger Carlos Vega. 

VICE News Highlights Pittsburgh Mayoral Race: VICE News reports on “How George Floyd Protests Changed the Race for Mayor in Pittsburgh.”

New York Times Previews Philly DA Primary: The New York Times highlights the Philadelphia District Attorney race between incumbent District Attorney Larry Krasner and primary challenger Carlos Vega and asks “Can a Progressive Prosecutor Survive a 40% Spike in Homicides?.”

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Pa.s’ top two Republicans announce plans for lobbying reform, but is it enough?’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that state Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Centre) and House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) “unveiled plans to draft legislation and build on the state’s existing Lobbyist Disclosure Act by regulating lobbyists’ influence and establishing a code of conduct for lobbyists,” on Monday. 

City & State PA Highlights Mayoral Races in PA: City & State PA highlights the upcoming mayoral primary elections in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Scranton, Erie, Allentown, and Bethlehem.  

Arkoosh Talks to NBC10 About Job-Creating: Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, who is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Senate, talked to NBC10 in Philadelphia about her “platform of addressing climate change, infrastructure and health care.”  

Philly Mag: ‘Nearly 3/4 of All Contributions to Larry Krasner This Year Came from Outside Philly’: Philadelphia Magazine reports that nearly ¾’s of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s campaign contributions this year have come from outside of Philadelphia. 

Post-Gazette Provides Primary Voter Guide: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette provides a primary voter guide so you “Know where and when to cast your vote and what’s on the ballot.”

Billy Penn Previews Philly Primary: Billy Penn provides the “Procrastinator’s guide to the May 2021 primary election in Philadelphia.”

PennLive Provides Voter Info for Primary: PennLive reports on “when the polls open, when they close and what you need to know to vote.”

PennLive Breaks Down Primary Relief for PA Restaurants: PennLive provides a breakdown by each county in PA for the $120 million in pandemic relief awarded to Pennsylvania restaurants.  

Laughlin Supports Allowing Independents to Vote in Primaries: The Erie Times-News reports that state Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie), a potential candidate for Governor in 2022, “will reintroduce legislation that would allow independents to weigh in on partisan nominating contests.” 

Peduto Talks To Pittsburgh City Paper About Reelection Bid: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto talked to Natalie Bencivenga about his bid for a third term.  

Erie Times-News Previews Erie Primary Election: The Erie Times-News highlights the “4 ballot questions, races for mayor, county executive highlight Tuesday’s primary ballot,” plus the race for Erie City Controller

Morning Call Previews PA Primary: The Allentown Morning provides the “Lehigh Valley’s procrastinators guide to the 2021 primary election,” and details the “Pennsylvania primary election: Lehigh Valley voters will choose nominees for local offices, weigh in on governor’s emergency powers.

Reading Eagle Highlights What Berks County Voters Need to Know for Primary: The Reading Eagle details “What you need to know about Election Day in Berks County.” 

Bucks County Courier Times Highlights Races in Bucks and Montco: The Bucks County Courier Times details what voters “can expect at the polls” in Bucks County and Montgomery County.

York Daily Record Previews Primary Races: The York Daily Record provides a preview for the races that York County voters will have on their ballots in the primary election.  

LNP | LancasterOnline Details What Lancaster County Voters Need to Know for Primary Election: LNP | LancasterOnline highlights the races that Lancaster County voters will decide on for the primary election.  

Wolf Receives 2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Shot: KDKA reports that Gov. Tom Wolf received his second dose of the Moderna vaccine on Monday 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Fight over virus orders, high court seat lead primary ballot
AP: Nationally watched questions on pandemic, race on ballot
AP: Barletta to enter Pennsylvania’s GOP stakes for governor
AP: Prosecutor’s reelection pits reform against rising gun crime
AP: State’s Largest Teachers Union In Favor Of In-Person Return
WHYY Newsworks: ‘We don’t want chaos in 2022’: Pa. battle over new congressional map stalled over data lag
WHYY Newsworks: It’s Primary Day in Pennsylvania. Here’s what voters need to know
Spotlight PA: A new wave of election directors step in to fill Pa.’s many vacancies — with little training and varying experience
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.s’ top two Republicans announce plans for lobbying reform, but is it enough?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Despite update to CDC masking rule, Pa. businesses, schools can require masks
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trivial Pursuit, the Pa. Edition | The Numbers Racket
New York Times: Can a Progressive Prosecutor Survive a 40% Spike in Homicides?
Patriot News: The Pa. primary election: When polls open, when they close and what you need to know to vote
Patriot News: $120 million in pandemic relief awarded to Pa. restaurants: Here’s the breakdown by county
Patriot News: Senators ask for delay in decision on Pa. state university consolidation plan
Patriot News: Pa. teachers union president wants to see students back in the classroom in 2021-22
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf should apologize for implying cops are ‘racist murderers,’ head of Pa. state troopers association says 
Patriot News: Nearly half of Pa. adults fully vaccinated: COVID-19 update
Patriot News: Which states have the most confirmed coronavirus cases (5/17/2021): Where does Pa. stand?
WITF: New Poll Finds A Quarter Of Pennsylvanians Don’t Want A COVID-19 Vaccine 
Post-Gazette: Sen. Toomey and GOP senators prep infrastructure offer for White House
Post-Gazette: The nagging question: How much more is Pennsylvania willing to spend on higher ed?
City & State PA: Voters to decide on mayoral candidates in 6 cities 
City & State PA: Ridge and Dent join call for change within GOP 
USA Today: Lou Barletta, a Trump supporter, former congressman and mayor, is running for PA governor
PLSReporter: Former Republican congressman Lou Barletta announces gubernatorial run
CNHI: Mail-in voting count could delay results in primary
Reading Eagle: Pa. needs to speed its transition to electric vehicles, advocacy group says
Fox News: Pennsylvania state troopers union demands Gov. Tom Wolf apologize for remarks
Tribune Review: Former Congressman Lou Barletta changes the calculus on PA GOP gubernatorial primary
StateImpactPA: Wolf withdraws nomination to utility regulator after lawmakers threaten no vote
StateImpactPA: US Steel cancellation leaves Western Pa. with questions over steel’s future 
WTAE: Ex-congressman Lou Barletta running in Republican 2022 primary for PA governor
KDKA: Masks Encouraged But Not Required For Voters In Pennsylvania Primary Election
KDKA: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf Receives Second COVID-19 Vaccine Shot 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Was 5th Best At Fighting COVID-19 According To New Study
KDKA: Pennsylvania Ending Extended Jobless Benefits, Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5%
The Hill: Ex-GOP Rep. Lou Barletta launches bid for Pennsylvania governor
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania unemployment: State’s extended benefits program ends, claims shift to federal program for now  

Sixty-Six Wards: Krasner v. Vega
Inquirer: What to watch for in the Democratic primary between Philly DA Larry Krasner and Carlos Vega
Inquirer: It’s election day in Pennsylvania, and polls are open; all eyes on Philadelphia DA primary between Krasner and Vega 
Inquirer: The voters who will choose Philly’s next DA aren’t the people with the most at stake 
Inquirer: Philly came closer to being selected for Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ than previously known, new book reveals 
Inquirer: A judge dismissed charges against the Philly SWAT officer who pepper-sprayed protesters on I-676 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania eases more COVID-19 restrictions; SEPTA to lift all capacity limits, but masks still required
Billy Penn: Procrastinator’s guide to the May 2021 primary election in Philadelphia
Billy Penn: Why renaming Taney Street is slow going, despite the racist history
Philadelphia Magazine: Nearly 3/4 of All Contributions to Larry Krasner This Year Came from Outside Philly
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Watershed moment’: Philly’s new police oversight board moves forward
WHYY Newsworks: What you need to know about the desecration of MOVE bombing victims’ remains
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: SEPTA to lift capacity limits in June
Philadelphia Tribune: City to launch community-led project to develop, test survey of underrepresented cultural resources
Philadelphia Citizen: Who Is Larry Krasner? 
KYW Newsradio: To mask, or not to mask? What you need to vote in Philly and suburbs for Pa. primary
KYW Newsradio: Free on Tuesday? Philly seeks last-minute volunteers for the primary election
KYW Newsradio: Judge dismisses charges against former Philly officer accused of pepper-spraying I-676 protesters
Philly Voice: Krasner vows fight after judge dismisses charges against Philly cop who pepper-sprayed protesters on I-676
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia was at one point a top 3 choice for Amazon’s HQ2. A new book details what happened next.

Bucks County Courier Times: Voting on Tuesday? Here’s what you can expect at the polls in Bucks, Montco
KYW Newsradio: To mask, or not to mask? What you need to vote in Philly and suburbs for Pa. primary
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County shows signs of suppressing spread of the coronavirus 
Montgomery Media: Number of daily new coronavirus cases in Montgomery County continues to decline

KDKA: 1 Out Of 7 Expected To Vote In Primary Election, Where A Lot Is On The Ballot
KDKA: As Governor Tom Wolf Loosens Restrictions, Big Events Are Springing Back To Life
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 162 New Coronavirus Cases, 5 Additional Deaths In Last 48 Hours
Post-Gazette: State Sen. Jim Brewster seeks pause in state university mergers, citing unresolved questions
Post-Gazette: ELECTION 2021: Primary Day is Tuesday. Know where and when to cast your vote and what’s on the ballot
Post-Gazette: New indoor, outdoor COVID-19 capacity limits take effect today in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: How Haddad’s grew from a Pittsburgh gas station into an entertainment rental empire
Post-Gazette: PPS, teachers union agree schools should reopen fully in fall
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Latest: Biden says cases down nationally; Wolf gets 2nd shot; Port Authority increases ridership limits
WESA: Survey: Many In Southwestern Pennsylvania Have A More Positive Outlook As Vaccinations Rise
WESA: How Much Did Lawmakers Spend On Food, Lodging And Other Perks? A New Investigation Says $50 Million A Year 
WESA: Public Outcry Prompts Penn Hills To Fire Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Wilkinsburg Man In 2019
WESA: Port Authority Will Begin Phasing Out Passenger Limits On May 31
Pittsburgh Business Times: Port Authority of Allegheny County to drop all vehicle capacity limits in June
Tribune Review: ‘It’s a personal choice’: Western Pa. residents have mixed reactions to mask guidelines
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania’s covid report dips under 1,000 for 1st time in over 7 months
City Paper: Councilors Gross and Hallam critical of Pittsburgh using social media monitoring software 
City Paper: Five Minutes With … Bill Peduto 
City Paper: Cop under investigation for shooting of Romir Talley hired, then fired from Penn Hills police 
City Paper: Port Authority of Allegheny County to increase ridership on May 31, completely eliminate capacity limits on June 20
WTAE: Coronavirus in Western Pa.: Over 237,000 cases in 14 counties, according to PA Dept. of Health

Observer-Reporter: Mon council race draws two candidates
Observer-Reporter: Allegheny County surpasses 100,000 coronavirus cases
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Mail-in ballot counting will begin Tuesday morning, officials say
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Follow the reporters covering Tuesday’s elections
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State’s 872 COVID-19 cases is lowest single-day total in seven months

The Times Leader: Barletta announces run for GOP nomination for governor
The Times Leader: Rep. Kaufer hosts hearing on new transportation funding proposal
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre updates mask policy, City Council to allow public attendance at meetings
The Times Leader: Masks still recommended but not required for fully vaccinated Luzerne County employees on the job
The Times Leader: Bridge funded by Luzerne County $5 vehicle fee completed
The Times Leader: 28 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County Monday; 872 statewide
Citizens Voice: Superior Court candidate Beck has NEPA roots
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre mayor issues new COVID-19 face mask order
Citizens Voice: State reports less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases
Times-Tribune: Scranton seeks best depository for $68.7 million American Rescue Plan funds
Times-Tribune: Three county row officers wrongly overpaid for more than a year
Times-Tribune: Officials urge safety for bicyclists, pedestrians
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 deaths trend up again as case count continues decline

South Central 
Patriot News: ‘We came to vote yes’: Turnout light but steady as polls open for Pa. primary
Patriot News: Pa. court nixes town’s ban on digital billboards
Patriot News: South Bridge tolling proposal to be subject of May 25 telephone town hall
York Daily Record: Primary 2021: What voters need to know about casting a ballot today, last-minute mail-ins
York Daily Record: Live updates: News from the polls as York County votes in the primary 
York Dispatch: Gun violence study to be revealed as a part of York City surveillance proposal
York Dispatch: York County COVID-19 cases lowest since November, but vaccine rates worry officials
York Dispatch: Monday update: 87 additional COVID-19 cases in York County
Carlisle Sentinel: What you should know ahead of voting Tuesday in the Pennsylvania primary
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 3 new COVID-19 cases reported Monday as county sees new low since fall
LNP | LancasterOnline: What Lancaster County residents should know before tomorrow’s primary election
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tuesday is primary election day: here’s where to go and what your ballot will look like

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley’s procrastinators guide to the 2021 primary election 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania primary election: Lehigh Valley voters will choose nominees for local offices, weigh in on governor’s emergency powers
Morning Call: Live Updates: Primary election in Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley 
Morning Call: ‘Vaccination police?’: New CDC guidance on masks puts burden on Lehigh Valley businesses, lets customers decide 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Fewer than 1,000 cases reported for first time since October
Reading Eagle: What you need to know about Election Day in Berks County 
Reading Eagle: Berks County Election Day Live Blog
Reading Eagle: Why don’t voters show up for local elections? Berks experts offer ideas for solutions 
Reading Eagle: Greater Reading Chamber Alliance to host breakfast with state lawmakers
WFMZ: Hundreds gather in Allentown to call for end of violence in Gaza
WFMZ: Pa. gathering limits eased: What does it mean for private businesses? 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: 4 ballot questions, races for mayor, county executive highlight Tuesday’s primary ballot 
Erie Times-News: The race for Erie city controller: incumbent Democrat Stankiewicz alone on ballot 
Erie Times-News: Laughlin, a potential gubernatorial candidate, said independents deserve voice in primaries 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Polls open for primary election 
Centre Daily Times: It’s primary day in Pennsylvania. Here’s what to know & what’s happening in Centre County
Centre Daily Times: Mayor Ron Filippelli clarifies comments about diversity, race on future State College board
Centre Daily Times: Listen to comments made during State College Borough Council work session
Centre Daily Times: All Penn State police are now equipped with body-worn cameras. Here’s what you should know

Inquirer Editorial Board: Republican lawmakers should deal with real issues instead of targeting transgender children
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Make your voice heard tomorrow
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Using federal windfall money for tangible projects
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Bill and Melinda Gates: When billionaires split
John L. Micek: It’s Election Day in Pa. Your right to vote is under attack. Show up and prove them wrong | Tuesday Morning Coffee
John L. Micek: Oh baby! These were the most popular boys and girls baby names in Pa. in 2020 | Monday Morning Coffee
Brian Pitzer: A robust passenger rail system could transform Pennsylvania’s prospects
Jon Geeting: What Is Jim Kenney’s Goal for Tax Reform? 
Frank Pizzoli: May is Foster Care Month: LGBTQ couples & children face challenges 
Ray E. Landis: How our post-truth age has made it easier for scammers targeting the elderly to flourish 
Paul Steinke: Philadelphia has one of America’s richest histories. Why aren’t we doing more to protect it?
Chris Kelly: Coronavirus Diaries: Day 465: Lou-running behind the big lie
George Magakis Jr.: Rick Santorum furthers the right’s lies about American history
Debra Kachel: Students need equity in school library programs 
Jay Fisher: How Easton hospital is recovering from lingering neglect under for-profit ownership
Jane M. Von Bergen: A Better Way To Teach Reading 
Lisa Savage: When my son was shot and paralyzed, I learned how broken Pa.’s home care system is
Anthony Bastian and Sally Ann Sims: Pennsylvania wildlife is under great pressure and needs protection
Elizabeth Wellington: No, you shouldn’t ask for someone’s vaccination status. Here’s what to do instead.

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