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May 19: Election Review

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What We’re Hearing
“There were too many white men running in this race.” – John Weinstein

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Top Story

1. How National Media Framed The Philadelphia Mayor’s Race: A Potential ‘Progressive Takeover’

Democratic candidates for Philadelphia Mayor on debate stage

“The big local politics story in Philadelphia since late last year has indubitably been the crowded Democratic mayoral primary and how it would shake out.

But only in the past couple weeks has the rest of the country turned its attention toward the nation’s sixth largest city, as national media outlets jumped into the fold ahead of Tuesday’s primary, summarizing the months-long campaign leading up to this point and analyzing its dynamics.

There were basically two major — and overlapping — threads in that coverage: the battle between moderates and progressives for control of a large American city, and a focus on policing and public safety.” (Billy Penn)


Fetterman Calls For Biden To Keep 14th Amendment On Table During Debt Ceiling Talks. “Pennsylvania U.S. Senator John Fetterman signed onto a letter with colleagues calling on President Joe Biden to keep the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on the table in negotiations over the debt ceiling.” (PoliticsPA)

Question Of Whether Scott Perry Search Warrant Is Made Public Rests With Federal Judge. “The question of whether the public can view the search warrant and other records relating to the FBI’s investigation of U.S. Rep. Scott Perry now rests with a federal judge.” (York Dispatch)



2. GOP, Dems Propose New Legislation Surrounding Elections

The ink is barely dry on the 2023 Pennsylvania municipal primary and new pieces of legislation are being proposed in both chambers of the General Assembly to change them for the future.

Republican state senators are calling for primary runoffs if the winner does not have a majority of the votes. Democratic House members are calling for ranked choice voting. (PoliticsPA)


Economic Development Issues Are Important In This Year’s PA Budget Debate. “No job crisis on the scale of 1983 haunts Pennsylvania, but economic development issues still play a key role in this year’s state budget debate.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

States Called To Amend U.S. Constitution On Term Limits, Spending. “Calls for term limits and restrained federal spending rarely drift far from public political discourse.” (The Center Square)

Grid Delays Threaten PA Clean Energy Shift, Governor Says. “The arduous process of connecting energy projects to the largest U.S. power grid is impeding Pennsylvania’s transition to clean energy, Gov. Josh Shapiro said.” (POLITICO)


Around The Commonwealth

3. The ‘Rusted-Out’ Democratic Machine: Why Pittsburgh And Allegheny County Progressives Keep Winning

Innamorato, Dugan declare victory in Allegheny County Democratic primary races – WPXI

“It was Sara Innamorato and Matt Dugan and Bethany Hallam who appear to have finally buried the previous generation of Democratic leadership in Allegheny County Tuesday night. But it may have been County Treasurer John Weinstein who wrote the old guard’s epitaph.” (WESA)


How Sara Innamorato Won. “Her campaign stayed relentlessly on message. Allies helped turn out supporters en masse. And she raised more than $800,000 in four months. But the biggest factor in Sara Innamorato’s victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Allegheny County executive took root several years ago, an adviser for a rival campaign said.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Inside Cherelle Parker’s Winning Campaign. “In the spring of 2020, as the coronavirus took hold and society came to standstill, Cherelle Parker’s history-making campaign for mayor started making its first moves.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Pittsburgh Unions File Antitrust Complaint Against UPMC. “A coalition of labor unions has filed an antitrust complaint against UPMC, asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether the hospital system has used its “monopsony” power to suppress healthcare workers’ wages in the region, and limit their options to seek employment elsewhere.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

  • SEIU Healthcare Files Antitrust Complaint Against UPMC. (CBS Pittsburgh)


Ups And Downs. “Whew. What a week. And yes, there are winners and losers – or, as we like to call it – Ups and Downs for primary election week 2023.” (PoliticsPA)

Ask Me Anything About The Philly Election. “Philadelphia Democrats on Tuesday nominated former City Councilmember Cherelle L. Parker over a crowded field, picking a Black woman with a moderate ideology to likely be the city’s first female mayor. In addition, City Council appears poised to get some brand new faces come January, meaning City Hall is in for some major change.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Three Questions For Politicians. “Another election day, another edition of Clout’s Three Questions. We put politicians on the hot seat during lunch Tuesday to see who would answer and who would dodge our trio of queries. And we only got one death threat.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

How One Northeast PA County Runs Drama-Free Elections With Just 2 People On Staff. “As counties around Pennsylvania toiled to count ballots on Tuesday — under pressure to report results within hours of primary polls closing — one rural northeast county put to work its creative solution for conquering such a big job with a small election staff. Very small: two people.” (VoteBeat)

Election Winners And Losers. “If ever there were a series of metrics that seemed to point to a prototypical “change election,” Philly in 2023 would seem to have qualified.” (Philadelphia Citizen)

Write-In Votes Put Northumberland County DA On Ballot. “Tony Matulewicz was not on the primary ballot for district attorney in Northumberland County because he was late in filing his nominating papers and a judge rejected his appeal.” (PennLive)



4. What They’re Saying

A glance around the Keystone State at editorials and opinions.

Tackle Teacher Shortages Now. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Selection And Election. (Tribune-Review)

Cherelle Parker Has Beat The Odds Stacked Against Black Women. It Feels Amazing. (Jenice Armstrong)
From Philly To Colorado Springs, America Voted No On Extremism Tuesday. (Will Bunch)


1 Thing

5. Cheers To Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is No. 1 Beer City in America says study of 50 cities

Cheers to Pittsburgh for being named the “No. 1 Beer City in America,” according to a new study.

“No matter how you pour it, Pittsburgh comes out on top,” says The Best Beer Cities in the U.S. study that analyzed various data to make its rankings. “The Steel City boasts a high rate of bars and breweries and has one of the most affordable beer scenes in the country.” (Beaver County Times)


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