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May 20th Playbook

Pennsylvania voters approve two amendments to limit the governor’s emergency powers. Here is the Playbook. 

PA Voters Approve Two Amendments To Limit Governor’s Emergency Powers: Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Lawrence Tabas touted the passage of both proposed constitutional amendments and said it sends a “clear message to the Governor’s office.”

PoliticsPA: 2021 Primary Results Playbook: The PAGOP endorsed candidate wins the Republican Party primary for the PA Supreme Court, while state Rep. Ed Gainey defeats Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto in the Democratic Party primary for Pittsburgh Mayor. Here is the 2021 Primary Results Playbook.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Trump ‘asked me’ to run for governor, state lawmaker says
AP: Philly judges win Democratic primaries for statewide courts
AP: Pennsylvania voters impose new limits on governor’s powers
AP: Pittsburgh takes big step toward electing first Black mayor
AP: Voters back bid to ban race discrimination in constitution
AP: Polling places run out of ballots in Pennsylvania primary 
Inquirer: Ed Gainey’s upset win in the Pittsburgh mayor’s race is the latest sign of a rising left in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Pennsylvania Republicans pick veteran appeals judge as nominee for state Supreme Court
Inquirer: After Johnson & Johnson pause, Pa. and N.J. have thousands of extra shots — and many will expire soon
Spotlight PA: Voters back curtailing Wolf’s emergency powers in win for GOP lawmakers
Spotlight PA: Experts say Pa.’s 2021 primary was typical, but GOP lawmakers are seizing on issues 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In a pandemic rebuke, Pa. voters move to limit Wolf’s emergency powers; approve referenda questions on racial justice and fire depts 
USA Today: Pa. primary results: Voters choose to strip governor’s emergency powers
USA Today: Pennsylvania police agencies are whiter than communities they serve, even as leaders pursue diversity
City & State PA: Conservatives hold spending advantage on ballot question messaging
City & State PA: Voters choose to scale back executive power, but what happens next?
City & State PA: How Democrats want to spend $7.2 billion in federal coronavirus funds
City & State PA: Progressives win big races in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
City & State PA: Pennsylvania could finally have open primaries for independent voters
City & State PA: Counties experience printing issues during primary
PLSReporter: Four new members to join General Assembly following special elections
PLSReporter: Voters approve constitutional amendments limiting governor’s emergency powers
PLSReporter: Despite scattered issues, Department of State deems primary election ‘successful’
KDKA: Pennsylvania Voters Impose Limits On Governor’s Emergency Disaster Powers 
Patriot News: GOP lawmakers hail votes limiting Pa. governor’s powers in emergencies, but what comes next?
Patriot News: Pa. COVID-19 update: 54 new deaths
Fox News: Pennsylvania votes to curb Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s emergency powers imposed during COVID pandemic
Fox News: Incumbent Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner accused of being soft on crime wins primary
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. voters give legislature more power to override governor during emergency declarations
Morning Call: Voters seeking changes to Pennsylvania governor’s emergency powers pull ahead on ballot questions; nearly 54% say ‘yes’ so far
StateImpactPA: StateImpact Pennsylvania invites public to discuss ‘nature of the future’ with author Elizabeth Kolbert
StateImpactPA: Delaware County sues PFAS makers for contamination at fire-fighting sites
KYW Newsradio: ‘Bring her out’: 2 Pennsylvanians charged in latest round of Capitol arrests
National Journal: HOTLINE EXTRA: Pennsylvania’s Mastriano says Trump urged him to run for governor
The Hill: Pennsylvania voters back limits on governor’s emergency powers
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania woman at insurrection called lawmakers criminals, saying: ‘They need to hang.’
Huffington Post: Trumper On FBI Capitol Wanted List Attends Giuliani Event For GOPer Who Pushed Big Lie

Inquirer: How Philly DA Larry Krasner won — and won big
Inquirer: Philly DA Larry Krasner beats primary challenger Carlos Vega by wide margin in closely watched race 
Inquirer: Philly DA Larry Krasner’s big win is a huge loss for the police union that tried to stop him
Inquirer: Voters didn’t buy that soaring gun violence is Larry Krasner’s fault. Neither do experts.
Inquirer: Philly to lift outdoor mask mandate, ease more COVID-19 restrictions Friday; Fauci said public is ‘misinterpreting’ CDC’s mask guidance
Billy Penn: DA Larry Krasner beats Carlos Vega in heated Democratic primary
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Primary: Krasner wins; mail ballot mistake delayed count
WHYY Newsworks: Philly election official describes a ‘rough morning’ at short-staffed polls
KYW Newsradio: ‘Criminal justice reform just won a big one’: Krasner takes Democratic primary for Philly DA
KYW Newsradio: Philly vaccinated can shed COVID-19 masks indoors June 11 — if numbers stay on track
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia official gets 15 months for stealing money from programs serving parks, youth
Philly Voice: Philly will keep its indoor mask mandate until June 11 — at least
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia names former Pepper Hamilton attorney chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia ending mask mandate for fully vaccinated people on June 11
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia Fed president Harker says higher ed is in ‘peril,’ calls for state and federal funding

Bucks County Courier Times: Mark Lomax to face Fred Harran for Bucks County sheriff in November 
Bucks County Courier Times: Mail-in ballots, referendums or civic duty: Bucks County got out the vote in droves 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks gets $61M in American Rescue funds; plans roundtable on spending
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County primary: Thomas-Smith, Corr head to November in quest for seat on county bench 
Bucks County Courier Times: Van Plunk wins GOP primary for Bucks County controller; will face incumbent 
Delco Daily Times: Roots wins council nomination in Chester upset
Delco Daily Times: Here are the latest results from the 2021 primary election 
Delco Daily Times: Delco GOP cries foul over primary ballot problems
Daily Local News: DeBaptiste likely mayoral winner in West Chester 
Daily Local News: With results incomplete, Rovito, Verwey have early lead for Democrat judge pick in Chester County 
Daily Local News: Winners likely chosen in judge race
KYW Newsradio: Fitzpatrick, Smith among US House GOP who broke ranks to pass Jan. 6 commission bill
KYW Newsradio: Some Delco polling places short on ballots, but officials say everyone was able to vote
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County’s 2021 primary election operation was ‘very smooth’
Bucks Local News: COVID-19 cases drop to six-month low in Bucks County as mask restrictions ease
Bucks Local News: Hospitalizations in Bucks County plunge as COVID vaccines prove effective
Pottstown Mercury: Wolf joins push for charter school reform at Pottstown High School 
Pottstown Mercury: A quiet primary, except in West and Upper Pottsgrove

WESA: Gainey All But Certain To Become Pittsburgh’s First Black Mayor After Victory In Democratic Primary
WESA: Solitary Confinement, ‘No-Knock Warrant’ Measures Sail To Election Day Victory
WESA: Reformers Make Headway In County Judicial Races
WESA: Survey: Pennsylvanians Are Warming Up To Elected Leaders As Pandemic Restrictions Lift
WESA: Pittsburgh Women, People Of Color Claiming Victory After Primary Election
WESA: New PAC Poised To Make Gains In City School Board Races
Post-Gazette: Organizers say Gainey’s historic victory sends a message: ‘People-powered politics’ gaining strength
Post-Gazette: Wagner, Korbel among candidates to go forward in Allegheny County Common Pleas race 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County reports smallest increase in daily COVID-19 cases this year
KDKA: Political Analysts Cite Several Reasons Bill Peduto Lost Pittsburgh Mayoral Primary Election To Ed Gainey
KDKA: 2021 Primary Election Results
KDKA: Primary Election Results Bring Changes To Policing On Streets And At Allegheny County Jail 
KDKA: ‘I Asked Him If He Knew Anyone Who Was Hiring’: Mayor Bill Peduto Talks With President Joe Biden After Primary Loss 
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports Under 100 New Cases
WTAE: African American community leaders in Pittsburgh put mayoral primary into historical perspective
WTAE: Commitment 2021: Primary election results for Western Pa.
Pittsburgh Business Times: Business leaders share thoughts on Gainey’s mayoral primary victory
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh lawyer to be 2022-2023 president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
Pittsburgh Business Times: Bogen hopeful Covid-19 case numbers will continue to decline
Tribune Review: ‘You can’t stop progress’: Black residents see Ed Gainey’s win as one for all of Pittsburgh 
Tribune Review: How did Peduto lose Pittsburgh mayoral primary? Experts offer insight 
Tribune Review: Incumbent Pittsburgh council members edge challengers in Democratic primary 
Tribune Review: Activists praise vote that bans solitary at Allegheny County Jail 
Tribune Review: ‘Better and better’: Allegheny County officials hopeful as covid numbers drop
City Paper: Ed Gainey defeats incumbent on way to becoming Pittsburgh’s first-ever Black mayor
City Paper: Why Pittsburgh is above average for non-car transit, and how it might be getting better 

Observer-Reporter: One-term Monessen mayor loses Democratic nomination 
Observer-Reporter: Municipal primary round-up: Peters Township getting new faces on council
Observer-Reporter: Three candidates win nominations of both parties in district judge races 
Observer-Reporter: Pettit wins Dem, GOP nominations for Washington County judge 
Observer-Reporter: Grimes wins GOP nomination for Greene judge, holds lead in Dem primary 
Observer-Reporter: Nearly half of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Beaver County Times: Primary election Pa. 2021: Beaver, Lawrence Election live updates, results
WTAE: Early GOP governor hopeful Lou Barletta visits Butler County
Post-Gazette: Republicans look likely to hold 2 state House seats in Western Pennsylvania special elections
Tribune Review: Leslie Rossi, creator of Trump House, holds 2-1 margin in 59th District special election 
Tribune Review: Technical issue, ballot reviews cause reporting delay of Westmoreland election results
KDKA: Several Investigations Underway After Some Ballots Were Rejected In Fayette County
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rossi holds big lead in 59th Legislative District special election
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Typical turnout – 30% – for municipal primary in Cambria County 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Owens tops Moss in Cambria County Democratic primary for sheriff; will face Robertson 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Democrats King, Mock, Britt, Huchel advance in Johnstown council primary; all 3 GOP candidates also move on
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rigby: House Policy Committee hearing scheduled in Johnstown 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Hospitalizations, new COVID-19 cases dropping; state prison to allow visitors
Altoona Mirror: Latchford pulls away from Mills
Altoona Mirror: GOP field for Tyrone council narrowed

Times-Tribune: With Flynn headed to Senate, candidates emerge for his state rep seat
Times-Tribune: Flynn claims victory in state Senate race
Times-Tribune: Cognetti defeats Murray, clears hurdle in pursuit of a full term
Times-Tribune: Kovaleski defeats O’Malley for Democratic nomination for register of wills
Times-Tribune: Dempsey, Arora win judicial nominations in Lackawanna County
Times-Tribune: Newcomers win nominations in Dunmore races
Times-Tribune: Incumbents have strong showings in Archbald, Jessup, Jermyn
Times-Tribune: Martzen, McDonald, win Carbondale City Council nominations
Times-Tribune: Kavulich Loiselle wins Taylor mayoral race 
Times-Tribune: Voters pick a sheriff, a coroner and magistrates 
Times-Tribune: Salavantis wins GOP and Democratic tickets in Luzerne County judge race, Toohil, Kravitz advance 
Times-Tribune: Calls for accountability over primary ballot problems continue 
Times-Tribune: Wolf pitches plan to reform charter school funding
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 cases still dropping, but deaths steady
The Times Leader: Flynn declares victory over Chermak in 22nd Senatorial special election
The Times Leader: Meuser considering joining GOP race for governor
The Times Leader: Luzerne County ballot mislabeling error causes uproar
The Times Leader: Incumbents and newcomers move on in mayoral races
The Times Leader: Salavantis ahead in Democratic, GOP judge races
The Times Leader: Gov. touts charter funding reform proposal at GAR
The Times Leader: 58 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Wednesday; 4 deaths
Citizens Voice: Salavantis, Toohil, Kravitz secure Luzerne County judge nominations 
Citizens Voice: Four GOP county council nominations appear to be decided after primary 
Citizens Voice: County residents favoring amendments, referendum 
Citizens Voice: 2021 primary municipal race results: contested mayoral races 
Citizens Voice: County’s Republican ballots mislabeled as Democratic 
Citizens Voice: A look at political careers of Barletta and governors with ties to NEPA 
Citizens Voice: 58 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths reported in county on Wednesday

South Central 
Patriot News: How Wanda Williams defeated Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, and others, in the primary election
Patriot News: York County officials call ballot shortage in primary ‘unacceptable,’ vow to do better
Patriot News: Harrisburg City Council candidate field narrowed from 13 to 4 after primary
Patriot News: Primary Election 2021: Results from Dauphin County
Patriot News: Tired but happy, an exultant Wanda Williams basks in Harrisburg mayoral primary win
Patriot News: Primary election 2021: Results for Cumberland County
York Dispatch: Political newcomer Gebhard wins in landslide for state Senate seat
York Dispatch: Primary election results from York County and Pennsylvania
York Dispatch: Commissioner: Some York County polling locations ran out of ballots during primary
York Dispatch: Buckingham, Dennis win York City Council primary election
York Dispatch: All three York County Common Pleas candidates advance to general election
York Dispatch: Wednesday update: More COVID-19 cases, one more death in York County
Carlisle Sentinel: Primary 2021: Cumberland County election results
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 25 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Wednesday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here are Lancaster County’s municipal Election Day 2021 results [full coverage]
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County 2021 election turnout rate more than doubles past municipal primaries
LNP | LancasterOnline: Endorsed candidates on both sides take the night in Manheim Township commissioners race
LNP | LancasterOnline: New Holland business owner unseats incumbent in borough council primary race
LNP | LancasterOnline: Teams of three will work through the weekend to hand count mail-in ballots, commissioner says
LNP | LancasterOnline: Demonstrators call for end to Israeli-Palestinian conflict Wednesday
York Daily Record: 48th state senate district: Lebanon businessman declares victory with sizable lead in race
York Daily Record: Primary 2021: All 3 candidates for York County Court of Common Pleas set to advance
York Daily Record: Ballot shortages spark outcry from voters, call from Republicans for one director to resign
York Daily Record: ‘It was ridiculous’: Polls ran out of ballots amid high voter turnout for a primary

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: ‘We won this thing with the support of so many people’: Matt Tuerk is the apparent victor in the Allentown Democratic mayoral race
Morning Call: Primary election shakes up Bethlehem City Council, elects longtime council member as Democratic challenger for mayor
Morning Call: Mayoral races, mail-in ballots and fallout from the pandemic boosted Lehigh Valley turnout in the primary
Morning Call: Final tally: Newcomers carry the day in several Lehigh Valley suburban municipal races
Morning Call: Lehigh County judge race narrows from nine to six as lawyers hope to fill seats at the county courthouse  
Morning Call: Moore Township constable candidate who vowed not to enforce protection from abuse orders defeated in primary
Morning Call: South Whitehall Township vacancy board selects replacement to finish out the year for former Commissioner Matt Mobilio
Reading Eagle: Less than 25% of registered voters in Berks cast ballots in the primary election
Reading Eagle: Just 2 votes separate 3 Democratic candidates in Reading district judge race
Reading Eagle: Incumbent A. Dennis Adams wins Republican nod for Berks County treasurer
Reading Eagle: Here’s who won the party nominations in Reading City Council
Reading Eagle: Tina Boyd and James Gavin win Berks County Court primaries
Reading Eagle: John Fielding wins Republican nod for Berks County coroner
Reading Eagle: Here’s who won party nominations in Berks County borough contests
Reading Eagle: Here’s who won party nominations for township supervisor in Berks County
Reading Eagle: Berks County seven-day average of COVID cases at 2021 low
WFMZ: Matt Tuerk maintains narrow lead in Allentown mayoral race
WFMZ: J. William Reynolds leads in Bethlehem mayoral primary race
WFMZ: A. Dennis Adams wins Republican bid for Berks County treasurer
WFMZ: John Fielding gets Republican nod for Berks County coroner
WFMZ: New council member Wesley Butler enters Reading city council as youngest member
WFMZ: Lehigh County executive says there were no issues with election results
Express Times: Matt Tuerk claims Allentown’s Democratic mayor nomination (UPDATE)
Express Times: J. William Reynolds appears to have won Democratic nod in Bethlehem mayor’s race
Express Times: Women sweep Bethlehem City Council race in primary election
Express Times: Primary election results: 3 eliminated from race for seats on Lehigh County bench 
Express Times: Challenger declares victory in Easton City Council race
Express Times: The primary election winners for the Lehigh Valley’s district judge seats

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Democratic Erie County Executive candidate Tyler Titus announces victory in the municipal primary
Erie Times-News: Campanelli tops Sanfilippo in sheriff’s race
Erie Times-News: Dems Winarksi, Laythe; GOP’s Bayle lead in Erie County Council race
Erie Times-News: Primary election: Clear, McCaslin win Millcreek supervisor nominations
Erie Times-News: Democratic incumbent Allen leads the way in Erie City Council primary
Erie Times-News: Schember moves toward second term as Erie mayor with easy primary win
Erie Times-News: Erie County election: Officials report errors at two polling places
Erie Times-News: Erie County reports highest daily COVID-19 death total since early March 
Erie Times-News: Ex-congressman Barletta campaigns in Erie for governor’s race
KDKA: Tyler Titus Closer To Becoming First Openly Transgender County Executive In Country After Winning Erie County Primary
State College: Shadle Wins Only Contested Countywide Primary Race
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County votes ‘yes’ on all ballot questions
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Candidates chosen for City Council
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Sheriff, judge candidates picked
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County judge plans to retire
Centre Daily Times: Election results from contested supervisor, council, other races in Centre County
Centre Daily Times: ‘I am deeply honored.’ Nanes claims victory in primary election for State College mayor
Centre Daily Times: Why Centre County was short on Republican ballots during Tuesday’s primary election

Ernest Owens: Four Major Takeaways From the Philadelphia Democratic Primary
Inquirer Editorial Board: Federal funds offer Philly a chance to think bigger
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Gainey was the un-Peduto
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pa. should demand long-term accountability from corporations guilty of river pollution
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Dealing with mental health crises requires social workers as first responders and more police training
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The pandemic caused many to forgo routine medical care — it’s time to get back in the habit
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: New CDC guidance on masking comes up short in this partisan landscape
Antonia M. Villarruel and Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob: For health’s sake: Tell your lawmakers to let Pa.’s nurse practitioners do their jobs
Nicolas O’Rourke: Larry Krasner aced the test for the progressive prosecutor movement
Jenice Armstrong: The disrespectful handling of the MOVE victims’ remains by the city and Penn merits more investigation 
Michael Gerhardt: A bipartisan Jan. 6 commission would do more than ‘relitigate the past’ 
John L. Micek: With Wolf’s amendment defeats: The first quacks of a lame-duck governor? | Thursday Morning Coffee 
John L. Micek: Pa. state troopers demand apology from Wolf over Juneteenth letter to state employees | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Christine Flowers: Battling the forces of voter intimidation
José Benitez and Sister Mary Scullion: Philly leaders should support homeless people in Kensington just as they did in Center City 
Tyra Bryant-Stephens and Alonzo South: Philly needs a permanent Eviction Diversion Program to keep kids healthy
Nancy Kleinberg: Want to level the playing field for candidates? Pass H.R. 1., the voting rights bill, to fix our system 
Maria Panaritis: A small Delco business owner is the savior for Teachers’ Teammates while big Philly donors do nothing 
Gene Therapy: GOP talking point of the week? Tough one.
Will Bunch Newsletter: Did George Floyd boost support for Palestine?

One Response

  1. I could not help but think that the Republicans may have outsmarted themselves. Seeking to lessen the Governor’s power in an emergency and substituting their politics instead can have the result of unintended consequences. Is it that far fetched to think that someday a Republican Governor may deal with a Dem legislature and want the emergency powers but instead will have to deal with knucklehead legislators who think they know better? And although the Dem State Senate lacks leadership and was outplayed by the Republicans, once again, on these 2 ballot issues (R’s bombarded the public with mailers and there was no mailer arguing against the 2 ballot issues)—there could be a day when the roles are reversed and the R’s want the power they now want to deny the Gov. Interesting to think about.

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