May 21st Playbook

Eugene DePasquale floats a rematch against Rep. Scott Perry in 2022. Here is the Playbook. 

DePasquale Floats 2022 Rematch Against Perry: On Wednesday morning, Eugene DePasquale’s congressional campaign sent out a fundraising email saying that he’s “strongly considering” challenging Rep. Scott Perry again in 2022.

Lane Wins Dem Primary for Superior Court: The Associated Press reports that Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Timika Lane won the three candidate Democratic Party primary for a Superior Court seat. Republican Megan Sullivan was unopposed in her party’s primary for the Superior Court race. 

Trump Hasn’t Endorsed in PA Governor’s Race: The Associated Press reports that Jason Miller, a senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, said on Twitter that Trump has not made an endorsement in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race.  

DeSantis Headlines Allegheny County GOP Dinner: WESA reports that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis headlined the Allegheny County Republican Committee’s Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday evening.  

Barletta To Rally in Hazleton: Former Congressman Lou Barletta, who is seeking the GOP nomination for Governor, will be holding a rally in Hazleton on Saturday afternoon.  

Philly Clout: ‘Bill McSwain lands a clean jab against Josh Shapiro’: Philly Clout reports that Bill McSwain, former U.S. Attorney, found a video of Attorney General Josh Shapiro endorsing a candidate for District Attorney, after his campaign said that he doesn’t make endorsements in those races. 

City & State PA Details Who Is Running for GOP Governor Race: City & State PA reports on the Republican candidates that have formally announced their entrance into 2022 governor’s race and the Republicans that are currently “possible contenders.” 

Corman Talks to Fox News About Amendments Limiting Governor’s Emergency Powers: State Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Centre) talked to Laura Ingraham on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” about how Pennsylvania Republicans are “celebrating” the amendments that passed during the primary election that limit the governor’s emergency powers.  

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘State teachers union calls for Pa. pension board to resign in face of investigations’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, which is the union that represents 36,000 Pennsylvania educators, “called for every Public School Employees Retirement System board member appointed prior to January 2021 to step down.” 

Pittsburgh City Paper’s Takeaways from Pittsburgh Primary Election: Pittsburgh City Paper provides the takeaways from the 2021 Pittsburgh primary election which includes “criminal justice reforms, progressive victories,” and more.  

Gainey Talks to KDKA: State Rep. Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny), who won the Democratic Party’s nomination for Mayor of Pittsburgh, talked one-on-one with KDKA’s Jon Delano about “policing, housing, UPMC, and development.” 

Centre Daily Times Highlights State College Primary Races: The Centre Daily Times reports on the “political earthquake” during the State College primary races and “how progressive Dems surprised many.”  

Chester County Residents React To Constitutional Amendments: The Daily Local News reports that the constitutional amendments passed during the Pennsylvania primary were “met with mixed reactions” in Chester County.  

WHYY: ‘Philly City Councilmembers intro bill to change a developer-friendly mixed-income housing incentive’: WHYY reports that Philadelphia City Councilmembers Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Jamie Gauthier are “pushing for more stringent requirements for developers if they want to take advantage of the city’s mixed-income bonus.” 

Freed Joins West Shore Home: PennLive reports that David Freed, the former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and Cumberland County District Attorney, joined West Shore Home, a “Hampden Township-based home improvement company,” as their “chief compliance and risk officer.”

Beaver County Times: ‘Beaver Falls set to elect first Black mayor’: The Beaver County Times reports that “Kenya Johnson is on her way to becoming Beaver Falls’ next mayor after unseating a two-term incumbent in the Democratic municipal primary.”   

Two Boroughs in Cumberland County Vote To Allow Alcohol to Be Sold in Their Communities: PennLive reports that voters in Newburg and Newville voted “yes” to “allowing alcohol to be sold in their communities on primary day.”

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Trump hasn’t endorsed in Pennsylvania gov’s race, aide says
AP: Lawmakers now hold fate of regulations waived amid pandemic
AP: Pennsylvania firing vendor that mishandled virus data
AP: State Supreme Court to hear latest Abu-Jamal case filings
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf extends COVID-19 disaster declaration, days after votes to curb his powers
Patriot News: Pa.’s fiscal watchdog calls for safeguards to ensure COVID-19 relief dollars are not misspent
Patriot News: Judge signs consent decree that sanctions natural gas driller for damage to Pa. streams, wetlands
Patriot News: Mumia Abu-Jamal, murdered cop’s widow get another chance to battle before Pa. Supreme Court 
Patriot News: Philly, Lancaster and Allentown remain at the top of ZIP codes with most new COVID-19 infections
Patriot News: Pa. closes in on 10 million COVID-19 vaccinations
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: From mayor to magistrate, Democrats backed diverse candidates in 2021 primary 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State teachers union calls for Pa. pension board to resign in face of investigations 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Despite vote to limit emergency powers, Pa. Gov. Wolf extends COVID-19 disaster declaration 
WHYY Newsworks: A tale of two red counties: How vaccine efforts are playing out across Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: 50% of adults fully vaxxed, Wolf renews disaster declaration
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf extends COVID-19 disaster declaration after talking to Republican lawmakers
Morning Call: MAP: Where coronavirus is in Pennsylvania
USA Today: State Sen. Doug Mastriano says Trump wants him to run for Pa. governor, change voting rules 
USA Today: Scott Perry was only U.S. House rep from Pa. to vote against the anti-Asian hate crimes bill 
USA Today: ‘A victory for the people of Pa.’: What’s next after Wolf loses some emergency powers 
USA Today: A ‘slow-moving massacre.’ Pa. ranks 7th in Black homicides per 100k residents. 
USA Today: What you need to know about Jason Richey and why he’s running to be Pa.’s next governor
KDKA: Pa. Auditor General Calls For Tighter Control Of Next Round Of COVID-19 Relief Funding After Cases Of Fraud
City & State PA: Who wants to run for governor as a Republican in 2022? 
City & State PA: Wolf turns focus to charter school reform plan 
Fox News: Pennsylvania Republicans celebrate amendment curbing governor’s emergency powers: ‘Voice of the people’
Pittsburgh Business Times: Health secretary: 70% vaccination goal in reach
Bucks County Courier Times: Days after PA voters choose to limit powers, Wolf renews COVID disaster declaration
KYW Newsradio: Pittsburgh-area attorney announces run for governor of Pennsylvania
The Hill: Democrats, GOP face crowded primaries as party leaders lose control 
CNN: Florida Gov. DeSantis hints at future plans: ‘I have only begun to fight’
Real Clear Education: Bloomsburg Ditches Its Fraternities and Sororities
WESA: Pennsylvania Auditor General Calls For More Oversight On Pandemic Relief Money
WESA: State Turnpike Commission Under Scrutiny For Making Votes With Minimal Discussion Or Debate

Philly Clout: Bill McSwain lands a clean jab against Josh Shapiro
Inquirer: City Council advances wage and health benefits bill for workers at Philadelphia International Airport 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Councilmembers intro bill to change a developer-friendly mixed-income housing incentive
WHYY Newsworks: City Council eyes demolition ban for ‘Doctors’ Row’ to preserve Black history in South Philly
KYW Newsradio: New Council bills would protect historic district, alter affordable housing policy
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia Inquirer seeks to reduce workforce by 10% through buyouts

Daily Local News: Constitutional amendments met with mixed reactions in Chesco
Daily Local News: Chester County Commissioners meet in person for first time since March 2020
Daily Local News: Contest set for fall in Chester County Common Pleas Court race
Daily Local News: Jouenne wins Democratic primary in Schuylkill Township
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick votes for investigation of Capitol insurrection
Bucks County Courier Times: Penndel mayor: Councilman Mark Moffa defeats Robert Winkler in Democratic primary
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County hopes sweet incentive helps bump vaccine rate
Bucks Local News: Modest turnout, successful challenge in sheriff’s race mark off-year primary in Bucks County
Bucks Local News: With passage of two Constitutional Amendments limiting the Governor’s powers, lawmakers meet with Wolf to lay out next steps
WFMZ: Montgomery County is winning battle against COVID, Arkoosh says
WHYY Newsworks: ACLU-PA sues Montco for blocking attorney-client meetings in county jail 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records 32 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

WESA: Amid 2024 Speculation, Florida’s DeSantis Tells Allegheny County Republicans ‘Don’t Back Down’
KDKA: One-On-One With Ed Gainey Shows Big Differences With Mayor Bill Peduto On Policing, Housing, UPMC And Development
KDKA: Around The Table: Reacting To The Pa. Primary Election
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 140 New Coronavirus Cases, Totally Rises To 100,600
Post-Gazette: With Wabtec-CMU partnership in mind, Pittsburgh-area lawmakers introduce funding for freight rail research
Tribune Review: As Pittsburgh mayor, @billpeduto was prolific on Twitter, so he fittingly signaled his concession in a tweet
Tribune Review: 81-year-old incumbent defeats challenger, 20, in Pitcairn mayoral primary
City Paper: Criminal justice reforms, progressive victories, and other takeaways from a historic 2021 Pittsburgh primary election
Pittsburgh Business Times: State representatives voice concerns over PASSHE consolidation plans

Beaver County Times: Beaver Falls set to elect first Black mayor
KDKA: Execution Of Search Warrant Requested On Fayette County Bureau Of Elections Over Ballot Issues
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Half of state’s adults now fully vaccinated, no new COVID-19 deaths in region

The Times Leader: Sources: Trump has not endorsed anyone in Pa. governor race 
The Times Leader: Bobeck concedes, Toohil sends message of thanks after primary
The Times Leader: Luzerne County’s primary election provisional ballot count still unknown
The Times Leader: 38 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Thursday
Citizens Voice: Election board plans meeting over primary controversy
Citizens Voice: Wolf pitches plan to reform charter school funding
Citizens Voice: Calls for accountability over primary ballot problems continue
Citizens Voice: 38 new COVID-19 cases recorded in county on Thursday
Times-Tribune: CPA firm to help Lackawanna County ensure compliance with guidelines for pandemic relief funds 
Times-Tribune: State on the way to ending mask mandates before July 4 

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Former U.S. District Attorney David Freed named chief compliance and risk officer at West Shore Home
Carlisle Sentinel: Midstate legislators criticize Cumberland Valley prom policy, say schools could be penalized for vaccine rules
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 25 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Thursday
York Daily Record: York County COVID-19 vaccine tracker: 33% of people fully vaccinated
York Dispatch: With just one vote, longtime York City magistrate has a race on her hands
York Dispatch: Thursday update: Two new COVID-19 deaths reported in York County
Patriot News: Former Cumberland County DA and US Attorney David Freed joins West Shore Home
Patriot News: You can now buy alcohol in these two, formerly dry, Cumberland County boroughs

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Three candidates separated by 7 votes in Reading district judge race
Reading Eagle: Wilson High School senior and Pa. senator push for mental-wellness days for students
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners applaud those who worked the election and ran for office
Reading Eagle: New COVID cases hit 7-month low in Berks County 
WFMZ: Officials say mail-in ballots helped boost voter turnout in primary election in Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: O’Connell, Allentown City Council reflect on primary election season
WFMZ: Berks Commissioners continue using meeting platform to endorse COVID vaccinations
Morning Call: Six Allentown police chiefs in six years? Here’s what led to the turnover

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: ‘Political earthquake’: How progressive Dems surprised many with State College races
Centre Daily Times: Ezra Nanes excited for opportunity to be next mayor of State College
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Rep. Rowe talks election integrity with local Council of Republican Women
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Township supervisor candidates secure nominations
Patriot News: Penn State to remove male-centric, binary terms like ‘freshman,’ ‘sophomore’ from course, program descriptions
Patriot News: Union County DA plans to speak with Bucknell officials about the LGBTQ+ incident
Erie Times-News: Erie County’s minorities trail in COVID-19 vaccination rates

John Baer: Pennsylvania’s next primary will make history, and it’s already drawing a crowd 
Paul Muschick: Pennsylvania state Constitution changes: It’s pathetic more voters didn’t bother to come out 
Paul Muschick: How Allentown taxpayers were big winners in Tuesday’s election and might not realize it
Mark Schweiker: Why has it taken 20 years to put 9/11 mastermind on trial?
Scott L. Bohn: Gov. Wolf pushes false narrative during National Police Week
Marianne Stein: Some Pa. counties aren’t waiting on Harrisburg to reform their probation rules
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: We need elected officials who will do as Jefferson advised and ‘follow truth,’ not perpetuate the Big Lie
Inquirer Editorial Board: Mayor Kenney is responsible for making new MOVE investigation the last one Philly needs 
Altoona Mirror Editorial: Skilled labor force essential
Larry Platt: The Forgotten Victim of Move 
John L. Micek: Report: Pa. ranks 7th nationwide for Black homicides | Friday Morning Coffee
Ashley Hahn: Welcome to Demodelphia, where our historic buildings are treated like a burden 
Joyce M. Davis: “COVID on Campus” is the topic of 6 p.m. webinar with educators and students
John L. Micek: ‘We’re a republic not a democracy’: Here’s what’s so undemocratic about this GOP talking point 
JD Mullane: Patterson Farmstead needs some TLC from Lower Makefield to survive
Will Bunch: Overturning Roe v. Wade would throw a political live grenade into 2022 midterms

3 Responses

  1. Mastriano prevaricated about Trump’s support for his run for
    Governor. This guy can’t be trusted to tell the truth. His head is way to big. Your sinking already Doug.

  2. Unless the district gets 25,000 new voters, he should probably take his talents elsewhere. Perry seems popular there among the deplorables, and you can’t fix stupid.

    1. Did you bother to study the district more closely before posting? If you did do so, you would have discovered a lot of room for DePasquale growing his totals. Pa State Republicans are delusional reading way too much into the ballot question success when the “for” vote was given all the promotion and the “against” vote had no support in media ads. Also, Atty Gen Shapiro is heads and shoulders superior than anything the “same old same old” State Republicans are offering for Gov. Could shape out to be a good year for Dems in 2022.

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