May 24: What You Need to Know About the Coming Recount. The Date on the Envelope – Why It’s So Important. The RNC Intervenes in GOP Senate Fight.

Hello Tuesday. What You Need to Know About the Coming Recount. The Date on the Envelope – Why It’s So Important. The RNC Intervenes in GOP Senate Fight. Here is the Playbook.

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PA Sports
Phillies (20-22) | d. Braves, 7-3; TUE-THU vs. Atlanta
Pirates (17-24) | d. Rockies, 2-1; MON-WED vs. Colorado

 

U.S. Senate: Still no winner. As of early Tuesday morning, Dr. Mehmet Oz leads David McCormick by just less than 1,000 votes for the GOP nomination. As Pennsylvania calls for an automatic recount for results decided by 0.5 points or less, that looks like the direction we are headed. The winner of the GOP race will face Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who coasted to the Democratic Party nomination.

 

News

What You Need to Know About the Coming Recount: It appears inevitable that the Republican nomination for this fall’s U.S. Senate general election will come down to a recount.

The Fight Over Dates and Mail-In Ballots: It seems like an easy process. Yet, Pennsylvania is headed towards a nasty fight over mail-in ballots in the quest to secure the GOP senate nomination.

PA-12: Lee Defeats Irwin for Democratic Nod: Progressive state representative Summer Lee defeated corporate attorney Steve Irwin to win the Democratic nomination for the 12th Congressional District seat.

Fetterman Discharged from Lancaster Hospital: Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman was discharged from Lancaster General Hospital on Sunday after a nine-day stay following a stroke.

 

PA Senate Race: ‘McCormick sues over counting mail ballots in Pa. Senate race’: The Associated Press reports that “the campaign of David McCormick, who is in a neck-and-neck Republican primary contest for the U.S. Senate against celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, sued in a Pennsylvania court Monday to try to ensure counties obey a brand-new federal appeals court decision that could help him make up ground.”

  • Inquirer: Everything to know about the Pa. Senate race, recount rules, undated mail ballots and more
  • Politico: McCormick takes Pa. Senate ballot fight to court
  • Post-Gazette: Oz’s lead over McCormick shrinks to less than 1,000 votes as automatic recount nears 
  • Fox News: Pennsylvania Senate runoff: RNC intervenes to block McCormick absentee ballot move as Dr. Oz leads
  • The Hill: McCormick campaign files lawsuit to count mail-in ballots with undated envelopes
  • National Journal: In Pennsylvania, the GOP primary shows no signs of ending
  • New York Times: After Stroke, Doctors Look at Fetterman’s Campaign Trail Prospects

 

PA Governor Race: ‘Dem-allied groups drop an A-bomb on Mastriano to start Pa. gov race’: POLITICO reports that “Democrats and allied groups are launching a $6 million digital, television and voter mobilization campaign attacking GOP Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, betting that his pledges to completely ban abortion will turn off swing state voters.”

  • Inquirer: Democrats are airing TV ads attacking Doug Mastriano on abortion
  • New York Times: Josh Shapiro Defends Primary Ad Tying Doug Mastriano to Trump
  • Post-Gazette: Democrats kick off Pa. governor’s race with $2.7 million TV campaign attacking Mastriano’s abortion stance

 

‘2 Pa. state Senate races still tight; Northampton County says 380 undated mail-in ballots will count unless state says otherwise’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “a Northampton County election commission solicitor on Monday said the county will count 380 undated mail-in ballots received in last Tuesday’s primary election unless told to do otherwise by state officials.”

‘Former state AG sent to treatment after probation violation’: The Associated Press reports that “Kathleen Kane, the first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general in the state, was sentenced to two months to a year of jail on the probation violation, but was given credit for time already served and was scheduled to be paroled directly to a residential alcohol treatment center.”

‘Wolf’s environmental protection secretary to depart agency’: The Associated Press reports that “the governor said Monday that Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell will be replaced in July by Ramez Ziadeh.”

‘GOP’s 2020 election inquiry contract extended by 6 months’: The Associated Press reports that “Republicans in the Pennsylvania Legislature are extending their inquiry into the state’s 2020 presidential election inspired by former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud.”

‘Lawmaker urges Pa. legislature to make it easier for attorney general to investigate police killings’: Spotlight PA reports that “a Pennsylvania lawmaker is urging the legislature to take action on a bill that would make it easier for the state attorney general to investigate when police use deadly force, a measure he said would “restore trust in law enforcement.””

‘Advocate David Thornburgh: Opening Pa.’s primaries is the ‘right and smart thing to do’’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “Thornburgh, the son of a former Pennsylvania governor, dove into his home state’s nationally watched primary elections, and offered one small, but so-far very difficult to achieve, way to improve them: By opening the closed contests to independent voters.”

‘The 2022 Pennsylvania Power 100’: City & State PA lists “the influencers, disruptors and dominators in Pennsylvania’s power landscape this year.”

‘Lawmakers remember trailblazing Black speaker with ‘K. Leroy Irvis Day of Action’’: City & State PA reports that “Monday marked 45 years since K. Leroy Irvis became the first Black man to be elected speaker of a state legislature since reconstruction. But rather than simply celebrate the accomplishments of the late Pittsburgh area activist and politician, members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus gathered in Harrisburg to outline how they plan to continue Irvis’ legacy in the same halls that he graced decades ago.”

‘Proposal would require greater public access to records from Pitt, Penn State, others’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “state Rep. Ryan Warner, a Republican from the 52nd District — which includes parts of Westmoreland and Fayette counties — has introduced legislation that would increase public access to the records of the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State, Temple and Lincoln universities.”

‘Many records for people convicted of murder, rape and more are being hidden from the public in Pa.’: PennLive reports that “the new “Clean Slate” law to purge old records isn’t supposed to apply to felony convictions, or violent offenses. Yet conviction records for many of those people are being immediately sealed.”

‘Pa. Senate panel holds hearing on juvenile justice reform bills, but advocates ask for more’: PennLive reports that “the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Monday on what were described as reform measures that have broad agreement among legislators, growing out of last year’s report by the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Task Force.”

‘At Pittsburgh event, Wolf administration calls for more investment in advanced tech startups’: WESA reports that “officials from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration joined autonomous trucking company Locomation in Lawrenceville Monday to highlight how Pennsylvania’s investment in tech development companies has driven innovation across the state.”

‘Pennsylvania families will get help next month for missed school meals because of pandemic closures’: WESA reports that “Pennsylvania families should begin receiving benefits next month to make up for missed school meals related to COVID-19 closures this school year.”

‘Pennsylvania counties go their own ways in getting aid to families of babies born with withdrawal symptoms; official says consistency would help’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have little consistency in the way they link families struggling with problems like neonatal abstinence syndrome — in which an infant is born suffering from withdrawal symptoms tied to the mother’s addiction — to resources that could help them.”

‘Newly released emails show how PSERS managers tried to undercut whistleblower’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “at least eight PSERS executives worked for three weeks to craft a reply to board member Joe Torsella. They said they were comprehensive and substantive.”

‘Congressman Fitzpatrick Issues Statement On Vote Against Bill He Originally Co-Sponsored’: Levittown Now reports that “Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick voted with Republican peers against the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, a bill he originally co-sponsored last year.”

 

Regional Spotlight: Central
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County GOP holds back challenge from right in midterm primary
York Daily Record: York County GOP chair quits after fight with Rep. Mike Jones
PennLive: Hearings on I-83 South Bridge tolling cancelled due to court order 
PennLive: New central Pa. baby formula manufacturer says ‘we are throwing everything we have at this’
York Dispatch: Christian nationalist’s speech in York County draws criticism, resistance

 

Opinion  
Seth Grove: Making voters show identification just makes common sense
Jennifer Stefano: Why it may be easier than ever for Trump to be elected by Pa. voters
Dick Polman: Pennsylvania, the birthplace of democracy, could elect an insurrectionist governor
Richard S. Edley: Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents are at risk. Only lawmakers can fix it
John L. Micek: Pa.’s GOP Senate race may head to a recount. Will it change anything? | Monday Morning Coffee
Colleen Hroncich: School choice can take political fights out of education
Inquirer Editorial Board: Illegal electioneering is a throwback to Philly’s bad old days 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Fund improvements at Point State Park
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Retiring Pittsburgh Cultural Trust CEO Kevin McMahon put local arts scene on the map
Judy F. Berkman and Katayun I. Jaffari: How Pennsylvania women can achieve equal pay, and why it matters
Jim Harbaugh and Ken Frazier: Intimidating, unfair legal system makes it hard for people to get the help they need
Requis Sherby: As a nonbinary teen, I know Central Bucks isn’t welcoming

7 Responses

  1. Undated ballots are not important. The date is verified by the postmark. The drop in ballots are picked up at the deadline so how exactly does an undated ballot muddy the waters? Papers that need to be dated would be tax forms but the correct date on a ballot by a voter is a test to see if they closely read instructions and not much else.

    1. Postmarks don’t count in PA. All ballots must be received by the county by 8 pm on election day.

  2. But when you are dealing with poorly educated, delusional voters, like libtard idiots, you have to expect stupidity.

          1. you get what you deserve from any website that allows anonymous posts

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