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May 2nd Playbook

Welcome to the new week. Voter registration deadline day. Politics of hunting in PA. Does your representative vote with Biden? Stopping Mastriano? Here is the Playbook.

PA Weather
Union City | Cloudy, 55
Union Dale | Showers Likely, 57
Unionville | Partly Sunny, 69

PA Sports
76ers | today at Miami
Penguins (46-25-11) | d. Columbus, 5-3; TUE at NY Rangers
Flyers (25-46-11) | lost vs. Ottawa, 4-2

Phillies (11-12) | 1-2 at NY Mets; TUE-WED vs. Texas
Pirates (9-13) | 1-2 vs. SD; TUE-WED at Detroit
Union (5-1-3) | draw vs. NSH, 1-1


PA Governor Race: ‘New poll shows Doug Mastriano with 14-point lead in Pennsylvania GOP primary for governor’: City & State PA reports that “a new poll on Pennsylvania’s Republican primary race for governor shows conservative state Sen. Doug Mastriano with a growing lead in the GOP race less than one month out from the May 17 primary.”

  • Inquirer: Doug Mastriano is leading the Pa. primary for governor and Republican insiders are trying to stop him
  • Post-Gazette: Jake Corman vows to end bridge tolling plan if elected governor
  • LNP | LancasterOnline: Josh Shapiro visits Lancaster County Democrats [photos]
  • City & State PA: A Q&A with Republican lieutenant governor candidate Clarice Schillinger 
  • Erie Times-News: Polls and debates this week in PA’s Senate and governor’s races

PA Senate Race: The Politics of Hunting in Pennsylvania: The candidates for U.S. Senate are showing off their abilities to handle firearms as shown by ads coming from the Dave McCormick and Mehmet Oz campaigns.

  • ‘The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022’: “Pennsylvania — a state Biden won in 2020 — remains the seat most likely to flip,” according to CNN’s latest rankings.
  • Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate candidates want to legalize pot, but appetite not as strong in Washington
  • Politico: ‘We all know he’s not a conservative’: Oz battles MAGA pushback
  • CNN: Political tourism: does it matter where a candidate lives?
  • Citizens Voice: Fetterman talks Forty Fort, fondness of Sheetz in NEPA campaign stop
  • The Times Leader: Fetterman wows enthusiastic crowd in local stop 
  • The Times Leader: McCormick brings Senate pitch to Hanover Twp. with Huckabee in tow
  • KYW Newsradio: Pa. GOP Senate candidates: Their biggest issues and takes on COVID-19 pandemic
  • KYW Newsradio: Pa. Democratic Senate candidates: Where they stand on fracking, environment

Does Your Member of Congress Vote With Biden?: Does your Senator or Representative vote with or against President Biden? We studied a recent FiveThirtyEight project on the stats behind the PA votes.

Ups and Downs – April 29: The year is now one-third complete. We are three weeks away from one of the most highly-anticipated primaries in Commonwealth history and the fun is just beginning.

Sunday News Show Preview – May 1: If it’s Sunday … and the first day of May … you might be in front of your television catching up on state political issues on the morning shows.

‘Pennsylvania lawmakers are on recess until after the primary. Here’s what to expect when they come back.’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on the “three key fiscal year 2022-2023 issues legislators face when they return to Harrisburg.”

‘Changes to Pennsylvania’s corporate tax rate could be coming. Here’s what you need to know.’: City & State PA reports that “lawmakers are looking to cut the state’s Corporate Net Income Tax and could soon reach a resolution.”

‘Bognet, Marsicano square off with Cartwright in their sights’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “the race to face U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright features a rematch between two Hazleton-area Republicans who wanted to knock him out of office two years ago.”

‘Pa. ready to implement new restrictions on ghost guns to curb gun violence: Wolf’: PennLive reports that “Gov. Tom Wolf, standing outside Wellspan York Hospital on Friday with state police Commissioner Robert Evanchick to his right, announced Pennsylvania stands ready to implement federal rules cracking down on unserialized ghost guns when they take effect in late August.”

‘Political ‘Shakedown’: GOP gubernatorial candidates say some party committees requiring payments to address members’: The Caucus reports that “Republican committees in some Pennsylvania counties sometimes charge statewide candidates to speak at events and threaten to turn away candidates who don’t pay, according to several current gubernatorial candidates, one of whom said he’s heard the practice described as a “shakedown.””

‘Suspended prosecutor confined on house arrest awaiting trial’: The Associated Press reports that “a suspended western Pennsylvania prosecutor has been ordered confined on house arrest as he awaits trial in separate sexual assault and assault cases. A Somerset County judge on Friday revoked bond for 36-year-old Jeffrey Thomas, the county’s elected district attorney, and ordered him to stay at the Windber home of a relative with an electronic ankle monitor.”

‘Former state AG back in jail for alleged probation violation’: The Associated Press reports that “a former Pennsylvania attorney general who served jail time for leaking grand jury material and lying about it was taken into custody Friday on an alleged probation violation, more than a month after she was charged with drunken driving, officials said.”

‘Pa’s K-12 school nurses treat more than scrapes and bruises. And they’re asking lawmakers for help’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “one per 1,500. That’s the nurse-to-student ratio for K-12 schools in Pennsylvania — one of a handful of states to set staffing requirements in the law.”

‘Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to reform cosmetology industry. Should license requirement for makeup artists, eyelash specialists be dropped?’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “a Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to clear government red tape out of the state’s beauty salon industry by removing license requirements for hair braiders, makeup artists and eyelash extension specialists, among others.”

‘The race is on (again) to build out a low-carbon hydrogen economy’: StateImpactPA reports that “companies in Appalachia pursue $8B in infrastructure funds for network of natural gas and ‘blue’ hydrogen.” 

‘Safety advocate warns of lack of oversight for new CO2 pipelines needed for carbon capture’: StateImpactPA reports that “the federal infrastructure bill has spurred new interest in carbon capture and storage as a way to reduce climate polluting emissions from the air and send them underground.”

‘Monday is the last day to register to vote in Pa.’s primary election’: WHYY reports that “Monday is the last day for Pennsylvanians to register to vote in the state’s primary election on Tuesday, May 17.”

Legislative Election Updates

  • Centre Daily Times: Election 2022 voters guide: Here’s who’s running to represent Centre County in the PA House
  • Reading Eagle: Candidates debate issues in state legislative race
  • Reading Eagle: Citation issued by Berks state police in an elbowing incident on the campaign trail
  • Reading Eagle: Primary 2022: 2 candidates vying for Democratic nod 129th House District

Regional Spotlight: Southeast and Lehigh Valley
Inquirer: The ballot questions in the Philadelphia 2022 primary election, explained  
Inquirer: ‘We need help’: Krasner requests more money to staunch loss of prosecutors and ‘crushing’ caseloads 
Inquirer: Philly Police ask for $24M budget increase as they struggle to fill vacancies and control shooting surge 
Inquirer: Philly Ukrainian Americans say they’re ready as Biden sketches out details to bring 100,000 refugees to the U.S. 
KYW Newsradio: Contentious hearing exposes fraying ties between Council, Krasner
KYW Newsradio: New outdoor dining regulations could arrive this week
KYW Newsradio: Plastic bag ban changes among list of bills Philly Council is considering
Philly Voice: Philadelphia to build 1,000 affordable houses as part of new homeownership program 
Inquirer: A fire killed four people in a rowhouse with no smoke detectors. Thousands of Philly rentals lack similar oversight. 
Inquirer: White Picket Fence 
Inquirer: Philly street sweeping has begun. Here’s how it works.
Inquirer: There are fewer Black teachers in Philly today than 20 years ago, report finds
Inquirer: A Bucks County school district dropped its diversity program. Black families say the district isn’t acknowledging racism.
WHYY: A budget battle: Clean energy advocates say PGW is seeking to block transparency in budgetary proceedings
WHYY: Philly housing program pairs first-time buyers with 1,000 affordable homes 
WHYY: Philly’s carbon emissions are dropping — but the city has a long way to go
WHYY: Philadelphia police ask for $24 million boost in next year’s budget, citing gun violence prevention efforts
WHYY: Handful of unvaxxed Philly police officers without exemption to be placed on leave, possibly fired
WHYY: Delco lawmakers call Crozer Health saga ‘disappointing,’ ‘corrosive’
Express Times: DA’s ‘ill-conceived’ plan to monitor ballot boxes spurs Lehigh Valley reps to propose new law 
Express Times: In Pa., dropping off ballots for others could mean a $2,500 fine or jail, DA says
Express Times: Juneteenth Lehigh Valley growing into weeklong celebration in 2022 with Pa. grant aid
Express Times: Express-Times wins general excellence award, other top honors from state press association
Express Times: The Lehigh Valley broke a median home sales record. These charts show the continuing real estate frenzy.
Billy Penn: Should the board that helps enforce Philly’s fair housing laws be made permanent? It’s a ballot question in the May primary 
Billy Penn: If voters approve, Philly will boot gendered references like ‘fireman’ from the city’s official governing documents 
Billy Penn: The Philly commission that makes development decisions could change pretty radically, if voters approve this ballot question 
Billy Penn: A map of the mail ballot drop boxes for the 2022 primary election in Philly
Morning Call: Drop box battle intensifies: Lehigh County DA accused of ‘criminalization of democracy’ over election law enforcement; he threatens obstruction of justice charges 
Morning Call: Lehigh County detectives will watch election drop boxes, could prosecute anyone who deposits more than one ballot
Morning Call: Do you speak Spanish and English? Lehigh County wants people to vote, and to help out on Election Day
Morning Call: Northampton, Lehigh counties try to fight opioid epidemic by providing rides to treatment for those recovering from addiction
Morning Call: ‘This is a disaster waiting to happen’: Lehigh Valley planners blast proposal for warehouses at former Air Products site
Morning Call: Lehigh County’s new coroner wants to keep office cutting edge, while budget stays reasonable
Morning Call: Allentown gives contract to engineering consultant, despite failing to go through proper process
Morning Call: Pennsylvania leads the nation in home fire deaths. After several in Lehigh Valley, one fire department wants to ‘Sound the Alarm’ 
Morning Call: Allentown trying to recoup thousands of dollars from consultant that allegedly overcharged the city
Morning Call: DA Jim Martin settles defamation lawsuit against Lehigh Valley blogger who accused him of fixing cases
WFMZ: Berks commissioners agree to print poll books as backup for primary election
WFMZ: Lehigh County leaders taking DA’s suggestions on how to educate voters about mail-in ballot law
WFMZ: Local lawmaker reacts to ongoing anti-gun violence talks in Harrisburg
WFMZ: Vote ‘on demand’ in Northampton County ahead of May 17 primary election
WFMZ: Officials say funding for Reading Regional Airport could help local economy soar
WFMZ: Plans set for Pa. Latino Convention in Allentown
WFMZ: Northampton County: Outside groups sending unsolicited voter registration, mail-in ballot applications to residents
Reading Eagle: Candidates on May ballot receive endorsements for office
Reading Eagle: Officials in Chester, Berks, Montgomery counties authorize creation of passenger rail authority
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council proposes increase in fines for blocking fire hydrants
Philadelphia Tribune: Community College of Philadelphia, Philly Housing Authority team up to offer student housing
Philadelphia Magazine: Philadelphia Magazine Announces New Editor Brian Howard, New Hires

Daniel Greenstein: Why we must lower the cost of going to a public university
John Yudichak: NEPA is leading in job growth and business innovation
Paul Muschick: Why none of the Republican Senate candidates is as good as Pat Toomey
Matthew J. Brouillette: Elon Musk demonstrates the power of entrepreneurs
Mark Singel: Book burnings and other outrages
Chris Kelly: Toxic Teddy and the post-democratic GOP
Larry Platt: Why Doesn’t Anyone Like John Fetterman… 
Antoinette Kraus: Capping costs doesn’t get to the root cause of high drug prices
Salena Zito: Mike Doyle is running for Congress (the other Mike Doyle)
Dr. Asif Ilyas: COVID-19 brought the opioid epidemic back with a vengeance
The Rev. Sandra L. Strauss: Spring brings new life and should inspire compassion for people facing life in prison
John L. Micek: What the Founders meant by ‘virtue,’ and how it could save our politics now | Friday Morning Coffee
PennLive Editorial Board: Kudos to Impact Harrisburg for a job well done: It should keep doing it 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Avian flu is placing a huge strain on Lancaster County poultry farms. Vigilance is imperative.
Frank Pizzoli: Are we all floating in the soup of hatred and violence? 
Lloyd E. Sheaffer: What to do about those less than Christ-like ‘Christian’ churches? 
John Cole: Meet the chairperson of the U.S. House Freedom (From Reality) Caucus | Editorial Cartoon
Kim Callinan: One in two adults in America die with a dementia diagnosis

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  1. Disgraceful to put Kathleen Kane in jail. A society and a public official is measured in the grace and mercy it shows others.

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