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May 3rd Playbook

Bombshell from Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade. Pressure to pass recreational marijuana legislation. April showers for PA in tax collection revenue. Vogel censured by GOP. Here is the Playbook.


PA Weather
Vandergrift | Showers and Thunderstorms Likely, 71
Vandling | Partly Sunny, 67
Valley Forge | Mostly Cloudy, 72


PA Sports
76ers (trail 0-1) | lost at Miami, 106-92; WED at Miami
Penguins (46-25-11) | tonight at NY Rangers


Phillies (11-12) | TUE-WED vs. Texas
Pirates (9-13) | TUE-WED at Detroit



Reactions to Supreme Court Opinion Draft Leak: The candidates for U.S. Senate and Governor took to Twitter to give their reactions to last night’s shocker.

Draft Opinion Shows Supreme Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade: The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO.


PA Senate Race: The Power of Trump’s Endorsement: A four-week stretch of primaries, including the pivotal May 17 election in Pennsylvania, will challenge the clout of former President Donald Trump’s support for GOP candidates.

  • WFMZ: Pa. Senate candidate John Fetterman visits Lehigh Valley
  • WTAJ: Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta on his campaign for U.S. Senate
  • CBS21: Candidate for U.S. Senator, Conor Lamb (D) and Candidate for Governor, Charlie Gerow (R)  
  • CNN: These Senate candidates like to mention Trump. A lot


PA Governor Race: ‘Doug Mastriano’s 2002 academic paper raises eyebrows among war scholars’: City & State PA reports that “a leading candidate in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary race for governor wrote in a 2002 academic paper that the U.S. should “not hesitate” to strike at locals if a military regime is nearby, describing the U.S. military’s “hypersensitivity” to civilian deaths as an “enormous weakness.””

  • The Times Leader: Baker endorses Barletta in Pa. governor’s race
  • WGAL: One-on-one with Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Bill McSwain
  • ABC27: This Week in Pennsylvania: Lou Barletta
  • Al Día News: AG Josh Shapiro talks violence, ed, supporting Black and Brown biz, and more in run for Governor
  • CBS21: Candidate for U.S. Senator, Conor Lamb (D) and Candidate for Governor, Charlie Gerow (R)  
  • WHTM: Who’s running for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania?


‘Pa. reaction, as expected, divided over leaked U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning abortion rights’: PennLive reports that “reaction among candidates for statewide office in Pennsylvania came swiftly to a Monday evening report that the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision that protected abortion rights.”

‘April showers Pa. with $6.5B in tax collections, setting high-water mark for a single month’: PennLive reports that “Pennsylvania ended April taking in more money in a single month than it ever has in its history, putting it in a strong financial position as elected officials get to work on the 2022-23 state budget.”

‘Pennsylvania is feeling the pressure of neighboring states’ passage of adult-use marijuana’: City & State PA reports that “with neighboring states including Maryland, New York and New Jersey establishing their own private adult-use cannabis markets, Pennsylvania may be feeling peer pressure to act. The General Assembly has taken steps this year to learn more about recreational cannabis legalization through a series of public hearings in Senate committees, and a pair of bipartisan proposals suggest the commonwealth may be closer to legalization than ever before.”

‘Pennsylvania’s biggest primaries could get called on election night. But don’t get used to it.’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “there’s a very good chance we’ll know the Democratic and Republican nominees for Senate and governor a few hours after polls close.”

‘Murphy, Wolf react to apparent Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion, Roe v. Wade’: 6ABC reports that “local governors are reacting after an apparent draft Supreme Court opinion shows the panel’s conservate majority of justices is ready to overturn nearly 50 years of established abortion rights precedent since Roe v. Wade.”

‘Advocates push for more state funds for disability services and higher wages for workers’: WESA reports that “advocates for people with disabilities are pushing for additional millions in the Commonwealth’s budget in the next fiscal year to raise wages and shore up staffing for home and community-based services.”

‘2 Democrats, 3 Republicans vying for outgoing U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb’s seat in Congress’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “two Democrats and three Republicans are vying for their parties’ nominations in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb in the 17th Congressional District, which includes Beaver County and parts of Butler and Allegheny counties.”

‘Mid-state U.S. House primaries feature only one contested race and that’s among Democrats’: PennLive reports that “there’s only one contested U.S. House primary race in central Pennsylvania, and it pits two Democrats against each other in the 10th Congressional District.”

‘Your guide to the 2022 primary for 1st, 4th district U.S. House’: The Bucks County Courier Times provides a voters guide for the 2022 primary for the 1st and 4th Congressional Districts. 

‘Two Democrats seek 10th congressional seat’: The York Daily Record reports that “two Democratic candidates – Rick Coplen and Shamaine Daniels – are running for the 10th Congressional District seat in the May 17 primary. Whoever wins will face incumbent Republican Scott Perry in the general election.”

‘Congressman Keller Unsure of What’s Next After Losing District’: WKOK reports that “its unknown what’s next for outgoing U.S. Congressman Fred Keller (R-12th, Kreamer.) He shared this Monday morning during the Rise & Shine Legislative Breakfast, hosted by the Greater Susquehanna Chamber of Commerce.”

‘Democrats Losing Edge in Pennsylvania’: NBC10 reports that “voter registrations show a narrower margin between Democrats and Republicans in Pennsylvania in a critical year.”

‘Countdown begins ahead of enforcement deadline to secure Real ID license’: PennLive reports that “the one-year countdown began Monday for the federal enforcement of REAL ID for commercial domestic air travel and other federal purposes.”

‘Pa. lawmakers told of tragic lack of access to drug abuse treatment medicine: ‘I will carry this burden of guilt for the rest of my life’’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “the hearing came after a dramatic increase in the state’s count of drug deaths for 2021 to more than 5,200 illustrated that the opioid-driven crisis is continuing.”

‘‘Not one more’: Labor leaders, state officials call for enhanced workplace safety standards’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “labor leaders and state officials gathered in Harrisburg on Monday to remember workers who have lost their lives on the job, and to call on the General Assembly to approve two pieces of legislation that would extend federal workplace safety protections to public-sector employees across the commonwealth.”

‘Study: Outdoor recreation spending in Pa. sees a boost in 2020 | The Numbers Racket’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “spending on outdoor recreation activities in Pennsylvania is up 26 percent from 2016 levels, according to a new study of outdoor recreation participation and spending in the commonwealth.”

‘The 2022 Health Care Power 100’: City & State PA reports that the “list, written by Hilary Danailova, recognizes the public officials, health care executives, innovators, academics, advocates and activists – and their roles in taking care of us.”


Regional Spotlight: Central
PennLive: PennDOT blocks public from seeing online inspection notes of damaged bridges: report
York Daily Record: York County will not offer a drop box for mail ballots in the primary
York Dispatch: York City Council to introduce CROWN Act, protecting hairstyles
York Dispatch: York City will pay at least $5,000 for outside counsel in mayor oath lawsuit
PennLive: Town Hall addresses layers to solving gun violence problem in Harrisburg
PennLive: Cumberland County commissioners put 2022-23 fiscal budget on view
PennLive: Barton Fields, prominent in Harrisburg civic affairs and civil rights, has died at age 91
PennLive: Memorial honors 102 victims of gun violence in Harrisburg area; More than 70 of whom died in the city
PennLive: Cumberland County raises awareness for victim rights at 21st annual rally and walk
PennLive: Harrisburg native Micah Parsons returns home to receive the key to the city for a second time
LNP | LancasterOnline: 96th Legislative District Democratic primary candidates: Dana Hamp Gulick and Mike Sturla
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. Treasury owes more than $57M to Lancaster County residents; here’s how to check the list 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster City Council hears comments on proposed zoning changes to address rise in Airbnb, Vrbo units 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County maintains high health outcome ranking in Pennsylvania 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County commissioners considering hiring private security firm to deal with sheriff deputy shortage 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Lancaster residents call for workers’ rights on May Day
Carlisle Sentinel: Newville appoints pastor, cashier to fill vacant council seat


Garry Pezzano: Why Pennsylvania nursing homes need more funding
Jenny DeHuff: Editor’s Note: Pennsylvania should take a page out of New Jersey’s pot playbook
Becky Bennett: Across the Divide: Liberals must give up their addiction to contempt for rural voters
John L. Micek: Monday is the deadline register to vote in the May 17 primary. What to know | Monday Coffee
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: GOP governor candidates need to unite against Doug Mastriano
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Opening Pa.’s primary elections would help de-radicalize politics
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: County’s botched assessments show need for reform
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The perverse logic of capital punishment
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Let students learn extra material online
Tony Norman: Blessed are the (un) woke…
Aarushi Dedhiya: The metaverse is no utopia | Youth View
Dick Polman: Hillary Clinton keeps getting it right

9 Responses

  1. Roe reversed is a major Christmas present for Dems this cycle. Sometime the thing you least expect has the greatest impact.

  2. Most all pro-choicers are already Dems; doubt this will carry significant additional impact to everyone already polarized.

    What it could highlight are extremes of Dems when pushing for third-trimester or even infanticide; GOP may have internal controversy regarding details [“weeks” and “exceptions”], but these can be portrayed as properly deferred to state legislatures.

    Concur that leak probably was from Dems; per FNC [Baier], White House knew this was pending this past weekend.

  3. Roe overturning turns midterms on its head. Republicans will nominate Mastriano but energized Democratic base due to Roe will see Mastriano defeated soundly in a laugher. Roe will elect a Dem Senator who would have lost without Roe.

    1. Sadly you may be right but I am hoping for some kind of Republican redemption.

    2. LOL you do love being wrong.

      Dem base isn’t enough. You need the moderates to win. And the moderates aren’t for abortion up to the 9 month like the Dems.

      This will not move the needle at all on the midterms. And we know that because polling after it showed so. Dems are going to lose HARD in November, and its their own fault.

  4. Supreme Court has decided to wipe out 50 years of legal precedence based solely on radical rightwing takeover of the Court. After abortion, what is next?

    1. I don’t agree with draft decision- but it is the criminal liberal cabal on the Court that leaked this document to try to pressure a change in vote. It is the three so called liberals who put their views ahead of the Constitution. I may not like Trump but we didn’t elect these idealogues.
      Disinformation? Nazi like tactics- welcome to the “progressive Democrats!

      1. Nazi like tactics? You mean like trying to overthrow the results of an election like republican elected officials tried??

    2. The country is over 200 years old, and its clear that 50 year old precedent was wrong.

      Next up – gun rights! They will be solidified. And Dems really only have themselves to blame. They could’ve stopped this, but they chose to stomp their feet and scream instead of playing smart politics. But I’m grateful for their stupidity!

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    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

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