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May 6th Playbook

Happy wet Friday. Trump rally in Greensburg. Voting by Mail? Send it ASAP. Supporting election officials. Meet Casey Contres. Here is the Playbook.


PA Weather
Zelienople | Showers, 60
Zion Grove | Rain, 56
Zionsville | Heavy Rain, 57


PA Sports
76ers (trail 0-2) | FRI-SUN vs. Miami
Penguins (tied 1-1) | lost at NY Rangers, 5-2; SAT vs. NY Rangers


Phillies (11-15) | lost vs. NY Mets, 8-7; FRI-SUN vs. NY Mets
Pirates (10-14) | FRI-SUN at Cincinnati


Union (5-1-3) | SAT at LAFC



Staff Spotlight: Mehmet Oz Campaign Manager Casey Contres: When Mehmet Oz announced his candidacy for Senate last November, many politicos from both sides of the political spectrum were surprised. But not Casey Contres.

PA Senate Race: ‘Trump is rallying with Mehmet Oz today as he tries to swing Pa.’s close Senate primary’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “former President Donald Trump is coming to Pennsylvania on Friday with a roster of conservative stars to try to push Mehmet Oz over the finish line in his contentious primary campaign for U.S. Senate.”

  • Post-Gazette: Mehmet Oz looking for Trump magic — and boost in Pa.’s GOP U.S. Senate bid — at rally in Greensburg
  • KDKA: About 20,000 people expected to attend Trump-Oz rally in Westmoreland County
  • WTAJ: Forecast: Rain may taper for Trump, Oz rally in Greensburg
  • The Hill: Vance to speak at Trump rally for Oz in Pennsylvania
  • Reading Eagle: Conor Lamb brings his U.S. Senate campaign to Berks
  • WTAE: Dr. Oz seeks Republican nomination in Pennsylvania Senate race
  • Fox News: Abortion takes center stage in high profile Senate GOP clash in Pennsylvania
  • City & State PA: New endorsements in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race


PA Governor Race: ‘Josh Shapiro just made it clear which Republican he wants to run against in the Pa. governor’s race’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “if Doug Mastriano wins the GOP primary, Shapiro wants to introduce him to the broader electorate as a deeply conservative Republican whose positions are outside the mainstream.”

  • PennLive: Mastriano ends podcast interview over questions about QAnon-linked conference, 2020 election claims
  • NBC10: Here’s What Pa. Governor Candidates Would Do About State’s Abortion Law


‘Lawmakers navigate Pennsylvania primary with unfamiliar maps’: The Associated Press reports that “t’s been two months since the contentious, once-a-decade process to redraw Pennsylvania legislative districts wrapped up, and now a couple hundred candidates hoping to unseat or succeed state lawmakers are rushing headlong into the homestretch of a primary election that will greatly cull their numbers.”

‘SCOTUS opinion could put the General Assembly in the driver’s seat on abortion rights’: City & State PA reports that “the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion signaling the high court’s willingness to overturn federal protections for abortion has sparked renewed debate over abortion policy in Pennsylvania and highlighted the role that state lawmakers could have in determining abortion access in the state for years to come.”

‘Voting by mail in 2022 Pa. primary? Send it as soon as possible, says top election official.’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “voting in Pennsylvania’s May 17 primary election is underway, with 164,000 voters already casting their ballots by mail, according to the latest Department of State data. On the line are party nominations for U.S. Senate, governor, U.S. House, and state legislative seats.”

‘Interest in no-excuse mail-in voting remains strong in Pa. despite GOP desires to end it’: PennLive reports that “despite the latest Franklin & Marshall Poll findings that show voters’ growing dissatisfaction with Pennsylvania’s election procedures, voter interest in participating in the democratic process through mailed ballots remains strong.”

‘Top Pennsylvania election official ‘very concerned’ about Lehigh County plan to have detectives watch ballot drop boxes’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman said Thursday she is “very concerned” about Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin’s plan to have detectives watching ballot drop boxes to make sure people don’t drop off multiple ballots.”

‘With months left in tenure, Wolf admin official looking to make most of the time that’s left’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “while her time in office may be limited, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith said making sure there are no disruptions to services leading up to the transition to a new administration is a top priority.”

City & State PA’s Biggest Winners & Losers This Week: City & State PA highlights the three winners and losers in Pennsylvania politics last week.

‘U.S. Representatives Houlahan, Meuser discuss foreign affairs’: WFMZ reports that “a couple U.S. representatives were on a panel in Reading on Thursday discussing foreign affairs.”

‘U.S. Rep. criticizes leak, reiterates support for restrictions’: The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that “U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, both criticized the leak of a Supreme Court justice’s draft opinion and reiterated his support for restrictions on abortion Tuesday.”

‘Democrats Telesz, Pastore want to unseat Mike Kelly from Congress’: The Erie Times-News reports that “Democrats Dan Pastore and Rick Telesz want to represent the residents of the 16th Congressional District, which includes Erie County.”

‘Johnny Doc offered Brendan Boyle union bodyguards during the Capitol insurrection’: Philly Clout reports that the “short story is told in the opening pages of This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden and the Battle for America’s Future, a book released this week by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.”

‘Bus video gives more info about Pittsburgh bridge collapse’: The Associated Press reports that “video footage from a bus of the bridge collapse in Pittsburgh this year shows one end of the structure had already fallen when an expansion joint at the other end was pulling apart, federal investigators said Thursday.”


Legislative Election Updates

  • Tribune Review: 2 Republicans seeking nomination for state House 30th District, 1 Democrat running uncontested
  • Erie Times-News: 6 Republicans running for state House seat held by retiring Sonney
  • Chestnut Hill Local: With two weeks to go, state rep. candidates DeLissio and Khan make their cases


Regional Spotlight: North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie County primary overview: What to know about the candidates, races
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Keller briefs Chamber at legislative breakfast
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Community protests Roe v. Wade’s possible overturning
Erie Times-News: Erie Insurance chair among list of top Shapiro donors
WJET: Election officials deal with costly ballot error 
WJET: Local reaction to Supreme Court opinion draft leak
Erie Times-News: Erie area reacts to leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion rights
Erie Times-News: Economic ‘fusion cell’ proposal squeaks through County Council
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Three Sun-Gazette journalists rake in six Keystone Awards
Centre Daily Times: How Centre County leaders are reacting to the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned


Bill Johnston Walsh: Older Americans are the most powerful voting bloc, but they’re getting confusing information about how to cast their ballots
Mary B. McCord and Ari Mittleman: Supporting local election officials will help protect our democracy
Tony Norman: J.D. Vance, Dr. Oz, Doug Mastriano and the Multiverse of Political Madness
Michael J. McMonagle: Once Roe is reversed, Pennsylvanians must elect a governor who will abolish abortion
Kitty Kolbert: I argued Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992. The Supreme Court’s Roe opinion is worse than I imagined.
Michael A. MacDowell: We have to face reality: gas prices will continue to rise
John L. Micek: Poll: Pa. voters call for voter ID, end to mail-in ballots | Friday Morning Coffee
Paul Muschick: How a question from his son started a Bethlehem man on his journey to uncover his Slovenian heritage
Ryan Whitley: As a hospital chaplain, I saw the profound grief of abortion up close
Solomon Jones: The Supreme Court’s draft ruling on abortion invoked ‘state’s rights.’ Here’s why that’s troubling.
Helen Ubiñas: As antiabortion activists claim ‘the sanctity of life’ justifies the reversal of Roe v. Wade, American children keep dying
Will Bunch: What Supreme Court leak confirmed: This is no longer the America we grew up in
Allison Fields: Giving birth can be deadly in the U.S. A new policy will save lives.
Lydia Kulina-Washburn: Maternity leave at the School District of Philadelphia is archaic

5 Responses

  1. Just voted by mail today in an official drop box. I followed all guidance on the instructions and dropped the ballot in the official box. I’m failing to see how this is the root of all evil as some R’s think. Even write in is simple.

  2. Can’t wait for tonight’s big rally with Oz and the Great DJT. All my patriot brothers will be there. MAGA!!!!!

      1. The Imposter thinks patriot and Putinist are the same thing, because he is illiterate and ignorant.

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