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November 5th Playbook

State Sen. Doug Mastriano announces that he’s forming an exploratory committee for Governor. Here is the Playbook. 


Mastriano Launches Exploratory Committee for Governor: State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin) announced that he is “forming an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2022 gubernatorial race in Pennsylvania.”

‘Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s wife dropped off his mail ballot, violating state election law’: Spotlight PA reports that “Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday revealed his wife, First Lady Frances Wolf, dropped his mail ballot off for him, a violation of Pennsylvania election law.”

‘Fresh off 2021 wins, Pa. GOP eyes a bright midterm. Can Democrats stop them?’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “echoing results across the country, Pennsylvania Republicans swept four statewide judicial races, retaining a key seat on the state Supreme Court that could allow Republicans to compete for the court later this decade — and which national Republicans hope could signal momentum to keep its U.S. Senate seat in GOP hands and flip Pennsylvania’s governorship.”

‘Pennsylvania Republicans eye top investment CEO for Senate primary’: POLITICO reports that “David McCormick, a combat veteran and business executive, is being encouraged by prominent Pennsylvania Republicans to enter the Senate race, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions.”

‘Pa. state senator gets $1K a month ‘stipend’ for GOP campaign effort’: The Caucus reports that “in an unusual arrangement, the state Senate Republican Campaign Committee has been paying its new chairman, Sen. David Argall, $1,000 a month, according to campaign finance reports.”

‘Counties confirm Pennsylvania’s general election went smoothly’: WESA reports that “Pennsylvania counties confirmed voting in this week’s election went smoothly and no issues have cropped up that could affect the outcome of any races.”

‘Gov. Tom Wolf during visit to Allentown: There is no worker shortage, but pay and benefits need to be improved for workers in Pennsylvania’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “Gov. Tom Wolf rejected the idea that there is a worker shortage Thursday and said what he really sees is room to improve working conditions, pay and benefits for workers in Pennsylvania.”

‘Gov. Tom Wolf visits Erie to outline plan to protect workers, improve pay and paid sick leave’: WJET reports that “Governor Tom Wolf visited Erie on Thursday meeting with union members and addressing local workplace conditions. Wolf and other officials outlining a plan to protect workers and improve pay.”

‘State Supreme Court rejects Allegheny County judge’s request to extend eviction protections’: WESA reports that “the state Supreme Court denied a request from the Allegheny County President Judge to extend eviction protections for an additional month.”

‘Dem Rep. Cartwright downplays Virginia governor race’s significance: Will be ‘dim memory’ by midterms’: Fox News reports that “Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., downplayed the significance of the Virginia gubernatorial race Tuesday, saying it will be a “distant dim memory” by the 2022 midterms.”

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

‘Clout has three questions every Election Day. Some politicians answered. Everyone dodged the third one.’: Philly Clout asked politicians on Election Day “Who will be the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate? Or the Republican nominee for governor? What happens with the trial of John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty and Councilmember Bobby Henon?”

‘Wine & Spirits customers encouraged to ‘shop early’ for the holiday season’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “as the holiday season approaches – the busiest months for wine and spirits producers and sellers – industry experts and Pennsylvania’s state store system are urging consumers not to wait on buying  their beverages of choice.”

‘Gerry’s Partisan Pizza brings anti-gerrymandering message to Capitol’: City & State PA reports that “Gerry’s Partisan Pizza, a traveling food truck developed by the national anti-corruption organization Represent Us, made a stop at the state Capitol on Thursday to serve misshapen, “gerrymandered” pizza slices as part of a nationwide campaign to advocate for political maps free from partisan influence.”

‘In Wake Of Tuesday’s Election, Republicans Line Up To Take On Josh Shapiro In 2022 Pennsylvania Governor’s Race’: KDKA reports that “the Republican win for governor in Virginia and the close election in New Jersey have Republicans in Pennsylvania thinking about next year’s gubernatorial race here. Already, a number of GOP candidates are lining up to replace Governor Tom Wolf, who retires at the end of next year.”

‘Measures to preserve ‘energy choice’ gaining momentum in legislature’: StateImpactPA reports that “measures claiming to promote “energy choice” in Pennsylvania appear to be gaining momentum in the legislature.”

‘Bill to help fight workplace harassment pushed by Philadelphia-area Congress members’: KYW Newsradio reports that “four years ago around this time, the #MeToo movement went viral. A Pennsylvania congressman and Delaware congresswoman cosponsored a re-introduced bill this week to stop employers from hiding harassment.”

‘Immigrant groups frustrated by inaction in D.C. block traffic in front of Sen. Casey’s office’: WHYY reports that “immigrant rights activists blocked traffic outside of U.S. Sen. Bob Casey’s Center City Philadelphia office for about half an hour on Thursday, frustrated that Democrats haven’t delivered on pathway to citizenship legislation despite controlling Congress and the White House.”

‘Tearful testimony from Councilmember Bobby Henon’s chief of staff’: KYW Newsradio reports that “Philadelphia City Councilmember Bobby Henon’s chief of staff got emotional on the stand in federal court Thursday as the defense’s star witness, as Henon and labor leader John Dougherty are standing trial on bribery and conspiracy charges.”

‘Rep. Cartwright, labor leaders discuss job growth, training’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8, Moosic, joined representatives from For Our Future PA and The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, and state labor leaders to discuss the impact President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda would have on residents in Northeast Pennsylvania during a virtual panel discussion Thursday morning.”

‘National union president encourages Scranton teachers’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “on the second day of the Scranton teachers strike, the 800-plus union members rallied for a new contract and to restore program cuts the educators say have hurt students.”

‘Dr. Cheryl Bettigole named commissioner of Philly health department’: PhillyVoice reports that “Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has appointed Dr. Cheryl Bettigole to be commissioner of the city’s health department, a role she took over on an interim basis following the resignation of Dr. Thomas Farley in May.”

‘Philadelphia City Council calls for hearings into child abuse cases that settled for millions’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Philadelphia City Council plans to evaluate the city’s child-welfare system after two multimillion-dollar court settlements over allegations of negligence that led to the abuse of three foster children.”

‘Philly in the ‘final stages’ of multi-million dollar reforms promised after police killed Walter Wallace Jr.’: Billy Penn reports that “a year after Walter Wallace Jr. was killed by police while in the throes of a mental health crisis, Philadelphia is making progress on the promise to reform the city’s response to emergencies of that kind.”

‘City Council wants to help neighborhoods challenge developers in court’: WHYY reports that “Philadelphia City Council will hold public hearings to explore the possibility of providing financial assistance to “disadvantaged” community groups that can’t afford to fight legal decisions made about development in their neighborhoods.”

‘Montgomery County still counting mail-in ballots, cites delays’: WHYY reports that “the polls have long been closed in Montgomery County, but ballot-counting is still underway for more than 20,000 provisional and mail ballots.”

‘Pennsylvania’s school funding could be revamped by civil trial that begins next week’: PhillyVoice reports that “six school districts, including the William Penn School District in Delaware County, sued state lawmakers in 2014 for what they say is a severe underfunding of the public school system. After a seven-year court battle, the case is headed to trial Nov. 12.”

‘Proposed 2022 county budget includes no tax increase’: The Delaware County Daily Times reports that “Delaware County Council was presented with a 2022 $794 million budget proposal that includes no tax increase through a document that has three volumes and 349 pages.”

‘Chester County Democrats continue ‘blue’ streak’: The Daily Local News reports that “Democratic candidates in Chester County appeared to have kept their hold on county row offices on Election Day, adding two new Common Pleas Court judges to the bench, unseating a pair of sitting Republican magisterial district court judges, and winning district court seats in two heavily populated areas, according to results finalized early Thursday.”

‘Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale blasts state law that expanded mail-in voting’: Montgomery Media reports that “conversations surrounding ballots yet to be counted from the 2021 general election continued during Thursday’s Montgomery County Board of Commissioners meeting.”

‘Some of Allentown’s top officials can now live outside the city, but with limits, voters decide. Here’s what it means.’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “some of Allentown’s top officials can now live within 5 miles of the city because of a referendum question that voters approved Tuesday.”

‘Allegheny County voter turnout was higher this fall than past municipal elections’: WESA reports that “voter turnout in Allegheny County was much higher on Tuesday than previous comparable elections, due in part to the state’s mail-in voting law that took effect last year. According to unofficial results, more than 32% of voters cast ballots this fall. Compare that with 2017, when turnout was 23.6%, or 20.62% in 2013.”

‘Pittsburgh to host 2022 meeting of world’s energy ministers’: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “energy ministers from around the world will gather in Pittsburgh next year to forge a path on clean energy, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced from the global climate summit in Glasgow.”

‘Peduto-to-Gainey transition efforts already underway for Pittsburgh’s mayor’s office’: WTAE reports that “Mayor-elect Ed Gainey and his team have two months to prepare to take the wheel of Pittsburgh government. Current Mayor Bill Peduto’s Chief of Staff Dan Gilman told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 the current administration is already working with Gainey’s team.”

‘Erie County Executive-Elect announces transition team’: WJET reports that “Erie County Executive-Elect Brenton Davis announced his transition team Thursday afternoon, including a dozen local leaders.”

‘Parents bring mask mandates, critical race theory to the ballot box in Lancaster school board races for record turnout’: LNP | LancasterOnline reports that “Republicans vying to alter the status quo won big on Tuesday night in contested school board races across the county, including contentious races in Elizabethtown Area and Manheim Township school districts.”

‘Mayor ‘moving forward’: After close election victory, Janakovic looks ahead to third term’: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that “Johnstown Mayor Frank Janakovic just survived his closest election ever,” while adding that he “thinks shifting national, state and regional politics played a role in the closeness of this year’s general election.”

‘Wilkes-Barre receives approval to release American Rescue Plan funds’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “the city will soon be able to release some of the $37.1 million in federal American Rescue Plan funding, Mayor George Brown said Wednesday.”

‘McGinley will be lone Democrat on Luzerne County Council’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “it turns out Tim McGinley will be the lone Democrat left on the 11-member Luzerne County Council in January because county Councilman Robert Schnee switched his registration from Democrat to Republican last summer without fanfare.”

‘Camp Hill voters buck national trend by choosing an all-Democratic school board’: PennLive reports that “one of the most acrimonious school board races in the region, featuring an anonymous letter and a video accusing Democratic candidates of wanting to teach critical race theory, ended with the election of all four Democratic candidates.”

‘Northumberland County town’s mayor-elect sweats through recount, wins by four votes out of 1,189 cast’: PennLive reports that “each vote does count. Just ask Milton Mayor-elect Thomas Aber. The Democrat edged Republican Councilman Joe Moralez by four votes in Tuesday’s election.”

‘Northampton Democrats recover from ‘whiplash,’ as redistricting looms’: WFMZ reports that “the Democratic majority on Northampton County Council appeared to be lost at one point after Tuesday’s elections, but as more votes were counted, the party held onto control, as of now.”

‘1st Muslim and Asian-American candidate for Easton council celebrates victory’: Lehigh Valley Live reports that “Easton City Councilwoman-elect Taiba Sultana is celebrating her election victory as council’s first-ever Muslim and Asian-American candidate.”

‘Pa. surpasses 72% of adults vaccinated against COVID-19: daily update’: PennLive reports that “Pennsylvania reported new 5,162 COVID-19 infections on Thursday as its multi-day averages of new infections and hospitalizations continued downward trends.”

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Paul Muschick: Why Lehigh Valley turnout for Tuesday’s municipal elections jumped from typical low 20s to over 30%
Paul Muschick: 4 ways new mayor Matt Tuerk can help Allentown turn things around
Larry Platt: What Do The Election Results Really Say For Philly? 
John L. Micek: Will Pa. Dems heed the lessons they learned on election night? | Thursday Morning Coffee
Angela Liddle: Stronger laws since the Sandusky scandal at Penn State have not stopped child abuse, but they have made it harder to hide 
Jo Piazza: Four weeks of paid family leave isn’t enough. American women need to go on strike.
Harsha Thirumurthy and Heath Naquin: Debate: Should we waive COVID-19 vaccine patents for low-income countries? | Pro/Con
Inquirer Editorial Board: No more second jobs for City Council 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Police officers who falsify COVID-19 vaccination cards endanger the people they’re supposed to protect
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Abusive hockey chant a failure of authority
Rann Miller: ‘Will I get fired for this?’ Rejecting white supremacy has a high cost in education 
Abie Rohrig: Swarthmore student: Elite colleges should stop favoring children of alumni 
Will Bunch: These women are white, with no college degrees — and in the driver’s seat of American politics 
Trudy Rubin: Top Pentagon general: ‘We are witnessing one of the largest shifts in geopolitical power that the world has seen’ 
Ray E. Landis: Our next big policy challenge: Safe and affordable housing for our aging population

21 Responses

  1. Ding Dong Doug is an insurrectionist and is effectively barred from running for any elective office. He violated the Constitution and attempted to be a part in the overthrow of the US Government on January 6th. Cut the Bullsh!t Republicans and reject Ding Dong Doug…. The Insurrectionist

  2. Hello fellow patriots, Shaun “pimp hand” Parnell here. I just wanted to let everyone know that it is ok to slap your wife around a little. But make sure you call her triggered afterward! Donate to me to leave the dumb libs pregnant and stranded on the highway!

  3. I’m voting for Doug in the primary. We need a true conservative governor who will cuck the libtards.

  4. Mastriano would be a disaster. We need people like Laughlin, Gerow, or Martin. All three would be WAY better than Microphone Mastriano. The guy only cares about getting attention not getting things done!!

    1. I am all for Charlie!! I met him at several events and he is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. I also would not mind Scott Martin he has been a good Senator for us in Lancaster. Not sure about Laughlin though he seams a bit too lib for my tastes.

      1. Martin along with Mastriano score lifetime ZEROS “0” from the Conservation Voters of PA, and Laughlin scored a lifetime of 7%. Whether an elected official is viewed as good or not good, depends on one’s values and perspectives. If global climate change is a concern, these individuals are bad representatives. If the governor is a bad guy, these guys are good.

        1. Uhhh dude… I know this is going to be hard to believe… but some people care about the economy, putting food in the table, keeping gas prices affordable much more than they do conservation.

          1. Sir, with due respect. . .no one said food on the table and gas prices are not a concern. Our national defense is a critical concern. Service members (and civilians) in the Pentagon have made climate change a national security priority ( but Martin, Mastriano and Laughlin have not. Are they paying attention to all matters or just rejecting the gravity of environmental degradation as it relates to our national defense, all life and the unborn.

      2. “Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania elects environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices, advocate for strong environmental policies, and hold our elected officials accountable to safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state, and the strength of our economy. We’re excited to share ways you can help protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources.”

    2. Totally agree on Mastriano. The guy seriously needs to get some help and talk to someone. But Laughlin, Gerow, or Martin? Those guys are your knights in shining armor? I certainly do not think Barletta is the answer either, but those guys are terrible options.

      1. Gerow has been an amazing warrior in the conservative movement. I can’t think of someone who would be better on policy!

        Martin and Laughlin are strong policy makers who have been consistent.

        They all blow Lou out of the water. He already lost statewide. We need someone who can win and that is Gerow or one of the Senator for sure!

    1. Absolutely!! Mastriano wouldn’t be able to win at all. PA can’t afford to get another leftwing nut just because the Repubs don’t pick a strong candidate.

      1. We need to elect someone who can actually win. Gerow is the answer — he is the only announced Republican who can beat Josh Shapiro!

    2. Doug is disciplined [perhaps due to his military experience] and would not be anticipated to engage in physical attacks upon people who come to hear him speak; he’s upbeat and integrates Biblical references when most relevant while conveying his logic as he conveys his policies.

      1. Doug has been seen on video storming the Capitol building. He was tagged with another politician in a post saying “our vanguards have broken through the barricades let’s take them down, what say you?!” Disciplined and unwilling to engage in physical attacks aren’t the words I would use to describe him. He is Scott Wagner 2.0. If he is the nominee he will guarantee a Governor Shapiro.

        1. you say Doug was seen on video? Prove it. We need to see the video with facial recognition. Positive forensic proof. Tagged with another politician in a post saying…..You cannot just just throw accusations like that out. Just like Harry Reid said “the word on the street is that Romney didn’t pay his taxes” Unless you have irrefutable evidence I would think you would be cautious to hold your pen.

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