Category: Playbook

Oprah Winfrey

November 4: O-mentum

Oprah Backs Fetterman. Previewing The Governor’s Race. Down To The Wire in Congressional Races. Here is the Playbook.

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Mail Ballot Declaration

November 2: Dating

State’s Highest Court Says No. Can Democrats Buck History? House Previews. Here is the Playbook.

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October 31: Blue Collar

Good Monday Morning. Happy Halloween to those who celebrate. The Battle For Blue-Collar Voters. Big Lie Spreads Roots. Key Western PA House Races. Here is the Playbook.

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Debate Moderators

October 26: Aftermath

Good Wednesday Morning. 13 days until Election Day. The Aftermath of the Senate Debate. Did It Affect Your Choice? Redistricting Could Affect Makeup of General Assembly. Here is the Playbook.

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Senate Debate Bingo Card

October 25: Bingo

It’s Debate Night in PA. Obama, Biden Called In To Finish. Election Guides. Here is the Playbook … and a Bingo Card for you to play along while watching the debate.

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I’ve Got Friday On My Mind. “I’m like the Phillies bullpen. I should get an extra day off for rest.”

PA Weather
Pittsburgh | Mostly Sunny, 72
Wilkes-Barre | Mostly Sunny, 71
Philadelphia | Mostly Sunny, 73

PA Sports
Phillies (2-3) | Houston, L 3-2 | SAT vs. Houston
Philadelphia Union | SAT vs. LAFC (MLS Cup)

Eagles (8-0) | Houston, W 29-17
Penn State (6-2) | SAT vs. Indiana
Pitt (4-4) | SAT vs. Syracuse
Temple (2-6) | SAT vs. South Florida

76ers (4-5) | FRI vs. NY Knicks
Flyers (5-3-2) | SAT vs. Ottawa
Penguins (4-5-2) | SAT vs. Seattle

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Top Story

1. The Big “O”

Oprah Winfrey, the woman who put Dr. Oz on TV, gave her endorsement to John Fetterman for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat.

”I said it was up to the citizens of Pennsylvania … but I will tell you all this, if I lived in Pennsylvania, I would have already cast my vote for John Fetterman for many reasons,” Winfrey said during an online discussion Thursday about voting and the midterm elections.

“It is an honor and privilege to have Oprah’s support in this race,” said Lt. Governor John Fetterman. “She is a leader on so many issues — fighting for our democracy, passing common-sense gun reform, and ensuring racial justice. I’m grateful for Oprah’s support and trust on the issues that matter to people across the country and Pennsylvania as we close out this campaign.” (More From AP)

Related

Oprah Says If She Lived In PA, She’d Vote For Fetterman Over Oz. “Oprah Winfrey said Thursday night that if she lived in Pennsylvania, she would vote for John Fetterman for U.S. Senate over Mehmet Oz, the celebrity surgeon she helped catapult to fame.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Oprah Endorses Fetterman Over Oz In PA Senate Race. “The TV icon also said Pennsylvania was “not the only race that matters,” and backed other Democrats running in next week’s midterm elections, including Beto O’Rourke in Texas, and Raphael G. Warnock and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.” (Washington Post)

In Final Days of PA Race, A Celebrity Tries To Connect. “For years, Dr. Oz engaged millions of Americans as a television celebrity. Now his task is to connect with Pennsylvanians as a candidate.” (NY Times)

Two Bellwether Counties Predicted The Last PA Senate Midterms. What New Polling Says Now.According to the final USA TODAY Network/Suffolk University poll of this midterm cycle, both Centre and Northampton counties are still feeling blue.” (Bucks County Courier Times)

 

Where Are They? Here is a quick look at where the candidates are today, based upon their public announcements.

  • John Fetterman: (Fri.) Upper Darby; (Sat.) Philadelphia w/Joe Biden, Barack Obama
  • Mehmet Oz: (Fri.) Carlisle, Meadville; (Sat.) Latrobe w/Donald Trump; (Sun.) Bethlehem

 

Governor

2. Previewing The Governor’s Race

“The race for the governor’s mansion in Harrisburg is a five-person contest between Democrat Josh Shapiro, Republican Doug Mastriano, Libertarian Matt Hackenburg, Keystone Party candidate Joe Soloski and Green Party nominee Christina “PK” DiGiulio.” (PoliticsPA)

Related

Dueling Speeches by Mastriano, Shapiro Lay Out Stakes, Opposing Views In Final Days of Campaign. “Republican Doug Mastriano and Democrat Josh Shapiro never had a face-to-face debate in their race for governor. But back-to-back visits in Allegheny County on Tuesday and Wednesday nights made clear the stakes in their contest, demonstrating far-reaching differences in style and political conviction.” (WESA)

Why Is Florida The Apple of PA Conservatives’ Eyes?Doug Mastriano repeatedly says he’s running for governor to make Pennsylvania the “Florida of the North.” Let’s decode that, for a minute.” (PennLive)

What The Polls Say Today: Doug Mastriano’s Hopes Fade. “It’s important to remember that polling errors happen, and are more likely to occur in midterms where polling is less abundant. Upsets also occur that defy or exaggerate national trends. But at this point, some contests look all but done.” (New York Magazine)

Former PA Officials Warn U.S. Supreme Court Of ‘Bad Faith’ In Elections, Citing Doug Mastriano. “A bipartisan group of 10 former public officials from Pennsylvania warned the U.S. Supreme Court last week that candidates who “spread baseless claims” about election fraud are on Tuesday’s ballot and will likely “act in bad faith” in future elections if they win.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

DelRosso’s Rise Through The Political Ranks Has Been As Bold As Her Running Mate. “It’s been a meteoric rise for Republican state Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso, who has gone from obscure borough councilwoman to state legislator to would-be lieutenant governor in just five short years. But, she’s not talking about it, at least to PennLive.” (PennLive)

Doug Mastriano’s Prophets In PA.”A shocking weekend with the supporters of the nominee for governor — full of swords, demons, and wild prophecies — shows the theocratic future of the GOP.”  (HuffPost)

  • Local Professors: Mastriano’s Campaign Appealing to Christian Nationalism. (Daily Item)

 

Where Are They? Here is a quick look at where the candidates are today, based upon their public announcements.

  • Josh Shapiro/Austin Davis: (Fri.) Lancaster, Allentown, Stroudsburg, Kingston; (Sat.) Philadelphia; (Sun.) Upper Merion Twp., Drexel Hill, Downingtown, Newtown.
  • Doug Mastriano: (Fri.) Harrisburg; (Sat.) Latrobe w/Donald Trump; (Sun.) Philadelphia.

 

State

3. PA-10: Scott Perry Faces Shamaine Daniels

“On November 8th, voters will decide who will represent Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District. Incumbent Rep. Scott Perry has served five terms. Democratic challenger Shamaine Daniels sits on Harrisburg’s city council.” (WITF)

Related

PA-17: Q and A With Deluzio, Shaffer. “Beaver County voters will play a pivotal role in deciding the winner of Pennsylvania’s hotly contested 17th Congressional District race this year, as Democrat Chris Deluzio and Republican Jeremy Shaffer jockey for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb.” (Beaver County Times)

Allegheny County Officials Preview Election Day Tabulating Process. “In a show of transparency, Allegheny County election officials opened up its warehouse on Pittsburgh’s North Side to the media Thursday to detail the process in which in-person and mail-in votes will be counted on Election Day on Tuesday.” (Tribune-Review)

PA Is Still The Keystone Tossup State In 2022. “RealClearPennsylvania editor Charles McElwee gave this 2022 election preview for PA’s U.S. Senate, Congressional, and gubernatorial races on SSPTV Community News.” (RealClearPolitics)

Lehigh Valley’s Congressional Candidates Trying To Win Over Latino Voters. “The Lehigh Valley’s congressional district has one of the highest concentrations of Latino voters in Pennsylvania.” (Morning Call)

 

Around The Commonwealth

Where The Mail Ballots Are.”According to the Department of State, over 1.43 million Pennsylvanians applied for no-excuse mail-in ballots under Act 77 for the 2022 general election.”  (PoliticsPA)

The Daily Mail Ballot Report. As of November 3, over 1.43 million Pennsylvanians applied for a mail-in ballot – 985,000 Dems, 302,500 Republicans and 149,000 others. Of that total, approximately 1.01 million ballots have been returned or 70.6 percent.

85% of Fulton County Voted For Trump. But That’s Not How People There Define Themselves. “It’s not a stretch to say right now – days before polls open – that Mastriano and Oz will win Fulton County, in southcentral Pennsylvania. And it won’t be close. ” (CBS Pittsburgh)

In The Hunt For Voter Fraud, Republican Door Knockers Are Intimidating Residents: Officials. “The canvassers in California’s Shasta County in September wore reflective orange vests and official-looking badges that read “Voter Taskforce.” Four residents said they mistook them for government officials.” (Reuters)

Wolf Signs Bills, Including To Decriminalize Fentanyl Strips. “Gov. Tom Wolf signed a flurry of bills Thursday, including energy tax credits, decriminalization of fentanyl test strips and help for autonomous vehicles, as the two-year legislative session winds down.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Wolf Signs Bill To Yank Toll Scofflaws’ Vehicle Registrations. “A measure to help the Pennsylvania Turnpike recover more unpaid tolls was signed into law Thursday, legislation that could trigger the suspension of thousands of vehicle registrations early next year.” (AP)

 

Opinion

  • Doug Mastriano and The Potential of Amish Voters In PA. (Bonnie Kristian)
  • Be Patient During Election Week and Help Save Democracy. (Al Schmidt)
  • Early Vote Total Indicates Trouble For Dems in PA. (Mark Harris)
  • Republicans and Democrats See News Bias Only In Stories That Clearly Favor The Other Party. (Marjorie Hershey)
  • Vote To Remove Scott Perry, A Stain On Our Democracy. (York Dispatch)

I’ve Got Friday On My Mind. “I’m like the Phillies bullpen. I should get an extra day off for rest.”

PA Weather
Pittsburgh | Mostly Sunny, 72
Wilkes-Barre | Mostly Sunny, 71
Philadelphia | Mostly Sunny, 73

PA Sports
Phillies (2-3) | Houston, L 3-2 | SAT vs. Houston
Philadelphia Union | SAT vs. LAFC (MLS Cup)

Eagles (8-0) | Houston, W 29-17
Penn State (6-2) | SAT vs. Indiana
Pitt (4-4) | SAT vs. Syracuse
Temple (2-6) | SAT vs. South Florida

76ers (4-5) | FRI vs. NY Knicks
Flyers (5-3-2) | SAT vs. Ottawa
Penguins (4-5-2) | SAT vs. Seattle

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Top Story

1. The Big “O”

Oprah Winfrey, the woman who put Dr. Oz on TV, gave her endorsement to John Fetterman for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat.

”I said it was up to the citizens of Pennsylvania … but I will tell you all this, if I lived in Pennsylvania, I would have already cast my vote for John Fetterman for many reasons,” Winfrey said during an online discussion Thursday about voting and the midterm elections.

“It is an honor and privilege to have Oprah’s support in this race,” said Lt. Governor John Fetterman. “She is a leader on so many issues — fighting for our democracy, passing common-sense gun reform, and ensuring racial justice. I’m grateful for Oprah’s support and trust on the issues that matter to people across the country and Pennsylvania as we close out this campaign.” (More From AP)

Related

Oprah Says If She Lived In PA, She’d Vote For Fetterman Over Oz. “Oprah Winfrey said Thursday night that if she lived in Pennsylvania, she would vote for John Fetterman for U.S. Senate over Mehmet Oz, the celebrity surgeon she helped catapult to fame.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Oprah Endorses Fetterman Over Oz In PA Senate Race. “The TV icon also said Pennsylvania was “not the only race that matters,” and backed other Democrats running in next week’s midterm elections, including Beto O’Rourke in Texas, and Raphael G. Warnock and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.” (Washington Post)

In Final Days of PA Race, A Celebrity Tries To Connect. “For years, Dr. Oz engaged millions of Americans as a television celebrity. Now his task is to connect with Pennsylvanians as a candidate.” (NY Times)

Two Bellwether Counties Predicted The Last PA Senate Midterms. What New Polling Says Now.According to the final USA TODAY Network/Suffolk University poll of this midterm cycle, both Centre and Northampton counties are still feeling blue.” (Bucks County Courier Times)

 

Where Are They? Here is a quick look at where the candidates are today, based upon their public announcements.

  • John Fetterman: (Fri.) Upper Darby; (Sat.) Philadelphia w/Joe Biden, Barack Obama
  • Mehmet Oz: (Fri.) Carlisle, Meadville; (Sat.) Latrobe w/Donald Trump; (Sun.) Bethlehem

 

Governor

2. Previewing The Governor’s Race

“The race for the governor’s mansion in Harrisburg is a five-person contest between Democrat Josh Shapiro, Republican Doug Mastriano, Libertarian Matt Hackenburg, Keystone Party candidate Joe Soloski and Green Party nominee Christina “PK” DiGiulio.” (PoliticsPA)

Related

Dueling Speeches by Mastriano, Shapiro Lay Out Stakes, Opposing Views In Final Days of Campaign. “Republican Doug Mastriano and Democrat Josh Shapiro never had a face-to-face debate in their race for governor. But back-to-back visits in Allegheny County on Tuesday and Wednesday nights made clear the stakes in their contest, demonstrating far-reaching differences in style and political conviction.” (WESA)

Why Is Florida The Apple of PA Conservatives’ Eyes?Doug Mastriano repeatedly says he’s running for governor to make Pennsylvania the “Florida of the North.” Let’s decode that, for a minute.” (PennLive)

What The Polls Say Today: Doug Mastriano’s Hopes Fade. “It’s important to remember that polling errors happen, and are more likely to occur in midterms where polling is less abundant. Upsets also occur that defy or exaggerate national trends. But at this point, some contests look all but done.” (New York Magazine)

Former PA Officials Warn U.S. Supreme Court Of ‘Bad Faith’ In Elections, Citing Doug Mastriano. “A bipartisan group of 10 former public officials from Pennsylvania warned the U.S. Supreme Court last week that candidates who “spread baseless claims” about election fraud are on Tuesday’s ballot and will likely “act in bad faith” in future elections if they win.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

DelRosso’s Rise Through The Political Ranks Has Been As Bold As Her Running Mate. “It’s been a meteoric rise for Republican state Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso, who has gone from obscure borough councilwoman to state legislator to would-be lieutenant governor in just five short years. But, she’s not talking about it, at least to PennLive.” (PennLive)

Doug Mastriano’s Prophets In PA.”A shocking weekend with the supporters of the nominee for governor — full of swords, demons, and wild prophecies — shows the theocratic future of the GOP.”  (HuffPost)

  • Local Professors: Mastriano’s Campaign Appealing to Christian Nationalism. (Daily Item)

 

Where Are They? Here is a quick look at where the candidates are today, based upon their public announcements.

  • Josh Shapiro/Austin Davis: (Fri.) Lancaster, Allentown, Stroudsburg, Kingston; (Sat.) Philadelphia; (Sun.) Upper Merion Twp., Drexel Hill, Downingtown, Newtown.
  • Doug Mastriano: (Fri.) Harrisburg; (Sat.) Latrobe w/Donald Trump; (Sun.) Philadelphia.

 

State

3. PA-10: Scott Perry Faces Shamaine Daniels

“On November 8th, voters will decide who will represent Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District. Incumbent Rep. Scott Perry has served five terms. Democratic challenger Shamaine Daniels sits on Harrisburg’s city council.” (WITF)

Related

PA-17: Q and A With Deluzio, Shaffer. “Beaver County voters will play a pivotal role in deciding the winner of Pennsylvania’s hotly contested 17th Congressional District race this year, as Democrat Chris Deluzio and Republican Jeremy Shaffer jockey for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb.” (Beaver County Times)

Allegheny County Officials Preview Election Day Tabulating Process. “In a show of transparency, Allegheny County election officials opened up its warehouse on Pittsburgh’s North Side to the media Thursday to detail the process in which in-person and mail-in votes will be counted on Election Day on Tuesday.” (Tribune-Review)

PA Is Still The Keystone Tossup State In 2022. “RealClearPennsylvania editor Charles McElwee gave this 2022 election preview for PA’s U.S. Senate, Congressional, and gubernatorial races on SSPTV Community News.” (RealClearPolitics)

Lehigh Valley’s Congressional Candidates Trying To Win Over Latino Voters. “The Lehigh Valley’s congressional district has one of the highest concentrations of Latino voters in Pennsylvania.” (Morning Call)

 

Around The Commonwealth

Where The Mail Ballots Are.”According to the Department of State, over 1.43 million Pennsylvanians applied for no-excuse mail-in ballots under Act 77 for the 2022 general election.”  (PoliticsPA)

The Daily Mail Ballot Report. As of November 3, over 1.43 million Pennsylvanians applied for a mail-in ballot – 985,000 Dems, 302,500 Republicans and 149,000 others. Of that total, approximately 1.01 million ballots have been returned or 70.6 percent.

85% of Fulton County Voted For Trump. But That’s Not How People There Define Themselves. “It’s not a stretch to say right now – days before polls open – that Mastriano and Oz will win Fulton County, in southcentral Pennsylvania. And it won’t be close. ” (CBS Pittsburgh)

In The Hunt For Voter Fraud, Republican Door Knockers Are Intimidating Residents: Officials. “The canvassers in California’s Shasta County in September wore reflective orange vests and official-looking badges that read “Voter Taskforce.” Four residents said they mistook them for government officials.” (Reuters)

Wolf Signs Bills, Including To Decriminalize Fentanyl Strips. “Gov. Tom Wolf signed a flurry of bills Thursday, including energy tax credits, decriminalization of fentanyl test strips and help for autonomous vehicles, as the two-year legislative session winds down.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Wolf Signs Bill To Yank Toll Scofflaws’ Vehicle Registrations. “A measure to help the Pennsylvania Turnpike recover more unpaid tolls was signed into law Thursday, legislation that could trigger the suspension of thousands of vehicle registrations early next year.” (AP)

 

Opinion

  • Doug Mastriano and The Potential of Amish Voters In PA. (Bonnie Kristian)
  • Be Patient During Election Week and Help Save Democracy. (Al Schmidt)
  • Early Vote Total Indicates Trouble For Dems in PA. (Mark Harris)
  • Republicans and Democrats See News Bias Only In Stories That Clearly Favor The Other Party. (Marjorie Hershey)
  • Vote To Remove Scott Perry, A Stain On Our Democracy. (York Dispatch)
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I’ve Got Friday On My Mind. “I’m like the Phillies bullpen. I should get an extra day off for rest.”

PA Weather
Pittsburgh | Mostly Sunny, 72
Wilkes-Barre | Mostly Sunny, 71
Philadelphia | Mostly Sunny, 73

PA Sports
Phillies (2-3) | Houston, L 3-2 | SAT vs. Houston
Philadelphia Union | SAT vs. LAFC (MLS Cup)

Eagles (8-0) | Houston, W 29-17
Penn State (6-2) | SAT vs. Indiana
Pitt (4-4) | SAT vs. Syracuse
Temple (2-6) | SAT vs. South Florida

76ers (4-5) | FRI vs. NY Knicks
Flyers (5-3-2) | SAT vs. Ottawa
Penguins (4-5-2) | SAT vs. Seattle

Happy Birthday
Cake and candles for Rep. Tim Hennessey (Fri.); Rep. Paul Schemel and Rep. Mark Gillen (Sun.).

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Top Story

1. The Big “O”

Oprah Winfrey, the woman who put Dr. Oz on TV, gave her endorsement to John Fetterman for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat.

”I said it was up to the citizens of Pennsylvania … but I will tell you all this, if I lived in Pennsylvania, I would have already cast my vote for John Fetterman for many reasons,” Winfrey said during an online discussion Thursday about voting and the midterm elections.

“It is an honor and privilege to have Oprah’s support in this race,” said Lt. Governor John Fetterman. “She is a leader on so many issues — fighting for our democracy, passing common-sense gun reform, and ensuring racial justice. I’m grateful for Oprah’s support and trust on the issues that matter to people across the country and Pennsylvania as we close out this campaign.” (More From AP)

Related

Oprah Says If She Lived In PA, She’d Vote For Fetterman Over Oz. “Oprah Winfrey said Thursday night that if she lived in Pennsylvania, she would vote for John Fetterman for U.S. Senate over Mehmet Oz, the celebrity surgeon she helped catapult to fame.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Oprah Endorses Fetterman Over Oz In PA Senate Race. “The TV icon also said Pennsylvania was “not the only race that matters,” and backed other Democrats running in next week’s midterm elections, including Beto O’Rourke in Texas, and Raphael G. Warnock and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.” (Washington Post)

In Final Days of PA Race, A Celebrity Tries To Connect. “For years, Dr. Oz engaged millions of Americans as a television celebrity. Now his task is to connect with Pennsylvanians as a candidate.” (NY Times)

Two Bellwether Counties Predicted The Last PA Senate Midterms. What New Polling Says Now.According to the final USA TODAY Network/Suffolk University poll of this midterm cycle, both Centre and Northampton counties are still feeling blue.” (Bucks County Courier Times)

 

Where Are They? Here is a quick look at where the candidates are today, based upon their public announcements.

  • John Fetterman: (Fri.) Upper Darby; (Sat.) Philadelphia w/Joe Biden, Barack Obama
  • Mehmet Oz: (Fri.) Carlisle, Meadville; (Sat.) Latrobe w/Donald Trump; (Sun.) Bethlehem

 

Governor

2. Previewing The Governor’s Race

“The race for the governor’s mansion in Harrisburg is a five-person contest between Democrat Josh Shapiro, Republican Doug Mastriano, Libertarian Matt Hackenburg, Keystone Party candidate Joe Soloski and Green Party nominee Christina “PK” DiGiulio.” (PoliticsPA)

Related

Dueling Speeches by Mastriano, Shapiro Lay Out Stakes, Opposing Views In Final Days of Campaign. “Republican Doug Mastriano and Democrat Josh Shapiro never had a face-to-face debate in their race for governor. But back-to-back visits in Allegheny County on Tuesday and Wednesday nights made clear the stakes in their contest, demonstrating far-reaching differences in style and political conviction.” (WESA)

Why Is Florida The Apple of PA Conservatives’ Eyes?Doug Mastriano repeatedly says he’s running for governor to make Pennsylvania the “Florida of the North.” Let’s decode that, for a minute.” (PennLive)

What The Polls Say Today: Doug Mastriano’s Hopes Fade. “It’s important to remember that polling errors happen, and are more likely to occur in midterms where polling is less abundant. Upsets also occur that defy or exaggerate national trends. But at this point, some contests look all but done.” (New York Magazine)

Former PA Officials Warn U.S. Supreme Court Of ‘Bad Faith’ In Elections, Citing Doug Mastriano. “A bipartisan group of 10 former public officials from Pennsylvania warned the U.S. Supreme Court last week that candidates who “spread baseless claims” about election fraud are on Tuesday’s ballot and will likely “act in bad faith” in future elections if they win.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

DelRosso’s Rise Through The Political Ranks Has Been As Bold As Her Running Mate. “It’s been a meteoric rise for Republican state Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso, who has gone from obscure borough councilwoman to state legislator to would-be lieutenant governor in just five short years. But, she’s not talking about it, at least to PennLive.” (PennLive)

Doug Mastriano’s Prophets In PA.”A shocking weekend with the supporters of the nominee for governor — full of swords, demons, and wild prophecies — shows the theocratic future of the GOP.”  (HuffPost)

  • Local Professors: Mastriano’s Campaign Appealing to Christian Nationalism. (Daily Item)

 

Where Are They? Here is a quick look at where the candidates are today, based upon their public announcements.

  • Josh Shapiro/Austin Davis: (Fri.) Lancaster, Allentown, Stroudsburg, Kingston; (Sat.) Philadelphia; (Sun.) Upper Merion Twp., Drexel Hill, Downingtown, Newtown.
  • Doug Mastriano: (Fri.) Harrisburg; (Sat.) Latrobe w/Donald Trump; (Sun.) Philadelphia.

 

State

3. PA-10: Scott Perry Faces Shamaine Daniels

“On November 8th, voters will decide who will represent Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District. Incumbent Rep. Scott Perry has served five terms. Democratic challenger Shamaine Daniels sits on Harrisburg’s city council.” (WITF)

Related

PA-17: Q and A With Deluzio, Shaffer. “Beaver County voters will play a pivotal role in deciding the winner of Pennsylvania’s hotly contested 17th Congressional District race this year, as Democrat Chris Deluzio and Republican Jeremy Shaffer jockey for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb.” (Beaver County Times)

Allegheny County Officials Preview Election Day Tabulating Process. “In a show of transparency, Allegheny County election officials opened up its warehouse on Pittsburgh’s North Side to the media Thursday to detail the process in which in-person and mail-in votes will be counted on Election Day on Tuesday.” (Tribune-Review)

PA Is Still The Keystone Tossup State In 2022. “RealClearPennsylvania editor Charles McElwee gave this 2022 election preview for PA’s U.S. Senate, Congressional, and gubernatorial races on SSPTV Community News.” (RealClearPolitics)

Lehigh Valley’s Congressional Candidates Trying To Win Over Latino Voters. “The Lehigh Valley’s congressional district has one of the highest concentrations of Latino voters in Pennsylvania.” (Morning Call)

 

Around The Commonwealth

Where The Mail Ballots Are.”According to the Department of State, over 1.43 million Pennsylvanians applied for no-excuse mail-in ballots under Act 77 for the 2022 general election.”  (PoliticsPA)

The Daily Mail Ballot Report. As of November 3, over 1.43 million Pennsylvanians applied for a mail-in ballot – 985,000 Dems, 302,500 Republicans and 149,000 others. Of that total, approximately 1.01 million ballots have been returned or 70.6 percent.

85% of Fulton County Voted For Trump. But That’s Not How People There Define Themselves. “It’s not a stretch to say right now – days before polls open – that Mastriano and Oz will win Fulton County, in southcentral Pennsylvania. And it won’t be close. ” (CBS Pittsburgh)

In The Hunt For Voter Fraud, Republican Door Knockers Are Intimidating Residents: Officials. “The canvassers in California’s Shasta County in September wore reflective orange vests and official-looking badges that read “Voter Taskforce.” Four residents said they mistook them for government officials.” (Reuters)

Wolf Signs Bills, Including To Decriminalize Fentanyl Strips. “Gov. Tom Wolf signed a flurry of bills Thursday, including energy tax credits, decriminalization of fentanyl test strips and help for autonomous vehicles, as the two-year legislative session winds down.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Wolf Signs Bill To Yank Toll Scofflaws’ Vehicle Registrations. “A measure to help the Pennsylvania Turnpike recover more unpaid tolls was signed into law Thursday, legislation that could trigger the suspension of thousands of vehicle registrations early next year.” (AP)

 

Opinion

  • Doug Mastriano and The Potential of Amish Voters In PA. (Bonnie Kristian)
  • Be Patient During Election Week and Help Save Democracy. (Al Schmidt)
  • Early Vote Total Indicates Trouble For Dems in PA. (Mark Harris)
  • Republicans and Democrats See News Bias Only In Stories That Clearly Favor The Other Party. (Marjorie Hershey)
  • Vote To Remove Scott Perry, A Stain On Our Democracy. (York Dispatch)

I’ve Got Friday On My Mind. “I’m like the Phillies bullpen. I should get an extra day off for rest.”

PA Weather
Pittsburgh | Mostly Sunny, 72
Wilkes-Barre | Mostly Sunny, 71
Philadelphia | Mostly Sunny, 73

PA Sports
Phillies (2-3) | Houston, L 3-2 | SAT vs. Houston
Philadelphia Union | SAT vs. LAFC (MLS Cup)

Eagles (8-0) | Houston, W 29-17
Penn State (6-2) | SAT vs. Indiana
Pitt (4-4) | SAT vs. Syracuse
Temple (2-6) | SAT vs. South Florida

76ers (4-5) | FRI vs. NY Knicks
Flyers (5-3-2) | SAT vs. Ottawa
Penguins (4-5-2) | SAT vs. Seattle

Happy Birthday
Cake and candles for Rep. Tim Hennessey (Fri.); Rep. Paul Schemel and Rep. Mark Gillen (Sun.).

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Top Story

1. The Big “O”

Oprah Winfrey, the woman who put Dr. Oz on TV, gave her endorsement to John Fetterman for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat.

”I said it was up to the citizens of Pennsylvania … but I will tell you all this, if I lived in Pennsylvania, I would have already cast my vote for John Fetterman for many reasons,” Winfrey said during an online discussion Thursday about voting and the midterm elections.

“It is an honor and privilege to have Oprah’s support in this race,” said Lt. Governor John Fetterman. “She is a leader on so many issues — fighting for our democracy, passing common-sense gun reform, and ensuring racial justice. I’m grateful for Oprah’s support and trust on the issues that matter to people across the country and Pennsylvania as we close out this campaign.” (More From AP)

Related

Oprah Says If She Lived In PA, She’d Vote For Fetterman Over Oz. “Oprah Winfrey said Thursday night that if she lived in Pennsylvania, she would vote for John Fetterman for U.S. Senate over Mehmet Oz, the celebrity surgeon she helped catapult to fame.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Oprah Endorses Fetterman Over Oz In PA Senate Race. “The TV icon also said Pennsylvania was “not the only race that matters,” and backed other Democrats running in next week’s midterm elections, including Beto O’Rourke in Texas, and Raphael G. Warnock and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.” (Washington Post)

In Final Days of PA Race, A Celebrity Tries To Connect. “For years, Dr. Oz engaged millions of Americans as a television celebrity. Now his task is to connect with Pennsylvanians as a candidate.” (NY Times)

Two Bellwether Counties Predicted The Last PA Senate Midterms. What New Polling Says Now.According to the final USA TODAY Network/Suffolk University poll of this midterm cycle, both Centre and Northampton counties are still feeling blue.” (Bucks County Courier Times)

 

Where Are They? Here is a quick look at where the candidates are today, based upon their public announcements.

  • John Fetterman: (Fri.) Upper Darby; (Sat.) Philadelphia w/Joe Biden, Barack Obama
  • Mehmet Oz: (Fri.) Carlisle, Meadville; (Sat.) Latrobe w/Donald Trump; (Sun.) Bethlehem

 

Governor

2. Previewing The Governor’s Race

“The race for the governor’s mansion in Harrisburg is a five-person contest between Democrat Josh Shapiro, Republican Doug Mastriano, Libertarian Matt Hackenburg, Keystone Party candidate Joe Soloski and Green Party nominee Christina “PK” DiGiulio.” (PoliticsPA)

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Dueling Speeches by Mastriano, Shapiro Lay Out Stakes, Opposing Views In Final Days of Campaign. “Republican Doug Mastriano and Democrat Josh Shapiro never had a face-to-face debate in their race for governor. But back-to-back visits in Allegheny County on Tuesday and Wednesday nights made clear the stakes in their contest, demonstrating far-reaching differences in style and political conviction.” (WESA)

Why Is Florida The Apple of PA Conservatives’ Eyes?Doug Mastriano repeatedly says he’s running for governor to make Pennsylvania the “Florida of the North.” Let’s decode that, for a minute.” (PennLive)

What The Polls Say Today: Doug Mastriano’s Hopes Fade. “It’s important to remember that polling errors happen, and are more likely to occur in midterms where polling is less abundant. Upsets also occur that defy or exaggerate national trends. But at this point, some contests look all but done.” (New York Magazine)

Former PA Officials Warn U.S. Supreme Court Of ‘Bad Faith’ In Elections, Citing Doug Mastriano. “A bipartisan group of 10 former public officials from Pennsylvania warned the U.S. Supreme Court last week that candidates who “spread baseless claims” about election fraud are on Tuesday’s ballot and will likely “act in bad faith” in future elections if they win.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

DelRosso’s Rise Through The Political Ranks Has Been As Bold As Her Running Mate. “It’s been a meteoric rise for Republican state Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso, who has gone from obscure borough councilwoman to state legislator to would-be lieutenant governor in just five short years. But, she’s not talking about it, at least to PennLive.” (PennLive)

Doug Mastriano’s Prophets In PA.”A shocking weekend with the supporters of the nominee for governor — full of swords, demons, and wild prophecies — shows the theocratic future of the GOP.”  (HuffPost)

  • Local Professors: Mastriano’s Campaign Appealing to Christian Nationalism. (Daily Item)

 

Where Are They? Here is a quick look at where the candidates are today, based upon their public announcements.

  • Josh Shapiro/Austin Davis: (Fri.) Lancaster, Allentown, Stroudsburg, Kingston; (Sat.) Philadelphia; (Sun.) Upper Merion Twp., Drexel Hill, Downingtown, Newtown.
  • Doug Mastriano: (Fri.) Harrisburg; (Sat.) Latrobe w/Donald Trump; (Sun.) Philadelphia.

 

State

3. PA-10: Scott Perry Faces Shamaine Daniels

“On November 8th, voters will decide who will represent Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District. Incumbent Rep. Scott Perry has served five terms. Democratic challenger Shamaine Daniels sits on Harrisburg’s city council.” (WITF)

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PA-17: Q and A With Deluzio, Shaffer. “Beaver County voters will play a pivotal role in deciding the winner of Pennsylvania’s hotly contested 17th Congressional District race this year, as Democrat Chris Deluzio and Republican Jeremy Shaffer jockey for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb.” (Beaver County Times)

Allegheny County Officials Preview Election Day Tabulating Process. “In a show of transparency, Allegheny County election officials opened up its warehouse on Pittsburgh’s North Side to the media Thursday to detail the process in which in-person and mail-in votes will be counted on Election Day on Tuesday.” (Tribune-Review)

PA Is Still The Keystone Tossup State In 2022. “RealClearPennsylvania editor Charles McElwee gave this 2022 election preview for PA’s U.S. Senate, Congressional, and gubernatorial races on SSPTV Community News.” (RealClearPolitics)

Lehigh Valley’s Congressional Candidates Trying To Win Over Latino Voters. “The Lehigh Valley’s congressional district has one of the highest concentrations of Latino voters in Pennsylvania.” (Morning Call)

 

Around The Commonwealth

Where The Mail Ballots Are.”According to the Department of State, over 1.43 million Pennsylvanians applied for no-excuse mail-in ballots under Act 77 for the 2022 general election.”  (PoliticsPA)

The Daily Mail Ballot Report. As of November 3, over 1.43 million Pennsylvanians applied for a mail-in ballot – 985,000 Dems, 302,500 Republicans and 149,000 others. Of that total, approximately 1.01 million ballots have been returned or 70.6 percent.

85% of Fulton County Voted For Trump. But That’s Not How People There Define Themselves. “It’s not a stretch to say right now – days before polls open – that Mastriano and Oz will win Fulton County, in southcentral Pennsylvania. And it won’t be close. ” (CBS Pittsburgh)

In The Hunt For Voter Fraud, Republican Door Knockers Are Intimidating Residents: Officials. “The canvassers in California’s Shasta County in September wore reflective orange vests and official-looking badges that read “Voter Taskforce.” Four residents said they mistook them for government officials.” (Reuters)

Wolf Signs Bills, Including To Decriminalize Fentanyl Strips. “Gov. Tom Wolf signed a flurry of bills Thursday, including energy tax credits, decriminalization of fentanyl test strips and help for autonomous vehicles, as the two-year legislative session winds down.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Wolf Signs Bill To Yank Toll Scofflaws’ Vehicle Registrations. “A measure to help the Pennsylvania Turnpike recover more unpaid tolls was signed into law Thursday, legislation that could trigger the suspension of thousands of vehicle registrations early next year.” (AP)

 

Opinion

  • Doug Mastriano and The Potential of Amish Voters In PA. (Bonnie Kristian)
  • Be Patient During Election Week and Help Save Democracy. (Al Schmidt)
  • Early Vote Total Indicates Trouble For Dems in PA. (Mark Harris)
  • Republicans and Democrats See News Bias Only In Stories That Clearly Favor The Other Party. (Marjorie Hershey)
  • Vote To Remove Scott Perry, A Stain On Our Democracy. (York Dispatch)
  • When Should The Special Elections For The PA House Be Held?


    • May 16, 2023 (Primary Day) (51%)
    • March, 2023 (47%)
    • April, 2023 (2%)

    Total Voters: 173

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