September 13: Emmy

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Vincent Hughes

Good Tuesday Morning. Congrats to Sheryl Lee Ralph and her husband, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, on her Emmy award for “Abbott Elementary.” #PAPride

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1. The Weirdest Campaign in the Country Is Happening in Pennsylvania

Conventional wisdom.

In running for office, one appeals to the party base to win the primary first. After securing the nomination, you begin to peel back and soften the edges of your policies to woo centrist voters who tend to be the deciding votes in general elections.

It has been proven to work, therefore, it is conventional wisdom.

Which makes Doug Mastriano’s campaign all the more odd. (CNN)


Shapiro, Davis Announce $1.4M Campaign to Reach Black Voters in PA. “The Democratic ticket that’s running to lead Harrisburg — with Attorney General Josh Shapiro as governor and state Rep. Austin Davis as lieutenant governor — is launching a new paid media campaign to reach Black voters in advance of November’s midterm elections.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

How Josh Shapiro Is Trying To Turn Out Black Voters in Philly, A Crucial Group For Democrats. “Black voters in Philadelphia have long been considered among the most reliable constituencies for Democrats trying to win statewide, and the city has upward of a million registered voters. More than 4 in 10 are Black.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Where Governor Candidates Stand on LGBTQ Rights. “During the November election in Pennsylvania, voters will choose a new governor from among five candidates, notably Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican Doug Mastriano. The two major party candidates have extremely different views on LGBTQ rights.” (Spotlight PA)

Davis States Case For Democrats in Lancaster. “Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Austin Davis made a stop in Lancaster on Saturday and made his case for why the county and the rest of the Commonwealth should vote blue.” (PoliticsPA)

Education Policies a Teachable Moment For Voters in Governor’s Race. “There’s plenty on the line with respect to the outcome of Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial election — with abortion access, firearms regulation and how elections are conducted receiving much of the attention.” (Meadville Tribune)



2. Debate Talks in PA Governor, Senate Races Devolve Into Trash Talk, Predawn Tweets

They can’t even agree to disagree.

The candidates for Pennsylvania’s open Governor and Senate seats seem to relish fighting over everything – including debates.

When? Where? How many? Moderator(s)? Format? You name it, they’ve squabbled over it. (Philadelphia Inquirer)


PA Dems Open Oz Parody Website. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party today unveiled a parody website – – that calls the celebrity doctor an out-of-touch millionaire who doesn’t understand Pennsylvanians.

Major Party Candidates Get The Attention, But PA Voters Have Minor Party Options, Too. “The Libertarian, Green and Keystone parties have candidates on the general election ballot for U.S. Senate, governor and lieutenant governor.” (PennLive)



3. PA Supreme Court Denies Wolf’s King’s Bench Gambit

Constitutional amendment process 1, Governor Tom Wolf 0.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court today rejected Wolf’s legal action to immediately take up his challenge to the GOP’s legislation that bundled a constitutional amendment regarding reproductive rights with four unrelated proposed changes.

The justices turned down his King’s Bench request to declare Senate Bill 106 invalid, saying Wolf was free to file legal action before the Commonwealth Court. (PoliticsPA)


PA Supreme Court Tells Wolf to Bring Abortion Amendment Challenge to Commonwealth Court. “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday denied Gov. Tom Wolf’s request to hear his challenge of Republican-backed legislation that includes a proposal to amend the state constitution to say there is no right to abortion services in the commonwealth.” (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

  • High Court Tells Wolf It Won’t Fast Track Amendments Lawsuit. (Associated Press)


Around the Commonwealth

PA-11: Hollister Chides Smucker Over Debate Flap. “It’s not the first time that Bob Hollister has seen Lloyd Smucker trying to avoid debate. In fact, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House has first-hand experience with the Republican incumbent in his previous role as superintendent of the Eastern Lancaster County School District.” (PoliticsPA)

PA-01: Internal Poll Shows Fitzpatrick With Commanding Lead. “In an internal poll on behalf of the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Fitzpatrick for Congress campaign, incumbent Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) has a 20-point advantage over Democratic challenger Ashley Ehasz.” (PoliticsPA)

Mayors Call Upon Senate Leaders to Pass Same-Sex Marriage Bill. The mayors of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown and Easton joined a bipartisan group of 165 mayors that is sending a letter to the Senate this morning urging them to pass the same-sex marriage bill before the October recess. (Punchbowl News)

University To Hold Training For Women To Be Involved in Politics. “The University of Scranton will hold a training next month to help women become more involved in Northeast Pennsylvania politics” (Times-Tribune)

PA House Advances Three Election Law Changes. “Under one, election workers would have to place marked ballots in sealed containers – and write down any instance in which those seals are broken. Another would require counties to purge dead people from the voter rolls each month. Write-in candidates would have to file financial disclosure forms under a third.” (WESA)

  • Election-Denying ‘Patriot Groups’ Are Trying to Stop The Use of Electronic Voting Machines in PA. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • Lycoming County Commissioners Remove Referendum on Electronic Voting Machines. (
  • Group Founded by Former Trump Officials Sues Lehigh County Over Ballot Drop Boxes (Morning Call)




One Response

  1. We don’t need the Washington Post to tell Pennsylvania voters how many times US Senate candidates should debate. One is enough. They are valueless in terms of information unless you think soundbites and posturing is informative. In 2022, the purpose of a political debate is to kick the tires and check out the candidate. Nothing more. You don’t need more than one debate for that inspection.


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