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The AP highlights former President Donald Trump’s impact on the 2022 GOP primaries for Governor and U.S. Senate in PA. Here is the Playbook. 

May 28th Ups and Downs: Another Democratic challenger unseats an incumbent Mayor, PA reaches a COVID-19 vaccination milestone, plus a former GOP Senator is fired by CNN. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

AP Highlight’s Trump’s Impact on 2022 PA GOP Primaries: The Associated Press reports that former President Donald Trump “looms large” in the state’s GOP primaries for governor and U.S. Senate in 2022, adding that “Republican candidates with strong ties to Donald Trump are running and considered strong contenders for the party’s nominations — a powerful sign of the former president’s enduring popularity within the GOP.”

Philly Mag Profiles Fetterman: Philadelphia Magazine profiles Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s campaign for U.S. Senate and the “one moment” from his past that “could derail his Senate bid.”  

Mastriano ‘Unlikely To Face Consequences Over Newly-Released Jan. 6 Videos’: WITF reports that “Experts say Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Adams) is unlikely to face consequences for his actions at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, when supporters of then-President Donald Trump invaded the building to try to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election as president.”

Spotlight PA Details Grants That Helped Pa. Counties ‘Survive the 2020 election’: Spotlight PA reports that “Mark Zuckerberg helped some Pa. counties survive the 2020 election. Right-wing lawmakers say that was unfair.”

PennLive Highlight’s Wolf’s Push To Raise PA’s Minimum Wage: PennLive reports that “Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf keeps trying to raise the minimum wage. Will he ever succeed?”

Pittsburgh City Paper Details All The Times Parnell Criticized Trump: Pittsburgh City Paper provides “An extensive list of all the times Sean Parnell criticized Donald Trump.”

PA Republicans ‘Threaten to Impeach Philly Officials For Counting Undated Mail Ballots’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Top Republicans in the Pennsylvania legislature threatened Friday to impeach Philadelphia elections officials if they count undated mail ballots from last week’s primary, a major escalation in ongoing legal and political fights over how elections are run.”

Post-Gazette Previews Infrastructure Proposal Push in PA: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “ahead of summer slog, lawmakers advance competing definition to sell a deal” on infrastructure.  

Pennsylvania Capital-Star Highlights PA Budget Season: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star wrote a story titled, “To spend or not to spend, Harrisburg asks this budget season.”

Toomey Absent From Jan. 6 Commission Vote, but Said He Wouldn’t Voted for It: USA Today reports that Sen. Pat Toomey, who was absent for the Jan. 6 commission vote on Friday afternoon, said he would have voted yes.

USA Today Highlights McClinton’s Call To End Prison Gerrymandering: USA Today reports on “why” Pennsylvania House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia) “wants to end prison gerrymandering.” 

Casey Talks to The Times Leader About His ‘Five Freedoms for America’s Children’ Legislation: Sen. Bob Casey talked to the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader about his plans to “re-introduce his Five Freedoms for America’s Children legislation,” adding that “throughout America, children lack health care, economic security, education, adequate nutrition and safety.”

Inky Highlights Police Reform Push in Philly: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Philly Mayor Jim Kenney promised police reform. It’s a work in progress a year later.” 

Krasner Talks to KYW Newsradio’s ‘Flashpoint’ Podcast: Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner talked to KYW Newsradio’s “Flashpoint” podcast after his primary election victory and said that he doesn’t take his GOP opponent, Chuck Perutuo, “seriously.”  

York Daily Record Reports on PennDOT: The York Daily Record reports on “Why PennDOT faces an $8.1 billion shortfall for highways and bridges” 

Fettermans Visit Washington Pride Picnic: According to the Observer-Reporter, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and his wife Gisele Barreto Fetterman visited the Washington Pride picnic on Sunday. 

‘York County To Conduct Recount’ in a Dem Primary for District Court: The York Daily Record reports that “York County will conduct a recount in the Democratic primary for District Court 19-1-01, in which the longtime incumbent, Linda Williams, lost by one vote, to Tom Harteis, according to unofficial election results.

Houlahan Talks To Greta Van Susteren on Full Court Press: Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester) joined Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren this past weekend for an interview to talk about cyber warfare, Afghanistan troop withdrawal, and her family history in the military.

Casey To Host Drive-in Town Hall in Altoona: On Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Bob Casey will be holding his fourth drive-in town hall meeting of the year in Altoona. 

Harrisburg & DC   

AP: Trump looms large in Pennsylvania’s GOP primaries in 2022

AP: GOP lawmakers press Philly voting officials on ballot rules 

AP: Pennsylvania casinos lose in court over online lottery games 

AP: State using insecticide on invasive spotted lanternflies

AP: Flu cases plummet in Pennsylvania amid COVID-19 precautions

Spotlight PA: Mark Zuckerberg helped some Pa. counties survive the 2020 election. Right-wing lawmakers say that was unfair.

Spotlight PA: Internal PSERS documents show how Pa’s biggest pension fund got key financial calculation wrong

Spotlight PA: Anxiety runs high as Pa. begins massive overhaul of 60-year-old unemployment computer system

Spotlight PA: America’s richest school serves low-income kids. But much of its Hershey-funded fortune isn’t being spent.

Post-Gazette: Growing wary of China, senators hope to beef up scrutiny of economic ties and offshoring

Post-Gazette: What is infrastructure? Ahead of summer slog, lawmakers advance competing definitions to sell a deal 

Post-Gazette: To mask or not to mask? When it comes to unvaccinated children, it’s complicated.

Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf keeps trying to raise the minimum wage. Will he ever succeed?

Patriot News: ‘The industry is plagued’: Pa. restaurant owners say lifting of COVID-19 restrictions doesn’t mean ‘return to normal’

Patriot News: Pa. ends COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and gatherings today 

USA Today: Sen. Pat Toomey was absent for the Jan. 6 commission vote, but said he would’ve voted for it

USA Today: Here’s why the Pa. House Democratic leader wants to end prison gerrymandering

City Paper: An extensive list of all the times Sean Parnell criticized Donald Trump

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: To spend or not to spend, Harrisburg asks this budget season

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s election code is in need of reform. But do the potential plans match local needs?

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘It’s about America.’ Pa. lawmakers join efforts to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s 2020 census response exceeds national average | The Numbers Racket

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Headed for a state park this Memorial Day Weekend? Get ready for the crowds | Five for the Weekend

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. notches one of its ‘mildest’ flu seasons on record, Health Dept. says

WITF: Pa. Sen. Doug Mastriano unlikely to face consequences over newly-released Jan. 6 videos

Philadelphia Magazine: One Moment From John Fetterman’s Past Could Derail His Senate Bid

WHYY Newsworks: Why is it still so hard to see police bodycam footage in Pennsylvania?

City & State PA: New legislation targets federal COVID unemployment aid

PLSReporter: The Capitol Recap: Labor Department Explains New Unemployment Compensation System

The Times Leader: Casey to re-introduce Five Freedoms for America’s Children legislation

KDKA: U.S. Senator Bob Casey Planning To Introduce ‘Five Freedoms For American Children’ Bill 

WFMZ: Republican candidates with ties to Trump believed to strong contenders for Governor, U.S. Senate

StateImpactPA: Report shows rebound for natural gas as production, prices rise

StateImpactPA: Mariner East pipeline construction leaves hundreds without drinking water in Delaware County

StateImpactPA: As Philadelphia works to tackle climate change, a question emerges: Is PGW on board?

Capitolwire: State House hearing examines school mental health needs

KYW Newsradio: Heartbeat abortion bill in state House reflects how issue may shape governor’s race

KYW Newsradio: No permit should be required to carry concealed handguns, say some in Pa. House

KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania’s unemployment benefits system finally getting an upgrade

KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania using insecticide on invasive spotted lanternflies

KYW Newsradio: Flu cases plummet in Pennsylvania amid COVID-19 precautions

Philadelphia Business Journal: Sheetz becomes first convenience store chain to accept cryptocurrency 

The Hill: 9 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022

The Hill: Pittsburgh study finds 1 in 10 teens identify as gender diverse

The Hill: Pennsylvania Parole board denies Bill Cosby’s request

York Daily Record: Why PennDOT faces an $8.1 billion shortfall for highways and bridges 

York Daily Record: It’s official: Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 restrictions are over

York Daily Record: What COVID-19 had to do with an especially mild flu season in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania removes all Covid restrictions except for face coverings

Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania’s flu season likely the mildest on record

CNHI: Candidates for governor, U.S. Senate jockeying for position with 2022 on the horizon

Inquirer: To mask or not to mask? As Pennsylvania begins to reopen, people have decisions to make.

Delaware Valley Journal: World No Tobacco Day: Can E-Cigarettes Help You Quit for Good?

CNN: These 11 Senators didn’t vote on the January 6 commission

CNN: Bill Cosby denied parole as board says former actor needs to meet more requirements  


Inquirer: Pa. Republican lawmakers threaten to impeach Philly officials for counting undated mail ballots

Inquirer: Philly Mayor Jim Kenney promised police reform. It’s a work in progress a year later.

Inquirer: Philly grapples with statues of Frank Rizzo, Christopher Columbus, and more a year after protests

Inquirer: Racial equity takes center stage in Philly budget negotiations

Inquirer: Philly to lift coronavirus restrictions June 2 — nine days early — but keep indoor mask mandate in place

Inquirer: Amazon got land SEPTA wanted. Will it delay a much-needed trolley upgrade?

Inquirer: Can water ice, booze, and cash encourage the unvaccinated and ambivalent to get shots? Philly-area officials are finding out.

KYW Newsradio: GOP lawmakers threaten to remove Philly voting officials over ballot rules

KYW Newsradio: Krasner on November DA opponent Peruto: ‘I don’t take him seriously’

KYW Newsradio: Push for Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium founder to be new Philly health commissioner

KYW Newsradio: New Council bill would end ‘rule of two’ to increase diversity in civil service jobs

KYW Newsradio: Marchers mark one year since teargassing during Philadelphia George Floyd protest

KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia moves up the date to lift COVID-19 restrictions

KYW Newsradio: Temporary political posters by Philly artists join Art Museum permanent collection

Billy Penn: A week that changed Philadelphia: How the George Floyd protests unfolded

Billy Penn: Philly is lifting most COVID restrictions a week early

WHYY Newsworks: Philly commissioner says GOP is ‘playing games’ with impeachment threat over mail ballots 

WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania lifts capacity restrictions for businesses, retail shops 

WHYY Newsworks: Philly gamers, rejoice: Parks & Rec to include esports in future programming

Philly Voice: City Council introduces bill to increase diversity in city jobs 

Philly Voice: Philadelphia lifts remaining COVID-19 restrictions June 2, Masks still required indoors

Philly Voice: Philly may incentivize COVID-19 vaccines by offering $50 utility credits

Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia accelerates reopening plan, will remove most Covid-19 restrictions on June 2

Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia shouldn’t be hit as hard by the labor shortage as some other metros 

Philadelphia Tribune: Legislators seek to diversify city workforce by eliminating so-called ‘rule of two’

Philadelphia Magazine: Meet the Philly Lawyer on a Mission to End the Death Penalty


Bucks Local News: Newtown Township to consider resolution designating Juneteenth as a township holiday

Daily Local News: Chester County commissioners want to continue virtual meetings

Daily Local News: At Chester County cemetery, honoring those who fought for freedom

Bucks County Courier Times: How Bucks veteran’s death may have fueled Lincoln’s assassination

WHYY Newsworks: An end to an era of ‘soft corruption’: Delaware County Council revamps its ethics code

Delaware Valley Journal: House Hearing Targets Aqua’s Efforts to Acquire More DelVal Public Utilities 

KYW Newsradio: Mixed feelings from suburban businesses as Pa. COVID-19 capacity limits lift

KYW Newsradio: COVID-19 cases continue to fall in Pennsylvania as summer approaches

Pottstown Mercury: Daily coronavirus cases continue to decrease in Montgomery County; 25 reported on Friday


Post-Gazette: What is infrastructure? Ahead of summer slog, lawmakers advance competing definitions to sell a deal            

Post-Gazette: Network of companies looking to move fracking wastewater in barges up and down Pittsburgh’s rivers

Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh restaurants are back to 100% capacity. Now what? 

Post-Gazette: Many children lack access to summer programs in Allegheny County, study says

Post-Gazette: Israeli-Palestinian conflict prompts shows of support on both sides from Pittsburgh organizations

Post-Gazette: Study: Allegheny County’s struggles against COVID-19 reflect racial, economic disparities

Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh to share its lead water solutions with EPA, other cities

Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Daily cases under 100 for Allegheny County this week

Tribune Review: A year after George Floyd’s death, protesters reflect on what’s changed in Western Pennsylvania 

Tribune Review: Bipartisan effort aims to honor Purple Heart recipients 

Tribune Review: Pennsylvania’s new covid case average drops below 1,000 for 1st time since October

KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports Under 50 New Coronavirus Cases 


Observer-Reporter: Fettermans visit Washington Pride picnic 

Observer-Reporter: No COVID-19 deaths in Washington, Fayette, Greene counties over holiday weekend

Altoona Mirror: Reps push anti-abortion bills

Altoona Mirror: Blair courts close to observe Juneteenth

Altoona Mirror: NAACP turns to Holsey

Altoona Mirror: COVID numbers improve

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: How they voted: Actions taken last week in the state Legislature 

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Joyce tours CamTran, aids $6.1 million funding request

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Few COVID-19 cases reported locally, statewide


Citizens Voice: Political observers: Ties to Trump could help Barletta 

Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre officials to propose uses for Rescue Plan funds 

Citizens Voice: Tally of write-in votes continues; thousands of ballots still to go 

Citizens Voice: Treasurer wants military medals distributed to rightful owners, including local veteran 

Citizens Voice: County council will resume meeting in person, but maybe not until July 

Citizens Voice: Six new cases of COVID reported in Luzerne County

Times-Tribune: Scranton, Lackawanna County again at odds of tax collection rules 

Times-Tribune: Scranton announces new IT director, business administrator

Times-Tribune: Treasurer wants military medals distributed to rightful owners, including Scranton veteran

Times-Tribune: Demand for concealed carry permits in Lackawanna County increased over past decade 

Times-Tribune: Region reports fewest new COVID-19 cases since mid-July

The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre City Council will welcome public back to meetings next month

The Times Leader: Closing near on Luzerne County juvenile detention center sale

The Times Leader: Only seven ZIP codes report 10 or more COVID-19 cases this week

The Times Leader: 6 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County Monday; 315 statewide

Pocono Record: PA representatives weigh in on bill to allow for concealed carry without permit 

South Central 

York Daily Record: York County to conduct recount in a Democratic primary for district court judge

York Daily Record: Man who caused over $400K in damage to York City Hall enters mental health wellness court

York Dispatch: York County releases survey to learn more about residents’ broadband needs

York Dispatch: Man who disabled York City Hall ‘at its core’ enters Wellness Court, spent 9½ months in jail

York Dispatch: Friday update: York County reports new COVID-19 death for fourth consecutive day

Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 11 new COVID-19 cases for Cumberland County Sunday

LNP | LancasterOnline: Manheim Township finds limited municipal support in call for a county health department

LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County employers raising minimum pay to $15 in effort to fill chronic job openings

LNP | LancasterOnline: As US leaves Afghanistan, Lancastrians with ties to conflict have mixed feelings

LNP | LancasterOnline: COVID-19 capacity limits, social distancing rules end today in Pa.; mask requirement remains for unvaccinated

Lehigh Valley      

Morning Call: Balancing taxpayer money and climate change, Lehigh Valley municipal, county officials plan for a greener future

Morning Call: Tax hike looms in Allentown School District even with $26 million in coronavirus relief aid

Morning Call: Jury trials are restarting in Lehigh County, and there’s a greater chance you’ll be called. Here’s what you need to know

Morning Call: Pennsylvania mask mandate will be lifted June 28 or when 70% of adults fully vaccinated, whichever comes first

Express Times: Will virtual options remain, as Lehigh Valley towns resume in-person meetings?

Express Times: Businesses, events return to 100% capacity Monday but masks remain

Express Times: Weekly Pa. COVID update: 70% of adults have 1 shot and the mask mandate has an expiration date

Reading Eagle: Study finds worrying blood-lead levels in children in Berks County, especially Reading

Reading Eagle: 56 more COVID cases in Berks County with 1200-plus completed vaccinations 

WFMZ: Will Republicans’ proposal on infrastructure be enough to win over Democrats?

North by Northwest

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Pa. state reps join abortion ban effort

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Legislature votes on multiple bills

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Final vote count shows write-in nominations

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council calls for full-time streets director after billing mistake

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commercial, industrial blight added to review on first reading

Erie Times-News: 1 year after George Floyd’s murder, Erie grapples with ‘necessary conversations’ about racism

Erie Times-News: Roll Call: Senate asks DNI to declassify more information on COVID-19 origins 

Erie Times-News: Domitrovich case: PA Supreme Court questions ‘appealability’ of order against Erie judge 

Erie Times-News: Silencing the sizzle: Citizens, some lawmakers push for changes to Pa.’s fireworks law

Erie Times-News: ‘It had to be addressed:’ Erie’s police chief talks about changes in wake of Floyd’s death 

Erie Times-News: 100%: Erie-area businesses allowed to open to full capacity on Monday

Centre Daily Times: Penn State faculty express concerns over search for new president, want greater role in selection

Centre Daily Times: COVID-19 cases increase in Centre County as they fall across Pennsylvania


Margo Davidson: To protect voting rights in Pa., for us all, the Senate needs to pass the For the People Act

Jake Wheatley: Hunger and food insecurity persists in Pennsylvania

Ronna McDaniel: Governor Wolf, Open The Keystone State

Ed Rendell: Our Beautiful City 

Mark O’Keefe: Does Pa.’s Primary Day rebuke of Wolf signal rough sailing for Dems in 2022? 

John L. Micek: Report: It’s time for Pa.’s horse racing subsidy to be put out to pasture | Friday Morning Coffee

Rogette Harris: Unfinished business. Did you know an election just happened? 

USA Today Editorial Board: There should be no such thing as the ‘working poor,’ raise Pa. minimum wage now

LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Pennsylvania, nation moving in wrong direction on needed gun safety reform 

LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: GOP commissioners ought to leave hospital’s employee vaccination policy to hospital officials

LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Let’s take time on this Memorial Day to honor those who died in service to our nation 

Inquirer Editorial Board: A year after George Floyd protests, the FOP still handcuffs Philly’s chance for police reform

Inquirer Editorial Board: For Philly, it’s time to put people before parking spaces 

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The Dems’ Wolf problem

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Lawmakers need to allocate money if they want a pause in a proposed merger of state universities

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Government shouldn’t be able to require vaccine passports

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: As National Guard troops depart the U.S. Capitol, subtle security improvements are needed

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: How shall we honor them?

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Biden’s behind-the-scenes approach to the Israel/Gaza problem was an effective approach

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Honoring Sgt. John Eade

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Baseball boondoggle shows why Nutting should sell Pirates

PennLive Editorial Board: The Best and Brightest students have overcome adversity, like COVID-19 

Kate Rivera: Philly’s elections are secure, but our poll infrastructure needs improvement

Samantha Rynearson: Lawmakers can improve patient outcomes lives across Pa. with step therapy reform

Becky Bennett: Across the Divide: Before blaming rural people for not getting vaccinated, remove the barriers

Amelia Carter: A year ago, 52nd Street was teargassed by police. Now we’re fighting back.

Samatha Jallah: Hope is hard to come by a year after George Floyd’s death, but it starts with discipline for police wrongdoing

Amy Janke: Changing school start times will be disastrous for Philly students 

Inga Saffron: Racing against time to save South Philadelphia’s ‘Black Main Street’

Brian Alnutt: It troubles me how some leftist scholars and conservative politicians have politicized history

Dr. Mark A. Noon: Nothing is small on Memorial Day

The Rt. Rev. Nathan D. Baxter: Sacrificing Isaac: A personal patriotic reflection

Regina A. Hairston: Help Build The Black Economy

Helen Ubiñas: How a call for artists is another sign of Philadelphia’s soaring gun epidemic 

Cristina Ciocirlan: Unemployed and uninterested: Too much time (and money) on their hands?

Mike Miorelli: From the editor: We’re going to continue to tell great stories

Blaise Baxter: How Pennsylvania can improve outcomes for stroke patients

Dick Polman: RIP, Va. Sen. John Warner. A Republican who worked across the aisle. Imagine that 

Ernest Owens: Why I Don’t Have a Problem With Steak 48’s $100 Minimum Dining Fee

Adrienne Abner: Opi­oid ad­dic­tion is a dis­ease, not a crime

Patrice Tomcik: Methane pollution standards needed

Aidan Segal: Universities must adopt antisemitism definition

Maria Panaritis: The Wentz Farmstead earns Underground Railroad status for ‘Jack,’ a man enslaved there 

Jim Adair: In defense of the Delco accent, on ‘Mare of Easttown’ and IRL 

Linda A. Kerns: ‘Mare of Easttown’ Unintentionally Celebrates the Greatness of the Philadelphia Suburbs

Keith C. Burris: Meet an American hero

Daniel J. Weaver: Much appreciated

Ruth Ann Dailey: TV’s Jesus fixation

Dante Brizill: On Memorial Day, remember the Black Rosies, the forgotten heroes of World War II

Ian McCurry: Dear unknown: A letter to a teenage gunshot victim 

Nick Lehr: For Black cowboys – from inner-city Philly to small-town Texas – horses and riding are a way of life

Tim Hartman: Located: Bipartisanship in Harrisburg | Editorial Cartoon

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