October 18 Booklet: Silver

good tuesday morning. Just three weeks before election day.

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1. Fetterman has more money in hand than Oz entering the home stretch

With three weeks to go before the controversial US Senate race in Pennsylvania, the Democrat John Fetterman has a considerable advantage over the Republican candidate Mehmet Oz in available campaign funds.

Fetterman has $4.2 million in hand, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, after raising more than $22 million in the third quarter.

Oz has $2.5 million in the bank after racking up $9 million over the same period and contributing $7 million out of his own pocket. (Philadelphia Investigator)


Fetterman receives more and smaller donations. Oz supported by personal loans and outside expenses. “Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman continues to raise and spend far more money than his Republican counterpart, Mehmet Oz. But spending by outside groups has kept Oz competitive this fall.” (WESA)

Behind Oz’s Crime Attacks, There’s One for Philadelphia’s Suburbs. “An impeachment vote against Larry Krasner, the Philadelphia prosecutor, underscores the power of an issue that works against Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.” (NY Times)

Fetterman’s options: divulge more about his health or let innuendo fill the void. “In the absence of hard facts from medical professionals, they can’t help but make their own amateur assessments based on the clues they can glean from his public appearances. This may not be to Fetterman’s advantage. (TIME)

What to know about the 2022 PA nominees for Senate and Governor. “Here’s everything you need to know about John Fetterman, Mehmet Oz, Josh Shapiro and Doug Mastriano before November 8.” (Philadelphia plaintiff)


2. GOP goes to court again for PA mail-in ballots

“State and national Republican parties are suing again in Pennsylvania in an effort to prevent certain mail-in ballots — those without the voter’s handwritten date on the return envelope — from being counted in November, when voters elect a new governor and U.S. senator. .
The GOP filing late Sunday went straight to the state Supreme Court, with just three weeks until Election Day. The court does not have to seize the lawsuit. (AP)


Republicans want PA Supreme Court to stop counting undated ballots. “Republicans are fighting for Pennsylvania’s undated ballots directly in the state’s high court, and they’re not waiting until Election Day to do so.” (Philadelphia plaintiff)

How Doug Mastriano rolled out Facebook Live to build his far-right base. “Join us as we tell you how the far-right Pennsylvania state senator used the power of Facebook Live to secure the Republican gubernatorial nomination.” (Philadelphia Investigator Audio)

Position of candidates on rural healthcare, broadband and agriculture. “The winner of Pennsylvania’s 2022 gubernatorial race will have the power to address a wide range of issues affecting an estimated 3.4 million people.” (PA projector)

Giuliani names Trump election deniers as witnesses in legal ethics case. “A list of witnesses filed by Giuliani’s attorneys on Friday included Doug Mastriano, the Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania; former Trump campaign attorney Jenna Ellis; and Christina Bobb, a lawyer currently caught up in Trump’s fight with the US Department of Justice over the retention of classified records.” (The Guardian)

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3. American House Preview: PA-05

“It will be the incumbent Democrat Mary Gay Scanlon against the Republican challenger David Galluch in PA-05 which includes Delaware and parts of Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. (AP Policy)


PA-04 Ad Monitoring: Democratic incumbent Madeleine Dean is airing a new ad highlighting how she helped a local manufacturing plant stay in business. Dean is eyeing the position of vice-chairman of the House Democratic Caucus in the next Congress. (News)

PA-07: LehighValleyNews.com to host debate for hotly contested seat. “ThehighValleyNews.com will host a debate between Democratic incumbent Susan Wild and Republican Lisa Scheller on Friday, October 21 at the Univest public media center in Bethlehem.” (LehighValleyNews)

PA-11: Smucker skirts the 2020 election question and links his opponent to “radical leftists”. “In a short televised debate aired Monday afternoon, U.S. Representative Lloyd Smucker declined to directly answer whether Donald Trump had lost the presidency in 2020.” (NL | Lancaster Online)

PA-17 AdWatch: Republican Jeremy Shaffer runs an ad in which his wife guarantees he will “stand up for women’s health care”. (News)

Around the Commonwealth

Voting by mail: an introduction. “For you, dear reader, I’ve signed up for a no-apology mail-in ballot for November to explain how this all works.” (PolicyAP)

AP Mail-In Ballot Requests From Third Party Cause Confusion. “The deadline for registering to vote is within a week, and many groups are trying to register voters. At least one of them raises his eyebrows. (WHTM)

Signs Booby-Trapped With Razor Blades In Upper Makefield Campaign. “A resident trying to remove a political sign on his Upper Makefield property was injured after discovering razor blades had been affixed to the exterior of the poster.” (Bucks County Mail Schedules)

Latino PA Voters Still Democrats as Republicans Struggle to Win Them. “Latino voters are finding their voice in Pennsylvania and being wooed by Democrats and Republicans alike.” (PennLive)

SD 16: Pinsley and Coleman battle for seat long held by Senator Browne. “With the incumbent’s primary loss, voters must choose between distant candidates on issues.” (Lehigh Valley Armchair)

SD 38: North Hills Race reflects stakes in effort to change checks and balances in Harrisburg. “The lawmakers that voters elect to the General Assembly could shape the future of an effort to redefine abortion rights, election oversight and executive power.” (WESA)

Candidates’ Night Canceled Due to GOP Objections to NAACP Moderator. “A nightly Candidates Forum scheduled to take place on Monday, Oct. 24, at the Lebanon Municipal Building Auditorium was canceled after Republican Party candidates in the county refused to attend because an NAACP representative allegedly acted as as co-moderator.” (LebTown)

Faith group hits the road to encourage Pennsylvanians to vote. “The Freedom Express kicks off this week in Philadelphia with plans to travel to more than a dozen counties in Pennsylvania. The bus tour will inspire people to vote in a state that could be crucial for the nationwide midterm elections.” (WHY)

Wolf with an F: Fiscal Policy Report Card Gives PA Low Rating. “In a recent ranking of US governors, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania ranked at the bottom of the pack – 44th for his fiscal policies.” (The central square)


  • That’s why I want the PA vote in the midterm elections. (Mehmet Oz)
  • We are PA clergy. Christian nationalism is not Christian. Here’s why. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
  • Learn to forgive and let live. (Lloyd E. Sheaffer)
  • Appalachia relies on Dr. Oz’s prescription (Riley Keaton)
  • What’s wrong with faith, freedom, family and America first? (Robert Russell)
  • The proud boys’ only “idea” is violence. Penn State is wrong to give its leader a platform. (Will Bunch)
  • Proposed amendments to PA state constitutions are dangerous attacks on the system. (Rochelle Kaplan)

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