News & Brews May 23, 2022

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How Doug Mastriano won a grassroots victory

Spotlight PA dives into how Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano connected with voters on a grassroots level to win 44 percent of the GOP primary vote (according to unofficial results)—despite lower fundraising and less party support than many of his competitors.

Dem groups lauch $6M anti-Mastriano campaign

Beginning today, Democrats and other pro-abortion groups are launching a $6 million digital, television, and voter mobilization campaign targeting Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano for his pro-life views. POLITICO reports, “About $1.1 million of the total $6 million will be dedicated to digital ads on Facebook, YouTube and other platforms. Those will be run by Planned Parenthood Votes and Commonwealth Communications. Another $2 million will support organizing efforts by in-state groups. The rest will fund a television ad campaign from Put Pennsylvania First, an affiliate of the Democratic Governors Association. Those ads will air in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh markets.”

Federal court says undated mail-in ballots must be counted

On Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that undated mail-in ballots cast in a 2021 Lehigh County judicial race must be counted—a ruling that could impact the ongoing vote count in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate. The court said that Pennsylvania’s election-law requirement that voters date their mail-in ballot is “immaterial.” The AP has more.

Op-Ed: How one Dem drew teachers’ unions’ wrath with one vote

What happens when a Philadelphia Democrat dares to defy the teachers’ unions by voting to help kids escape failing schools? Let’s just say the unions don’t take it lightly. Yours truly has an op-ed in Broad + Liberty on the backlash Rep. Amen Brown faced after voting in favor of Lifeline Scholarships. Read more here.

Lt. Gov. Fetterman released from hospital

Democrat U.S. Senate nominee Lt. Gov. John Fetterman was released from the hospital this weekend, after a stay of more than a week following a stroke. He plans to continue recovering at home and said, “I am going to take the time I need now to rest and get to 100% so I can go full speed soon and flip this seat blue.”

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