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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Today: Primary outcomes, MAGA monitors, low recognition, warrant questions, Fetterman travel, and pronouncing Passyunk.
Pennsylvania Democrats and Republicans have decided who they want to represent them in crucial row office races this November.

In the race for attorney general, former Auditor General Eugene DePasquale won the Democratic nomination while York County DA Dave Sunday picked up the GOP nod.

Democrats chose state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta to face Republican incumbent Tim DeFoor in the race for auditor general.

And in the biggest surprise of the night, small business owner Erin McClelland defeated state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro for the Democratic state treasurer nomination. McClelland will face incumbent Republican Stacy Garrity this fall. 

In other election news...Wondering about other outcomes? See the latest results for all the races on Tuesday's ballot.
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"President Biden’s remarks may have been a slip of the tongue; however, my country does not deserve to be labeled as such."

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape on President Joe Biden implying, in a recent Pennsylvania appearance, that his uncle was eaten by cannibals on the South Pacific island nation during World War II
Double-crested cormorants on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River at South Williamsport, via @jackshollowphotography. Send us your photos by email, use #PAGems on IG, or tag us @spotlightpennsylvania
One bird squawking at another landing on its branch over water.
Today's top news story in Pennsylvania.
TRUMP PLANS: Former President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee now co-chaired by his daughter-in-law are vowing to dispatch more than 100,000 attorneys and volunteers in swing states to monitor voting and vote counting this November, Politico reports. Democrats and election experts say the effort could have a chilling effect. Here are Pennsylvania's poll-watching rules.
Today's second top news story in Pennsylvania.CASEY V. MCCORMICK: It's one of the highest-profile contests this November, but few Pennsylvania swing voters know who the candidates are. Focus groups found little recognition of longtime Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Casey or his GOP challenger, Dave McCormick. Axios reports political observers are split over the significance of that but agreed Casey likely benefits from it more.Today's third top news story in Pennsylvania.
WARRANT WITHDRAWN: State Rep. Kevin Boyle (D., Philadelphia) was on the ballot Tuesday, one day after a warrant for his arrest was withdrawn due to a legal oversight. Questions remained about the reversal, which The Inquirer (paywall) says followed days of authorities insisting the basis for the warrant — a spousal protection from abuse order — was legitimate when pressed by reporters
Today's fourth top news story in Pennsylvania.
FETTERMAN TO ISRAEL: U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D., Pa.) is headed to Israel. Vanity Fair reports Fetterman is scheduled to attend an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)-sponsored trip in May. Fetterman's unwavering support of wartime Israel has coincided with new Republican donors and higher overall approval ratings at home. It's also drawn criticism from fellow Dems and some former staff.
  • Wave of pro-Palestine college protests reaches Pitt as students occupy lawn and urge divestment, via PublicSource.
Today's fifth top news story in Pennsylvania.
BY THE NUMBERS: Republicans posted voter registration gains over Democrats in each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, according to Nick Field's county-by-county analysis of the latest numbers for Capital-Star. Democrats still have the overall advantage, but it's been halved since the last presidential cycle. Field acknowledges the predictive limits of the data but adds that doesn’t mean they should be ignored.
PRIVACY CONCERNS: A progressive group is urging Pennsylvania's attorney general and four others nationwide to investigate the medical data privacy practices of crisis pregnancy centers, per NBC News.

GOV'T WEBSITE: Pennsylvania's General Assembly is rolling out a new website — as @ErikOpenRecords noted on X Tuesday — and you can check out the beta version here. Here's the current site for reference.

'P' FOR PASSYUNK: How do you pronounce Passyunk? The New Yorker says it's "'passion' with a 'k.'" Philadelphians are all over the map. The Inquirer (paywall) explains why we may be "forever bound to debate it."

COASTER CLAIM: A new lawsuit says the Kennywood amusement park near Pittsburgh kept the season-long closure of its flagship roller coaster a secret until last week to bolster season pass sales, TribLIVE reports.

FOUND MONEY: Americans throw away tens of millions of dollars in coins each year. Wall Street Journal (paywall) reports one waste-management facility in Bucks County is on a treasure hunt to find it
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