Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
With Republicans looking to retake control of the U.S. House, and a narrowly divided U.S. Senate already on the bubble, it already was pretty clear that the 2022 midterm elections were going to be a street fight with some pretty serious cash behind it.
But thanks to a new analysis by the folks at Ballotpedia, we now have some rough idea of just how much campaign cash is going to flow into those contests — where Pennsylvania is expected, as ever, to play a determinative role.
Through June 21, the Democratic and Republican National committees, along with their respective House and Senate campaign wings, had already raked in an eye-watering $337 million, according to Ballotpedia’s analysis of the most recent campaign finance data.
Here’s what that looks like in black and white:
Pennsylvania’s United States Senate seat, now held by Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, of Lehigh County, is considered the most competitive of the eight states in play in 2022, with CNN listing it as the most likely to flip in its most recent round of rankings, while others, such as Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and the Cook Political Report, putting the Keystone State in their respective toss-up columns.
The state is competitive because “it’s an open seat in a state that [President Joe] Biden carried last fall,” CNN’s analysis notes. “And while this race may come down to whatever the national environment looks like next year, Democrats regard it as their top pick up opportunity — even if they don’t yet know who their candidate is going to be.”
Some of the Democratic and Republican candidates in the race already are racking up big fundraising numbers.
On the Democratic side of the ledger, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman raised $2.5 million in the second quarter of 2021, PoliticsPA reported last week, while Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, raised more than $1 million during the same time frame, PoliticsPA reported.
Among the Republican hopefuls, former 2018 lieutenant governor hopeful Jeff Bartos, also of Montgomery County, similarly raised more than $1 million during the second quarter, keeping up the fundraising pace from the first quarter, according to PoliticsPA.
Also seeking the Democratic nomination are state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Philadelphia; state Sen. Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia; Dr. Kevin Baumlin, the chief of emergency and urgent care services at Pennsylvania Hospital; former Norristown Borough Council President John McGuigan; Brandaun Dean, Larry Johnson, Alexandria Khalil, Kyle Norton, and Alan Shank, PoliticsPA reported last week. U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-17th District, also is reportedly eying a bid in 2022.
In addition to Bartos, the roster of GOP 2022 aspirants also includes former 4th Congressional District candidate Kathy Barnette; former W.Pa congressional hopeful Sean Parnell; attorney Sean Gale; former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands; businessman Everett Stern; political consultant Craig Snyder, James Edward Hayes, John Debellis, Martin Rosenfeld, and onetime 10th Congressional District hopeful Robert Jeffries, according to PoliticsPA.
In this week’s edition of The Numbers Racket, Cassie Miller does the first of several deep dives into the 2021-22 state budget. First up, it’s a look at state spending on K-12, early childhood, special education, and higher education.
In a patented Capital-Star explainer, Stephen Caruso and Marley Parish break down what you need to know about the GOP’s planned audit of the state’s 2020 and 2021 election results.
If you’re a Pennsylvania parent looking to take advantage of a new state law allowing your child to repeat a year of school because of the pandemic, you have until July 15 to make up your mind. Parish has what you need to know there.
A new federal investigation is seeking to uncover the painful history of Native American boarding schools in Pa. and nationwide, Correspondent Allison Winter reports.
Pittsburgh’s Chinatown neighborhood has received a long-sought historic designation, and supporters are raising funds for a commemorative plaque, our partners at Pittsburgh City Paper report.
In Philadelphia, a new app connects conflict resolution volunteers to those in need, our partners at the Philadelphia Gay News report.
The Pennsylvania Youth Congress, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy group, has released its list of Keystone corporations that it says have failed to step up for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians, our partners at the Philadelphia Gay News report.
On our Commentary Page this morning, a SUNY-Binghamton scholar explains why reparations always are about more than money. And opinion regular Dick Polman tries to imagine the programming on the recently announced Fox Weather Channel.
En la Estrella-Capital: Más de 30 estados se unen a la demanda acusando a Google de prácticas anticompetitivas. Y Pa. recibirá $ 225M del acuerdo de opioide de la familia Sackler.
SEPTA and other transit agencies are pressing state lawmakers to establish a new and stable funding source as a deal that provided $400 million a year is set to expire, the Inquirer reports.
Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb has more to say about the Steel City moving ahead with the annexation of suburban Wilkinsburg, the Post-Gazette reports.
PennLive previews this week’s expected vote to merge six state-owned universities.
Holy Socrates! Poison hemlock is spreading through central Pennsylvania. LancasterOnline explains how to recognize it and remove it safely.
A ballplayer from Red Land in York County has been selected in the Top 10 of the MLB draft, the York Daily Record reports.
Lehigh Valley communities are looking to add an open space tax to curb development, the Morning Call reports.
Luzerne County’s council is set to vote this week on a proposal to use COVID-19 relief money to reduce the county tax bill for many property owners, the Citizens’ Voice reports.
The University of Delaware will explore the legacy of slavery at its Newark campus, WHYY-FM reports.
WITF-FM takes a look at how collegiate athletic departments are handling coming endorsement deals for student-athletes.
Officials in Erie are looking for a program manager to handle $76 million in relief funds, GoErie reports.
Stateline.org looks at what happens next now that the hemp boom is over.
Former President Donald Trump peddled more revisionist history, while hinting at a 2024 run, during an interview on Sunday. Talking Points Memo has the details.
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What Goes On
1 p.m., 418 MC: The House Democratic Policy Committee holds a public hearing on the cost of prescription drugs
1 p.m., Richboro, Pa.: House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre, and State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove, R-York, talk redistricting.
Gov. Tom Wolf holds an 11 a.m. newser at Beaver Stadium at Penn State to talk about students now being allowed to profit from their name, image, and likenesses.
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Here’s one from The Menzingers for your Monday morning: ‘Strain Your Memory.’ It’s something we’ll all be doing as this working week gets started, I think.
Monday’s Gratuitous Soccer Link
England lost a heartbreak to Italy during a dramatic Euro2021 final at Wembley on Sunday. Italy prevailed 3-2 on penalty kicks.
And now you’re up to date.
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