Wagner, Barletta, women win in spring primaries: AP PA Headlines, Features, Scores & Skeds


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Republicans picked a tough-talking state senator and a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump to be their party’s nominees for governor and U.S. Senate, as women made a big splash in U.S. House primaries.  Tuesday’s primary elections put state Sen. Scott Wagner, a garbage magnate, on course to face Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in November. Trump favorite U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta will take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.


Meanwhile, victories by Democrats Mary Gay Scanlon and Madeleine Dean in hard-fought suburban Philadelphia congressional primaries made it more likely that Pennsylvania will send women to Congress next year.  That would break the all-male hold on Pennsylvania’s U.S. House delegation.    Lt. Gov. Mike Stack’s loss to Braddock Mayor John Fetterman makes him the first office holder to lose a primary.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state senator and waste-hauling millionaire Scott Wagner is the winner of the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.  Wagner’s victory in Tuesday’s three-way primary election caps a personal spending spree of more than $10 million that helped make him the front-runner and the GOP’s endorsed candidate.  Wagner defeated first-time candidates Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth, surviving weeks of Mango’s sharp-elbowed attack ads that painted Wagner as sleazy and greedy.  Wagner fashions himself as a garbage man coming to clean up a state government that chokes the economy with regulations and taxes. He has compiled one of the Senate’s most conservative voting records.  Wolf leads a unified Democratic Party into the fall. Wagner and Wolf live in York County.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A four-term congressman who is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.  U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta had paid little attention to his Republican rival, state Rep. Jim Christiana, during the primary campaign. Instead, he focused his attacks on the candidate he is looking to unseat in the fall, two-term Democratic Sen. Bob Casey.  Barletta, former Hazelton mayor, first got national notice for attempting to pass local laws to combat illegal immigration.  Barletta endorsed Trump for president. Trump asked Barletta to run for Senate and is expected to campaign for him.  Casey is the son of a former Pennsylvania governor and is among 10 Democratic senators seeking re-election in states won by Trump.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) —  John Fetterman has won a five-way Democratic Party primary race for lieutenant governor, making Lt. Gov. Mike Stack the first holder of the office to lose in a primary election.  The Braddock mayor’s victory in Tuesday’s primary election means he will run on a ticket with Gov. Tom Wolf in the fall. Pennsylvania first started allowing lieutenant governors to serve a second term in the 1970s.  Fetterman had made a failed bid in 2016 for the U.S. Senate.  Stack, a former Philadelphia state senator, has had a chilly relationship with Wolf in their first term together.  Wolf last year ordered an investigation into the treatment of state employees by Stack and his wife and stripped Stack of state police protection.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Homeland Security official met with Pennsylvania officials to discuss election security as voters were choosing Republican challengers to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.   Chris Krebs, who heads the federal cyber and infrastructure protection unit, met with acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State Robert Torres Tuesday morning.


Pennsylvania was one of the 21 states targeted by the Russians ahead of the 2016 presidential election.  He says he wants to reinforce to the voters in Pennsylvania that “at all levels of government, we take this seriously.”  He says there is no direct threat to voting systems.  A state official says the biggest threat this election day is weather, and urges voters to get out before rain and wind sweep across the state.


Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved




WASHINGTON DC (AP) – President Donald Trump backed two successful U.S. Senate nominees in Pennsylvania and Nebraska, which were among four states holding primaries Tuesday.  The primaries began to settle swing state Pennsylvania’s chaotic congressional landscape after a court fight ended with redrawn districts just three months ago. Amid the redistricting, Republican Rick Saccone recorded his second loss in two months in two U.S. House districts.


Among the more unusual results of Tuesday’s primaries was the loss by Pennsylvania’s Democratic lieutenant governor, Mike Stack, who was ousted by mayor John Fetterman.  Oregon and Idaho also held primary elections.  Here’s a look at some of the other interesting races:


Two of the president’s favored candidates, Lou Barletta in Pennsylvania and Deb Fischer in Nebraska, won their U.S. Senate primaries.  Barletta, currently a congressman, was heavily favored over state Rep. Jim Christiana to become the Republican challenger for Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, who is seeking a third term in November.


Barletta was a Trump supporter before the 2016 presidential nomination was settled. Trump asked Barletta to run for Senate, and the president is expected to visit Pennsylvania to campaign for him. The president also recorded telephone calls last weekend backing Barletta “fully, strongly and proudly.”


Fischer, the incumbent, defeated four GOP challengers and will be the strong favorite to win re-election in deep-red Nebraska. Her Democratic opponent is Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould.  Early Tuesday afternoon, Trump tweeted: “Nebraska – make sure you get out to the polls and VOTE for Deb Fischer today!”


Last week, Trump urged GOP Senate primary voters to support Rep. Jim Renacci in the Ohio Senate and oppose former coal company executive Don Blankenship in West Virginia. Renacci won and Blankenship lost.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty attorneys general voiced their support Tuesday for lawsuits challenging Trump administration rule changes they said will reduce access to family planning services.  California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the president is playing politics with patients by changing rules that would shift federal family planning funds toward organizations that stress abstinence.


The AGs filed a brief in Washington federal court that supports lawsuits by groups that promote birth control.

The lawsuits target proposed rule changes announced in February by the Department of Health and Human Services for about $260 million in family planning grants.  In a funding document, the agency made favorable mention of “natural family planning” that includes the rhythm method and other strategies to avoid pregnancy without using birth control. It also said it would favor abstinence messages for adolescents.


About 4 million low-income Americans receive subsidized services through the Title X family-planning program.  Planned Parenthood groups in Wisconsin, Ohio and Utah, and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association filed the lawsuits saying the rule change violated terms of the Title X statute Congress adopted with bipartisan support in 1970.


“By changing the rules, the Trump administration is threatening basic access to essential health care for women and families throughout the country,” Becerra said. “They’re shrinking the universe of services that a woman or family can access — having nothing to do with what’s related to wise health care choices.”  The supporting brief was also signed by prosecutors in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.


NEW YORK (AP) — The district attorney of New York City’s borough of Manhattan says he will stop prosecuting low-level marijuana cases. Cyrus Vance said his office will decline to prosecute marijuana possession and smoking cases starting Aug. 1, with a few exceptions. The move comes after The New York Times reported on the persistent racial gap in marijuana arrests. The Times reported that blacks in the city are eight times more likely to be arrested on low-level marijuana charges as whites. The report said the difference cannot entirely be attributed to more residents in predominantly black neighborhoods calling police to complain about marijuana. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the police department will overhaul its citywide marijuana-arrest policies within the next 30 days.


NEW YORK (AP) — A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the past three decades has found a downward sonic trend in happiness and an increase in sadness, as the chirpy band Wham! gave way to the moody Sam Smith.  For the report in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the University of California at Irvine looked at 500,000 songs released in the UK between 1985 and 2015, and categorized them according to their mood.


“‘Happiness’ is going down, ‘brightness’ is going down, ‘sadness’ is going up, and at the same time, the songs are becoming more ‘danceable’ and more ‘party-like,'” co-author Natalia L. Komarova told The Associated Press.

Of course, the researchers emphasize that a gradual decrease in the average “happiness” index does not mean that all successful songs in 1985 were happy and all successful songs in 2015 were sad. They were looking for average trends in the acoustic properties of the music and the moods describing the sounds.


NEW YORK (AP) — Expect “Roseanne” to cool it on politics and concentrate on family stories when it returns for the second season of its revival next year.  That was the word from ABC Entertainment chief Channing Dungey as she introduced the network’s plans for next year on Tuesday. The show’s return exceeded all expectations this spring, with the support of Roseanne Barr’s character for President Donald Trump attracting attention.


Dungey noted that as the first season went on, the focus shifted away from politics.  “I think they’re going to continue on the path that they were on toward the latter part of this season, which is away from politics and more focused on family,” she said.  There may be good business and creative reasons for that. Asked if she was concerned that Barr’s opinions might affect how viewers perceive the show’s content, Dungey replied, “I do think there is a little bit of that, yes.”


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A team at the University of Southern California’s Game Innovation Lab has adapted Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” into a video game. Players can build a cabin along the shores of Walden Pond, toil in fields for sustenance and explore 70 acres of digital nature over the course of one year, the same time period covered in Thoreau’s book. The game has been available for about a year on computers, but it was launched yesterday on PlayStation 4. Tracy Fullerton, who led the team that designed the game, says “Walden” is one of her favorite books and that she thinks its message of escaping technology to appreciate nature is topical today. Fullerton says the objective is to find the right balance between survival and fulfillment.


Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved


Sports, Scores & Skeds


Here is the latest Pennsylvania sports news from The Associated Press


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trevor Williams scattered six hits in seven innings, Adam Frazier homered to start a four-run first, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the White Sox 7-0 night to send Chicago to its worst start since 1948. Chicago has lost eight of nine and 12 of 14, dropping to a major league-worst 10-28. The White Sox have matched the poorest 38-game start in team history. Williams struck out six and walked none in his longest outing of the season.


BALTIMORE (AP) — The interleague matchup between the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies has been postponed by rain. Anticipating a thundershower that would ultimately come within the hour and never let up, the grounds crew covered the field with a tarp after the national anthem and minutes before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start. The game was finally postponed after a delay of more than three hours. The Phillies play on WKOK today 11:30am while our normal programming (CBS News, Local News, AccuWeather and Dan Patrick/Dave Ramsey, continue at WKOK.com).


Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:



Final    Pittsburgh        7          Chi White Sox            0

Final    N-Y Mets        12        Toronto           2

Final    Minnesota       4          St. Louis          1

N-Y Yankees  at         Washington     7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia    at         Baltimore        7:05 p.m., postponed



Final    Oakland          5          Boston 3

Final    Detroit 9          Cleveland        8

Final    Tampa Bay      6          Kansas City     5

Final    Houston          5          L-A Angels     3

Final    Seattle 9          Texas   8, 11 Innings



Final    San Diego       4          Colorado         0

Final    Miami  4          L-A Dodgers   2

Final    Chi Cubs         3          Atlanta            2

Final    Arizona           2          Milwaukee      1

Final    San Francisco  5          Cincinnati        3



Final    Boston 107      Cleveland        94



Final    Tampa Bay      4          Washington     2




Philadelphia    at         Baltimore        12:35 p.m.

Chi White Sox            at         Pittsburgh        12:35 p.m.

Toronto           at         N-Y Mets        1:10 p.m.

St. Louis          at         Minnesota       1:10 p.m.

N-Y Yankees  at         Washington     5:05 p.m.

N-Y Yankees  at         Washington     7:05 p.m.



Cleveland        at         Detroit 1:10 p.m.

Tampa Bay      at         Kansas City     2:15 p.m.

Texas   at         Seattle 3:40 p.m.

Oakland          at         Boston 7:10 p.m.

Houston          at         L-A Angels     9:40 p.m.



Milwaukee      at         Arizona           3:40 p.m.

Cincinnati        at         San Francisco  3:45 p.m.

L-A Dodgers   at         Miami  7:10 p.m.

Chi Cubs         at         Atlanta            7:35 p.m.



Golden State   at         Houston          9:00 p.m.



Winnipeg         at         Vegas  9:00 p.m.


Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

About The Author