PA-04: State Rep. Madeleine Dean (D) released a new ad, casting herself as a “progressive reformer” and gun-control advocate. Dean: “Pennsylvania sends 20 people to Washington and not one is a woman.” (release) The newly drawn Montgomery County-based district is a safe, Democratic seat.
PA-07: Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli (D) is the first candidate to go on the air in the race to replace Rep. Charlie Dent (R). His 30-second TV spot, released Friday on WFMZ and cable, touts his 26 years as district attorney. “Morganelli he would support assault weapon and bump stock bans, fight President Donald Trump’s plan to cut $500 million from Medicare and stand up to drug insurance companies that drive up prescription drug costs.”
Allentown solicitor Susan Wild (D) “took aim at Morganelli earlier this week in a mailer. Emily’s List, a group that helps female candidates who support abortion rights, committed to running television ads and sending mailers aiming to support of her and label Morganelli as a conservative.” (Allentown Morning-Call)
Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) endorsed Allentown pastor Greg Edwards (D), praising his work “to promote “justice in health care, education and economic dignity throughout the Lehigh Valley.” (Allentown Morning-Call) He also endorsed nonprofit executive Jess King’s (D) bid against Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA 11). (release)
PA-09: Former state Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser (R) released an ad hitting Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage (R) for voting to raise property taxes. (Advertising Analytics)
PA-17: Rep. Conor Lamb (D) at a Saturday town hall “explained the first vote he cast in Congress, supporting a bill to exempt some banks from prohibitions on risky trading. …
“Small banks such as WesBanco, Standard Bank, S&T Bank and Washington Financial don’t engage in the type of risky trading that the big banks did before the financial crisis of 2008, and complying with the rule is an unnecessary burden for them, Lamb said. He said he supports broader Dodd-Frank rules regulating mortgages, subjecting large banks to stress tests and regulating the types of derivatives involved in the real estate bubble before the financial crisis.”
Rep. Keith Rothfus (R) “also voted for the change, which, in addition to exempting small banks, gives the Federal Reserve exclusive authority to regulate the Volcker Rule, now regulated by several different agencies.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)