The Triadvocate is a publication of Triad Strategies, LLC, a bipartisan lobbying, public affairs, strategic communications, grassroots advocacy, issue management consulting firm located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
It was a big week in national and Pennsylvania politics, and just in case you spent the week living under a large rock, we are here to fill you in on everything you missed! Or more to the point, fill you in on the stuff we wanna talk about. So away we go!
The U.S. House GOP caucus decamped to the sweetest place on earth this week to sing a little Kumbaya, eat peanut butter cups and plot their legislative course for 2015. Nothing like bucolic, rolling central Pennsylvania hills and the smell of chocolate to temporarily mask the family dysfunction! The gang at the Hershey Lodge will need to do a quick turnaround, as the Wolf Inaugural bash invades the same space next Tuesday.
Happy New Year to all of our loyal readers; we are glad to be back with you after our holiday hiatus. We kick off 2015 by reminding you that next week is Farm Show Week in Harrisburg, which means it will snow all week, various meats-on-sticks will be available for purchase, and somebody will sculpt something out of 1,000 pounds of butter. Also, you cannot buy an actual farm at the Farm Show.
As the new legislative Session begins in Harrisburg, the General Assembly will likely take up a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would, if passed, give lawmakers the sole authority to decide what constitutes a “purely public charity.” A similar bill (SB 4) was passed last session, and would have to pass again in the 2015-2016 Legislative Session in the exact same form before it could be put to voters to decide its fate.
For the first time in 53 years, the United States will pursue normalized relations with Cuba, something that has not happened since Michael Corleone was forced to flee that tiny island on New Year’s Eve many years ago. Twitter was immediately flooded with people asking when they could get Cuban cigars and whether ending our embargo will allow the Phillies to more easily pursue top-notch Cuban baseball players. Won’t you pour us a Cuban Breeze, Gretchen? (Apologies to Donald Fagan)