If you happened to be living under a rock for the past week, you may not have noticed that we had ourselves an election in Pennsylvania. If you were not under a rock, you know by now that the big Tuesday winners were Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, shocking exactly nobody outside of Ted Cruz. Katie McGinty also easily outpaced her two rivals to capture a shot at taking on U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and his $10 million bankroll. If you’d like a deeper dive on all things electoral, you can check it out here.
Much was made of Pennsylvania’s convoluted and outright weird GOP delegate-awarding process, but in the aftermath of the massive beating The Donald laid on his opponents in the Keystone State, it looks as though he will receive at least two-thirds of the delegates from PA, making him as close to the presumptive nominee as you are gonna find. #NeverStoppingTrump
In what can only be described as an odd move, Ted Cruz announced his running mate this week, tapping Carly Fiorina to be his sidekick while he continues to get his brains beat in by the GOP electorate. The man doesn’t lack Chutzpah, we’ll say that much. Stop measuring the Oval Office curtains, Teddy, you have two shots left: Slim and None, and Slim just left town.
In the City of Brotherly Love, all the action was at the favorite restaurant of newly-minted Congressman Dwight Evans (O.K., he still has a General Election to breeze through) who unseated longtime Congressman Chaka Fattah. For a list of the real winners and losers of Election Day, we give you the rundown from Philly Magazine.
Pennsylvania will also have a new Attorney General in November, and the fall contest will be the Battle of Montgomery County, as State Senator John Rafferty will take on County Commissioner Josh Shapiro. The winner will need plenty of mops, buckets and some industrial-grade disinfectant.
Governor Tom Wolf had himself a fine week, as his horses all crossed the finish line in first place. The governor had backed Secretary Clinton, McGinty, Shapiro, Evans and State Representative Steve Santarsiero , who grabbed the Democratic nomination for the 8th Congressional District. A poll released this week also showed the governor’s approval rating creeping back up to the 50% mark, which is high cotton in our politically fractured Commonwealth.
Our friends at NPR opened up a few eyes this week with a report on what exactly, the inequity in school funding really means for some Pennsylvania children. Imagine your child running to Spanish class, not because she loves Spanish, but rather because she wants to get one of the few first-come, first served blankets to keep her warm in a freezing classroom. Yeah, let that sink in for a minute the next time your child complains about the pizza not being hot enough in the cafeteria.
A report on the state of the Susquehanna River has shown that the natural gas drilling industry has extracted 13 billion gallons of water over a five year span. If that seems like a huge
number, that’s probably because it is a YUUUUGE number. Of course, in comparison, golf courses are using a massive amount of water as well, but no one seems to bat an eye about that, so…
Over the next decade, the face of gambling (or gaming, if you prefer) will take on a whole new look, we learned this week. Slot machines and table games will slowly begin to give way to fantasy sports, video games and other so-called “games of skill.” So if your son is really good at Call of Duty, he may have a future at the local casino.
In other gaming news, a study out of New York tells us that gaming revenue in Pennsylvania is a bad bet, and will most assuredly decline in the coming years. Gaming experts in Pennsylvania dispute such findings, naturally, and we can’t help but wonder if New York is trying to throw cold water on our gaming industry because we are eating the Empire State’s collective lunch. We report; you decide.
If you are like many of us here at Triad, the City of Harrisburg is where you eke out a living each workday. And if you are like us, you could not help but notice that Harrisburg City Council voted this week to triple the local services tax that you pay for the privilege of working in the Capital City. We are all for doing our part, naturally, so can we pave Second Street now? Or Third? Or, you know, anywhere?
Philadelphia City Council this week threw its legislative weight behind a plan to make Philly a hub for vertical farming. The hydroponic process uses way less water, way less space, and has the real potential of eliminating so-called “food deserts” in the city. On that note, Triad would like to send a big shout out to our friend Councilman Al Taubenberger for having the vision and foresight to make this plan a reality.
The cost of a college education in Pennsylvania has gone from “difficult” to “impossible” we learned this week from some folks who keep track of such things. The Keystone State ranks 49th in the country for college affordability, which is kind of embarrassing. The mind, we have been told, is a terrible thing to waste.
Our good friend and client Magellan Health Care is stepping up its collective game in the fight against drug and alcohol abuse. It will host a statewide conference dedicated to treating addiction on June 9th and 10th in Harrisburg; you can check out the details here.
Our second Shameless Client Plug goes out to our friend Michael Pavone, whose Harrisburg-based advertising shop just landed a deal to market the international tour of the Broadway smash Kinky Boots. Congratulation, Michael, and we will be expecting a visit from Harvey Fierstein soon!
Finally this week, Triad senior consultant George Wolff put pen to paper to call on the General Assembly and Governor to create a blue-ribbon panel to help fix the state’s structural deficit. You can check out George’s musings here.
We temporarily postpone our normal We Can’t Make This Up segment to bring you a heartwarming and informative story from New Jersey, where a local police office tackled a Lancaster man on a bridge, stopping him from committing suicide. As awesome as the act itself was, the officer’s response to the media was illustrative. “We are not used to thank yous” he said when describing the public reaction to his heroic act. Yeah, maybe that’s part of the problem these days.
That’s what passes for news around here as April winds down in the Capital City. Join us again next week when we will surely have more to discuss with you. From all your friends at triad, have a great weekend!
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