The Cheetos Edition
Get in the fast lane, grandma, the bingo game is ready to roll! The City of Pittsburgh this week welcomed Lord Stanley’s Cup back to town by hosting a little parade for 400,000 proud
Pittsburghers. Lord Stanley, Lord Stanley, pass us the brandy!
The AFL-CIO this week endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, making the announcement the least “breaking” of any “breaking news” ever reported in the history of the Associated Press. If you didn’t see this one coming you should probably step away from the Absinthe.
Senate Democrats this week launched into a 15-hour filibuster of Upper Chamber business to force a vote on a pair of gun control measures in the wake of the Orlando massacre. After several Republicans, including our own Pat Toomey, weighed in on the affirmative side of allowing a vote, it looks like the debate over gun control will have its day in Congress sometime very soon. Or not; it is Congress, after all.
It is now official. Philadelphia has become the first major city to impose a sugary drink tax after council gave the final thumbs up late Thursday. Minutes later, the first lawsuit against the tax hit the courts. Ah, democracy. You truly are a beautiful thing.
In other national news, President Obama has proposed a spending plan to help states combat opioid abuse, with our own Keystone State slated to get $46 million for its efforts. Of course, the plan is mired in Congressional infighting over who gets what seat on some weird committee, so Governor Wolf and his legislative allies may have to soldier on without federal help for a while. Priorities, people.
Pennsylvania has begun tracking opioid prescriptions with the launch of its handy-dandy new opioid tracker, we learned this week. Our usual snark aside, we applaud the work of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle along with the governor for quickly launching this fight to the front of the line in Pennsylvania.
A mere week after shocking the living daylights out of the PA political world by passing a comprehensive liquor reform package, the State House was at it again this week, pulling a pension reform plan out of its hat and sending it to the State Senate. Don’t look now, but plenty of big pieces are starting to fall into place. June 30th, anyone?
It was with similar speed that the House then put its bipartisan stamp on new drilling rules and shuffled them off to Governor Wolf, who is eager to sign the bill. If this type of behavior keeps up, the General Assembly is going to set a modern record for efficiency. Not that the bar is all that high, but still.
A bill that would expand child background checks ran into some very rough waters this week when the topic shifted to whether or not college faculty would need to submit to such checks. The theory is that college freshmen are often under 18, but the debate then veered off into the land of Penn State and Jerry Sandusky and KA-FLOOEY! Fireworks abounded on the House Floor. It is gonna be a hotter-than-usual June.
Governor Wolf this week signed a measure into law that will require anyone under the age of two to be placed in a rear-facing car seat. This is good news for child safety, but generally crappy news for two- year-olds who will now be forced to stare at their own Sunny Delight-and-Cheeto-covered back seat for the entire trip to grandma’s house. Suck it up, kids; safety first.
The ink is barely dry on Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana law, and one lawmaker would like to take that next giant step and just legalize the weed entirely. Before y’all start blazing up, the probability of this bill becoming law currently stands at never.
As the price of natural gas continues to sit in a giant toilet and drillers cut way back on their activities, local governments are seeing their share of the drilling pie shrink as well. Impact fee revenue fell by a whopping 16 per cent this past year. We hope those municipalities budgeted wisely. Never spend what you don’t have.
A move to regulate – and ultimately tax – fantasy sports is making its way towards the House Floor, we learned this week. With industry revenues now in the billions of dollars, this bill is what we call in the industry a fait accompli.
Our friends at Keystone Crossroads have put together a handy-dandy list of all the grocery stores in Pennsylvania that will be licensed to sell wine in the very near future. Expect that list to grow, by the way. Cheetos and Merlot are a good combination, we are told.
In our shameless client plug this week, we give you our friends at Penn Vet, who have compiled this list of ten ways to make sure your horse stays cool as the temperatures rises this summer. Check it out here.
Moving into our shameless employee plugs, communications guru Rick Kelly weighs in on the efficacy of elected officials and candidates banning media outlets from their very presence. Hint: there is not a lot of efficacy there.
Elsewhere on the Triadvocate, we ponder the potential effects of the House moving a bill that deals with apprentice ratios in the construction industry. Hint: the effects are not good.
Finally, our own Tony May gives us his thoughts on the demographic challenges facing the Trump campaign: Hint: there are many.
In our We Can’t Make This Up section, we give you veteran GOP consultant Rick Wilson, who went on an epic Twitter rant against some of his Trump-supporting brethren. By doing so, he coined a new name for the GOP Presidential nominee:#CheetoJesus. Is it us, or has this Presidential campaign degenerated into a junior high schoolyard brawl?
That’s what passes for news around here on a very busy Friday at Triad World Headquarters. Check back next week when the General Assembly jumps into overdrive in the quest for an on-time budget. From all of us at Triad, grab some Cheetos and 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