Last night, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to formally accept a major party nomination for President of the United States. Somehow it was fitting that the event took place in the birthplace of liberty, as the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection did indeed acquit itself beautifully with the eyes of the nation upon it. Way to go Philly!
If you were wondering who you can thank for five days of peace and order despite thousands of crazy, drunk, happy, hopeful, angry, and sweaty partisans descending upon the city, you can start here with our client, the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 5.
A quick side note: whoever was in charge of dropping the balloons at the end of the convention was obviously hyper-caffeinated. Slow your roll next time, pal. There is really no need to fill an entire convention hall four feet deep.
The convention threatened to go screaming off the rails very quickly earlier in the week when hackers dumped thousands of DNC private emails on the world at large, showing that the organization kind of had its thumb on the scales (we are being generous here) for Team Clinton. To say that Bernie Sanders’ supporters were angry is a gross understatement. The revelation ended up costing Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz her job before the gavel even came down. Thanks for planning the party, Debbie. Now get out.
Here is where we plug our own Crisis Management practice, who reminds us all that if you don’t want your thoughts to become public, don’t put them in an email.
Not content to let Hillary eat up the Pennsylvania media space, Donald Trump appeared in Scranton this week and said that under his presidency, the jobs are gonna come flowing back; coal, steel, manufacturing, all of it. We assume he will also be bringing back Laugh-In and the Johnny Carson Show.
As we pen today’s missive, Team Clinton/Kaine is rolling toward our very own City of Harrisburg for a rally. So if you had plans to be in Midtown today sipping a glass of soda at happy hour, maybe go to Camp Hill.
Former Philadelphia City Council member Marian Tasco this week took pen to paper before the convention began to ask the Democrats to talk a little about the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. It must have worked, as Hillary mentioned that she would tackle that very problem during her acceptance speech.
Despite the doom-and-gloom scenario predicted by the media, there was also peace and harmony on the labor front in Philly this week, as the Carpenters, Stagehands and Electricians all went about their business while holding hands and singing songs. Philly, you never cease to amaze us.
If you were stuck in morning traffic in Harrisburg yesterday, it was because the city and many of its finest restaurateurs were having a festival to honor police officers for their sacrifice and hard work in our fair Capital City. Free lunches for police officers were the order of the day. Bravo to our good friend Angelo Karagiannis at Zembies Tavern for taking part.
The statewide transportation funding plan known lovingly as Act 89 has provided a level of funding predictability not seen in decades, we learned this week. We also learned that the level of funding is not nearly high enough to meet our burgeoning transportation needs. Wouldn’t it be nice if the feds actually kicked in some real cabbage every now and again?
Staying in the transportation world, it seems there is some level of disagreement at the Turnpike Commission over whether a new $5.7 billion capital spending plan is realistic, given the high level of debt the PTC is carrying. For what it is worth, we were traveling that very road this week and the dirt is still flying, we can assure you.
Lawmakers will use their rather truncated fall schedule to tackle the issue of pension reform, we were told this week. Normally, we would scoff at the thought of doing something so complex in such a short time frame, but in case you weren’t paying attention, the men and women of the General Assembly had a pretty productive spring and summer. So we put the odds at 50/50.
It is no surprise that the General Assembly has so few Session days on the calendar for the remainder of the year, given that once again we are being told by every pundit on the planet that Pennsylvania is a swing state in the 2016 presidential sweepstakes. If you don’t like seeing campaign ads on television, you may want to consider moving to Montana until mid-November.
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In SCP number two, our pals at NRP Group are now set to develop 360 new high-end apartments as part of a master redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s venerable Strip District. We look forward to relocating there once they are finished.
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And finally, with the Pocono 400 just days away, track President Brandon Igdalsky announced the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives star Guy Fieri will be the Grand Marshall for the race. We hope he whips up some brisket while he is there. We love us some brisket!
Finally, in our We Can’t Make This Up segment, we take you to rural New York State, where the summer heat is causing piles of horse manure to spontaneously burst into flames. Now, we understand that writing the phrase “flaming piles of horse manure” after two straight weeks of political conventions is dangerous, but…
That’s what passes for news around here as July winds to a close. Be sure to join us next week when we will bring you all the news you are missing while you are “down the shore.” From Team 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