You say it’s your birthday?? It was a big week for natal celebrations with two of the most powerful men in politics notching another year. One, Barack Obama, is the leader of the free world. The other, Roy Wells, runs a little mom-and-pop outfit known as Triad Strategies. Happy birthday to Barack and Roy! And also to Pat Smear, guitarist for the Foo Fighters. Sorry; we had to.
With the fall campaigns in full swing, Pennsylvania continued to be in the eye of the storm even after the DNC left Philadelphia. Donald Trump opened up a can of worms when he called Harrisburg a “war zone” while on his way to Mechanicsburg (a place which is decidedly not Harrisburg.) This earned him some unwanted media attention in this swing state, culminating in a satirical GoFundMe account launched by our longtime friend and client, Michael Pavone.
Oh, and Trump also called Clinton “the devil” while he was in Mechanicsburg. Good to see this race remains civil.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has opened up a sizeable lead in the Commonwealth if you are to believe the poll conducted by our friends at Franklin and Marshall. Dr. Terry Madonna now gives Hillary a thirteen-point lead in do-or-die Pennsylvania.
Congressman Charlie Dent made some headlines this week when he said he will not be casting his vote for Mr. Trump this fall. Before any Democrats get too excited, he will also not vote for Hillary, either. So which bowl of porridge will be “just right” for Dent?
Glad you asked! Or maybe we asked, but either way, both the Green party and the Libertarian Party have filed the necessary paperwork to be on the fall ballot in Pennsylvania. Somewhere in his zero-carbon-footprint mansion in the hills of Tennessee, Al Gore is chuckling.
The same poll showing Clinton with a wide lead also has our own U.S. Senator Pat Toomey locked in a death match with Democrat Katie McGinty, with just a point separating the two. To say this is an important race on the national scene would be a gross understatement. The winner of this one will likely decide whether the title in front of Leader Mitch McConnell says “minority” or “majority” next January. Not that we are putting any extra pressure on you fine voters or anything.
Lest you think that Bernie Sanders’ supporters are enemies of capitalism, we bring you the story of how some of his delegates sold their DNC credentials for up to five thousand dollars last week. Take that, you one-per centers!
Philadelphia also grabbed some positive press this week after it was discovered that over eleven thousand pounds of leftover food from the Democrats’ soirée ended up providing over nine thousand meals to homeless and poor Philly residents. Nice work, Philly.
Pennsylvania shelled out $250 million in overtime pay to state workers this year, proving once again that cutting government waste is rarely achieved by simply cutting government jobs. The work will be done by someone at the end of the day, and if you want to pay them time-and-a-half in the name of cost savings, that’s entirely up to you.
There was good news for forty-thousand aforementioned state workers this week as the two largest public unions are expected to ratify a new three-year contract with the Wolf Administration. In a few minutes, you will hear folks begin to howl about the fact that these workers will get modest raises under the proposed deal. The horror!
Governor Wolf announced this week that his own initiative to trim government waste has yielded $156 million in real, identifiable savings already. That whole “government that works” thing might be real after all.
Medical marijuana growers and dispensaries will soon begin to dot the Pennsylvania landscape, and this week the state issued a stern warning to local government officials who may feel compelled to use their local zoning laws to keep such facilities out: don’t even try it, Jack Spratt. We are watching you.
One lawmaker is getting ready to help crack down on Turnpike users who cheat the system by not paying their EZ Pass bills. New legislation will empower the state to suspend drivers’ registration in the hopes that the Turnpike can trim the $5 million it loses annually to scofflaws. When you are lugging around $7 billion in debt, every million helps, we suppose.
The House Republicans and Democrats continued their bipartisan ways this week, at least when it comes to battling heroin and opioid addiction. Both caucus’ Policy Committees have joined forces to shed light on this issue by doing a road show of hearings across our great state. On an issue of this import, we applaud both sides of the aisle for temporarily putting their slings and arrows away.
Philadelphia is cracking down on dumpster pools, we learned this week. We seriously can’t even type that without laughing. In any case, the trend of people renting dumpsters and turning them into mini swimming pools has apparently raised the ire of city officials. All we can say is when your story appears on Deadspin.com, which is currently the most consistently funny website on the planet, you’ve made it!
Our Shameless Client Plug this week goes to our pals at Lyft, who reportedly logged just shy of 14 million rides in the past month. Baby you can drive our cars!
In our We Can’t Make This Up section, we take you to Georgia (we know; sorry) where a man was arrested for assaulting his wife because she put too many slices of cheese on his grilled cheese sandwich. Let that phrase sink in for a minute: too many slices of cheese. WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?? Even if he had not assaulted another human being, this man is clearly insane.
That’s what passes for news around here on a cool Friday in the war zone. Check back with us next week, where we will send you another missive from our heavily-fortified bunker on Pine Street. 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