Americans of every political stripe paused this week to celebrate national Eat a Hoagie Day. Whether you prefer the term grinder, hero, submarine, torpedo or big-ass sandwich, no one can deny that outside of the internal combustion engine, few inventions have made the lives of all Americans better than the venerable hoagie.
And almost as if on cue (or by divine providence), the first lawsuit was filed this week over the enactment of Philadelphia’s sugary drink tax. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the case of John’s Roast Pork vs. The City of Philadelphia. Mmmmmm. Roast pork sounds good right about now. When is Roy Wells coming back from Philly and does he have a cooler?
On the national scene this week, a poll was released showing that a full six in ten GOP likely voters would like to dump every single member of Congress and start from scratch. What was not reported, however, is that by “every single member of Congress” most voters mean “every member except mine.”
Donald Trump came to Pennsylvania to discuss his plan to expand child care. Really? That sounds very boring and very un-Trump-like. Get your act together over there.
Shortly before she tragically passed away from an undisclosed illness this week and then was miraculously resuscitated by the Illuminati, Hillary Clinton laid out her plan for free college tuition, which would benefit 230,000 Pennsylvania students. Because the announcement was not accompanied by her dental records from 1976, nobody cared.
We are also taking bets on how quickly and how many times the phrase “basket of deplorables” is used in the first Presidential debate.
President Obama came to Philly this week and demonstrated once again why he is perhaps the most powerful weapon in the Clinton arsenal. He gave an old-fashioned stem-winder of a speech, leaving many to wonder if his enthusiasm might wake up slumbering Democrats.
We ran across this piece from NBC News this week which fact checked the statements of each Presidential candidate. Have you ever seen anything so quaint and adorable in your life? Fact checking! Like facts matter one scintilla this year! Keep up the good work, NBC. Stay golden, Pony Boy.
Donald Trump will also be the keynote speaker at next week’s Shale Insight conference in Pittsburgh. Trump loves him some home-grown energy.
We wonder, however, if there will be any discussion at this confab about Pennsylvania’s leaseholders, many of whom are getting paid zero cents on the dollar for gas sucked out of their land. A bill to correct this problem has been languishing in the General Assembly.
Colin Powell, by the way, is not a huge fan of either Ms. Clinton or Mr. Trump, we learned this week when some jackwagons hacked his private e-mails and spread them all over Buzzfeed. Here is a tip to all elected officials: don’t use e-mail. For anything. Ever.
Pennsylvania borrowed another $1.2 billion this week to cover the cost of running the government, prompting many to ask why this is necessary. We could go on and on about tax receipts lagging behind payment schedules, but we will boil it down for you. This state operates at a deficit, and has for a decade. Nothing new to see here, until next budget cycle.
The opinion page of Pennlive.com this week once again featured a lament that has become an annual right of passage in Pennsylvania. Once again, we have been reminded that many large municipalities do not pay for their own police departments, instead relying on the state police. This “free policing” is not free, folks. If you think so, we would refer you to the massive amount of money diverted each year from road and bridge repair and construction to fund the State Police.
Law enforcement officials weighed in this week on Governor Wolf’s comment about decriminalizing small amount of marijuana to keep our prisons free of this brand of scofflaw. In short, their response was pretty simple: we follow the law. Change the law, and we will follow that one, too.
PennDOT this week announced it will release a new app designed to give construction folks real-time updates on the voluminous information it keeps about ongoing projects. File this one under “Government that Works.”
There was big news in Harrisburg this week as the feds have finally authorized $194 million for the construction of the new federal courthouse. Triad Strategies was part of the effort to locate the new facility at 6th and Reilly, so it’s nice to see this project finally get founded 348 years later.
On the Triadvocate this week, we welcome Steve Esack from the Allentown Morning Call, who gives you an update on this year’s Gridiron dinner. Get your tickets soon.
Finally, in our We Can’t Make This Up segment, we take you to Philly, where police are searching for a man who bit someone during the Made in America concert. C’mon man, just eat a hoagie instead.
That’s what passes for news around here as we wait with bated breath for the House of Representatives to return next week. Be here for all the fun and games next week in this very space! 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