Our thoughts and prayers go out this week for the millions of Americans who find themselves in the path of Hurricane Matthew. We would also like to take this opportunity to point out that Matt Drudge is the Idiot of the Day after suggesting that the government is hyping the severity of the storm to gain support for climate change action. Seriously, Matt. You need to sit this one out.
A trio of new polls released this week showed that Hillary Clinton seems to be tightening her grip on Pennsylvania’s twenty electoral votes, which would all but foreclose any real path to the White House for Donald Trump. Pennsylvania is earning its nickname this cycle for sure. Take that, Ohio.
And speaking of polls, Katie McGinty has either established a 6-point stranglehold on the race for U.S. Senate, or Pat Toomey is blowing her out by an 8-point margin. Those were the conclusions from two polls released within two days of each other this week. Thus, having learned absolutely nothing, we apologize for even mentioning it.
Yesterday, PennLive.com became this first Pennsylvania media outlet/newspaper to formally endorse Clinton and while this move does not come as a huge shock, you definitely don’t want to be anywhere near Editor John Micek’s inbox today. It promises to be a pretty toxic place.
The state of play in Pennsylvania explains why both Vice-Presidential candidates have pretty much moved here and won’t leave. Mike Pence spent enough time in our Commonwealth this week that he is now having his mail forwarded here. Pence also had a pretty nice little debate performance this week, proving to the world that when it comes to Iowa in 2020, the line forms behind him.
Donald Trump will attempt to right his ship in Pennsylvania next week, when he brings his road show to Wilkes-Barre. For those who are not paying attention, we pointed out last week that the coal regions up north are likely where Presidential dreams will live or die this time around.
So, will Pennsylvania polling places look like a Mad Max rerun on Election Day? Probably not, despite the rabble-rousing to the contrary. Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State Pedro Cortes this week was back at it, doing is dead-level best to debunk the conspiracy theorists who continue to throw gas on our electoral process.
Two weeks before the General Assembly is slated to move a bill to finally authorize and regulate ride sharing across the Commonwealth, a judge has now decided that companies like Lyft and Uber need to park it for the time being. Also weighing in with thinly-veiled threats is the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Sure, when the DNC was in town and SEPTA was in chaos, everyone loved ride sharing. We see how this works.
Bars across Pennsylvania aren’t exactly jumping at the chance to pay $2,000 for a license to sell up to four bottles of wine, we found out this week. This is more proof that the battle over liquor privatization/modernization/cohabitation is far from over. Lord help us all.
Pennsylvania is now the proud recipient of $23 million from the federal government to help reduce runoff into the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We will be watching closely to see if the money will be spent on tried-and-true (read: fairly unsuccessful) methods, or if results might actually matter this time around.
The New York Times is running a series about how cities and states are battling “Big Soda” in their efforts to fight obesity. Perhaps the Old Gray Lady should spend some time looking at Philadelphia, who slayed that particular beast last year.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto got conditional approval this week for his proposed city budget, which clocks in at a cool $540 million. The ICA Board, which oversees the city’s finances, gave its stamp of approval pending how the city deals with the potential loss of $10 million in local share revenue from Rivers Casino. In any case, the lack of budget acrimony between the ICA and the city is a refreshing thing to see.
Speaking of Pittsburgh, if you happen to be on or near Grant Street, stop in and say hi to our newest associate, Brendan Schubert. He will be steering the Triad Pittsburgh ship moving forward!
Unlike Mayor Peduto, the mayor of West York Charles Wasko is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, as his racist Facebook posts have prompted Governor Wolf (among others) to ask for his resignation. Not content to slink away quietly, Wasko has been defiant in his response, and vows to stay on in his current role as Mayor McRacist despite the bipartisan outcry against him.
October is Substance Abuse Month in Pennsylvania, so check out this piece from our good friends at Magellan Health. They have been in the trenches on substance abuse issues long before the phrase “opioid addiction” became a sad new addition to our national lexicon.
President Obama yesterday spent some time honoring the 2016 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the White House. Shortly thereafter, his administration announced the first-ever Green Sports Day, which naturally caught the approving eye of our friend Brandon Igdalsky, President of Pocono raceway. Check it out here.
In our We Can’t Make This Up section, we bring you this clip from our good friend and former guest of Triad, Lewis Black, who warns millennials that they had better vote this year, or he is going to do something terrible to all of them. A true wake-up call!
That’s what passes for news around here as we turn our focus to the final six days of the 2015-2016 legislative calendar. Ah, it flew by so quickly; where have all the good times gone? Come back next week when we still won’t have a clue who is going to be our next U.S. Senator. From all of us 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