That massive sigh of relief you heard around 11:00 PM Wednesday was the nation, thankful that all three Presidential debates/UFC fights are now behind us. Now we can all focus not destroying our television sets before November 9th. We are Triad Strategies, and we approved this message.
If you were on Twitter during the debate, we hope you had a chance to follow The Onion (the nation’s finest news source) for their live Tweeting of the debacle, er, debate. If you didn’t, check out the highlights here!
Both Presidential candidates did get to lay out their respective tax plans to the American people on Wednesday, and to see how either of those plans would affect you and your wallet we have a short summary courtesy of Philly.com. Of course, please keep in mind that neither of these plans have any chance whatsoever to become law, so there’s that.
The first and only debate between Senator Pat Toomey and his Democratic challenger Katie McGinty also happened this week, albeit with a bit less fanfare. If you didn’t watch it, we have a short summary: McGinty is a shady millionaire lobbyist and Pat Toomey is Donald Trump’s long lost twin brother. Hey, by the way, can we all agree to stop using the word “lobbyist” like it’s the plague?
The Toomey camp scored a victory in court, however, as the Wolf Administration has been ordered to turn over every e-mail McGinty ever sent as Chief of Staff. Team Wolf has thirty days to comply with the order, so we assume that all e-mails will be safely in the State GOP’s hands on or about November 10th.
And just in case you were still functioning under the illusion that this election will somehow be stolen (because you-know-who keeps saying it), you can just relax. You have a better chance of being hit by a meteor (which doesn’t sound so bad right about now.) Experts both in Pennsylvania and nationally say it is impossible to rig a U.S. election, despite what your uncle Hank might tell you because he read it on a blog somewhere.
As the General Assembly rounds third and heads to the plate, the action was fast and furious this week. First, and at long last, the State House gave a unanimous thumbs-up to a bill that will legalize Lyft and Uber in our fine Commonwealth, forever and ever, Amen. Now it is up to the Upper Chamber to get that thing to Governor Wolf’s desk.
Many legislative eyes are also fixed on the Senate, which holds in its hands a vehicle to fix the local share portion of the state gaming law, as well as legalize online gaming in Pennsylvania. Nothing like taking everything down to the wire. Huh?
The House also took the all-important first step towards resolving a major glitch in the state’s unemployment compensation law. If the Senate follows suit, it could be a major victory for not only the solvency of the fund, but for 50,000 or so Pennsylvania workers who got booted from the system several years back.
Not all was wine and roses this week, however, as faculty and coaches of the State System of Higher Education walked off the job, striking for the first time in the system’s history. If you see any of our friends on the strike line at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg, bring them coffee! Or perhaps something stronger.
There was a lot of restricting-type stuff coming out of Philadelphia City Council this week, as council began kicking around a plan to restrict where one can procure tobacco products. At upwards of ten bucks a pack for cigarettes, it doesn’t sound like people are going to be racing to open up new tobacco shops, but what do we know?
Probably more interesting, however, is the report that one council member plans to introduce a bill to restrict where medical marijuana dispensaries can be located in the City of Sisterly Affection. This may put the city at odds with the Wolf Administration, which not long ago sent out a warning against using local zoning to restrict access under the new law.
Sticking in Philly for a moment, there are storm clouds on the horizon for Wells Fargo in the wake of the massive scam that was uncovered several weeks ago. Wells Fargo’s wagon may not be welcome around City Hall much anymore, which would put a large dent in the banking giant’s portfolio.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike needs more fiber, we learned this week. Before you send bran muffins, it is fiber optic cable that is in short supply. For the highway to become an information superhighway, it will need to partner with an outside vendor sometime next year to get from point A to point B. The pike has lots and lots of infrastructure to offer in exchange.
Our friends at McCaffery Interests are now poised to move ahead on their plan to redevelop the old produce terminal in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. The city is partnering with McCaffery on the needed infrastructure upgrades, clearing the way for one of the most visible development projects in the Steel City. Congratulations to them and our partner, DTI Development!
And if you did not get the chance to check out our own Tony May’s deplorable musings on Pennlive.com this week, we have it here for you. Oh wait, he was musing ABOUT deplorables. Sorry, big difference!
That’s what passes for news around here, as the General Assembly prepares to put a ribbon on the 2015/2016 legislative session. We will be back next week to watch and participate in the denouement, largely because that is what we get paid to do. 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