As political candidates at every level brace for the stretch run, we learned this week that Hillary Clinton’s national lead over Donald Trump has narrowed a bit. Clinton now leads by around four points according to the liberal, corrupt mainstream media members who are working overtime to steal the election for her.
One place Team Clinton can find solace is here in the Keystone State, her firewall against The Donald. A recent poll shows her leading by an astounding 38 points in the Philly suburbs. Of course, drive west of Harrisburg and you will see more Trump signs along the roadways than dead deer carcasses.
Of course, all of this could change in a heartbeat, as reports surfaced today that the FBI is re-opening its investigation into Clinton’s e-mails. Hey everyone, it is October. Surprise! Should Hillary be elected, we fully expect the first House impeachment vote to occur in February, 2017.
If you have any interest at all in what else is on the electoral slate this November, Pennlive.com has a nifty, newfangled slide show designed to get you up to speed on all of it, as well as capture some click-through ad revenue. Because we all love slide shows.
The General Assembly this week wrapped up its business (maybe, sort of) by honoring their commitment to fight the opioid epidemic alongside Governor Tom Wolf. Tough new measures designed at stemming the availability of opioids were sent to the governor, and we applaud the bipartisan spirit on display all week.
One rascal that escaped passage was pension reform, to the shock of absolutely nobody. Even though the Senate seemed poised to act, the House could not cobble together the votes to follow suit, so into the ether it went. Before we all write the effort off as fruitless, we would politely remind you all of two words; sine die. In Latin, those words mean “without day.” In Harrisburg, they mean something entirely different. Welcome back friends to the show that never ends.
The House and Senate also overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan measure that would protect the identity of a police officer involved in a shooting until either thirty days have passed or an investigation is complete, whichever comes first. In the era of cell instant communication, this does not seem like a lot to ask for the protection of our public servants.
More news on the bipartisan front as the House and Senate finally agreed on a plan to legalize and regulate (oh, and tax) ride sharing companies. In honor of this momentous occasion, Lyft celebrated by hiring New England Patriot Tight End Rob Gronkowski. No, seriously.
Beer drinkers, and specifically the licensed distributors who serve them, were also big winners this week and a measure allowing six pack sales at distributors was sent to the governor. In Pennsylvania, tinkering with liquor laws is a sport.
A day after the state senate was unable to cobble the votes together to fix the local share provision of the state’s casino law AND make good on the commitment to legalize Internet Gaming, along came the House on Thursday, turning the entire issue on its head by swiftly doing both. We can’t help but hear those words again…Sine die.
There were an estimated 44,000 other big winners this week, as the House, Senate, organized labor and the business lobby all came together to expand unemployment compensation rights for those folks. The plan also ensures the solvency of the UC Fund in PA, and to say this was the signature bipartisan moment of the year would be quite the understatement. Dog and cats, living together!
This is your weekly reminder that no, the voting machines in Pennsylvania will not be hacked. The vote will be fine, and you can all stop hyperventilating. Voting machines in this state are not even connected to the Internet, so the Russians would have to actually walk into your polling place and steal the machines.
If you wonder why your Turnpike tolls seem to go up every year, you may want to refer to this piece we ran across this week about Turnpike toll dodgers, a problem being addressed by the General Assembly. One trucking company alone last year didn’t pay 467 tolls, totally over $21,000. This is not a victim-less crime people. Pay your tolls.
As the drama on the Hill unfolded this week, your state Department of Health keeps quietly rolling along in the implementation of the new medical marijuana law, we learned this week. Government that works, folks!
That’s what passes for news around here as we turn our focus to November 8th. Make sure to check back next week when we can digest all the bill signing and bill vetoing that will likely happen very soon. Until then, 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