There was a huge announcement out of York, PA this week, and before you start yapping about a race for governor that is two years away, that is not the announcement we are talking about. The 90’s alternate rock band Live has reunited. Straight outta York, people!
Also this week, former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura announced they have adopted a puppy. Given the vitriol that has dominated our national dialogue since Election Day, we thought it was important that we all take a step back and look at a puppy. There, feel better?
Morning Consult and Politico this morning released the results of one of the largest exit polls ever conducted in a Presidential race. To see how it all shook out on Election Day, this piece is well worth checking out. Or, you can do your own amateur analysis, post it on Twitter and Facebook and anger half of your friends and family. Your call.
As of this writing, Presidential door prize winner Hillary Clinton is racing toward a 2 million vote lead in the national popular vote, largely because California can’t seem to count votes in a timely fashion. This has spurred a movement among die-hard Clinton-istas to call for electors to ditch President-elect Donald Trump and instead install Clinton in the White House. Before anyone goes any farther, let’s just go ahead and clear up the fact that this will come to pass right about the time the earth plunges into the sun, so y’all can just knock it off and get back to work.
Making good on his promise to “drain the swamp,” President-elect Trump this week announced that Reince Priebus will serve as White House Chief of Staff. Because nothing says “anti-establishment” like giving the RNC chair the keys to the kingdom. We will not even discuss the role of Steve Bannon, largely because we don’t want anyone to come and burn our offices to the ground.
Former Presidential candidate and brain surgeon Ben Carson this week announced he would not accept a cabinet secretary position under Trump’s regime because he does not think he is equipped to run a federal agency. Of course, at one point he obviously felt equipped to run the entire country, so we are pretty unsure what the hell that all means. Have you been drinking, Dr. Carson?
For his part this week, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has once again reiterated that his city will remain a sanctuary city (or 4th amendment city, as he likes to call it) come hell or high water. This “you and what Army?” stance against the next President might just have consequences, we imagine. It wasn’t like Trump was unclear about his feelings on immigration.
Back home in the Keystone State slice of heaven, state Republicans celebrated their historic majorities in both the House and Senate, the likes of which we have not seen since Dwight Eisenhower was in the Oval Office. That seems like a while ago, doesn’t it?
For a rundown of their largely-unchanged leadership slates, as well as the largely-unchanged Democratic teams, go here.
One Democrat in Pennsylvania continues to see his star rise among the rubble, and his name is Josh Shapiro, the freshly-elected state Attorney General. Shapiro was tapped this week by the DNC to open a nationwide conference call with none other than President Barack Obama. Heavy stuff for Shapiro, for sure.
As we turn our gaze to how this state will be governed next year, we ran across a cautionary tale this morning on Harrisburg’s ABC 27 news. In the segment, our good friend retiring House Republican member Mike Vereb (among others) reminds viewers that political moderates are quickly becoming a thing of the past in Pennsylvania. If we are all standing around here a year from now wondering why very little got accomplished, we will play this piece on a loop on our Facebook page.
Speaking of compromise, it will take plenty of it to come to grips with yet another projected state budget shortfall. The state’s Independent Fiscal Office once again rained on everyone’s parade this week by saying the state faces a $1.7 billion shortfall next year. Man, these people are killjoys.
One way to close that shortfall is a more complete privatization of state liquor sales, we were told this week. Because as we all know from discussing this issue incessantly for thirty years, there is no fiscal problem in the state that can’t be solved with private booze sales. Rinse, repeat, and bang your head off the concrete.
The Washington Post this week took great pains to tell us what we at Triad have known since 2009, and that is social media and digital advocacy are going to play a much bigger role in lobbying and governmental relations in the coming years. Thanks for the positive affirmation, WaPo. If you are interested in how far ahead of the curve we actually are (and we know you are interested) you can check out this piece on the Triadvocate, which we invented eight years ago.
Google and Facebook this week announced they will begin cracking down on so-called “fake news” sites by depriving them of the ability to generate ad revenue. So, if you are a devotee of Internet news that people make up in their basement, you may have to start subscribing to an actual news site.
This week also saw the debut of pacapitol.com, a site chock full of interesting facts and tidbits about our beautiful capitol and Pennsylvania history in general. As people who need to get from office to office inside that building, we are applauding this creation. It is an amazing place to work, so you should check it out.
On a depressing note, one bill that never made it across the finish line as Session ended this week may cause up to 600 layoffs. The state’s unemployment compensation call centers will run out of funding in December, causing them to close down for the holidays and perhaps well into next year.
Shameless Client Plug alert! This week, Lyft announced it will begin operations in central Pennsylvania. We told you all that this would happen if the state passed a ride sharing law, which it did in October. Roll out the welcome mat and download the app, south central denizens!
Our We Can’t Make This Up section this week takes us to China (since a certain future President can’t stop talking about that country, after all) where officials have banned Internet searches for the phrase “fatty Kim the 3rd.” This popular reference to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un did not sit well with the Chinese government, apparently, but here is a helpful tip for our Chinese friends: if you type “Kim fat fat fat” into a search engine, it will still work.
That’s what passes for news around here as we anxiously await next week’s turkey coma. If you have any news tips you would like to share, send them our way. We will likely ignore them and send them to a real news site instead. 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