It was vuvuzela time in the U. S. of freakin’ A. on Wednesday, as Landon Donovan scored one of the most improbable goals in our country’s soccer history, enabling us to beat the hated (O.K., mildly disliked) Algerians and advance in the World Cup. If you watched it on ESPN, do yourself a favor and click here to listen to how a goal should really be called.
For your Friday social media fix, hop on over the www.roywells.com and watch Roy’s exclusive interview with State Rep. Josh Shapiro. Josh spent a little time with Roy yesterday to explain how he is using social media to better connect with his constituents, as well as solicit input on legislation and the budget.
Yesterday, we expounded at length on the natural gas industry’s attempts at managing its public image. The debate about the movie Gasland has exploded across all forms of media, from Twitter to CNN.
Perhaps never in Pennsylvania history has an industry enjoyed so many advantages, yet somehow managed to put itself in a place where rank-and-file lawmakers (as well as the Delaware River Basin Commission) are looking to put it out of business, at least temporarily.
We at Triad are no different than anyone else when it comes to keeping up on required reading. Sometimes we get so busy with meetings, conference calls and planning sessions that we don’t get to our Google reader each day, and when we finally log on, we find a backlog of over 1,000 news links to peruse.
This phenomenon happened to us just this weekend, and when we jumped on our reader and noted a new trend in our “Marcellus Shale” keyword search page. The news from Pennsylvania’s natural gas Motherlode is a bit disconcerting, to say the least.
The Hershey Bears continued to redefine the word “dynasty” this week, as they skated off the Giant Center ice Tuesday night with their AHL-record 11th Calder Cup. After losing the first two games of the series at home, the Bears methodically and surgically destroyed the Austin Stars in four straight to wrap it up. Congrats to the Bears and their legions of Central Pennsylvania fans!
A Guest Post by Dave Dumeyer, Independent Consultant on Education
Words have meanings. Some we understand implicitly; others need defining. Take, for instance, the phrase “public education.”
OK, so maybe it doesn't have the same ring as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," but we are apparently about to find out if there is, in fact, anything new under the sun. Five of the General Assembly’s young guns have teamed up to launch www.yourpabudget.com, an open-air Internet marketplace for ideas on how to get out of the fiscal morass we tend to find ourselves in each year.
Who would you rather have a beer with, Tom Corbett or Dan Onorato? Joe Sestak or Pat Toomey? The answer to that question may go a long way in deciding who gets sworn into office in January 2011, and who gets to start a fabulous new career outside of elected office.
It is open season on elected officials in Pennsylvania and across the nation. Judging by the anti-incumbency fervor sweeping the country (Hello, Arlen Specter) and the relentless calls to reform Harrisburg (Hello Tom Corbett and Dan Onorato,) there doesn’t seem to be a bag limit, either.
America’s major news networks this week continued their unabated teeth-gnashing over President Obama’s “lack of emotion” when he speaks about the gulf oil disaster. Apparently, the talking bobbleheads that populate cable news these days believe that the hole in the ocean floor can only be filled by the President’s tears. To quell his critics, Obama announced that, while he was not planning on doing any public crying or hysterical shouting about the spill, he would try to have a bit more angst in his voice.
Some days you just cannot catch a break. If you happen to be in the petroleum or natural gas industry, you kinda get the feeling these days that you may never again catch one.
We read the news today; oh boy.
With apologies to Sir Paul McCartney, it was not a good news cycle for those who remain hopeful about a swift, painless conclusion to this year’s state budget fandango. We got hit this morning with a sobering story from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about the potential collapse of the 6-month extension of Medicaid’s Federal Medical Assistance Percentages, or FMAP.
If it is the beginning of the month, it must mean that revenue numbers came out. Woo-hoo, throw some shrimp on the barbie and let’s dive right in! Once again, the collections were off, and as we slouch toward the June 30 fiscal year deadline, the state deficit is running at $1.23 billion, which Governor Rendell says should balloon to $1.4 billion by the time we put two behind the ear of this fiscal year.
Yes, the news has been dominated recently by a well that is gushing oil. Triad Strategies’ own Wells (Roy J.), however, has started his own new blog site, dedicated to gushing useful social media commentary and analysis.