Our condolences go out this week to our friend Congressman Tim Holden, who lost his mother this week. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers this week, Congressman.
Much has been written about Pennsylvania’s state budget problems, caused by the current economic conditions and their impact on revenue collection. Most people understand that those who rely on state human-service programs are impacted negatively.
Pennsylvania’s political watchers were treated to a non-stop potpourri of news articles this week proclaiming that the Sestak/Toomey race is now tied. Tied, we tell you!! The two candidates will now settle this thing with a best-of-five match of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Oh, and Sestak released an attack ad starring his dog. Let’s just say the ad’s scatological tone was not exactly in the same spirit of Richard Nixon’s famous “Checkers” ad.
This morning, we were greeted by a report from the venerable Allegheny Institute, detailing why the City of Pittsburgh should be in any big rush to dump Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s proposal to lease the city’s parking facilities to the Laz Parking/JP Morgan team.
Recently, the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee conducted a study, at the request of the House and Senate, of the state’s 18 separate tax credit programs. The other two, the Film Tax Credit and the Keystone Opportunity Zone program, were done earlier by the LBFC. All of the studies can be found here.
The eyes of the world were fixated on Chile this week (not on Chili’s, which admittedly has some bangin’ baby back ribs) as 34 miners were finally freed from their underground condo after 70 long days. It was tough not to shed a tear.
With the election looming on the horizon, it is time to take a quick peek at what will happen in the aftermath of November 2, 2010. Somewhere in the attic of the Main Capitol Building, you can almost hear the map-making machines churning out plans. Data is being crunched, re-crunched, and then crunched again.
Doc-tober started out with a bang for the Fightin’ Phils on Wednesday, as Roy “Doc” Halladay fired a no-hit masterpiece in Game One of the NLDS. The Cincinnati Reds looked liked they wanted to get out of Citizens Bank Park as fast as their overrated little feet could carry them. Oh, and the Pittsburgh Pirates fired their manager this week, which prompted the question of whether or not the owners could just do us all a big favor and fire themselves.
A guest post by Dave Dumeyer, Independant Consultant on Education and Politics
In what might be considered a high-risk move, some House Republicans in Washington recently unveiled their plan for bringing the country back to economic stability. Titled “Pledge to America”, the 21-page proposal is, according to your outlook, either (1) an unfortunate political move to gain a landslide GOP victory in November that will backfire or (2) a very principled stand to get America back to work.
We know the drill. You don’t tug on Superman’s cape. You don’t spit into the wind. You don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger, and you don’t mess around with Tim! This week, State Rep. Tim Solobay went all Charles Bronson on four Harrisburg street punks looking to shake him down. As a candidate for State Senate, one couldn’t really ask for much better free press. He’s Tim Solobay, and he approved that beat-down.