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February 2011

Friday Happy Hour: Party Like It's 1995


In Congress this week, the continuing budget stare-down between House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has us feeling 1995 all over again.  We see a government shutdown dead ahead.  Paging Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky…  To celebrate the impending doom, Team Triad will spend the weekend watching “Jumanji” and listening to Weezer.

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National Popular Vote Kicks Off Campaign



In a press conference yesterday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., entrepreneur and philanthropist Tom Golisano announced his role as national spokesman for the National Popular Vote campaign. The National Popular Vote plan would work within the Electoral College framework to ensure the presidency goes to the winner of the most popular votes in all 50 states.

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Former Congressional Staffer Joins Triad Strategies

Michele Schmidt 

Michele Schmidt to Focus on Education, Transportation, Health and Procurement
Former Congressional staffer and Western Pennsylvania native Michele Schmidt today joined Triad Strategies as a Senior Government Relations Associate.  Schmidt served as a Special Assistant to former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and most recently led government affairs and fundraising activities at  Robert Morris University in Allegheny County.

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More Fire, Mrs. McGuire!


Way back in the formative days of our little slice of the blogosphere, we posted a piece called “Fire, Fire, Mrs. McGuire!” In it, we professed to being a bit mystified by the court challenge to the new sprinkler mandate.  Well, fast forward 13 months, and we remain mystified, not by the court case (which was unsuccessful), but rather by the renewed legislative attempts to overturn the mandate.

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Continuing Pollution: The Unforeseen Consequence


A Guest Post by Barbara Hafer, Chair, Energy Consumers First

When the Commonwealth set the clock in motion some 15 years ago on the process that culminated in January with the right for every Pennsylvania resident to shop for an electricity provider, it was not foreseen that a measure intended to ensure uninterrupted energy service for all could result in encouraging power companies to keep heavily polluting generating stations on line.

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Harrisburg: The City's Silver Lining


A Guest Post by Alex Hartzler, President, WCI Partners

Harrisburg-bashing has become an all-too-familiar pattern recently with some folks in the local media.  With the difficult fiscal challenges our city’s leaders face, and the damage done by the great recession, it has become fashionable for people to point to the Capitol City as all the root of all central Pennsylvania evil.

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