With calamity staring them dead in the eye, both sides finally took a step back from the brink this week, put their petty differences aside, and compromised. Are you ready for some football? Oh, you thought we were talking about Congress. Sorry, we stopped paying attention last night when the most powerful man in the U.S. House of Representatives can’t even get his own members to follow him.
Earlier this week, the Associated Press’ Mark Scolforo (@HouseofBuddy) did a lengthy story on the autumn agenda of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. In his piece, he lays out how, despite lawmakers’ intentions to tackle school vouchers, liquor privatization, redistricting, a comprehensive transportation funding bill and a Marcellus Shale tax, many folks are attempting to pile more pieces onto this already-delicate Jenga game.
While the nation creeps closer to defaulting on its MasterCard for the first time ever, Congress and the President continued playing their best game of “I know you are, but what am I?” down in steamy D.C. On Tuesday, the House GOP passed its shiny toy du jour, the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” plan. Say what you want about the national GOP: they do three-word slogans very well. No new taxes. Cut, cap and balance. Drill, baby, drill. This is why the Democrats often lose the rhetorical war on Capitol Hill. Their slogans usually begin with “Due to unforeseen market circumstances and larger than expected unemployment numbers….”
We are proud to bring you an exclusive Triad Q and A with State Senator John Rafferty (R-44), Chairman of the State Senate Transportation Committee. In this wide-ranging interview, the senator pulls no punches when it comes to his feelings on everything from transportation funding to vouchers to liquor privatization.
The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team will be playing for the right to be called Champions of the Entire Freakin’ Planet this Sunday. Go, red, white and blue!
We ran across a story this week that got us thinking about economic development in Pennsylvania, and where it all might be headed in the years to come. The recent decision by Cigna Corp to move some of its offices to Connecticut might give us all a little insight.
President Barack Obama this week held his first ever Twitter town hall meeting, where he took sub-140 character questions from around the nation. The best question, by far, came from @VegasDenn, who asked the President: “Have you seen my car keys? I can’t find them anywhere.”
June 30, 2011 will be a date that people will point to in years to come as the day the “new normal” was established when it comes to funding basic education in the Commonwealth. Time will tell if this new normal will work wonders for our public schools, or if this paradigm shift causes real damage. One thing we know: school districts will be doing business quite a bit differently from here on out.
Our guest blogger, Mr. Fabulous, is back with another edition of the Anonymous Gambler, where he turns his attention away from the ponies (thank goodness) and focuses on which MLB teams could shock us all in October.
The New Jersey legislature this week passed an outright ban on fracking, apparently forgetting that there are no natural gas deposits in New Jersey. Officials said they wanted to “send a message” to states like Pennsylvania, which do, in fact, have natural gas deposits. Message received, Garden State, you can all head back to the tanning beds now.