While even President Obama is resigned to the fact that his re-election will likely hinge on the economy, we have a new entrant into the equation, as it looks increasingly likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare right in the middle of it all. Mitt Romney is not pleased about this development, as it will get increasingly difficult for him to both disavow his Massachusetts health care plan while at the same time assailing the President’s. Kinda like the Yankees complaining about the Phillies payroll.
All of the recent talk about changing the way Pennsylvania awards its Electoral College votes has been a good thing, in our opinion. The new plan that is being proposed/discussed in the legislature has helped elevate the debate, and quite correctly points out that our current winner-take-all system is flawed and is in desperate need of change.
If you are reading this, we are going to go ahead and assume you haven’t been hit by a satellite the size of a school bus. So that’s good. Keep your head up, though.
So this is what it has come to? Our country’s roads and bridges are so bad, a major car company has now designed a car to help deal with their general state of disrepair? And better yet, they produce a one-minute commercial explaining why the new Audi A6 is the only car equipped to handle the nation’s roads?
A guest announcement by the Pa. Legislative Correspondents’ Association
The Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents' Association, aka the Capitol newsroom reporters, will host the 81st annual Gridiron fundraiser on Oct. 4 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania.
The big story this week was like the old “good new/bad news” scenario. The good news is you’re not paranoid because the bad news is that someone is really following you. Along the same lines, it’s not an illusion that you’re feeling somewhat poorer these days than you were a few years ago. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans living in poverty has increased to 43.6 million – more than one in seven. That’s better than 15 percent of all Americans. On the plus side, the number of senior citizens in poverty is only 9 percent, meaning that as long as Social Security and Medicare hold out, that sector is in better shape than most. Kind of puts the national debate on “entitlements” in perspective, doesn’t it?
The current debate on how Pennsylvania would allocate its electoral votes jumped into high gear this week as a result of Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi circulating a co-sponsorship memorandum on his proposal to allocate electors based on who wins the popular vote in each congressional district. As you would imagine, this debate took on national implications for the 2012 presidential election, and if you follow our Twitter feed, some 20 articles and blog posts on the subject in the last 24 hours. Though some have viewed it as a Republican conspiracy, it is clear that the GOP is not unified on the proposal.
Last week, the Tarrance Group, a national strategic research and polling firm, conducted a national survey of registered "likely" voters, measuring their perceptions and feelings about the current regulatory process and its effect on the job market and their cost of living.
A guest post by Randy King, Triad Senior Associate and one-time top aid to former Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed
The smoke was the first clue we were getting close, rising like an ethereal highway to heaven for the thousands of souls lost on September 11. The columns were visible from more than 30 miles out, like horrific beacons guiding us to our Ground Zero destination. Grim and sobering exclamation points for what we were about to experience, and what our people had been living with in the days since the attacks.
On tomorrow’s Triadvocate front page, we’ll have a very special dedication to the victims and heroes of 9/11. “Ground Zero Beer Run” is a poignant look back at those horrific moments from Triad’s own Randy King, who served at Ground Zero while under the employ of former Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed. An abridged version of “Ground Zero Beer Run” is also appearing in Harrisburg Magazine.
Hurricane Irene departed the east coast since we last chatted, and talking heads immediately took to the airways and the social media outlets to breathlessly debate if the news outlets “overhyped” the Category 1 storm. Let’s see: it “only” killed 50 people, did billions of dollars of property damage, caused widespread flooding, power outages and basically wiped Vermont from the face of the earth. Yeah, no big deal.
As the General Assembly’s leaders continue their work crafting 203 new State House and 50 new State Senate seats for the 2012 elections, there is a feeling emerging amongst insiders that the mapmaking exercise may have a strong impact on what – if anything – gets done in the next few months.