We begin this week’s festivities with an item about a TV spectacle where participants are subjected to horrific abuse while a nation watches from the couch. Sounds like The Hunger Games, you say? Wrong! It’s the NFL’s replacement officials fiasco, solved just in time to save the sanctity of Week Four’s slate of games, and clearly it takes top prize as the most compelling public policy issue of the week. The end-of-game botched call in the Packers-Seahawks game on Monday set the sports-talk broadcasters abuzz for the remainder of the week, and after further review the Real Refs returned to a standing O at the Browns-Ravens game on Thursday. We can now look forward to perfect calls for the rest of the season.
Members of the General Assembly returned to Harrisburg after a two-month vay-kay and were immediately greeted by a litany of news stories and commentary about all the things they would not be addressing while focusing on their re-election campaigns. The House has scheduled 10 session days and the Senate eight before the Nov. 6 election, perhaps enough to deal with prison reform, charter school reform and capital spending, but not the state pension and transportation funding crises. Legislative leaders have ruled out a lame-duck session.