We begin this week’s missive with mayoral events across the Commonwealth.
The big news involved Democrats, who in the Tuesday primary election nominated new
mayoral candidates in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Scranton. All three – Bill
Peduto, Eric Papenfuse and Bill Courtright, respectively – are favorites in
November. Embattled Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson finished third in
unofficial results, while incumbent York Mayor Kim Bracey staved off a fellow
Democratic candidate and will likely win another term, as she lacks a
But our favorite mayoral story of the week comes to us from The
Daily Show’s John Stewart, who noted that mayors often find themselves
embroiled in controversy, and he featured some pretty serious gaffes from a
couple of them. East Haven, CT, Mayor Joseph Maturo, for example, when asked
what he was doing for the Latino community that day, replied, “I might have
tacos when I go home.” Then there was Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who offered his
own discourse on “Oriental people” and who was videotaped either smoking crack
or playing a Waterford Crystal kazoo.
And speaking of gaffes, we tip the ol’ golf cap this week to Tiger Woods,
who somehow managed to recapture the hearts and minds of many golf fans, not
just by winning another golf tournament, but by doing so alongside whining
magpie Sergio Garcia. It’s not easy to make Tiger look like a class act, but
that’s exactly what Garcia has done with a steady stream of snark, climaxed
by an ill-advised, racially insensitive comment, in the wake of an incident
that occurred two weeks back at a tournament in Florida. Here’s a bit of free
crisis comm. advice for Garcia from Triad’s Rick Kelly: Hey, dumb-ass, shut
your pie hole.
We know you’re getting tired of hearing this, but America’s transportation
infrastructure is in bad shape. On Thursday night, the Skagit River Bridge on
Interstate 5 in Washington State collapsed into the aforementioned river,
apparently due to an oversized truck. There were no fatalities. According
to the Seattle Times, the bridge was rated “structurally deficient” in 1992
and needed $8.3 million in repairs. Now it’ll be a little more expensive to
Closer to home, the I-81/Route 322/Route 22 interchange, torched earlier
this month in a tanker truck accident, won’t be fully repaired until around
Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa told
the PA Press Club that linking liquor privatization and transportation
funding is a distortion of legislative priorities, and he blamed the House
Republicans. He said the House leadership will refuse to address transportation
unless the Senate delivers on liquor privatization.
Governor Corbett tapped
the brakes on the state’s Common Core standards, asking state education
officials for clarification on the achievement measures before they go to a
state regulations body for final approval. However, Corbett affirmed that he
still wants the standards to take effect before the 2013-14 school year.
A federal judge held
a hearing on the Corbett administration’s lawsuit against the NCAA over
penalties it imposed on Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual
assault scandal. U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane said she will rule in the next
couple of weeks on the NCAA’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
This week’s edition of We Can’t Make This Up hails from Ypsilanti, MI, where
Council considered a resolution to require council members to either vote
“yes” or “no” rather than abstaining. The resolution failed, however, as two
members voted in favor, two against, and three – you guessed it – abstained. We
recall these wise words of Jimmy Buffett: “Indecision may or may not be my
Holiday weekends, family gatherings and cookouts are great, but we’re
reminded that Memorial Day is really about remembering those who have made the
ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Without them, and those who
served with them, we wouldn’t be who and what we are. Words aren’t enough to
express our gratitude.
So that’ll do it for now. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Triadvocate,
and we’ll see you back here again next week.
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