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Friday Happy Hour: Insane Clown Edition

We begin this week with prayers for the Manchester bombing victims and their families and friends. We stand with Manchester during this terrible time and hope they find the Killer clownstrength to overcome the latest cowardly attack on innocent people. 

Just a friendly reminder that Monday is Memorial Day, which is not just National Have a Cookout Day or Buy Half-Priced Furniture Day.  We should all pause and thank those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.  While you are at it, maybe also take a moment to thank someone you know who has served or is currently serving our country before you fire up the bratwursts. Better yet, thank them AND feed them

Before we go any further, Pittsburgh is the place to be in Pennsylvania at this moment as the Penguins are getting ready to go dancing with Lord Stanley once again!

Forty years ago this week in a galaxy far, far away, our lives were forever changed when we met Luke, Han, Chewy and Leia for the first time.   That little motion picture sure has held up well for four decades, huh?  Wish we could say the same for our hair or waistline.  

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Friday Happy Hour: Bearded Dragon Lizard Edition

Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and pioneer of the Seattle sound of the 1990’s, took his own life this week after a concert in Detroit.  Farewell Chris, may you always be alive Bearded_dragon_picin the Superunknown

If you do not recognize the name Robert Mueller, you might want to familiarize yourself with the former FBI director known around Washington D.C. as America’s Straightest Arrow.  We have a hunch his name is going to be in the news a lot for the next few months…or years.

In a massive blow to NBC, the White House this week announced that Press Secretary Sean Spicer will no longer give daily briefings.  Most industry insiders expect Saturday Night Live to be cancelled within a month.

President Trump will soon unveil his infrastructure spending plan, we learned this week, and sources say the price tag will be about $200 billion over ten years.  If you were wondering what happened to the $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan the President spoke about on the campaign trail, the administration is “hoping” that the $200 billion in public investment will leverage $800 billion in private capitol. That’s a whole lot of hoping, folks.

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Friday Happy Hour: The Chupacabra Edition

Washington D.C. was apparently too quiet for President Trump early this week, so he decided to do something to kind of shake things up a bit, namely firing the country’s Top Cop, Chupacabra F.B.I. Director James Comey.  Everyone awake now?  We thought so.  

For some reason, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer decided to eschew his normal podium and instead discuss the firing while standing between a couple of bushes – in the dark – on the White House lawn.  Spicer is angling to become a permanent fixture on Saturday Night Live, apparently.

There was, however, a shred of normalcy in the nation’s capital this week as the Washington Capitals once again failed to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of a Stanley Cup playoff series.  Seems like the only ineffective Russian in Washington D.C. right now is Alexander Ovechkin. 

And leave it to our good friends at Primanti Brothers to come up with a drink special named for the aforementioned Mr. Ovechkin: #WhiteRussianNoCup  

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Friday Happy Hour: Banana Phone Edition

It was by all accounts a heady week for the Trump Administration, as the U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs last month, bringing the nation’s unemployment rate down to 4.4%, a level Banana phone not seen in ten years.  Some economists consider 4.4% to be “full employment”, which makes us wonder if the U.S. Department of Labor needs to recalibrate its numbers. No unemployment would be 0.0%, would it not? 

But of course, the big story out of Washington this week was that the House has once again (for roughly the 360th time) passed a bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare.  The big difference this time around, of course, is that there sits a man in the White House who will not veto the repeal.  To quote the former Vice-President, “this is a big f-ing deal.” The repeal passed by a razor-thin 217-213 vote, with four Pennsylvania GOP Congressmen voting against the plan. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it was greeted like you would greet someone serving you a subpoena

Governor Tom Wolf made his feelings known about the vote, saying he will do everything in his power to protect Pennsylvanians who might lose coverage in the new plan.  For those who like to look over the horizon, the popularity (or unpopularity) of TrumpCare will have quite a bit to do with Governor Wolf’s fortunes in 2018.  He’s already staked out his spot on this one, for sure.

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Triad Strategies Welcomes New Associate, Olivia Edwards

Olivia EdwardsTRIAD STRATEGIES WELCOMES NEW GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AND

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE OLIVIA EDWARDS

HARRISBURG, Pa.— Triad Strategies welcomes its newest Associate, Olivia Edwards. Edwards has worked in both the U.S. and Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She started her career in policy as a Congressional intern for Representative Ryan Costello of Chester and Berks counties. She will be based in the Harrisburg office and will serve clients across the Commonwealth. 

In addition, Edwards was offered the opportunity to join the team at Citi Global Government Affairs in 2015 during the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. After the Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed, Edwards left Washington, D.C. and returned to Central Pennsylvania to take part in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Bi-Partisan Management Committee’s Legislative Fellowship, working on the Consumer Affairs and Local Government Committees. As a fellow, she researched and covered a variety of issues including telecommunications, municipal authorities, and voting practices. Shortly after the conclusion of the Fellowship, Edwards began working for the PA House Republican Caucus managing multiple Capitol offices for members.

“We at Triad Strategies are delighted to welcome Olivia whose educational and professional achievement will bring added value and energy to our team oriented approach to client services,” said Roy Wells, President and Managing Partner.

Olivia is a published author in the realm of political philosophy. She was a student of the Director of Human Rights Law at Yale, Professor Paul Kahn. Her paper, “You Believe: Political Theology and the Modern American Democracy” utilizes Kahn’s works to outline how the sovereignty of law is legitimized when it grants freedoms to act. Edwards continues to study modern democratic theory in her spare time.

Olivia is a summa cum laude graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Law & Society.

Triad Strategies, LLC is a bipartisan lobbying, public affairs, strategic communications, grassroots advocacy, issue management consulting firm located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

 

Media Contact:  Kirstin Snow  ksnow@triadstrategies.com 215.510.9336