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July 2017

Friday Happy Hour: King Cobra Edition

It was fifteen years ago this week that Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker, and indeed the eyes of the nation, watched as the last of nine trapped coal miners emerged from a f 12_-_The_Mystical_King_Cobra_and_Coffee_Forestslooded mine in Somerset County.  “Nine for nine!” was more than the governor’s exclamation as we all collectively exhaled; it was the defining moment of Schweiker’s short tenure as governor.

The drama in Congress this week was on a scale that rarely happens, as the U.S. Senate struggled with (we are being kind) its version of the Obamacare repeal.  The week opened with U.S. Senator John McCain flying to Washington, D.C. after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast the deciding vote to allow debate to proceed in the Upper Chamber.  “All hail John McCain!” the GOP leaders shouted from the mountaintops!

And then two days later, in the most McCain-ian possible way, the senior senator from Arizona put the final nail in the coffin of his own President’s marquee issue by voting against the so-called “skinny repeal,” ensuring that Obamacare will remain the law of the land for the foreseeable future.  “What the hell is McCain doing??” the GOP leaders shouted from the mountaintops! By the way, “skinny repeal” sounds like something you order at Starbucks. For one, brief moment, C-SPAN programming was as riveting as CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Final Four.  

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Friday Happy Hour: Security Robot Edition

We begin this week by wishing nothing but the best and a speedy recovery to United States Senator John McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. Given what kind of fighter Security-Robot-Death-640x354 (002)McCain has been all his life, we figure he will beat cancer in about 36 hours

We also do not usually do Shameless Client Plugs this early in the weekly wrap, but this was a big week for Pocono Raceway as the track named Nick Igdalsky and Ben May as the new CEO and President, respectively. It was a big week as well for outgoing President Brandon Igdalsky, who brings his formidable talents to NASCAR’s marketing team.  Congratulations and best of luck to all three!  We will see you at the Tricky Triangle on July 30th

If you were watching Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week, you may want to use your Affordable Care Act insurance plan to get yourself checked for whiplash.  First, his long-awaited Obamacare repeal and replace bill fell into the Potomac.  

Then McConnell pivoted to a straight-up repeal of Obamacare and, after the Congressional Budget Office scalded it, his caucus dumped that idea into the Potomac as well. But then, after a nice lunch with President Donald Trump, he pledged to come back and get to a deal.  Sometime.  Maybe this year, or next year. Maybe 2020.  Hey, can we all talk about infrastructure yet?  

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Friday Happy Hour: Slime Eel Edition

For the first time since last June, the news this week was dominated by a man named Donald Trump who is NOT currently the President of the United States.  The Jr. version of the Slimeeels (002) President this week disclosed via Twitter (because what else would he use?) that he had a high-level opposition research meeting with a few shady Russkies right about the time his dad was clinching the GOP nomination.  Not a good look, Donnie.

And while the eyes of the media were fixated upon this emerging kerfuffle, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was at it again, pushing a very large Obamacare repeal bill up a very steep hill. As of this writing, it is unclear whether or not there are 50 votes to get this horse into the barn.  Our crystal ball tells us that Vice-President Pence is going to play a role here before it is all over.

The time-honored tradition of blocking a President’s judicial nominees began in earnest this week, with the GOP crying foul that our own Senator Bob Casey, Jr. is doing such a deed to a qualified Pennsylvania jurist.  We are shocked, SHOCKED WE TELL YOU! For his part, Casey denies the accusation and for our part, can we all just push the pause button on the Faux-Outrage Machine?

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