We’ll start with two sports items, the first congratulating Penn State for its second National Invitation Tournament championship in nine years. Our friend Dave Jones captured the essence of the accomplishment in his PennLive column.
And, baseball’s Opening Day was Thursday. Early projections involving regional favorites suggest the Orioles will win 162 games, the Phillies will lose 162 games, and the Pirates and Nats will be rained out all season. The sample size is small, however.
President Trump has received a bit of a bump in his approval rating nationally, but nooooooo, not here in PA. The Franklin & Marshall College Poll said Trump is still stuck at 30 percent of voters saying he’s doing an excellent or good job as prez. Meanwhile, Governor Wolf is enjoying a comfortable lead over three Republicans seeking to unseat him, Sen. Scott Wagner, Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey looks to be in pretty good shape too. To read about these items and more, check out the poll results here.
Across the country, demonstrators took to the streets to show support for stricter gun control measures in the wake of the Florida school shootings last month. Is it our imagination, or does it feel like gun control sentiments are gaining some traction this time?
We interrupt this weekly diatribe to alert you to an important development: according to a Pew Research report, Millennials are about to overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation. Moreover, generational differences are wider than they have been in decades. Hang onto your hat, Gramps, things are gonna start getting a whole lot different.
A Commonwealth Court judge said Lt. Gov. Mike Stack’s Democratic rivals will have to unseat Stack the old-fashioned way – by beating him in the primary, rather than having him disqualified for listing his mother’s address as his own residence on election records.
Democrat Bill Richardson, former congressman, U.N. ambassador, cabinet secretary and governor, opined in a USA Today op-ed piece that it would behoove his party to tend to the needs of organized labor, thus following the Conor Lamb model that seized a congressional seat last week in a district Donald Trump won my almost 20 percent.
In related news, Chester County Republican Congressman Ryan Costello announced this week that he will not seek reelection, leading to instant speculation that his withdrawal makes it more likely the seat will fall into the D column come November.
Governor Wolf was busy this week, teaming up with some Democratic buddies in support of a series of statewide election reform proposals that include redistricting, campaign finance reform, same-day voter registration and expanded absentee balloting. Republicans accused him of using his bully pulpit for politicking, which would be the first time in PA history that any governor ever did that (NOT).
Is it really necessary to submit to annual vehicle emission tests when the test failure rate is less than 3 percent? Beaver County Republican Sen. Elder Vogel thinks maybe not, and he is championing a study to determine whether maybe we can keep some money in our pockets instead of shelling it out every year to find out that everything is hunky-dory.
Triad consultant Tony Mannino was on hand to squeeze off a few photos when the new cranes arrived a PhilaPort last weekend. PhilaPort just continues to kick butt and take names!
“Mostly saber rattling, and not that many sabers” is how our pals Terry Madonna and Michael Young assessed the threat among 12 Republican House members to launch impeachment proceedings against four Democrat state supreme court justices who deemed Pennsylvania’s former congressional map to be unconstitutional. Ah, but this is Pennsylvania, after all, where we have learned to expect the unexpected…
Our We Can’t Make This Up feature takes us to Africa, where a safari group was treated to a close encounter with a cheetah. The big cat hopped into the SUV, sniffed around and nuzzled a head rest before scurrying off to bother – or perhaps eat – a gazelle. And they say that cheetahs never win.
And that does it for our abbreviated Good Friday edition. Have a great Easter weekend, and we’ll be back next week, same time, same place!