1/11 Ups & Downs
Things are back to normal in Harrisburg… for better or worse.
Adrian King. The attorney and Rendell alum has the distinction of being the First Deputy Attorney General under Kathleen Kane. She announced her top staff Thursday and King, who served in the Rendell administration, is a nice pickup.
Ron Castille. The Chief Justice of the Pa. Supreme Court took lumps from his colleagues on the bench, who voted to remove him as the court’s official overseer to the Philadelphia court system. He took the hit because they blamed him for making public an embarrassing report that detailed rampant ticket fixing in the Philadelphia Traffic Court – including suggestions that fellow Justice Seamus McCaffery had his wife’s ticket dismissed.
Wayne Woodman. It’s nice to get compliments from your friends, but it’s more satisfying when they come from an opponent. This week liberal blogger and Lehigh Valley native Jon Geeting wrote of Woodman, the Lehigh Valley GOP chairman, “he happens to be very skilled at the mechanics of winning elections – candidate selection, fundraising, policy formation and coalition management.”
Turnpike Commission. Times are tough, so tolls have to increase. That’s been a perennial headline for years. Today the headline is different: “PA turnpike officials received personal vehicles worth $28,000 each.” A total of $406K from 2007 to 2011.
NCAA Lawsuit. One one but two polls – one from Public Policy Polling, another from Harper Polling – show that Gov. Tom Corbett’s lawsuit is generally popular with Pa. voters. Will he benefit from its strong numbers? Only time will tell.
Tweet of the week: Sen. Pat Toomey. The Senator earns this week’s marks for a vote he took outside of the Senate. Luckily for him (we guess), no Phillies were in contention.
— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) January 10, 2013