2/17 Ups & Downs

The people who make democracy work, a good rating, an endorsement, and Christie going after Philly again. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

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Petition Circulators.  You are the people who make democracy work. May God speed you on your journey. Here’s our list of petition tips and anecdotes to keep you warm on those cold door-knocking days. And if you have tips to stories, please share.

 

 

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Bob Casey. Senator Bob Casey gets a second up arrow in a row.  Media coverage of his new found affinity for Twitter, and Larry Sabato rating his seat as “Likely D” always help a campaign.    

 

 

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Seth Williams. The Philadelphia District Attorney had to end his re-election bid this week amid ethics complaints and questions about him accepting gifts while in office. Media gaggled outside his home this week expecting an FBI indictment.

 

 

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Todd Eagen.  In the hotly contested race for the Democratic endorsement for Commonwealth Court, Eagen won his endorsement on the first ballot. He was the only CC primary hopeful to emerge from the room with the party’s backing.

 

 

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Chris Christie. The New Jersey Governor continues to add to the list of reasons why Philadelphians do not like him.  The latest strike is a hit against the Phillies, their fans and Citizens Bank Park.  

 

 

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Pipelines. The Mariner East 2 pipeline was approved this week by DEP, following months of hearings that featured hundreds of people – opponents and supporters. The DEP also granted water quality permits for the PennEast pipeline. The approvals came from the state, not the feds, but it matches a favorable national climate for these types of projects. Environmental groups are pushing back.

 

 

Down Arrow PA Congressional delegation. In 2009, Sen. Arlen Specter kept his cool in the first angry town hall meeting of the Tea Party wave. He earned the respect of critics and supporters for facing the fire. Democratic incumbents who dismissed constituents as being paid, astro-turf, out-of-towners paid for their mistake the next year. Now the shoe is on the other foot, and members of the PA delegation are dismissing critics, pretending digital or telephone town halls are the real thing, or dodging town halls altogether.  

 

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The tweet of the week goes to the Liddell Group for their observation on the weird campaign kick-off that was really a retirement announcement:

February 17th, 2017 | Posted in Front Page Stories | 6 Comments

6 thoughts on “2/17 Ups & Downs”

  1. Barricks Einwohner says:

    This is what you get when PC gets confused with insults, rudeness and being obnoxious.
    Fred, you are right, same bullshit, except now the Republicans get to reap what was sown.

  2. jones says:

    Trump is a fart joke. You hear him, don’t see him, but still smell his presence.

  3. Linda2 says:

    Sadly, this is what society has come to in this country — on both sides of the isle. People feel it is their right to be rude and obnoxious.

  4. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    Town halls are a form of democracy. Watch Trump and/or GOP PA legislature try to outlaw them.

  5. Talkin Dauphin says:

    nope…town halls are real….Dems took it on the chin from the tea party folks, now the GOP has to answer for their inaction and Commander in Chief. Good call

  6. Fred Hartley says:

    These “town halls” are a joke–set pieces for the media and those who want to attract attention by them. Nothing constructive about them as people call out, shout, insult, disrupt, wave pre-printed signs and disrespect both the speaker and other audience members. And for Toomey to avoid Philadelphia, who can blame him? The professional organizers in this town representing every conceivable gripe would show up en masse and prevent any serious kind of dialogue. On a more political note, the guy just got re-elected, and with no support in Philadelphia, so why should he subject himself to that kind of bullshit.

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