6/15 Ups & Downs
It’s been an interesting week, politicos. The Democrats busted out a new ad that’s not too shabby, and Senate Republicans scored a major victory. See who won, who lost and who had a week that was so-so:
John Fetterman. He’s hard to miss, but the man sharing a ticket with Gov. Tom Wolf hasn’t been on the radar much lately. That changed with this ad, showing the two can get along and even give us a few laughs. We also like the Pennsylvania-centric theme, with a nod to “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and a trip to Reading-based Boscov’s.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. For the second week in a row, the PG has earned a down arrow. Outrage over what many have called censorship of liberal viewpoints by right-leaning leadership was quick and widespread. After taking a few vacation days while newspaper leadership mulled the future of his career, Rogers announced Thursday afternoon he had been fired.
State Senate Republicans. The talking points surrounding Wednesday’s Senate Bill 22 vote may have been all about legislative and judicial reform, but this proposed constitutional amendment was, by all counts, a major win for Republicans. They can take credit for a measure that would get legislators out of the map-drawing business, but the judicial reform measure seems likely to guarantee more GOP representation on the courts.
Mike Kelly. An idealist might look at U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly’s offer to debate his opponent not once, but three times in the weeks leading up Election Day, as a sign of his good faith in voters to pick him because he has a better platform. A cynic would say Kelly’s in a potentially vulnerable new district in a midterm year with opposition polling showing Democratic challenger Ron DiNicola within striking distance. We at PoliticsPA are neither, so we’re calling it a draw.
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And our Tweet of the Week goes to none other than Babs, who weighed in with her own thoughts on the Rogers-PG clash:
A political cartoonist is having his drawings sidelined for being critical of Trump. Are we ending satire and a critical sense of humor under this growing authoritarian rule? https://t.co/iAy7tRKZoZ
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) June 7, 2018