6/13 Ups & Downs
Tom Corbett is cleared of wrongdoing, Katie McGinty gets Wolf’s endorsement as party chair and David Reed wins the most important poll of all, ours. See who made the list.
Tom Corbett. After months of speculation and worry, Kathleen Kane’s report on Gov. Corbett’s conduct during the Sandusky investigation leaked out this week and it found little to criticize. While many Democrats hoped for a startling revelation, the investigation instead seems to have put the issue to rest. Now it finally appears that the Governor can focus on the task ahead without checking his rear-view mirror for the Attorney General.
Kathleen Kane. Considering all the sound and fury the Attorney General made over Corbett’s conduct it’s hard not to see this result as anything other than a loss for her. This was an issue Kane had made a significant part of her campaign and she didn’t end up with much to show for her $180,000 worth of effort.
Kate McGinty. The former DEP Secretary was the only gubernatorial candidate not to attack Tom Wolf. Apparently, that was a good decision. On Thursday, it was announced that Wolf selected McGinty as his choice for Democratic Party Chair. She will still have to defeat sitting Chairman Jim Burn, but with the likely support of the establishment behind her, Katie McGinty may end up in the heart of the political arena after all.
David Reed. In one of our most popular recent reader polls, the State Representative was named Pennsylvania’s brightest rising star. In the process, Reed beat out several high-profile names like Kathleen Kane, Josh Shapiro and Ryan Costello. During Chuck Todd’s Daily Rundown segment he mentioned to keep an eye out for Reed as a future gubernatorial prospect. We’re not saying it will happen, but it certainly seems more plausible than it did a few weeks ago.
Severance Tax. The severance tax will soon be adopted, or not. Pennsylvanians support a severance tax, or they don’t. It feels like an important moment for this policy idea is nearing, yet it’s tough to tell ultimately whether it will ever come to fruition. Therefore, we feel both arrows are the only fair way to characterize the current state of the severance tax proposal.
The tweet of the week endorses a new rule in light of the start of the World Cup. It goes to the Tribune-Review’s Salena Zito, who we’ll forgive for misspelling “football”, the correct spelling of course is “soccer”.
Endorse. Especially for those who never watch a football game before. @Goldfarb: Everyone is allowed 3 World cup tweets per day. New rule.
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) June 12, 2014