8/30 Ups & Downs
An F&M poll cast a long shadow over several PA politicos, plus some interesting news out of Harrisburg. See who made this week’s list!
Tom Corbett. Every time we think his polling numbers have hit rock bottom, it seems they find a way to go lower. This week an F&M survey found him with 17% job approval and only 20% said he deserves a second term. On the official side, there were major headaches when the Guv had to force out his preliminary pick for Ed. Secretary. And his counsel stepped in it with a clunky legal analogy comparing same-sex couples to married 12-year-olds.
Barack Obama. He’s not in Corbett territory, but the President also saw a steep summer slide in his polling numbers. F&M showed job approval down by 10 points in Pa. since May for the man who won the state by 5 points in November. For the first time ever, his personal unfavorability in Pa. is at 50%.
Harrisburg. What’s this? Good financial news out of Pennsylvania’s Capital? Can it be? After years of utter acrimony over unsustainable debt caused by the city’s overpriced incinerator, it seems there is a light at the end of the tunnel. State-appointed receiver William Lynch submitted a finance plan that avoids a fire sale of city assets while offloading the cursed incinerator. It’s gotten tentative support from most parties involved.
Kathleen Kane. The Attorney General has rocketed through her first 8 months in office. Her tenure has mostly been characterized by an emphasis on prosecuting child predators, some deft political moves, and overall a high standard of ethics. But recently Kane has faced some bad headlines over the fact that she gave her identical twin sister a promotion and a raise. (Her sister has worked for the office since Corbett was AG in 2008).
Organized Labor. In other states, GOP governors and legislatures have aggressively gone after organized labor, seeking to shrink things like prevailing wages and the ability of public sector workers to organize. But not in PA. Here organized labor has successfully defused and diminished those sorts of efforts. They even killed a plan based on the popular idea of privatizing state-owned liquor stores. But most important of all, they got all of us a day off next week. Happy Labor Day!
Tweet of the week: Melissa Daniels of the PA Independent. She asked the question all of us want to know about Tom Wolf.
— Melissa Daniels (@melissamdaniels) August 26, 2013
Facebook post of the week: State Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D-Lehigh). We’re not even sure what this is. Schlossberg is on the left, getting familiar with the sandwich. Allentown Councilman Peter Schweyer (and the favorite to win the new state House seat redistricted to Allentown) is on the right. Not pictured: Schlossberg’s other hand.