9/6 Ups & Downs
A high-profile week for Allyson Schwartz, while Governor Corbett laid low. See who made the list.
Allyson Schwartz. The Democratic front-runner in the gubernatorial race definitely won the most headlines this week, although that may prove to be a blessing and a curse. This week Schwartz announced the first plank of her campaign platform, a 5% extraction tax on drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. While such a specific plan is refreshing, it has also already provided a large target for opponents to attack. As has been said before, the problem with being the front-runner is that your back is turned to everyone else.
Rob McCord. In contrast, Rob McCord continues to be able to run for the governorship, without actually saying he is running for the governorship. Earlier this week McCord even gave an interview laying out a campaign platform. This long, slow roll-out does have the advantage, however, of keeping the State Treasurer in the spotlight. He is definitely getting the most out of this initial phrase of the race.
Tom Corbett. I can hear you saying, but Corbett didn’t make any news this week. That’s exactly why it was a good week for the Governor. After a summer of resignations, revelations, and legislative frustrations, at this point a quiet week is a winning week for Corbett. In addition, with the Democratic primary heating up, it’s also possible their friendly fire will take the heat off of him and allow him to recover from his record low approval ratings.
Every PA Representative. Thanks to the President’s decision to seek congressional approval for a strike on Syria, every member of the state delegation must vote on the contentious and controversial proposal to reprimand the Assad regime for its use of chemical weapons. According to the Washington Post, three Republicans (Reps. Marino, Thompson and Shuster) are against the resolution while the other fifteen members of the House have yet to take a firm stand.
Minimum Wage. In the news vacuum that is the post-Labor Day week, the state minimum wage became an unlucky focus for PA politicians. It began on Tuesday when gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty unveiled her plan for a $9 an hour minimum wage. Then on Thursday, Senator Casey gave a speech advocating increasing the national minimum wage. While we likely won’t see a minimum wage increase, its rare that the issue gets this much attention.
Tweet of the Week: In honor of Rosh Hashanah, we give the honor to Jake Tapper of CNN.
Sigh. I’m still writing 5773 on my checks.
– Jake Tapper (@JakeTapper) Sept. 4, 2013