12/26 Ups & Downs
A special holiday edition. See who made this week’s list!
Kathleen Kane. Generally, we try to avoid repeats for the Ups & Downs but the Attorney General just made that impossible this week. We learned Monday that the evidence Kane cited for why she didn’t take up the Philly sting case doesn’t exist. This is a tough blow for the AG especially on the heels of the news that Philly DA Seth Williams successfully brought charges in two of the cases she dismissed. Kane won’t be sad to see 2014 go.
Same-Sex Marriage. Politics and history are generally slow-moving. Sudden, titanic changes are rare. Yet in the last ten years, the American public (including Pennsylvanians) have completely flipped on the issue of same-sex marriage. In 2004, a Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll found 35% of PA residents in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. Ten years later, that figure stands at 62%. A tremendous swing and an incredible victory for LGBT Pennsylvanians.
Pittsburgh Steelers. Last Sunday, the Steelers won and clinched a berth in the playoffs. This will be the Steel Curtain’s twenty-seventh trip to the postseason in the last forty-three seasons. Over the next few weeks, the team will try to add to their NFL-record six Lombardi Trophies.
The tweet of the week goes to our own 30 under 30 honoree Darin Bartholomew. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus, Happy New Year’s, etc.
Twas the night before Christmas and Darin hasn't started shopping yet.
— Darin Bartholomew (@DarinB22) December 24, 2014