3/17 Ups & Downs

Life saving convoys, a candidate scaring off potential challengers, and Congressmen getting good ratings.  See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!


Up-Arrow4-2 PennDOT/National Guard/State Police.  During the snowstorm this week, the three groups worked together to transport a young child in need of a heart transplant from East Stroudsburg to Danville.  This is only one highlight of the work done by the emergency crews during the storm who worked long hours to make the roads safe for travel.



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Scott Wagner.  Gubernatorial hopeful Scott Wagner successfully scared off one challenger this week, but being the only candidate in the race has its downside.  The Democrats can focus all of their attention on you.






Targeted Congressmen.  Congressmen Ryan Costello (R-Chester), Pat Meehan (R-Delaware), Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster), and Matt Cartwright (D-Luzerne) all were all rated as likely to win their seats, while Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) was rated as “leans” by Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball.  This is good news as all five Congressmen have been targeted by the DCCC or the NRCC for 2018.  



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Mike Kelly. Congressman Mike Kelly was caught talking about a ‘shadow government’ during a speech in Mercer county last week, bringing the bad kind of national attention to him.  The comments were almost certainly caught by a tracker trying to gets hits on Kelly ahead of a possible Gubernatorial or Senate run in 2018.  




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Philly Democrats.  Their last ditch effort to get their candidate on the ballot was turned down by the Supreme Court, meaning the only candidate on the ballot will be Republican Lucinda Little.




Down Arrow Mary Murray.  Allegheny County Magisterial Court Judge Mary Murray’s petitions were challenged by the PA GOP in Commonwealth Court.  While the court has been ruling in favor of allowing more candidates on the ballot rather than fewer, having to spend resources on the challenge in races with often little cash will likely make it harder for Murray to win.  



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Jesse White.  Former State Rep. Jesse White’s troubles continue to pile up as he lost his law license this week.  





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The tweet of the week goes to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Chris Potter for knowing the best ways to pick ballot positions:

6 Responses

  1. I disagree with Rep. Kelly getting a ‘down’. He is simply stating the obvious. Former President Obama has made it clear that he will stay in Washington and -unlike some past presidents – not to stay away from the attacks on his legacy. I don’t care if you call it a shadow gov’t or a shadow cabinet or an Obama think tank, Obama is the only Democrat with the national following who could put together Democratic experts to rebut Trump. If you were Obama and saw everything you stood for in office be upended, would you want to develop a quick turnaround rebuttal team of experts who share your ideology? And, hey, if the Ds get lucky and Trump loses his re-election, there is already a transition/cabinet operation there. I just don’t think Rep. Kelly’s comments are off the mark.

  2. Former Lower Merion Township Constable Eric Bradway announced that he is running in the 2018 Primary against Governor Wolf .

  3. Former Lower Merion Township Constable announced that he will be running in the Primary in 2018 against Governor Wolf . Bradway said the Commonwealth Finances are out of control under Wolf .

  4. Not to worry, peepoo. For one thing, it’s Friday. And for another thing, I don’t believe in violence unless it’s absolutely necessary.

  5. Interesting ups and downs.

    Scott Wagner can take care of himself in his gubernatorial campaign. That he is now targeted by the Soros-funded anti-healthcare reform agitators suggests that the Democrats view him as a serious contender and likely threat to a second Wolf term.

    Good about the “targeted Congressmen”. Even with only middling healthcare and tax reform (don’t expect very many great things from Congress), the Trump economic revival is likely to be the decisive factor in their re-election in 2018.

    Kelly going off the deep end last week may have scotched any plans for senator in 2018, but the benefit is that now he will at least be focused on re-election from his district for the next election. Casey will be hard to beat. The Republicans will need Superman or a sacrificial lamb.

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