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3/23 Ups & Downs

It’s been a very busy few days in Harrisburg and Pa., and plenty of people had big ups and big downs. See who had the best week and who had the worst.

Larry Farnese. Righteous indignation is nice and all, but the Philly state Senator this week offered the most effective critique yet of the proposed ultrasound legislation. He unveiled his own satirical bill, which would require men seeking treatment for erectile dysfunction to undergo sex therapy and submit an affidavit from a partner.
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John Perzel. How the mighty have fallen. The former House Speaker was sentenced to 2 and a half to five years in prison this week, stemming from corruption charges out of ‘computergate.’
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John Featherman. The perennial protest candidate is known for his attention-grabbing campaign videos, and this week he proved why. His latest ad, starring Ruth Weisberg (and little else), showed “the naked truth” about his opponent Rep. Bob Brady (D-Phila).
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 Matt Cartwright. The good news? The Democratic challenger to Rep. Tim Holden has about $600,000 at his disposal – enough to make him a very credible candidate. The bad news? That fact was revealed to the public in a somewhat sputtering manner this week, making something that could have been a major press hit look more like a stumble. (It’s $300K from donors, $300K self-funding).

Lancaster GOP. A week ago, this county committee was hoping to book a member of congress from New Jersey to headline their annual spring dinner. That was before the presidential campaign rolled into town. Now, they have to figure out the speaking order for the two GOP front runners, who are both attending.
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Tony Payton. The three-term state Rep. from Philadelphia was booted from the ballot Thursday, when a judge ruled that of the 1,800+ signatures he submitted, not 300 were valid. A write-in bid is a long-shot, and it looks like for now, his time in Harrisburg is done.
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Tim Murphy. Basically everything went Murphy’s way this week. He got the endorsement of the NRA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and ‘Citizens Against Higher Taxes.’ Plus, with a million dollar COH advantage, he’s the only candidate on TV.
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 Daryl Metcalfe. Getting any legislation passed is a noteworthy accomplishment for a state Rep., and Metcalfe’s Voter ID bill is the most controversial thing that the GOP in Harrisburg has touched let alone passed. However, in celebrating the win, his staff got him this cake (image below). Height 6’0”? In your dreams, Representative.

You don't want to imagine the cake they have in store if the ultrasound bill passes.

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