4/22 Ups & Downs

Marcellus industry. Just in time for the 1-year anniversary of the Gulf oil spill, another high-profile gas drilling accident overtook the Marcellus debate this week. Chesapeake Energy, the company that manages the well in Bradford County, is said to be among the safest companies and most compliant with regulations.
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Patrick Murphy. The former Congressman made headlines across the state by announcing his candidacy for Attorney General, along with an impressive list of endorsements. He’s got to be considered the early front runner; he’s already drawing fire from the PA GOP.
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Harrisburg. As if the city isn’t facing enough problems, this week Harrisburg made national news when a major water main broke and forced the Capitol to close for several days. Semi-up in this situation goes to Tom Corbett, who played some prevent defense against any possible blame by announcing funding for water projects in PA. Semi-down for not including Dauphin County.
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Lou Barletta. His town hall drama was easily appropriated into the Democrats’ narrative of public backlash against the GOP’s budget and Medicare plans. However, credit to the Congressman for keeping his cool despite the raucous tone.
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John Street. From prospective mayoral threat to Nutter, to likely City Council candidate. The man still has juice in Philly.
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Dwight Evans. News that Foundations Inc. decided it wouldn’t run Martin Luther King High School after all put an ugly bow on what has been an ugly episode for State Rep. Evans.  First he got caught bending the truth about his role in ousting Mosaica Turnaround Partners, parents’ and neighbors first choice to run the school.  Then his preferred partner, Foundations, which has given thousands to his political campaigns in recent years, backed out amid the backlash.

April 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories | No Comments