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4/3 Ups & Downs

Kane’s worst week, Cohen’s best and Hillary’s decline. See who made this week’s list!

Down ArrowKathleen Kane. The Attorney General has had a lot of bad weeks over the last year or so, but this may well have been the worse. On Tuesday, the State Supreme Court delivered a crushing blow when they ruled that the special prosecutor in the case can decide whether or not to indict Kane on the charges recommended by a grand jury. The 4-1 decision means we could very well see the AG brought to trial. Then, on top of all that, new revelations came out on Thursday that Kane squashed subpoenas for suspicious reasons in a casino investigation case. At this point, we have to wonder how many more hits like this Kane will be able to take.

Up ArrowPhiladelphia. Don’t act so shocked. The residents of the City of Brotherly Love are optimistic about their future. A new survey from Pew Charitable Trusts found that 67% of Philadelphians expect the city to improve over the next five years. The city’s population is still growing and getting younger while crime is on a steady decline. These factors, as well as the still all-important issue of education, will have a large effect on the last six weeks of the Democratic primary for Mayor.

Down ArrowHillary Clinton. The former Secretary of State was looking untouchable when it came to 2016 presidential match-ups among PA voters. That was until this week. The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Hillary facing much more competitive contests from her GOP counterparts. In fact, one of them, Senator Rand Paul even came out a point ahead in their match-up. Now, this may just be a temporary hiccup caused by her email scandal. Reports suggest Clinton will finally announce her candidacy soon and perhaps she’ll get a bump from that. For the first time, though, the Democratic front-runner doesn’t look unbeatable in the Keystone State.

Up ArrowSherrie Cohen. The biggest story in the nation this week was very likely SB101, the anti-LGBT bill signed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Cohen, a candidate for an at-large Philly City Council seat, grabbed headlines when she urged Mayor Nutter to cut off city travel to the Hoosier state. By Friday, Governor Wolf sent out an email denouncing Pence’s action and asking supporters to sign a petition to pressure the legislature to pass a non-discrimination law. Altogether, this situation allowed a down-ballot candidate to gain a great deal of attention.

Down ArrowTom Corbett. The biggest issue for Gov. Corbett’s re-election campaign was undoubtedly pension reform. Corbett repeatedly cited his efforts to change what he called a runaway system and accused his opponent of ignoring the problem. We found out on Tuesday, though, that Gov. Corbett apparently doesn’t believe in reforming his own pension. He took a $118,378 lump sum payment from the state, which while completely legal seems a little hypocritical after all his assertions that reform was vital to the fiscal health of the commonwealth.

Up ArrowApril Fools Day. We had another great time coming up with pieces for our yearly tradition. Make sure to check out our Wednesday articles in case you missed them the first time.




Our tweet of the week goes to Senator and President pro tempore Joe Scarnati for reminding us all that April Fools Day is not just a PoliticsPA endeavor.

2 Responses

  1. Thumbs Down to Joe Sestak:

    https:// twitter. com /jonathantamari/status/583765314934018048?refsrc=email&s=11

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