In the battle of east versus west, Philadelphia definitely won out this week. Though when it comes to redistricting reform, we’re all losers. See who had a good week, and who did not, in this week’s edition of the Ups & Downs!
Philadelphia Eagles. This week, Gov. Tom Wolf signed the “Clean Slate” bill that would seal records for certain nonviolent offenders to prevent discrimination in education, hiring and housing. This was a top issue for several players. Importantly, they identified a bill that had bipartisan support – led by Rep. Jordan Harris and Sheryl Delozier. First, the Super Bowl. Then, successful criminal justice reform. Not a bad year.
Pittsburgh media. The Post-Gazette is dropping to five days of print a week next month, and both KDKA and WPXI came under intense scrutiny for reporting that video exists showing Antwon Rose had fired a gun the night he was shot and killed. Those reports were based on anonymous sources and were contradicted this week by the criminal complaint against Officer Michael Rosfeld, who shot an unarmed Rose in the back as he fled.
Pennsylvania Democrats. Two polls this month have shown double-digit leads for the party’s top-ticket nominees: Gov. Tom Wolf and Sen. Bob Casey. Historically, that means good news as well for down-ballot races.
Redistricting efforts. For some, there is a glimmer of home. To the rest, it’s clear that meaningful changes to the way Pennsylvania redraws its maps are not happening in time for 2021. Activists across the state are notably disappointed and continue to call for change. Those pleas seem to fall on deaf ears during election season.
George Scott. While it seems crass to analyze potential job loss as an optics issue, it’s clear that the Democratic congressional nominee in PA-10 can campaign on Harley-Davidson’s announcement that it was shifting some production overseas as the result of a burgeoning tariff war between the EU and the Trump administration.
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And our Tweet of the Week goes to Ryan W. Briggs of City & State for this absolutely accurate take on the new Pennsylvania tourism logo:
people are freaking out about the supreme court but WHY is no one freaking out about the fact that Pennsylvania quietly adopted this awful Dr Seuss tourism logo ???? pic.twitter.com/R1ktdE0mKP
— Ryan W Briggs (@rw_briggs) June 28, 2018