6/13 Ups & Downs

Tom Corbett is cleared of wrongdoing, Katie McGinty gets Wolf’s endorsement as party chair and David Reed wins the most important poll of all, ours. See who made the list.

Up Arrow1Tom Corbett. After months of speculation and worry, Kathleen Kane’s report on Gov. Corbett’s conduct during the Sandusky investigation leaked out this week and it found little to criticize. While many Democrats hoped for a startling revelation, the investigation instead seems to have put the issue to rest. Now it finally appears that the Governor can focus on the task ahead without checking his rear-view mirror for the Attorney General.

Down ArrowKathleen Kane. Considering all the sound and fury the Attorney General made over Corbett’s conduct it’s hard not to see this result as anything other than a loss for her. This was an issue Kane had made a significant part of her campaign and she didn’t end up with much to show for her $180,000 worth of effort.

Up Arrow1Kate McGinty. The former DEP Secretary was the only gubernatorial candidate not to attack Tom Wolf. Apparently, that was a good decision. On Thursday, it was announced that Wolf selected McGinty as his choice for Democratic Party Chair. She will still have to defeat sitting Chairman Jim Burn, but with the likely support of the establishment behind her, Katie McGinty may end up in the heart of the political arena after all.

Up Arrow1David Reed. In one of our most popular recent reader polls, the State Representative was named Pennsylvania’s brightest rising star. In the process, Reed beat out several high-profile names like Kathleen Kane, Josh Shapiro and Ryan Costello. During Chuck Todd’s Daily Rundown segment he mentioned to keep an eye out for Reed as a future gubernatorial prospect. We’re not saying it will happen, but it certainly seems more plausible than it did a few weeks ago.

Up Arrow1 Down ArrowSeverance Tax. The severance tax will soon be adopted, or not. Pennsylvanians support a severance tax, or they don’t. It feels like an important moment for this policy idea is nearing, yet it’s tough to tell ultimately whether it will ever come to fruition. Therefore, we feel both arrows are the only fair way to characterize the current state of the severance tax proposal.

The tweet of the week endorses a new rule in light of the start of the World Cup. It goes to the Tribune-Review’s Salena Zito, who we’ll forgive for misspelling “football”, the correct spelling of course is “soccer”.

June 13th, 2014 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 8 Comments

8 thoughts on “6/13 Ups & Downs”

  1. Don’t count on Kane being elected Chair of the PA Democratic Party. There is a lot more to the story.

  2. Signor Maserati says:

    Signor Ferrari? Ah yes, Tess and Brett — forgotten but not gone.

  3. How nice that we’ve all decided to take the word of Governor Corbett’s anonymous lackeys that Corbett is in the clear. How about we wait until the report is released before we decide what it says instead of taking Team Corbett’s word for it?

  4. hannah arendt says:

    “The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely on a clear notion of the truth that the liar or deceiver

  5. PAINDY1 says:

    Acting Governor John Brabender looked so good on his Hardball appearance explaining the Cantor train wreck, Our Dark Prince should get an up arrow. These journeys into MSNBC world are really helping Tom Corbett and the PAGOP. Dark Prince stop feeding off your dead body in Keystone State. Let’s just have a cheap funeral to celebrate the end of Tom Corbett’s political career. on.msnbc.com/1oPLh7x

  6. PAINDY1 says:

    Dear Sue, Scotty and Jay of the Paterno State College Family: Do you offer your morning prayers to Saint Thomas Corbett for his most holy intercessions? Corbett leakers have canonized Thomas Corbett. http://youtu.be/Fnt-P38ykc4

  7. ABCDEF says:

    Kane’s Sandusky report has NOT been released. Parts of it were leaked by the Fina-Corbett dweebs in their own PR effort. Let’s wait and read the report WHEN it’s released.

  8. Chad says:

    While I understand the quote of the week being themed toward the World Cup, i truly believe the political tweet of the week came from the Democratic Party of York County:

    “Chris Christie is with Corbett today in Pittsburgh. Imagine how excited Christie was when he saw all of those bridges that could be closed!”

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