6/20 Ups & Downs
Tom Wolf concedes the fight over party chair, the budget deadline looms and the state’s economic growth stalls. See who made this week’s list.
Tom Wolf. To paraphrase Apocalypse Now, never get out of the boat unless you’re willing to go all the way. Last week, Tom Wolf picked Katie McGinty as his choice for Party Chair and began a steady push to defeat incumbent chairman Jim Burn. Yet after encountering resistance, the Wolf campaign created a McGinty-led PAC to act as their own party in exile. While Wolf now gets to avoid an association with the state party, it also looks like he backed down from a fight he chose to start. He would’ve been better off staying in the boat.
Harrisburg. Well, it’s happening again. We’re closing in on the June 30th budget deadline and it’s not clear we’ll have a budget by June 30th. After everything that happened last year you might have thought the process would be easier but nothing’s ever easy in an election year. As proposals swirl involving severance taxes, Medicaid expansion, pension reform and liquor privatization most Pennsylvanians wonder if we’ll simply be able to get a budget.
Ryan Costello and Mike Fitzpatrick. After learning last month that the DCCC is allocating money for the congressional races in PA-6 and PA-8, the NRCC has now responded in kind. Altogether, the NRCC has pledged $1.8 million to the Philadelphia media market which reaches the districts that Costello and Fitzpatrick will be competing in (as well as New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district). Added party support, and cash, can only help these two GOP candidates.
PA Economy. This isn’t good for anybody. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the commonwealth’s GDP rose only 0.7% in 2013. Only three states and D.C. had lower growth rates last year. With stalling economic growth, state revenues have been negatively affected leading to the state’s current budget deficit.
PA GOP House Delegation. With the shocking defeat of Eric Cantor, a vacuum emerged in the Republican House leadership. Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy seems poised to move up to Majority Leader but the battle for his position has become intense. As a result, the potential kingmakers for the Whip job may end up being Pennsylvania’s 13 House Republicans. To that end, the delegation is seeking to vote as a bloc to make sure they have maximum influence.
The tweet of the week goes to Thomas Fitzgerald of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who delivers the sad but true fate of political memoirs.
It would be cool if a pol had the courage to name a campaign book "Remainder Bin."
— tomfitzgerald (@tomfitzgerald) June 14, 2014