Peduto and Wagner get the national spotlight, pension reform moves forward, and millennials come out to vote. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!
Peduto and Wagner. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and state Senator Scott Wagner both got mentioned on HBO’s Last Week Tonight thrusting both of them into the national spotlight. The appearance will help Peduto who is running for re-election this year. Wagner, who is running for Governor, took the criticism in the video rather well, telling host John Oliver he would love to go on the show.
Paul Mango. It was revealed that Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango has not voted consistently in Republican primaries and odd year elections. While it might not hurt him in the eyes of normal voters, the party members and grassroots activists that campaigns are recruiting this early in the campaign will likely not be happy about the revelation.
Pension Reform. The state Senate and House fast tracked a bipartisan pension reform bill that will be signed by the Governor. While unions may not like the bill, they stayed on the sidelines, allowing the bill to pass quickly and be counted as a win for all the parties involved.
Philly Millennial Voters. In this year’s primary election, millennials in Philadelphia came out to the polls at three times the rate they did four years ago in the same election. This surge helped progressive candidates Larry Krasner and Rebecca Rhynhart get over the finish line and showed that the generation in the city is not just showing up for even year elections.
PWSA. The state House began the process this week of instituting state oversight of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority after multiple news reports about issues with their operations, including recent non-compliance with the EPA over Clean Water Act violations.
Casinos. Despite their push against the legalization of video gaming terminals, the state House passed a bill that would legalize them, sending the issue back to the Senate. Now they have to bet the house on winning in the Senate against tall odds
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The tweet of the week goes to the WITF reporter Ben Allen for having his priorities right for broadcasting:
I'm hosting @MorningEdition 5 times in the next 4 weeks.
If I can't find some time for one Dad joke on the air, I will be very upset.
— Ben Allen (@consulting_ben) June 8, 2017