Budgets, subpoenas and the Waldorf. See who made this week’s list!
Tom Wolf. So close and yet still so far away. After the interminable 267 day stalemate in 2015-16, it actually appears we just may have a deal done before the clock strikes midnight. The State House and State Senate each passed their own budgets, but differences between the two pieces of legislation remain. After last year’s experience, Pennsylvanians probably won’t sweat it if a resolution takes a few extra days. Governor Wolf really needs a major victory soon, though, in order to regain some momentum. 2018 will be here before he knows it.
Hillary Clinton. Until this week, the Democratic nominee’s lead (or lack thereof) in polls against Donald Trump was surprisingly small for a state that’s gone blue six straight times. This week, however, three separate surveys have shown Clinton with a healthy lead over her GOP opponent. Furthermore, FiveThirtyEight released their forecasts on Wednesday. Nate Silver’s site put Clinton’s odds at 82% in the Keystone State at this moment.
Kathleen Kane. When it comes to the Attorney General, there is seemingly no end to the bad news. Not only must Kane prepare for an August civil trial, but it appears the State House will continue their impeachment investigation. On Tuesday, House Courts Subcommittee Chair Todd Stephens announced they’ll be issuing subpoenas for documents and testimony. This investigation will likely prove to be moot, but it still applies additional burdens on an already overwrought AG.
Donald Trump. In 2008 and 2012, John McCain and Mitt Romney made last-minute pushes to win Pennsylvania that came up short. This year, Trump intends to make PA a major battleground state. Over the past few days, the GOP nominee revealed his team on the ground in the commonwealth and made another visit to the increasingly Republican Southwest. Trump’s initiative has forced Clinton off the sidelines and onto the airwaves in PA.
Waldorf Astoria. The legendary hotel is undergoing a major renovation in 2017. The process could take up to three years. As a result, the venue will lose Pennsylvania Society, which has taken place in the Waldorf since 1899. The long-running gathering will now occur in the New York Hilton instead, at least until whenever the Waldorf is finished.
Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. This is week three.
The tweet of the week goes to the AV Club for explaining Brexit through The Simpsons.
— The A.V. Club (@TheAVClub) June 25, 2016