7/1 Ups & Downs

Budgets, subpoenas and the Waldorf. See who made this week’s list!

Up ArrowDown ArrowTom 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.

Up ArrowHillary 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.


Down ArrowKathleen 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.  


Up ArrowDonald 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.


Down ArrowWaldorf 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.



Down ArrowEric 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.

10 Responses

  1. Why not party in the lobby of the PA Justice Center? At least some good use would be made of the building.

  2. I still like his bookstore but the prices are little high. Did anyone really think that the US DOJ would have indicted Hillary Clinton without Bill Clinton’s permission?

  3. Pennsylvania Society Weekend in New York: Dysfunctional Pennsylvania State Government ‘s big worry is all elected state officials can’t go to the Waldorf and will have their gala let your her down weekend at the New York Hilton. These same people that can’t get along in State Government in Pennsylvania go to New York City to party with each other and look for millionaires to contribute to their political war chests. Sounds like a real transparent government at work event. The event is so ridiculous if the hotel was on wheels it would be called The Pennsylvania Crazy Train Express. The answer for regular people is to vote out all incumbents and start over.

  4. Hey bungy……..I’m wondering if you are aware of the number of US e,brassy personnel that died under Dubs’ watch? No….didn’t think so

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