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7/29 Ups & Downs

An arrest, a poll and an a-hole. See who made this week’s list!

Down ArrowBrad Koplinski. Yikes. What a fall. Koplinski was a Harrisburg Councilman and candidate for Lieutenant Governor. On Tuesday, he was arrested for stealing press and parking passes to get into the Democratic convention. Apparently, he did the same thing in Cleveland and was selling Trump memorabilia. Our own Jason Addy witnessed Koplinski selling wares in Harrisburg earlier this month. All political careers end but few expire with such a sad whimper.


Up ArrowDown ArrowKatie McGinty. The Democratic Senate nominee came so close to just a down arrow this week. Then, a Suffolk Poll found her with a surprising seven point lead. Her week, however, was defined not by that survey or her convention speech but by her profane comments about Sen. Toomey. That mistake allowed her opponent to take the moral high ground and gave them the opportunity to make a killer ad. It’s never good when the GOP nominee can compare his opponent to Donald Trump instead of the other way around. Finally, McGinty would likely be better served on the campaign trail is she let out more of her personality. After this incident, though, it’s hard to imagine she’ll feel confident doing that.

Up ArrowChristina Hartman. It’s hard running for Congress in Pennsylvania. For years the only seats even close to competitive have been PA-6, PA-7 and PA-8. All of a sudden, though, PA-16 has emerged as a potential opportunity for Democratic nominee Christina Hartman. Over the weekend, the Cook Political Report moved the seat from “Solid Republican” to “Likely Republican”. It’s still a long shot, but Congressman Joe Pitt’s retirement has given the Dems a glimmer of hope in the 16th District for the first time in quite awhile.


Up Arrow1Hillary Clinton. By most accounts, the Democratic National Convention was considered a success. Observers believe the party used their top officials effectively and it even did better than the RNC when it came to TV ratings. This arrow, though, is mostly based on this week’s Suffolk Poll. It had Hillary ahead of Donald by nine both in head-to-head contests and including third party challengers. Perhaps it is an outlier, nonetheless it shows that at a point when Trump’s national numbers were improving Clinton still leads in the Keystone State.


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 seven.





In case you hadn’t noticed, we made the Ups & Downs all Democratic in celebration of the DNC. Tweet of the week goes to Vanity Fair’s Kurt Eichenwald for capturing the unique turmoil in the Democratic Party right now.

15 Responses

  1. Koplinski was arrested Sunday morning at 12th and Arch Streets. He was charged with burglary, theft, trespassing, and related counts, according to court records, and was free after posting 10 percent of $10,000 bail.
    (Edward from

  2. McGinty was considered a relatively weak candidate: She had previously worked as an environmental adviser to Al Gore during his time as a senator and then to President Bill Clinton. After an unsuccessful run for Pennsylvania governor in 2014, she served as Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff. Ultimately, Toomey benefited from what has become a wipeout for Democrats, running just a fraction of a point ahead of Trump in one of the closest states in the country.
    (William H. –

  3. I always hate Politicians, especially when they are corrupt and never use their powers or rights to minimize the poverty. It is necessary for the politicians to think about the future of our country. I am a medical student in the NY and also working with an organization for the part time ( ).

  4. Trump is now bringing anti-Muslim prejudice into the mainstream.

    Only half of Republicans believe Islam encourages violence.

    Where is the other half??!!?? Time for them to step up. Before their nominee, a bigot, destroys their party for good.

  5. Can’t wait to see the snack-down this great country puts on Donald Trump. It will be a resounding rejection of his repugnant views. He is a national embarrassment. And the World will soon see that America does not stand with him.


  6. Trump is always a LOSER. So, yes, perpetual down arrow for Trump and the feckless GOP.

  7. Obama approval rating way up. Bad news for the two-bit grifter the Rs inexplicably nominated.

  8. Below reminds me of what Bill Clinton said on Wednesday: “So your only option is to create a cartoon, a cartoon alternative, then run against the cartoon. Cartoons are two-dimensional, they’re easy to absorb.”

    Another home run for the left-wing mainstream media.

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

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