8/28 Ups & Downs
Emails, polls and online voter registration. See who made this week’s list!
Kathleen Kane. The Attorney General has been adamant for some time now that she will not resign despite her legal troubles. Unfortunately for her, though, Pennsylvanians are increasingly becoming open to the idea. Two separate polls this week from Quinnipiac and Franklin & Marshall respectively found that 49% and 46% of PA voters think Kane should resign. It’s a plurality but not a majority, at least not yet. Still those numbers must be frightening for the AG, who is now awaiting trial.
Frank Fina. For years, Kathleen Kane has desperately been trying to deflect some of the heat that has been focused on her towards her bitter enemy Frank Fina. This week that finally happened. Many of those notorious pornographic emails were released and they paint quite an unflattering picture of the prosecutor. While the emails may not get Fina in legal trouble, they are a major hit to his reputation and could end up costing him his job.
Tom Wolf. Sure, the budget process isn’t really moving and his approval ratings are stuck but it was still a great week for the Governor. The biggest outstanding question concerning the budget stalemate (politically at least) was who would get the blame, Gov. Wolf or the legislature. Well, thanks to the aforementioned F&M poll we have our first sign of an answer. A majority, 54%, of respondents point their finger towards the legislature while just 29% hold Wolf accountable. Now that the Governor knows where he stands, he is in prime position to both end this impasse and gain as much as possible. Whether he’ll succeed in that effort, however, remains to be seen.
Barack Obama. It was a tough week for the President. He is currently focusing all of his energy towards making sure Congress does not block his nuclear agreement with Iran. That’s why last Monday’s double-whammy hurt so badly. First, the Quinnipiac Poll found the deal has dreadful numbers with just 26% in support and 61% opposed. Then, Congressman Brendan Boyle announced his opposition. Furthermore, the Q poll and the F&M poll found his approval ratings basically flat. In response, the President gave an interview to 6abc to convince Pennsylvanians (and undecided vote Bob Casey) of the importance of the deal. Ultimately, the Commander-in-Chief may be forced to look outside the Keystone State for support.
PA Voters. It was a fantastic week for the current and future voters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On Thursday, the Governor announced that we’re the latest state to allow online voter registration. Not only will the site help enroll new voters, it will allow current ones to make changes and request assistance ahead of time. It’s long past time PA enter the 21st century when it comes to voting and this new method will allow more of our citizens to vote than ever before. A welcome win for the democratic process.
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