9/25 Ups & Downs
Polls, fundraising and a suspension. See who made this week’s list!
Kathleen Kane. After weeks of speculation, the Attorney General’s law license was suspended on Monday. The action caused a new wave of officials who think Kane should resign including potential GOP opponents, a potential Democratic opponent and a Democratic congressional hopeful. So far, a majority of the respondents in our reader poll agree with the Court’s action. In what could be an attempt to change the story, Kane is now indicating that she will finally release all the lewd emails that passed through state equipment. It’s hard to imagine this saga becoming more sordid, but at this point we certainly wouldn’t be surprised.
Democratic Supreme Court Nominees. The state fundraising deadline was Tuesday and it gave a good look at the numbers race for the Supreme Court, Commonwealth Court and Superior Court. The overwhelming winners were the Democratic Supreme Court nominees (Christine Donohue, Kevin Dougherty and David Wecht) who vastly outraised their GOP opponents. In fact, the trio have so much cash that the Democrats running for the two lower court positions are hoping that there’ll be a down ballot effect. With Labor Day far behind us and October nearly here, the biggest contests of the year are gearing up.
Harrisburg. To put it simply, nothing is working and no one is happy. More specifically, we still don’t have a budget and the people blame everyone. A recent Harper poll asked Pennsylvania voters who was responsible for the stalemate. 35% said both the Governor and the State Legislature while 31% each solely blamed the former or the latter. There’s so much frustration right now voters don’t know what do with it, except blindly focus it on PA’s capital city.
Joe Sestak. For the first time we got a good look at a Sestak-McGinty matchup and found out that the 2010 Democratic nominee has the edge for 2016. Of course, it’s now clear it won’t be a simple two person race, with John Fetterman launching his first campaign video and even unveiling endorsements. A crowded field, however, should help the front-runner. Sestak is by no means guaranteed the nomination but this may be the best shape he’s been in for months.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. There’s good news and bad news for this unlikely duo. The good news is that they are both still their party’s front-runners for the 2016 presidential nominations. The bad news is that their leads have shrunk, especially Trump’s. The big question is whether that slide will continue or stop for the presidential hopefuls.
The tweet of the week goes to Philadelphia Magazine for saying what we’re all thinking.
— Philly Mag (@phillymag) September 22, 2015