PoliticsPA Up & Down: 12/24 Edition

Pennsylvania’s Young Politicos – It’s no wonder so many PA operatives go national – the Commonwealth is packed with young political talent. so much so that PoliticsPA wondered several times this week if it wouldn’t just be easier to make a “30 over 30” list instead. Make sure to check out the 30 people who are the future of PA politics.

Arlen Specter – That final speech was vintage Senator Specter.  Instead of an emotional look back, Specter offered a vigorous “closing argument” befitting the Senator’s considerable intellect and historical perspective.  Nothing against Pat Toomey, but the Commonwealth will miss Senator Specter’s pragmatism and irascibility in an era when both are increasingly hard to come by.

Cumberland County GOP – So…Cumberland County Commission Chair Gary Eichelberger releases emails of a political nature he’d been sending using county resources.  Without investigating them, DA David Freed decides those emails may be “ill-advised,” but is hard-pressed to say they’re “criminal.”  We wonder if Mike Veon would think it’s that simple.

The Liquor Control Board – Just in time for the holidays comes news that the LCB’s wine vending machines would be offline until the kinks could be worked out.  Which will probably be sometime in the new year.  One wonders how the Robinsons would have survived if their beloved Robot had to undergo a similar tune-up at a time of crisis.

Pat Meehan – First, Rep.-Elect Meehan was named to the GOP’s Steering Committee where he helped dole out committee assignments to other GOP Congressman. Even more impressively, this week he was named Chair of the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Pretty good for a freshman representative.

Daryl Metcalfe – The consummate conservative was selected to receive the gavel for the influential State Government Committee when session begins in January. This gives him a big voice in reform proposals, especially his much-debated immigration legislation. Democratic issue groups are bracing for a fight.

Tom Corbett – The news that Brian Nutt will not be the incoming Governor’s chief of staff means Corbett will lose a key aide. Now, reporters are sensing trouble in the Corbett camp. One editorial though says it is part of acclimating to the new job.

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