ShareThis Page
Editorials

Sunday pops: Costa's post-Parkland gambit

| Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9:00 p.m.
Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, talks with Tribune-Review editors and reporters in 2015.
Andrew Russell | Trib Total Media
Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, talks with Tribune-Review editors and reporters in 2015.
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
A vehicle drives by a pothole larger than a car on Route 711 in Stahlstown, Westmoreland County, on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
A vehicle drives by a pothole larger than a car on Route 711 in Stahlstown, Westmoreland County, on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.

State Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, is introducing post-Parkland legislation to prohibit future investments by Pennsylvania's retirement funds and treasurer in makers of “any military-style weapon,” “large capacity ammunition clips” or “accessories that enhance the capabilities of assault weapons” (bump stocks). Passage by the GOP-controlled Legislature seems unlikely. But if Republicans seeking re-election defeat or don't allow votes on his bill, Democratic challengers will use that against them. Will Mr. Costa's strategy backfire on him and his party? Stay tuned. … Democratic state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale confirmed to PennLive Feb. 21 that he was considering running in the new 10th Congressional District as drawn by the state Supreme Court and quickly challenged by Republicans. The suspense didn't last long: He said last Monday he won't enter that race. Expect widespread speculation that he's eyeing a 2022 gubernatorial bid to continue. … As more motorists fall victim to winter's bumper crop of potholes, they learn, to their chagrin, what the Trib recently reported: State law makes obtaining PennDOT or Pennsylvania Turnpike reimbursement for pothole damage to vehicles virtually impossible. The state's “sovereign immunity” rules do keep taxpayers from footing blown-tire and bent-rim bills. But those rules also deprive those agencies of a powerful incentive — avoiding such reimbursement — to do a better job of fixing potholes. Like legalized gambling, when it comes to potholes, the “house” — the state — always wins.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me