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August 31, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - The 19 red seams inked on the inside of Alec Asher's right elbow take the shape of a baseball each time he flexes the arm. Asher had the tattoo done when he was 16. It is the lasting reminder of a promising career that almost ended before it really began. Asher, who will take the mound for the Phillies in his major-league debut on Sunday, had Tommy John surgery when he was 14. The baseball seams cover a surgeon's scar that was once an ugly shade of purple. Asher's elbow burned out at a young age from overuse.
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November 7, 2010 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Tuesday night, Gov.-elect Tom Corbett began his victory speech by thanking some of the supporters who had crowded with him onto a hotel stage in Pittsburgh. After family members, the first person he named was Bob Asher. "Where's Bob?" Corbett asked, twisting his neck. TV cameras caught a hand shooting up, way in the back. "Here!" came a muffled voice. Robert B. Asher, typically, was in the middle of the action, but hidden from public view. Corbett's thank-you list was in alphabetical order, but it would not have been wrong to rank the 73-year-old Asher at or near the top. This candy-company owner from Montgomery County is recognized in political back rooms as the most influential Republican in Southeastern Pennsylvania and, over the decades, one of the most influential in the state.
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December 18, 2003 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor sent shudders through the state Republican Party yesterday with a public tirade against national committeemen Bob Asher after local GOP chiefs refused to back Castor for Pennsylvania attorney general. In a straw vote yesterday, four of five Republican County chairmen in Southeastern Pennsylvania agreed to endorse Tom Corbett of Pittsburgh, a former U.S. attorney who served as Pennsylvania's attorney general in 1995, at the Republican State Committee meeting in January.
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December 7, 2012 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
MONTGOMERY County Commissioner Bruce Castor is mulling a challenge to Gov. Corbett in the 2014 Republican primary. Castor cites three reasons for thinking Corbett is vulnerable. * Corbett's role as state attorney general in the Penn State child- abuse scandal that sent former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to prison is about to get a close review by a Democrat, Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane. "It could get very uncomfortable for the governor in very short order," Castor said.
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June 2, 1999 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A committee of 61 Republican leaders from around the nation will oversee the mounting of the presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia next year. Yesterday, Republican National Committee chairman Jim Nicholson, a Colorado builder, named most of the rank-and-file members of the committee on arrangements. The leaders had been appointed earlier this year. The committee will hold its first meeting in Philadelphia when the Republican National Committee gathers here for its annual summer meeting July 8 through 10. That's when "they'll get a chance to see why the site-selection committee was so impressed with Philadelphia," said Tim Fitzpatrick, spokesman for the GOP's convention staff in Philadelphia.
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July 22, 2005 | By Marc Schogol and Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
With the prospects of running for governor dim, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. is considering a race for Congress. Republican Party leaders are urging Castor to make a run at retaking the historically Republican 13th District seat now held by freshman Democrat Allyson Y. Schwartz. After meeting last week with Republican congressional leaders in Washington - including House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert - Castor confirmed yesterday that he is pondering a congressional run but that he has reservations.
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July 16, 1993 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
Jim West, who as acting U.S. attorney gunned down some of the biggest political names in Pennsylvania in the 1980s, has been hired by the Philadelphia law firm of Sprague & Sprague. West, 47, yesterday confirmed he's moving to Philadelphia and will start his new job Aug. 2. "I am honored that Dick Sprague offered me the position. I look forward to working with him," he said. Richard A. Sprague, a former first assistant Philadelphia district attorney, is a nationally prominent defense lawyer in practice with his son, Thomas.
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April 6, 1992 | By Peter Landry, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Man Who Isn't There was on the phone. It was early March, the veteran congressman was history, the newly elected commissioner had just announced he wanted to step up, and the last thing Montgomery County Republicans wanted was the kind of street fight that ripped the party in 1991. Lawrence Coughlin, a testament to quiet incumbency, had jolted the county GOP by announcing - surprise! - that he would step down after 24 years in Congress. Jon D. Fox, who had barely begun his term as county commissioner, had moved to quickly fill the void, and county leaders would have to make good their pledge to support him when the time for Congress came.
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March 17, 2009 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Two-term state Attorney General Tom Corbett has taken his first official step toward a run for governor. Corbett, 59, a Republican, filed paperwork yesterday to form an exploratory committee after discussions with friends and family, a spokesman said. "Pennsylvanians are looking for a leader with the experience to create economic opportunities for Pennsylvania families through tax cuts, cutting government waste and spending, reforming state government, and creating good family-sustaining jobs," Corbett said in a statement.
NEWS
October 12, 1999 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
If the race for mayor has an "Invisible Man," you could argue that it's Gov. Ridge. For while the state's most prominent Democrat, Mayor (and national party chief) Ed Rendell, is clearly seen as an asset for fellow Democrat John Street, the state's most prominent Republican, Gov. (and VP possibility) Ridge is seen nowhere near Sam Katz. This despite Ridge's being a popular two-term incumbent who helped bring the GOP convention to Philadelphia, new life to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and win state funding for two new Philadelphia sports stadiums.
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August 31, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - The 19 red seams inked on the inside of Alec Asher's right elbow take the shape of a baseball each time he flexes the arm. Asher had the tattoo done when he was 16. It is the lasting reminder of a promising career that almost ended before it really began. Asher, who will take the mound for the Phillies in his major-league debut on Sunday, had Tommy John surgery when he was 14. The baseball seams cover a surgeon's scar that was once an ugly shade of purple. Asher's elbow burned out at a young age from overuse.
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December 7, 2012 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
MONTGOMERY County Commissioner Bruce Castor is mulling a challenge to Gov. Corbett in the 2014 Republican primary. Castor cites three reasons for thinking Corbett is vulnerable. * Corbett's role as state attorney general in the Penn State child- abuse scandal that sent former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to prison is about to get a close review by a Democrat, Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane. "It could get very uncomfortable for the governor in very short order," Castor said.
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December 11, 2011 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Philadelphia, you've been shamed. And by suburban, rich Montgomery County. In terms of internecine political warfare, alleged cronyism and contracts, feasting and golfing on political donations, Montco is making the city look like amateur hour. The county's often-combustible Board of Commissioners combusted last week with only a couple of sessions left before this incarnation ends. Commissioners Chairman Jim Matthews was arrested after allegedly lying to a grand jury.
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October 31, 2011 | By Bob Warner and Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writers
The general election is still eight days away, but campaign-finance reports filed Friday provide insight on several races: The most expensive territory in the city is Northeast Philadelphia, where Councilman Brian J. O'Neill, the only Republican holding a district Council seat, is spending freely in his race against Democrat Bill Rubin. Since the primary, O'Neill has spent $165,110 and Rubin $117,353. Headed into the final two weeks of the campaign, O'Neill still had $185,034 in his treasury; Rubin was left with $13,700, not a huge amount if Democratic ward leaders expect him to paper their headquarters with street money on Election Day. One of Rubin's contributors was at-large Councilman Frank Rizzo, dumped from his mostly ceremonial position as Council's Republican whip after he voted against O'Neill on redistricting.
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November 7, 2010 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Tuesday night, Gov.-elect Tom Corbett began his victory speech by thanking some of the supporters who had crowded with him onto a hotel stage in Pittsburgh. After family members, the first person he named was Bob Asher. "Where's Bob?" Corbett asked, twisting his neck. TV cameras caught a hand shooting up, way in the back. "Here!" came a muffled voice. Robert B. Asher, typically, was in the middle of the action, but hidden from public view. Corbett's thank-you list was in alphabetical order, but it would not have been wrong to rank the 73-year-old Asher at or near the top. This candy-company owner from Montgomery County is recognized in political back rooms as the most influential Republican in Southeastern Pennsylvania and, over the decades, one of the most influential in the state.
NEWS
September 18, 2010 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tom Corbett's track record as a successful two-time candidate for statewide office suggests that he will get trounced in Philadelphia, vote-wise, on Nov. 2. But the Republican from the Pittsburgh suburbs doesn't need to win the state's largest city to be elected governor. He might need only to cut his losses here and hope for a big margin in the rest of Pennsylvania. Every city vote he gets is one that his foe, Democrat Dan Onorato, cannot get. And that might be the difference in a close race.
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April 29, 2009 | By Angela Couloumbis and Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
It wasn't that long ago when Pennsylvania was considered among the most Republican of states. The state GOP had it all: The governor's mansion, control of both chambers of the legislature, the majority of the state delegation to the U.S. House, and both seats in the U.S. Senate. That was the political scene for much of the 1990s. The political picture today is nearly reversed - and it only worsened for the GOP yesterday with Sen. Arlen Specter's decision to become a Democrat.
NEWS
March 17, 2009 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Two-term state Attorney General Tom Corbett has taken his first official step toward a run for governor. Corbett, 59, a Republican, filed paperwork yesterday to form an exploratory committee after discussions with friends and family, a spokesman said. "Pennsylvanians are looking for a leader with the experience to create economic opportunities for Pennsylvania families through tax cuts, cutting government waste and spending, reforming state government, and creating good family-sustaining jobs," Corbett said in a statement.
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September 25, 2008 | By Tom Infield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With less than six weeks until the Nov. 4 election and the key battleground of Pennsylvania looking very much up for grabs, the party pros are jittery. On the Democratic side, state party chairman T.J. Rooney says that while he's much impressed with Sen. Barack Obama's big field organization, he frets that Obama is running too independently of the established party apparatus. "There is very little collaboration and coordination this year," Rooney said. On the Republican side, former Gov. Tom Ridge says that while he's buoyed by polls showing Sen. John McCain closing the gap with Obama, he worries about McCain's "late start" in organizing his field operation and about the big gains Democrats have made in registering voters.
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