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October 16, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A STATE Senate committee yesterday shot down a proposal that would have given the governor the authority to abolish the School Reform Commission, the body that oversees the Philadelphia School District. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted down the amendment along party lines, 14-9, with no Republicans supporting it. The committee also rejected a second amendment that would have required the SRC to provide 48 hours' notice before holding a meeting. Both amendments were attached to a bill regarding home-schooling.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A PHILADELPHIA Democrat wants to give the power to abolish the School Reform Commission to the governor. State Sen. Vincent Hughes plans to offer an amendment in the Senate this week that would authorize the governor, through the Secretary of Education, to dissolve the SRC. Currently, the SRC would have to vote to dissolve itself. The amendment will come a week after the SRC unilaterally canceled the school district's contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers - an unprecedented move - and imposed changes to health-care benefits.
NEWS
September 23, 2014
LET'S TALK about you voting in the governor's race. Most of you won't be, especially if you live in Philly. Not saying this is good. Just saying that it is. See, we have apathy in gubernatorial elections. And I fear that it's getting worse. Over the past three decades, statewide voter turnout for governor topped 40 percent only once - in 2006, with 42 percent. In Philly, it never got up to 40 percent. In 1998, the re-election of Republican Gov. Tom Ridge, statewide turnout was just 32 percent.
NEWS
September 16, 2014
ONE OF the points that the Democratic candidate for governor makes is that he supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. On his website he cites the Economic Policy Institute and endorses their proposal to raise the minimum wage to the aforementioned $10.10. But when you go to their website you find that their plan calls for a $0.95 wage increase over three years which eventually gets to $10.10 in 2016. I don't believe that Wolf has made that differentiation clear. So if you're thinking that if you vote for Mr. Wolf in November that you're going to be getting paid $10.10 as soon as he assumes office, then you're mistaken.
NEWS
September 16, 2014
A LONGTIME FRIEND and mentor now in his late 70s emailed last week after another poll showed Tom Corbett badly - as in really badly - trailing Tom Wolf for governor. The email asked if Pennsylvania has a political mercy rule. For the unaware, a mercy rule ends a sporting event early if one team takes a lead considered to be insurmountable. Maybe we should think about it. Polls suggest that Corbett is headed toward historic rejection as the first Pennsylvania chief executive unable to win re-election.
NEWS
September 15, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Gov. Corbett took Pennsylvania voters to school last week in "Statistics Class," a 30-second TV spot, complete with bar graphs, that asserts he has increased state education spending to "its highest level ever. " Democratic challenger Tom Wolf "and his special-interest friends," Corbett says into the camera, "have spent millions trying to mislead you that I cut education spending. " Wolf responded with his sharpest attack ad yet, a compendium of news clippings that say Corbett "took an ax" to schools with a $1 billion cut in education dollars that caused 27,000 layoffs and big jumps in local property taxes.
NEWS
September 13, 2014 | By Amy Worden and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - A new poll has delivered a fresh blow to Gov. Corbett's reelection bid, putting him 24 percentage points behind Democratic challenger Tom Wolf among likely voters. The results, released Thursday by Quinnipiac University, were consistent with several other recent polls and reinforced Corbett's image as "the most vulnerable governor in the nation," according to one poll administrator. Fifty-nine percent of likely voters back Wolf vs. 35 percent for Corbett, the poll found, with huge majorities saying the Democrat would better handle the top issues facing the state - the economy and education.
NEWS
September 7, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
PUEBLA, Mexico - Excited shrieks went up as Gov. Christie arrived Friday at a school sports field, where more than 2,000 children helped offer a pull-out-the-stops welcome on the last leg of a three-day trade mission to Mexico. "Pretty amazing," Christie said after students performed for him and the governor of Puebla. Entertainment included a skit about Mexican history, a traditional dance, and a marching band that featured sombreros and American pop songs. New Jersey was spelled out on the field, along with Puebla . Christie traveled by helicopter from Mexico City to visit Puebla, a state he selected because of its ties to New Jersey: 40 percent of the Garden State's Mexican American residents have Puebla roots.
NEWS
August 13, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As Gov. Christie travels the country to support Republicans running for governor, he also is charting a course that could bear on his ability to seek the party's nomination for president in 2016. Christie has traveled to 21 states as chairman of the Republican Governors Association - a tally that will grow to 26 by the end of the month, according to the RGA. The governor is due to head to Maine on Tuesday and Alabama and Mississippi on Wednesday. Among the states Christie has visited are several with early primaries and caucuses that will be key to the 2016 contest, including Iowa and New Hampshire - trips that drew wide media attention - and South Carolina, where Christie is expected to head in September.
NEWS
July 21, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Four years ago, Joe Szalwinski knocked on doors and "passed out more fliers than I can count" to help elect Tom Corbett governor of Pennsylvania. This year? "I'll probably vote for him, but I won't work for him," said Szalwinski, 58, a tea party voter from Fishtown. He was disappointed that Corbett had abandoned the legal fight after a federal judge threw out the state's ban on same-sex marriage, and by the governor's willingness last year to put extra money into Philadelphia schools.
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