January 21, 2016
Pa. budget situation is a two-pronged crisis THE LONGEST Pennsylvania budget crisis continues because Gov. Wolf and the Republican Legislature can't decide on how to spend and obtain taxpayer dollars. The governor wants to spend more on education and increase taxes in order to properly fund his agenda. His political position is called leaning toward the Left. The Republican-led Legislature leans toward the Right by not wanting to increase taxes. If you agree with the governor's position, you would be saying, The Left is Right and the Right is Wrong.
January 21, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - After a freshman year in office largely consumed by an ongoing budget struggle with the legislature, Gov. Wolf on Tuesday sought to ring in 2016 with a series of messages he could control. Participating in more public events in a single day than he has in months, Wolf announced a reduction in the state's prison population and new methane emission regulations. His office also released photos of the swearing-in of State Police Commissioner Tyrone C. Blocker, whose confirmation was a victory months in the making after the Republican-led Senate rejected Wolf's first choice last summer.
January 18, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - To unwind after a stressful day, Gov. Wolf says, he enjoys reading books or spending time with his wife at home in York. In the morning, he uses a treadmill to preemptively let off steam. Some politicians thrive on the energy and adrenaline from a messy, combative profession. But Wolf, the cerebral 67-year-old Democrat inaugurated a year ago this week, seems to cope with the weight of his office by seeking a constant state of serenity. "I don't remember screaming or pounding my fist," he said in an interview Thursday.
January 12, 2016 |
Jennifer Huebner, 45, a Democrat from Collingswood, is no fan of Gov. Christie's. But the fact that he wasn't even in New Jersey for 190 days out 365 in 2015 doesn't faze her. "It never even crossed my mind," said Huebner, as she polished off a plate of pancakes at the Mastoris Diner in Bordentown on Sunday. "I have other things to worry about than where Christie is spending his time. " Huebner continued: "Even if he's not here, he's totally in the loop. If you are president of the United States, or the governor of the state, you're on duty 365 days a year.
December 31, 2015
Mary Scranton, 97, the widow of former Pennsylvania governor and presidential candidate William Warren Scranton, died Saturday at a retirement community in Montecito, Calif. Her husband was a progressive Republican from the northeastern Pennsylvania city named after his wealthy family. He was elected to Congress in 1960 and served one term before he was elected governor in 1962. His foray into presidential politics occurred in 1964, during his one term as governor. He emerged as a moderately liberal alternative to conservative Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater.
December 30, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Will he sign or veto? Five days after the Republican-led legislature handed him a proposal that could end the state's six-month budget stalemate, but also cast aside his call for a historic increase in school funding, Gov. Wolf did neither Monday. But he also suggested the wait for an answer wouldn't be long. After remaining silent on the budget issue for most of the day, the governor's office said it would hold a Tuesday morning news conference for "a budget-related announcement.
December 23, 2015 |
HOLLIS, N.H. - As he fielded questions from New Hampshire voters Sunday night - summoning emotional stories about the days after Hurricane Sandy - Gov. Christie turned the floor over to another governor. "If you've got a tough decision to make, Chris Christie's the right guy. Some people don't realize what a loving, caring guy he is," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told the crowd at the Peterborough town hall. He then recounted advice Christie gave him during the recent Baltimore riots: "He told me to get up to Baltimore, show some leadership.
December 19, 2015
Doug Willis, 77, who followed Ronald Reagan from the governor's office to the presidential campaign trail and covered Jerry Brown's first stint as governor during a three-decade career writing about California politics for the Associated Press, died Tuesday at a hospital in Sacramento from complications following hip surgery, said his wife, Judy. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about three years ago and had been living in a memory-care home since summer, she said. Judy Willis said it was especially sad that her husband suffered from dementia because he had such a quick wit, nimble mind and fail-safe memory throughout his journalism career and their 22-year marriage.
December 18, 2015 |
In front of a national TV audience Tuesday night, Gov. Christie kept returning to one phrase to promote his presidential credentials: "As a former federal prosecutor ... . " The second-term New Jersey governor, who rose to national prominence by battling unions and responding to a natural disaster, has increasingly been promoting his previous job on the campaign trail. He has opened recent events by focusing on national security, noting his experience as U.S. attorney for New Jersey after the Sept.
December 8, 2015 |
Gov. Wolf on Sunday renewed his call for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin to resign, but the justice's lawyer said Eakin has no intention of stepping down. Wolf said Sunday that Eakin showed "a remarkable lack of judgment" by voting to fill a vacancy on the judicial disciplinary tribunal that is to weigh misconduct allegations against him in the pornographic email scandal. Elaborating on his criticism of Eakin's conduct, the governor issued a statement Sunday that reiterated his call for the justice to resign.