January 28, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf got starkly different messages from the Republican-controlled chambers of the Assembly on Monday. Senate Republicans announced that they had filed suit in Commonwealth Court against the governor over his decision to fire the director of the state Office of Open Records. Meanwhile, newly elected House Majority Leader David Reed (R., Indiana), in his first public comments on Wolf, said he believed Republicans could find common ground with the Democrat's administration.
January 24, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - So much for a honeymoon. On his second day in office, Gov. Wolf rescinded more than two dozen eleventh-hour appointments by his predecessor - firing the state's new open records officer, canceling judicial nominations, and effectively booting the former lieutenant governor from Temple University's board of trustees. Wolf's office said he wasn't questioning their credentials for the posts but, rather, a "murky" appointment process by Gov. Tom Corbett that he called "anything but open and transparent.
January 22, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Tom Wolf, a businessman from York, took the oath of office Tuesday as Pennsylvania's 47th chief executive, proclaiming, "I am an unconventional governor. " Wolf, a Democrat who made history by ousting a sitting governor in last November's election, called for "rebuilding the middle class" through a government that partners with business, while stressing his diverse personal background, which includes running a forklift at his family's cabinetmaking business and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer.
January 17, 2015 |
Gov. Christie said Thursday that he doesn't feel pressured to rush to make up his mind on running for president as other Republicans move toward possible campaigns. "What I've told everybody - supporters of mine, potential donors of mine, staff - is, relax," Christie said on NJ 101.5's Ask the Governor in response to a question about potential competition from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. "You know, no one's voting for another 121/2 months.
January 9, 2015 |
To football fans, Gov. Christie's greatest mistake may be that he's not rooting for the home team. They argue correctly that as a New Jerseyan, he has plenty of choices: the Eagles, the Giants, and the Jets. But the governor has a bigger problem than his conspicuous cheering for the hated Dallas Cowboys while sporting an orange sweater like some kind of jerk-o'-lantern. Christie's widely publicized acceptance of freebies from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is more unseemly than his cheerleading.
January 7, 2015 |
Of the five Dallas Cowboys games Gov. Christie has attended this season, team owner Jerry Jones supplied the tickets for three - along with a private plane ride for Christie and his family to attend Sunday's game in Texas, the governor's office said Monday. While New Jersey's rules allow the governor, a longtime Cowboys fan, to accept gifts from friends, two legal experts questioned whether the gifts gave the appearance of improper conduct. "We're going to see. This is a lot of money, being paid for by somebody who is an owner of a team in the NFL. The NFL has wanted a lot of things in New Jersey," said Larry Noble, former general counsel for the Federal Election Commission and now senior counsel with the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan watchdog group in Washington.
January 6, 2015
WHEN ASKED if he had any message to give the Pennsylvania Legislature last week, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf responded with two words: "Happy Holidays. " That's our idea of the fresh start promised by the York County Democrat in his campaign for governor. Handed the opportunity to give the Republican-controlled state House and Senate a few jabs over any number of issues, Wolf decided to tone down on the partisan rhetoric and urge peace and goodwill on Earth, even to members of the opposite party.
January 3, 2015
ISSUE | N.Y. FRACKING BAN Incoming governor not sounding green Aside from being disrespectful toward a fellow governor with four times his experience, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's response to New York's recent fracking ban shows a profound denial of the evidence that is all around. Wolf's comment that the ban is unfortunate and that he wants to "have my cake and eat it, too" implies that hydraulic fracturing and a healthy environment are not mutually exclusive, which is false. While Wolf is enjoying his cake, his constituents will struggle with the consequences of their governor's cozy relationship with the natural gas industry.
December 26, 2014 |
Most state employees can thank the calendar and the governor for a last-minute holiday gift: No work Friday. The governor's Office of Administration announced Monday that nonessential employees under the governor's auspices would not have to work the day after Christmas. "The 26th is not generally a day that we close, but given that it falls on a Friday this year makes it a unique situation," said Dan Egan, an administration spokesman. "From an operational standpoint, it just made sense to close.
December 13, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Is Joe Sestak the Democrats' only hope? The former Delaware County congressman is running hard for a 2016 rematch against U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) in a race Democrats see as crucial to taking back the Senate. So far, Sestak is the only potential challenger to show real interest - cheering those who praise his fight, but worrying some Democrats who chafe at the hard-charging ex-admiral, and who would prefer an alternative but have found none. The race, theoretically, should have significant attractions.