November 6, 2014 |
TOM WOLF, a millionaire from York who distributes kitchen cabinets, did not win the race for governor of Pennsylvania yesterday. Gov. Corbett lost it. In 77 days, Wolf will be sworn in as the state's 47th governor, mostly because of political and policy decisions that Corbett made. Corbett last night conceded the race in Pittsburgh, saying that he stood by all those decisions even though they proved unpopular. "I said I may be a one-term governor. And I am," Corbett said.
November 6, 2014 |
So-called dark-money groups spent 27 percent more on this year's elections than they did in 2010, thanks to reckless Supreme Court decisions and regulatory failures allowing unlimited, undisclosed political contributions. The groups hide donors behind the tax code, disguising themselves as "social welfare" organizations. In fact, they are an increasingly powerful and poisonous political force. Analysts say they are just beginning to flex their muscles in preparation for the main event: the 2016 presidential election.
November 2, 2014 |
He defended his Ebola quarantine policy on national television, lambasted President Obama's leadership as limited to "seven-minute lectures from the South Lawn," and supplied morning-show fodder by ordering a Hurricane Sandy protester to "sit down and shut up. " Gov. Christie spent last week in the national limelight, shrinking from neither criticism of his Ebola pronouncements by public health officials - "We're right and they were wrong," he...
October 27, 2014 |
A 2010 federal law bars private money managers who invest state and local pension funds from making political contributions to state and local officials who hire private money managers. But wealthy hedge, buyout, and real estate investment magnates still can and do finance Congress members and national political committees closely tied to state and local politicians while also collecting fat fees from state and local pension funds. Last week, New Jersey and Philadelphia both acted on legislation that attempts to curb these conflicts of interest.
October 23, 2014 |
IT'S NOT A stretch to say that Lane Kiffin is Public Enemy No. 1 in Tennessee. He may, in fact, be more hated than Florida and Alabama football combined. Kiffin, you might remember, spent just one season as head coach of the Vols before bolting for USC in January of 2010. Almost 5 years later, a sleazy politician (is there any other kind?) is trying to parlay contempt for Kiffin into votes. Republican challenger Eddie Smith is looking to unseat State Rep. Gloria Johnson, a Democrat, in the Nov. 4 election.
October 23, 2014
DOES YOUR TV-watching reflect your politics? Those who buy and place political ads think it does. And, as viewing habits continue to disperse among hundreds of cable choices, political parties and groups behind so-called independent expenditures are increasingly targeting ad buys to specific channels. This is the new TV campaign. Cable is cheaper and offers niche programming. When that's coupled with advances in technology, as in "we know what you're watching," guess what?
October 17, 2014 |
THE HARRISBURG porn circus consuming the state's Capitol added a third ring yesterday. The first ring: Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane last month released a selection of explicit emails sent and received by Gov. Corbett 's top deputies when he was attorney general. The second ring: State Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille and Justice Seamus McCaffery continued their long-running feud, swapping accusations this week after Castille disclosed that McCaffery sent and received many of the explicit images.
October 13, 2014 |
Too bad the Federal Trade Commission is limited to ferreting out false advertising in print, television, radio, and the Internet. Just think of the impact if the FTC also regulated truth in legislation, which too often isn't what it appears to be. For example, a bill that sounds as if it would allow Pennsylvania to craft state guidelines to meet new clean-air standards would likely do the opposite. Sadly, the state House passed the bad bill, so the state Senate must kill it. The Greenhouse Gas Regulation Implementation Act is sponsored by State Rep. Pam Snyder (D., Fayette)
October 3, 2014 |
IT TOOK an old stash of porn to finally push the race for governor in Pennsylvania from a staid exchange of policy differences to a more personal and testy dispute between the candidates. Democrat Tom Wolf, speaking yesterday in the race's second debate, said Gov. Corbett was responsible during his time as state attorney general for a culture in which several of his former top deputies shared hard-core porn pictures and videos on state computers and email accounts. Corbett said he wished one of his deputies had sent him some porn so he would have known about it. He later said he was offended by Wolf's "cheap shot.