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September 21, 2007 | By BEN WAXMAN
PENNSYLVANIA'S political culture tends to be somewhat behind the times. So it's not surprising to see that state Republicans have failed to learn the lesson of the recent resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Elected officials, particularly those responsible for overseeing law enforcement, shouldn't use government for partisan political purposes. Gonzales got into trouble for politicizing the Justice Department. He allegedly fired several U.S. attorneys who failed to prosecute enough Democratic elected officials.
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August 2, 2010 | By JOEL MATHIS
TOM CORBETT should know better. The man who's Pennsylvania's attorney general and the GOP candidate for governor stirred outrage in early July when he suggested that many of the state's jobless citizens would rather collect unemployment benefits than go back to work. Corbett sensibly backtracked in the face of criticism - until last week, when he doubled down on the unemployed-Pennsylvanians-are-lazy theme. There are plenty of jobs available, he told reporters Tuesday at a Delaware County campaign stop: Just look at the classified ads in your local newspaper!
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August 29, 2013
LET'S TALK about suspension of disbelief and cognitive estrangement. Wait, wait don't go. I think they're part of a major political plan. Perhaps you've noticed Tom Corbett can't catch a break. Maybe you sense he needs some help. He just lost another top aide, William "we hardly knew ye" Harner, his acting education secretary, axed after less than three months. The Patriot-News reports Harner's former employer, a large Harrisburg-area school district, was not renewing his contract after investigating 15 to 18 allegations of, um, "awkward comments" to co-workers.
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November 11, 2010 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov.-elect Tom Corbett drew on top names in the state's Republican establishment as he began assembling his transition team Wednesday, saying they would help him shape his administration as well as draft a plan for reforming state government by his first week in office. Speaking to reporters at the Capitol, Corbett announced the front lines of the team, many of them people who worked as fund-raisers and strategists for his campaign. Some were also key players in the administration and campaigns of the last Republican elected governor, Tom Ridge.
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March 18, 2011
YES, THE deficit is significant. Yes, spending needs to be addressed, and, yes, the word "tax" is evil, but you don't solve a fiscal problem with shortsighted policies, especially ones that exploit and destroy precious resources. Politicians have agendas and, sadly, the majority of those agendas have nothing to do with their constituents. This was clear when Tom Corbett (I refuse to address him with an honorable title) presented the state budget. Instead of wearing a suit adorned with a keystone lapel pin, he should've worn a wide-brimmed hat with a feather, a full-length fur coat and a ruby keystone medallion rimmed in diamonds because that's who I saw behind the podium: a pimp tricking out the commonwealth.
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November 13, 2009 | By Tom Infield INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He was the very picture of power and authority as he stood at the dais, his unruffled, silvery hair shining in the TV lights. Behind him, on dark-blue drapes, hung an oval plaque with his name, Tom Corbett, and seal of his office as Pennsylvania attorney general. In announcing a lode of criminal charges yesterday against former House Speaker John M. Perzel and other Republicans, Corbett said he did not want to even discuss his political ambitions. "I'm not here to talk about the governor's race," he said.
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March 18, 2011
Re the headline "Gov. Corbett's Nazi connection" : How irresponsible to put that on your front page when it had little or nothing to due with the governor. It amounts to nothing more than your own propaganda to discredit him. How about some articles linking your beloved President Obama to that terrorist Bill Ayers? I have a great headline for tomorrow's paper: "The Communist Manifesto and how Obama is following it to a 'T.' " Dion Carotenuto, Parkesburg, Pa.
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April 15, 2004 | By Mitchell Sommers
At a minimum, I'd like to think that people running for Pennsylvania attorney general have a basic comprehension of the U.S. Constitution and of what is and is not part of the job description of the office. Based on some recent comments by Tom Corbett, the endorsed Republican candidate for attorney general, I'm starting to wonder. Corbett, who served 15 months as attorney general when former Gov. Tom Ridge appointed him to fill a vacancy, is now in a primary race against Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor.
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January 27, 2012
NOW THAT we've learned that the Corbett administration is considering that applicants for food-stamp assistance undergo asset examinations and meet strict financial criteria to receive it, I suggest that the governor think of applying that standard to other recipients of state welfare. He could start with the corporations that benefitted from his generous tax break last year. Could they prove a need for it? How many jobs did their bonus create? Should those corporations be allowed to have no more than $2,000 in savings to get their welfare from the state?
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March 23, 2010 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
With the federal health-care overhaul package not quite made final, Pennsylvania's attorney general is among a number of state officials around the country already vowing to try to block it in court. Tom Corbett, saying he planned to join Republican counterparts in 10 other states who are planning to sue, predicted the courts would find the legislation unconstitutional. He did not elaborate. Asked yesterday which portions of the bill the suit would challenge, Corbett's spokesman, Kevin Harley, said the particulars would be laid out when the suit is filed.
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April 25, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
When Gov. Christie shocked the political world by endorsing Donald Trump in February, he shot back at critics by saying he doesn't like to "sit on the sidelines. " But with Pennsylvania's critical primary approaching on Tuesday for Trump and two Republican rivals, the sideline is exactly where Christie sits. That marks a change from recent years, when the New Jersey governor was a hot ticket in Pennsylvania GOP politics, campaigning for then-Gov. Tom Corbett and delivering the keynote speech at the state party's fall meeting in 2014.
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April 14, 2016 | By John Baer
LET'S TAKE a peek at the race for attorney general. It's overshadowed by contests for president and U.S. Senate. But it offers insights into Pennsylvania's geopolitics and Philadelphia's clout. Also, it's about an office that's both stepping-stone and banana peel. Of the five elected A.G.s since 1980 (previously, the post was appointed), three ran for governor (Ernie Preate, Mike Fisher, and Tom Corbett); one, Corbett, became governor; and two were charged with crimes. Preate went to prison; current A.G. Kathleen Kane awaits trial.
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October 12, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Asked frequently during his gubernatorial campaign how he would prevail upon a conservative legislature to approve his liberal proposals, Tom Wolf cited his Peace Corps experience persuading Indian farmers to adopt novel rice strains. And sure enough, when Wolf's tax-hiking budget went before lawmakers amid a lengthening stalemate last week, not a single Indian farmer voted against it. Unfortunately for Wolf, most members of the Pennsylvania House did vote against it. Adding insult to impasse, nine of his fellow Democrats defected to a unified Republican majority to resoundingly reject the governor's budget.
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October 2, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FORMER Philadelphia narcotics cop - who had been ex-Gov. Tom Corbett's son-in-law - was sentenced yesterday to six to 12 months in county jail with work-release eligibility. Jerold Gibson, 45, who has also spelled his name Gerold Gibson, was convicted of theft charges by a jury in July in a case in which he was caught on camera pocketing $140 from a car. Common Pleas Judge Diana Anhalt yesterday ordered Gibson taken immediately into custody. Assistant District Attorney Douglas Rhoads said after the hearing that Anhalt told Gibson that "integrity is what you do when nobody is looking.
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October 1, 2015
LET'S CHECK IN on Harrisburg, also known as Lil' Washington on the Susquehanna. You've noticed similarities, yes? Democrat runs the executive branch, Republicans run the legislative branch and the tree not only produces no fruit but also appears to be dead. Welcome to governing in modern times. I'm not sure House Speaker John Boehner's stepping aside helps fix Washington, but some suggest House Speaker Mike Turzai's stepping aside might help fix Harrisburg. OK, actually, that's just wishful thinking by Democrats who see Turzai as least likely among GOP leaders to compromise with Gov. Wolf in order to get a budget in place before, let's say, Christmas.
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August 28, 2015
KATHLEEN KANE may have broken the law when she leaked details from a grand jury, and she found out this week that she will stand trial for that. Gallons of ink have been spilled on the investigation and the beleaguered attorney general's response, in which she has tried to make a porn email scandal in the Attorney General's Office the center of what she claims is a manufactured case against her. Given her awkward handling of the case, the porn...
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July 3, 2015
AS EXPECTED, Gov. Wolf this week vetoed the $30.2 billion budget passed by legislative Republicans, saying that it was filled with "gimmicks . . . smoke and mirrors and a lot of kick the can down the road. " That is a long string of clich├ęs, but the governor was right. The Republican budget balanced on paper, but did so by shortchanging public education and pillaging various state funds that were supposed to be dedicated to such things as school construction and child-welfare payments.
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June 30, 2015
IT WOULD be wrong to say that Gov. Wolf and the legislative Republicans aren't on the same page when it comes to spending and taxes. They aren't even on the same planet. The governor has an ambitious plan to fashion a "grand bargain" that balances the budget, increases state aid to public schools and lowers local property taxes by increasing the personal income tax, sales tax and by imposing a severance tax on Marcellus Shale gas. The Republicans have countered with an ambitious plan to deny reality and to say "no" to any talk about taxes, even the natural-gas tax. It wouldn't be so bad if this stance were a posture taken as part of the hard bargaining that must go on if we are to have a new budget anytime this year.
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June 23, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Columnist
Gov. Wolf knows how to place a bet. The York County businessman, who made a bundle on his family's kitchen cabinets company, sunk $10 million into his campaign for governor last year. He went from unknown to unstoppable, easily winning the Democratic primary and then defeating incumbent Tom Corbett. As politicians go, he looked pretty savvy. But the first five months of Wolf's first year as governor has been altogether different, as if the political side of running the government has been set aside.
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April 19, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Polls, politics, and partisanship were not the only things Tom Corbett left behind when he vacated the governor's mansion early this year. He also left Britta, one of his pooches. For the last six months of Corbett's term, the German shepherd had been the lesser-known stepsister in the governor's mansion. Harry and Penny, two Airedale terriers the first couple had adopted as pups, were raised nearly to the status of First Children - paraded for the cameras and showcased on the Corbetts' holiday cards.
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