March 13, 2014
PERHAPS YOU'VE noticed Gov. Corbett lately lugging his conservative record from the right over toward the center-left. After pulling polling numbers more often equated with pestilence than politicians, Corbett, who is seeking re-election, suddenly is using his office to seek popularity. As you might imagine - given his past positions/proclamations on women, minorities, gays, the unemployed, the needy and, well, everything - this requires some heavy lifting. The guv just underwent hernia surgery.
March 12, 2014
IS THERE a kinder, gentler Tom Corbett governing the state? Last week, his administration announced changes to policies that suggest that he's more concerned about the plight of low-income people than he's previously let on. Either that, or he's more concerned about his low approval ratings as he runs for re-election. Whatever the case, we're not arguing. The first major change would let up on a job-search requirement that he added to a state Medicaid plan recently submitted for federal approval; this proposal is his alternative to accepting millions of dollars from the feds to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Many Republican governors have refused a federal infusion of money to expand health coverage to low-income people, children, the elderly and the disabled.
February 6, 2014
IT WAS a kinder, gentler Tom Corbett who stood before the General Assembly yesterday to deliver his proposed $29.4 billion budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1. No dividing government programs into the "must-haves versus nice-to-haves," as he did in his first budget speech. In that budget, education was clearly a "nice-to-have," because the governor axed state aid to basic and higher education. He did it again in his second year of office as well. That was the old Tom Corbett.
February 2, 2014 |
Five Democrats vying for the nomination to take on Gov. Corbett in November raised $27.2 million last year, and as of Dec. 31 had $25.6 million on hand to spend against each other, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday. Corbett started the year with $7.5 million in his campaign coffers after raising $6.8 million in 2013. The take was lower than his campaign, and some leading Republicans, had hoped, but the incumbent has the luxury of watching a Democratic demolition derby while continuing to raise money.
January 21, 2014
FOR THREE years, Philadelphia has asked for a hand from Gov. Corbett to provide enough money to adequately educate our kids, and to make their education more of a priority than he has shown in the past. On Friday, instead of a hand, he gave us the finger when he cancelled his first-ever visit to a Philadelphia public school. He was supposed to present awards honoring academic excellence to high-scoring students at Central High, but was scared off by a large group of parents protesting his measly support of education - and possibly a student body that was prepared to show their own unhappiness over the bare-bones daily existence that passes for education that the state has provided.
January 19, 2014 |
With a burst of boos and chants of "We Will Vote," more than 300 protesters expressed outrage and disappointment after Gov. Corbett canceled an appearance Friday with seniors at Central High School. The governor changed his plans at the last minute, citing concerns about "any theatrics the adults had planned. " But the theatrics had only just begun. Before 10 a.m., a crowd of parents, alumni, School District employees, and religious and civic leaders began marching from Broad Street and Olney Avenue to Central, expecting to confront the governor about a lack of school funding as he arrived at the high school.
January 10, 2014
OUR GOVERNOR sure has ups and downs. One week his state's high court blows up a big part of his big Marcellus Shale law. Another week he has fun at the Farm Show posing for pictures with a pig. Such is life in executive office. But as Tom Corbett starts his re-election year, such ups and downs take on added weight. He's called America's most vulnerable governor. But it's said if Democrats pick front-runner Allyson Schwartz to oppose him, he grabs a second term. I've listened to the "he can't win. " I've heard all the "she can't win. " It's just too soon for absolutes.
December 22, 2013 |
HARRISBURG A conservative businessman and activist from Ardmore is exploring a challenge to Republican Gov. Corbett in next year's primary. Bob Guzzardi, known in political circles for his financial backing of conservative antiestablishment candidates, said Friday he would begin gathering signatures to get on the May ballot. In an interview, Guzzardi said he did not plan on raising money or spending his own. But, he said, Republicans deserve an alternative to Corbett, who he said has abandoned his conservative principles and strayed from his campaign promise of limited government and no new taxes.
December 20, 2013 |
GOV. CORBETT is now in full re-election campaign mode, but his popularity continues to tank. A Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday shows that 56 percent of registered voters in the state think Corbett doesn't deserve a second term next year. That's Corbett's worst approval rating ever in the poll. The poll also found Corbett trailing almost all the Democrats who want to challenge him in the 2014 general election. A Democrat who has not even entered the race, former state Auditor General Jack Wagner, leads Corbett 48-36 percent.
December 11, 2013 |
"Hey hey, ho, Tom Corbett has got to go," about 100 people outside Gov. Corbett's Philadelphia office chanted on a wind-whipped afternoon Monday. The crowd, protesting funding levels for public schools, included the president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Jerry Jordan, and community members, students, and teachers. "It's time to live up to our responsibility to make sure [schools] are funded adequately so students get the education they need," Jordan said. The event was part of what organizers called a national "Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education," which teachers' unions and others were staging in 90 cities across the country.