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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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August 15, 2014
KNOW WHAT you need in August ahead of the heart of the gubernatorial race? Substantive jobs data showing that Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf both fudge numbers. And, yeah, it's shocking to think that pols use stats solely to their advantage. And I realize efforts to claw toward the truth of complex issues can lose readers. Plus there are lots of stats. But here goes. Let's talk job growth. And although top economists suggest that the best jobs measure is long-term net jobs, let's start with just private-sector growth.
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August 15, 2014
KNOW WHAT you need in August ahead of the heart of the gubernatorial race? Substantive jobs data showing that Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf both fudge numbers. And, yeah, it's shocking to think that pols use stats solely to their advantage. And I realize efforts to claw toward the truth of complex issues can lose readers. Plus there are lots of stats. But here goes. Let's talk job growth. And although top economists suggest that the best jobs measure is long-term net jobs, let's start with just private-sector growth.
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August 15, 2014
THE WORDS "employment" and "work" are not always synonyms, at least when it comes to government jobs. For instance, Ron Tomalis was employed as a special adviser to the state Department of Education. How much actual work he did is in dispute. The Corbett administration, which gave Tomalis this cushy position after he stepped down as state education secretary, in 2013, said that he worked tirelessly "to shape programs and policies that are in the best interest of students. " The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , which used the state's Right to Know Law to gain access to records about Tomalis' activities, found scant evidence of actual work.
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July 31, 2014
ALTHOUGH IT'S summer and the living is easy, perhaps you've noticed extra heat on Tom Wolf from Tom Corbett, who wants Wolf to remain a cabinetmaker instead of a Cabinet-chooser. (Get it? Wolf's company makes cabinets. If elected governor, he'd choose a Cabinet. So Corbett would rather he . . . well, if you have to explain.) The heat comes from Corbett's campaign saying Wolf is hiking taxes if elected and hiding taxes to get elected. Also, Wolf lies and is a hypocrite. More on that later.
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July 24, 2014
KNOW WHAT'S annoying about the politics of pensions? Everything. Gov. Corbett is in week two of a race around the state - scheduled in Trevose, Bucks County, today; Dresher, Montco, tomorrow - browbeating the Legislature for not passing pension "reform. " Everywhere he goes he cites "a pension crisis" causing property taxes to rise. And he pretends his mostly small-town tour has nothing to do with his re-election effort because, after all, that would be wrong since he put people in prison for using taxpayer resources for political campaigns.
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July 21, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Four years ago, Joe Szalwinski knocked on doors and "passed out more fliers than I can count" to help elect Tom Corbett governor of Pennsylvania. This year? "I'll probably vote for him, but I won't work for him," said Szalwinski, 58, a tea party voter from Fishtown. He was disappointed that Corbett had abandoned the legal fight after a federal judge threw out the state's ban on same-sex marriage, and by the governor's willingness last year to put extra money into Philadelphia schools.
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July 16, 2014
WE DON'T often agree with Tom Corbett, but the governor did the right thing in facing down the Legislature last week over the budget and pension reform. The fact that a Republican governor is acting against a Republican-led Legislature has the political community twittering (and tweeting). Politics aside, the position Corbett took has real meaning. The governor has been pressing the Legislature to send him bills to reform the pension systems for state employees and teachers. Both funds have large deficits that can be made up only by ever-increasing payments by local school districts and the state - unless something is done to change the benefit structure.
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July 4, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Democrat Tom Wolf holds a 22-point lead over Republican incumbent Tom Corbett in the governor's race heading into the summer campaign season, according to a poll released Wednesday. The Franklin and Marshall College poll of registered voters showed Wolf leading Corbett 47 percent to 25 percent, with 27 percent of respondents undecided. Wolf has maintained a consistent 20- to 25-point lead in the four polls released since the York businessman swept the four-way Democratic primary in May. "The consensus is Corbett is significantly behind," said poll director G. Terry Madonna.
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June 26, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
For more than two years, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane hounded Gov. Corbett with the suggestion that he slowed the Sandusky child sex-abuse investigation for political gain when he was the state's top law enforcement official. Yet when Kane released a report Monday that concluded there was no evidence of that, Corbett stayed silent. There was no I-told-you-so news conference, just a muted statement from the governor's office. Corbett's advisers calculated that neither the report nor any response he might make would change minds on the emotionally charged issues surrounding Pennsylvania State University, where Jerry Sandusky was an assistant football coach and founder of a charity for wayward boys.
NEWS
June 19, 2014
I SUPPOSE Gov. Vulnerable could have a secret plan to dig out of a $1.4 (or more) billion hole and pass an on-time budget by June 30 to avoid looking inept while seeking re-election. Gut the state museum, sell off its contents and turn it into a Harrisburg casino? Sell the turnpike to NASCAR for four-lane, cross-state racing? I don't know; something bold. But given the quality of governing plans - secret or otherwise - so far shown during his tenure, it's more likely he'll continue painting himself into a political corner from which, to borrow from Jean-Paul Sartre, there really is no exit.
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June 11, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
As many as 1,000 protesters, many angry about school funding, blocked traffic and waved signs in Center City on Monday afternoon, hoping to disrupt or at least deflect attention from a fund-raising stop by Govs. Corbett and Christie. "Our members are here because they're being mistreated," said Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. Six people were arrested for obstructing the highway - a summary offense - after sitting down on 17th Street. Police did not use handcuffs as they led them away.
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