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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 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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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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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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February 2, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
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.
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January 19, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
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.
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December 22, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
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December 20, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
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.
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December 11, 2013 | By Megan Lydon, Inquirer Staff Writer
"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.
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