January 28, 2013 |
A path laden with political and legal land mines lies ahead for Kathleen Kane's promised investigation of actions taken by one of her predecessors as Pennsylvania attorney general - Gov. Corbett. Experts warn that Kane's inquiry into Corbett's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case could damage Corbett's administration, demoralize career professionals in her own office, and complicate the prosecutions of the three remaining defendants in the Sandusky case, all former officials of Pennsylvania State University.
January 11, 2013
I HAVE LIVED and worked in Philadelphia all my life. I have paid taxes on my home for over 55 years. The only things I have asked for in all that time have been trash removal, safe streets and police and fire protection. Now Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers tells us that updating our EMS system would be "a long, arduous process, a costly process. " Stop telling us why things can't be done - just get them done! And while we're talking about the Fire Department, Mayor Nutter, give the firemen their raises.
January 3, 2013
TO: GOV. TOM Corbett Re: 2013. Just want to offer a heads up. In the event your fine staff hasn't mentioned it, 2013 looks like a bear of a year - politically and policy-wise. I mean you've got stuff hanging over you like multiple pianos on slowly-shredding ropes, any one of which could, well, I'm sure I don't have to paint you a picture. Long-neglected issues could come crashing down sooner rather than later. Public pension costs, for example, and transportation funding are about to eat up the state budget.
January 2, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Corbett said Tuesday he plans to sue the NCAA in federal court over stiff sanctions imposed against Penn State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The Republican governor scheduled a Wednesday news conference on the Penn State campus in State College to announce the filing in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg. A person associated with the university and knowledgeable about the matter, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the lawsuit had not been filed, told the Associated Press that it is an antitrust action.
December 13, 2012 |
Pennsylvania's governor, Tom Corbett, shared a gin and tonic, and a cigar, last weekend with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. "It was just serendipity," Corbett said of his moment at the Pennsylvania Society confab, the annual Manhattan debutante ball for political swelled heads and the swelled checkbooks that help elect them. "And the funny thing is, I almost said no. " Except it's not funny. It's so Corbett. Two years into his gig, Corbett - the man I frequently called Gov. Garbo (trademark pending)
December 7, 2012 |
MONTGOMERY County Commissioner Bruce Castor is mulling a challenge to Gov. Corbett in the 2014 Republican primary. Castor cites three reasons for thinking Corbett is vulnerable. * Corbett's role as state attorney general in the Penn State child- abuse scandal that sent former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to prison is about to get a close review by a Democrat, Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane. "It could get very uncomfortable for the governor in very short order," Castor said.
December 1, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - At a time when some Republicans in Washington are softening their no-tax pledges, the top Republican in Harrisburg is doubling down on his. "I'm not going to increase taxes right now," Gov. Corbett said Thursday to a small group of reporters in his Capitol office. "We'd chase every business out of Pennsylvania. " In a year-end interview almost midway through his first term, Corbett touched on topics ranging from his administration's achievements and his political prospects to the state's fiscal predicament and the possibility of adding a high-speed toll lane to the Schuylkill Expressway to raise money needed for bridge and highway repair.
November 21, 2012
ONE OF THE big themes pushed in the last election by Republicans, including presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was reducing the size and influence of the federal government. Romney in particular was keen on pushing as much power to the states as possible. So why is it that Republican governors - including, so far, Tom Corbett - are refusing to set up state-run health exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act, and insisting that the federal government do it for them? Sounds to us like they've taken the Hypocritic Oath.
October 21, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - The administration of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett should be ordered to stop "misinformation" over whether voters must show photo identification on Election Day and to clearly broadcast the message that a photo ID is not required, civil-rights lawyers told a state court on Friday. The lawyers' filing came 18 days before the Nov. 6 election and almost three weeks after Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson halted the photo ID requirement over concerns that some people would be unable to get valid photo IDs allowing them to vote and, as a result, would be disenfranchised.
October 4, 2012 |
In 2000, as Pennsylvania closed staffed, face-to-face unemployment offices, the Ridge administration aimed to make government user-friendly and "friction-free. " The move saved the state $3 million at a time when unemployment rates had plunged. Allowing the jobless to file online and by phone seemed well-intentioned. No longer would needy people waste precious time waiting in long lines. As the recession slammed the state in 2008, the Rendell administration hired scads of customer-service workers and expanded hotline hours to keep up with the deluge.