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September 15, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Gov. Corbett took Pennsylvania voters to school last week in "Statistics Class," a 30-second TV spot, complete with bar graphs, that asserts he has increased state education spending to "its highest level ever. " Democratic challenger Tom Wolf "and his special-interest friends," Corbett says into the camera, "have spent millions trying to mislead you that I cut education spending. " Wolf responded with his sharpest attack ad yet, a compendium of news clippings that say Corbett "took an ax" to schools with a $1 billion cut in education dollars that caused 27,000 layoffs and big jumps in local property taxes.
NEWS
September 13, 2014 | By Amy Worden and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - A new poll has delivered a fresh blow to Gov. Corbett's reelection bid, putting him 24 percentage points behind Democratic challenger Tom Wolf among likely voters. The results, released Thursday by Quinnipiac University, were consistent with several other recent polls and reinforced Corbett's image as "the most vulnerable governor in the nation," according to one poll administrator. Fifty-nine percent of likely voters back Wolf vs. 35 percent for Corbett, the poll found, with huge majorities saying the Democrat would better handle the top issues facing the state - the economy and education.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
TODAY, as with so many of our days, Clout's attention turns to the cold hard cash of politics. Case in point: A new Quinnipiac University Poll that tells an old and sad story for Gov. Corbett . Democrat Tom Wolf leads Corbett by 24 points, 59 percent to 35 percent with fewer than eight weeks until the Nov. 4 general election. That matches up with the results of other recent polls, including the Aug. 28 Daily News / Franklin & Marshall College Poll. The Quinnipiac pollsters asked Wolf supporters if they were voting for him or against Corbett.
NEWS
September 10, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Pennsylvania likes shale-gas drilling, but Republican Gov. Corbett appears to get little political benefit from that sentiment despite his pro-industry views, according to a University of Michigan poll released Monday. The survey, conducted this spring, found 54 percent of Pennsylvanians support extracting natural gas from their state, compared with just 29 percent of New Yorkers, whose state likewise sits atop gas-rich shale. Still, 47 percent of Pennsylvanians disapprove of the way Corbett is handling natural-gas issues, compared with 19 percent who approve - likely a factor in the governor's uphill reelection campaign, said pollster Christopher Borick of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, who conducted the survey.
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August 30, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
A summer onslaught of television attack ads against his opponents has not improved the standing of Gov. Corbett in his run for a second term against Democrat Tom Wolf, according to a poll released Thursday. Wolf held a lead of 25 percentage points in the Franklin and Marshall College Poll - 49 percent to 24 percent, with 25 percent undecided. That has budged little from the college's last survey in June. Just over a quarter of respondents, or 26 percent, said Corbett had done a good enough job to earn reelection.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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