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November 3, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Corbett is set to get his reelection campaign rolling Wednesday on the heels of a poll that found only one in five voters thinks he deserves a second term and 44 percent in his own party want him to step aside. The Republican governor will be in Philadelphia and its politically competitive suburbs Thursday and Friday, running on a platform of job creation and education funding that his campaign handlers say will reverse his low standing. "Once we get that message out and we start campaigning, his numbers are going to improve," Mike Barley, Corbett's campaign manager, said.
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October 11, 2013 | By Chris Brennan
CLOUT HAS ALWAYS been captivated by "punching up," the practice in which little-known politicians swing haymakers at well-known foes just so folks will think they're standing in the same ring. The practice has another side - seen less often - where high-profile pols punch down to tactically elevate an opponent. That's what Gov. Corbett appears to be doing these days with U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz , one of eight Democrats vying in the May 20 primary election for the nomination to challenge his bid for a second term.
NEWS
October 8, 2013
WE ALMOST feel sorry for Tom Corbett, who made headlines last week when he likened same-sex marriage to incest. Earlier in the year, the governor's office attempted to block the legality of same-sex marriage licenses being issued by a Montgomery County register of wills and wrote, in part, "Had the clerk issued marriage licenses to 12-year-olds in violation of state law, would anyone seriously contend that each 12-year-old . . . is entitled to...
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October 8, 2013
AMERICAN humorist Will Rogers once said, "Politics has got so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to get beat. " That was in the 1930s. But it's true today in Pennsylvania. It presents problems for Democrats. And it might mean salvation for Tom "I-keep-finding-ways-to-lose" Corbett. Think about it. So far eight Democrats are vying for the right to oppose Gov. Corbett next year. All except self-funding, multimillionaire York County biz-guy Tom Wolf are trying to raise a lot of money, mostly to get beat.
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October 6, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - He was thinking like a lawyer. He did not mean to offend anyone. He is sorry if he did. That is how Gov. Corbett dealt with the firestorm that erupted Friday after a television interview in which he said same-sex marriage was legally the same as marriage between a brother and a sister. During an interview with Harrisburg's WHP-TV, taped Monday and aired Friday morning, the Republican governor was asked about a controversial statement his lawyers had made over the summer in a legal filing on gay marriage.
NEWS
September 12, 2013
WITH ALLENTOWN Mayor Ed Pawlowski's entry this week into the race for governor, the Democratic team lining up to take on Tom Corbett now numbers 11. Yep. Seven announced, one expected, three considering. More candidates than run in open-seat years. A number suggesting wide belief that anybody beats Corbett. And although 11 is enough to field a football team, none of the players or possible walk-ons seems suited for contact sport - political or otherwise. The team I see plays softball.
NEWS
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 14, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, whose Union army burned its way across Georgia in late 1864, knew how to close a door. No, he said 20 years later, he would not run for president no matter how hard Republicans begged. If a political party nominated him, he would not accept it. If his name made it onto a ballot anyway and he was elected, he would not serve. Ever since, the Shermanesque statement has been the gold standard for disavowing political ambition. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, however, seems to prefer playing coy. "I love my job as attorney general.
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August 12, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Say what you will about Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett, and plenty of people have, at least he's not known as "Governor Flintstone. " That would be Maine's Paul LePage, a fellow Republican that national pundits have listed alongside Corbett as an incumbent governor likely to lose in 2014. "Dead men walking," Politico recently called the two. And there are some similarities. Both have underwater approval ratings, and each has a frosty relationship with his legislature. But LePage, a bedrock tea party warrior, has earned his Stone Age nickname with a hard-edged and sometimes vulgar approach to politics that makes Corbett seem like a cuddly and softspoken centrist.
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July 22, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
President Lyndon B. Johnson could read the signs of the end: growing disquiet over Vietnam, primary challenges from Eugene McCarthy and Robert F. Kennedy. On March 31, 1968, he got time on the three TV networks. "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president," Johnson said. These days, some anxious Republican insiders in Pennsylvania want Gov. Corbett to pull an LBJ and withdraw from the 2014 gubernatorial race, forecasting a landslide loss for the party otherwise.
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