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November 27, 2013 | By Jessica Parks and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
Gov. Corbett signed a landmark transportation bill Monday in the parking lot of a Montgomery County Catholic church, surrounded by a large and diverse cast of officials - Democratic and Republican - along with representatives of labor, business, and mass transit. "I know where my bread is buttered," said Corbett, a clear reference to the votes he needs from the Philadelphia suburbs to win reelection in 2014. The stop was one of three - the others were in Centre County and Pittsburgh - as the governor hopscotched the state to deliver the word that the first of his priority policy initiatives was signed, sealed, and delivered.
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November 27, 2013 | By Will Bunch, Daily News Columnist
LET'S BE HONEST: America has a whole slew of really bad governors right now. There's the conventionally bad like Wisconsin's Scott Walker, who barely survived a recall election after a sneak attack on the Badger State's labor movement, or Florida's Rick Scott, who even angered some in his own party when he cast aside $2.3 billion in federal high-speed rail dollars that would have boosted his state's economy. Somewhere lower on the spectrum, in a category of his own, is Maine's Paul LePage, who said he wanted to "blow up" the state's largest newspaper, called the IRS "the new Gestapo" and made a shockingly crude remark about Vaseline while a TV camera was rolling.
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November 25, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
  PHILADELPHIA Five of the eight Democrats seeking to unseat Gov. Corbett next year lobbied for the limelight and lit into the incumbent Saturday at a candidate forum that exposed few gaps between them on policy and yawning chasms separating their styles. Some had the raucous crowd of union members and community activists fired into a frenzy, while others left the auditorium at Temple University's Performing Arts Center lukewarm. "I want to jack up some Republicans who have never created a job in their lives and don't know what they're talking about," said State Treasurer Rob McCord, of Bryn Mawr, in a reach-for-the-rafters performance that bordered on the evangelistic.
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November 18, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The radio ad is called "Looking out. " As inspirational music plays in the background, a female voice declares that Gov. Corbett believes deeply in public education and that his administration is funneling more state dollars into classroom instruction than ever before. "Tom Corbett," the woman intones confidently. "Looking out for Pennsylvania's children. " Hitting the airwaves statewide earlier this month, the ad is one of the governor's first campaign messages to voters and is notable as much for its claims as for what it is trying to refute: the governor's image as the man with a slash-and-burn approach to public education funding.
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November 13, 2013
WHEN he kicked off his re-election campaign last week, it took Gov. Corbett only four words to totally misstate his record. The sign that bedecked the lectern carried the Corbett slogan "Less Taxes. More Jobs. " You'll be hearing that slogan a lot in the months ahead as the governor spends millions on campaign advertising to revive his chances of re-election. When it comes to "More Jobs," it is literally true that there are more jobs in Pennsylvania. Nearly 5.9 million Pennsylvanians were employed when Corbett took office in January 2011.
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November 11, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - With his announcement last week that he would run for reelection, Gov. Corbett stepped into politically uncharted territory. Never in modern Pennsylvania history has an incumbent governor hobbled by such low job-approval ratings asked the public for another term. Yet Corbett is doing just that, even as his Republican Party vacillates between cautious optimism and outright panic over his chances of staging what pundits say would be one of the biggest political comebacks in the state's history.
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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.
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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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