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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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