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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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