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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 25, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
The New Voices of Philly.com include a gay leader, a stoner, a sexologist, a libertarian-leaning Realtor - even the legendary Flyers goalie Bernie Parent, dispensing advice on relationships. Now add to that roster of columnists the governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett. "There is no political bias or intent, other than providing content that is interesting to our readers," said Robert J. Hall, chief executive officer of Interstate General Media, parent company of Philly.com, The Inquirer, and Philadelphia Daily News.
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May 6, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
When challenged, Gov. Christie sometimes yells like a Marine gunnery sergeant, calling reporters, citizens, and opponents alike stupid. Judging by his stratospheric poll ratings, voters love that shtick. He's "Jersey Strong. " And how often did former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell say something outrageous, such as opining in 2006 that many old people love casinos because they "lead very gray lives"? After a brief flare, the outrage faded, as it always did; it was just Ed being Ed. Last week, Gov. Corbett mentioned in a radio interview that he had heard some employers say they have trouble finding workers who can pass a drug test - and for that moment of candor, he caught three days of hell, both from Democrats running to replace him in 2014 and from media commentators.
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May 2, 2013 | By Will Bunch, Daily News Columnist
DUDE! IT LOOKS like Pennsylvania is going to need to have an intervention . . . because we have a governor with a severe case of denial. Last week, we learned that Pennsylvania lost more people from its labor force than any time in the past 30 years, and that it ranked 49th in job growth (ahead of only Wyoming) in March. On Monday, Corbett made his regular appearance on a radio show and gave his usual riff on net private-sector job gains since early 2011 (a world where those 20,000 public-school teachers and employees laid off in the face of Corbett budget cuts magically don't exist.)
NEWS
May 2, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - In the heat of the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Republican candidate Tom Corbett stirred controversy, and fodder for Democrats, by saying many jobless people "are just going to sit there" and not seek work until their unemployment benefits ran out. Now, midway through his first term and positioning himself to run for a second, Gov. Corbett is taking renewed heat for quoting employers as saying they "can't find anybody that ... has...
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