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I guess Tom Corbett's beloved new Philly.com column hasn't generated any uptick in the polls. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz leads him 45%-35%, and Treasurer Rob McCord, a likely opponent, is up by eight. Having his NCAA suit rejected by a judge yesterday probably doesn't help matters much either. Maybe once he actually starts writing for Philly.com, rather than appearing in softball Q&A sessions, things will look up for the guv. [Inquirer]
Starting next year under the Affordable Care Act, Pennsylvania residents can use federally-run "exchanges" to shop for health insurance plans. The marketplaces will make comparative shopping easier for consumers. Unless they're looking for an insurance plan that covers abortion, in which case they'll be out of luck. Pennsylvania passed a bill yesterday--which Corbett will sign--that prevents consumers from using the exchanges to buy insurance plans that offer abortion coverage. The rationale, from Corbett and the legislature: Even if the plans themselves don't cost taxpayer money, the exchanges themselves, which are run by the federal government, mind you, do.This raises a
Yesterday on the Philly Post, there was a little intra-staff debate going on about the merits of Philly.com. In one corner was Joel Mathis, arguing that maybe, just maybe, the website was turning a corner. In the other, me, arguing it was worse than ever, particularly with regards to the new column it commissioned from Gov. Tom Corbett. As if to settle the score, the site has just published its second embarrassing softball interview with Corbett in the span of seven days. Here is a still of Maria Papadakis telling the first couple how "charming" they are. Say what you
In 2007, the Inquirer hired Rick Santorum to write a bimonthly column. The former senator, earning $1,750 a pop, was accused of making things up in his very first piece. A couple years later, the Inky was lambasted again, this time for handing John Yoo, the author of George W. Bush's infamous "torture memos," a similar gig. Neither hire, however, was as journalistically problematic as Philly.com's recent decision to offer Tom Corbett a regular unpaid column on the site's, er, eclectic, "New Voices" section.Like Santorum and Yoo, Corbett is a conservative political figure. Unlike them, he's still serving in government. In Pennsylvania. In the Governor's mansion. Put another way, he doesn't lack a bully pulpit. Barack Obama, for instance, issues a weekly video address that his staff uploads to YouTube and publishes on the White House website. When you're a chief executive, as Corbett is, that's the sort of thing you can do. It's gratuitous, in other words, for one of the widest-read news sites in the state to offer generous word space to the state's most powerful public official.
Calm down lefty media hyperventilators! After you all jumped down Tom Corbett's throat for his comment about having no Latino staff members, the Governor's people put out a press release smack-down, pointing out that in fact they've actually got ONE Latino staffer, Maria Montero, the Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs.I would have published this sooner, but I was waiting from a response from Corbett's people confirming that there's really no one else. In fairness, the administration also used to employ preternaturally grumpy Eli Aliva as Secretary of Health and nominated Ken Trujillo for Commissioner of the PLCB.If
Joining the ranks of esteemed scribes Bernie Parent and "sexologist" Jill McDevitt, Tom Corbett will soon debut a regular column on Philly.com. We assume that like them, he will not be compensated. The site posted a Q&A with the governor and his wife today in which the pair come across very "Leave it to Beaver." Some highlights:If you could interview anyone, past or present, who would it be?Tom: Abraham Lincoln.What TV show is currently your DVR/On Demand obsession?Tom: Vikings on the History ChannelIf you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?Tom: I would be better at learning
ThinkProgress catches Gov. Tom Corbett admitting he has no Latinos on his staff, during an appearance hosted by Al Dia last week at the Union League:Watch the video, courtesy of Al Dia.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&list=UUGrUeq1FtRamLqZgaCIgB3w&v=BdFH2RzblYA
MODERATOR: Do you have staff members that are Latino?CORBETT: No, we do not have any staff members in there. If you can find us one, please let me know.MODERATOR: I am sure that there are Latinos that…CORBETT: Do any of you want to come to Harrisburg? See?!
More news from that F&M poll we talked about earlier: Tom Corbett's approval rating is low—very low: Only 25 percent of Pennsylvania voters believe the governor deserves re-election.Philadelphia Business Journal analyzes the numbers:Corbett’s difficulties with voters, F&M surmises, may be due in part from the priorities he has emphasized in recent months. Debate in the state capital has centered on efforts to privatize the state liquor stores and the state lottery, but the poll shows these issues rank well below the economy, creating jobs, or improving public schools as important issues voters want state government to address. Few voters gave
Tom Corbett's been promising to do something about the growing specter of state employee pensions: On Tuesday, he opened his campaign:On Tuesday, he pointed out that it was not only the state budget at stake, but household budgets as well.The pension’s $47-billion unfunded liability amounts to a $9,000 bill for each household in Pennsylvania, the governor said. On its current course, the liability will top $65 billion by 2018, bringing the per household total to more than $13,000.“That’s the cost of doing nothing,” Corbett said. “Are you ready to write your checks?”Of course, that's the gap between what the state
The backlash to the Paterno backlash continues at Penn State, where pro-JoePa candidates swept elections for the Board of Trustees on Friday. Not at all coincidentally, the three winners--Edward Brown III, Barbara Doran, and William Oldsey--were all endorsed by the Paterno family. Several incumbents, who were on the board when Paterno was fired, lost in a landslide. Oldsey, an education publishing consultant, feels "very strongly that the Paterno legacy has to be resurrected . . . in order for us to truly move forward in the right direction."The Board also approved a sweeping list of changes to the way it