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Roll Call says Gov. Tom Corbett has become so unpopular that other Pennsylvania Republicans are nervous he'll drag down the entire party during next year's elections:Local GOP operatives fear this 2014 scenario: Corbett drags down the ticket for perennial targets Reps. Patrick Meehan, Jim Gerlach, Michael G. Fitzpatrick and Charlie Dent. Meanwhile, top potential Corbett foes count southeastern Pennsylvania as their political base, driving Democratic turnout in their suburban House districts.“The impending blowout of Corbett could cause severe Republican losses downballot, hitting hardest in the southeast,” said a top GOP operative in Pennsylvania, who was granted anonymity to speak candidly
On the heels of Monday's news that Pennsylvania's job-creation ranks 49th among the 50 states, Gov. Tom Corbett has responded with a play straight out of the Giant Book of GOP Clichés: He's blaming the hippies:“There are many employers who say, look, we’re looking for people but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test, a lot of them,” Corbett told PAMatters.com. “And that’s a concern for me because we’re having a serious problem with that.” It’s at 3:40 in the video.
Is the day at last at hand? That sweet, glorious day when you'll be able to walk into a local liquor store and be able to buy the kind of liquor you want at reasonable prices? That sweet, sweet day known as the privatization of Pennsylvania's state-owned liquor stores?Maybe. CBS Philly says the Pennsylvania Senate will begin consideration of privatization this morning, more than a month after the House passed its own bill.The man on the hot seat today is Bucks County Republican Senator Chuck McIlhinney, chairman of the Senate committee that will vet the House Liquor bill. McIlhinney has
Things PA beats Wyoming at: JOBS! Compared to one year ago, Pennsylvania's job growth (several thousand jobs were actually lost) ranks 49th in the United States. Out of, you know, 50. Not to get political or anything here, Governor Corbett, but you know what really well-respected non-partisan think tanks said would result in 35,000 extra jobs by 2016? Approving Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. [PBJ]
Last week, National Review lambasted Pennsylvania GOP State Senator Chuck McIlhinney for standing athwart Pennsylvania's liquor privatization effort. A couple days later he was on Dom Giordano's radio show, recanting. The conservative Commonwealth Foundation think tank was psyched, while another right-wing group, the Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania, thinks he's "just spinning on the issue," and will continue to target him with television advertisements. McIlhinney matters because he is chair of the committee that will essentially decide the fate of privatization in the Senate. (A House bill that he now says doesn't go far enough has already been passed.) [Patriot-News]
Northeast Philly State Senator Mike Stack isn't the highest-profile candidate in the running for Tom Corbett's seat--that honor would go to Allyson Schwartz, or Joe Sestak, or maybe even Treasurer Rob McCorb. But he does have something none of them do--the endorsement of Bob Brady, Philadelphia Democratic Party Chair. “He’s smart, he knows the state government, and he’s well liked,” Brady told the Inquirer yesterday. “Good family, good man.” And good political machine behind him too, now. [Inquirer]
Looks like we'll find out soon. AP reports that a state appeals court has ruled that Gov. Corbett must turn over unredacted emails and calendar entries to the public, under the auspices of the state's Right-To-Know Law.The wire service says: "The AP sought records covering an 18-day period shortly after Mr. Corbett took office in 2011. The governor's office provided some records but blacked out 17 emails and 28 calendar entries, including the subject of scheduled meetings on grounds that the information could suggest the nature of private internal deliberations that are exempt from disclosure under the law."The court said
*According to the Biotechnology Industry Organization, a coalition of 1,100 "biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations" whose opinions and concerns may or may not overlap with the 52 percent of actual Pennsylvanians who think he's doing a bad job.His popularity is down near the levels of "never gonna say die" George W. Bush during the couple of years of his run, but BIO likes Corbett's "leadership and commitment to strengthening the biotechnology and public health sectors within Pennsylvania." Of course, that leadership involves actual closing
Ladies and gents, we have ourselves a new challenger. Kathleen McGinty, former Rendell Department of Environmental Protection Chief, has thrown her proverbial hat in the ring, creating the obvious reality that the two frontrunners challenging Tom Corbett's throne are women. And what's more, Dave Davies points out, they have very very similar profiles:Like Schwartz, McGinty is a pro-choice, progressive woman with Philadelphia roots who favors Obamacare and gun control. In other words, she occupies much of the same political terrain as Schwartz. And like Schwartz, she has national political connections having served in the Clinton administration. That's helpful in fundraising.Mr.
Tom Corbett and the Republican-controlled PA House are either very smart, or very dumb. As they push their liquor privatization bill through Harrisburg, they are either trying to pull a fast one on Pennsylvanians who expect better selection and lower prices (which they know cannot happen with this bill). Or they’re very dumb, and actually believe the bill they’re peddling will accomplish those things.