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  • Ronnie Corbett, one of Britain's best-loved comedians, dies at age 85 (The Two Ronnies)

    04/01/2016 1:12:21 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | April 1, 2016 | Don Melvin,
    Ronnie Corbett, a diminutive British comedian with an outsized personality, exquisite timing and a heart of gold, died Thursday at the age of 85. He had spent decades on TV and was one of the country's best-loved entertainers.
  • Pa. House GOP says new margin is largest since '58

    11/08/2014 7:10:45 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    AP, via ^ | November 5, 2014 | MARK SCOLFORO
    Pennsylvania Republicans said Wednesday their majority in the state House will be the largest in more than half a century after a sweeping Election Day victory. The party gained at least eight seats and a western Pennsylvania race in which the incumbent Democrat was holding a narrow lead was considered too close to call.
  • GOP governor ousted in Pennsylvania

    11/04/2014 5:33:24 PM PST · by conservative98 · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 04, 2014 | Julian Hattem
    Voters in Pennsylvania chose first-time candidate Tom Wolf (D) over Gov. Tom Corbett (R) as their new governor on Tuesday. Multiple outlets called the race for Wolf immediately after polls closed on Tuesday evening. With the loss, Corbett became the first governor in the state’s modern history to lose a reelection race. Wolf, a longtime businessman who turned around his family’s cabinet company, had maintained a strong and steady lead in polling ahead of the election, though the incumbent’s campaign claimed that the tide was shifting and momentum had turned in his favor in recent days. Corbett’s approval ratings in...
  • Pennsylvania: Governor to Sign Firearms Preemption Bill Tomorrow (THIS IS HUGE!)

    10/28/2014 3:10:01 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 10 replies
    Tomorrow, October 28, Governor Tom Corbett (R) will sign House Bill 80 into law, strengthening Pennsylvania’s firearm preemption statute. This bill takes effect in sixty days. After four years of hard work, your NRA looks forward to this momentous event in a culmination of all the efforts that NRA members, Second Amendment supporters and Pennsylvania legislators finally accomplished. If you are able, please attend the bill signing ceremony with Governor Tom Corbett and pro-gun members of the Pennsylvania legislature. Event details and information is provided below: Bill Signing Ceremony for House Bill 80 Tuesday, October 28 at 4:00 P.M. Dormont...
  • Corbett cuts $72M from state budget, calls for action on pension reform

    10/24/2014 10:33:38 PM PDT · by Tamzee · 7 replies
    Pittsburgh Business Times ^ | July 10, 2014 | Paul J. Gough
    Gov. Tom Corbett blasted the General Assembly and line-item vetoed more than $70 million from the budget but signed the rest of it into law Thursday. The line-item veto removed $65 million in proposed spending from the General Assembly's own funding, which he said was equivalent to the legislators' surplus, as well as $7.2 million from general appropriations. (snip) Corbett reserved more ire for the General Assembly in what he said was its failure to address the public-pension crisis, an issue he has campaigned for big changes including a move toward a 401(k)-style system for new state employee and public...
  • Wolf says he'll end food-stamp asset test if elected governor

    10/24/2014 6:59:57 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 38 replies
    If elected governor, Tom Wolf plans to end the asset test, a measure that ties federal food stamp benefits to people's bank accounts and car ownership. The Democrat would also work to reestablish General Assistance (GA), which used to pay $205 a month to people who were both poor and disabled. Both moves would reverse initiatives by Gov. Corbett, who saw the asset test as a way to cut down on fraud and waste, and GA as an unnecessary institution from the 1930s whose elimination has saved the state $150 million a year. The Republican governor added the asset test...
  • Poll: Corbett narrowing Wolf's lead (PA)

    10/17/2014 2:33:09 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies ^ | 10/17/14
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - A new poll shows Tom Corbett is closing in on Democratic challenger Tom Wolf in the final weeks before the November election, but the Republican governor still faces a seven-point gap. The Magellan Strategies BR survey commissioned by Keystone Report shows Wolf leads Corbett 49-42 percent

    10/14/2014 3:22:00 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 72 replies
    HARRISBURG – The Corbett-Cawley campaign today drew attention to Secretary Tom Wolf’s ever-evolving excuses as to why he cannot provide the details on his plan to raise the income tax rate by 188 percent. Wolf embraces his inner-Nancy Pelosi in his latest excuse, arguing that the voters are not allowed to see what is in his tax plan until the election is over.
  • Opinion: In governor’s race, voters should note how pensions came to be under-funded (Pennsylvania)

    09/19/2014 8:08:13 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 6 replies
    Biz570.Com ^ | 17 September 2014 | Kelly Lewis
    I have read about 5 percent of the noise surrounding the upcoming governor’s race in Pennsylvania. As a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, I’m always amazed at what issues become amplified, minimized, and often buried. Less than 1 percent of the voters will read this little note, but as a son of teachers, and a friend to many current and retired teachers, administrators and state workers, I believe some facts deserve being said. There is no doubt; incoming governors and other elected officials inherit the good, bad and ugly of the preceding budgets and sessions. There is...
  • Feds approve Corbett's Pa. Medicaid expansion proposal

    09/02/2014 9:56:07 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    Philly.vom ^ | August 30, 2014 | Amy Worden
    Ending a yearlong negotiation, the Obama administration on Thursday approved Gov. Corbett's alternative Medicaid expansion proposal, a step that could extend health-care benefits to roughly 600,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians. In what was described as a five-year demonstration project, Pennsylvania got the go-ahead to use federal money to pay private insurers to provide health care to uninsured individuals - many in low-wage jobs. The Obama administration praised Pennsylvania for joining other states that opted into the program under the Affordable Care Act. Corbett administration officials called the agreement a successful compromise.
  • Anatomy of a GOP Disaster: Losing Pennsylvania

    08/31/2014 8:28:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | August 31, 2014 | John Fund
    AUGUST 31, 2014 Anatomy of a GOP Disaster: Losing Pennsylvania Governor Corbett has lost support by raising taxes and giving ground to public-sector unions. By John Fund All over the country Republican governors are either poised for easy reelection (such as Ohio’s John Kasich and Nevada’s Brian Sandoval) or running even or better against Democrats (Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Florida’s Rick Scott). Then there is Governor Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania. The latest independent poll has him down a shocking 49 percent to 24 percent (with a quarter of voters undecided) against Democrat Tom Wolf. How did Corbett become such an...
  • Poll: Wolf leads Corbett by 20 points for governor

    06/06/2014 11:11:48 AM PDT · by bjcoop · 42 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | Peter Jackson
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Democratic upstart Tom Wolf leads Republican incumbent Tom Corbett by a formidable 20 points as Pennsylvania's gubernatorial campaign shifts into gear for the general election, according to a poll released Wednesday. The survey of 1,308 Pennsylvania voters by Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University showed Wolf backed by 53 percent and Corbett by 33 percent.
  • Corbett says Pennsylvania won't appeal same-sex marriage case

    05/21/2014 12:39:31 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 57 replies
    WPXI ^ | May 21, 2014
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania's governor says he won't appeal a court decision that struck down the state's gay marriage ban. Gov. Tom Corbett's decision Wednesday means that same-sex marriage will remain legal in Pennsylvania, without the threat that a higher court will reinstate the ban. "I have thoroughly reviewed Judge Jones' opinion in the Whitewood case. Given the high legal threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal. Therefore, after review of the opinion and on the advice of my Commonwealth legal team, I have decided not to appeal Judge...
  • Don't Dump Pennsylvania's Governor

    04/17/2014 7:02:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | April 17, 2014 | Michael Reagan
    Be careful, Pennsylvania people. You can't afford to blow it this fall. Your great state is, I'm sorry to say, already not so great when it comes to fiscal solvency. Don't make it worse by dumping your Republican governor, Tom Corbett. Despite the Marcellus Shale boom that's turned Pennsylvania into the Saudi Arabia of natural gas, the Keystone State's current fiscal condition is almost as dire as New Jersey's. According to a recent Mercatus Center study of every state's ability to balance its budgets and still pay for health care and pension costs, Pennsylvania is ranked No. 42. Jersey (50),...
  • Senate Dems offer $9 billion borrowing plan for pensions relief(Pennsylvania)

    03/12/2014 2:12:21 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    witf ^ | Mar 12, 2014 | Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief
    State Senate Democrats say borrowing nine billion dollars is the best way to address the state's rising public pension debt. It's a shift from a caucus that has previously supported a wait-and-see approach with the 2010 law that reset scheduled payments into the pension systems. Those payments are set to increase by hundreds of millions of dollars over the next several years, eating up precious funding for other government programs, only to decrease again in 20 to 30 years. Now they Senate Democrats say a $9 billion bond could refinance some of the pension debt. Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna) said...
  • Pennsylvania's Republican Governor Signs The Second Largest Tax Hike Ever Today

    11/25/2013 6:35:48 AM PST · by Nextrush · 50 replies
    11/25/2013 | Self
    Republican Governor Tom Corbett, who announced he's running for re-election next year, likes to tell Pennsylvanians he hasn't raised taxes. He ran for office four years ago saying he wouldn't raise taxes. But that's exactly what he is doing today when he signs a "transportation funding bill" to fix roads and bridges along with subsidizing public transportation systems (especially in the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh areas). The bill replaces an out in the open 12 cent a gallon gas tax at the pump with a backroom tax on gas at its wholesale price. It also raises registration fees for vehicles in the state...
  • House sends $2.3B transit bill to Corbett

    11/22/2013 7:35:17 AM PST · by Phillyred · 16 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | November 22, 2013 | Amy Worden, Harrisburg Bureau Last updated: Friday, , 2:01 AM Read more at
    HARRISBURG - More than $2 billion will soon begin to flow into road and bridge repair and mass-transit improvements after the state House gave final approval Thursday to the long-awaited transportation bill. The House sent the bill - the first comprehensive transportation-funding legislation in 15 years - to Gov. Corbett late in the day with a 113-85 bipartisan vote. With it, Corbett notched a major legislative victory. He said it represented a "new era in resurgent and reenergized Pennsylvania." "This bold transportation plan demonstrates that our elected officials are serious about keeping our residents safe and our economy strong," he...
  • Pennsylvania Republicans Looking to Push Out Their Governor

    07/18/2013 7:22:13 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 27 replies
    National Journal ^ | 17 July 2013 | Alex Roarty
    Tom Corbett is one of the most unpopular politicians in the country. Now his own party is turning on him. The biggest question in Pennsylvania politics right now isn't whether Gov. Tom Corbett will win reelection. It's whether he'll even get the chance. Beset by legislative failures and bleak poll numbers, the Republican looks like the country's most vulnerable governor heading into the 2014 election. And Republicans are questioning whether they should let Corbett face a near-certain defeat when they could find a ready replacement with a much better chance of winning. Already, speculation among GOP operatives has shifted to...
  • Student Suspended Over ‘Hot For Teacher’ Essay Sues Oakland University

    03/17/2013 1:41:15 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    WWJ/AP ^ | March 15, 2013
    ROCHESTER (WWJ/AP) - A 57-year-old man suspended from Oakland University for writing about his attraction to teachers has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $2 million and four credits for the class. Joseph Corlett says his First Amendment rights were violated by university officials. The school suspended him for three semesters last year after saying he violated a policy against intimidating people on campus. He said he was also warned that he’d be arrested for criminal trespass if he entered the campus during his suspension.
  • Corbett Backtracks On Comments About Restricting Gun Sales On State Property

    01/07/2013 3:47:58 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 8 replies
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Governor Tom Corbett is backtracking from comments made during a radio interview suggesting that he might consider banning the sale of guns on state property. The comment came during an appearance on Harrisburg public station WITF’s “Radio Smart Talk” program. Governor Corbett was asked about why the state allows gun sales at its massive Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, and whether that policy should be changed.
  • NCAA lawsuit: Potential GOP challenger to Gov. Tom Corbett in 2014 questions lawsuit's timing

    Republican Bruce Castor who has expressed interest in taking on Gov. Tom Corbett in the 2014 GOP gubernatorial primary said Wednesday's announcement a lawsuit against the NCAA over Penn State's sanction "smacks of political gamesmanship and ‘too little too late.'" The lawsuit filed in U.S. Middle District Court seeks to have the court lift the sanctions that were imposed on Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
  • Pennsylvania's Governor Is Suing The NCAA Over Its Sanctions Against Penn State

    01/02/2013 9:25:06 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 2, 2013 | Peter Jackson, Associated Press
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the NCAA over stiff sanctions imposed against Penn State in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. ................. A person associated with the university and knowledgeable about the matter told The Associated Press that it is an antitrust action. .................... In announcing the news conference, Corbett, a Republican, did not indicate whether his office coordinated its legal strategy with state Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, who is scheduled to be sworn in Jan. 15. Kane, a...
  • Governor Says Pennsylvania Won't Set up Health Exchange

    12/12/2012 11:20:51 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 50 replies
    AP, via ABC News ^ | December 12, 2012 | MARC LEVY and MARK SCOLFORO
    Pennsylvania will not set up its own health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act — at least not for now, Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday. Setting up a state-based exchange would be irresponsible, Corbett said as he faulted federal authorities for what he said were inadequate answers to his questions about cost and other issues. "Health care reform is too important to be achieved through haphazard planning," said the Republican governor. "Pennsylvania taxpayers and businesses deserve more. They deserve informed decision making and a strong plan that responsibly uses taxpayer dollars."
  • Corbett urged to act on health law (

    11/16/2012 5:23:34 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 6 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 11-15-12 | Steve Twedt
    With the election over and even Republican House Speaker John Boehner declaring "Obamacare is the law of the land," Democratic state legislators are pressing Republican Gov. Tom Corbett to move ahead with implementing key parts of the national health care overhaul. In the last two days, Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Squirrel Hill, and Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Penn Hills, have sent letters urging Mr. Corbett to work toward establishing a health insurance exchange and approving expansion of Pennsylvania's Medicaid program.
  • Corbett wants to hire a private lottery manager (Pennsylvania & growing elderly population)

    04/06/2012 11:45:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/02/12 | MARC LEVY
    Corbett wants to hire a private lottery managerBy MARC LEVY | Associated Press – Mon, Apr 2, 2012 HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is making the state lottery the next frontier in his quest to privatize services, saying Monday that hiring a private manager for the nation's sixth-largest lottery would bolster its ability to meet the rising demand for services from the state's growing elderly population. The move, which was immediately opposed by Democrats and the state's largest employee union, also may herald an expansion of lottery gambling, such as the addition of online ticket sales, keno...
  • Gov. Tom Corbett signs voter ID into law (Pennsylvania)

    03/14/2012 6:59:32 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 29 replies ^ | 3/14/12 | Mary Wilson
    After three days of floor debate, the Pennsylvania House has passed a bill requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls. Governor Tom Corbett signed the bill into law Wednesday night. Opponents call it a "poll tax," while supporters insist it's "common sense." Counties are being told about the upcoming changes, according to Ron Ruman, a spokesman for the Department of State. For the April 24 primary election, poll workers are supposed to request, but not require, that voters show photo identification. "And then we're asking that the poll worker hand that voter a small sheet of paper which...
  • Fox’s Chris Wallace Grills PA Governor Corbett On Penn State Investigations

    11/13/2011 5:58:43 PM PST · by tired&retired · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/13/2011 | Josh Feldman
    From his position on the Penn State board of trustees, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett voted to fire coach Joe Paterno for his involvement in the cover-up of assistant coach Jerry Sandusky‘s multiple allegations of sexually abusing young men. Wallace noted at several points during the interview that Corbett was being less than open about all the details of the case being deliberated by the board of trustees, and Corbett admitted he was not at liberty to divulge everything. Even when Wallace tried to get Corbett to say if whether the scandal is over or whether more people will come forward,...
  • Governor Corbett "very proud" of Penn State students

    11/12/2011 9:20:07 AM PST · by sand lake bar · 139 replies · 1+ views
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  • Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania Governor, Couldn't Discuss Inquiry

    11/10/2011 8:47:52 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 10, 2011 | Jo Becker
    "Abuse Inquiry Set Tricky Path for Governor For months, Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania had reason to suspect a sexual abuse scandal was going to explode at Penn State University. He also had no way to talk about it, or to prepare for it..."
  • Corbett, other GOP governors, want emissions proposals withdrawn

    10/12/2011 12:26:20 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 10-12-11 | Don Hopey
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is one of 11 Republican governors who have signed a letter to President Barack Obama, asking him to withdraw proposed rules that would reduce toxic pollutant emissions from coal-burning power plants. In their letter Oct. 7, the governors claim long-delayed rules limiting emissions of mercury and other toxics -- originally mandated in the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 -- would cost $11 billion annually, risk millions of jobs, hurt electric power reliability and result in only marginal air quality improvements. "Any new rule must reflect information on how it will impact the economy and include...
  • Corbett administration backs voter ID requirement

    08/24/2011 12:32:24 PM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 8 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | August 23, 2011 | Tracie Mauriello
    The state's top election official came out today in support of a GOP-backed effort to require voters to show photo identification every time they cast a ballot in Pennsylvania.
  • Debate on Gas Drillers' Impact Fee Put Off

    06/29/2011 10:26:16 PM PDT · by Rabin · 2 replies
    Rigzone ^ | Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | John L. Micek
    Gov. Tom Corbett, "I have sent this message back: If something gets to my desk, it will be vetoed," Republicans who control the state House pulled the plug Tuesday on a planned debate over a local impact fee for natural gas drillers, saying they'll take up the issue this fall. The 180-degree turn came as lawmakers worked to put the final pieces of a $27.15 billion budget.
  • Do you support Gov. Corbett's proposed budget cuts including his cuts to education? (Poll)

    03/30/2011 3:12:16 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 8 replies
    Currently lacking..... On the whole, do you support Governor Corbett's proposed budget cuts, including his cuts to education? Choice Votes Percentage of 379 Votes Yes 142 37% No 232 61% Unsure 5 1% Thank you for participating.
  • Corbett’s DRPA: Same Old Story

    03/05/2011 7:14:27 AM PST · by grace522 · 3 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 4 February 2011 | Chris Freind
    A changing of the guard occurred this week at the scandal-plagued Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), as Governor Corbett appointed himself the new chairman, and replaced five board commissioners. The law-and-order Corbett has pledged to clean up the authority through openness and transparency, vowing to oversee an entity free of the conflicts that plagued the prior board. But his appointments — all political insiders — have left many wondering if anything has really changed. As chairman, the Governor sets the DRPA agenda, and he deserves the benefit of the doubt that he will live up to his promises. That said,...
  • REVOLT!: STATES LEAD THE WAY (Is it Possible??)

    02/24/2011 9:26:24 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Dick Morris .com ^ | Feb 23 ,2011 | Dick Morris And Eileen McGann
    As predicted in Revolt! (Dick’s and Eileen’s new book) – States Lead the Way Toward Reform It is not only the Arab world that is in turmoil! Reform Governors like Scott Walker (Wisconsin), John Kasich (Ohio), Mitch Daniels (Indiana), Tom Corbett (Pennsylvania), Butch Otter (Idaho), and Rick Scott (Florida) are leading a movement for fundamental change in America. In Revolt!, Morris and McGann’s new book, they describe how newly elected Republican Governors – impelled by their budget crises and empowered with GOP Legislatures – will accomplish sweeping changes in our politics. Read how: * Republican Governors will destroy the political...
  • A Rendell --- and now Corbett --- Bailout: Building Ships With No Buyers

    02/19/2011 3:26:44 AM PST · by grace522 · 18 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 18 Feb 2011 | Chris Freind
    Freindly Fire Note: On February 17, Governor Tom Corbett authorized the $42 million shipyard bailout. Two ships will now be constructed --- even though there are no buyers, nor any in the foreseeable future --- and hundreds of union jobs will now be subsidized. So much for the pledge of responsible government and fiscal restraint, especially in light of the $5 billion budget deficit. The wildly successful model that Gov. Christie has given his colleagues --- popularity will rise if you stick to your campaign promises --- is, incomprehensibly, falling on deaf ears. It is bad enough Corbett is being...
  • Switch to Pro-Abortion Governor Allowed Abortionist Horror

    01/21/2011 8:20:57 AM PST · by julieee · 25 replies ^ | January 21, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Switch to Pro-Abortion Governor Allowed Abortionist Horror The grand jury calls him a butcher of women. If the charges are proven correct, he is a butcher of baby girls and boys too, a poster boy for what Roe v Wade has wrought.

    12/20/2010 5:45:51 PM PST · by grace522 · 4 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 20 Dec 2010 | Chris Freind
    Throughout history, there have always been makers and takers. Makers create things: jobs, products and wealth. Takers produce nothing. Instead, they leech off the makers. And the biggest taker of all is government. Oppressive, “taking” governments hold center stage in most foreign countries, where taxpayer rights and the rule of law are cocktail party jokes. But increasingly, the takers are also making their mark in America, squeezing the economic lifeblood out of business and zapping citizens’ creativity and hope. Usually, the take comes in increments, with public officials saying it’s our duty to accept such small sacrifices. But once the...
  • Lean inaugural events reflect Pennsylvania's hard times

    12/20/2010 11:42:47 AM PST · by surroundedbyblue · 1 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 12/20/2010 | Peter Jackson
    The celebration surrounding Tom Corbett's inauguration as Pennsylvania's 46th governor will not include a parade around the Capitol. No concerts by rock legends. Just one inaugural ball. Organizers said they are limiting the number of events, citing hard economic times. A performing arts program, a Roman Catholic Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral and an inaugural ball at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex will be part of the Jan. 18 event. Inaugural celebrations usually combine casual parties with formal events. The bills are paid by private donors, including corporations and organized labor groups that often have a direct stake in state...

    12/14/2010 3:26:01 PM PST · by grace522 · 67 replies · 3+ views
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 14 Dec 2010 | Chris Freind
    You would think that with Pennsylvania’s Republican roots, which have run especially deep over the last several decades, freshman Democratic senator Bob Casey would be vulnerable in 2012. You would be wrong, and the reason is simple civics. Incumbents don’t lose unless they’re challenged by viable, first-tier candidates, as the Senate elections in Nevada and Alaska proved. And, as of now, there are none to challenge Casey. Whether that changes in the next year is anyone’s guess, but the mere fact that the GOP finds itself in this position speaks volumes about how it builds its “bench.” Translation: it doesn’t....
  • Onorato reeling from 'unique' loss to Corbett in home county

    11/04/2010 5:26:31 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 15 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | November 3, 2010 | Timothy McNulty
    After a more than a year of nonstop campaigning, fundraising and crisscrossing state travel, Dan Onorato can console himself that he was just one of many Democrats swept under in a national Republican wave year. It is what happened at home that must concern him. The Allegheny County executive lost his home county in the governor's race to Republican Tom Corbett, an indignity in a county where his party has 2.3 times as many votes. That has to be on his mind -- and those of possible GOP or Democratic rivals -- as he considers running for an unprecedented third...
  • A Big GOP Day In Pa

    11/03/2010 4:49:47 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Republican Tom Corbett handily won the governorship last night beating Democrat Dan Onorato. The unofficial tally with 53 districts -- 40 in Philadelphia and 13 in Delaware County -- to go was 2,136,683 votes to 1,783,581. With Republicans retaining control of the state Senate and winning the state House, Pennsylvania can make the elephant its official mascot for at least the next two years. The senate race was much closer than expected and not called until after midnight when Democrat Joe Sestak conceded to Republican Pat Toomey. The unofficial tally as of midnight was 1,993,704 votes for Toomey to 1,916,284...
  • Tom Corbett wins Pa. governor's race [Fast Eddie's cronies are sad!]

    11/02/2010 8:35:34 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 14 replies
    AP, via LehighValleyLive ^ | November 2, 2010 | AP
    Republican Tom Corbett has defeated Democrat Dan Onorato in the race for Pennsylvania governor.

    10/12/2010 12:31:14 PM PDT · by grace522 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Philladelphia Magazine ^ | 12 Oct 2010 | Chris Freind
    A TALE OF TWO STATES Ed Rendell and Jon Corzine drove Pennsylvania and New Jersey into the ground. Chris Christie—and now Tom Corbett—are poised to bring both back from the dead Day and night, black and white, right and wrong. All describe what New Jersey is versus what it was. The difference? Simple. It’s Chris Christie versus Jon Corzine. One presided over a legacy of abject failure, driving the state into near bankruptcy, while the other has taken the bull by the horns — read: upending Business As Usual — and is winning the day. Since Jon Corzine got trounced...
  • FOP endorses Pa. AG Corbett in gubernatorial race

    10/06/2010 11:39:39 AM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 8 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 10-6-2010 | Joe Mandak
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A major police union and other law enforcement associations are backing Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett's bid for governor.
  • New Poll Shows Pa. Governor Race Tightening

    09/30/2010 5:07:59 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    The Pittsburgh Channel ^ | September 30, 2010
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- For the first time in the general-election campaign, the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race between Republican Tom Corbett and Democrat Dan Onorato is too close to call, according to a poll released Wednesday. The statewide survey by Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster shows Corbett, the state attorney general, backed by 36 percent and Onorato, the elected executive of Allegheny County, with 32 percent among voters who said they are likely to cast ballots in the Nov. 2 election. About one-third remained undecided. In August, the same pollster gave Corbett an 11-point lead over Onorato and had about one-third...
  • Corbett, Onorato tangle (1st PA Gov. Debate)

    09/28/2010 2:06:31 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA
    Morning Call ^ | 9/28/10 | John L. Micek
    Republican Tom Corbett said Democrat Dan Onorato is a "career politician" who will only "tell you half the story." Onorato said Corbett signed a "hokey" pledge not to raise taxes.
  • GOP Up In Pa

    08/31/2010 3:41:10 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Reuters/Ipsos poll released, today , has Republican Pat Toomey up 47-37 percent among likely voters over Democrat Joe Sestak in the Pennsylvania Senate race. Among registered voters, a category historically more favorable to the Democrats, Toomey is up 40-37 percent. Meanwhile, the latest Rasmussen Poll has Toomey up 45-39 percent among likely voters with Toomey ahead 48-42 percent if leaners are factored in. In the governor's race, Reuter/Ipsos has Republican Tom Corbett head of Democrat Don Onorato 49 percent to 34 percent. In other election news, Sestak has launched his first attack ads in which he accuses Toomey to...
  • It's Not Will The Dems Lose But How Badly

    08/26/2010 1:26:54 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 8 replies ^ | 08/26/10 | CaroleL
    Perennial swing state Pennsylvania is swinging far to the right this election cycle according to a brand new poll. GOP candidates for Governor and US Senate have healthy leads over their Democratic opponents and an overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians believe their state (currently under Democratic rule) is on the wrong track.
  • True Change Heading To Pennsylvania

    07/13/2010 9:05:35 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 8 replies ^ | 07/14/10 | CaroleL
    Perennial swing state Pennsylvania is making a slow and steady turn to the right this election season. Fueled by dismal approval ratings for their current Democratic governor and senator and a strong backlash against President Barack Obama's handling of the immigration issue, voters in the Keystone State are sounding off against the Obama party and the Obama agenda and they're putting their money where their mouths are.