As Pa. Budget Turns: Where’s Tom Wolf?

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So where is Tom Wolf, anyway?

The Democratic nominee for governor has been pretty quiet in recent days as Gov. Tom Corbett and the GOP-controlled Pennsylvania Legislature tried to wrestle the state budget into submission through a mix of bad priorities and morally dubious tactics.

Wolf — probably wisely — has stayed on the sidelines: His campaign’s last press release was June 19; its last blog post on June 27. When your already mortally wounded opponent insists on shooting himself in the foot publicly (does anybody think Corbett comes out of this process looking good?) it’s wise to shut up and let him reload.

Politically, at least, it’s wise. But Pennsylvanians shouldn’t let him get away with it. They should be demanding Wolf offer his ideas about how to put this year’s state budget together in the face of a $1.5 billion deficit.

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Corbett, Wolf to Make Joint Appearance Tonight in Philly

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and his Democratic challenger, Tom Wolf, will appear in the same place for the first time in the campaign when they deliver remarks at a Pennsylvania Environmental Council dinner in Philadelphia,” AP reports.The men will speak after a 6:30 p.m. award ceremony Wednesday at the Crystal Tea Room.”

It’s not a head-to-head debate, and clearly it’s not open to the public, but: Campaign season has started!

 

PA Senate Will Vote on Medical Marijuana

“A measure to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania could be ready for a state Senate committee vote this month, supporters say,” Newsworks reports. “The bill would set up state oversight of doctors to prescribe marijuana for a range of illnesses, said Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, the Republican leading the charge for medical marijuana.”

Senate approval is expected, but the plan is expected to meet opposition — and perhaps failure — in the House. (Newsworks)

Pro-Corbett Donation Violated State Law

You may have heard of Sheldon Adelson. He’s the Las Vegas gambling mogul who basically subsidized Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign long past the point of Gingrich’s viability, and he’s increasingly the deep-pocketed donor of choice sought out by GOP candidates for every type of office.  In Pennsylvania, though, his campaign donations break the law. Which turns out to be a pain for Gov. Tom Corbett. 

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Poll: Wolf Has 20-Point Lead over Corbett

“In the first poll released after the former Department of Revenue Secretary won the Democratic primary, Tom Wolf holds a twenty point lead over the Governor,” Politics PA reports. “According to Rasmussen Reports, 51% of likely voters would support Wolf while 31% would vote for Governor Tom Corbett. Only 14% of respondents were undecided. As expected, Wolf is supported by 83% of Democrats yet only 59% of Republicans favor Corbett. Wolf pulls away 25% of PA Republicans and holds a ten point lead among independents.”

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