Corbett: Women Want Liquor Law Reform So They Can Speed Up Dinner Prep

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett would no doubt like to shore up his female support before the election. One way he could do it: Pointing out his support of liquor law reform! Sure, that doesn’t seem like a women’s issue, particularly, but it’s something a lot of Pennsylvanians support.

And, hey, here’s a quote from last month: “I think a lot of people want to be able to walk into a grocery store, particularly, a lot of the women, want to go and buy a bottle of wine for dinner, go down, buy a 6 pack or two 6 packs, buy dinner and go home rather than what I described as 3 stops in Pennsylvania.”

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Penn Study: Medical Marijuana Saves Lives

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Medical marijuana saves lives.

A new study from Penn researchers shows that states where medical marijuana is legal see lower rates of overdoses from opioid analgesics — that is, painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin.

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Pennsylvania Governor Joins Campaign To Have Amish Mafia Nixed

Cast of Discovery Channel's "Amish Mafia."

Cast of Discovery Channel’s “Amish Mafia.”

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and other elected state officials have signed a statement asking the Discovery Channel to drop its series Amish Mafia.

The reality show, according to Discovery’s website, follows a group of Amish men “who protect and maintain peace and order within the Amish community in Lancaster.”

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Embattled Education Advisor to Governor Corbett Resigns

Ron Tomalis, Governor Tom Corbett’s special advisor on higher education, announced today that he will step down from his position on August 26th. It’s unclear if his $139,542-a-year job will be filled.

Tomalis has been under fire ever since a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigation revealed little work coming from his office. Records obtained by the paper revealed weeks where Tomalis had little or no work activity. He averaged about a phone call a day.

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Governor Tom Corbett’s Campaign Aides Met With Him in Office

In what has to be the early frontrunner for the most boring scandal of the 2014 Pennsylvania gubernatorial race, Tom Corbett is now under fire for meeting with campaign aides in his office numerous times since taking office in 2011. Oooh!

People, obviously, may be upset by this. But even a lawyer for former House Democratic Whip Mike Veon, still imprisoned on a 6- to 14-year term after the “Bonusgate” scandal prosecuted by Corbett, can only muster up that it “certainly is an appearance of impropriety.” Veon was convicted of using taxpayer money to reward campaign workers. Certainly Corbett should probably avoid meeting with campaign workers in his office so articles like this aren’t written. But will this particular small fact sway anyone’s vote? Probably not.

Corbett, for his part, says he’s done nothing wrong. His campaign manager says his behavior is laudatory! He “continues to set an example of how to balance his political and office schedule,” Mike Barley said. Campaign staffers and the governor talk most often by phone, anyway, he says.

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Gov. Corbett Pushes to Open Philly Schools on Time

Gov. Tom Corbett made a big push today to open Philly public schools on time, saying he would send the city $265 million and call on the Legislature to return to work to pass a cigarette tax officials here say will fully fund schools for the year.

The $265 million is an advance on money the state already planned to send to fund Philly schools — it’s just getting here sooner than planned. Officials have said the cigarette tax is needed to ensure schools can stay open throughout the school year — and that they might not open schools on time without assurance they can keep those doors open.

The announcement came at a 9:30 a.m. press conference, as well as in a series of posts to Twitter.

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