Tom Corbett, in a final effort to push his alternative to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, will now ask the Obama administration to formally approve it. It would function similarly to the current Medicaid expansion–which 25 states, including all of PA’s neighbors have agreed to–which offers Medicaid to all those living within 133% of the poverty line. Except for a couple thorny factors.
One paradox of Tom Corbett’s deep, deep unpopularity with Pennsylvania voters is that vulnerability has enticed a great many Democrats into next year’s gubernatorial race—creating a “free for all” that could destroy the party’s chances to capture the seat.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
A hearty round of applause to Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled House and Senate! By granting GOP Governor Tom Corbett his most highly sought prize — the nation’s highest gas and diesel taxes — the legislature has ensured two things:
1) Tommy Boy will lose next year’s election by an even bigger margin, and
2) He is now likely to achieve the impossible: an approval rating in the single digits.
To be fair, the last one’s not all that hard, since he was already in the toilet at a historically low 17 percent approval.
About the only thing more monumental than the rear-ending Corbett just gave his citizens via the second-largest tax increase in state history is his “bi-partisan” legacy, as no one has done more for the Democratic Party.
After a late, late, late-night vote on Tuesday to pass the State House, the state’s big transportation bill passed the Senate easily on Wednesday, 43-7. It’ll go back to the House, which will pass it, and then to Corbett’s desk for a signature. This not only gives Corbett one of the big legislative accomplishments he’s been striving for for three years, but some much-needed cash for roads, bridges, and even little old SEPTA.
At first glance, as Philebrity and others have suggested, this Tom Corbett campaign sign appears to be grammatically incorrect.
Is this Corbett campaign slogan grammatically correct? “Fewer taxes” or “less taxation,” right? pic.twitter.com/AOsgfD08pf
— Chris Potter (@CPotterPgh) November 6, 2013
As WHYY’s Emma Jacobs pointed out, however, the few/less distinction isn’t as obvious as some think. She linked to this helpful New York Times guide from a guy called Philip Corbett. (Yeah.) He writes:
But it’s not as simple as plural (fewer) vs. singular (less). Sometimes “less” is correct even with a plural noun. The Times’s stylebook says this: Also use less with a number that describes a quantity considered as a single bulk amount: The police recovered less than $1,500; It happened less than five years ago; The recipe calls for less than two cups of sugar.
Unless Corbett was literally saying he wanted to reduce the types of different taxes on the books, rather than the total amount of taxes people were paying, it seems that “less” was in fact that correct usage. (At least according to the Times‘s style guide.) Anyways, I’m on Team Less.
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Tom Corbett’s re-election campaign will feature a lot of talk about Pennsylvania’s fracking boom–something Corbett has abetted and will try to use to his advantage. All the natural gas love, however, doesn’t extend to his own campaign bus, which will run on regular gasoline.
Packed house ready to reelect Governor Corbett and LG Cawley! pic.twitter.com/D2viyMTtXo
— PA GOP (@PAGOP) November 6, 2013
Gov. Tom Corbett is announcing his re-election bid at this hour. Given his awful, awful approval ratings, today’s announcement means one of two things:
• He’s going to spend the next year flailing and sad, prone to Walking Dead parody political cartoons and killing the soul of any reporter stuck covering his campaign. Or…
• He’ll mount a Trumanesque combeback unlike anything Pennsylvania has ever seen.
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Chris Brennan at the Daily News reports that Republicans do not love Pennsylvania’s Republican governor, Tom Corbett. ”A Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College Poll released today shows that 44 percent of the Republicans polled want another candidate for governor, while 42 percent of them are sticking with Corbett. Another 14 percent of Republicans did not know if Corbett should run.” Do the math, and that means 58 percent of Republicans are indifferent, at best, to their guy’s re-election. Not good news for the governor.