He’s not expected to face much trouble during the primary campaign, but PoliticsPA reports Gov. Tom Corbett will begin running re-election TV commercials today.
StateImpact reports some astonishing news:
Governor Corbett is calling for an investigation into allegations of fraud against Pennsylvania’s biggest natural gas driller– Chesapeake Energy.
Corbett sent a letter to Chesapeake’s CEO Doug Lawler, saying he has reached out to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane to investigate allegations the company is shortchanging landowners on natural gas royalty payments.
Governor Tom Corbett, you’ve got a mountain to climb. But I believe I can help you win re-election.
For the most part, you’d think I’d be a big supporter of yours. You’re a Republican. I’m a Republican. You’re a fiscal conservative. I’m a fiscal conservative. You want less government and more privatization (like our state store and lottery systems) and I agree with this, too. You want to reform our bloated pension system, and who can argue with that? (Unless of course you’re a beneficiary of said system.) And even though you’re a private enterprise guy like me, you also want the state to increase its oversight over the “fracking” activities to minimize their environmental impact. I think that’s a good idea too. You’re a low-tax, pro-business Governor and of course I like that. And best of all… you’re a middle aged white guy with a nice family. Hey, me too!
But even I’m not so sure about you.
Philadelphia Weekly reports, hilariously: “Whoops: Governor Tom Corbett’s official Twitter page accidentally tweeted out a link Tuesday to a Southern California-based podcast known as I Love Lard. Adding insult to injury, the governor’s feed specifically linked to an episode of I Love Lard titled ‘Cunt Show.’ The tweet with said link, shown below, was accompanied by a photo of the governor alongside some middle-school children. Which made matters that much weirder.”
With his poll numbers tanking and voters angry, Gov. Tom Corbett unveils his 2015 state budget today with an eye on winning back some support before November’ election: A big emphasis in his proposal will be to put funding back in education after years of cuts. But will it work?
Councilman Bill Green has long been known for his heterodox ways: While other pols rely on glad-handing to make their way, Green spent his time writing white papers describing how he’d fix government in Philadelphia. Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Corbett appointed Green to chair Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission. (See Philly Mag’s new cover story on eight ways to fix Philadelphia schools.)
Thursday, Green talked to Philly Mag about Mayor Nutter’s reaction to that news, his views on charter schools, and whether he still has a shot at being mayor.
So it’s been a couple weeks now since Gov. Corbett announced your appointment to the SRC, what’s your take on the reaction you’ve received since then?
Well there’s been numerous and varied reactions, I think. [Laughs] Nobody is in the middle on my appointment.
Huffington Post reports that Tom Corbett’s numbers in a new Franklin & Marshall College poll are, well, really bad: “The survey found that only 23 percent of Pennsylvania voters believe Corbett has done a good enough job to deserve reelection, while 63 percent believe it’s time for a change. Even among his own party, just 42 percent said he should be reelected.”