Monday, May 13, 2013
PA governor declares May as a safety month.
Warm weather brings us nicer days at the park, the season's sports and longer days of sunshine. With them also comes an increase of another sight and sound of spring. Motorcycles are out more than ever, as clear weather is a welcome mat for area riders. "With the increasing popularity of motorcycling in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett has signed a proclamation commemorating May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month," said Jan McKnight, of PA Internet News Service in a recent release. To bring the issue of such safety measures more into the Commonwealth's citizens' eyes, the governor's Act, which was passed in 2012, reminds drivers to be careful. "Motorcycle safety was emphasized with Corbett's signing of Act 84 of 2012, which requires …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Don't count the county commissioner out just yet.
As Patch has previously reported, Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor is still undecided on whether to run or not in the 2014 Pennsylvania governor race. Castor's run against current Republican Gov. Tom Corbett once before, and it is unclear if he'll make a run in the coming year's primary. According to TribLive.com, Castor may want a rematch of the 2004 attorney general primaries. Castor told the Trib "he doesn't want the GOP to repeat the mistake it made in 2006 by backing then-Sen. Rick Santorum for re-election." "Castor, 51, called Corbett a 'ham-handed' politician who has failed to deliver on a conservative agenda," said the Trib. "He said Corbett blew his opportunity to push through conservative priorities, such as a right-to…
Monday, April 8, 2013
Multiple media outlets reporting Schwartz has filed to run in 2014 on Monday.
We've been hearing the rumors for months, but it is finally official. U.S. Rep. Alyson Schwartz filed paperwork today to run for governor in 2014. According to philly.com, Schwartz said she hopes to beat out current Gov. Tom Corbett and his “failed leadership” that "has crippled the Pennsylvania economy in a competitive world." “He’s just missing in action most of the time,” Schwartz, of Montgomery County, said in an interview with philly.com. Schwartz told the online news source the state’s unemployment rate "has been well above the national average during Corbett’s term." “What I’m hearing from people around the state is that they know we need a fresh perspective about the economy and growth,” she said. According to The Hill, Schwartz "…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Local judge is taking the required retirement age to task.
Wednesday, April 3
If you've served jury duty in Montgomery County, there's a pretty good chance you've met long-time Montgomery County Judge Arthur Tilson. He speaks to most all jurors before selections begin. Tilson, however, may sit on the other side of the courtroom come May. Tilson is taking Gov. Tom Corbett to court over a "retirement mandate," according to PennLive.com. "They are arguing that it violates their civil rights under the U.S. and state constitutions," said PennLive.com. "Last week, the state Supreme Court agreed to hear and fast-track one of those cases filed by [Tilson]. The state's highest court is to hear arguments on the Tilson case in May." A federal judge is allowing the Pennsylvania Supreme Court the first hearing to decide "…
Monday, April 1, 2013
An apparent April Fool's joke puts Sen. Pat Toomey in the running. What do you think about a GOP primary gubernatorial challenge?
Editor's note: This story has been edited to clarify an apparent April Fool's Day posting. In an apparent April Fool's joke, PoliticsPa reported that U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Zionsville, Lehigh County, told a group of conservative activists Saturday that he is considering a primary challenge to fellow Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. Toomey's office said the PoliticsPa post is an April Fool's joke and that the video posted there is actually several years old. Toomey tweeted: "To paraphrase LBJ, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for governor…" and linked to the post. Nonetheless, some see Corbett as vulnerable as he prepares to run for his second term. Corbett's approval rating was at the lowest point of his two…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
As Gov. Tom Corbett's plan is discussed in Harrisburg to privatize the liquor business, one state senator calls liquor a 'core service of the government.'
Did you know that Pennsylvania and Utah are the only states in the country with fully state-controlled liquor systems? Governor Tom Corbett spoke to Harrisburg last week on his plan to privatize the liquor system. He discussed his plan to "sell the state liquor business to help fund public education with a grant known as the Passport for Learning Block Grant," according to the YourErie.com website. "He wants to get Pennsylvania out of a business he says it doesn't belong in. It's one time revenue he says will total $1 billion," said the site. State Senator Sean Wiley (D-Erie) told the press he doesn't agree with the governor's plan. He says he "doesn't like the idea of tying our education system to privatization of our core services." …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
An extension filed through Friday will allow Corbett more time to consider options.
Gov. Tom Corbett's chance to accept a bid from a British firm to manage the Pennyslvania lottery was about to run out. Had it not extended its offer, the firm's $3.5-billion bid would have expired Saturday at 5 p.m. According to 6ABC, a "top budget aide to Gov. Tom Corbett" has announced the extension. The extra time is designed to allow Corbett's office more time to consider options. The changes come on the heels of last week's announcement by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane who rejected Corbett' initial plan. "It is our duty to defend and protect the Constitution of our Commonwealth and that is what our office has done by declining this contract," Kane said on Friday. "She said the contract infringes on the Legislature's …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Multiple sources say Philadelphia narcotics officer Gerald Gibson has been put on administrative leave.
Last updated 6:20 p.m. Multiple news outlets are reporting that the son-in-law of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police. Sources tell NBC10 that Gerald Gibson, a narcotics officer, has been placed on administrative leave. Police reportedly issued a brief statement about an officer being removed from his duties after a joint investigation by the FBI and Internal Affairs. The officer was not reportedly identified and has not been arrested or charged with a crime. WPVI-TV (6 ABC) reported that Gibson was allegedly found in possession of marked money that was used during a police sting operation. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that according to its sources in…
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Gov. Tom Corbett saw a boost in his approval ratings after Hurricane Sandy.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent HARRISBURG—A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Gov. Tom Corbett with a positive approval rating for the first time since March. Corbett’s approval rating in the poll is 40 percent among registered voters, with 38 percent of those voters disapproving. The governor has struggled with low approval ratings for most of the year, but pollster Tim Malloy said he won points with both Democrats and Republicans for his handling of Hurricane Sandy, which struck Pennsylvania in late October, causing flooding and widespread power outages that left 1.3 million Pennsylvania homes without electricity. “We would call this a Sandy bump,” Malloy said. “People like the way he handled everything recently during the …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday's deadline pushed back due to Hurricane Sandy.
Congratulations, there is a silver lining. Hurricane Sandy has pushed back the clocks, at least when it comes to the state's absentee voters. According to reports on philly.com, Gov. Tom Corbett has extended the deadline for Pennsylvania's absentee voters to get in their votes. Originally set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, the new timed deadline is now pushed back to Thursday at 5 p.m. Corbett gave voters each day back that the county offices were closed due to Hurricane Sandy. In order to file for an absentee vote, a voter must show up in person at the county's election offices. Those in Montgomery County should visit the County Courthouse in Norristown. The absentee application is available by clicking here. It will download as a pdf file, so you …