Posts Tagged ‘Tom Corbett’
The trick Corbett (and his successor) will use to change Obamacare

The trick Corbett (and his successor) will use to change Obamacare

Governor Tom Corbett agreed to meet Republicans and the people of Pennsylvania halfway when he introduced his Healthy PA plan. Healthy PA would expand Medicaid to those making 133 percent of the poverty rate (a requirement as originally written into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, in 2009), but there’d be a few changes. For...

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Video: Gov. Tom Corbett destroyed on ‘Hardball’

Video: Gov. Tom Corbett destroyed on ‘Hardball’

During a segment on the most vulnerable governors in the United States, MSNBC host Chris Matthews, alongside guests Sam Stein of the Huffington Post and Joan Walsh of Salon, gave some context behind recent polling showing Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s approval ratings at just 19 percent. “Catch this: Just 19 percent approve of Tom Corbett, Tom Corbett in...

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Corbett trying to toss ACLU same-sex marriage lawsuit

Corbett trying to toss ACLU same-sex marriage lawsuit

Over the summer, you couldn’t go too far without hearing of legal cases involving LGBT couples attempting to get married in Pennsylvania. It began with Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s refusal to defend the state against an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, and continued with Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes issuing marriage licenses...

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Corbett says his Medicaid plan will require the employed to search for new work

Corbett says his Medicaid plan will require the employed to search for new work

Governor Tom Corbett has finally come clean on Medicaid expansion: he’s willing to do it, as long as the state complies with several conservative reforms to the Medicaid program beforehand—and even then, as long as that’s done his way. Surrounded by members of the hospital community and others, Gov. Corbett held a press conference Monday afternoon...

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Gov. Corbett and ex-environmental chief bought vacation homes in states with no fracking

Gov. Corbett and ex-environmental chief bought vacation homes in states with no fracking

By now, you may have heard that Gov. Tom Corbett failed to disclose an out-of-state vacation home on his annual financial disclosure form. That home was a $265,000 beachfront property in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. When the governor was called out on this, he told a story, then changed it. First, he claimed he didn’t list it because he was still in...

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Trouble for Schwartz’s PA gubernatorial campaign?

Trouble for Schwartz’s PA gubernatorial campaign?

It’s no secret, or surprise, that U.S. Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-13) is a frontrunner for the Democratic gubernatorial primary to face Gov. Tom Corbett in 2014. Among those who’ve announced or floated their name—former PA Environmental Protection Agency secretary John Hanger, former PA Dept. of Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, PA Treasurer Rob McCord,...

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…And then the PA Senate killed Medicaid expansion

Over the span of four days, the Pennsylvania state Senate voted twice on language to include Medicaid expansion in the state’s welfare code. Both votes were bipartisan, but tell completely different stories about where the state’s political leadership is on implementing this piece of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which would provide health...

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Corbett campaign’s hilarious commercial features donors, lobbyists

Corbett campaign’s hilarious commercial features donors, lobbyists

Fresh off signing the 2013-2014 state budget, Gov. Tom Corbett’s re-election campaign on Tuesday released their first commercial of the campaign season, which is now an 18-month process in Pennsylvania, apparently. The 47-second ad had been online for, oh, let’s call it a “hot minute” when critics began ripping its stock footage, message and pull-quotes...

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Poll shows Corbett’s priorities in wrong place, for real

Poll shows Corbett’s priorities in wrong place, for real

Show me the unskewed poll, please. Hope someone is getting used to this. Because every time we joke about how things couldn’t get any worse for Governor Tom Corbett, they just fucking do. This time, it turns out the governor’s priorities—all of them—are in the wrong place. And maybe you already knew that. But a new poll lays it out clearer than we could...

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Don’t Worry, I Will Be at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference This Weekend

Don’t Worry, I Will Be at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference This Weekend

Tomorrow begins my favorite weekend of the year. It’s time for the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in Camp Hill, Pa., in which conservative activists and Republican politicians from all over the state descend upon a hotel across the river from the state Capitol and do conservative things. I’ll be there most of the weekend, both live-tweeting events...

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