Where: Fort Lowell Park: 2900 North Craycroft Rd, Tucson
Why, it seems like only yesterday that I posted PA Gov. Tom Corbett trailed all challengers by 9-plus points.
Oh wait. It was yesterday.
And now it’s today, and Tom “You Just Have to Close Your Eyes” Corbett is right back in the news, apparently making a perverse effort to widen those poll numbers even more.
When it came to his state’s unemployment numbers, Gov. Blamey McLowPolls pointed the finger at all those icky jobless Takers being on drugs:
“The other area is, there are many employers that say we’re looking for people but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test, a lot of them. And that’s a concern for me because we’re having a serious problem with that.”
Via Think Progress, where they note that out of all the people they drug tested in 19 Pennsylvania counties, only two people have failed:
During an appearance on a local radio show this week, Corbett sought to explain away Pennsylvania’s less than stellar performance, arguing that the state gained 111,000 private sector jobs since he took office and is “doing better than other states.”
At least he didn’t blame Obama. How novel.
Need some good news? So do I. How’s this for starters: There’s some hopeful news about Pennsylvania’s Republican Governor Tom “You Just Have to Close Your Eyes” Corbett. The Willard M. Romney endorser, fracking fan, and pro-election-rigging schemer is losing in the latest Quinnipiac poll.
Via Taegan, we see that all three leading Democrats who might challenge Corbett in 2014 are beating him by at least 9 percentage points:
Joe Sestak (D) tops Corbett 48% to 34%, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) is ahead 47% to 34%, while Rob McCord (D) is up% to 35%.
Key findings: With a 2-1 thumbs down from women, voters say 50% to 32% that Corbett does not deserve reelection. His approval rate is 38% to 47%.
Sometimes when you do the right thing, you are rewarded.
The U.S. Senate vote to reject background checks for people buying guns online or at gun shows leaves 34 percent of voters “angry,” while 36 percent are “dissatisfied.” Only 5 percent are “enthusiastic,” with 22 percent “satisfied.”
Pennsylvania voters approve 34 – 29 percent of the way U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is handling gun control and give Sen. Toomey an overall 48 – 30 percent approval rating, his highest ever. By a 54 – 12 percent margin, voters think more favorably of Toomey because of his co-sponsorship of legislation to require expanded background checks.
“My name is Jay, and I am a Republican, a hypocrite, a creep, AND an alcoholic.”
Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania Mayor Jay Schiliro is in– How did Dick Cheney put it again? Oh yeah– “deep doo-doo.”
The party of “family values” strikes again. Via the Delaware County Daily Times:
Arrested last week on charges he abused his position to imprison a 20-year-old Trainer man during a drunken, gun-wielding encounter at his home in February, Marcus Hook Mayor James “Jay” Schiliro has dropped his bid for re-election. But he said Wednesday he plans to finish out his term as mayor. [...]
Authorities allege that late on the evening of Feb. 21, Schiliro contacted the young man by text message and had a police officer deliver him to his borough home. There… the mayor allegedly gave the young man alcohol and produced three firearms, one of which was fired into papers inside the house. During the encounter, the mayor repeatedly asked the young man if he could give him oral sex, according to court documents.
He’s being charged with “official oppression, recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and providing alcohol to a minor,” all misdemeanors.
Did I mention that Mayor Jay’s 13-year-old daughter was asleep upstairs?
He’s out on $50,000 bail, as long as he stays away from firearms and of course, any contact with the 20-year-old man whom he plied with drink and with whom he really, really wanted to engage in oral sex. Allegedly.
He once filed an ethics complaint against a Democrat, which is ironic. You know what else is ironic? He’s a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. I wonder what he thinks about marriage equality.
And here’s one more nugget that just boggles the sane mind:
While caucus meetings are not typically well-attended, Manerchia said there was a standing-room-only crowd, with attendance split between those in support of the mayor staying on and those in favor of his immediate resignation.
“I’d say it was 50-50,” Manerchia said.
Of course, conservatives are making a big deal out of this because of his affiliation to Mayors Against Illegal Guns. One blogger put it this way: Leftist Hypocrite on Guns Arrested for Having Gun.
As has been reported everywhere, the “leftist” is clearly a Republican. Nice try.
Another day, another idiotic shooting by a “responsible gun owner.” This time it was a federal prison guard in Pennsylvania who got drunk and shot his own finger because he wanted to remove his wedding band. Yes, his own finger. Yes, he inflicted this upon himself.
Stupid Drunk Guy was at home, fighting with his wife over his infidelity (to quote Gilda Radner’s Roseanne Roseannadanna, “You sound like a real attractive guy!“), and wouldn’t you know it? He couldn’t get his dang ring off his dang finger.
So what’s a “good guy with a gun” to do? Shoot the dang ring off, of course.
One problem though: The idiot mangled his own finger, but still didn’t manage to remove the ring. It remained in place.
(AP) — On the day of the shooting, Malespini “had been drinking quite heavily throughout the day and he and his wife had been arguing throughout the day about an affair he had had several months ago,” Caskey said.
Malespini has been charged with disorderly conduct and was cited for firing a weapon within city limits but also is charged with reckless endangerment, a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison. That’s because the bullet Malespini fired could have endangered someone else, Caskey said.
Yes, the “good guy with a gun” could have killed his wife. As noted in the hashtags by @KagroX in my post Police: Fla. teen who bought gun illegally accidentally shot off his penis and testicle. Got regret?:
Second Amendment negligence.
Stuart Rothenberg has a piece in Roll Call that gives Democrats hope for 2014 regarding potential governorships:
If Democrats can win a number of these big-state governorships, even if they don’t take back the U.S. House, it could well bolster the narrative of Democratic momentum leading up to the 2016 elections. It also would put Democrats in the position to retain those governorships four years later, in 2018, when states will select governors who will play a role in the next round of congressional redistricting.
Vulnerable Republican governors in four of the 10 largest states — Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan — give Democrats obvious targets, as well as the bragging rights that go along with any victories.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s poll numbers are in the toidy, as are Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s. Ohio’s Republican governor, John R. Kasich’s approvals have recently improved, though, but he could be vulnerable. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, or as I like to call him, King Ricky (of Financial Martial Law infamy), could also be in trouble.
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Michigan finds Gov. Rick Snyder (R) trailing three possible Democratic challengers in 2014 match ups.
Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease. Maybe we’d be able to reverse a few bad GOP laws:
Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan — along with Virginia this year and Maine in 2014 — constitute Democrats’ top opportunities in the 38 gubernatorial races up between now and next November. Winning a number of the big states would further shake Republican confidence and swing the nation’s political pendulum further toward the Democrats.
Keep your far left hand’s blue fingers crossed, because with Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) not seeking reelection in 2014, we could lose a Senate seat. We need all the political boosts we can get.
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