More Democrats Could Tangle Corbett's Next 2 Years
The recent election results have created a less friendly political landscape for Gov. Tom Corbett as he prepares for his 2014 campaign, with Democrats newly elected to attorney general and auditor general pledging to hold the Republican governor accountable and a narrower Senate GOP majority that could complicate his path to success.
Democrats cite their gains in Harrisburg as proof of public disenchantment with Corbett's 22 months in office, though Republicans disagree.
Corbett has been mum on how he will tailor his policy pursuits to aid his re-election effort. In an online missive issued Tuesday, he offered a vision that hewed closely to his longstanding message on the economy and government.
He wants to help Pennsylvanians get jobs and he wants to deliver efficient, effective government, he said. But his message on education is evolving from the one he began with last year, when he was heavily critical of school boards and teachers' unions and carried out more than $1 billion in budget-balancing cuts in aid to public schools and state-supported universities.