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Thu Jul 3, 2014, 07:27 PM

Corbett's no-good, very-bad week: the lonely quacking of a lame duck

It's sing along time: "Oh, it's a long, long time . . . . from July to November" but that quacking sound out of the governor's mansion is only going to get louder!
The whole article is worth a read - relishes detailing how clueless Corbett is when it comes to dealing with a legislature controlled by his own party!

http://blog.pennlive.com/capitol-notebook/2014/07/tom_corbetts_no-good_very-bad.html#incart_most-comments

That "Holy Cow" moment came on Tuesday -- when a House of Representatives controlled by the governor's own party -- voted to send Corbett's favored pension proposal to the House Human Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks. The suburban Philly Republican has opposed Corbett on most everything, but notably on Medicaid expansion and a controversial county human services block grant program.

It was the functional equivalent of strapping the bill to a rocket and shooting it directly into a black hole. It will never escape. And you could practically hear the peals of Democratic laughter when it happened.

"It was pretty spectacular what happened," Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, said in an interview just outside the House chamber on a long, slow Tuesday afternoon. "The bill was 100 pages. It wasn't fully vetted. I applaud Gene DiGirolamo for having it recommitted to his committee."

Then, with some relish, Kim added, "If I know , he loves hearings," she said, foreshadowing the long, slow death of the hybrid plan authored by Rep. Mike Tobash, R-Schuylkill, that would have allowed existing state employees to stay in the current pension program and shifted new hires into a 401(k)-style retirement program. And when it came to Corbett, events Tuesday were "a real black eye for ," Kim said. "He got into the boxing ring ... and he got hit. It's kind of sad
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