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Corbett’s 2014 outlook downgraded
The gubernatorial election of 2014 may feel like light-years away for voters, but it’s not stopping politicos from taking a look at the early slate of candidates.
Cook Political Report, a national campaign forecaster, downgraded the viability of Corbett retaining his seat.
The 2014 Pennsylvania governor’s race is now considered a “toss-up” instead of “Lean Republican.” It might not just be the crystal ball, as the latest poll numbers from Quinnipiac University Polling Institute show Corbett faces a tough road to getting voters on his side by 2014.
The mid-March poll found Pennsylvania voters say 53 to 35 percent that Corbett does not deserve reelection next year. And 49 percent of voters give Corbett an unfavorable opinion, versus 39 percent who say their opinion is favorable.
But Corbett’s recent leadership on liquor privatization could end up boosting those numbers with Pennsylvanians who support the concept. The House has passed the legislation Thursday, a high water mark for privatization in a decades-old fight. If the issue goes over well with the state Senate and results in real changes to the state-controlled wine and spirits system, it could be a much-needed win for the first term governor.
Democrats from all corners of the state are seizing on Corbett’s perceived vulnerability. This week saw the emergence of Max Myers, a central Pennsylvania Democrat with a background in ministry who is beginning to tour the state in support of his campaign.
History of Pennsylvania. Information that every Pennsylvania Election Candidates for US Senate or Congress of PA Should Know:
Pennsylvania is divided into 67 counties. Counties are further subdivided into municipalities that are either incorporated as cities, boroughs, or townships. One county, Philadelphia County, is coterminous with the city of Philadelphia after it was consolidated in 1854.
There are a total of 56 cities in Pennsylvania, which are classified, by population, as either first, second, or third class cities. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's largest city, has a population of 1,547,297 and is the state's only first class city. Pittsburgh (305,647) and Scranton (76,072) are second class and second class 'A' cities, respectively.
The rest of the cities, like the third and fourth largest - Allentown (107,815) and Erie (103,571) to the smallest - Parker with a population of only 738 - are third class cities. First and second class cities are governed by a "strong mayor" form of mayor–council government, whereas third class cities are governed by either a "weak mayor" form of government or a council manager government.
Boroughs are generally smaller than cities, with most Pennsylvania cities having been incorporated as a borough before being incorporated as a city. There are 958 boroughs in Pennsylvania, all of which governed by the "weak mayor" form of mayor–council government.
Townships are the third type of municipality in Pennsylvania and are classified as either first class or second class townships. There are 1,454 second class townships and 93 first class townships. Second class township can become first class townships if it has a population density greater than 300 inhabitants per square mile (120 /km2) and a referendum is passed supporting the change.
There is one exception to the types of municipalities in Pennsylvania: Bloomsburg was incorporated as a town in 1870 and is, officially, the only town in the state. In 1975, McCandless Township adopted a home-rule charter under the name of "Town of McCandless", but is, legally, still a first class township.
The total of 56 cities, 958 boroughs, 93 first class townships, 1454 second class townships, and 1 town (Bloomsburg) is 2562 municipalities.
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