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Robert Jubelirer has been elected to the Penn State board of trustees as a “reform” candidate. Talk about a gross perversion, considering the former president pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate, thrown out of office by voters in the May 2006 primary, was one of the architects of 2005's self-serving legislative pay raise. What an affront to the word “reform.” ... Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-P.O. Box Verona, must be running for president again. After all, why would he go on CNN and pander to the left by saying conservatives should support an increase to the federal minimum wage to avoid alienating working-class voters. “I think you just have to be reasonable about it,” Mr. Santorum said. In Santorum's warped economic view, throwing “working-class voters” out of work — which is what such wage floors do — is “reasonable”? Good grief. ...The New York Times reports that the stubborn cool spring in the Midwest has produced the most dismal start to the nursery season in decades. Darn that “climate change.” ... The same New York Times was snookered — BIG TIME — by those handling Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election campaign. It reported Sunday that Mr. Corbett has “honored a pledge not to raise taxes.” Never mind that whopping increase in the Oil Company Franchise Tax. But, hey, why let the facts get in the way of politics.

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