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Subseries 5. Issue Research

Scope and Content Notes:

The Issue Research section is arranged into four groups as follows: Gubernatorial Debates; Research System; Issues; and Background Binders. These files consist of materials gathered and generated by campaign staff to provide Thornburgh with the necessary background for debates and to be generally knowledgeable about all issues of concern to Pennsylvanians. Rick Stafford headed this all-important research team.

The Gubernatorial Debates section is arranged chronologically by each of the two debates. The first occurred on October 10, 1978, and the second on October 25, 1978. These folders contain incredibly detailed materials in preparation for any conceivable question Thornburgh might be asked. They further include the likely responses by Thornburgh's opponent, Pete Flaherty, and even suggestions for Thornburgh's response to them. These files are remarkable and contain an all-inclusive review of all the important campaign issues.

The Research System files are arranged chronologically. Materials pertain to the complex research system developed and maintained by Rick Stafford's team. Included are filing systems information, memoranda, calendars, correspondence, schedules and notes.

The Issues files are broken down into thirty-eight topics relevant to Pennsylvania at the time of the '78 campaign. They are arranged alphabetically, from abortion to labor to workmen's compensation. Issue materials include, for example: newspaper clippings, reports, research papers, published materials, and staff notes.

The Background Binders include a broad range of research on issues, state government departments, and policies. The post-election policy binder was known informally as the "promise binder." This binder referenced all the commitments enumerated during the campaign and which served as a benchmark for future administration accomplishments. For preservation purposes, these materials have been removed from their original binders and placed in acid-free folders. These files present a valuable picture of Pennsylvania preceding Thornburgh's administration.

Section: Gubernatorial Debates (2)


Box 80
Folder 1 Debate I: Index and Part I for Debate binder, final form October 10, 1978
Folder 2 Debate I: Preparation: letters and memos October 10, 1978
Folder 3 Debate I: Background on media panelists: Karen Stone, Bob Dvorchak, Dave Leherr October 10, 1978
Folder 4 Debate II: Index and Rick Stafford briefing, formal additions to Debate I binder October 25, 1978
Folder 5 Debate II: Preparation: letters and memos October 25, 1978
Folder 6 Debate II: Researchers' analyses of Debate I October 25, 1978
Folder 7 Debate II: Research update October 25, 1978
Folder 8 Debate II: Transcript October 25, 1978
Folder 9 Thornburgh debate binder: Revised for Debate II October 25, 1978
Folder 10 Flaherty material from Thornburgh's binder 1977-1978
Folder 11 Documentation on Flaherty's positions 1977-1978
Folder 12 Memos from Tom Meglen to Rick Stafford regarding Flaherty's positions 1977-1978
Folder 13 Rick Stafford Strategy Development 1977-1978
Folder 14 Issue research 1977-1978
Folder 15 Briefing material prepared by Rick Stafford and researchers 1977-1978

Section: Research System

Folder 16 Correspondence from Rick Stafford requesting research materials 1977-1978
Folder 17 Preliminary filing system categories October 1, 1977 and November 21, 1977
Folder 18 Filing system categories and later revisions December 23, 1977
Folder 19 Subject directory for filing system and dated additions February 6, 1978 - September 1, 1978
Folder 20 Subject directory and updates: index to Pittsburgh office filing system 1977-1978
Folder 21 Memoranda and notes from Rick Stafford and Thornburgh to research volunteers regarding background papers 1977-1978
Folder 22 Rick Stafford's calendar and Thornburgh's annotated long range schedules 1977
Folder 23 Rick Stafford's agendas, goals, organization, to do lists, drafts and task forces 1977-1978
Folder 24 Research and development services and products by Rick Stafford: Outlines and formats 1977-1978
Folder 25 Research Department/Information Service responsibilities memo from Edith Souder 1977-1978
Folder 26 Research effort: Pittsburgh office guides to issues, assignment logs 1977-1978
Folder 27 Rick Stafford notes regarding research meetings at Thornburgh's home June, 1978
Folder 28 Rick Stafford's notes regarding research meetings 1977-1978
Folder 29 Questions and answers for candidates for primary response book 1978
Folder 30 Correspondence regarding offers of help with research 1977-1978

Box 81
Folder 1 Research memoranda from Bruce Weinrod to Thornburgh June, 1977 - July, 1977
Folder 2 "A Suggested Research Approach for Richard L. Thornburgh, Republican Candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania," by Michael A. Poling September 1, 1977

Section: Issues

Section: Abortion

Folder 3 Correspondence and newsletters 1977-1978
Folder 4 Material from the Pro-Life Federation 1977-1978

Section: Aging

Folder 5 Correspondence and memoranda 1977-1978

Section: Agriculture

Folder 6 Land policy program for Pennsylvania by the Office of State Planning and Development March, 1978
Folder 7 Memoranda 1977-1978

Section: Arts

Folder 8 Correspondence, memoranda, and background research 1977-1978

Section: Attorney General

Folder 9 Articles and editorials 1977- 1978

Section: Blacks and Minorities

Folder 10 Spanish speaking community 1977-1978
Folder 11 Correspondence and memoranda 1977-1978
Folder 12 Analysis of Minority Business Program and Department of Commerce from Mark Lewis September 21, 1978
Folder 13 "People" power and EMAK group material from Morgan Doughton October, 1978
Folder 14 Memoranda, platform material, statistics, positions 1977-1978
Folder 15 Campaign meetings, notes, lists January, 1978-August, 1978

Section: Budgets and Taxes

Folder 16 Butera positions 1977-1978
Folder 17 Budget reform position papers from Raymond Pepe, Walt Plosila, Stumpf, Lopus September, 1976-June, 1978
Folder 18 Platform proposals; Michel on PA budget; budget priorities, Dempster statistics 1977-1978
Folder 19 Pennsylvania taxes 1977-1978
Folder 20 Correspondence, brochures, articles, clippings 1977-1978

Section: Crime/Corruption

Folder 21 Corruption and public officials in Pennsylvania 1977-1978
Folder 22 "Report to Senator Richard Tilghman, Chairman of Senate Minority Appropriations Committee," revised edition, regarding political corruption in state government 1974
Folder 23 Background papers regarding crime and public safety 1977-1978
Folder 24 Articles written by Clifford Karchmer and Marilyn Walsh 1977 -1978
Folder 25 Pennsylvania Crime Commission: correspondence and notes 1977-1978

Section: Drugs and Alcohol

Folder 26 Correspondence, memoranda, and background research 1977-1978

Section: Economy

Folder 27 Platform outlines of problems and proposals 1977-1978

Box 82
Folder 1 Tourism, housing, and neighborhood revitalization 1977-1978
Folder 2 Steel and coal 1977-1978
Folder 3 Business climate 1977-1978
Folder 4 Facts, notes, outlines, problem statements and goals 1977-1978
Folder 5 Background reports including Pennsylvania Industrial Development Association material from Victor Diehm 1977-1978
Folder 6 "Growth and Balance: the States' Views," White House Conference on Balanced National Growth and Economic Development 1977-1978
Folder 7 "The Vital Impact of Travel on Economy of Pennsylvania," by PA Travel Industry Advisory Council 1977-1978

Section: Education

Folder 8 House of Representatives research memos 1977-1978
Folder 9 "The Financing of Higher Education by Commonwealth" by Mike Myers 1977-1978
Folder 10 Correspondence, clippings, and memos 1977-1978
Folder 11 Basic and higher education 1977-1978
Folder 12 Research and surveys 1977-1978
Folder 13 Platform binder material 1977-1978

Section: Efficiency in State Government

Folder 14 Memos, recommendations, and clippings 1977-1978

Section: Energy/Public Utilities Commission

Folder 15 Staff reports and suggested programs 1977-1978
Folder 16 Out of office reports and clippings 1977-1978
Folder 17 Background reports on Governor's Energy Council, Governor's Science Advisory Commission, Pennsylvania State University, League of Women Voters, and 1977 Power Conference 1977-1978

Section: Environment

Folder 18 Staff reports, background reports, and clippings 1977-1978

Section: Governor's Review of Government Management

Folder 19 The Governor's Review 1972
Folder 20-21 The Governor's Review (two copies) (annotated) 1975

Box 83
Folder 1 Analyses of Government Review 1972 1977-1978
Folder 2 Analyses of Government Review 1975 1977-1978

Section: Gun Control

Folder 3 Correspondence October, 1977-May, 1978
Folder 4 Correspondence May-November, 1978
Folder 5 Articles and research 1968-4978
Folder 6 Clippings 1977-1978

Section: Health/Mental Health and Retardation

Folder 7 Staff memos and reports (Pennhurst) 1977-1978
Folder 8 Costs/Medicaid 1977-1978
Folder 9 Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council: Research for questionnaire 1977-1978
Folder 10 Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society Reports 1977-1978
Folder 11 Housing and construction 1977-1978
Folder 12 Human services and welfare 1977-1978

Section: Jones Commission

Folder 13 Report on Governor's Study on Public Employee Relations 1977-1978
Folder 14 Testimony on Act 195 submitted by the Pennsylvania State Education Association and information on Act 111 1977-1978

Section: Justice

Folder 15 Merit Selection for Judges 1977-1978
Folder 16 Governor's Justice Commission 1977-1978
Folder 17 Articles 1977-1978

Section: Labor

Folder 18 Prevailing Wage Tax, Injunctions, and MILRITE 1977-1978
Folder 19 Pennsylvania State Government Employment 1977-1978
Folder 20 Department of Labor and Industry research, Thornburgh's notes, and department brochures 1977

Section: Legislative Reports and Statistics

Folder 21 League of Women Voters, Republican Minority (Hager), MacNett letter June, 1978

Section: Liquor

Folder 22 Correspondence and reports 1977-1978

Section: Multiple Issues

Folder 23 Reports, memos, and clippings by Plosila and others 1977-1978

Section: Pennsylvania Facts and Statistics


Box 84
Folder 1 Research and Memoranda 1977-1978

Section: Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Council

Folder 2 Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Council 1977-1978

Section: Pennsylvania Problems

Folder 3 Thornburgh's notes on the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation Meeting with the President October, 1977
Folder 4 Pennsylvania Statistical Digests 1977-1978
Folder 5 Northeast Pennsylvania Issues 1977-1978
Folder 6 Northwest Pennsylvania Issues 1977-1978
Folder 7 Southeast Pennsylvania Issues (Bodine Issue Seminars) 1977-1978
Folder 8-9 Columns by William Ecenbarger of United Press International (UPI) regarding Pennsylvania problems 1970-1978

Section: Philadelphia

Folder 10 Correspondence 1977-1978
Folder 11 Primary research by Bea Cromwell 1977-1978
Folder 12 Reports and annotated articles 1977-1978
Folder 13 Mayor Frank Rizzo 1977-1978
Folder 14 Staff memos and briefing 1977-1978
Folder 15 Urban gardening 1977-1978
Folder 16 Memoranda and reports 1977-1978
Folder 17 Articles and newspaper clippings (annotated) 1977-1978

Section: Pittsburgh

Folder 18 "A Decade in Retrospect," Pennsylvania Economy League Report 1977

Section: Platform

Folder 19 "Republican White Papers: Briefing Papers on State Government in Pennsylvania," prepared by House Research Staff for Legislative Candidates June, 1978
Folder 20 Binder research 1977-1978
Folder 21-22 Republican platforms: 1962-1974 1977-1978
Folder 23 "Common Sense and Clean Government for a Change in Pennsylvania: a Republican Proposal," by Republican State Committee of PA 1978

Section: Regulation

Folder 24 Insurance 1977-1978
Folder 25 Public Utilities Commission and Banking 1977-1978

Section: Public Utilities Commission/Banking

Folder 26 Background Research 1978

Section: Shapp Record

Folder 27 Thornburgh/Scranton spending cap plan 1978
Folder 28 Editorials and responses to Thornburgh/Scranton spending cap July, 1978-September, 1978

Box 85
Folder 1 Memos, notes, reports, and information regarding Proposition 13 1977-1978
Folder 2 Other Pennsylvania proposals 1977-1978
Folder 3 Clippings 1977-1978
Folder 4 Newsletters 1977-1978
Folder 5 Reports and annotated articles 1977-1978

Section: Tax Limitation

Folder 6 Allegheny Valley Expressway 1977-1978
Folder 7 Bridges 1977-1978
Folder 8 Correspondence 1977-1978
Folder 9 Mass transportation 1977-1978
Folder 10 Pennsylvania aviation 1977-1978
Folder 11 PennDOT finances 1977-1978
Folder 12 "Macing and Extortion in the PA Department of Transportation," prepared by the PA Crime Commission July, 1978
Folder 13 Rail 1977-1978
Folder 14-16 Reports, notes, and articles 1977-1978
Folder 17 Safety 1977-1978
Folder 18 Turnpike 1977-1978
Folder 19 Waterways 1977-1978
Folder 20 Transit research, PAT, SEPTA, and other transit 1977-1978

Section: Unemployment Compensation

Folder 21 Memoranda and articles 1977-1978

Section: Veterans

Folder 22 Background Research 1977-1978

Section: Women's Issues

Folder 23 Memoranda and correspondence 1977-1978

Section: Workmen's Compensation

Folder 24 Memoranda and articles 1977-1978

Section: Youth

Folder 25 Correspondence and reports 1977-1978

Section: Background Binders


Box 86
Folder 1 Index for issue background binders 1977-1978
Folder 2 Issue background binder no. 1 1977-1978
Folder 3 Issue background binder no. 2 1977-1978
Folder 4 State government binder by department 1977-1978
Folder 5 State issue background binder 1977-1978
Folder 6 Staff notes on issue research 1977-1978
Folder 7 Post-election policy binder 1978
Folder 8 Republican State Committee platform 1978