September 20, 2014 |
Eliminate the School Reform Commission? Not so fast, says its chairman, Bill Green. Responding to a City Council vote Thursday to place on the November ballot a nonbinding question asking Philadelphia voters whether they want schools returned to local control, Green was emphatic: The SRC isn't going away yet, and he's not threatened by Council's move. "I view it as symbolic," Green said of the referendum. "There's no substance there. " The SRC was created in 2001 by an act of the legislature, and the only way for it to go away is to vote itself out of existence.
September 19, 2014 |
You know that non-binding ballot referendum City Council approved Thursday to ask voters if the School Reform Commission should be abolished? Don't count on seeing it on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. The deadline to get the measure, sponsored by City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, placed on the ballot passed on Monday. The City Commission, which runs elections in the city, yesterday mailed out absentee ballots, military ballots and ballots for civilians overseas. The question is not on those ballots.
September 18, 2014 |
They've got North Sea oil. They've got silky Scotch. Now, many are demanding free-e-e-e-dom ! Ken Kirkwood, a retired civil engineer who has lived in Haddonfield since 1976, is unequivocal: If he lived in his native Scotland he would vote a resounding "yes" to disaffiliate from the United Kingdom in Thursday's too-close-to-call referendum. "The battle for independence has been going on for 700 years. It's not new," Kirkwood said. "They should go for it. " In local pubs such as Cavanaugh's in Philadelphia, and King's Corner, in Jenkintown, where Scots congregate to watch soccer matches, and among the 450 members of the St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia - which was founded in 1747 to aid indigent Scottish immigrants and today gives out college scholarships - the topic of Scottish separatism is hotter than a haggis out of the oven.
March 6, 2013
THE GOOD NEWS: Voters will not - repeat, not - be required to show ID in the May 21 primary. The two sides in the long-running suit over Pennsylvania's voter-ID law have agreed that voter ID will not be enforced during in the primary. The bad news: Unfortunately, that does not mean an end to this case, under legal challenge since the Legislature passed the voter-ID law last spring. It remains under review in Commonwealth Court. A full hearing on the merits won't be until July 15 and any decision, pro or con, will likely be appealed to the state Supreme Court.
November 27, 2012 |
The rarest of Philadelphia coalitions, a progressive, bipartisan pair who promised to take politics out of the city election machinery and bring transparency and efficiency to the City Commissioners' Office, is having a bad breakup. Its standard-bearer was Stephanie Singer, 48, a mathematician who defeated the city's longtime elections boss, Marge Tartaglione, in the 2011 Democratic primary. Singer moved into Tartaglione's City Hall office in January as chair of the City Commissioners, the agency that runs Philadelphia elections.
November 13, 2012 |
About 27,100 people were required to vote by provisional ballot when they showed up at Philadelphia polling places last week - about double the number who were forced to use provisional ballots in the 2008 presidential election. The figures reinforce complaints from the watchdog group Committee of Seventy about the relatively large numbers of would-be voters whose names were not listed in division poll books when they arrived at the polling stations. In those situations, voters are not allowed access to the city's electronic voting machines.
November 10, 2012 |
Democratic challenger Sheamus Bonner on Thursday conceded the 163d District state House race to incumbent Nicholas A. Micozzie, a Republican who has represented the Delaware County district for 34 years. "We started this process to make sure that every voice in this district was heard," Bonner said in a statement. "After the first day of counting provisional ballots, we determined that there were simply not enough remaining votes to close the gap. " In an interview, Bonner, a former Army paratrooper and corrections officer, said he had told Micozzie that he would work with him. "I will continue to fight for the middle class and unions and the people of the 163d," Bonner said.
November 8, 2012
TUESDAY'S election results give us - and the rest of America - plenty to chew on, from Bill O'Reilly's lament that the "white establishment is now the minority," to the significance of the Latino vote, to the long lines and continued problems at polls across the country, including in Philadelphia. Voting problems - many of which were and are fixable - should be at the top of the list. Especially here in Pennsylvania. A Commonwealth Court ruling in early October blocked implementation of a controversial voter-ID law for the election.
November 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Persistent reports of robocalls incorrectly telling voters that they can cast ballots over the phone and fears of aggressive challenges by monitors at polling places threaten to mar Election Day in many key states, voting-rights advocates said Monday. The fake phone calls, some of which involve live callers, continued to crop up in Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, primarily among African-American voters, said Barbara Arnwine, of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The group has mounted a counteroffensive of tens of thousands of calls reminding voters they can't cast ballots over the phone.
November 6, 2012
By Jonathan Zimmerman Are you going to vote today? I'm not. That's because I voted several weeks ago. So have millions of other Americans, via absentee ballot and early voting. They're turning a formerly public act into a private one, which should worry all of us, no matter where we vote. Across the United States, absentee ballots now account for almost 20 percent of votes. Two states, Oregon and Washington, conduct their elections entirely by mail. And in seven others, more than half the votes in the last presidential election were cast before Election Day. Why is that a problem?