November 4, 2015 |
Hiring decisions for several top city and state six-figure-salary jobs will be made Tuesday in voting booths across the region. Openings for Philadelphia mayor and City Council, Montgomery County district attorney, and three judgeships on Pennsylvania's highest court are expected to be filled by day's end, though recent history suggests many voters won't show up to help in the hiring. The city will elect its 99th mayor, and voter registration numbers give Democratic nominee Jim Kenney a towering advantage over Republican Melissa Murray Bailey, independents James Foster and Boris Kindij, and Osborne Hart of the Socialist Workers Party.
August 9, 2015 |
Democratic and Republican leaders in the state House of Representatives on Friday joined Gov. Wolf and several other elected officials in calling for Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to step down in the face of criminal charges. State Rep. Dave Reed, majority leader in the GOP-controlled chamber, said Friday that the charges make it "virtually impossible for her to function as the commonwealth's top law enforcement officer. " While Kane is presumed innocent, Reed said, the state "cannot afford to have such a distraction impairing the office of the attorney general.
June 21, 2015 |
Money helped, but it did not guarantee wins in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court race. At $1.5 million, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Kevin Dougherty was the top fund-raiser in the 12-way campaign, according to financial documents made public Thursday. And while the Democrat did win nomination in the May 19 primary, correlations between cash and votes were hard to find. Jefferson County Court Judge John Foradora, with $712,805 - about $6 for each vote cast for him - had the second-biggest money pot, but the Republican lost.
May 5, 2015
JUDICIAL ELECTIONS are like chloroform: colorless and capable of rendering one unconscious. That we hold them statewide is an affront to common sense. Nobody knows the candidates. Their campaigns are funded by those seeking favor with the court. And qualifications to serve are almost immaterial. But that Pennsylvania is one of just six states holding partisan elections of state judges is no surprise. We are, after all, the Land of Low Expectations. Take our Supreme Court - please.
April 10, 2015 |
Civil rights, imprisonment, and campaign money were on the table Wednesday in a forum attended by five judges running for the state Supreme Court. The five are among a dozen candidates for three vacancies on the state's highest court. The race is shaping up to be a costly one. Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts reported that three candidates had each already raised more that $500,000 for their campaigns. At this point in the 2009 race, the largest amount raised was $167,730. All five candidates agreed the increased money in the judicial race was a problem.
March 12, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Twelve candidates met the filing deadline Tuesday for a spot on the primary ballot to fill one of three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Six Republicans and six Democrats, including five candidates from the Philadelphia area, filed nominating petitions with the Department of State for a place on the May ballot. All but one currently sit on the bench. "Looking at the 12, there is gender diversity, geographic diversity, party diversity, and some race diversity," said Lynn Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, a statewide court reform group.
October 26, 2014 |
For a $1.82 billion project to replace 558 highway bridges over three years, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Friday chose Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners of Toronto. The team will manage the $899 million design, construction, and 25-year maintenance of the new bridges and be responsible for financing the project. No Philadelphia bridges and few from area counties - Montgomery (five), Chester (two), Bucks (one), and Delaware (one) - made PennDot's list. Allegheny County has 53 bridges on the list.
August 9, 2014 |
Soon, residents in the Pennsylvania suburbs will be able to reach 911 dispatchers by text message. Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, and Berks Counties agreed Thursday to jointly implement the new technology. Montgomery County officials, who are administering the regional effort, hope to have it up and running by early 2015. That will require new equipment and software and, more important, training dispatchers how to handle emergencies reported in 160 characters or less. "There are plenty of times when the person who needs assistance does not want to be overheard, when a telephone call is not a good idea," said Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. "Talking is better, but we don't want to alert a bad guy, if somebody is hiding or whatever.
July 30, 2014 |
Nelson Hargrove of Gulph Mills Golf Club shot a 3-under-par 68 Monday to take a 1-shot lead in the 101st Pennsylvania Amateur Championship at Oakmont Country Club in Allegheny County. Tied for second at 69 were Joseph Fabrizio Jr. (Aronimink), Thomas Steve (Valley Brook), and Arnie Cutrell (Greensburg). Kyle Sterbinsky (Yardley) and Matthew Mattare (Saucon Valley) were at 1-under 70. Defending champion Chris Ault of Yardley was in a three-way tie for 14th at 73. Mid-Amateur Qualifier Kyle Davis shot a 3-under 69 to earn medalist honors in a qualifier for the U.S. Mid-Amateur administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia at Bidermann Golf Club in Wilmington, his home course.
March 13, 2014 |
Gov. Corbett has drawn a challenge from the right in Pennsylvania's Republican primary, and six Democrats have filed to run for their party's nomination for governor. Bob Guzzardi of Ardmore, a conservative activist and businessman, accuses the governor of breaking his no-new-taxes pledge because the recently passed transportation bill raised fees on oil companies, a cost that could be passed on to motorists. U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz and state Treasurer Rob McCord of Montgomery County qualified for the Democratic primary for governor, as did York businessman Tom Wolf, former state Auditor General Jack Wagner of Allegheny County, and two former state environmental secretaries, Katie McGinty of Chester County and John Hanger of Dauphin.