October 17, 1987
A whole new issue has been introduced into the campaign for City Council: Robert Bork. According to Washington lawyer Leonard Garment, Sen. Arlen Specter voted against Judge Robert Bork's confirmation as a U.S. Supreme Court justice to save his wife's seat on Philadelphia City Council. It had nothing to do with constitutional interpretation, said Garment, a Bork supporter who attained prominence years ago as a member of the Nixon White House gang. It's that if Specter were to vote for Bork, Joan Specter wouldn't have a chance of re-election to Council.
October 17, 2012
Rest in peace, Arlen Specter Even to a casual observer of the political landscape, it was evident that former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter "got it. " ("He defied political odds," Monday). "It" being that hard work, a focus on results, a willingness to compromise, and an emphasis on people, not party, was the correct path. While no one would expect to agree with all of his positions, one had to admire his sense of conviction. If his style and methodology were to inspire even a few of today's political hacks to set aside their partisan tunnel vision for the greater good, this country would certainly have the opportunity to get to a better place.
March 5, 2013 |
DESPITE HIS penchant for the Boston brogue, Ben Affleck apparently can do a wicked Philly accent. At least according to William Goldenberg , the Philly-born editor who took home an Oscar recently for his work on the best-picture-winning "Argo. " Goldenberg also was nominated for his work on "Zero Dark Thirty. " According to Goldenberg, Affleck does a spot-on impression of him. "He's a great mimic," Goldenberg said. After Goldenberg, a Northeast High and Temple alum, won his Academy Award, he told reporters that his experience working in his father's Philly deli helped to teach him the importance of keeping all of the plates spinning in his professional career.
April 18, 2004
In national politics, the middle of the road has become a slippery place, hard for any elected leader to define and hold. That's particularly so in Congress, where partisan sniping and incumbent-friendly redistricting have led many members to put party loyalty and ideological purity ahead of compromise. Pennsylvania's senior senator, Arlen Specter, is from the old school. He's still setting up shop in the middle of the road. More often than not, he's made it work - for himself and for Pennsylvania.
November 1, 1992 |
Two influential Philadelphia African Americans who had supported U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in previous elections yesterday threw their support to Democrat Lynn Yeakel. Former mayoral candidate Charles Bowser and Henry Nicholas, president of 13,000-member Local 1199-C, National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, came out for Yeakel at a Center City news conference. They said that although they did not dislike Specter personally, they believed that 12 years of GOP rule in Washington had devastated American cities.
September 5, 1986 |
When he voted for President Reagan's tax-cut bill in 1981, Sen. Arlen Specter "gave away the store" to big corporations, Specter's Democratic challenger, Rep. Bob Edgar, contended yesterday. Edgar said that some of the corporations, which he described as "tax freeloaders," had since given Specter substantial political contributions. "Arlen voted to create a new generation of tax freeloaders - corporate freeloaders," Edgar said. "Over half of America's largest and most profitable corporations have enjoyed at least one year since 1981 in which they managed to pay absolutely nothing - or got a refund - in federal income tax. " "No wonder we need tax reform today," Edgar said.
September 5, 1986 |
Underdog Democrat Bob Edgar maintains that he's come not to bash incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter - just Specter's voting record. In a press conference outside the Federal Building yesterday, Edgar said his Republican rival repeatedly has "voted to give the Pentagon more high- priced, ineffective weapons systems, and then has cried crocodile tears when the budget has been balanced on the backs of the poor and the elderly. " Listening in was Specter spokesman Dan McKenna: Edgar, he said, was trying to capitalize on a few Specter votes taken out of context.
July 22, 2011 |
Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid will be suspended for 100 days without pay for accepting political contributions from her staff for two Republican candidates, according to an agreement reached with the U.S. Justice Department and Office of Special Counsel. Magid admitted to violating the federal Hatch Act, which limits the political activities of government employees, by receiving contributions from her subordinates for then-U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter and now-U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan in 2008 and 2009.
April 17, 1993
There was one fact, among many, that Lynn Yeakel failed to get across in her less-than-ept campaign against Sen. Arlen Specter last fall. The senator is a Republican. That is why he was so fierce in defense of the nomination of Justice Clarence "Check Out This Coke" Thomas to the Supreme Court. It is also why he can occasionally find seven different ways to vote on a yes-or-no question. Arlen Specter has to dance with the guys he thinks brung him. And the guys that brung him tend to be people who think the government exists to protect the riches of the rich.
August 20, 1992 |
As union endorsements trickle in for both Senate candidates, two phrases sum up the reaction of the side that loses out. "We didn't want it, anyway. " Or, "We never had a chance of getting it. " The latest endorsement round concerned the Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council, which yesterday endorsed Sen. Arlen Specter, R- Pa. It represents more than 100,000 craft workers statewide. In 1980, the council endorsed former Pittsburgh Mayor Pete Flaherty over Specter.