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November 20, 1991 | By Wanda Motley, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
When Kevin A. Ford goes about his daily routine, walking from place to place in Philadelphia, he can't afford not to look over his shoulder. That's because four times over the last few years he has been the victim of gay-bashing. "You have to be real careful," Ford said yesterday, recalling how three weeks ago he raced through a city neighborhood where he had been shopping, trying to escape from a group of young men who were shouting, "We hate faggots. " Many other gay men and lesbians across Pennsylvania have similar stories, and scores of them converged on the Capitol yesterday to detail their concerns about personal safety in their first organized, statewide Lobby Day. They also came to tell their representatives and senators that they want greater protection under the law through hate-crimes legislation.
NEWS
April 21, 2004
IADAMANTLY protest your endorsement in the 182nd District Democratic primary. Babette Josephs has served Philadelphia honorably and unwaveringly in the state legislature, and she alone deserves the 182nd District endorsement. You say of Babette, "She's been in office for two decades and it shows. " Right conclusion, but for the wrong reasons. Babette's 20 years does show, but not in the ways you imply. It shows in supporting neighborhood charter schools, stopping zoning changes that would have permitted ugly billboards across Philadelphia, improving emergency-room accessibility, to name just a few ways.
NEWS
May 30, 2006
I'M AMONG the thousands of voters absolutely outraged about the legislative pay raise. I'm glad that legislators were shamed into repealing it. And while I truly regret that my representative was among those who voted for it, I was not prepared to throw Babette out with the bathwater. I voted to return Babette Josephs to the legislature, and here are my reasons. Josephs represents the progressive Democratic ideals that many of our elected officials have in recent years tried to distance themselves from.
NEWS
March 30, 2000
State senators in Pennsylvania have staggered six-year terms, so not all the seats are at stake this year. But every seat in the state House of Representatives is up every two years. In Philadelphia's primary election on Tuesday, most candidates for the lower house of the Legislature are unopposed for their party nominations. There is only one Republican contest - and that's no contest, since Kenneth J. Madden dropped out in favor of Timothy Collins in the 175th District. But several Democratic nominations are contested.
NEWS
May 2, 1995 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Moving quickly and without public hearings, the state House approved three Republican-sponsored bills yesterday that would greatly increase the power of landlords over tenants. The bills now await Senate consideration. The House voted, 149-50, on a measure sponsored by Chris R. Wogan (R., Phila.) that would shorten the time tenants would have to vacate premises and would speed the process by which a landlord can remove a tenant. Wogan said his legislation was intended to "restore some balance" to the landlord-tenant laws.
NEWS
May 12, 1992 | By MARK RANDALL
In retrospect, it is unfortunate that the law that provides harsher punishment for hate crimes did not just define the crime, but took the trouble to list and classify the targets. The law in Pennsylvania now recognizes "hate crimes" as those committed against a person by virtue of his or her race, religion, color or national origin. I say this is unfortunate because, given today's passion and fashion for victimhood, this is not nearly enough categories! Rep. Babette Josephs, for example, has entered the state House chamber claiming she's got some even better victims.
NEWS
March 14, 1986
It's no wonder there are many legislators and others in Harrisburg who think Philadelphia is the gang that can't shoot straight. Sometimes that is a painfully accurate assessment. The convention center bill, creating a state authority to oversee construction and operation of a new world-class facility in Philadelphia, was passed by the Senate 39-9 on Monday and appeared to be headed for approval in the House the next day. Then three Philadelphia Democrats - David P. Richardson Jr., Ruth B. Harper and Gordon J. Linton - stood on the House floor and shot themselves in the foot.
NEWS
April 20, 1995 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
Temple University's Apollo arena moved closer to construction yesterday as the state House passed a bill to rescue the project from political squabbling in Philadelphia. The measure exempts Temple from local zoning rules. It's designed to let Temple bypass with Philadelphia City Council, with whom it is feuding. The bill passed easily yesterday, 126-75, with bipartisan Philadelphia support. It is expected to pass the Senate and be sent soon to Gov. Ridge. The governor hasn't yet taken a position, but city officials say the measure violates the city's Home Rule Charter.
NEWS
August 10, 2011
I GUESS REFORM depends on where one's from and whom one represents. Cutting the size of the Legislature got batted around at a 2 1/2-hour House State Government Committee hearing yesterday. Couple of things struck me. Philly folks are cool to the idea; so are some rural folks. Partisan stereotypes prevail: the Republican committee chairman likes the issue; the committee's ranking Democrat not so much. After testimony from academics, lawmakers and rural interests, committee chairman Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, said he's "stronger" in favor of a reduction bill than he was before the hearing.
NEWS
October 9, 1986 | By Dan Meyers, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
In closed-door negotiations this week, Mayor Goode succeeded in placing limits on a state bill designed to give taxpayers a break in gentrified areas of Philadelphia. Negotiators for the mayor persuaded city legislators to limit the number of people who would qualify by making the proposed property-tax break available only to those whose property had increased in value by 35 percent in one year or 50 percent in three years. Goode's negotiators said that without the limits, the bill would cost the city too much money.
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NEWS
September 16, 2011
B RIAN SIMS says the success of politicians like state Rep. Babette Josephs "opened up the doors for people like me to engage in the political process. " Sims, a lawyer active in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender policy issues, was the treasurer for Josephs' re-election campaign last year. And now Sims is challenging her in next April's Democratic primary election. Is this a case of a treacherous treasurer? Josephs chuckled and declined to answer that when we asked her this week.
NEWS
August 10, 2011
I GUESS REFORM depends on where one's from and whom one represents. Cutting the size of the Legislature got batted around at a 2 1/2-hour House State Government Committee hearing yesterday. Couple of things struck me. Philly folks are cool to the idea; so are some rural folks. Partisan stereotypes prevail: the Republican committee chairman likes the issue; the committee's ranking Democrat not so much. After testimony from academics, lawmakers and rural interests, committee chairman Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, said he's "stronger" in favor of a reduction bill than he was before the hearing.
NEWS
July 22, 2008 | By Christopher Wink INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
State Rep. Babette Josephs came to the Capitol in 1985 vowing to be a voice for "people who have no voice. " For years, the Center City liberal waged a lonely fight against the pervading conservatism in the General Assembly. In 2007, after Democrats took control of the House, Josephs ascended to a powerful new role: chairwoman of the State Government Committee, the panel charged with considering legislation related to government operations. But Josephs, 67, now finds herself the scourge of the newly energized reform movement.
NEWS
May 30, 2006
I'M AMONG the thousands of voters absolutely outraged about the legislative pay raise. I'm glad that legislators were shamed into repealing it. And while I truly regret that my representative was among those who voted for it, I was not prepared to throw Babette out with the bathwater. I voted to return Babette Josephs to the legislature, and here are my reasons. Josephs represents the progressive Democratic ideals that many of our elected officials have in recent years tried to distance themselves from.
NEWS
April 28, 2004 | By Nathan Gorenstein and Linda Harris INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A challenger with a well-known name from Philadelphia politics - Thomas W. Blackwell, son of the late city councilman and congressman - defeated State Rep. Michael Horsey yesterday in the 190th District. It was the only upset on a day that saw two other incumbents scrape by to win re-election. Rep. William Reiger, 82, who has represented a North Philadelphia District for nearly four decades, was winning renomination by a margin of less than 4 to 3. Rep. Babette Josephs, 63, won her race for a Center City district by a similar margin.
NEWS
April 21, 2004
IADAMANTLY protest your endorsement in the 182nd District Democratic primary. Babette Josephs has served Philadelphia honorably and unwaveringly in the state legislature, and she alone deserves the 182nd District endorsement. You say of Babette, "She's been in office for two decades and it shows. " Right conclusion, but for the wrong reasons. Babette's 20 years does show, but not in the ways you imply. It shows in supporting neighborhood charter schools, stopping zoning changes that would have permitted ugly billboards across Philadelphia, improving emergency-room accessibility, to name just a few ways.
NEWS
May 13, 2002 | By Clea Benson INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The bright yellow posters taped to many Center City store windows are hard to miss. The floating head of Andrew Hohns stares out, accompanied by the slogan "He won't just take positions. He will take action. " In fact, Hohns himself is hard to miss these days. The energetic 23-year-old political candidate has been a ubiquitous presence in Center City, knocking on hundreds of doors and appearing at scores of public events since he decided to challenge longtime State Rep. Babette Josephs for her seat in the May 21 Democratic primary.
NEWS
March 30, 2000
State senators in Pennsylvania have staggered six-year terms, so not all the seats are at stake this year. But every seat in the state House of Representatives is up every two years. In Philadelphia's primary election on Tuesday, most candidates for the lower house of the Legislature are unopposed for their party nominations. There is only one Republican contest - and that's no contest, since Kenneth J. Madden dropped out in favor of Timothy Collins in the 175th District. But several Democratic nominations are contested.
NEWS
September 23, 1997 | By Ken Dilanian, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
The legislature wasted little time getting back to work yesterday after its summer recess, with the House giving final approval to a bill that provides for murder charges in the death of a fetus. The Senate has passed the measure, which authorizes a homicide prosecution of someone who kills an unborn child during an assault on the mother. Gov. Ridge is expected to sign the bill. The legislation, which passed 171-23, specifically exempts medical procedures and abortion. But abortion-rights supporters have expressed misgivings about the measure, because it establishes the fetus as a separate legal entity.
NEWS
May 2, 1995 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Moving quickly and without public hearings, the state House approved three Republican-sponsored bills yesterday that would greatly increase the power of landlords over tenants. The bills now await Senate consideration. The House voted, 149-50, on a measure sponsored by Chris R. Wogan (R., Phila.) that would shorten the time tenants would have to vacate premises and would speed the process by which a landlord can remove a tenant. Wogan said his legislation was intended to "restore some balance" to the landlord-tenant laws.
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