March 23, 2014 |
Former mayors, city politicians, labor bosses, and other influential leaders from across the Philadelphia region gathered Friday morning to plan how to bring the 2016 Democratic National Convention to the City of Brotherly Love. A nonprofit will be created and led by former Mayor and Gov. Ed Rendell to raise upward of $50 million for the event, which organizers said could be held at the Wells Fargo Center. "The value to the city is priceless," Rendell said at a news conference. He said the city would not have to put up direct cash - police overtime would be covered with a $50 million federal grant for post-9/11 security.
March 21, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Key South Jersey lawmakers held court here Wednesday at the Irish Pub to discuss the hypothetical: What if New Jersey had sports betting? How much revenue would the NCAA March Madness Tournament generate for Atlantic City? "It would bring people here and fill rooms and restaurants during the offseason and create jobs," said Senate President Steve Sweeney (D., Gloucester) at the iconic bar just off the Boardwalk at St. James Place. "They have it in Vegas and the rooms are overbooked.
March 21, 2014 |
WASHINGTON The Democratic field seeking to replace retiring Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) has narrowed to one. Manan Trivedi, who made unsuccessful runs for the Chester County-based seat in 2010 and 2012, has a clear path to a third Democratic nomination after Malvern businessman Michael Parrish dropped out of the party's primary race Tuesday. Parrish's decision means Trivedi, a physician and former Navy battalion surgeon, will face Republican Ryan Costello, a lawyer and Chester County commissioner.
March 20, 2014 |
EVERYBODY AGREED that the 2012-13 season was going to be the best ever for the Atlantic 10. With recent Final Four participants VCU and Butler new to the conference and the tournament moving to the just-opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the league was poised to become even more of a national factor. When five teams (Saint Louis, VCU, Butler, Temple and La Salle) ended up in the NCAA Tournament, it was obvious that everybody was right. It was a great season for the league. Still, even as La Salle was set to play in the Sweet 16 as the final A-10 team alive, the storm clouds hovered over the league.
March 14, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania House backed legislation Wednesday that would remove a little-known provision in state law protecting parties in labor disputes from prosecution for stalking and harassment. The 115-74 vote - delivered with no floor debate - came three weeks after a federal case against members of a Philadelphia ironworkers' union shined a spotlight on the unusual carve-out in the state's criminal law. State House Republicans carried the bill, with only 10 of the body's 92 Democrats, none from Philadelphia, voting to support it. "It was difficult to get many people to pay attention to this before the ironworkers case," said State Rep. Ron Miller (R., York)
March 13, 2014 |
PRINCETON, N.J. - Penn coach Mike McLaughlin pointed to freshman Melanie Lockett to check in with only seconds left in the game last evening. Not because he needed her, but because he wanted to share the moment with someone on the court. He and senior guard Meghan McCullough embraced when she was called off the court. Both clearly understood the magnitude of what they just accomplished. The Quakers had defeated Princeton, 80-64, for their first Ivy League championship since 2003-04.
March 10, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH Tom Wolf, the front-runner in the Democratic primary for governor, collected Western Pennsylvania support from a broad lineup of the party's regional leaders during a Saturday news conference in Pittsburgh. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, and U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle backed Wolf at the joint endorsement event, as did four state senators, four state representatives, seven local elected officials, and 29 party leaders. With six of the seven Democratic contenders hailing from east of the Susquehanna River, the west looms as an important and potentially decisive battleground.
March 7, 2014
WHEN PAUL HOLMGREN hung up his phone for the final time on Wednesday afternoon, business having been concluded at the NHL trade deadline, there was an overwhelming feeling of contentment in the Flyers' front office. The thinking was that this crop has earned the right to enter the final 6-week sprint toward the Stanley Cup playoffs as an already-assembled band of brothers. Why fix something that isn't broke? The Flyers had won six of their seven games before the deadline. They already have set a franchise record for most third-period comebacks (11)
February 28, 2014 |
I N A POLITICAL tug-of-war, with U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and City Council on one end of the rope and Mayor Nutter on the other, guess who usually gets dragged across the line? There were skid marks behind Nutter yesterday after another bout of City Hall dysfunction, this time about whether Philadelphia should officially express interest in hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz , chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, sent letters to several cities on Feb. 7, initiating the "very first step" in the 2016 convention process.
February 26, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - The Commonwealth Court has blocked a Radnor Township man from intervening in two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban. In a hearing Monday, James Schneller, 58, said he wanted to provide a voice for "the more moral, ethical, and religious population" that opposes same-sex marriage and to present arguments that go beyond what the state's attorneys would say to defend the ban. Judge Dan...