August 10, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Obama's performance lacking, too What a crazy world we live in when President Obama's popularity soars as he criticizes Donald Trump ("As Obama targets Trump, support rises," Sunday). Meanwhile, there's the worsening condition of Obamacare ("Affordable Care Act's own health is failing," Sunday). Thirteen of the original 23 co-ops that were a centerpiece of the plan that the president and then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi forced down the throats of the American people have failed, and three others are closing up shop.
April 30, 2016
Philadelphia, the nation's poorest big city, spends $400,000 a year on three employees who don't necessarily work hard for the money. The City Commissioners, with salaries of $129,600 and, for their chairman, $138,400, each collect almost four times the city's median household income for their elected posts atop Philadelphia's elections agency. But two people who have held the job say it's not full time. "The only full-time part of it is the pay," former Commissioner Stephanie Singer told the Inquirer.
April 12, 2016 |
Over the weekend, I saw a provocative new campaign ad produced by director Spike Lee in support of Sen. Bernie Sanders. It features a diverse group of supporters speaking out for the presidential hopeful. One of them is the legendary singer and civil-rights activist Harry Belafonte, who says, "People of color have a deeply vested interest in what Bernie Sanders brings to us in this election. " The ad also features the daughter of Eric Garner, a New Yorker who died in 2014 after police put him in a chokehold, and Shaun King, a writer and Black Lives Matter activist.
April 5, 2016 |
A conspiracy theory has been circulating for weeks in the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania attorney general. Is Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli in the race to attack Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro in a coordinated effort with the third candidate, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr.? Morganelli and Zappala deny any coordination. Still, circumstantial evidence piled up as Shapiro labeled Morganelli's effort "a kamikaze campaign.
October 24, 2015 |
Two days after being accused in a campaign ad of wasting a chance to prosecute Bill Cosby a decade ago, Bruce L. Castor Jr. turned the tables on his opponent in the Montgomery County district attorney's race. In his own ad, Castor, a Republican, accused Democrat Kevin Steele of failing to prosecute Cosby this year as new information became available. With signs that Cosby could still face sexual assault charges in Montgomery County, the use of the actor-comedian in campaign ads has put him at the center of a political battle and placed a local campaign in the national spotlight.
October 22, 2015 |
Bill Cosby became a central figure in the Montgomery County district attorney's race Tuesday as Democrat Kevin Steele began airing TV ads attacking Bruce Castor for failing to charge the comedian with sexual assault a decade ago. Castor, who was D.A. when former Temple employee Andrea Constand alleged that Cosby had drugged and molested her at his Cheltenham home, said in 2005 that the case was "weak" due to a lack of physical evidence and Constand's...
September 17, 2015
GREAT NEWS, kids, there's another Republican TV show tonight. It's at 8 p.m. on CNN. And this time instead of only 10 candidates, there are 11! That way messages can be even thinner and more muddled, so that's good. And the show is at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. This can help viewers recall Reagan's "It's morning again in America" 1984 campaign about national pride and optimism and maybe forget the current campaign about boasting and nihilism.
May 17, 2015 |
Two candidates for mayor held campaign events Friday - just two blocks away from each other in Center City - offering two very different approaches for the last four days of the primary campaign. Former City Councilman James F. Kenney gathered a diverse group of elected officials in a quiet, pleasant courtyard at John C. Anderson Apartments on South 13th Street. At ease and often joking, they discussed his campaign's get-out-the-vote effort. Over on Locust Street, supporters of State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams gathered outside a restaurant where his campaign mistakenly thought a new poll on the mayor's race was being released.
March 26, 2015 |
Former City Councilman Jim Kenney, a late entry in the race for mayor, is getting a quick boost from outside groups airing television ads in his favor. Forward Philadelphia, a new nonprofit funded in part by unionized teachers, on Wednesday will become the second "independent expenditure group" to run ads touting Kenney. The new ad, a copy of which was obtained by The Inquirer, describes Kenney as "a progressive voice who will be mayor for our neighborhoods. " Forward Philadelphia will be funded by progressives, LGBT activists, and labor unions, according to a source familiar with the new nonprofit's plans.
February 11, 2015 |
Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey on Monday slammed the judicial-evaluation process of the Pennsylvania Bar Association as "unethical, unprofessional, and less than forthright," contending that she was being pressured to drop her run for the state Supreme Court. Covey, of New Hope, said in a letter to association president Francis X. O'Connor that as a consequence of her treatment, Robert Morris, chairman of the Judicial Evaluation Commission, should resign. "I will not be a victim and I will not remain silent regarding the unethical and unprofessional activities I experienced with the . . . JEC," Covey wrote.