March 4, 2015 |
Sitting in a 12th floor office building overlooking City Hall, two of Nelson Diaz's staffers prepared him on how to pitch a room full of Millennials that evening. "We want you to get across that you were progressive before it was cool, outside of public office, without supportive legislators," said campaign manager Ian Rivera. "You did it when it was difficult and when you took heat for it. " Rivera and communications director Barry Caro, both in their late 20s, told Diaz, 68, to focus on his commitment to fixing Philadelphia schools, his rise from Harlem tenement to Temple Law School, and his record of civil rights activism - much of which occurred long before the voters he'd be addressing were born.
February 16, 2015 |
In Philadelphia political campaigns, it's called the racial math. A leading candidate can see his or her prospects diminish if someone of the same race becomes a candidate for the same public office. The numbers are starting to add up for State Sen. Anthony H. Williams' bid for mayor - and not in a good way for him. The Rev. Keith Goodman, senior pastor of the North Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church, said he will announce Sunday afternoon his candidacy for mayor in the May 19 Democratic primary election.
January 27, 2015 |
FORMER CITY Solicitor Ken Trujillo, who shook up the mayor's race last week when he surprisingly withdrew his candidacy, told the Daily News yesterday that he hasn't yet decided which candidate he will support. Trujillo said each of the announced Democratic candidates - former District Attorney Lynne Abraham, former Common Pleas Judge Nelson Diaz, and state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams - reached out to wish him well when he announced that he had to withdraw to attend to family concerns.
January 8, 2015 |
The Second District City Council race, already highly contentious, could also be expensive. Ori Feibush, a real estate developer challenging first-term Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, has contributed more than $250,000 in personal finances to his campaign, meaning contribution limits will now double. Under the "millionaire's provision" in the city's campaign finance law, if a candidate contributes that much or more, contribution limits for all candidates for that office double to $5,800 for individuals and $23,000 for political committees and unincorporated business organizations.
December 5, 2014 |
THERE WILL BE no family feud in next year's Democratic primary election for city commissioner. Former Deputy Chief City Commissioner Renee Tartaglione Matos yesterday disputed a claim by City Commissioner Stephanie Singer that they will face off in the May 19 primary. Singer, in a campaign fundraising email yesterday, announced: "I have news. Marge Tartaglione's daughter, Renee Tartaglione, has informed us she is going to challenge all the hard work I've done to clean up the City Commissioner's office by running against me in next year's primary.
October 8, 2014 |
The big issue up for debate in South Jersey's First Congressional District race is debating. Republican candidate Garry Cobb and State Sen. Donald Norcross (D., Camden) are less than 30 days away from an election to replace former U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews and have yet to go head-to-head. Both claim the other is the debate dodger. Cobb, a former Eagles linebacker running in the highly Democratic district, will appear at a "Meet the Candidates" event Wednesday night in Camden at Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church.
July 18, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is investigating campaign contributions that a Reading mayoral candidate made to two Philadelphia City Council candidates on the same day he received $30,000 from the powerful electricians' union, Local 98. Carolyn Myers, a spokeswoman for Kane, confirmed Wednesday that an investigation was underway, but said she couldn't discuss the matter further. The probe was first reported by the Reading Eagle newspaper. Vaughn D. Spencer, now Reading's mayor, received the Local 98 donation days before the 2011 general election, which he won by 1,300 votes.
July 17, 2014 |
High-powered Democrats have asked political novice Steve Cickay to withdraw from what is viewed as a pivotal Bucks County state Senate race, according to sources familiar with the discussions, and give way to Shaughnessy Naughton - who lost in the May primary in her bid for a congressional seat. Leading party operatives, including former Gov. Ed Rendell and State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Philadelphia), believe Naughton's name recognition and her ability to appeal to female voters make her a stronger candidate to take on two-term incumbent Chuck McIlhinney, the sources said.
June 14, 2014 |
In the space of less than a week, 23-year-old Zachary Werrell went from unknown to boy wonder to angry toddler, depending on who was talking. Werrell, who graduated last year from Haverford College, was lauded for having engineered Tuesday's shocking political defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. And, as campaign manager of insurgent David Brat, he was criticized Wednesday for scrubbing his Facebook page, which included provocative comments comparing the shooting of Trayvon Martin with abortion.
June 6, 2014 |
TOM WOLF, the Democratic nominee for governor, visited City Council's weekly caucus session yesterday telling the crowd of lawmakers, lobbyists and staffers that he has a "deep appreciation" for Philadelphia even though he's from York County. Before caucus, he met behind closed doors with 13 of Council's 16 members, as shown in a photo tweeted by Majority Leader Curtis Jones Jr., with reporters locked outside. The state Sunshine Act prohibits a majority of members of an official body from doing business behind closed doors.