August 20, 2015 |
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, under indictment on federal corruption charges, now has a challenger in the April 26, 2016, Democratic primary election. Dan Muroff, a lawyer from East Mount Airy and the Democratic leader for the politically potent Ninth Ward, last week filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. Fattah, 58, who was indicted last month on charges of racketeering, bank fraud, bribery, money laundering, and other crimes, has vowed to seek a 12th two-year term in office.
August 20, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - A longtime Harrisburg activist filed an ethics complaint Tuesday against Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, contending that she has used state resources to aid her private defense against criminal charges. In his complaint, Gene Stilp asks the state Ethics Commission to investigate whether Kane has used state "personnel, property and services for personal benefit. " Among other examples, Stilp cited Kane's use last week of the Media Center in the Capitol - a popular space for elected officials to hold news conferences - to deliver a statement about the criminal case against her. Kane was charged by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman this month with leaking secret information to embarrass a political foe, and then lying about it under oath.
August 20, 2015 |
The Wolf administration on Tuesday urged a Delaware County Court judge to drastically cut how much the financially troubled Chester Upland School District pays charter schools for special-education students and online learning. Gov. Wolf said the district's survival could hinge on winning court approval for the cuts in charter reimbursements, which would total an estimated $24.7 million in the 2015-16 school year. "This needs to end," Wolf said, referring to Chester Upland's 25-year history of financial crises, which have led to millions of dollars in emergency state aid, massive layoffs, and a plunge in enrollment in traditional public schools.
August 14, 2015
U.S. REP. CHAKA Fattah , indicted two weeks ago for racketeering, bribery and a whole bunch of other things that members of Congress probably aren't supposed to do, may already have a Democratic challenger in the 2016 primary. Some political observers - yeah, we're looking at you , Philly Mag - have speculated that it's unlikely that a serious Democrat would challenge Fattah if he refuses to step down, which currently is his plan. Maybe they are right. Party leaders - Ed Rendell , Mayor Nutter , Bob Brady , even Nancy Pelosi - have all expressed plenty of sadness that this whole ordeal is happening to Fattah, but not much concern about the corruption allegations contained in the 29-count indictment.
August 14, 2015 |
An independent candidate for mayor prevailed Wednesday in a legal challenge to get him off the ballot, while for another independent candidate, this one for City Council, the fight to remain on the ballot has just started. Jim Foster, publisher of the Independent Voice in Northwest Philadelphia, will remain an independent candidate for mayor after a review of his nomination petition indicated he had at least the 1,325 valid signatures required to be listed on the Nov. 3 ballot. On Monday, Matt Wolfe, Republican leader of the 27th Ward, challenged Foster's petition, in part, Wolfe said, because the petitions had technical problems - at least one dead person listed as signing, and someone who claimed to be registered to vote at 666 Satan Lane.
August 13, 2015 |
A decision from New Jersey's highest court on Tuesday could reignite the battle between Camden activists and elected officials over whether the police force patrolling the city should be run by Camden County. The local chapter of the NAACP and two city activists said they are considering a petition that would call on voters to bring back a city police department, disbanded more than two years ago in favor of the current force. "We're going to take our police department back," said Eulisis Delgado, 62, a Camden resident who is one of five petitioners listed in the case.
August 12, 2015 |
Drug pricing is the biggest commercial issue in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, and Endo International CEO Rajiv De Silva said Monday that his company sees a mixed bag of opportunities to raise prices. In a conference call with stock market analysts, De Silva said that Endo has about 700 generic products, and that the company had been able to raise prices on some more complicated specialty generic drugs, such as those requiring injections, and on older products for which competitors have dropped out. Drug-company critics - including patients, doctor groups, and congressional leaders - generally question price increases, but stockholders benefit from revenue increases, and Wall Street analysis is based on that.
August 1, 2015 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to a 2011 law that suspended retirees' cost-of-living adjustments as part of an overhaul of the pension system for public workers. That same law was recently scrutinized in a high-profile case, in which the court struck down a provision granting public workers a contractual right to pension funding. Public-sector unions had argued that Gov. Christie violated workers' constitutional rights by underfunding the pension system last fiscal year.
July 29, 2015 |
It seems a sure bet that DeMarco Murray, if healthy, will thrive in the Eagles offense. How could a 27-year-old running back who rushed for a league-high 1,845 yards with a north-to-south running style ostensibly suited to Chip Kelly's schemes be anything but successful? There is, of course, the if healthy qualifier that is compounded by Murray's complex injury history and a workload last season that could be labeled as excessive. And there is his inexperience with the zone read plays that are the centerpiece of the Eagles' offense.
July 20, 2015 |
Samantha Phillips shepherded the city through hurricanes, terror threats, and the deadly Amtrak derailment in May. Recently she faced a slightly smaller challenge: persuading the Secret Service to allow water bottles during Pope Francis' appearances on the Parkway. Phillips, the city's director of emergency management, envisioned a crowd of 1.5 million people side by side on an 80-degree September afternoon. There would be elderly visitors, children, and families standing for hours.