May 25, 2014 |
The rocky start to Gov. Christie's second term took a turn for the worse last week, as he reversed course on a signature first-term accomplishment and risked his political reputation as a fiscal steward. Christie announced that he planned to slash state payments into the public employee pension system to fill a gaping revenue shortfall, despite a 2011 deal that required the state to ramp up its payments in exchange for increased worker contributions. Two of the state's largest public-sector unions threatened to sue, and Democrats blamed Christie for mismanaging the budget.
May 22, 2014
Once a cradle of democracy, Pennsylvania now seems more likely to be its retirement home. The commonwealth has consistently resisted trends toward greater participation while maintaining and perfecting obstacles to government by the people. Nevertheless, many of those who could take part in Tuesday's election enjoyed a meaningful choice. That's a testament to the democratic spirit of the candidates and, let's hope, the voters. Pennsylvania's legislators have been loath to encourage participation with such increasingly common conveniences as early voting - whether by mail or extended polling hours - or progressive reforms such as open primary elections.
May 22, 2014 |
State Rep. Margo Davidson survived challenges Tuesday from primary opponents who cast her as too conservative for her strongly Democratic 164th District in Delaware County. Davidson won a close race over Billy Smith, a defense lawyer from Lansdowne. A third candidate, Dafan Zhang, finished in a distant third place. Davidson, a two-term incumbent from Upper Darby, made history when she was elected in 2010 as the first Democrat, first woman, and first African American to represent the 164th District.
May 21, 2014 |
STATE SEN. LeAnna Washington has plenty of challenges today. Two Democrats are seeking to derail Washington's bid for re-election to the 4th District seat while she fights felony corruption charges filed in March. Pile on another challenge. Washington's former chief of staff is suing her, claiming she wrongfully terminated and defamed him while violating the state's Whistleblower Law. Sean McCray, who also sued the Senate Democratic Caucus, was a grand jury witness in an investigation by the state Attorney General's Office that resulted in Washington being charged with two felonies on March 12. McCray repeats in his lawsuit, filed Friday in Montgomery County, the raging response he said Washington gave when he repeatedly told her to stop using state tax dollars to fund an annual political fundraiser that doubled as her lavish birthday party.
May 18, 2014 |
Descendants of the family of Msgr. Patrick Garvey, once rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, are challenging the seminary's decision to sell Thomas Eakins' 1902 portrait of Garvey, arguing that the seminary does not own it. Robert E. Goldman, a former federal prosecutor who is aiding the descendants, said the portrait, painted during Eakins' visits to the City Avenue seminary at the turn of the 20th century, was put in the seminary's hands for...
May 17, 2014 |
Drexel midfielder Nick Saputo is much more at home doing the dirty work of collecting ground balls rather than scoring goals. But as halftime approached Sunday in Drexel's clash with neighborhood rival Penn in the first round of the NCAA Division I lacrosse tournament, the sluggish Dragons trailed the Quakers, 6-4. Saputo helped provide the shot in the arm the Dragons needed, scoring two of the Dragons' three goals in the final 17 seconds of...
May 15, 2014 |
Margo Davidson made history four years ago when she became the first Democrat, the first female, and the first African American state representative in her Delaware County district. But since that election, the political landscape has changed. The district's lines have been redrawn and it is now solidly Democratic. Perhaps more significantly for Davidson, who is considered a somewhat unconventional Democrat, she has two challengers from her own party. Billy Smith, 39, a defense attorney and former Lansdowne Borough councilman, is campaigning against Davidson's vote to increase restrictions on abortion clinics and her support for school vouchers.
May 13, 2014 |
By now, Susan Story should be moved into her new office at the American Water Works Co. Inc. headquarters in Voorhees. "My computer is the first thing I have to have," said Story, 54, who became chief executive of the $2.9 billion utility at the company's annual meeting Friday, replacing president and CEO Jeff Sterba. "I have to have a chair that doesn't make my back hurt, and I have to have a picture of my husband and myself and our two dogs and that's about it," said Story, who joined the company April 1, 2013, as senior vice president and chief financial officer.
May 3, 2014 |
HARRISBURG Pennsylvania's highest court on Thursday said Gov. Corbett's only Republican challenger will not be listed on the May 20 primary election ballot. The state Supreme Court reversed a lower court in a 5-2 decision, finding that Ardmore businessman Bob Guzzardi's failure to file his statement of financial interests on time with the state Ethics Commission was a "fatal flaw" that disqualified his candidacy. Guzzardi is an outspoken Corbett critic who said he was running to give GOP conservatives an alternative.
April 30, 2014 |
When Bartram High School officials wanted to showcase the kind of hardworking student the troubled school can produce, they knew where to turn: Gionna Hawkins. On Friday, Hawkins spent her last day at Bartram, which has been in the news recently for violence and dysfunction. On Monday, the 14-year-old freshman profiled by The Inquirer this month enrolled at West Catholic Preparatory High School. Hawkins thought she wanted to stick it out at Bartram, where a staffer was knocked unconscious by a student in March.