November 3, 2011 |
Democrat Kathryn Boockvar said she's made it to at least 55 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties in her bid for a seat on Commonwealth Court. Republican Vic Stabile said his campaign for Superior Court has him going "as far as my shoes and tire rubber will carry me. " Voters may not know much about Pennsylvania's intermediate appellate courts, but four candidates for two judgeships are sure learning a lot about the state as they wrap up long-distance, high-mileage...
October 19, 2011
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announced Tuesday that it would launch a Twitter feed to instantly communicate opinions, rulings, and other relevant information. Recipients can sign up at http://twitter.com/SupremeCtofPA "The manner and pace in which the Commonwealth's citizens expect to receive information from their government is changing rapidly," Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin said in a statement. "This is a logical extension of an ongoing commitment to enhance the delivery of court information and services in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
September 15, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - After questioning by a full panel of seven Commonwealth Court judges Wednesday, a lawyer for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board rejected the argument that the agency overstepped its bounds when it took away the license for the Foxwoods Casino project in South Philadelphia. "The board was justified in saying, 'We've been down this road before and enough is enough,' " said James Eisenhower, an attorney for the gaming board. The board members, he said, have a duty to provide tax relief to Pennsylvania communities through gambling revenues.
May 27, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Election boards in Pennsylvania's 67 counties are poised to start recounting hundreds of thousands of ballots in a tightly contested statewide judicial primary race. Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele on Thursday ordered a mandatory recount in the Democratic primary election for Commonwealth Court judge. Doylestown lawyer Kathryn Boockvar beat her opponent, Barbara Behrend Ernsberger, a Pittsburgh lawyer, by 2,116 votes in the May 17 election. The margin of victory was below one half of 1 percent of the total vote - the threshold for triggering an automatic recount under the law. Ernsberger said she decided not to waive her right to a recount so Democratic voters would have a clear decision on who won. "I believe the legislature put the recount mechanism in here so that everyone knows the results," Ernsberger said.
April 21, 2011 |
ONE OF THE most vivid memories of my boyhood was the period just before April 15. Every year, my father, preparing to submit his tax forms, commandeered the dining-room table, which he totally covered with papers and forms, as well as pencils and a calculator. During those couple of days, you had to leave the house, as Dad was in an almost constant rage, smoke practically pouring out of his ears. My father was a Goldwater Republican. To him, the federal government ranked below the Mafia, and taxes were nothing short of robbery.
April 9, 2011 |
An effort to remove City Council members Marian Tasco and Frank Rizzo and City Commission Chairwoman Marge Tartaglione from the May 17 primary election ballot is in the hands of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The state Commonwealth Court yesterday sent three lawsuits up the judicial ladder, saying the higher court has jurisdiction in election matters. But an opinion by Commonwealth Senior Judge Rochelle Friedman made clear how that court would rule if the case comes back for another review.
April 1, 2011
What: NCAA Tournament, Final Four When: Tomorrow, 6:09 p.m. Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston TV: CBS3 Radio: ESPN (97.3-FM, 97.5-FM, 950) How they got here: Butler defeated No. 9 Old Dominion, 60-58; No. 1 Pittsburgh, 71-70; No. 4 Wisconsin, 61-54; and No. 2 Florida, 74-71 (OT). VCU defeated No. 11 USC, 59-46; No. 6 Georgetown, 74-56; No. 3 Purdue, 94-76; No. 10 Florida State, 72-71 (OT); and No. 1 Kansas, 71-61. Coaches: Butler's Brad Stevens (116-24); VCU's Shaka Smart (55-20)
March 19, 2011 |
Brandon Rozzell led four players in double figures and Virginia Commonwealth made 12 three-pointers to stun Georgetown with a 74-56 win that showed any remaining doubters the Rams do, indeed, belong in the NCAA tournament. Rozzell tied his career high with six three-pointers and finished with 26 points, while Joey Rodriguez had 17 points and seven assists. Bradford Burgess and Jamie Skeen added 12 each. It is the first time the 11th-seeded Rams (25-11) have won more than one game in the NCAA tournament, and they'll now play third-seeded Purdue on Sunday in the Southwest Regional.
March 12, 2011 |
The Forum, one of Philadelphia's last pornographic movie theaters, was denied permission Friday to turn its building into a full-service emporium with nude dancers and rooms for private encounters, after Commonwealth Court struck down a zoning variance that had outraged surrounding Center City neighborhoods. "All those guys outside in trenchcoats will be sorely disappointed," said an exultant Tony Radwanski, an aide to City Council President Anna C. Verna, who had long opposed the expansion.