September 15, 2016
ISSUE | TERM LIMITS Support Pa. bill for Constitutional Convention Elected officials ignore demands for term limits, taking the position that voters can limit terms by voting. The election system is stacked for incumbents. Article V of the U.S. Constitution authorizes two-thirds of the states to call a "convention for proposing amendments. " Eight states have approved a concurrent resolution that petitions Congress to call such a convention for amendments to "limit terms of officials and members of Congress" and to "impose fiscal restraints on the federal government.
August 2, 2016 |
On June 7, in a funky upstairs office at the SoHa Arts Building in Haddon Township, Alex Law choked back tears - not entirely successfully - as he thanked a room full of volunteers for their efforts on his congressional campaign, an effort that he had just learned failed by 40 points. In the eight weeks since he lost a hard-fought primary to incumbent Rep. Donald Norcross, Law, 25, has moved into a new apartment in Collingswood, free-lanced as a consultant for small businesses in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, and made public appearances with likely 2017 gubernatorial candidate Steve Fulop.
June 23, 2016
CONGRESS is covered in shame today. Or should be. And extra shame goes to Pennsylvania. Why is this day different from the last, oh, 10 years? For one thing, today the body count of victims of mass murderers is higher than ever, with last week's Orlando shooting adding 49 deaths to the total. And yet, Monday night, four gun-control proposals failed in the Senate. Again. Senate Republicans, many of whom put special interests ahead of the American people, rejected a measure that would prohibit those on the terrorist "no-fly" list from purchasing guns.
June 20, 2016
Pat Toomey is the Republican U.S. senator from Pennsylvania The issue of gun violence has been with us for a long time, but it has clearly and painfully gotten worse in recent years. Our response to the devastating attack in Orlando must be part of our broader war against violent Islamist extremists and is by no means limited to the issue of guns. Nonetheless, the Orlando attack highlights the critical need for us to do more to prevent criminals, those with dangerous mental illnesses, and terrorists, from obtaining weapons.
June 9, 2016 |
T. Milton Street Sr.'s path to appear on an Election Day ballot may pass through a Philadelphia courtroom for the third time in five years. Street, a former state senator who served time in federal prison for unpaid taxes, and ran for mayor in 2011 and 2015, announced Monday that he will run as an independent for the Second Congressional District seat in the Nov. 8 general election. Just one problem: Street has been a registered Republican since January. The Pennsylvania Election Code says independent candidates must leave their political parties at least 30 days before the primary election to be eligible to appear on the general election ballot.
June 8, 2016 |
T. Milton Street Sr., the Pennsylvania-state-senator-turned-federal-inmate-turned-two-time-Philadelphia-mayoral-candidate, has a new challenge in mind: Running as an independent for the House. Street on Monday said he would run for the Second Congressional District seat in the Nov. 8 general election. He would face State Rep. Dwight Evans, a Democrat, and Republican James Jones. Street, 77, said a formal announcement would come in two weeks. He must collect by Aug. 1 nomination petitions signed by 3,623 people registered to vote in the district, which covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
May 19, 2016 |
In February, when Rep. David Jolly introduced his quixotic plan to ban members of Congress from soliciting campaign contributions, the Florida Republican had only six cosponsors. Then, three weeks ago, 60 Minutes did a sympathetic piece on Jolly's idea, giving national attention to the scandal of lawmakers spending 30 or more hours a week dialing for dollars. And now? The number of cosponsors on Jolly's bill has jumped from six all the way up to - um, eight. No senator has come forward with similar legislation.
April 27, 2016 |
CAPE MAY - When Curtis Bashaw and his resort company took on the restoration of historic Congress Hall in the early 2000s, even his closest friends thought he had a screw loose. "A lot of people thought this was just never going to work . . . that it was just too big of a project to ever be successful," Bashaw said. "Friends tried to talk us out of doing it. People even went to City Council to try to stop it from happening. " It wasn't the first time locals doubted the prudence of the place.
April 21, 2016
DEMOCRATIC VOTERS will have a lot of strong choices on the ballot in Tuesday's primary. The headliner is Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for president. We will have more on that race later this week. Voters also will be asked to choose among three candidates running for their party's nomination for U.S. Senate. The winner will face Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey in November. Three Democrats also are running for attorney general and the right to face whoever the Republicans choose as their nominee in the fall.
April 20, 2016 |
In a corner of Pennsylvania where farmland meets mansions and forsaken factories, the state's fiercest race for a House seat is playing out. The Bucks County-based Eighth District is the only truly open seat across the region, thanks to the retirement of Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. Three Republicans and two Democrats are vying for their parties' nominations in next Tuesday's primaries. The Eighth is one of two districts in the closely divided Philadelphia suburbs where Democrats are hoping to gain ground in the fall, particularly if the top of the GOP ticket turns off moderate voters.