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March 29, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
Chaka Fattah has never faced a primary challenger as the incumbent in the Second Congressional District. Now under indictment and due to start trial on federal racketeering charges six days after the April 26 Democratic primary, the U.S. representative is facing three challengers. Call it a coincidence. There's more than one in this Democratic race. Fattah and one challenger, state Rep. Dwight Evans, are black. The two other Democrats, Ninth Ward Leader Dan Muroff and Lower Merion Township Commissioner Brian Gordon, are white.
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January 28, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THREE OF THE four Democrats seeking the 13th Congressional District seat in the May 20 primary mostly agreed on a wide range of political topics in their first candidate forum yesterday. Two candidates, state Sen. Daylin Leach and state Rep. Brendan Boyle, sparred on one issue more likely to be decided in Harrisburg than in Washington, D.C.: "vouchers" to use public-school money for private-school tuition. And Boyle took a sharp shot at the missing candidate, former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies, comparing her record on Social Security to that of former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican deeply unpopular with members of Democracy for America, one of the forum's sponsors.
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June 23, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) was convicted Tuesday on federal racketeering and bribery charges, putting an ignominious stamp on the career of one of the region's longest-serving members of Congress and all but ensuring that his public life will be capped with a prison sentence. Yet Fattah, 59, offered no indication of whether he intended to resign. "This is an extraordinarily difficult day for me and my family," he said in a statement. "While today's outcome isn't what we had hoped, I respect our nation's judicial system.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
A story Monday about the Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District incorrectly stated the position of Emily's List. Emily's List has not issued an endorsement in the race.
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November 4, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Rep. Dwight Evans, a longtime powerhouse in Philadelphia Democratic politics, will challenge embattled U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in next year's primary. He filed the needed federal paperwork late Monday afternoon. Fattah, seeking a 12th term in Congress while under federal indictment, took the news in stride Monday, saying he looks forward to the race and feels confident about his chances of reelection. Evans' decision sets up a clash between two politicians, each with more than three decades in elected office, both known as pillars of power in the city's African American community.
NEWS
March 4, 2016
WHAT IS Pasquale "Pat" Deon , a GOP bigwig from Bucks County, doing raising money for State Rep. Dwight Evans , a Philly Democrat looking to unseat indicted U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in this year's congressional election? A Clout tipster asks: Could it have anything to do with the fact that Evans sits on SEPTA's board of directors and has supported Deon as chairman? "That's silly nonsense," said Evans campaign manager Michael Dineen . Perfect. We specialize in silly nonsense.
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January 6, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - A Pennsylvania congressional candidate has changed her mind about where to run. Democrat Lindy Li now plans to run in the Chester County-based Sixth District, after beginning her campaign last summer for the seat in the Delaware County-based Seventh. That means Li, a former wealth manager at Morgan Stanley, will challenge freshman Republican Ryan Costello rather than three-term Republican incumbent Patrick Meehan. Li's move comes a little more than a month after national Democrats recruited another candidate, Bill Golderer, to run against Meehan, and as the party's pick in the neighboring Sixth District, Mike Parrish, has struggled.
NEWS
April 19, 2016
With so much of America demonstrably fed up with the way politics is practiced these days, it was disappointing to watch how the brother of retiring U.S. Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick became the front-runner in the Republican primary to replace the congressman. Brian Fitzpatrick retired from his supervisory special agent job with the FBI in California late last year and, within weeks of buying a house in Bucks County, became the favorite of the county Republican Party. State Rep. Scott Petri, who had raised nearly $300,000 for the Eighth District race, decided it was best to drop out. The district, which includes Bucks and part of Montgomery County, has survived gerrymandering elsewhere to remain the most competitive district in the commonwealth.
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July 25, 2011 | Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon Democrats are waiting for word from Rep. David Wu on how he plans to respond to calls for him to resign in the face of a scandal. But Wu stayed mum yesterday about the allegation reported by the Oregonian newspaper that a young woman reported "aggressive and unwanted sexual behavior. " Wu's opponent in last year's Democratic primary plans to ask party activists in Washington County, the core of the congressional district, to approve a no-confidence resolution this week.
NEWS
May 23, 2016
PATRICK MURPHY survived being a security guard on the 700 Level of Veterans Stadium. He survived deployment in Bosnia and Baghdad with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division following the attacks of 9/11, and he survived the crash of Amtrak 188 last year. Now, as the under secretary of the United States Army - which is that military branch's second-highest civilian position - the Northeast Philadelphia native has the "awesome responsibility" of not only helping the country's soldiers to survive but to thrive.
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July 13, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Could T. Milton Street Sr., the perennial Philadelphia candidate who once went to jail for unpaid taxes, become the Republican nominee for a seat in the House? Stay tuned. Street and James Jones, the GOP nominee in the Second Congressional District, announced on Facebook that they would declare Tuesday which of them will run against the Democrats' nominee, State Rep. Dwight Evans, for a two-year term. "After a series of discussions, Street and Jones have joined forces as one to address the issues" of the district, the Sunday posting said.
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June 23, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) was convicted Tuesday on federal racketeering and bribery charges, putting an ignominious stamp on the career of one of the region's longest-serving members of Congress and all but ensuring that his public life will be capped with a prison sentence. Yet Fattah, 59, offered no indication of whether he intended to resign. "This is an extraordinarily difficult day for me and my family," he said in a statement. "While today's outcome isn't what we had hoped, I respect our nation's judicial system.
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June 9, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
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.
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June 8, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
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.
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May 31, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
Chaka Fattah wanted context. And he didn't care if the people he represents in the Second Congressional District had to wait until after his primary election and during his federal trial to get it. The 11-term congressman, who in February said he was "ramping up" his use of federal money to advertise his office as his reelection campaign fund-raising faltered, declined to tell me how much he was spending until U.S. House rules required it. ...
NEWS
May 23, 2016
PATRICK MURPHY survived being a security guard on the 700 Level of Veterans Stadium. He survived deployment in Bosnia and Baghdad with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division following the attacks of 9/11, and he survived the crash of Amtrak 188 last year. Now, as the under secretary of the United States Army - which is that military branch's second-highest civilian position - the Northeast Philadelphia native has the "awesome responsibility" of not only helping the country's soldiers to survive but to thrive.
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April 27, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
After enduring weeks of barnstorming, television ads, and rallies, Pennsylvania voters head to the primary polls Tuesday to make choices in the lively presidential contest, a U.S. Senate race going down to the wire, and other campaigns that could reshape the political and government landscapes. Also at stake are Democratic and Republican nominations for Pennsylvania attorney general, contested primaries in three Philadelphia-area congressional districts - including the one where indicted 11-term U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah is fighting for his political life - and a handful of contested primaries for state legislative seats.
NEWS
April 26, 2016
SUCH IS the state of this year's Republican race for the presidential nomination that the most impressive claim from any candidate has been "I'm not angry. " That was uttered by Ohio Gov. John Kasich during a recent meeting with this editorial board. That utterance alone is not why we are endorsing him, although it almost would have been enough, given the hate-filled clown convention that is the Republican race. Kasich is the grown-up at the table: In his second term as governor of Ohio, he's a former member of Congress who, during his nine-term career, served on the Armed Services Committee and the House Budget Committee.
NEWS
April 26, 2016
Pennsylvanians have an unusual opportunity, in an unusually ominous year, to influence the parties' presidential nominations Tuesday. Democrats and, in one local district, Republicans will also decide contested U.S. Senate and House races. The competition to replace the state's disastrous attorney general, Kathleen Kane, offers both parties a choice. In a Republican presidential field marred by demagoguery and extremism, Ohio Gov. JOHN KASICH has courageously stood for reason and pragmatism.
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April 23, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
In the rough-and-tumble world of Philadelphia Democratic politics, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's bid for a 12th term has been a curiously congenial affair. Fattah has declared himself fully focused on Tuesday's primary, pushing off any concern about his federal trial on racketeering charges, which is scheduled to begin 20 days after that. What a difference last July's indictment (and the long-running federal probe that led to it) made: In his many runs as the incumbent, Fattah, 59, had never faced a primary challenger in the Second Congressional District.
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