April 27, 2015 |
Consensus among candidates doesn't make the choice any easier for voters. But the mayoral hopefuls' general agreement on the controversial subject of taxes is a sign of progress for the city. At least ostensibly, Philadelphia's political establishment has come to understand the gravity of the city's tax problem and broadly concur on the solution. Thanks to an array of studies noted by the candidates on today's op-ed page, as well as the unforgiving lessons of experience, it's become plain that Philadelphia relies too heavily on wage and business taxes that discourage growth rather than the property taxes that fuel more successful cities.
May 12, 2014 |
The writer and physician Michael Crichton delivered an important speech in 2003 about the Eagles and the NFL draft. OK, so it wasn't about the Eagles, really, or the NFL draft at all. It was about science and intellectual integrity and independent thinking and the tyranny of a word that, honest to goodness, is relevant to the Eagles' selection of Louisville linebacker Marcus Smith in the first round of this year's draft. That word is consensus . "Consensus is the business of politics," Crichton said.
April 9, 2014 |
TO GARRET KERR, his father, Tim, isn't the Flyers legend. He's just Dad. And his No. 1 fan. And neither of them would have it any other way. "I was born in 1992, just after he retired, so I don't have any recollection of his playing days," said Garret, a junior forward at University of the Sciences who was a consensus Division II All-America after averaging 24.8 points and 12.5 rebounds, both school records. "I knew he was kind of famous. And obviously my friends' parents knew.
July 1, 2013 |
The blockbuster Supreme Court term that ended last week might seem to deliver a severe case of whiplash. One day the court delighted conservatives by striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act and the next it delighted liberals by striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. At the same time, the court avoided sweeping rulings on affirmative action and the right to marriage equality nationwide. In fact, however, the historic end-of-term decisions represent a clash between the competing visions of two key justices: Anthony M. Kennedy and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. When Kennedy provided a crucial fifth vote for the conservative or the liberal justices, as he did in the Voting Rights and Defense of Marriage Act cases, the court issued polarized rulings striking down federal laws along familiar ideological lines.
February 6, 2013 |
TRENTON - A powerful Democrat is moving ahead with a plan to ask New Jersey voters in November to approve long-term funding for open space preservation, but there's no consensus on how to pay for it. The Senate Environmental Committee on Monday discussed three funding options now that $400 million in land-preservation bonds that voters approved in 2009 have been spent. Funding sources being considered are a water-user fee that would cost residential customers about $36 a year, setting aside $200 million a year from sales tax revenue, or replenishing the fund again through borrowing.
January 22, 2013
By Dayle Steinberg Forty years ago today, the Supreme Court affirmed that the Constitution gives every woman a right to make her own personal medical decisions, ostensibly without the interference of politicians. A majority of Americans still support that right. Most Americans say they support access to safe and legal abortion in some or most cases. Last year, a Quinnipiac University poll found that nearly two-thirds of voters said they support Roe v. Wade , while a Pew Research Center survey found that 64 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 think abortion should be legal in all or most cases.
October 25, 2012 |
ED BARKOWITZ: IT'S IRONIC THAT banished centerfielder Melky Cabrera's All-Star Game MVP performance gave the Giants homefield advantage, which will make for a long World Series. Picking against Justin Verlander is akin to tugging on Superman's cape or spitting into the wind. It's just not a good idea. The Tigers stud is on one of those Orel Hershiser/Josh Beckett-like postseason runs with a 3-0 record and a 0.74 ERA in three postseason starts. This, after winning each of his last four starts and posting a 0.64 ERA. The guy is scorching.
August 27, 2012
By Llewellyn King Just what is being cooked up by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Rupert Murdoch, the world's most successful multimedia mogul; and Bill Daley, the Chicago businessman who once sat at the right hand of power as President Obama's chief of staff? This unlikely trio has been on the road calling for more immigration. They see it as the only solution to America's problems, and their text is taken from a new study conducted by the Partnership for a New American Economy.
June 5, 2012 |
TRENTON - When Gov. Christie put out a parody video with Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker last month, the Republican governor described it as a quintessentially bipartisan effort - "emblematic of the way I've tried to govern. " "Look at Washington, D.C.," he said at a public town hall the day the video became a YouTube sensation. "They can't get a thing done down there, and everybody's at fault, everybody's to blame. People have to start reaching across the aisle, and start working with each other.
May 20, 2012 |
CAMP DAVID, Md. - Confronting an economic crisis that threatens them all, President Obama and leaders of other world powers on Saturday declared that their governments must both spark growth and cut the debt that has crippled the European continent and put investors worldwide on edge. "There's now an emerging consensus that more must be done to promote growth and job creation right now," Obama proclaimed after hosting unprecedented economic talks at Camp David, his mountaintop retreat.