December 2, 2015 |
More than 300 people gathered at Central High School on Monday night to meet Mayor-elect Jim Kenney and tell him what they want for their city. The town-hall meeting was the first of five Kenney will hold this week and brought together a range of people and priorities, many centered on the North Philadelphia community. Some offered ideas: Why not let the state run Philadelphia International Airport? How about a competition that gives tax breaks to the cleanest neighborhoods? Others voiced concerns, largely of a dire need for better schools and safer streets.
March 24, 2014 |
The undercover investigation that taped four Philadelphia Democratic legislators and a judge accepting cash or gifts may seem nuanced and complex. But constituents of the stung officials in West Philadelphia and its environs expressed little ambiguity about the morality of officeholders taking payments. "Wrong is wrong, as simple as that," said Marian Thomas, 70, who was walking along 47th Street and Springfield Avenue the other day. Annie Mroz, 23, a University of Pennsylvania graduate student, agreed: "It confirms there's a layer of sleaze in local politics in Philadelphia.
June 1, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A Western Pennsylvania legislator who has tangled with natural gas drillers apologized Thursday for using false names or anonymity when he posted online comments criticizing the industry. State Rep. Jesse White (D., Washington) issued a statement after a Pittsburgh television station reported that industry backers had linked him to an online comment posted in a constituent's name. KDKA reported Wednesday that an industry-funded group had traced anti-drilling posts that appeared under the constituent's name to White's state e-mail address.
May 28, 2013
WE COUNT on our leaders to know the difference between right and wrong. But sometimes we wonder. Take, for example, Mark Squilla, who authored a bill just passed by City Council that would allow homeowners protesting their new property values to pay taxes based on the old system. He justified the bill by saying it was unfair to make people pay based on "incorrect" numbers that the Actual Value Initiative produced. We can only assume that Squilla's contention that AVI numbers are not correct is based on complaints from some of his constituents - whose district has seen some of the biggest changes under AVI. So, he's allowing them to choose which number is more "correct" if they appeal their property tax: the old assessment based on the corrupted, outlawed system, or the new assessment, based on the city's efforts to get it right.
December 31, 2012 |
As New Jersey Democrats search for a savior to lead them back to the comfy confines of the governor's mansion in Princeton, Republicans have theirs in Chris Christie. And his campaign for reelection is well under way. Christie has announced his intention to run for reelection in 2013, and he will formally launch a campaign next year. Yet he is already trying to secure support in key demographics - like labor and Latinos - to give him a head start in beating back a Democratic challenge in this blue state.
October 27, 2012 |
Montgomery County hopes to revolutionize the way constituents connect with county services. A new program aims to streamline services for residents, who often need help from multiple agencies and are at a loss about where to begin. "There are people who just don't know what to do. Or people who've been told five different things and not been successful," said Eric Goldstein, director of the Behavioral Health/Developmental Disabilities Department. Instead of the typical "silo" approach - in which each department works in isolation and constituents must figure out the system on their own - the county wants to have a one-stop shop in each community where a constituent could speak to a single person.
February 28, 2012 |
Washington - It's looking as if President Obama may be back in women's good graces. His support dropped among this critical constituency just before the year began and the presidential campaign got under way in earnest. But his standing with female voters is strengthening, polls show, as the economy improves and as social issues, including birth control, become a bigger part of the nation's political discourse. "Republicans are making a big mistake with this contraception talk, and I'm pretty sure that they are giving [the election]
November 25, 2011
What gave U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D., N.J.) the nerve to use his campaign fund to buy $463 worth of china for a donor when he represents a district with so many residents who can't put a decent meal on the table? The china was part of $9,000 that Andrews charged his campaign account for an Edinburgh, Scotland, leg of a family trip to Europe. His lame excuse for spending campaign money was that he attended the wedding of a "donor," which makes you wonder how all his donors who didn't get china place settings feel.
November 25, 2011 |
TUCSON, Ariz. - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords helped serve a Thanksgiving meal to service members and retirees at a military base in her hometown of Tucson, Ariz. Giffords arrived in the dining hall at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base at midday Thursday wearing a ball cap and an apron with her nickname of "Gabby" sewn on the front. She was accompanied by her retired astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, who also donned an apron. Giffords used only her left hand as she served, a sign that physical damage remains from the injuries she suffered when she was shot.