August 20, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - As New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez announced his firm (but unsurprising) opposition Tuesday to President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, the votes of three other local Democrats hung in the balance, and with them critical tallies that could help determine whether the accord survives congressional objections. Sens. Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania, Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Chris Coons of Delaware all remain undecided on the pact as Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and other top officials try to persuade Democrats to stand with the president, and opponents, including Israeli leaders and some influential Jewish American groups, urge them to oppose what they describe as a dangerous agreement.
June 17, 2015 |
IN MANY Tattle items over the years, we've pitched made-up TV shows, movie sequels and spin-offs based on dopey ideas voiced elsewhere in the column. Our most recent suggestion, thanks to Caitlyn Jenner , was a remake of "Bosom Buddies" with actual transgender actors. But with all the crazy ideas we have broached over the years - some just to have the lawsuit ready when they're stolen from us - we're not sure we could ever come up with a reality show/social experiment as icky as A&E's "Married at First Sight.
March 13, 2015
Editor's note: This column has been updated to include a statement from Council President Darrell Clarke. BIG WEEK FOR District Attorney Seth Williams , whose stock continues to rise with Attorney General Kathleen Kane sitting on the other end of a political seesaw that stretches from here to Harrisburg. We knew Williams - who managed to drop the phrase "butt load" into his swearing-in speech last year - would go for broke at Tuesday's press conference, when he announced the arrest of three more politicians as the result of an influence-peddling sting that Kane had wrongly deemed "not prosecutable.
December 17, 2014
ISSUE | JUSTICE Booker's voice Cory Booker's eloquent speech in the U.S. Senate about racial disparity has been a long time in coming, since Congress so far has turned a blind eye to our racial problems ("Booker speech hits U.S. justice," Dec. 11). His is the fresh voice that is needed in these trying times. |Philip Lustig, Downingtown Other crimes ignored Instead of protesting over the likes of Michael Brown, why not protest crimes against unarmed black men, women, and children shot as innocent bystanders?
December 12, 2014
CORY BOOKER is known for blazing his own trail, jumping into the national spotlight as mayor of Newark, then winning a 2013 special election to become the first black U.S. senator from New Jersey. Booker won a full term last month and, since that day, the vegetarian since 1992 has been conducting an "experiment" to eat strictly vegan for the rest of 2014. After that, who knows? He could become the first vegan U.S. senator. The day he tweeted his intentions was the same day that Center City vegan restaurant Vedge was named "Top Food" in Zagat's new Philadelphia Restaurant Survey.
December 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Worried that Hurricane Sandy victims could be shortchanged by what a judge recently called "reprehensible gamesmanship," New Jersey Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker pressed a key federal official Wednesday to force the release of documents that they say could expose deceptive practices by some insurers. Menendez and Booker, both Democrats, met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, Craig Fugate, after a New York court case ended with a magistrate judge ordering documents to be released to New Yorkers who may have been misled by insurers.
November 6, 2014 |
THE AMERICAN flag was sagging outside a South Jersey polling place yesterday afternoon, almost touching some dark mulch, and Daniel J. Yannantuono did his best to make it stand tall again after casting his vote. The fate of the nation, Yannantuono said, was in the hands of voters beyond the Garden State, and he feared they'd bend national politics to the right. "Ahh, don't get me started," the 67-year-old Vietnam War veteran said outside the Osage Elementary School in Voorhees, Camden County.
November 2, 2014 |
With a race for governor in Pennsylvania and congressional elections in the commonwealth and New Jersey, it would be a shame to see a repeat of past midterm elections' paltry turnout. Beyond urging you to vote Tuesday, here are The Inquirer's recommendations. Pa. governor For reasons publisher Gerry Lenfest explained a week ago, rather than endorse either of the candidates, The Inquirer contrasted their positions and ours on key issues. For example, while Gov. Corbett has resisted calls to tax the state's booming natural-gas industry on the grounds that doing so would threaten an economic windfall, challenger Tom Wolf supports a 5 percent extraction tax that could yield $1 billion a year to help fund basic education.
August 31, 2014 |
Some of New Jersey's top Democrats said Friday that organized labor is under assault across the country, even as the movement has gained considerable clout in Trenton. "We're under attack, and this country has gone backward as we've seen labor go backward," State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) said in a speech at an annual AFL-CIO gathering in Collingswood in advance of Labor Day. To help reverse the trend, he said, New Jersey needs to send State Sen. Donald Norcross to Congress and reelect U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker.
May 6, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. - On one level, the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Cory Booker as mayor of New Jersey's largest city is a local political contest with the candidates debating issues familiar to urban America: intractable violent crime, a struggling school district challenged by charter schools, a perpetual battle to attract development and create jobs. Behind the scenes, though, the May 13 nonpartisan election is shaping up as a battleground for a bigger prize: control of Essex County and, in turn, an edge in a possible Democratic primary for the next gubernatorial election.