October 19, 2013 |
HARRISBURG Philadelphia Democrats are trying to use their influence over a multibillion-dollar transportation funding bill to get Republican support for a cigarette tax to fund city schools. The strategy is an eleventh-hour effort - though some say an unlikely one - to revive a plan for a $2-per-pack tax that could provide a stream of money for Philadelphia's struggling school district. The Democrats, many of whom spoke on condition of anonymity, said they alerted House Republicans and the Corbett administration that in return for legislative approval of the tax, they would support a pending bill to provide more than $2 billion for roads, bridges, and mass transit.
June 24, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Secretary of State John Kerry arrived here Sunday for a two-day visit designed to solidify his commitment to what President Obama has called one of the "defining partnerships" of the 21st century, and to keep the growth of trade and foreign policy cooperation on an upward trajectory. The trip to India is Kerry's first as secretary, and he is heading a high-level delegation that includes the new energy secretary, Ernest Moniz; Adm. Samuel Locklear, head of the Pacific Command; and senior homeland security, science, and international-development officials.
May 24, 2013 |
A week after Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said he was targeting seniority in the teachers' contract to win support from Republican lawmakers for more state aid for the cash-strapped district, the city's Democratic legislative delegation is scheduled to meet with him Thursday to discuss its concerns. State Rep. Dwight Evans (D., Phila.) said he was notified of the meeting through an e-mail but had a scheduling conflict and could not attend. He said several of the city's two dozen representatives in the state House were not supportive of the kinds of changes Hite was pushing in negotiations with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
March 21, 2013
Mayor Nutter will spend the next five days in Florence, Italy, comparing notes on the creative economy with a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and an organization of Italian counterparts. The full tab for airfare, lodging and meals will be picked up by the Conference of Mayors at no cost to city taxpayers, said Mark McDonald, the mayor's press secretary. At 10 a.m. Thursday in Florence (5 a.m. Philadelphia time), Nutter will join a panel discussion on culture and sports as contributors to economic development.
March 8, 2013
LAST MONTH, former Gov. Ed Rendell challenged Pennsylvania's U.S. lawmakers in these pages to answer a series of questions on gun-control measures making their way through Congress. We have published responses from Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Chaka Fattah, and today publish responses from the rest of the members of Congress. Rep. Bob Brady 1. Will you support mandatory universal background checks? "Absolutely. " 2. Will you support stronger laws to stop straw purchase gun-traffickers?
January 22, 2013 |
Darrell L. Clarke likes how Baltimore has been fighting crime in the last decade with a huge network of surveillance cameras tied into a central police command center. He has admired Baltimore's strategy since before he helped persuade his mentor, former Mayor John F. Street, to start a similar program in Philadelphia in 2006. Clarke, now entering his second year as Council president, is less enthusiastic about how that program, troubled by technological problems from the beginning, has been run in recent years under Mayor Nutter.
January 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As Congress scrambled to sidestep some of the most painful effects of the fiscal cliff, local lawmakers generally looked favorably on one key compromise: raising the threshold for the income-tax hikes set to take effect Tuesday. The provision to raise taxes on incomes of $450,000 and above, rather than at the $250,000 mark President Obama originally sought, won tentative praise from Philadelphia-area Democrats - and, crucially, some local House Republicans, too. "It's better than the alternative," said Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.)
September 8, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE - When Pennsylvania's youngest Democratic delegate spotted Julián Castro, the 37-year-old San Antonio mayor and convention keynote speaker, she burst through a couple of handlers, touched his arm, and said: "You are awesome!" Earlier, 18-year-old Alaysha Claiborne had wrapped her arms around civil rights hero U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.). "Thank you," she told him. "You're welcome," Lewis replied. Part Puerto Rican and part African American, this freshman at Temple University quickly became the heart, soul, and inspiration of Pennsylvania Democrats here this week, injecting an energy that has allowed veteran politicos to experience the convention through her young eyes.
September 7, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE - When Pennsylvania's youngest Democratic delegate spotted Julián Castro, the 37-year-old San Antonio mayor and convention keynote speaker, she burst through a couple of handlers, touched his arm, and said: "You are awesome!" Earlier, 18-year-old Alaysha Claiborne had wrapped her arms around civil rights hero U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.). "Thank you," she told him. "You're welcome," Lewis replied. The daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and an African American father, this freshman at Temple University quickly became the heart, soul, and inspiration of Pennsylvania Democrats here this week, injecting an energy that has allowed veteran politicos to experience the convention through her young eyes.
September 5, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE - The speaking gig was already a big deal for Mayor Nutter: an evening slot on the rostrum of the Democratic National Convention. Some of the mayor's big-name Democratic compatriots, like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, aren't speaking at all, while others, like Newark Mayor Cory Booker, were assigned earlier, less-visible times. "I was already excited," Nutter said in an interview Wednesday afternoon. Excited, that is, before he got a call this week from President Obama's campaign.