March 4, 2015 |
IT'S NO SECRET that Philly is a foodie town, so I imagine plenty of our readers will be tuning in to Fox 29 tonight to catch Season 14 of "Hell's Kitchen," starring grueling gourmand Gordon Ramsay . Two Philly locals will compete among 18 others for a chance at a cash prize and to be given a top spot in one of Ramsay's kitchens. "When I met him, I was in awe," said Christine Hazel , 32, originally from Levittown but a transplant to Philly three years ago. Not long after relocating, Hazel took over as the chef adviser to Chickie's & Pete's locations in Philly and South Jersey.
December 31, 2014 |
More than just Philadelphians have an interest in who will replace Mayor Nutter in City Hall in 2016. The Democratic National Committee has been asking about the coming mayor's race as well, according to U.S. Rep. Robert Brady (D., Pa.). Chiefly, the committee needed an assurance that the next mayor will want the Democrats to bring their 2016 convention here as badly as the current holder of the office does. Brady, as part of the city's latest sales pitch to the DNC, offered an unqualified yes. "I told them that anybody who wants to be mayor in this town has to come through me at least a little bit, and I've talked to every major potential candidate," he said Monday.
November 19, 2014 |
THE FIVE-CITY competition to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention now shifts from cheerleading to check-cutting. Philadelphia should know in about two months whether the city wins the convention, a group of local legal, labor and corporate leaders were told yesterday in a closed-door meeting at City Hall. The job between now and then is to raise enough cash to look viable to the Democratic National Committee. Sources familiar with the meeting said a goal of raising $5 million by mid-January was set. Philadelphia hosted DNC officials in August in a two-day series of rah-rah events showcasing enthusiasm and capacity.
August 15, 2014 |
In Philadelphia, any time is the right time for a cheesesteak - which is why, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, members of the committee deciding whether the city will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention found themselves at Pat's King of Steaks, eating wit or wit'out under the glare of television cameras. It's a political ritual usually reserved for candidates, but in this case, Frank Olivieri, owner of Pat's, ponied up the sandwiches for the greater good. "I think it's amazing for Philadelphia," said Olivieri, who believes the city will reap economic benefits if the Democrats choose it over rivals Birmingham, Ala.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Columbus, Ohio; and Phoenix, Ariz.
June 7, 2013 |
BOSTON - Fearful of another surprise Republican victory, Democrats are pouring money into the Massachusetts Senate race to succeed John Kerry and dispatching President Obama to the state to rally party loyalists two weeks before the election. Republicans are watching closely to see if the contest tightens enough to justify spending big on TV ads to try to repeat the shocker of 2010 when the GOP unexpectedly seized a seat long in Democratic hands. Until now, the special election set for June 25 has garnered little attention inside Massachusetts after the marathon bombings, much less outside the state.
January 4, 2010 |
PENNSYLVANIA'S race for the U.S. Senate already has attracted the national political microscope, and that attention is sure to spread to the primary and general elections for governor. As a result, the candidates seeking to replace Gov. Rendell may spend as much time talking about national issues like health-care reform, financial oversight for Wall Street and climate change as they will on statewide topics. Attorney General Tom Corbett, the front-runner in the GOP primary for governor, took the national plunge last week on health-care reform.
September 28, 2007 |
The Oct. 30 Philadelphia debate among the eight Democratic presidential candidates will take place at Drexel University. Philip Terranova, the university's vice president for university relations, made the announcement Friday morning. Such details as the availability of tickets were not immediately available. The debate, which has been officially sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee, will be produced by NBC News and televised on MSNBC.
September 2, 2007
A dispute between the Democratic National Committee and Florida Democrats shows how broken the presidential primary system has become. The DNC ordered the Florida Democratic Party to move back its planned Jan. 29 primary or lose the state's 210 delegates to next year's party convention in Denver. The action is intended to prevent Florida and other states from leapfrogging ahead of traditional early primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. If the Florida Democratic Party doesn't comply, it would turn the presidential primary in the nation's fourth-largest state into a meaningless "beauty contest.
October 20, 2005 |
Things seem fairly bleak for the Republicans. Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been hobbled, at least temporarily, by an indictment. Karl Rove may soon be indicted. Bill Frist faces an investigation of his stock sales. George W. Bush isn't getting any credit for the successes in Iraq, and his nomination of a certain Supreme Court nominee has been troubled from the get-go. Republicans and conservatives are bickering as never before. The Merlot Man, however, is another story. You may know him as Howard Dean, chair of the Democratic National Committee.
December 3, 2004 |
Republicans and the Democrats broke fund-raising records this year, but for the first time since the mid-1970s, the Democratic National Committee raised more money than the Republican National Committee. The DNC reported yesterday that it raised $389.8 million from Jan. 1, 2003, to Nov. 22, 2004, compared with $385.3 million by the RNC. At least $23 million of the DNC's total comes from presidential nominee John Kerry's leftover primary money, while the RNC's total reflects $11.3 million that President Bush transferred to it from his primary campaign fund after the election.