April 21, 2016 |
Get a kick out of this: 57 painted fiberglass donkeys are coming to town. The Democratic National Convention's host committee announced Tuesday that the painted donkeys - representing the 50 states, five U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, and Democrats abroad - will be scattered across Center City to drum up excitement for the convention and draw tourists to different parts of town. "It did come out of my fertile and overactive mind, but it had some rational basis," said former Gov. Ed Rendell, chair of the host committee, at a news conference announcing the donkeys.
April 11, 2016
ISSUE | ENERGY Pipelines mean jobs "A Pipeline for Growth," a report by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, is a practical blueprint for natural-gas infrastructure development that will ensure Pennsylvania's economic future. The report outlines the economic benefits of creating infrastructure to brand Philadelphia as the next global energy hub. Building pipelines to transport natural gas and natural-gas liquids will: Spur an energy and manufacturing boom benefiting the regional economy.
March 16, 2016
ISSUE | PATRONAGE Brady should heed the bar When it comes to determining who will become a local judge, U.S. Rep. Robert Brady has more power than anyone else in Philadelphia. How ironic that he is shifting blame to District Attorney Seth Williams for the Democratic Party's support of a judicial candidate, Scott DiClaudio, who was publicly disciplined for incompetent and unethical conduct as a criminal defense lawyer ("Judge receives a public rebuke," Thursday). The Philadelphia Bar Association has repeatedly requested that the Democratic Party endorse only judicial candidates who are "recommended" following its independent and thorough investigation process.
January 23, 2016
ISSUE | PHILADELPHIA PAYROLL Clark's pay misused Philadelphia schools go begging to taxpayers for funds to operate while Anthony Clark, chairman of the City Commissioners, is paid $138,612 a year for a low-show job. When he retires, he'll collect more than $10,000 a month in benefits plus a lump-sum payout of about $500,000 from the Deferred Retirement Option Plan. Can you imagine what else goes on in this city? No wonder the schools have no money. |Arnold Einfalt, Voorhees Blame it on Brady U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, longtime chairman of the Democratic Party in Philadelphia, has asked Anthony Clark, chairman of the City Commissioners, to "just resign as chairman and show up" for work ("Brady: Clark a 'disgrace,' " Thursday)
January 22, 2016 |
Let the record show that Wednesday's public meeting of the Philadelphia City Commissioners came and went without a word spoken about the work habits, voting record, renewed chairmanship, and half-million-dollar pension expectations of the man running the meeting, Commissioner Anthony Clark. But within minutes of the meeting's end, a key voice that had been silent in recent days about Clark's various issues was speaking out loudly and angrily. "He's an absolute disgrace," said U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, longtime chairman of the city's Democratic Party.
January 20, 2016 |
Colleen S. Alexander, 89, of Wyndmoor, a leader of the Democratic Party in Montgomery County and an active party worker long before women routinely took that path, died Saturday, Jan. 9, at Cathedral Village of congestive heart failure. Women are eminently suited for "the great game of politics," Mrs. Alexander told the Chestnut Hill Local in 1968. "I'd like to see more women involved in all aspects of politics," she told the paper. "We're naturals! From our homes we have more contact with the community than men. Usually, we have more knowledge of what's taking place in our immediate area.
October 22, 2015 |
A big campaign endorsement for an independent candidate for City Council on Tuesday could develop into a major political headache for Mayor Nutter. Nutter endorsed Andrew Stober, a former member of the his administration, who is vying in the Nov. 3 general election for one of the two at-large City Council seats reserved by law for members of minority parties. Traditionally that has meant Republicans. But Nutter is not just the mayor. He is also the West Philadelphia 52d Ward's Democratic leader, a post he has held for a quarter-century.
October 7, 2015 |
Conservative voters angry at the political establishment have pushed outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson to the top of the Republican presidential field. On the left, Democrats have their own strain of discontent, personified in the presidential race by the soaring popularity of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his attacks on billionaires and capitalist greed. That frustration also has inspired liberals to enter Democratic primaries for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania and several other swing states, taking on candidates anointed by national party leaders.
August 31, 2015 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Hillary Rodham Clinton sought Friday to reassert her status as the inevitable standard-bearer for the Democrats, rousing a roomful of party leaders with sharp attacks on the Republicans as insensitive and out of touch. "This election is about who best understands the pressures facing the families of America and the challenges facing us in the world, and who has the skills and tenacity to tackle them," Clinton said in an aggressive speech during the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee.