November 20, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Former City Councilman Frank Rizzo, son of the legendary Philadelphia mayor, officially changed his party registration to Democratic on Monday in hope of running in the party's 2015 mayoral primary. Since losing his Council seat in 2011 - in part because of his participation in the controversial early retirement program known as DROP - Rizzo, who served on Council as a Republican, had been registered as an independent. He had maintained a low profile of late. But on Monday he raised that profile, appearing with the city Democratic chairman, U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, to rejoin the party.
November 8, 2013 |
Rep. Bob Brady (D., Pa.) had warned the city's political foot soldiers Election Day would be slow, quiet. "I told my committee people, 'Not much you can do about this one,' " he said Wednesday. " 'But be prepared. It won't be like this next year.' " After a low-turnout, off-year election that once again featured little Republican resistance, Philadelphia's political attention will shift quickly to the big races on the horizon - the governor's next year and the mayoral contest in 2015.
November 7, 2013 |
ASBURY PARK, N.J. - Gov. Christie, who wooed New Jersey with candor, humor, and gruffness and then cemented broad support with a willingness to cross party lines after Sandy, cruised to a landslide reelection victory Tuesday on the way to what his constituents say is an inevitable campaign for the presidency in 2016. The Republican, who governed this Democratic-leaning state as a pragmatic conservative over his first four years in office, won the largest share of the vote of any statewide Republican candidate in 28 years, with exit polls showing he increased his support from minorities, women, and Democrats from when he was first elected in 2009.
October 24, 2013 |
TRENTON A majority of Assembly Democrats are poised to replace Speaker Sheila Oliver, an Essex County Democrat, with Assemblyman Vincent Prieto in the next legislative term, they announced Tuesday. In a statement signed by 41 of the 48 Democrats who control New Jersey's 80-member Assembly and released by Prieto (D., Hudson) and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D., Camden), Democrats said Oliver had "met each and every challenge with the grace, compassion, and determination that is becoming of a great leader.
August 5, 2013 |
With separate acts defying Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage, Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes have pushed the contentious cultural issue to the forefront of state politics. The two Democrats are forcing Gov. Corbett to defend the ban amid growing public support for gay matrimony, handing their party a weapon with which to try to define the governor and other Republicans as intolerant and out of touch heading into the 2014 election.
June 17, 2013 |
TRENTON - Three days last week, Republican Gov. Christie appeared publicly - and glowingly - alongside Democrats. Tuesday alone, he collected endorsements in his reelection campaign from North Jersey's dominant Democratic power broker, a Democratic state senator, and five Democratic mayors. The coup came Friday, when he lectured national leaders on "cooperation" - alongside none other than former President and Democratic hero Bill Clinton. The governor may be conservative enough to defund Planned Parenthood, reject a minimum-wage hike, and keep same-sex marriage out of his state.
May 22, 2013 |
It may come as a surprise to many Pennsylvania voters, but Tuesday is primary election day, with balloting to choose party candidates for judgeships and a variety of local offices throughout the state's 67 counties. In Philadelphia, the marquee race is a three-way contest for city controller between incumbent Alan Butkovitz, who has held the post as the city's financial watchdog the last eight years, and challengers Brett Mandel and Mark Zecca. The city's voters will also be nominating candidates for six vacant judgeships on Common Pleas Court, three on Municipal Court, and three more on Traffic Court, where a ticket-fixing scandal has spurred legislative efforts to abolish the court before any more judges can be seated.
May 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama passed the 100-day mark of his second term facing questions about whether his political capital is already disappearing. Republicans took delight in his discomfort. But they have their own 100-day question to answer: What have they done since November to turn around their fortunes? The president has had a difficult spring. His gun legislation, though it mustered more than 50 votes, was blocked in the Senate. His advisers are more optimistic about immigration reform, but the measure still faces serious obstacles, especially in the House.
May 5, 2013
Michael Silverstein is the author of "Fifteen Feet Beneath Manhattan" Looking at the Democratic Party these days from a progressive perspective, one can't help but think of that old blues lyric: "You've been a good old wagon, but you've done broke down. " The broke-down wagon here is a Democratic Party that has moved away from its economic roots. It's now a party not only supported financially by Wall Street and other very rich backers, but intellectually supportive of those at the top as well, at the expense of traditional Democratic constituencies.
April 25, 2013
Center-left leader is tapped in Italy ROME - Italy's president appointed Enrico Letta as prime minister-designate Wednesday, asking him to form a coalition government representing Italy's main parties to end two months of paralysis. Letta, 46, a center-left lawmaker, said he accepted knowing that it's an enormous responsibility and that Italy's political class "has lost all credibility. " President Giorgio Napolitano charged Letta with putting together a coalition government of the Democratic Party and the center-right party of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the two biggest blocs in parliament.