December 23, 2014
THE PARADE of Philadelphia politicians in trouble with the law seems to grow larger each passing month. Last week, state Reps. Ronald Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown were charged with accepting bribes offered by a fake lobbyist as part of a sting operation. District Attorney Seth Williams is continuing his investigation of two other state legislators about their possible involvement in taking money from the same "lobbyist. " Last month, state Sen. LeAnna Washington pleaded guilty to using her Senate office staff to raise money for her campaign.
December 17, 2014 |
They like Hillary in 2016. But they want her to fight for it first. A national poll from Monmouth University released Monday finds that Hillary Rodham Clinton is the top choice of Democrats as the party's next presidential nominee, though a substantial number also think she should be challenged in a primary. When asked whom they would like to see as the party's candidate, 48 percent of respondents volunteered Clinton's name, to 6 percent for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and 2 percent each for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Vice President Biden.
December 11, 2014
OBAMA wants 90 days to come up with a solution. I got one in 90 seconds: Make every police officer obey the laws of the land and the regulations of the police force. When that cop killed that brother in NYC with that chokehold, it was already against the department regulations. If the regulations had been enforced, the brother would not have been killed. Cops talk about law and order, but when they're on the street they are the very first ones to break the law. James Morton Philadelphia Michael Brown and Eric Garner are not dead because of racism.
November 6, 2014 |
U.S. Rep. Robert Brady (D., Phila) spent Tuesday running from polling place to polling place, reaching out individually to constituents with an appeal as personal as it gets. "I bought people lunches. Sometimes I had to reach into my own pocket and give somebody an extra 30 bucks," he said Wednesday. "I'd say, 'Just do this for me.' And, you know what, they did. And we won. " At the end of the day, Brady, as Democratic Party chairman in Philadelphia, had managed to rally his "constituents" - his party's ward leaders and committee people - to ignore a significant slight by the top of their ticket and deliver a 280,000-vote margin for gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, despite Wolf's refusal to provide Election Day "street money" for party workers.
October 28, 2014 |
The latest registration numbers offer a stark message for Pennsylvania Democrats and Republicans: Voters who don't identify with either party are a growing force. Since 2010, registered voters unaligned with either party in the state's five southeastern counties jumped from about 346,000 to more than 371,000, the records show. In the same span, Democrats lost 38,699 voters in the region; registered Republicans fell by 57,627. The trend occurred during a stretch when registration overall dipped and in a state whose closed primaries by their nature reward voters who affiliate with a party.
October 20, 2014 |
As usual, the motherlode for Pennsylvania's gubernatorial candidates this November isn't in coal country or around the Marcellus Shale. It's in and around Philadelphia. The city and Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties account for more than 33 percent of Pennsylvania's registered voters, according to the latest totals. "Victory in statewide elections run through the Philly suburbs," said Chris Borick, director of Muhlenberg College's Institute of Public Opinion.
June 28, 2014 |
Jimmie Moore, a retired Philadelphia Municipal Court judge, was the only candidate to knock off an incumbent Democratic ward leader during the party's quadrennial reorganization this month. That's no easy task: The process of picking the 69 neighborhood political leaders can be contentious, and incumbents are notoriously difficult to unseat. Then, days after a chaotic meeting in North Philadelphia's 32d Ward, the incumbent, Gary Williams, challenged Moore's victory before the Democratic City Committee.
May 23, 2014 |
In Philadelphia, political underdogs usually have a tough time getting much traction without the requisite endorsements and donors, especially in low-turnout elections. Tuesday's primary - with a modest turnout estimated at 20 percent - held to that form, with upstarts around the city making minimal progress against the establishment. Meanwhile, candidates with money and support from Local 98 of the Electricians did particularly well, burnishing the union's position and reputation a year away from the next mayoral primary.
April 7, 2014
The rusty Philadelphia Democratic machine is stuck. Its leaders say they don't know what to do in the wake of an abandoned sting that allegedly recorded four state representatives taking cash from a lobbyist turned informant. But there is plenty they can do. First of all, the four state representatives implicated in the sting should be removed from the official party ballot distributed to voters on the day of the primary election, May 20. That would send a message that the party won't support candidates who face such serious allegations.