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November 10, 2002 | By Larry Eichel
To give you an idea of how desperate the Democrats are post-election, a number of party strategists have expressed a longing for the days of Bill Clinton. The fellow they miss is not the one who messed around with Monica Lewinsky and put the nation through the agony of impeachment. Or the one who used the Lincoln Bedroom as his private fund-raising tool. Or whose campaign efforts this fall didn't amount to much. No, the Bill Clinton they remember fondly is the candidate who got elected twice as a New Democrat, sounding as if he had some fresh ideas.
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June 10, 1990 | By Alan Sipress, Inquirer Staff Writer
The primary elections in Camden County last week were not exactly a textbook case of true democracy at work. After all, fewer than one-seventh of the eligible voters went to the polls. But the contested Democratic primary did provide two lessons about the workings of Camden County's long-dominant Democratic Party. For one, the Democratic organization proved that personalities can come and go but the party persists. Four of the seven seats at the freeholder table stay warm with Democratic bodies; only the nameplates change.
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December 4, 1988 | By Katharine Seelye, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the wake of the Democrats' statewide debacle at the ballot box last month, party officials yesterday announced a plan to give themselves more control in the campaign process. Foremost among the changes, said state party Chairman Larry Yatch, is that from now on the party - not the governor - will decide which candidates to endorse in future statewide elections. The party's next endorsements will come at its March 11 meeting, when it picks candidates to run in the May 16 primary.
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September 14, 2012 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - "Police investigate break-in at Democratic Party headquarters. " For those of a certain age that headline may sound familiar. Only this time, almost 40 years after GOP operatives burglarized the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington, the target was Pennsylvania state Democratic Party headquarters in Harrisburg. City police say on July 11, party officials reported someone had entered their eighth-floor downtown Harrisburg offices overnight and removed two laptops and a camcorder.
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September 22, 2002 | By Steven Thomma INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
When it comes to war with Iraq, this is not your father's Democratic Party. At least not if your father protested the war in Vietnam, voted for peace candidate George McGovern, or thought Michael Dukakis looked good in that tank. The coming vote in Congress on war with Iraq is revealing a new Democratic Party, one desperate to shed the antiwar, antimilitary reflex that defined it from Vietnam through the Persian Gulf war. First popularized by challenges to President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 over Vietnam, antiwar and antimilitary sentiments prevailed in the party for a quarter-century.
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August 25, 1989 | By Michael L. Rozansky and Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Buck Scott, the homespun chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee, will step down within the next few months, acknowledging that the party needs a leader with more time and commitment. Scott, a two-term party leader whose re-election a year ago surprised even himself, told Democratic officials last week that his resignation would take effect when the 54-member executive committee chooses a successor, probably after the November elections. "I felt the committee needed a leader who could give it more time and effort than what I'm in a position to give," said Scott, 60, a Wynnewood resident, who runs Electrical Energy Enterprises Inc. in Narberth.
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May 12, 1986 | By S.A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
If everything were going right, 1986 would still be a year when Burlington County Democrats would have a lot to worry about. They face another election year against the high profile and high finances of the county Republican Party. But everything is not going right. In the last few days, leaders of the county Democratic Party have been fighting more with one another than getting ready to attack the entrenched GOP. It all started when Sheriff Francis P. "Luke" Brennan, who will retire in November after 27 years in office, said last week he wanted to be chairman of the county Democratic committee.
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May 2, 2009
May the Democrats enjoy having Sen. Arlen Specter among their ranks as much as we Republicans did for the past 43 years. Ted Meehan Newtown Square tmeehan@arczip.com Sen. Arlen Specter's defection is welcome news to the Democratic Party. He is a man who is respected for speaking his mind and voting his conscience. Specter is quoted as saying: "My party affiliation does not mean that I will be a party-line voter any more for the Democrats than I was for the Republicans.
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October 28, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 20, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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June 28, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 23, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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March 24, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Four of Philadelphia's 26 state representatives are running for reelection under a cloud, implicated in a crime by the state attorney general but not charged with anything. The legal limbo, arising from an aborted sting operation, vexes leaders of the dominant city Democratic Party, who say they don't want to appear tolerant of corruption but also are reluctant to abandon their colleagues. The consensus: Sit tight. Only one of the four House members has any opposition in the May 20 primary.
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March 16, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
To Lucress Irizarry, the July 2012 birthday party for State Sen. LeAnna Washington was like any other laid-back summer gathering. About 100 casually dressed guests milled beneath a tent on the lawn of Fairmount Park's Belmont Mansion, some holding plates of quiche and chicken from the buffet. As the afternoon sun fell, guests sat at round tables or danced to music from a DJ. "It was really nice," said Irizarry, who co-owns a photography company that Washington hired to shoot the event.
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March 12, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
CITY COMMISSIONER Stephanie Singer, part of a three-member panel that oversees elections in Philadelphia, has a problem with the way her political party will select a candidate today for a vacant City Council at-large seat. Singer, in an email Sunday to about 4,000 people on her campaign list, questioned the "accountability" and "transparency" in the Democratic process. Singer said in other Pennsylvania counties, candidates for a special election are voted on by a political party's committee members, who are elected by voters.
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March 6, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN & JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writers brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
CITY COUNCIL President Darrell Clarke announced yesterday that there will be a special election to fill the at-large Council seat vacated by Bill Green, who moved on to chair the School Reform Commission last month. It will be held May 20, the day of the primary election. "This will be a one-step election. Whoever wins on that day will be the councilperson upon certificate of the election results," Clarke said. The Council president was careful to open the referendum to all interested parties - Democrats, Republicans and independents alike.
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