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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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February 21, 2015 | By Amy Worden and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - When the state Democratic Party holds its winter meeting this weekend, the primary agenda item is a routine one: picking candidates for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and other judicial races. But roiling below the surface is a widening rift that is raising questions about - and possible challenges to - the leadership of the party, as well as its relevance and role in the high-stakes races in 2016. At the same time Democrats are celebrating a historic victory in the 2014 governor's race, they convene in Hershey on Friday with the GOP holding a record majority in the state House, two people who had been bright stars of the party in legal trouble, and talk of pushing out party chairman Jim Burn.
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February 18, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez won two terms in office without support of Philadelphia's Democratic Party. The third time will not be a charm for Sánchez. A dozen ward leaders in Quiñones Sanchez's Seventh District gathered Monday to endorse a candidate in the May 19 Democratic primary. Sánchez and the ward leaders disagree on whether she was even invited to attend the meeting. Everyone agrees that the leaders of 11 wards that make up the Seventh District voted to endorse Manny Morales, a committeeman in the 62d Ward, who last week resigned as a labor law investigator for the state Department of Labor and Industry.
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February 2, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Vice President Biden, speaking in Philadelphia on Friday morning, urged fellow Democrats to be proud of the work they did to dig out of the financial crisis, saying they should use the burgeoning recovery as proof that their policies worked - and Republicans' didn't. "The Republican Party is going to try to claim this resurgence," Biden told House Democrats, meeting at the Society Hill Sheraton. "It's a bunch of malarkey. " But, he said, "if we don't speak up and reassert the case we made, it may stick politically.
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January 30, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Gov. Wolf - one of Democrats' few bright spots last Election Day - urged House Democrats to remain confident in their values Wednesday as they gathered in Philadelphia for days of meetings aimed at building a strategy that better connects with voters. "I acknowledged that we Democrats and members of Congress are probably doing a lot of soul-searching, given what happened in November," Wolf said in an interview after his address to House Democrats meeting at the Society Hill Sheraton.
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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.
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December 17, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
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.
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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.
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November 6, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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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