February 21, 2015 |
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.
February 18, 2015 |
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.
February 2, 2015 |
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.
January 30, 2015 |
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.
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.