May 18, 2016 |
On any given day, about 700 people are living unsheltered in the streets, train stations, or covered alcoves of Philadelphia. Most stake out space in four Center City locations where the city now wants to focus a new outreach program to connect people with services they need. The city's Office of Supportive Housing on Monday announced details of a new homeless outreach strategy targeting Rittenhouse Square and the areas around the Avenue of the Arts, the Convention Center, and Independence Hall during the morning and evening commutes and lunchtime.
May 17, 2016 |
NEWS FLASH: Bernie Sanders is likely to lose the Democratic nomination for president. As disappointing as that outcome would be for his ardent supporters, the Vermont senator already can claim a win. His challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton has defined the issue agenda for the party, forcing her to move left. His success shows the pendulum is swinging away from the pro-corporate centrism that has been national Democrats' dominant ideology for nearly 30 years. Sanders has won 19 states and more than 9 million votes by railing against global free-trade pacts, calling for the breakup of big banks, and advocating for free public college tuition and single-payer health care.
May 9, 2016 |
Currents political commentators T.J. Rooney and Alan Novak discuss whether presumptive nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton can unite their respective parties and build campaigns that produce coattails that benefit other candidates. T.J. Rooney is a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party Alan Novak is a former chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania R ooney: It is clear after Indiana that Sen. Bernie Sanders intends to continue to campaign and, as he says, take his candidacy and delegates to the convention.
May 5, 2016
By Craig Snyder A movement arises within and surrounding a major American political party, a movement that rejects and condemns the official and unofficial establishment of that party's leadership. The party "establishment" is vilified as corrupt and corrupting. National leaders in the party, at both the presidential and congressional level, have to fear first, maybe even mostly, their primary elections. They can afford less and less to position themselves for the broad American political center because they must survive ideological purity contests in primaries within their party.
April 27, 2016
Republicans are a more ideological party than Democrats, but ideology has mattered less in the GOP primaries this year than in the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton is in a nearly unassailable position to win her party's nomination. But assuming she prevails, her primary fight with Sanders has underscored weaknesses she will have to deal with to win in November. And Donald Trump's move toward moderation on social issues last week reflects not only his campaign's understanding that he cannot win as a far-right candidate, but also his need to tread carefully to maintain the crazy-quilt coalition he has built in the GOP primaries.
April 21, 2016 |
Get a kick out of this: 57 painted fiberglass donkeys are coming to town. The Democratic National Convention's host committee announced Tuesday that the painted donkeys - representing the 50 states, five U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, and Democrats abroad - will be scattered across Center City to drum up excitement for the convention and draw tourists to different parts of town. "It did come out of my fertile and overactive mind, but it had some rational basis," said former Gov. Ed Rendell, chair of the host committee, at a news conference announcing the donkeys.
April 11, 2016
ISSUE | ENERGY Pipelines mean jobs "A Pipeline for Growth," a report by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, is a practical blueprint for natural-gas infrastructure development that will ensure Pennsylvania's economic future. The report outlines the economic benefits of creating infrastructure to brand Philadelphia as the next global energy hub. Building pipelines to transport natural gas and natural-gas liquids will: Spur an energy and manufacturing boom benefiting the regional economy.
March 16, 2016
ISSUE | PATRONAGE Brady should heed the bar When it comes to determining who will become a local judge, U.S. Rep. Robert Brady has more power than anyone else in Philadelphia. How ironic that he is shifting blame to District Attorney Seth Williams for the Democratic Party's support of a judicial candidate, Scott DiClaudio, who was publicly disciplined for incompetent and unethical conduct as a criminal defense lawyer ("Judge receives a public rebuke," Thursday). The Philadelphia Bar Association has repeatedly requested that the Democratic Party endorse only judicial candidates who are "recommended" following its independent and thorough investigation process.
January 23, 2016
ISSUE | PHILADELPHIA PAYROLL Clark's pay misused Philadelphia schools go begging to taxpayers for funds to operate while Anthony Clark, chairman of the City Commissioners, is paid $138,612 a year for a low-show job. When he retires, he'll collect more than $10,000 a month in benefits plus a lump-sum payout of about $500,000 from the Deferred Retirement Option Plan. Can you imagine what else goes on in this city? No wonder the schools have no money. |Arnold Einfalt, Voorhees Blame it on Brady U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, longtime chairman of the Democratic Party in Philadelphia, has asked Anthony Clark, chairman of the City Commissioners, to "just resign as chairman and show up" for work ("Brady: Clark a 'disgrace,' " Thursday)