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.
March 24, 2014 |
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.
March 16, 2014 |
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.
March 12, 2014 |
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.
March 6, 2014 |
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.
February 18, 2014 |
Maria Quiñones Sánchez has never been beloved by Philadelphia's political power structure - she has twice won her seat on City Council despite opposition from the Democratic Party and with some of the biggest donors supporting her opponent. She's unlikely to gain much popularity with her latest move - backing a slate of four upstart candidates in races for the state House and Senate seats that overlap her Council district. She has strong ties to the candidates. One is her husband, Tomas, and the others have been aides in her Council office.
February 3, 2014
Is recently arrested State Rep. J.P. Miranda the face of Philadelphia's Democratic Party? The rookie legislator once worked for prominent city Democrats such as Mayor Nutter, Council President Darrell Clarke, and State Sen. Shirley Kitchen. What did he learn from them? Is the party represented by his sister and codefendant, Michelle Wilson, who worked for Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.? Or is the face of the party Ray Jones? He was recently the subject of a scathing federal audit of a charity he operates, having paid himself, the sole employee, $346,000 over three years.
November 20, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Former City Councilman Frank Rizzo, son of the legendary Philadelphia mayor, officially changed his party registration to Democratic on Monday in hope of running in the party's 2015 mayoral primary. Since losing his Council seat in 2011 - in part because of his participation in the controversial early retirement program known as DROP - Rizzo, who served on Council as a Republican, had been registered as an independent. He had maintained a low profile of late. But on Monday he raised that profile, appearing with the city Democratic chairman, U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, to rejoin the party.
November 8, 2013 |
Rep. Bob Brady (D., Pa.) had warned the city's political foot soldiers Election Day would be slow, quiet. "I told my committee people, 'Not much you can do about this one,' " he said Wednesday. " 'But be prepared. It won't be like this next year.' " After a low-turnout, off-year election that once again featured little Republican resistance, Philadelphia's political attention will shift quickly to the big races on the horizon - the governor's next year and the mayoral contest in 2015.
November 7, 2013 |
ASBURY PARK, N.J. - Gov. Christie, who wooed New Jersey with candor, humor, and gruffness and then cemented broad support with a willingness to cross party lines after Sandy, cruised to a landslide reelection victory Tuesday on the way to what his constituents say is an inevitable campaign for the presidency in 2016. The Republican, who governed this Democratic-leaning state as a pragmatic conservative over his first four years in office, won the largest share of the vote of any statewide Republican candidate in 28 years, with exit polls showing he increased his support from minorities, women, and Democrats from when he was first elected in 2009.