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)
January 22, 2016 |
Let the record show that Wednesday's public meeting of the Philadelphia City Commissioners came and went without a word spoken about the work habits, voting record, renewed chairmanship, and half-million-dollar pension expectations of the man running the meeting, Commissioner Anthony Clark. But within minutes of the meeting's end, a key voice that had been silent in recent days about Clark's various issues was speaking out loudly and angrily. "He's an absolute disgrace," said U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, longtime chairman of the city's Democratic Party.
January 20, 2016 |
Colleen S. Alexander, 89, of Wyndmoor, a leader of the Democratic Party in Montgomery County and an active party worker long before women routinely took that path, died Saturday, Jan. 9, at Cathedral Village of congestive heart failure. Women are eminently suited for "the great game of politics," Mrs. Alexander told the Chestnut Hill Local in 1968. "I'd like to see more women involved in all aspects of politics," she told the paper. "We're naturals! From our homes we have more contact with the community than men. Usually, we have more knowledge of what's taking place in our immediate area.
October 22, 2015 |
A big campaign endorsement for an independent candidate for City Council on Tuesday could develop into a major political headache for Mayor Nutter. Nutter endorsed Andrew Stober, a former member of the his administration, who is vying in the Nov. 3 general election for one of the two at-large City Council seats reserved by law for members of minority parties. Traditionally that has meant Republicans. But Nutter is not just the mayor. He is also the West Philadelphia 52d Ward's Democratic leader, a post he has held for a quarter-century.
October 7, 2015 |
Conservative voters angry at the political establishment have pushed outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson to the top of the Republican presidential field. On the left, Democrats have their own strain of discontent, personified in the presidential race by the soaring popularity of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his attacks on billionaires and capitalist greed. That frustration also has inspired liberals to enter Democratic primaries for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania and several other swing states, taking on candidates anointed by national party leaders.
August 31, 2015 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Hillary Rodham Clinton sought Friday to reassert her status as the inevitable standard-bearer for the Democrats, rousing a roomful of party leaders with sharp attacks on the Republicans as insensitive and out of touch. "This election is about who best understands the pressures facing the families of America and the challenges facing us in the world, and who has the skills and tenacity to tackle them," Clinton said in an aggressive speech during the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee.
August 25, 2015
Don't stop the press It's about time somebody gave overdue credit to journalists and newspapers. As a graduate of Temple's journalism school and onetime radio news reporter, I have had almost a lifelong relationship with the people and products of this challenging industry. I shudder at the claim that print media is an endangered species because, in addition to the reasons cited by former Inquirer publisher Brian Tierney ("Why newspaper content counts for all of us," Aug. 16), journalism has been a source of and a training ground for many artful and trustworthy writers.
August 19, 2015 |
LESS THAN 7 PERCENT of the 48,069 registered voters actually bothered to cast ballots in last week's special election to fill the vacant 195th Legislative District state House seat, according to unofficial results the Daily News received yesterday. City Commissioners Chairman Anthony Clark can relate. The Brewerytown resident who lives in the North Philadelphia district was among those who didn't exercise their right to vote, the People Paper has learned. That's ironic given that Clark's duties also require him to serve on the Board of Elections, which oversees city elections.
July 23, 2015 |
Jim Burn, chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party since 2010, said Tuesday that he is resigning and told party leaders they will elect a new chairman when they meet in September. Burn, in a YouTube video e-mailed to state Democratic Committee members, said his decision was driven by the controversy that flared last summer when he refused to step aside to let Tom Wolf, then the Democratic nominee for governor, install his own party leader. That controversy continues to "resonate," said Burn, who raised the possibility of resigning last month when party leaders met in Allentown.