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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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March 29, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stephanie Singer's tumultuous first term as one of three city commissioners overseeing Philadelphia elections is shaping up to be her last. Singer had just 996 signatures remaining on her nomination petitions at the conclusion of a four-day legal challenge that ended late Thursday and won't be decided till at least next week. She needed at least 1,000 signatures from registered Democrats in the city to stay on the May 19 primary election ballot. But one out of every three of the 1,485 signatures she had filed on March 10 were either withdrawn or ordered stricken by Common Pleas Court Judge Joel Johnson.
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March 27, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former State Sen T. Milton Street Sr. will remain on Philadelphia's May 19 Democratic primary ballot for mayor after a judge ruled Wednesday against a challenger who claimed Street lives in New Jersey. Common Pleas Judge Chris Wogan ruled that the challenge filed by lawyer Kevin Greenberg was flawed because it was based on a 78-year-old law that was not relevant. Greenberg's challenge centered on a 1937 revision of the state Election Code, which essentially says a candidate lives where his spouse and family live.
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March 26, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER & BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writers benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
STRANGE DAY at the polls in the Far Northeast. For 13 hours yesterday, labor unions accustomed to working shoulder-to-shoulder found themselves eye-to-eye on the battlefield, getting out the vote for two political novices in a low-profile special election on the fringe of the city. It was quite civil on the surface. But a civil war was raging underneath. Organized labor split apart and provided troops to both candidates. Some took up arms for the Republican. Orders are orders.
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March 22, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Emanuel "Manny" Morales is in for the fight. The Philadelphia City Council candidate, who came under fire this week after a political rival pointed out racist, antigay, and anti-poor-people messages on his Facebook page, said Friday that he is staying in the May 19 primary to determine the Democratic Party's candidate in the Seventh District. "We will continue doing like we did with our petitions," said Morales, who until this week was the Democratic Party's endorsed candidate, "knocking on doors and visiting every single person in the district.
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March 19, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
One day after being accused of posting racist, antigay, and anti-poor-people messages on Facebook, the Democratic Party-backed candidate for Philadelphia's Seventh City Council District seat said his page was hacked. "Anything that you find from my Facebook that has to do with any type of derogatory comments, has never been from me," Emanuel "Manny" Morales said Tuesday. Morales said the messages, which date from 2010 to 2014, were not posted by him. He had no explanation for how they came to be there other than to say that people get hacked.
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March 18, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia City Councilwoman María Quiñones Sánchez has asked the Democratic Party to withdraw its support of her challenger in the May primary because of posts on his Facebook page that she says are racist, misogynistic, and against Democratic values. The Inquirer reviewed Emanuel "Manny" Morales' Facebook page Monday and found some posts that could be considered objectionable. One was a photo comparing a black man jaywalking to an animal using an overhead walkway that included this comment said to be from Morales: "This shows who is an animal?
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March 14, 2015 | Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
T. Milton Street Sr. is hoping that the third time truly will be a charm. After the weather twice derailed his plans to formally announce a run for the Democratic mayoral nomination, Street managed to pull off the campaign tradition Thursday evening at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in North Philadelphia. The question remains, however, whether he will be able to stay on the ballot until the May 19 primary. Street changed his voter registration in 2012 to "independent" to unsuccessfully run in a special election for the 197th District state House seat.
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March 14, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
When a smug political machine sends dutiful functionaries to Harrisburg whose chief responsibilities are to back the party, vote as instructed when instructed, and collect a paycheck, it should come as no surprise when arrests occur. Democratic State Reps. Louise Bishop, Michelle Brownlee, Ronald Waters, and Vanessa Lowery Brown, all of Philadelphia, didn't have the decency to resign after The Inquirer reported in March 2014 that they had been recorded taking cash from an undercover informant in a sting conducted by the state Attorney General's Office.
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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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