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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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June 8, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Burn, chairman of the state Democratic Party, may be on his way out and Gov. Wolf apparently already has his successor in mind - Montgomery County Democratic Chairman Marcel Groen. Burn, an attorney from Allegheny County, said in an interview Saturday that he told party regional caucus leaders in a meeting in Allentown on Friday that he was considering resigning the post he has held since 2010. That news comes five months before the Nov. 3 general election, which includes Democrats running statewide for seats on the state's Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Commonwealth Court.
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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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July 23, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 8, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Burn, chairman of the state Democratic Party, may be on his way out and Gov. Wolf apparently already has his successor in mind - Montgomery County Democratic Chairman Marcel Groen. Burn, an attorney from Allegheny County, said in an interview Saturday that he told party regional caucus leaders in a meeting in Allentown on Friday that he was considering resigning the post he has held since 2010. That news comes five months before the Nov. 3 general election, which includes Democrats running statewide for seats on the state's Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Commonwealth Court.
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May 21, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
Two Philadelphia City Council incumbents, including 15-year veteran W. Wilson Goode Jr., failed to win the Democratic Party's endorsement Tuesday, guaranteeing there will be four new members on the 17-seat legislative body next year. Goode and Councilman Ed Neilson, both at-large members, were outpolled by three newcomers - Derek Green, former aide to retiring Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco; Allan Domb, a developer known as the city's "condo king"; and education activist Helen Gym - who were seeking to become among the party's five at-large nominees.
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May 21, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
IN THE Democratic at-large City Council race, the political status quo was shaken, although not to its core. Voters ousted two incumbents - Wilson Goode Jr. and Ed Neilson - and embraced two others, longtime Council members Blondell Reynolds Brown and Bill Greenlee. And fresh faces emerged as voters elevated rising stars within the city's Democratic party: Real-estate guru Allan Domb. Education activist Helen Gym. And lawyer Derek Green, who worked behind the scenes in city government for years as special counsel to 9th District Councilwoman Marian Tasco.
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May 19, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city commissioners' offices that line one hallway in City Hall have one of the most important civic duties come Tuesday: overseeing the election. In that same election, voters will decide whom they would like to supervise the elections in 2016 and the three following years. Given the mayor's race and some contested City Council races, there's been little talk about the commissioners race. But that doesn't mean it's not important, said David Thornburgh, CEO of the Committee of Seventy, who called what the commissioners do "significant.
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May 7, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
THE PHILADELPHIA Bar Association yesterday released its final list of ratings of judicial candidates for the May 19 primary, and as in the past, the bar's picks don't line up with the Democratic Party's. Five candidates who previously won the endorsement of the Democratic City Committee were rated "not recommended" by the bar. They are: Common Pleas Court candidates Scott DiClaudio, Tracy Brandeis-Roman and Lyris Younge; and Municipal Court candidates Sharon Williams Losier and Christine Hope.
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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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