May 22, 2013 |
It may come as a surprise to many Pennsylvania voters, but Tuesday is primary election day, with balloting to choose party candidates for judgeships and a variety of local offices throughout the state's 67 counties. In Philadelphia, the marquee race is a three-way contest for city controller between incumbent Alan Butkovitz, who has held the post as the city's financial watchdog the last eight years, and challengers Brett Mandel and Mark Zecca. The city's voters will also be nominating candidates for six vacant judgeships on Common Pleas Court, three on Municipal Court, and three more on Traffic Court, where a ticket-fixing scandal has spurred legislative efforts to abolish the court before any more judges can be seated.
May 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama passed the 100-day mark of his second term facing questions about whether his political capital is already disappearing. Republicans took delight in his discomfort. But they have their own 100-day question to answer: What have they done since November to turn around their fortunes? The president has had a difficult spring. His gun legislation, though it mustered more than 50 votes, was blocked in the Senate. His advisers are more optimistic about immigration reform, but the measure still faces serious obstacles, especially in the House.
May 5, 2013
Michael Silverstein is the author of "Fifteen Feet Beneath Manhattan" Looking at the Democratic Party these days from a progressive perspective, one can't help but think of that old blues lyric: "You've been a good old wagon, but you've done broke down. " The broke-down wagon here is a Democratic Party that has moved away from its economic roots. It's now a party not only supported financially by Wall Street and other very rich backers, but intellectually supportive of those at the top as well, at the expense of traditional Democratic constituencies.
April 25, 2013
Center-left leader is tapped in Italy ROME - Italy's president appointed Enrico Letta as prime minister-designate Wednesday, asking him to form a coalition government representing Italy's main parties to end two months of paralysis. Letta, 46, a center-left lawmaker, said he accepted knowing that it's an enormous responsibility and that Italy's political class "has lost all credibility. " President Giorgio Napolitano charged Letta with putting together a coalition government of the Democratic Party and the center-right party of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the two biggest blocs in parliament.
March 29, 2013
Another man is dipping his toe into the pool of potential candidates in the 2015 mayor's race, and it's a familiar name - former City Councilman Frank Rizzo, son of the legendary cop-turned-politician who served as Philadelphia mayor from 1972 through 1979. "I'm going to explore that possibility and maybe get myself involved in that next mayoral primary, as a Democrat," Rizzo said in an interview Wednesday. Rizzo, who turned 70 in early March, was a Republican Council member from 1996 through 2011, winning one of the two at-large seats reserved for non-Democrats.
March 13, 2013 |
EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A mayor who recently won reelection as a Democrat announced Tuesday that he had switched political parties to run for state Senate as a Republican. East Brunswick Mayor David Stahl has lined up support from Gov. Christie and Senate Republican leader Thomas H. Kean Jr. as he seeks his new party's nod to run for Senate in the 18th District. The seat is now held by Democratic Sen. Barbara Buono, who is her party's choice to run against Christie in November. She has to give up her Senate seat to run for governor.
January 11, 2013
K ATHLEEN KANE , the first Democrat and first woman elected as attorney general of Pennsylvania, announced her executive team Thursday in advance of taking office Tuesday. Her selections demonstrate how the state's governmental and political community can be a small circle. Kane and her new righthand man go back two decades. Adrian King Jr. will be her first deputy attorney general. The pair met and dated while attending Temple University's School of Law (class of 1993)
January 8, 2013
ANOTHER DAY, another Will Bunch column that name-calls, omits inconvenient facts and expresses his dream of one-party rule ("Best of the Blogs," Jan. 3). This time he has the GOP switching to the Democratic Party in droves, similar to the Democratic-to-Republican transition of the 1960s, because an aid bill for Hurricane Sandy rebuilding was postponed from Jan. 1 to Jan. 4 and Republicans were mad at their leadership. To start, Bunch's citing of an infamous newspaper headline is misleading, because about a month after the October 1975 "Ford to NYC: Drop Dead" headline appeared, President Ford asked for and got Congress to approve federal loans for the bankrupt city.
December 8, 2012 |
Democratic U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz has hired the state party's finance director for her own political operation, an indication the longtime congresswoman is seriously thinking about a run for the nomination to take on Gov. Corbett in 2014. Aubrey Montgomery, whose fund-raising is credited with putting Pennsylvania Democrats on a sound fiscal footing, informed her colleagues she was leaving in an e-mail Wednesday night. "While my time as a PA Dems staff member will be coming to an end, my commitment to the operation we've built, and the reputation we've earned, will continue as I move into this new role," Montgomery wrote.