July 16, 2016 |
Ron Blount doesn't care. Doesn't care whether the entire city, or state, or Democratic Party gets angry at the city's cab drivers if they decide to strike during the Democratic National Convention July 25-28. "We've been screwed, and we're going to screw you back. When they come here, Philadelphia is going to be in chaos, because working poor people are being screwed in this city. The schools are falling apart," said Blount, leader of Unified Taxi Workers Alliance. "And they are coming here to have a party?
July 4, 2016 |
The Democratic Party platform drafted in St. Louis is an excellent start in bringing forth policies that will help end the 40-year decline of the American middle class. These initiatives, if implemented, will create millions of good-paying jobs, significantly improve health care, and reverse the dangerous trend in this country toward an oligarchic form of society. But, let us be clear, this is a document that needs to be significantly improved by the full Platform Committee meeting in Orlando on July 8 and 9. Here are some very positive provisions in the platform as it stands today: At a time when huge Wall Street financial institutions are bigger now than they were before the taxpayers of this country bailed them out, the platform calls for enacting a 21st-century Glass-Steagall Act and for breaking up too-big-to-fail banks.
July 2, 2016 |
Donald Trump plans to name two respected Republican operatives to run his effort in Pennsylvania amid criticism that the real estate developer has lagged in building the organization required of a presidential campaign. David Urban will be senior adviser and Ted Christian will be the state director, according to sources close to the Trump campaign, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to announce the move. Both men are lobbyists. The development comes as many local Republican leaders in the state, a crucial target for the presumptive nominee, are complaining about a lack of troops and contact from the campaign.
June 25, 2016
ISSUE | POLITICAL CORRUPTION Cronies backed Fattah even after verdict Almost as unsurprising as the conviction of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) on all 22 counts of fraud, money-laundering, and bribery was the reaction of the political clerisy ("Reaction: Heavy hearts, calls to quit," Wednesday). Not one of Fattah's Democratic colleagues called for his resignation; that reasonable response to the jury's verdict was left to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a group that, as confirmed by the Inquirer's "Philadelphia Political Hall of Shame," should never be confused with the capos who run Philadelphia's Democratic Party.
June 17, 2016
By Steven Conn Though he has lost the nomination, Bernie Sanders still promises a "fundamental transformation" of the Democratic Party when he and his delegates come to Philadelphia next month. In what could prove a nasty convention fight, Sanders will push for "the most progressive platform ever passed by the Democratic Party. " And to prove he's serious, he still will not endorse Hilary Clinton. As he has campaigned, Sanders has cast his smorgasbord of proposals as nothing more (or less)
June 3, 2016 |
A federal judge in Trenton last week cited the Democratic Party's use of superdelegates before dismissing a motion that alleged superdelegates at a South Jersey mini-convention had unfairly skewed the endorsements ahead of Tuesday's primary. Two freeholder candidates who failed to get the endorsement of the Ocean County Democratic Committee sought to knock congressional candidate Jim Keady and others from the ballot, saying they unfairly received the local party's backing. U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson rejected the motion for an injunction Thursday, saying the plaintiffs waited too long to come to court, nearly two months after the March 19 mini-convention in Ocean County.
May 18, 2016 |
On any given day, about 700 people are living unsheltered in the streets, train stations, or covered alcoves of Philadelphia. Most stake out space in four Center City locations where the city now wants to focus a new outreach program to connect people with services they need. The city's Office of Supportive Housing on Monday announced details of a new homeless outreach strategy targeting Rittenhouse Square and the areas around the Avenue of the Arts, the Convention Center, and Independence Hall during the morning and evening commutes and lunchtime.
May 17, 2016 |
NEWS FLASH: Bernie Sanders is likely to lose the Democratic nomination for president. As disappointing as that outcome would be for his ardent supporters, the Vermont senator already can claim a win. His challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton has defined the issue agenda for the party, forcing her to move left. His success shows the pendulum is swinging away from the pro-corporate centrism that has been national Democrats' dominant ideology for nearly 30 years. Sanders has won 19 states and more than 9 million votes by railing against global free-trade pacts, calling for the breakup of big banks, and advocating for free public college tuition and single-payer health care.
May 9, 2016 |
Currents political commentators T.J. Rooney and Alan Novak discuss whether presumptive nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton can unite their respective parties and build campaigns that produce coattails that benefit other candidates. T.J. Rooney is a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party Alan Novak is a former chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania R ooney: It is clear after Indiana that Sen. Bernie Sanders intends to continue to campaign and, as he says, take his candidacy and delegates to the convention.