April 11, 2013
YO, ALLYSON, I maybe coulda saved you some paperwork. See, I was at this Pennsylvania Political Science Association gig last week, and some of us were talking about the state's famous unbroken "cycle" of electing governors of different parties every eight years. This started back in 1946, way before our governors were allowed to run for a second term. That second-term stuff started with Milton Shapp in 1974. He won. So has, as I know you know, every incumbent governor since.
May 22, 2012 |
Michael J. Melody Jr., 80, of Exton, a Chester County Common Pleas Court judge for 22 years, died of pneumonia on Thursday, May 17, at St. Martha Manor in Downingtown, a skilled-nursing home owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Melody graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in 1950, earned a bachelor's degree at what is now St. Joseph's University in 1954, and graduated in 1957 from what is now Georgetown University Law Center. Until 1959, he served in the Army.
October 21, 2010 |
HARRISBURG - Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett is hoping that if he wins, he can accomplish what two previous GOP governors were unable to do during the course of two decades: privatize the state's liquor stores. Corbett made his case this week for unloading Pennsylvania's oft-criticized system for selling liquor and wine, arguing that the state's recession-ravaged coffers could get a significant boost from selling it off. "We need to move our state out of the 19th century and refocus state government on its core functions and services," he said in a news release Tuesday.
September 29, 2006 |
Gov. Rendell and former Gov. Dick Thornburgh will be among the speakers today at a memorial service for civic leader Fitz Eugene Dixon Jr. Mr. Dixon, the former owner of the Philadelphia 76ers who brought Julius "Dr. J" Erving to the city and put the LOVE sculpture back on its pedestal at JFK Plaza, died in August of melanoma at age 82. In a long life filled with service to his city, Mr. Dixon was a member and former chairman of the Art...
April 21, 2006 |
Regionalism, a concept for economic development and political cooperation with a mixed record of success, is about to find a new home in Philadelphia. David B. Thornburgh, 47, a division director of the Pennsylvania Economy League and son of Dick Thornburgh, the former governor and U.S. attorney general, will take over a fledgling national group dedicated to regional development and bring it to Philadelphia. He will step down after 11 1/2 years of leading the Philadelphia think tank, a leader in regionalism efforts.
May 31, 2003 |
U.S. District Judge Jay C. Waldman, 58, a federal judge in Philadelphia for almost 15 years and a Republican strategist behind the election and administration of Gov. Dick Thornburgh, died yesterday of cancer. Judge Waldman died in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he had been undergoing cancer treatment since the beginning of the year. He stopped coming to the courthouse in Center City around that time. Judge Waldman's quick deterioration and death left friends stunned, and praise poured in from those who had known him over a 30-year career as a lawyer, federal prosecutor, GOP worker, state official and judge.
September 25, 2001 |
A senior judge from Bucks County who once served as the state's top prosecutor will decide whether it is too late to try nine suspects in the 1969 race-riot murder of a black woman in York. Judge Edward G. Biester Jr., a former Republican congressman and state attorney general, was appointed last week by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to rule on that narrow issue. Whether Biester will take on a broader role in the case was unclear yesterday. Nine men, including York Mayor Charles H. Robertson, are charged in the July 1969 shotgun slaying of Lillie Belle Allen.
June 5, 2000 |
It was perhaps the definition of clout. Five governors, five bishops, dozens of big-name pols, honor guards, bagpipers and 1,000 mourners in a packed, ornate cathedral. One bishop, Scranton's James C. Timlin, wept openly. And the 1,000 gave the deceased a spontaneous sustained standing ovation. Amid it all, former Gov. Robert Casey was laid to rest Saturday, eulogized for public service, private tenacity, praised as a man of faith and family. But behind the big-picture saga - his influence on politics, triumphs after defeats, resolve in the face of illness - is a mosaic of smaller stories, ties and links to so many others.
June 14, 1999 |
Frederick D. Tecce, 86, a businessman and avid horseman, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack Friday at his home in Springfield Township, Montgomery County. Mr. Tecce, who grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia and who spent 25 years in Bal Harbour, Fla., had been involved in the textile industry for more than 50 years, family members said. He was principal and owner of Marionette Mills, a textile manufacturer with offices in Coatesville and Philadelphia, as well as a partner in Permatwist Co. U.S.A.
March 8, 1999 |
When they lived in their red-brick, Georgian-style residence during her husband's two terms as governor of Pennsylvania, Ginny Thornburgh named the estate the "Governor's Home" instead of the "Governor's Mansion. " Home and family have always come first for her, she said, and her work today as the director of the religion and disability program for the National Organization on Disability came about because of her love for her 39-year-old son, Peter, who is mentally retarded. For more than 30 years, this tall, slender woman with the animated, friendly demeanor has been a tireless worker on behalf of the disabled.