June 22, 2015 |
People are suddenly asking Dwight Evans for lottery picks. That happens when you are two-for-two betting long on the most important political offices in Pennsylvania. In back-to-back elections, the Democratic state representative from West Oak Lane has wagered and won big with his support of the relatively unknown Tom Wolf for governor last year and Jim Kenney for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Philadelphia last month. Evans now can boast of having the ear of both men and an inside track on favors and future political appointments.
May 22, 2015 |
DEMOCRATIC mayoral nominee Jim Kenney , who steamrollered state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams in Tuesday's Democratic primary, skipped the traditional postelection lunch at the Palm to attend a Broad Street Ministry luncheon with Republican mayoral candidate Melissa Murray Bailey and Gov. Wolf . The Clout team - big believers in tradition - decided to post up at the bar at the Palm with N.Y. strip steaks and Old Fashioneds, knowing full...
April 14, 2015 |
FAR BE IT from me to suggest that elected officials sometimes act in their own interests. But it's hard to look at Dwight Evans these days and not think he's feathering his own nest. Long out of the catbird seat after years in the catbird seat, Evans seems poised to perch again. Last week, he endorsed Jim Kenney for mayor and, along with other Northwest Philly Democratic bigs, thereby invited a critical chunk of African-American votes to back Kenney's candidacy. This is significant because, if history's a guide, most of those votes likely would line up for the leading African-American in the race, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams.
November 22, 2014 |
In an unexpected twist in the race to elect Philadelphia's next mayor, State Rep. Dwight Evans (D., Phila.) says he is giving serious thought to joining the field. Evans, who has twice run unsuccessfully for mayor, said his interest has been bolstered by a poll he commissioned in October that showed him running second in a race for the 2015 Democratic nomination among the six most likely or announced candidates at the time. He trailed only former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, according to an aide who has seen the poll and spoke on condition of anonymity.
February 12, 2014 |
BACK IN 1995, Dwight Evans had had enough of dealing with the ceaseless demands of residents of the 10th Ward in West Oak Lane, where he was ward leader. At least that was what some political observers thought. Evans had made it clear that the daily grind of dealing with the picky details of constituent laments, from pot holes to garbage collection, had gotten old, and he decided to call it quits in September 1995. His successor, Edgar Allen Howard, had no such qualms. Dealing with people's problems was what he always felt he was born to do. "He helped everyone," his son Bruce said.
December 3, 2013
A LOT'S BEEN written about Philly Democratic Rep. Dwight Evans during his 30-plus years in office, and much of it hasn't been pretty. There were electoral flops for lieutenant governor, governor and (twice) mayor. There were dustups over his West Oak Lane Charter School, his $1 million taxpayer-financed West Oak Lane Jazz Festival, his habit of (legally) accepting gifts, viewed by many - me included - as just plain wrong. So it's easy to write Evans off: another corruptible career pol in a legislature and from a city with ample examples of the same.
March 4, 2013 |
The Northwest Philadelphia nonprofit founded by State Rep. Dwight Evans misspent or mismanaged portions of state grants worth $12 million since 2006, violated bid rules, and made questionable real estate purchases with taxpayer funds, according to a state investigation. In one two-year span, the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation reported spending $111,000 in state money just to promote "Wine Down Wednesdays," a weekly after-work party at a restaurant where it had a financial stake, investigators found.
March 7, 2012 |
The West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival, which received millions in state funding over nearly a decade with the help of Democratic State Rep. Dwight Evans, will not take place this year, organizers said Tuesday. The festival, which over the years featured such performers as Chaka Khan and Al Jarreau, began in 2003. It came under scrutiny after a 2010 Inquirer article questioned whether organizers inflated crowd estimates to improve chances for state funding. For 2012, the state decided not to give the three-day festival any money.
October 7, 2011 |
STATE REP. DWIGHT Evans offers no apologies. Not for any of it. Not for his 30-year effort to revitalize Ogontz Avenue in West Oak Lane. Not for the last decade trying to make Stenton Avenue a corridor of top-notch education choices, with Martin Luther King High School the centerpiece. Not for the "bulldog-on-a-bone" way he lobbied for an educational nonprofit, Foundations Inc., to take control of that school, including backroom pressure that has now cast him as a big-time bully.
September 27, 2011
There is no shortage of awful, terrible Philadelphia stories to be told following last week's release of the report by the city's chief integrity officer, Joan Markman, on the Martin Luther King High School fiasco. You have the sordid details of backroom bullying, with an esteemed chair of the school board and a veteran legislator taking turns explaining to out-of-town charter-school operator Mosaica that things are different in Philadelphia and maybe he'd be better off leaving town.