October 17, 2014 |
FOR CITY Commission Chairman Anthony Clark, the city's top election official, voting is both professional and personal. Professionally, he chairs the board that ensures Philadelphia's elections run smoothly and honestly. Personally, he thinks it's none of your business why he hasn't voted in the last five elections. "You know, I made a choice and that's my private choice," he said yesterday, following the monthly commission meeting. Public records show that Clark hasn't voted since 2011.
October 11, 2014 |
Democrat Tom Wolf said Thursday he would push, if elected governor, to abolish the School Reform Commission and transfer state control of Philadelphia schools to a locally elected school board. Wolf took exception to the dramatic step the SRC took last week when it canceled its contract with the teachers' union and imposed terms requiring members to pay 10 percent to 13 percent of the cost of their health-care benefits; currently they pay nothing. "I'm against what [the SRC] did," Wolf said.
October 10, 2014 |
WELL, THIS is awkward. Anthony Clark, who heads the three-person panel in charge of Philadelphia elections and voter registration, apparently isn't really into, ya know . . . voting . The Committee of Seventy wants Clark to leave at the end of his term if he can't disprove a report in yesterday's Philadelphia City Paper that he missed the last five elections. "It's astonishing that the head of the board that oversees Philadelphia's elections doesn't vote," Ellen Kaplan, the watchdog group's interim president and CEO, said in a statement.
September 21, 2014 |
YOU KNOW that nonbinding ballot referendum City Council approved Thursday to ask voters if the School Reform Commission should be abolished? Don't count on seeing it on the Nov. 4 general-election ballot. The deadline to get the measure, sponsored by City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, placed on the ballot passed on Monday. The City Commission, which runs elections in the city, yesterday mailed out absentee ballots, military ballots and ballots for civilians overseas. The question is not on those ballots.
September 19, 2014 |
KEN TRUJILLO really wanted this story to be about Ken Trujillo. But the Democratic primary election for mayor is just eight months away and the city yesterday entered the "Me too!" phase of the campaign. Trujillo, a former city solicitor, stood in front of the Philadelphia School District yesterday to formally announce his run for mayor. He gave voice to a platform loaded with ambitions for public schools, but short on details of how his goals would be reached. City Controller Alan Butkovitz, a likely contender for the Democratic nomination, issued a juicy news release shortly after that, accusing Mayor Nutter of operating a City Hall "VIP hot line" for the well-heeled to get services.
September 18, 2014 |
Voters who approved injecting politics into Mount Holly elections for the first time in decades will be handed ballots in November that are bereft of a clear choice. Residents in the formerly nonpartisan township will be asked to pick two candidates to fill two open seats on the township council, but the list will have only two names. One is a Democrat and the other a Republican because of a series of seat shuffles. Their running mates dropped out of the race last week, just after the deadline to replace them had passed.
September 18, 2014 |
Phoenixville's Joe Thomson, owner of Standardbred breeding operation Winbak Farm, has been elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) announced Tuesday. Thomson and his wife JoAnn started Winbak Farm in 1991. The operation has ranked No. 2 among all breeders in purses earned each of the last 12 years, totaling more than $205 million since the start of 2002, and produced three Horse of the Year Award winners. In addition, Bob Marks, the longtime marketing guru of Perretti Farms and a noted writer and handicapper, and Kathy Parker, the editor and general manager of the Horseman and Fair World publishing company, were elected to the Communicators Hall of Fame.
September 4, 2014 |
AS TEACHERS prepare to return to Philadelphia schools with fewer resources and still without a contract, union leaders already have an eye toward November. That's when Democrat Tom Wolf looks to defeat Republican Gov. Corbett, who trails by 30 points in a Robert Morris University poll released yesterday. The union's hope is that Wolf, a businessman who publicly supports a tax on natural-gas drillers to help fund education, would restore some of the money cut under Corbett. "It's very big," Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan said yesterday of the upcoming election, standing outside Girls High School in Olney, where the union held its first general membership meeting since last school year.
August 15, 2014 |
ED NEILSON was quietly sworn in as City Council's newest member yesterday, nearly three months after he won a special election for the at-large seat. But will he finish the 17 months left in the term of former Councilman Bill Green , who resigned in February to be chairman of the School Reform Commission? To hear the former state representative tell it, only time will tell. There is growing interest in Northeast Philly politics about state Sen. Mike Stack III 's 5th Senatorial District.