June 4, 2016 |
As the 10-year anniversary of a primary election day murder in Gloucester County approaches, investigators have put out a yearly call for information to help solve the homicide. Detectives continue to seek leads in the June 6, 2006, slaying of Desiree McGraw, a 27-year-old mother of two who was found dead from one gunshot to the head behind a polling place on Mail Avenue in Deptford Township. A reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction - posted at $5,000 at the time of McGraw's death and raised to $8,000 four years later - still stands.
May 28, 2016
LONDON - Sixty-five years ago, what has become the European Union was an embryo conceived in fear. It has been stealthily advanced from an economic to a political project, and it remains enveloped in a watery utopianism even as it becomes more dystopian. The EU's economic stagnation - in some of the 28 member nations, youth unemployment approaches 50 percent - is exacerbated by its regulatory itch and the self-inflicted wound of the euro, a common currency for radically dissimilar nations.
May 19, 2016
IF LAWMAKERS in Harrisburg want to look for a place with effective and enforced election laws, they do not need to look far. They can look to Philadelphia. Yes, Philadelphia. The city has a far tougher election law than the state of Pennsylvania. For one thing, the city has limits on campaign giving. The state has none. For another, we have the Board of Ethics to enforce the law. It tracks down mistakes and misdeeds in the filing or spending of campaign money - and has the power to levy thousands of dollars in fines.
May 12, 2016 |
STATE SEN. Larry Farnese of Philadelphia was accused in a federal indictment Tuesday of using a $6,000 bribe to sway a 2011 election for a Democratic ward leader in Center City's Eighth Ward. Farnese, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, paid $6,000 to fund a college-study-abroad program for the daughter of a committeewoman in the ward, Ellen Chapman, who was also charged in the indictment. Chapman "had originally intended to support a different candidate in the ward leader election" but switched her vote to help Farnese, according to federal prosecutors.
May 10, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Make elections fair In the Pennsylvania primaries, with hot battles for president in both major parties and 18 congressional seats and a Senate seat at stake, just 45 percent of registered voters turned out. This was a primary people cared about, with clear, major differences that separated the candidates. Why did most voters stay home? Many believe the system is rigged, through complicated political party rules for nominating conventions, through superdelegates, and in other ways ("After the primaries," May 1)
May 8, 2016 |
Donald Trump will testify after the presidential election on a class-action lawsuit that accuses him and his now-defunct Trump University of defrauding people who paid up to $35,000 for real estate seminars, his attorney said Friday. A federal judge in San Diego set a Nov. 28 trial, raising the possibility that Trump could take the stand as a president-elect. The presumptive GOP nominee plans to attend most, if not all, of the trial and will take the witness stand, Trump lawyer Daniel Petrocelli said.
May 5, 2016
ISSUE | PENNSYLVANIA CORRUPTION Let's keep an eye on all elected officials Who would have thought that disgraced former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord's greatest contribution to public service would be wearing a wire ("Sources: McCord wore wire in probe," Thursday)? Given the state of rampant corruption, let's forget about body cameras on police officers and require them to be worn by every elected official in Pennsylvania 24 hours a day. |Mark D. Schwartz, Bryn Mawr, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 3, 2016 |
The Pennsylvania School Employees' Retirement System has voided ballots in a special election for a seat on its controlling board, citing "minor irregularities. " Since PSERS is one of the biggest expenses that Pennsylvanians pay - it consumed $2.6 billion from state and local taxpayers last year, and expects to need $4 billion next year - it's comforting that the board's 15 members, who hire the hundreds of private investors paid to manage PSERS' $52 billion in assets, answer to the people.
April 30, 2016
Philadelphia, the nation's poorest big city, spends $400,000 a year on three employees who don't necessarily work hard for the money. The City Commissioners, with salaries of $129,600 and, for their chairman, $138,400, each collect almost four times the city's median household income for their elected posts atop Philadelphia's elections agency. But two people who have held the job say it's not full time. "The only full-time part of it is the pay," former Commissioner Stephanie Singer told the Inquirer.