August 17, 2016 |
A group of Camden residents who want the city's school board to be an elected body rather than one appointed by the mayor suffered a setback Monday when a judge dismissed their lawsuit against the school district. The suit, filed in April in Superior Court in Camden, asked that city residents be allowed to vote on whether to appoint or elect members of the board. It also argued that the question should have gone before voters in April 2014, as specified in 2010 legislation that ended the state's takeover of the City of Camden.
August 16, 2016 |
And now, an update from the world of - The election is rigged! They're stealing your vote! Fraud, fraud, everywhere! The election is not rigged. Your vote has not been stolen. The conspiracy theorists who claim these many frauds still can't show us any proof. This, despite claims from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who predicted during a rally in Altoona on Friday that the only way he can lose the vote in Pennsylvania "is if cheating goes on. " There's a problem with Trump's math.
August 11, 2016 |
THE INHERENT conflicts of interest between Philadelphia's union bosses and political figures were brought sharply into focus by last week's FBI raids on Electricians Union leader John Dougherty and City Council Majority Leader Bobby Henon. To be clear, neither man has been charged with a crime, and we don't yet know what the FBI was seeking, though multiple published reports say the raids focused on the union's finances. In my view, the raids reiterated that the connection between Dougherty and Henon, who serves as City Council's majority leader while simultaneously working in a paid position for the Electricians Union, is improper on its face.
August 11, 2016
By Justin Raimondo Why are the rules of journalism being rewritten this election year? My local newspaper, the Press-Democrat in Sonoma County, Calif., is so clearly in the tank for Hillary Clinton that I no longer take pleasure in my morning read. Donald Trump's convention acceptance speech, for example, was covered on the front page with two stories: On the left a straight, albeit somewhat judgmental, account of the speech, and on the right a "fact check" that disputed every point made by the GOP nominee.
July 29, 2016 |
At an LGBT delegate luncheon Wednesday, Chelsea Clinton lit into the Republicans, calling the rhetoric out of their convention in Cleveland "divisive, degrading, demeaning. " "I thought about what I found most offensive last week - it's hard to pick just one part," the soft-spoken Clinton said, stepping into the convention spotlight in a warm-up to her speech Thursday introducing her mom, Hillary Clinton. "What I actually found most offensive was the open embrace of conversion therapy in the Republican platform, in other words child abuse," she said, referring to the medically discredited theory that gay people can be "converted.
July 27, 2016
Let me thank the 13 million Americans who voted for the political revolution, giving us the 1,846 pledged delegates here tonight - 46 percent of the total. And delegates: Thank you for being here, and for all the work you've done. I look forward to your votes during the roll call on Tuesday night. Let me be as clear as I can be. This election is not about, and has never been about, Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders or any of the other candidates who sought the presidency.
July 24, 2016 |
LEHMAN, Pa. - Despite criticism over his approval of $93 million in settlement payments to Jerry Sandusky's accusers, Philadelphia investment-fund manager Ira Lubert was elected chairman of Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees Friday. The election was uncontested, but some alumni trustees had been vocal last week about their hesitance to elect Lubert without public scrutiny of the money paid to 32 Sandusky accusers. As chair of the board's legal subcommittee in 2012, Lubert oversaw the payout negotiation process.
July 18, 2016 |
"This is the most important election of our lifetime. " It's a cliché, a speechwriter's placeholder, rhetorical white noise. In this tumultuous year, though, the phrase beloved by campaigning politicians might seem a little less absurd than usual. Consider the setting and the stakes for this year's presidential contest: Outrage and civil unrest continue across the nation after police killings of two more black men, and then a gunman slaughters five Dallas police officers during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest.
July 14, 2016 |
The Republican Party kept its 47-year winning streak in Pennsylvania's 168th House District alive Tuesday when Middletown Township Councilman Chris Quinn won a special election to represent some of Delaware County's wealthiest towns. With all precincts counted, Quinn had 5,329 votes to defeat Democrat Diane Cornman-Levy, who collected 3,788. Quinn will fill the vacancy created when Republican Tom Killion, who represented the district from 2003 to 2016, resigned after winning a special election to serve in the state Senate.
July 13, 2016 |
If past is prologue, Republican Chris Quinn, 44, will win Tuesday's special election for a state House seat in a district that has never elected a Democrat. "I'm running for state legislature because I think I can balance a budget," said Quinn, who serves on Middletown Township's council. "I think I understand what people are looking for. " But Democrat Diane Cornman-Levy, 55, who runs an educational nonprofit, believes that voters are looking for something new, and that she thus stands a good chance of breaking the GOP's hold in the 168th District, which includes some of Delaware County's wealthier towns.