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December 7, 1989 | By David Johnston and Mike Schurman, Special to The Inquirer
Mayor J. Edward Kline resigned last night, one month after residents of this island town north of Atlantic City voted to change the form of city government in what Kline acknowledged was a referendum on his leadership. Kline - a contractor who also last month lost a bid for a third Assembly term - did not appear at the City Commission meeting at which his resignation was announced. Thomas R. Burns, a recently retired state police lieutenant, was sworn in to complete Kline's term as a commissioner.
NEWS
May 22, 2013
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.   To report problems: Philadelphia 215-686-3462 or phillyelection.com. Bucks 215-348-6154 or buckscounty.org. Chester 610-344-6410 or chesco.org. Delaware 610-891-4673 or co.delaware.pa.us/depts/election.html. Montgomery 610-278-3275 or montcopa.org.
NEWS
November 3, 1986
This has not been a particularly elevating or inspiring election campaign. This may be why voters have responded so far with uncommon apathy. However, there has seldom been an election in which the choices have been as good. In some races, at least, even if your candidate loses, you can rest assured the winner will also do a pretty good job. Take the two statewide races. Either Lt. Gov. William W. Scranton, the Republican candidate, or former Auditor General Robert P. Casey, the Democrat, should make a good governor.
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April 10, 1987 | By Ron Gower, Special to The Inquirer
Claude Andrews said he just plain forgot. Kay Fritzinger said she's stepping aside to make room for her son. Charles Wehr said he's too busy. And so, finally, we have the answer to the political question: What if they held an election and nobody ran? It's about to happen in this tiny Carbon County community of 486 people, where the three aforementioned Borough Council members aren't running for re- election to the seven-member panel next month. There are no challengers, either.
NEWS
May 10, 1987 | Reuters
Zinzi Mandela (left), daughter of jailed black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela, joined an anti-apartheid demonstration by students at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg on Monday, two days before the whites-only parliamentary election in South Africa. In the election, the ruling National Party was victorious, while major gains were made by the right-wing Conservative Party at the expense of the liberal Progressive Federal Party, which had campaigned for an end to apartheid.
NEWS
September 29, 1987 | By Fredric N. Tulsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
A local grand jury report on the May 1985 MOVE confrontation likely will not be public until after the November election, officials in the District Attorney's Office said yesterday. Terry Williamson, a spokesman for District Attorney Ronald D. Castille, said the grand jury probably would take additional testimony on certain aspects of the incident, in which 11 people were killed and 61 houses were destroyed by fire. Williamson said there was a "good possibility" that the report would not be complete and made public until after the election.
NEWS
October 18, 2010 | By Charles Krauthammer
When the election is over, prizes and trophies and hosannas will be issued left and right. But why wait? As a public service, I present an infallibly prescient scorecard of the best and worst of 2010. Most politically suicidal candidate: Carl Paladino is running in a deep-blue state (New York) with sky-high taxes, yawning deficits, and rampant corruption. The last elected Democratic governor resigned in disgrace, and his successor is so tainted that he dare not run. So, what does Kamikaze Carl do?
NEWS
May 5, 2008
PEOPLE ARE so excited about this election with a woman and a black man. You know what I would like to see in my lifetime - when the candidate from each other party goes up against each other, the person who wins is president and the loser is vice president. Now that's something to get excited about. Both parties would have to work together then. The political science students and the think tanks need to work on that. Food for thought. Linda J. Turner, Philadelphia
NEWS
November 3, 2008
FOR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, our endorsement for president, has made this election about the biggest thing of all: America's future. STATE HOUSE RACES In the 140th District: The Northeast seat being vacated by George Kenney. Vote: BRENDAN BOYLE In the 172nd District: For the seat long held by John Perzel. Vote: RICH COSTELLO BALLOT QUESTIONS On whether to establish a city Department of Parks and Recreation. Vote: YES On whether city residents whose civil-service test scores are identical to those of out-of-town test-takers should get priority for jobs.
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January 29, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, INQUIRER STAFF
City Commissioner Lisa Deeley's push to have all three Philadelphia election commissioners keep daily work logs - and have their pay docked if they do not - was stalled Wednesday morning for lack of support from the two other commissioners, Al Schmidt and the board's chairman, Anthony Clark. When Deeley offered motions to explore the work-log rule and four other arguably less controversial steps, she could not get either colleague to second her motions at the board's meeting. Clark, whose pattern of not showing up at the office has drawn wide criticism, and Schmidt, who backed Clark's renomination as chairman earlier this month, both sat silent, looking down at paperwork in front of them.
NEWS
January 28, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
One of the three city commissioners who run Philadelphia elections is proposing new rules that would make her and her two colleagues publicly account for their working hours - and lose pay if they don't. Lisa Deeley said she was reacting in part to the outcry over the reported work habits of the other Democratic commissioner, Anthony Clark, the board's $138,612-a-year chairman. "Since I've been here, Chairman Clark has been to work every day. However, it has been well documented . . . in the past, he has not been here," Deeley told The Inquirer.
NEWS
January 26, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - Republican anxiety is growing in Pennsylvania and corners of New Jersey over the possibility that Donald Trump or Ted Cruz will win the party's presidential nomination. Tough races loom down the ballot in both states - most prominently Republican Sen. Pat Toomey's re-election bid in Pennsylvania - and establishment figures worry that the bombastic New York billionaire or acerbic Texas senator could make the GOP toxic to critical swing voters in both states. "Their presence at the top of the ticket would create serious problems," said former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, a Republican.
NEWS
January 24, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
A day after the Committee of Seventy called for replacing Philadelphia's elections board and bashed its chairman for not voting, the board's sole Republican hit back, saying the watchdog group's leaders don't practice what they preach. He said they don't always vote. Al Schmidt, one of the three city commissioners, who oversee elections, pointed Friday to records showing Committee of Seventy executive director David Thornburgh had not voted in the 2013 elections - and that the previous head of the civic group, Zack Stalberg, missed elections as well.
NEWS
January 23, 2016
"As it's been revealed over the last few years, and even the last few weeks, City Commissioner Anthony Clark's behavior is embarrassing and insulting to the voters and taxpayers of Philadelphia. His conduct also has serious and damaging consequences for Philadelphia's reputation in our state capital and around the country. At a time when the city needs political support from lawmakers from across Pennsylvania on important issues like school funding for our children, we can't afford the perception that we tolerate and reward elected officials who can't be bothered to show up for work.
NEWS
January 22, 2016
GUESS WHO jumped on the bandwagon of reformers and others critical of City Commission Chairman Anthony Clark? Democratic Party Chairman Bob Brady. Brady told reporter Claudia Vargas this week that Clark was an "absolute disgrace" and should step down as chairman of the three-member commission, which oversees election operations in the city. Clark has long been criticized for his work ethic - more precisely, his lack of a work ethic. Rarely seen at his office in City Hall, Clark has no city cellphone and no email contact with the office.
NEWS
January 15, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Three former Philadelphia elections officials pleaded guilty Wednesday in Common Pleas Court to misdemeanor charges of violating the state's election code and were each sentenced to one year of probation. Under a plea deal, felony fraud charges were dropped against Robin Trainor, 56; Laura Murtaugh, 57; and Cheryl Ali, also 57. Trainor served as the judge of elections in Juniata Park's 33d Ward, Fifth Division. Murtaugh was the minority election inspector in that division. Ali served as a voting machine inspector in Point Breeze's 36th Ward.
NEWS
January 9, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
Hours after he was reelected chairman of the board that runs Philadelphia's elections, City Commissioner Anthony Clark took steps Wednesday to cash in big. Clark, who has been criticized for not voting in years past, went to the city pension board and submitted his application for the controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan, better known as DROP. The city's top pension official, Fran Bielli, said signing up for DROP means Clark, 56, stands to receive an estimated lump-sum payout of $495,000 plus interest if he retires on Dec. 31, 2019, when his latest term as commissioner ends.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
City Commissioner Anthony Clark, who faced criticism over failing to vote for three years, will again head the three-member board that oversees Philadelphia elections. And this just in: From now on, Clark told The Inquirer, he'll vote in those elections. The decision to keep him atop the city's $9.6 million, 98-employee election bureaucracy came Wednesday morning, and a bit unexpectedly: There had been talk that newcomer and fellow Democrat Lisa Deeley might win the post. But when the board met in its sixth-floor offices at Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street, Commissioner Al Schmidt, the sole Republican, nominated Clark, saying continuity is important for the board, especially when facing what he called "the challenges of a presidential general election" this year.
NEWS
January 7, 2016
Commissioners to vote on leader The three city commissioners who oversee Philadelphia's elections will select a new chairperson Wednesday during their reorganization meeting. Commissioner Anthony Clark, who has been the subject of media scrutiny because he has not voted in many recent elections and he is frequently absent from the office, currently serves as chair. The board's sole Republican, Al Schmidt, is currently vice chair. Newcomer Lisa Deeley replaced Stephanie Singer, who failed to get sufficient signatures on her nomination petitions for the May 19 Democratic primary.
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