April 19, 2013 |
The Montgomery County commissioners ousted elections chief Joseph R. Passarella with little explanation Wednesday, one month before a primary election. For more than a decade, Democrats have criticized Passarella's office as ineffectual - a perception that apparently led to his ouster this week. "This is part of an ongoing effort to look at every aspect of county government and make sure that we have the best leadership in those posts and that they're operating as effectively and efficiently as possible," said Chairman Josh Shapiro, who leads the county's first Democratic administration in more than 150 years.
April 15, 2013 |
MINGORA, Pakistan - Pakistani Taliban fighters attacked two leaders of an anti-militant political party on Sunday in northwest Pakistan, killing one and wounding another in the latest targeting of members of secular-leaning parties ahead of next month's parliamentary election. In the first incident, Mukarram Shah was killed in an explosion as he entered his car in the village of Banjot, said Abdullah Khan, police chief of the nearby city of Mingora. The explosives appeared to have been set off by remote control, he added.
April 12, 2013 |
VALENCIA, Venezuela - It's just after nightfall, and the power is out again in untold hundreds of thousands - probably millions - of homes as the nation prepares to go to the polls to replace President Hugo Chavez. If the government knows how many are without power, it's not saying. It hasn't issued such reports since 2010. In the third-largest city, Pedro Martinez dons a shirt for visitors drawn by the flicker of candles inside his one-story, concrete-block house in a middle-class district.
April 7, 2013 |
BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber blew himself up Saturday at a lunch hosted by a Sunni candidate in Iraq's regional elections, killing 20 people, officials said. The blast ripped through a hospitality tent pitched next to the house of Muthana al-Jourani, who is running for the provincial council and held the lunch rally for supporters, councilman Sadiq al-Huseini said. The attack took place in Baqouba, a mixed Sunni-Shiite city 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. Insurgent attacks and sectarian bloodletting have been rampant there in the decade since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
April 5, 2013 |
Stephen Sweeney may be the top elected Democrat in New Jersey, but that doesn't mean his reelection in November is a given, said Patrick Murray, political analyst at Monmouth University. Gov. Christie performed better than anticipated in Sweeney's Gloucester County in the 2009 race against former Gov. Jon S. Corzine, Murray said. "Republicans have made some gains in that county," Murray said. Sweeney, he said, "is more vulnerable than a lot of people would believe, considering he's the Senate president.
April 2, 2013 |
KHAR, Pakistan - A 40-year-old Pakistani homemaker has made history by becoming the first woman to run for parliament from the country's deeply conservative tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Badam Zari is pushing back against patriarchal traditions and braving potential attack by Islamist militants in the hope of forcing the government to focus more on helping Pakistani women. "I want to reach the assembly to become a voice for women, especially those living in the tribal areas," Zari told the Associated Press in an interview Monday.
March 31, 2013 |
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's Supreme Court on Saturday upheld the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as the country's next president, and the loser accepted that verdict, ending an election season that riveted the nation amid fears of a repeat of the 2007-08 postelection violence. Jubilant Kenyatta supporters flooded the streets of downtown Nairobi, honking horns, blowing plastic noise-makers, and chanting. But supporters of defeated Prime Minister Rail Odinga were angry, and shortly after the verdict, police fired tear gas at them outside the Supreme Court.
March 28, 2013
Sometimes, electing judges works just fine - in particular, when it's to the county courts. But at the appeals-court level, that method is flawed. That's the wise opinion of four former Pennsylvania governors who want the state to switch from partisan judicial elections to appointing the state's appellate judges. The governors made their observation in responding to critics who oppose switching Pennsylvania to a merit-selection system in which governor-appointed jurists serve an initial term, then go before voters to retain their post.
March 28, 2013 |
IT WAS THE phone call gun enthusiasts feared under President Obama's America, and it came unexpectedly on a Thursday for one South Jersey man sucking down some cold ones at the local Applebee's. Come home now, the police are here. They want to take a look at your guns. Police in Carneys Point, Salem County, said Shawn Moore was "ranting and waiving," "aggressive" and acting "arrogantly" when he rushed home from the restaurant March 14 to find them there, asking to look at his firearms because of an anonymous call they had received about his children's safety.
March 22, 2013 |
THE BEST BET, it seemed Wednesday, for candidates running for three open seats on Philadelphia Traffic Court was to avoid the City Commission hearing where ballot position was determined. After all, the court is awash with controversy. Nine current or former judges were charged with crimes by federal prosecutors Jan. 31. Three have already pleaded guilty. And the state House is considering two state-Senate-approved bills to eliminate the three seats and abolish Traffic Court. Warren Bloom, a perennial candidate, didn't attend the standing-room-only event.