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January 3, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
IT'S BEEN JUST over a year since Vineland, N.J.'s first Hispanic mayor took the oath, and for some in the sprawling Cumberland County community, that's long enough. Ruben Bermudez, a former City Council member and owner of a formal-wear store in town, upset Vineland's incumbent mayor in a runoff election on Dec. 18, 2012, with his "Moving Forward" slate. But a recall petition is seeking to oust him amid accusations of cronyism, a closed-door atmosphere and flat-out incompetence. "Vineland's not moving forward at all. It's actually gone backward," said Tami Harold, one of the five organizers of the Committee to Recall Mayor Ruben Bermudez.
NEWS
January 1, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A bill aimed at getting more people to run for school board seats has become law. The legislation, signed Friday by Gov. Christie, extends the deadline for filing nominating petitions for school board candidacy in the November general election from the date of the June primary to the last Monday in July. Had the governor signed the bill after Tuesday, it would not have gone into effect until 2015. In 2012, the Legislature sought to increase voter participation by giving districts the option of moving school board elections from the traditional third Tuesday in April to the higher-turnout November elections.
NEWS
December 23, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
State Rep. Mike McGeehan, a Northeast Philly Democrat, will retire at the end of his 12th term. "Twenty four years is a long time," McGeehan, 53, said yesterday in an interview with the Daily News . "Nobody writes a playbook about how to handle this. For me, it's the right time. " McGeehan noted that the 2012 legislative redistricting left him with a redrawn district that was about 30 percent new to him, but quite similar to the area he first won in 1990. But, he said, "I think it's time for new eyes.
NEWS
December 14, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
William Fedullo, the personal injury lawyer who takes over as Philadelphia bar chancellor Jan. 1, has a reputation as a consensus builder who connects with clients and opposing attorneys, a trait that helped him fashion settlements in courtroom disputes where adversaries often are separated by wide differences and heated emotions. It is a quality that he will need if he is to make progress on his goal of having the Philadelphia Bar Association help forge a solution to the city School District's chronic money shortages.
NEWS
December 7, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON Fueled by a surge in spending by independent groups, the 2013 state elections were the most expensive in New Jersey history, according to a preliminary analysis released Thursday by an election watchdog. Independent special-interest groups - which proliferated nationwide after a series of Supreme Court decisions in 2010 - spent nearly $41 million on state campaigns in the Nov. 5 elections, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission said. That figure accounted for one-third of a record $129 million spent on the elections, up from $97 million in 2009 and $119 million in 2005, according to postelection reports filed with ELEC.
NEWS
November 23, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Gov. Christie took on a job Thursday seen as a political boon and potential launching pad for a presidential bid, becoming chairman of the Republican Governors Association. But the governor who has emerged as one of the Republican Party's leading voices - one many hope can lead the GOP back to victory - insisted his focus was on next year's gubernatorial elections, not the national race in 2016. "We have 20 incumbent [Republican] governors up in 2014, and I think any one of us in our individual capacity or many of us as leaders of this organization . . . start thinking about 2016 at our own peril, but, worse, at the peril of our colleagues," Christie said in his only public appearance at the conference.
NEWS
November 13, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
MAYS LANDING, N.J. The Atlantic County Board of Elections will examine provisional ballots Tuesday afternoon after a weekend in which Democrats accused Republicans of improperly canvassing voters who filed those ballots. Republicans, meanwhile, launched allegations of their own Monday, with the county Republican chair asking the state attorney general to investigate Democrats he said had improperly signed up voters for mail-in ballots. Two races hang in the balance of the provisionals - the Atlantic City mayor's race, in which Republican Don Guardian holds a 247-vote lead over incumbent Democrat Lorenzo Langford, and the First District Assembly race, in which Republican incumbent John Amodeo holds a 287-vote lead over Democrat Vince Mazzeo, the Northfield mayor and owner of a fruit and vegetable store.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON Democrats retained control of the state Legislature following a landslide victory Tuesday by Gov. Christie, but just how large a majority they can claim is still being determined. While Democrats say they lost no seats in the Senate, keeping their 24-16 majority, results for Assembly seats in Districts 2 and 38 had not been finalized Wednesday. Provisional ballots are still being counted in the tight races. Democrats, who have a 48-32 majority in the Assembly, lost one Assembly seat in South Jersey's First Legislative District.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Talk about shuffling the deck. In an unexpected outcome, voters replaced two-term incumbent and Gov. Christie foe Mayor Lorenzo Langford with an openly gay Republican who rides a bicycle to work and whose current job is with the state board that oversees the governor's Tourism District. "Atlantic City is amazing at how it reinvents itself," Mayor-elect Don Guardian said Wednesday in a bit of understatement to supporters and media at his Atlantic Avenue headquarters.
NEWS
November 7, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
IN THE ONLY statewide race on yesterday's ballot, Republican Vic Stabile narrowly defeated Democrat Jack McVay for an opening on Superior Court. Stabile, a Harrisburg lawyer for the Philly firm Dilworth Paxson, won 51 percent of the vote against McVay, an Allegheny County Common Pleas judge. The Associated Press called the election about midnight with 93 percent of votes counted. The day before the election, the Pennsylvania Bar Association criticized Stabile for an 11th-hour TV ad accusing McVay of nepotism.
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