April 22, 2016 |
Expecting a strong turnout at next week's elections, a group of voter watchdogs Wednesday reminded people to speak up if they have problems at the polls. "If you see something, say something," said Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh. "Something out of bounds. Some intimidation. Some potentially illegal activity. " Thornburgh was joined by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, whose office will have dozens of employees on hand Tuesday to investigate claims of illegal voting and electioneering, among other issues.
April 19, 2016
Beyond Celiac, formerly the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, Ambler, named the following board members: Linda S. Deal, head of patient-centered outcomes assessment at Pfizer, Collegeville; C. Kane Brenan , managing director, global portfolio solutions, investment management division at Goldman Sachs, New York; Eugene Kemp, principal of Fidato Partners, Wayne; Aimee Corso, senior vice president, health care, at WE Communications, Lake...
April 16, 2016 |
Democratic committee members in Center City's Eighth Ward are being asked to sign declarations that they were "not offered anything of pecuniary value" to select State Sen. Larry Farnese as their leader. The reason: FBI agents are asking questions. The apparent cause of the investigation? Farnese spent $6,000 from his campaign account five months before the 2011 ward election to pay for a committeewoman's daughter's college semester abroad. Three people connected to the ward election confirmed that they had been questioned by FBI agents.
April 15, 2016 |
New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno took her clearest step yet Wednesday toward a gubernatorial run in 2017, announcing an organization led by the campaign manager whom Gov. Christie banished after the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. A website for the privately funded 501(c)4 organization, Building a Better New Jersey Together, went live Wednesday. In a conference call, Guadagno described the announcement of the organization - which she said is intended to find solutions to New Jersey's problems - as "step one of a long process," and said the call was "the first of what I am sure will be many calls to you and others.
April 12, 2016
Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey & Philadelphia, Mount Laurel, has elected Lou Colameco chair. He is the owner and president of Wellshire Farms, Swedesboro, and founder of the Barbara A. Colameco Cancer Transportation Fund. Other officers include: Frank Schickling, senior director/team leader with BNY Mellon Wealth Management in Philadelphia, vice chair; Frank Giordano, president of Vincentown-based Atlantic Trailer & Leasing and president and CEO of the Philly Pops, secretary; John Nihill, partner at Wipfli L.L.P., Media and Philadelphia, treasurer; and Gregory Montanero, vice president and executive director of Drexel University's Federal Relations Office of Government and Community Relations, past chair.
March 29, 2016
ISSUE | JUDGES Power to the people Rebecca Love Kourlis makes a compelling argument for judicial merit selection ("Opening creates a chance to try judicial merit selection," Wednesday). But she ignores a downside of judicial appointment: government by proclamation. Some of the most important issues of our time (such as abortion and gay marriage) were not decided by the people but proclaimed by an appointed federal judiciary. A person can be pro-choice and nonjudgmental and still see judicial proclamation as an abuse.
March 24, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURTS Conduct board best suited to investigate To clarify my comments quoted in the Inquirer Sunday ("Judicial board: Tough enough?"): In reviewing the emails that Attorney General Kathleen Kane provided to the Supreme Court in late 2014, the court directed me to focus on three areas of immediate concern: pornography; improper communications about cases; and relationships that could require recusal. However, while these were my main focus, the court also asked me to report any other violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct.
March 22, 2016
ISSUE | SPECIAL ELECTIONS Better to save money and get a larger turnout Special Pennsylvania House elections last week produced the wasteful spending and low turnout associated with such votes on days other than primary or general election days ("Democrats easily win Pa. House special elections," Wednesday). Such elections cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. The turnout for two special elections in Philadelphia was less than 10 percent, while 16 percent voted in an election in Westmoreland County.
March 17, 2016 |
Two Philadelphia Democrats with strong ties to their party's local establishment easily won low-turnout special elections Tuesday to fill a pair of vacant seats in the state House. Tonyelle Cook-Artis, longtime chief of staff to former State Rep. Cherelle Parker and former aide to then-City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, bested Republican Latryse McDowell to win the 200th District seat. Parker, who won a 2005 special election in the 200th District, which covers Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy, resigned in January to take a seat on City Council.