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March 27, 2015
THE OTHER day I was cooling my heels at the Immigration Office, waiting for my client's naturalization interview. To pass the time, we went over some of the questions on the civics part of the exam, most of which had something to do with politics. At one point she said, "Would you ever run for office?" And, laughing hysterically, I said, "Sure, just as soon as I un-write every single one of my newspaper columns. " Given that English was not her first language and humor is not my first calling, she didn't get the joke.
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March 25, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
IF ANYONE should know how to correctly fill out election forms, it's Democratic candidate Dennis Lee. For two years, Lee worked as chief deputy to City Commissioner Stephanie Singer in an office in charge of elections, voter registration and helping candidates adhere to local, state and federal election laws. So when Lee, who resigned as chief deputy in November and then launched a bid to win a seat on the three-member City Commissioners' board, appeared yesterday before Common Pleas Judge Chris Wogan to argue that he shouldn't be thrown off the ballot because he made a mistake on an election form, the judge wasn't buying it. The mistake?
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
HAVE YOU been following that state House race in the Far Northeast? Of course not. Only political junkies and super voters pay attention to this stuff. It's actually quite juicy. Voters in the 170th state House District, which covers the Bustleton-Somerton-Parkwood area, will go to the polls today to elect a replacement for former Democratic state Rep. Brendan Boyle, who was elected to Congress last year. They'll decide between Democrat Sarah Del Ricci and Republican Martina White, which means that, either way, a woman will represent the former Republican stronghold for the first time.
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tuesday is Election Day - for the 4 percent of Philadelphia's population that lives in the state House's 170th District. A special election is being held to fill that seat, which represents about 65,000 people in Northeast Philadelphia, and was vacated when Brendan Boyle took his seat in the House of Representatives in January. Democratic ward leaders in the district, led by Lt. Gov. Mike Stack III, in January selected Sarah Del Ricci as their candidate. Her husband, John, is a longtime friend and political ally of Stack's.
NEWS
March 24, 2015
LAST Wednesday was Scott DiClaudio's lucky day. He won the political equivalent of the Mega Millions lottery. As one of 57 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to Common Pleas Court, DiClaudio picked the lowest number in the lottery held by state election officials to determine ballot position. He will appear in the No. 1 spot for that job in the May 19 primary, making him a virtual shoo-in to win one of the 12 seats in the court being filled this year. He might as well go get measured for a black robe.
NEWS
March 17, 2015
ELECTING JUDGES has been a bad idea for a long time. Now, it is getting to be ridiculous. Voters going to the polls on May 19 to vote for mayor will first have to make their way through a long roster of state and local judicial candidates for everything from the state Supreme Court to Philadelphia's Municipal Court. As of yesterday, there were 10 candidates running for the Democratic nomination for the three state appellate courts - Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth. There were 57 candidates running for the Democratic nomination for 12 vacancies on Common Pleas Court, in Philadelphia, which handles major civil and all felony cases.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Could it be Happy Valley is happy again? Ever since the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal roiled Pennsylvania State University, dozens of candidates have vied each year for the three open alumni seats on its board of trustees. A record 80 or so candidates ran in spring 2012, a few months after Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, was indicted in the abuse of young boys, and President Graham B. Spanier and football coach Joe Paterno were ousted. This year is different.
NEWS
March 3, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
With their candidates picked and their rank and file energized, Montgomery County Republicans are preparing to mount their biggest electoral battle since 2011. The odds remain stacked against them. "Voters should get their popcorn and beverage of choice ready because it's going to be a barn burner of a campaign," party chairman Mike Vereb pledged. The party's convention last week was more upbeat than it has been in years, with little mention of the infighting, scandals, and electoral losses that have plagued county Republicans.
NEWS
January 29, 2015
SHOULD the School Reform Commission be dissolved in favor of an elected school board? Newly elected Gov. Wolf supports the idea. So does a group of vocal education activists in the city. Some mayoral candidates are on board with the idea. The teachers union would vastly prefer an elected board to the governance system we have now - especially after the School Reform Commission's recent attempt to cancel union contracts, a move blocked last week by Commonwealth Court. Despite support from some quarters, it's not a sure thing.
NEWS
January 28, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite the daunting weather forecast, voters in the Sterling Regional and Paulsboro School Districts will cast ballots on school construction projects Tuesday. The Sterling question calls for improvements to Sterling High School, including roof replacement, heating and air-conditioning replacement, new security doors, and improvements to athletic and performing arts facilities. The total project cost is $10,423,215 and it would be eligible for $4,578,678 from the state. In Magnolia, the owner of a home assessed at the average of $147,021 would see a $63.88 tax increase.
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