May 5, 2016
ISSUE | PENNSYLVANIA CORRUPTION Let's keep an eye on all elected officials Who would have thought that disgraced former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord's greatest contribution to public service would be wearing a wire ("Sources: McCord wore wire in probe," Thursday)? Given the state of rampant corruption, let's forget about body cameras on police officers and require them to be worn by every elected official in Pennsylvania 24 hours a day. |Mark D. Schwartz, Bryn Mawr, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 3, 2016 |
The Pennsylvania School Employees' Retirement System has voided ballots in a special election for a seat on its controlling board, citing "minor irregularities. " Since PSERS is one of the biggest expenses that Pennsylvanians pay - it consumed $2.6 billion from state and local taxpayers last year, and expects to need $4 billion next year - it's comforting that the board's 15 members, who hire the hundreds of private investors paid to manage PSERS' $52 billion in assets, answer to the people.
April 30, 2016
Philadelphia, the nation's poorest big city, spends $400,000 a year on three employees who don't necessarily work hard for the money. The City Commissioners, with salaries of $129,600 and, for their chairman, $138,400, each collect almost four times the city's median household income for their elected posts atop Philadelphia's elections agency. But two people who have held the job say it's not full time. "The only full-time part of it is the pay," former Commissioner Stephanie Singer told the Inquirer.
April 28, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court has noted correctly that "the voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. " In Pennsylvania, which nominated candidates for Congress and state legislature in Tuesday's primaries, that is not how representative government has worked for many years. At the beginning of this decade, Republicans drew legislative and congressional district lines so masterfully - and questionably - that the state's delegations don't come close to reflecting the population they're supposed to represent.
April 27, 2016
Republicans are a more ideological party than Democrats, but ideology has mattered less in the GOP primaries this year than in the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton is in a nearly unassailable position to win her party's nomination. But assuming she prevails, her primary fight with Sanders has underscored weaknesses she will have to deal with to win in November. And Donald Trump's move toward moderation on social issues last week reflects not only his campaign's understanding that he cannot win as a far-right candidate, but also his need to tread carefully to maintain the crazy-quilt coalition he has built in the GOP primaries.
April 27, 2016
President Hillary Clinton Democratic John Kasich Republican U.S. Senate Joe Sestak Democratic U.S. House Second District Dan Muroff Democratic Seventh District Mary Ellen Balchunis Democratic Eighth District Steve Santarsiero Democratic Brian Fitzpatrick Republican Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro Democratic John Rafferty...
April 25, 2016 |
Jim Donnelly is a registered Republican who is disgusted. His lifelong party, he believes, has done little for anyone but the wealthy, the well-connected, and its own leaders. "I'm a strong Republican and this is the worst I've ever seen it," said Donnelly, 73, a retired factory production manager who lives in Lansdale. "In Washington, D.C., and in Harrisburg, the Republicans are only looking out for themselves. I don't see any Republican I like except for Donald Trump - because he says it the way it is. " Donnelly has a lot of company in Pennsylvania.
April 23, 2016 |
If history and logic are indicators, a Delaware County Republican with decades of political experience and a mammoth campaign-funding advantage should have no problem defeating a Democratic newcomer in Tuesday's election. But that is not stopping Marty Molloy. In fact, not much has stopped the 39-year-old Wallingford Democrat in his foray into politics while running against State Rep. Tom Killion in Tuesday's special election for the vacant Ninth Senate District seat, long held by former GOP Senate Majority Leader Dominic F. Pileggi.
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.