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December 9, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
THE DAY AFTER his election Saturday as president of the Philadelphia NAACP branch, Minister Rodney Muhammad said that one of his first goals would be "the healing of our organization. " He said yesterday that he plans to meet with the new board of officers after he is sworn in to office next month to determine how to invigorate the branch, which has been divided by feuds over its finances. Before he can heal the branch, however, Muhammad, head of Mosque No. 12 in North Philadelphia, first may have to face formal challenges to the election.
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November 20, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov.-elect Tom Wolf filled out his transition steering committee Tuesday, adding executives and officials from academia, law, nonprofits, and the government. "I look forward to working with these individuals to address the steep fiscal and economic challenges ahead," he said in a statement. Joining the team are Philadelphia lawyer Shanin Specter - son of the late Sen. Arlen Specter - as well as Nilda Iris Ruiz, president and chief executive officer of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, and Joseph Meade, government affairs director for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Other newly named members include Neal Bisno, president of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, the state's largest union of nurses and health-care workers; David Barasch, former U.S. attorney in Harrisburg and Pennsylvania's consumer advocate in the 1980s; Aradhna Oliphant, president and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.; Mark Nordenberg, longtime chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh; State Rep. Phyllis Mundy (D., Luzerne)
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November 13, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Newly elected U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross plans to make jobs and the economy his priority, he said Wednesday, including working to extend long-term unemployment benefits. House Republicans did not vote on an extension of benefits this year, but in a call with reporters, Norcross said the measure was essential for residents of New Jersey and other states. "There are many, many people who need that lifeline," he said. Norcross, a Camden County Democrat, last week defeated Republican former Eagles player Garry Cobb for the First Congressional District seat with 57 percent of the vote.
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November 6, 2014
A story on the Pennsylvania House election in Philadelphia on Wednesday misstated the name of a Green Party candidate, Glenn C. Davis. He was defeated by Democratic Rep. Vanessa Brown.
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November 6, 2014
FOR TOM WOLF the easy part is over. His money, demeanor and running against America's most vulnerable incumbent yesterday combined to make him governor-elect. And in a way that made history: He's the first candidate to break a 68-year state cycle of electing governors of different parties every eight years. It's a cycle that extended way back before we allowed governors two terms. But now what? Now Wolf, a progressive Democratic newcomer, faces governing the least-progressive Northeastern state, known for its love of the status quo. He faces doing so with a Legislature controlled by Republican majorities that couldn't get along with the Republican governor Wolf just beat.
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November 6, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
On New Jersey's 101.5 FM the morning after the election, grouchy-pants populist Jim Gearhart was complaining about public question No. 2. He characterized the explanatory statement on the ballot as so verbose that voters likely became confused, or exhausted, just by looking at it. To which I replied (in my mind, as I so often do with Gearhart) that a more concise wording might have read: vote no = bad; vote yes = good . The yeas did carry the day on the question of conserving open space, farmland, and water in New Jersey, providing a precious bit of good news for Garden State progressives cast adrift by the Republican wave.
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November 4, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
YOU'VE ENDURED months of televised campaign commercials. You know the ads - smiling candidates saying nice things about themselves and ominous things about their opponents. The end is in sight. Just one more thing to do - vote! Voters in Pennsylvania will cast ballots today for governor, members of the U.S. House, all state House of Representatives and half of the 50 state Senate members. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The weather forecast - partly sunny with temperatures reaching about 67 degrees - should help turnout, which is expected to be low. Voters with questions about their registration status or polling place can call the Philadelphia City Commission at 215-686-1590 or visit PhiladelphiaVotes.com.
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November 4, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
District Attorney Seth Williams on Monday announced the creation of a task force aimed at combating election-day fraud. The Election Fraud Task Force will specially assign assistant district attorneys and detectives to investigate election fraud allegations, instead of handling them "based on where and when the complaints came into the office," Williams said in a statement. "For far too long, it has been assumed that election day in Philadelphia involves inappropriate actions at the polls.
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November 2, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a rare scenario, a union election Saturday for officers in the Electricians local led by John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty will be supervised by the U.S. Labor Department. The department's involvement stems from a complaint by two candidates for the executive board, Kenneth Rocks and Kevin O'Sullivan, who said they were unfairly denied the opportunity to run for two of five seats. The Labor Department agreed. "The investigation of the challenged election disclosed that the union improperly determined that two nominees for executive board were ineligible to run for office," the Labor Department said Aug. 28, adding that Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers had voluntarily agreed to the supervision.
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November 2, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
With a race for governor in Pennsylvania and congressional elections in the commonwealth and New Jersey, it would be a shame to see a repeat of past midterm elections' paltry turnout. Beyond urging you to vote Tuesday, here are The Inquirer's recommendations. Pa. governor For reasons publisher Gerry Lenfest explained a week ago, rather than endorse either of the candidates, The Inquirer contrasted their positions and ours on key issues. For example, while Gov. Corbett has resisted calls to tax the state's booming natural-gas industry on the grounds that doing so would threaten an economic windfall, challenger Tom Wolf supports a 5 percent extraction tax that could yield $1 billion a year to help fund basic education.
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