August 21, 2015
I HAD A FORMER "anchor baby" in my office the other day. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? It's that almost mythical creature like the unicorn, the sweet-tempered feminist or the heterosexual Boy Scout leader: a child who will allow his illegal alien parents to become citizens before you can say "God bless America. " That child, now in his teens, was born in the United States and therefore became a citizen at birth. This didn't much help his parents, who worked long and hard and paid massive fines to become documented.
July 31, 2015 |
MARIA CASTANEDA, 19, who was brought to the United States illegally from Mexico by her mother at age 3, yesterday stood with Philadelphia Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney and a host of immigration activists to denounce a federal bill that they say would lead to the criminalization of undocumented people living in the United States. Passed last week by the U.S. House of Representatives on a vote of 241 to 179, the "Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act," would bar so-called sanctuary cities and states from receiving millions of dollars in federal law-enforcement funding for refusing to cooperate fully with federal immigration agents.
May 22, 2015 |
On his latest financial-disclosure form, Gov. Christie does not list as gifts the luxury-box tickets to Dallas Cowboys games he received last football season from team owner Jerry Jones. The governor's disclosure form is dated May 15 - a day after New Jersey's acting attorney general issued an opinion that said the state's requirements for disclosing gifts could be interpreted to apply only to remuneration received in exchange for a service, such as for a speaking engagement. The financial-disclosure form, which Christie files annually, indicates that he and his wife, Mary Pat, earned at least $600,000 in income last year - most of it from her job as a managing director at the Wall Street investment firm Angelo Gordon.
May 1, 2015 |
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday rejected a request from City Council that he issue an executive order allowing some city employees time off with pay so that they can vote on primary and general election days. Council unanimously passed a resolution earlier yesterday asking for the executive order on the basis that roughly 500 first responders and other municipal employees work 12 hours or more per shift or live 30 minutes or more from their workplaces, making it difficult for them to get to the polls.
April 3, 2015 |
FIVE TO SIX hundred airport baggage handlers, airplane cleaners and wheelchair attendants skipped work yesterday to protest that many are still earning minimum wage or close to it despite passage of a city law last year that called for them to have gotten raises. The nonunion employees started the day protesting where they work, Philadelphia International Airport, then moved on to City Hall, where they rallied in solidarity with City Council members Kenyatta Johnson, Ed Neilson, Blondell Reynolds Brown, Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Curtis Jones.
January 24, 2015 |
Bruce Springsteen CDs, the Bible, books about weight loss and foreign affairs, a Cuban flag, and a bottle of Pinot Noir. New Jersey's governor has received more than 1,100 gifts since he took office in 2010, according to newly disclosed records. They come from national politicians like Mitt Romney, local officials and organizations, and regular folks. There is no evidence that any of the gifts were improper under New Jersey law. The records were obtained by the liberal group American Bridge, which conducts opposition research on GOP stars like Gov. Christie.
January 10, 2015 |
For the five years he has held office, Gov. Christie has not declared any gifts on his annual financial disclosure forms. The governor's office says Christie has complied with an executive order he issued in 2010 requiring disclosure of gifts of a certain value, but it won't say who paid for Christie's travel and ticket to a September 2013 Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game in Texas, where he was seen in the owner's box with Jerry Jones. His frequent appearances in luxury boxes with Jones this season have raised questions about what the governor has paid, whether he can accept such perks, and whether he needs or intends to disclose them under New Jersey's ethics laws.
November 21, 2014 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Like an unwanted guest, President Obama's impending executive order on immigration kept crashing the Republican governors' combined annual meeting and victory celebration. For two days, the topic seeped into the seaside gathering via question after question from reporters - but it was not what the governors wanted to talk about. Several said the president was using the issue to distract everyone from the midterm elections that gave the GOP clear majorities in the Senate and governors' offices alike.
November 16, 2014 |
No doubt President Obama has heard the old saying: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Well, what kind of fool would he be if he believed Republicans' latest claims of sincere interest in meaningful immigration reform? Their track record suggests otherwise. In fact, the GOP's capture of both congressional chambers in the midterm elections may make House Republicans even more stubborn than last year, when they killed a bipartisan Senate bill. The House majority acts as if more border security will address the 11 million illegal immigrants already here, but they know it won't.
November 7, 2014 |
GEARED TOWARD promoting cycling, Mayor Nutter yesterday signed an executive order that officially created the Philadelphia Bicycling Advocacy Board. Some of the board's top priorities will be to advise the mayor on policies concerning cycling, work on volunteer efforts and promote national and international competitions in the city, Nutter said during a press conference. "Cycling is not just about being on a bicycle for exercise or transportation, it's also about youth development, sustainability, healthy living and the economic impact of the sport in our city," he said.