November 1, 2013 |
A MERE FRACTION of Philadelphia's 1,024,362 registered voters are expected to show up Tuesday to cast general-election ballots. They'll be electing a district attorney, city controller and judges for Superior Court (one), the Court of Common Pleas (seven) and Municipal Court (three). We'll see if city voters can beat the dismal 9.28 percent turnout for the May 21 primary election. In the top two races, District Attorney Seth Williams seeks a second term, challenged by Republican Danny Alvarez , while City Controller Alan Butkovitz seeks a third term, challenged by Republican Terry Tracy . The incumbents have the edge here, since Philly's registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than six-to-one.
September 18, 2013
Gov. Christie is still sticking to his flimsy excuses for making New Jersey voters go to the polls twice in less than three weeks. Christie first refused to hold a special election to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg on the same date as the general election, Nov. 5, saying voters deserved to choose Lautenberg's successor as soon as possible. Then, last week, he vetoed a bill that would have moved up the general election to the Oct. 16 special-election date. This time, the governor suggested New Jerseyans aren't adroit enough to handle changing the date.
July 9, 2013 |
FRANKFORT, Ky. - To cover his political flank, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has forged an alliance with tea party darling Rand Paul, picked up support from other national tea party leaders, and brought in a campaign manager from the upper echelons of the tea party movement. The GOP's fiscally conservative wing has proved particularly powerful in Kentucky, and elsewhere, it has felled incumbents including McConnell's longtime Republican colleague U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana.
July 8, 2013 |
Fed up with a lack of competition in "safe" legislative districts, California voters ditched the state's conventional primary system two years ago and implemented the "Top Two Open Primary. " The initiative was called Proposition 14, a concept I embraced on this page. Here's how it works: Candidates choose whether to associate themselves with a particular party or run unaffiliated. All candidates are then listed on the same ballot, and every voter, regardless of party affiliation (or lack thereof)
June 19, 2013 |
TRENTON - U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone called Monday for multiple debates leading up to the August Democratic U.S. Senate primary in New Jersey, one of the first attempts by one candidate in the four-person race to engage the others. The other three campaigns all supported the idea of debates and forums without giving Pallone credit for putting it out there first. All of them said they would look at debate and forum proposals as they roll in. In making his call, Pallone, of Monmouth County, said voters should be able to make a decision that is not "based solely on slick TV ads and 20-second sound bites.
June 12, 2013 |
UNION CITY, N.J. - Two elected officials from North Jersey are the latest Democrats to back Republican Gov. Christie in his bid for reelection this fall. State Sen. Brian Stack endorsed Christie in Union City, where Stack is also mayor. "He's been a governor that's been truly responsive. I mean that sincerely," Stack, a Democrat, said after Monday's announcement. "No other governor would call me at 4 in the morning and say, 'Brian, I'm watching Channel 12 ... and I see a big fire.
June 7, 2013
Gov. Christie's argument that New Jersey voters shouldn't have to wait a year to choose their next senator is absolutely correct. But his contention that they can't wait a few more weeks is mainly a test of the governor's remarkable ability to keep a straight face. On Tuesday, the day after the death of U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, Christie announced that a special election to fill his seat would be held as soon as the law allowed. That sounded about right - except that the earliest possible date turned out to be Oct. 16, or three weeks before the general election in which the governor himself is running.
May 17, 2013 |
One of the most bitter and longest-running civil wars in Philadelphia politics came to an end this month, and almost nobody noticed. That's the price of irrelevance, which is perhaps the most charitable adjective one can use to describe the state of Philadelphia's Republican City Committee, a barely functioning party apparatus that often struggles to field credible candidates for offices big and small. For four years, the city's GOP has been riven into two blocs: an old guard, largely content to hold on to its share of the city's dwindling patronage jobs, and a cast of relative newcomers disgusted by the party's stagnation and insignificance.
May 9, 2013 |
TRENTON - State Sen. Barbara Buono's campaign fund-raising in her bid to be governor lags so badly that without a major push in the next four weeks, she risks not maximizing state matching money in her run against Gov. Christie. On Monday, Buono, a Democrat, reported having raised "just under" $1.9 million, including $1.1 million in matching funds. To be able to spend the maximum of $5.6 million on the June 4 primary, she must bring get close to $1.2 million more from donors.
March 14, 2013 |
The jobs may be on the verge of extinction, but that hasn't stopped 41 men and women from seeking election as judges of Philadelphia Traffic Court. That's how many candidates submitted signature petitions Tuesday to secure spots for the court on the May 21 primary ballot. The judgeships - if they continue - pay $91,000 a year for a six-year term. They don't require a law degree or even a high school diploma. "It's remarkable to see how many people are interested in running for a position that may not exist in a few months," said Erik Arneson, a spokesman for state Senate Republican leader Dominic Pileggi, sponsor of a bill to abolish Traffic Court.