August 20, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday nominated a former top state prosecutor to serve as attorney general and replace the convicted Kathleen G. Kane, a move that would end the fleeting tenure of Bruce L. Castor Jr. Wolf said his nominee, Bruce Beemer, a Democrat, had the support of Republican and Democratic legislative leaders. Beemer's nomination must be confirmed by the GOP-controlled Senate, a vote that is not expected before the end of the month. "Bruce Beemer has a depth of experience," Wolf said in a statement.
August 18, 2016 |
Former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah leaned heavily on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the definition of political bribery in asking a federal court in Philadelphia on Monday to overturn his conviction on corruption charges. The former congressman's lawyers had telegraphed the move after the high court vacated the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell in June, a decision that came days after a federal jury found Fattah guilty on 22 counts in a case with some parallels.
July 24, 2016 |
A "divider" like GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will have a hard time winning Ohio, an important battleground that could help decide the election in November, said Buckeye State Gov. John Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate. "Ohio's a snapshot of the country. People in Ohio want to see a positive agenda, a positive way to move forward," Kasich said Friday in an interview at the Union League of Philadelphia. He attended a fund-raiser for Brian Fitzpatrick, a Bucks County Republican running for an open congressional seat.
July 23, 2016 |
CLEVELAND - He gave a speech that prompted a rallying cry on the floor of the Republican National Convention, defended the GOP presidential nominee's wife against plagiarism, and blasted a U.S. senator as selfish. As Gov. Christie capped a week in the spotlight - and as a top advocate for Donald Trump - he pledged to New Jersey Republicans that he would play a quieter role when his term as governor ends in January 2018. "I will retreat to the role of used-to-be," the governor said at a breakfast Thursday for the state's delegation, describing his role model for departing office as former President George W. Bush: "He never got out there and decided to become a pundit or talking head," but "conducted himself with honor and dignity.
July 19, 2016
Former Minnesota Gov. Wendell Anderson, 83, a Democrat who was seen as embodying his state when he posed for an iconic Time magazine cover only to lose public confidence by arranging his own appointment to the U.S. Senate, died Sunday. Gov. Mark Dayton's office said Mr. Anderson had been in hospice care in St. Paul. Mr. Anderson was elected governor in 1970. Time featured the former Olympic hockey player in a glowing 1973 story about Minnesota, calling him "a Midwestern Kennedy. " At the height of his popularity in 1974, Mr. Anderson beat his Republican challenger by a better than a 2-to-1 ratio.
June 29, 2016 |
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday vacated the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell with a ruling likely to reverberate through other high-profile corruption cases, including those against former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) Within minutes of the unanimous opinion's release, lawyers for Fattah - who was convicted last week on federal charges of racketeering, bribery, and fraud, and then resigned from Congress - were scouring the decision, which narrowed the scope of a law that bars public officials from taking gifts in exchange for official actions.
June 24, 2016
OUR STATE CAPITAL runs on protocols. For instance, powerful people in Harrisburg don't dial their own calls. That's what staffers are for. Traditions like that can trip up a hands-on governor. The Department of General Services last Friday issued this advisory to government agencies: "Please advise your switchboard that if they receive a call for anyone in your department, claiming to be Tom Wolf they should not hang up on him. It may very well be the governor - he likes to place his own telephone calls.
June 14, 2016 |
Leaders in Philadelphia's gay community were horrified and heartbroken Sunday by the pre-dawn shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people and wounded 53 more, the worst mass shooting in American history. Through shock and anger, fears and resolve, they universally described the massacre as feeling personal and terrifying, like an attack on the entire LGBT community. "It's a reminder that as much progress as the gay community has made, there's still an incredible amount of pushback and hate in America," said Malcolm Lazin, founder of the Equality Forum, an LGBT civil rights group based in Philadelphia.
June 3, 2016 |
Evesham Mayor Randy Brown, kicking coach for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, announced the creation of a political action committee Wednesday, a move that some see as intended to score the governor's office. Although he has publicly expressed interest in running for governor in 2017, he declined to say on the record Wednesday whether the new PAC paves the way for such a run. Its formal mission is to promote small businesses across New Jersey, and he will serve as its honorary chairman. "Small businesses are the backbone of New Jersey," Brown said at a news conference at the office of his brother Rick's Evesham Mortgage Co. in the township's Marlton district.
May 20, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Wednesday upheld his promise to veto a bill that would lessen the role of seniority in teacher layoffs. The Protecting Excellent Teachers Act, passed this month by the House and Senate, had become a political football. This week, a key Republican in the legislature warned the governor that the issue could resurface in next month's budget negotiations if he vetoed the bill. Supporters, including the state School Boards Association, said the measure would let districts protect their best teachers by using performance ratings, not seniority, in determining layoffs.