November 21, 2014 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - One veteran of many Republican Governors Association meetings called it "the peacock parade. " Heads turned as at least a half-dozen governors considered potential 2016 presidential candidates swept with their entourages through the colonnaded walks and polished palazzos of a luxury oceanside resort here Wednesday - including, of course, the outgoing chairman of the association, Gov. Christie. "You can see them all profiling," said Charles Breslin, a Philadelphia business consultant who has advised governors and their staffs on health-care issues and is attending the conference.
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 8, 2014
BREAK OUT the Hershey bars and nylons, the war on women is over! Yes, indeed, folks, the hostile aggression against 51 percent of the population by that pseudo-cabal of old men, Supreme Court justices (who are old men) and women-who-can-no-longer-reproduce is over, and we can celebrate the great electoral victory that has delivered us from Republican evil. What's that you say? The wrong side won? The GOP vanquished those valiant defenders of our ovaries? Can it be that we are destined to remain in that reproductive, mommy-track bondage that has stripped us of our humanity?
November 6, 2014 |
Voters were lined up when the polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Tredyffrin Township municipal building. Another unexpected rush came at 11:15 a.m., before the typical lunch-hour crowd. An hour later, someone shouted "We hit 500!" - nearly 25 percent of the precinct's registered voters. Poll workers cheered. For a midterm election with polls suggesting few tight races, experts had predicted a light turnout on Tuesday. As the polls closed, figures were still trickling in. But across the region, officials and poll workers were surprised by the legions who chose to vote.
November 4, 2014 |
Voters in Pennsylvania are poised Tuesday to either make Republican Tom Corbett the first governor to lose reelection in the modern era, or hand him a historic comeback victory against Democrat Tom Wolf. New Jersey voters will choose a U.S. senator and decide the Philadelphia area's hottest congressional contest. Those are the region's marquee races in a midterm election that, nationwide, could shift the balance of power in the Senate and reflect a growing dissatisfaction with officeholders from the statehouse to the White House.
November 2, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Democrats are looking to Pennsylvania on Tuesday for a glimmer of joy amid an Election Day otherwise showing promise for Republicans. Though independent analysts, Democrats (publicly), and even Republicans (privately) like Tom Wolf's odds of ousting Gov. Corbett on Tuesday, Democrats are forecast to mostly struggle otherwise. A Wolf win would give his party a rare gain against a backdrop of President Obama's tumbling poll numbers, anxiety over Ebola and the Islamic State, a muddled economic recovery, and general disgust with politicians everywhere.
October 29, 2014 |
THE 76ERS might have gotten their biggest win of the season before it even started. Yesterday the NBA's Board of Governors failed to pass a new lottery system, with 13 teams voting to keep in place the current system, which gives teams with the worst records the highest chances to land the top picks in the draft. The proposed system would have made it a more even playing field among teams to land the top picks. The Sixers were one of the 13 teams that voted against the new lottery system.
October 25, 2014 |
If elected governor, Tom Wolf plans to end the asset test, a measure that ties federal food stamp benefits to people's bank accounts and car ownership. The Democrat would also work to reestablish General Assistance (GA), which used to pay $205 a month to people who were both poor and disabled. Both moves would reverse initiatives by Gov. Corbett, who saw the asset test as a way to cut down on fraud and waste, and GA as an unnecessary institution from the 1930s whose elimination has saved the state $150 million a year.
October 24, 2014 |
State Sen. Mike Stack is weighing whether to hold on to his Northeast Philadelphia seat if he is elected lieutenant governor on Nov. 4. If he did, it would be only the third time someone has straddled both positions, and the first time by an elected lieutenant governor. Asked about the possibility Wednesday, Stack, a Democrat, declined to dismiss it, but said he was focused on being elected lieutenant governor. Stack, who represents the Fifth District, is running against Republican Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley.
October 20, 2014 |
YORK, Pa. - Stopping in on an early-morning gathering for veterans Thursday, Tom Corbett moved easily through the sea of older men, gripping their arms and crouching down to listen to their war stories. It was his kind of crowd. Small. Calm. Controlled. Military men - men with simple but poignant values he relates to: honor, duty, and love of country. For a campaign stop, Corbett's message to the vets was as apolitical as it was simple: Tell your story. People need to understand what you have accomplished.