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April 29, 1993 | By Jodi Enda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the take-no-prisoners style that earned him the title "Ragin' Cajun," Democratic strategist James Carville yesterday began the indelicate process of carving up the leading Republican in the race to unseat Gov. Florio this fall. With his trademark combination of wit and wickedness, the man who put Bill Clinton in the White House chose to defend his current client, Florio, by attacking longtime Florio-basher Christine Todd Whitman. He blasted Whitman for not yet releasing her tax returns, for seeming to back off a pledge to repeal Florio's tax increases, and for airing - and then withdrawing - an ad that criticized expenditures in the office of the state's First Lady.
REAL_ESTATE
July 17, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
The first real estate piece I wrote for the Inquirer, back in March 1989, was on how to determine your house's age. That was nearly 5,000 articles ago, and it applied specifically to Philadelphia and the older suburbs, but it was inspired by what I went through to determine when and by whom my first two city houses were built. Every old building has a story, though it often isn't until that building is repurposed that you hear it. In April, I wrote about MM Partners' $12 million redo: the A.F. Bornot Lofts at 17th Street and Fairmount Avenue, a mixed-use project with 17 loft-style rental apartments, two for-sale townhouses, underground parking, and five businesses comprising 15,000 square feet.
NEWS
October 19, 1992 | BY STUART HOFFMAN
If the polls are right and Bill Clinton is elected President of the United States, history books will trace his victory to an accident over a small school yard in the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia. Think about the improbable sequence of events. Pennsylvania Sen. John Heinz dies on April 4, 1991, when a helicopter and small plane collide over Merion School. Democratic Gov. Robert Casey appoints Harris Wofford to fill Sen. Heinz's term until a special election can be held. President Bush, sensing a slam dunk Republican opportunity, encourages Attorney General Richard Thornburgh to run against Wofford.
NEWS
December 5, 1996
One of Bill Clinton's best buds, James Carville, is gearing up a p.r. campaign to call independent counsel Kenneth Starr a political hack who's just out to get the Clintons. But this caricature of Mr. Starr, a distinguished attorney with Republican connections, is belied by the fact that Attorney General Janet Reno keeps expanding his authority as new allegations come to light. Clearly, the political hack in this tangle is Mr. Carville, "the Ragin' Cajun" who managed the 1992 Clinton campaign.
NEWS
June 12, 1986 | By Dan Meyers, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
In an apparent display of Democratic unity, Robert P. Casey is expected to announce today that former Philadelphia District Attorney Edward G. Rendell will head his campaign for governor against Lt. Gov. William W. Scranton 3d. Casey previously talked with Rendell about serving as state Democratic chairman, but Rendell said he preferred a direct role in the Casey campaign. Rendell finally agreed to serve as campaign chairman, according to sources familiar with the campaign.
NEWS
November 4, 1993 | By Daniel LeDuc, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Could it be that after finally losing a big one - New Jersey - James Carville, the hard-knocking, face-eating Hannibal Lecter of Democratic politics, is actually becoming a wuss? Listen in on that Louisiana drawl, the morning after: "In a ham-and-egg breakfast, the chicken participates and the hog is committed," Gov. Florio's political strategist is saying. "For a long time in campaigns, I've been a hog. Now, I'm going to have a wife and I'm going to have to be a chicken in my work.
NEWS
October 15, 1986 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
Instead of shaking hands on the campaign trail, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Robert P. Casey spent most of yesterday trying to shake dollars loose from campaign contributors. Both in the morning, prior to an interview with the editorial board of the Philadelphia Daily News, and in the late afternoon, Casey was secluded in his Philadelphia campaign headquarters on Chestnut Street, or in the office of his finance chairman, William Batoff, making telephone calls to potential donors.
NEWS
September 15, 2000 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
James Carville, one of the nation's most recognizable - and contentious - Democrats, dropped into the state last night to help Ron Klink raise money to compete with U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. Carville, "the ragin' Cajun," says he's willing to do "everything I can" to help fund Klink's underdog campaign against the well-financed freshman senator. Klink, a western Pennsylvania congressman, has trouble raising money from traditional Democratic sources, partly because he is pro-life and pro-gun, and partly because major Democratic fund-raising is based in eastern Pennsylvania.
NEWS
April 8, 2013
NO DISRESPECT, Mr. President, but you really should have known better than to bring up the subject of California Attorney General Kamala Harris' looks the way you did Thursday. True, she's one gorgeous woman. Everyone at that fundraiser in Silicon Valley that you both attended could take one look at Harris and see it. Trust me, Harris knows it, too. No doubt she's reminded every time she walks down the street. So, there was no need to bring it up the way you did when you called her the "best-looking attorney general in the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 1994 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
It's tempting to imagine a fiction film based on the exploits of James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, the Louisiana country-boy campaign strategist and the videogenic communications director who engineered Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential run. With his balding pate and devilish brow, John Malkovich would make a mighty convincing Carville, and Mike Myers, if he were a little less jowly (and a little better actor), could turn in an acceptably cocky Stephanopoulos. But once you've seen The War Room, you realize that a Hollywood version would be redundant - and not nearly as much fun. A hugely entertaining documentary by cinema verite pioneer D.A. Pennebaker and his wife, Chris Hegedus, The War Room takes us inside the Clinton campaign as it trundles determinedly, albeit idiosyncratically, toward victory.
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REAL_ESTATE
July 17, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
The first real estate piece I wrote for the Inquirer, back in March 1989, was on how to determine your house's age. That was nearly 5,000 articles ago, and it applied specifically to Philadelphia and the older suburbs, but it was inspired by what I went through to determine when and by whom my first two city houses were built. Every old building has a story, though it often isn't until that building is repurposed that you hear it. In April, I wrote about MM Partners' $12 million redo: the A.F. Bornot Lofts at 17th Street and Fairmount Avenue, a mixed-use project with 17 loft-style rental apartments, two for-sale townhouses, underground parking, and five businesses comprising 15,000 square feet.
NEWS
May 4, 2016
'When you become famous," the famous political consultant James Carville once said, "being famous becomes your profession. " It's a sign of the stunning success of Donald Trump's crossover act that we no longer even think about this campaign's most revolutionary effect on our politics: the demolition of the line between celebrity and political achievement. Of course, success in politics can itself breed celebrity. Carville earned his by combining his eccentric sense of humor with actual skill in helping Bill Clinton become president in 1992.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"OUR BRAND is Crisis" is the Secret Deodorant of cinema - strong enough for a man, but made with a woman. The movie was written for George Clooney's production company and the main character was written for a man, then handed to Sandra Bullock, a transaction widely held up as a gender-equality breakthrough in Hollywood. So what liberated glories await Bullock, what exalted privileges that heretofore were reserved for men? Well, you get a shot of Bullock dropping her pants and sticking her butt out the window of a moving bus - a sequence that indicates her career situation may have actually diminished since "Speed.
NEWS
November 20, 2014 | BY DOYLE McMANUS
  IT'S BEEN almost two weeks since their stinging defeat in midterm elections, but Democrats are still licking their wounds and trying to figure out where they went wrong. They don't have much time to extract the right lessons: The 2016 presidential campaign will begin in earnest any minute now. So, I consulted two Democratic sages, each of whom played a central role in electing the last two Democratic presidents: David Axelrod, who worked for Barack Obama in 2008, and James Carville, who worked for Bill Clinton in 1992.
NEWS
April 8, 2013
NO DISRESPECT, Mr. President, but you really should have known better than to bring up the subject of California Attorney General Kamala Harris' looks the way you did Thursday. True, she's one gorgeous woman. Everyone at that fundraiser in Silicon Valley that you both attended could take one look at Harris and see it. Trust me, Harris knows it, too. No doubt she's reminded every time she walks down the street. So, there was no need to bring it up the way you did when you called her the "best-looking attorney general in the country.
NEWS
August 11, 2005 | By Jonah Goldberg
Much of Washington is having a grand time tittering about Robert Novak's potty mouth. But they're missing the point. Here are the facts. On a recent CNN broadcast, Novak was paired with James Carville for an "Inside Politics" discussion. In a boring, but heated, discussion about the Florida Senate race, Carville attacked Novak's integrity saying, "He's got to show these right-wingers that he's got backbone. The Wall Street Journal editorial page is watching. You show 'em you're tough!"
NEWS
November 15, 2004 | By James Vike
The timing could not have been better for James Carville's visit to the Kimmel Center on Monday, Oct. 25. His lecture, part of the Philadelphia Speaker Series sponsored by Widener University, took place one week before the election and on the heels of a rousing rally at Love Park featuring Sen. John Kerry and former President Bill Clinton. Carville described his high hopes for voter turnout in Pennsylvania and Ohio - especially turnout of newly registered voters and young voters.
NEWS
October 27, 2004 | By Amy Worden and Carrie Budoff INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Sen. Arlen Specter was in the region yesterday doing what only an incumbent can do at election time: dole out the federal dough. His challenger, U.S. Rep. Joseph M. Hoeffel, was up early to replenish his campaign coffers a week before Election Day. The events represented a typical day on the Senate campaign trail, as Hoeffel darted across the state with surrogates for Democrat John Kerry and Specter played up his money pull. After a brief appearance at a rally with union machinists in Essington, Delaware County, Specter arrived at Villanova University bearing a check for $1.8 million for a technology program.
NEWS
November 21, 2000 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
Let's talk turkey. We all know that once the obligatory compliments are imparted to the chef - attesting to the scrumptious stuffing, tender bird and velvety pumpkin pie - this year's Thanksgiving dinner conversation is going to turn toward that most unsavory of courses: Politics. There isn't enough zinfandel or Michelob in the world to drown the differences of opinion on who won - or deserved to win - this year's presidential election. And this holiday, it's a lot more interesting than taking bets on when Uncle Joe will pass out in the mashed potatoes.
NEWS
September 15, 2000 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
James Carville, one of the nation's most recognizable - and contentious - Democrats, dropped into the state last night to help Ron Klink raise money to compete with U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. Carville, "the ragin' Cajun," says he's willing to do "everything I can" to help fund Klink's underdog campaign against the well-financed freshman senator. Klink, a western Pennsylvania congressman, has trouble raising money from traditional Democratic sources, partly because he is pro-life and pro-gun, and partly because major Democratic fund-raising is based in eastern Pennsylvania.
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