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January 8, 2009 | By BOB WARNER warnerb@phillynews.com 215-854-5885 Daily News reporters Dave Davies and Gar Joseph contributed to this report
Looks like NBC's Chris Matthews will continue playing his "Hardball" on TV, instead of testing his game in next year's U. S. Senate race. Matthews is contacting Democratic political leaders around the state, telling them that, after mulling the situation for months, he has decided not to run for the Senate seat now held by Arlen Specter. Efforts to reach Matthews directly were unsuccessful. Jeremy Gaines, MSNBC's vice president for communications, reported by e-mail that there was "nothing new on the Matthews front.
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January 6, 2006 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The head of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Jim Matthews, surrendered the leadership post yesterday, saying his campaign for lieutenant governor could affect his duties as the county's top official. The chairman's seat was assumed by Commissioner Tom Ellis. Matthews will keep his seat on the board. "I think it's well-known that I am interviewing for another job right now," said Matthews. Traveling around the state can take him out of cell-phone range for several hours - an unacceptable situation for a man who must be the county's prime decision-maker in emergencies, he said.
NEWS
May 25, 2004 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County assistant district attorney who lost his job in a political flap with his boss was formally fired by the county last week. The Montgomery County commissioners, acting as the county Salary Board, approved the termination of Christian Marrone on Thursday. District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. dismissed Marrone two days after Castor lost the April 27 Republican primary. Marrone was fired for supporting Castor's primary opponent, Tom Corbett. He has threatened to sue the county for violation of his civil rights, although Castor is allowed by state law to fire an "at-will" employee for political reasons.
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October 10, 2010 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
At a Montgomery County commissioners meeting, you would expect to witness all the gentility, intelligence, and grace that comes from governing the commonwealth's wealthiest and third-most-populous county, one of its true economic engines. "You're a sick bastard," Jim Matthews said of fellow Commissioner Bruce Castor at Tuesday's session. "You wouldn't know the truth if it jumped up and bit you in the bottom," Castor charged. This exchange, as followers of the contentious board know well, was not isolated.
NEWS
September 22, 2006
Nearly a decade ago, a state Supreme Court advisory panel reported that most Pennsylvanians suspected what Republican lieutenant governor candidate Jim Matthews alleged this week - that court decisions across the state were influenced by judicial campaign contributions. The panel 10 years ago cited polls that showed nearly nine out of 10 Pennsylvania residents assumed that judges could be bought. The findings then, and Matthews' allegations now, provide a powerful argument for replacing contested judicial elections with a merit-based appointment system like those used in New Jersey and elsewhere.
NEWS
October 1, 1999 | By Meredith Fischer, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Montgomery County's Democratic candidates for commissioner yesterday attacked a proposal by their Republican opponents that, among other things, would award free vacations to Norristown residents for keeping their blocks clean and relatively crime-free. "Some things you just don't shoot from the hip; this is one of them," said candidate Wendell Young 3d, standing with running mate Ruth S. Damsker at a news conference. Earlier this week, District Attorney Michael D. Marino and running mate Jim Matthews - who are both seeking seats on the three-member Board of Commissioners - took to the courthouse steps to unveil a series of initiatives aimed at improving the borough.
NEWS
May 4, 1999 | By Meredith Fischer, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Forget the park and the smiling children. Soft voice-overs and the importance of a team effort: Those are gone, too. In their latest round of political advertisements, airing less than three weeks before the Republican primary for Montgomery County commissioner, District Attorney Michael Marino and running mate James Matthews have traded in their Mr. Nice Guy approach and gone on the attack. The new spots, presented on local radio and television stations for the first time yesterday, take aim at Commissioners Chairman Mario Mele, who is seeking a third term.
NEWS
October 28, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The criminal allegations levied against Jim Matthews, a former Montgomery County commissioner charged with false swearing last year, were wiped clear in court on Friday. But the way the process concluded - usually a simple judicial step - was shrouded in mystery. Matthews' expungement hearing was delayed twice over the last 10 days, and lawyers met behind closed doors for about 30 minutes Friday before the judge addressed the court. The final order he read contained an addendum scrawled in pen: The grand jury transcripts and exhibits that led to Matthews' charge would not be among the materials to be expunged.
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June 23, 2005 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was at an October 2001 college football game, the temple of old-boy cheer and camaraderie, that Jim Matthews encountered the meaning of sorrow. The Montgomery County commissioner had come to Franklin Field to watch his alma mater, Holy Cross, get pummeled by Penn. John Sigmund, a fellow alum, sat next to him. A casual conversation about cars quickly turned serious. Sigmund's daughter, Johanna, had died at the foot of the World Trade Center 25 days earlier, he explained.
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October 28, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The criminal allegations levied against Jim Matthews, a former Montgomery County commissioner charged with false swearing last year, were wiped clear in court on Friday. But the way the process concluded - usually a simple judicial step - was shrouded in mystery. Matthews' expungement hearing was delayed twice over the last 10 days, and lawyers met behind closed doors for about 30 minutes Friday before the judge addressed the court. The final order he read contained an addendum scrawled in pen: The grand jury transcripts and exhibits that led to Matthews' charge would not be among the materials to be expunged.
NEWS
October 10, 2010 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
At a Montgomery County commissioners meeting, you would expect to witness all the gentility, intelligence, and grace that comes from governing the commonwealth's wealthiest and third-most-populous county, one of its true economic engines. "You're a sick bastard," Jim Matthews said of fellow Commissioner Bruce Castor at Tuesday's session. "You wouldn't know the truth if it jumped up and bit you in the bottom," Castor charged. This exchange, as followers of the contentious board know well, was not isolated.
NEWS
January 8, 2009 | By BOB WARNER warnerb@phillynews.com 215-854-5885 Daily News reporters Dave Davies and Gar Joseph contributed to this report
Looks like NBC's Chris Matthews will continue playing his "Hardball" on TV, instead of testing his game in next year's U. S. Senate race. Matthews is contacting Democratic political leaders around the state, telling them that, after mulling the situation for months, he has decided not to run for the Senate seat now held by Arlen Specter. Efforts to reach Matthews directly were unsuccessful. Jeremy Gaines, MSNBC's vice president for communications, reported by e-mail that there was "nothing new on the Matthews front.
NEWS
March 26, 2008 | By Derrick Nunnally INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Hope for a quick political detente in Montgomery County has a hard time lasting past a glimpse into Bruce L. Castor Jr.'s office bathroom. On the wall next to the toilet hangs the certificate solemnizing Castor's position as a county commissioner - a display the outspoken Republican placed to symbolize his feelings about the top level of Montgomery County government. "It will remain there," Castor said, "until we regain control of the commission. " Such are relations three months into the power-sharing arrangement that relegates Castor to anything-but-silent fuming from the sidelines while the commission's other two members, Republican James R. Matthews and Democrat Joseph M. Hoeffel, govern in a bipartisan coalition.
NEWS
September 22, 2006
Nearly a decade ago, a state Supreme Court advisory panel reported that most Pennsylvanians suspected what Republican lieutenant governor candidate Jim Matthews alleged this week - that court decisions across the state were influenced by judicial campaign contributions. The panel 10 years ago cited polls that showed nearly nine out of 10 Pennsylvania residents assumed that judges could be bought. The findings then, and Matthews' allegations now, provide a powerful argument for replacing contested judicial elections with a merit-based appointment system like those used in New Jersey and elsewhere.
NEWS
February 10, 2006 | By Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pittsburgh State Rep. Mike Turzai withdrew from the race for the Republican lieutenant governor nomination yesterday, clearing the way for Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Matthews to get the nod and become Lynn Swann's running mate. In announcing his withdrawal, Turzai (R., Allegheny) - Matthews' only remaining challenger - endorsed the Swann-Matthews ticket. He had been supporting Bill Scranton, but the former lieutenant governor dropped out of the race for governor on Tuesday.
NEWS
January 6, 2006 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The head of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Jim Matthews, surrendered the leadership post yesterday, saying his campaign for lieutenant governor could affect his duties as the county's top official. The chairman's seat was assumed by Commissioner Tom Ellis. Matthews will keep his seat on the board. "I think it's well-known that I am interviewing for another job right now," said Matthews. Traveling around the state can take him out of cell-phone range for several hours - an unacceptable situation for a man who must be the county's prime decision-maker in emergencies, he said.
NEWS
June 23, 2005 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was at an October 2001 college football game, the temple of old-boy cheer and camaraderie, that Jim Matthews encountered the meaning of sorrow. The Montgomery County commissioner had come to Franklin Field to watch his alma mater, Holy Cross, get pummeled by Penn. John Sigmund, a fellow alum, sat next to him. A casual conversation about cars quickly turned serious. Sigmund's daughter, Johanna, had died at the foot of the World Trade Center 25 days earlier, he explained.
NEWS
May 25, 2004 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County assistant district attorney who lost his job in a political flap with his boss was formally fired by the county last week. The Montgomery County commissioners, acting as the county Salary Board, approved the termination of Christian Marrone on Thursday. District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. dismissed Marrone two days after Castor lost the April 27 Republican primary. Marrone was fired for supporting Castor's primary opponent, Tom Corbett. He has threatened to sue the county for violation of his civil rights, although Castor is allowed by state law to fire an "at-will" employee for political reasons.
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