September 12, 1993 |
Voters will be choosing between a Republican township supervisor and a Democratic political newcomer in the Nov. 2 special election for the vacant 143d state House seat. A third candidate from the newly formed Conservation Party hopes to gain enough signatures to get his name on the ballot. In a district where the Republicans hold a more than 2-to-1 voter- registration advantage, GOP candidate Joe Conti comes from the most populated area and his family is well-known. Conti, a Doylestown Township supervisor, has risen through the ranks of the Republican Party in central Bucks County.
December 14, 2006 |
With nearly $1.7 billion in sales, 4,500 employees and 643 stores, the government-controlled monopoly of wine and liquor is a mega enterprise. Now, for the first time, is has a CEO. Former Sen. Joe Conti will start Monday as chief executive of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board - a $150,000-a-year job approved yesterday over the pointed objections of its chairman. "I firmly believe this was a bad idea. I believe in good government," said Jonathan Newman, who criticized the Rendell administration for rushing the appointment without public scrutiny or a nationwide search.
November 5, 1997 |
State Rep. Joe Conti was on his way to an easy win for a state Senate seat, rolling over a well-seasoned opponent in a three-way race. In early returns, Conti, a Republican, was leading both Democrat Karen Ritter and Constitutional Party candidate Jay Russell by at least a 2-1 ratio in yesterday's election, which means he will finish the remaining year of the 10th District Senate seat vacated by David Heckler. "I am humbled by the victory, humbled by the support of the electorate," said Conti, who will be the only "freshman" senate member.
October 29, 1997 |
The Democratic and Republican candidates for the 10th State Senatorial District, which stretches from Durham Township in Upper Bucks County to Newtown in Central Bucks, both have political experience, street smarts and moxie. Tuesday, they'll find out which won voters' hearts. Democrat Karen Ritter was state representative for Lehigh County from 1986 to 1994, a member of the Allentown City Council from 1982 to 1986, and a onetime candidate for lieutenant governor. The 44-year-old has since relocated with her husband to Milford Township and has put a platform together that includes real estate tax reform, victims' rights, school reform in the form of higher state standards for students, and concern about the proposed Route 202 bypass, which she says "needs further study.
July 19, 2001 |
Wanted: Republican social moderate to balance Pennsylvania's 2002 gubernatorial ticket featuring conservative westerner. Firm handshake, penchant for baby-kissing a plus. With the election nearly a year away, the search is on for a lieutenant-governor candidate, and Harrisburg is already abuzz about who will be on the ticket. Bucks County has two options for the No. 2 spot: State Sens. Robert "Tommy" Tomlinson, representing the Sixth District, and Joe Conti, representing the 10th.
December 13, 2006 |
Out of a job for only two weeks, former State Sen. Joe Conti today will be named chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, a newly created $150,000-a-year post with the nation's largest buyer of wine and spirits. The Rendell administration pushed the appointment of the Bucks County Republican, calling him perfect for the job. Yet the news was immediately met with outrage by the LCB chairman. "This is not transparency in public government," said Jonathan Newman, adding that he learned of Conti's hiring when Rendell's office gave him a job description for the new position at 3 p.m. yesterday.
January 15, 2007 |
WINE aficionados like to describe a fine wine as having the aroma of wild strawberries, or ripe peaches, perhaps with tobacco undertones, or citrus, or some such nonsense. But as a wine consumer, I think Gov. Rendell's naming of ex-State Sen. Joe Conti to be CEO of the state Liquor Control Board smells of something else: the stink of Harrisburg deal-making. The odor was enough to make Jonathan Newman, LCB chairman since 2002, resign in protest. They say that no good deed goes unpunished, and Jon Newman is a perfect example.
November 12, 1997 |
When State Rep. Joe Conti delivers his farewell address to fellow legislators in Harrisburg at 1 p.m. Nov. 24 and one hour later is sworn in as a state senator representing most of central and Upper Bucks County, he will be marking a break in, not the end of, a five-year campaigning streak. Despite his victory in last week's election, Conti still must run for his first full term as a state senator in next year's primary, and then again in the general election. "It's just one continuous campaign," said the central Bucks Republican, who by the end of next year will have run for the state Senate twice and for the state House three times - and that does not include primaries.
January 27, 2013
It's sorry for not puttin' a foot in your mouth Subway is apologizing that its "Footlong" sandwiches fell short of expectations. The world's largest fast-food chain faced widespread criticism last week after a man posted a photo online showing a "Footlong" next to a tape measure that showed the sandwich to be just 11 inches. Subway said Friday that it's redoubling efforts to "ensure consistency and correct length" in all its sandwiches. In a statement Friday, Subway expressed "regret" for "any instance where we did not fully deliver on our promise to our customers.