CollectionsJohn Dougherty
IN THE NEWS

John Dougherty

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
April 23, 2003
ONCE AGAIN, you've mistaken opinion for reporting. The articles that were in the April 14 and 15 papers about Electricians union boss John Dougherty could have been printed during the time of the the McCarthy era. He has been blamed for everything from bribery to tampering with minority contracts - amazing that you think Mr. Dougherty has that much power. I'm sure if a bomb were dropped over the city, he would be blamed for that. You even tried to portray the fact that he may be encouraging people to get involved with their neighborhoods and jump-start the city in a negative fashion.
NEWS
January 16, 1991 | By Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
John Dougherty, a retired Philadelphia police officer whose calm, professional demeanor was an example to scores of young officers who worked with him, died Sunday. He was 84 and lived in the city's Overbrook section. Dougherty was with the Philadelphia Police Department from 1945 until he retired in 1965. He then went to work in security at Villanova University, retiring from that job in 1974. When Deputy Police Commissioner Thomas McGeehan joined the department in 1957, he was assigned to the old 38th District, now the 18th District, headquartered at 55th and Pine streets.
NEWS
March 13, 2008
State. Sen. Vincent J. Fumo's decision to not seek reelection leaves union boss John Dougherty as the clear front-runner. That's good for Dougherty, but troubling for reform-minded voters. In some respects, Dougherty is a junior version of Fumo - though without the Mensa membership. Both are brash, colorful, South Philadelphia characters. In fact, Dougherty was once a Fumo acolyte. Like Fumo, he can be pugnacious and charming. Dougherty also does lots of good work, but he and his union buddies at times have acted like thugs.
NEWS
April 17, 2008
John Dougherty has some really good friends. One unrelated pal, Donald "Gus" Dougherty, allegedly did more than $100,000 worth of work at John's house free. Another friend, Peter DePaul, a well-connected developer, let Dougherty stay at DePaul's $3,000-a-month waterfront apartment free while Dougherty's home was undergoing a $400,000 renovation. Federal prosecutors are looking at these relationships as part of a broader probe of the union boss. He has not been charged and denies any wrongdoing.
NEWS
December 13, 2012
January 2006: Federal agents search the South Philadelphia home of John J. Dougherty's childhood friend, Donald J. "Gus" Dougherty Jr. Donald Dougherty is not related to John Dougherty. February 2006: Federal authorities subpoena records from the Redevelopment Authority. John Dougherty was chairman of the authority. March 2006: Federal authorities subpoena records from the Pennsport Civic Association. John Dougherty was its president. November 2006: Federal agents execute a search warrant at John Dougherty's South Philadelphia home.
NEWS
April 29, 2008 | By CATHERINE LUCEY, luceyc@phillynews.com 215-854-4172
Union leader John Dougherty yesterday resigned as chairman of the powerful city Redevelopment Authority. In a letter to Mayor Nutter, Dougherty, head of the electricians union, said that he had accomplished all of his goals during eight years as unpaid head of the authority, which spends millions of dollars reviving blighted areas. Dougherty's resignation, effective tomorrow, comes a week after he lost a bid for the Democratic nomination to the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Vince Fumo.
NEWS
May 18, 2011 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, NQUIRER POLITICS WRITER
John Dougherty worked a BlackBerry and a flip phone, gathering intelligence and transmitting orders Tuesday morning as reinforcements filtered into the Edward O'Malley Recreation Center in South Philadelphia. They would be the second wave of Local 98's Democratic primary operation. "Yo, you and Nico, are you in the truck?" Dougherty said. "How far are you? OK. Come back to EOM and grab some of these shirts and hats. " Soon, piles of red shirts and mesh trucker hats advertising First District Council candidate Mark Squilla - and green ones touting at-large Councilman Bill Green - were speeding toward 10th and Dickinson Streets.
NEWS
June 27, 2007 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia electrical contractor was charged yesterday with stealing $869,000 from a union benefits plan, bribing a bank executive, and "making illegal payments" to labor leader John J. Dougherty. These "illegal payments," authorities said, included the sale of a house to John Dougherty for $24,000 below market value and $115,000 worth of electrical work on the labor leader's Philadelphia home. Dougherty was not charged with a crime, but U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan said that the case remains open and that the related transactions "are still of great interest to investigators.
NEWS
February 22, 2006 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady ended a running blood feud between political titans State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D., Phila.) and labor leader John Dougherty. Now Dougherty appears to be involved in a new battle, this one with Brady, the long-standing boss of Philadelphia's Democratic machine. Over the last month, signs of stress in their relationship have surfaced repeatedly - a situation that, if it worsens, could shake up the 2007 mayor's race. As chairman of the city's Democratic Party, Brady carries significant clout with ward leaders and could impede efforts by any candidate he opposes.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
May 14, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
FORMER STATE SEN. Vince Fumo went on Facebook yesterday morning and weighed in on the mayor's race. Sort of. Fumo shared a NewsWorks story about the "four billionaires" supporting state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and wrote that he'd choose their candidate over one backed by labor leader John Dougherty (who is throwing his money behind ex-Fumo protege and former City Councilman Jim Kenney). "Either those guys or Johnnie doc! I take anyone other than dougherty!" Fumo wrote. The four billionaires cited by NewsWorks are the pro-school-choice Susquehanna International Group trio funding Williams ads, and Gerry Lenfest - owner of the Daily News , the Inquirer and Philly.com - who has contributed money to Williams.
NEWS
May 12, 2015 | Daily News Editorial
PHILADELPHIA, at the center of a convergence of growth, positive attention and forward movement, is having a moment. While still beset with big problems, we can more easily stand with other modern cities - no longer corrupt and content, no longer in thrall to pay to play, patronage, ethical shortcomings and soul-killing bureaucratic indifference, much of which can be credited to Mayor Nutter's past seven years. Interviewing candidates, and attending some of the countless debates and forums to weigh our choice for the Democratic choice for next mayor, we have focused a key question: Who is most likely to keep the momentum going?
NEWS
April 29, 2015 | Chris Brennan and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
It is the physics of Philadelphia politics: For every new sign of campaign strength, there is an equal and opposite attempt to weaken that candidate. "I must be doing good in the polls, because the attention seems to be focused on me," former City Councilman James F. Kenney quipped Monday morning after three of his five opponents in the May 19 Democratic primary election for mayor took aim at him during a feisty candidate forum. Two polls last week - one by Kenney's campaign, the other by Forward Philadelphia, a group supporting him - showed him opening up a lead in the race.
NEWS
April 29, 2015 | David Gambacorta, Daily News Staff Writer
THE MAYOR'S RACE has officially shifted into oh-no-you-didn't mode now that the primary election is just three weeks away. For proof, look no further than the debate hosted yesterday morning by WHYY that saw three of the Democratic mayoral candidates take metaphoric golf clubs to former City Councilman Jim Kenney, who, according to a pair of recent polls, is now leading the race. Toward the end of the program, Kenney was asked how he'd respond to concerns that electricians union leader John Dougherty - a key supporter - would wield serious influence over a potential Kenney administration.
NEWS
April 27, 2015 | David Gambacorta, Daily News Staff Writer
GREATER transparency is something every political candidate will promise to bring to the city in exchange for your sweet, delicious vote during the upcoming primary and general elections. But why wait that long for some sunlight? City Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill earlier this week that would reveal more information about the big money groups behind some of your favorite local pols. The proposed legislation would require nonprofit organizations, corporations, partnerships and political action committees that spend $5,000 on ads - televised, print, digital, whatever - in favor of a candidate to disclose their spending to the Board of Ethics four times in the weeks leading up to an election.
NEWS
April 7, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city's television airwaves will be packed for the next six weeks with campaign commercials about mayoral candidates. But that air war is just half the effort needed to win the May 19 Democratic primary election. The other half? That's the ground game known as GOTV, for "get out the vote. " That means waves of people on the streets to distribute campaign literature, talk up candidates, and, on Election Day, bang on doors to remind voters to cast their ballots. Enter the unions.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
THANK GOD for the Philadelphia Film Society! On Monday, it officially announced the acquisition of the historic Prince Music Theater, on Chestnut Street near Broad. The beloved theater had been shuttered since October, when the theatrical organization that occupied the building - the American Music Theater Festival - failed to find new leadership after its board chairman died. Prince reps tell me that the beleaguered theater had been in a constant state of bankruptcy but was being floated by its board chairman.
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Kenney and Kevin Dougherty grew up in the same South Philadelphia neighborhood, two kids from the block in Whitman who crafted careers in public service. The city councilman and Common Pleas Court judge are now aiming higher. And their ambitions align in a way that stands to benefit them both. Kenney, 56, resigned Thursday from his sixth term on Council and is now preparing a campaign for mayor. Dougherty, 52, is expected to announce in three weeks his bid for one of three openings on the state Supreme Court.
NEWS
January 30, 2015 | By David Gambacorta and Ryan Briggs
IN NORTHEAST Philadelphia, an increasingly vicious battle is brewing for control over a largely white, middle-class section of the city. The upstart Boyle brothers - Congressman Brendan and state Rep. Kevin - have ridden their ambition and charisma (not to mention support from electricians union boss John Dougherty and some well-timed political vacancies) into seats of power, against the wishes of the party establishment. Bucking established neighborhood ward leaders has earned them enemies - like 56th ward leader John Sabatina , who backed Brendan's congressional opponent Marjorie Margolies . It's also encouraged other insurgents.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Jonathan Tamari, and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
NEW YORK - In a year of unusual political volatility, the chatter in the halls of the Waldorf-Astoria was all about who might run in what big races - for Philadelphia mayor and state Supreme Court justice next year and for U.S. Senate in 2016. And when attendees were not trading names of potential candidates, they were speculating about controversies surrounding U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and debating how Gov.-elect Tom Wolf will respond to a budget crisis and a solidly GOP legislature when he takes office Jan. 20. This year's event featured some real news, with Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille's comments on Kane, and the incoming Senate majority leader saying he was ready to talk budget deal with Wolf.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
|
|
|
|
|