February 24, 2012
Keir Bradford-Grey, the assistant federal public defender in Delaware, has been named Montgomery County's chief public defender. She assumes office April 1, replacing Stephen G. Heckman. Bradford-Grey has 13 years' experience as a public defender. She becomes the first African American woman to head a department in the county government. Josh Shapiro, chairman of the board of commissioners, said Bradford-Grey's "vision for the office and commitment to defending the indigent will help ensure that justice in Montgomery County is efficient and effective.
October 17, 2007
THE LIGHT OF day is a beautiful thing, especially when it shines on government. That's why we're encouraged by two efforts that are scheduled to see action today in Harrisburg. Rep. Josh Shapiro, D-Montgomery, who has deservedly won the superhero cape for reform in Harrisburg, has sponsored a bill that would change how the House Ethics Committee gets picked. This important committee monitors the behavior of lawmakers for ethics violations. As it stands, the eight-member committee is selected by legislative leaders; the bill, due for a vote today, would alter that process and have some members selected randomly from those who have expressed interest in serving.
November 9, 2011 |
PENNSYLVANIA basketball prodigy "Pistol" Pete Maravich was told early in life to keep shooting the ball, no matter what. Suburban Philadelphia Democrats have been taking that advice for more than two decades now, taking shots on the conservative hardwood of Montgomery, Bucks and Delaware counties with little results. The last time they had a majority on Montgomery County's board of commissioners, basketball hadn't even been invented yet. Last night, however, after an expensive, hotly contested race in Montgomery County, the Democrats sank a historic game-winner there.
February 18, 1991 |
Wyncote and Akiba Hebrew were the preseason favorites to win the Tri-County League this season. And sure enough, entering their game Wednesday, Akiba (20-3, 12-0) needed a win to clinch the regular-season title over the second-place Lions (12-4, 11-2). The Cougars' 67-65 victory was not quite as close as the score indicated. "It was a five-point game most of the way, Akiba coach Tom Riley said. "We were in control in the last quarter and then Darnell Brown hits a midcourt three-pointer at the buzzer.
January 4, 2007
The surprise election of Pennsylvania House Speaker Dennis M. O'Brien (R., Phila.) is one backroom deal that Harrisburg got right. With Democrats holding a fragile one-seat majority in the House, neither party can claim a mandate. A majority coalition of legislators recognized that the new speaker's party affiliation isn't as important as the fresh direction in which he intends to take the House. And Republican O'Brien, a passionate lawmaker respected by both sides, has pledged to help change the way Harrisburg does business.
March 2, 2009 |
More than 108,000 drivers have been ticketed for operating handheld cell phones since a New Jersey law gave police authority to pull drivers over for the offense last March. That's more than 300 tickets a day between March 1 and Jan. 30, according to the state's Division of Highway Traffic Safety. "There are a lot of people out there doing this," said Gary Poedubicky, deputy director of the division. "The cell phone is probably the most common driving distraction. And, obviously, we need to keep getting the message out there that it's dangerous.
September 6, 2005 |
Larry Kane is a veteran Philadelphia journalist A legislator fails to follow the party line. He is stripped of his power and, in some cases, reimbursement of his expenses for constituent services is held back. Is this in Moscow, Havana or Caracas? No. We are talking about Harrisburg, where a party leader is doing his best to make sure his party stays in the minority in the legislature, much to the chagrin of the governor, other lawmakers and voters. Much has been reported about the Pennsylvania legislature giving itself a pay raise for the next term, then maneuvering to take the raises a year and a half early through unvouchered expense accounts.
August 4, 2009
Shameful vote on cell-phone use I was outraged to learn that even after hearing Jacy Good's horrific story of her accident caused by a driver using a cell phone, State Rep. Josh Shapiro's efforts to ban drivers' use of handheld cell phones was voted down in Harrisburg ("A Pa. disconnect on the cell phone," Thursday). The idea that limiting this life-threatening practice would infringe on people's civil liberties is ridiculous. Why have speed limits or traffic lights? Isn't it people's God-given right to drive as fast as they'd like?
June 14, 2007 |
Walking the halls of the state Capitol, Rep. Josh Shapiro looks like a classic back bencher biding his time until seniority kicks in. He's impeccably dressed, wide-eyed and fresh-faced, appearing younger than his 33 years. But in only his second term in office, the Montgomery County Democrat has already etched an impressive resume that has Democrats - and even some Republicans - using the phrase rising star. Consider: It was Shapiro who last January hatched the plot that propelled Rep. Dennis O'Brien (R., Phila.
January 2, 2012 |
This week marks the end of an era in Montgomery County. Sure, the two new Democratic commissioners set to be sworn in Tuesday will close the book on more than a century of Republican control. But for anyone who has paid the slightest attention to county politics during the last four years, the more immediately noticeable change will come with the end of one of the most vicious, volatile, and vindictive political marriages the suburbs of Philadelphia have ever seen. Since 2007, fellow Republicans James R. Matthews and Bruce L. Castor Jr. have quarreled and caterwauled in public and behind closed doors - often dragging their third colleague, Joseph M. Hoeffel 3d, a Democrat, into the fray.