October 17, 2001 |
Mayor Street has come up with a snazzier name for his New Economy Development Alliance. Try Innovation Philadelphia. And along with the snappy new name, Street has appointed a Kansan to run it. He's Richard A. Bendis, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. He's not a total stranger to the city. At one time he studied at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. As executive director, Bendis, 55, will direct the daily operations of Innovation Philadelphia, which was formed in February under the clumsy old name to oversee the city's economic development initiatives geared toward attracting both high-tech and knowledge-based business to the city and region.
September 22, 1994 |
Congress is back in session, but there is little hope it will accomplish much before returning to the campaign trail. The main reason for pessimism is the naysayers who control all but a handful of the Republican members in both houses and who use procedural maneuvers - including an unprecedented number of threatened filibusters - to endow a minority with the power to impose gridlock. One reason I feel this way may be that I am a liberal Democrat. But there is a relentless negativism, even nastiness, about the Republican leadership that I believe offends people of good will, regardless of ideology.
February 27, 1996 |
One last mission. That's Bob Dole's shorthand for the 1996 presidential campaign. His speeches and ads resonate with references to World War II service and the shell fragment in Italy that nearly killed him. Pat Buchanan was in ROTC while an English major at Georgetown University. Arthritis in his knees kept him out of the military. Military service is only one of many ways in which the two leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination present a mirror image of each other - a reflection with its parts or attributes reversely arranged in relation to the other object.
August 15, 1996 |
Amid traditional pomp with a talk-show twist, the Republican Party last night handed Bob Dole the prize that has eluded him twice before, nominating him to be president of the United States. The plainspoken Kansan, who speaks to the convention tonight, will almost surely be the final presidential contender from a generation that has dominated American politics for nearly half a century. Calling Dole a "quiet hero," Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) placed the name of the former Senate majority leader in formal nomination, asking Dole to "answer his country's call again" for the sake of the nation.
January 29, 1995 |
What's with Bob Dole? After playing Darth Vader for much of Bill Clinton's presidency, the Kansan is going statesmanlike in his second go-round as Senate majority leader. Dole is toning down his acting out against the Democrats, raising his differences with conservative Republicans, and even subtly criticizing his successor in the black helmet, House Speaker Newt Gingrich. As political columnist Mark Shields remarked at a congressional dinner Wednesday, "You know the winds of change have blown through Washington when the Republicans are playing good cop, bad cop - and Bob Dole is the good cop. " Is Dole, 71, positioning himself for his third bid for the White House or simply trying to lead the GOP into the politics of the possible?
May 30, 1996 |
Mark Helprin's novels tell tales about a magical flying horse, an eccentric entrepreneur who blames the world's ills on coffee and Paul Bunyanesque heroes who swallow adversity like vitamin pills. Nothing he has written has captured the imagination - or had the impact - of the 844 words he helped put in Bob Dole's mouth May 15, when the Kansan resigned from the U.S. Senate. "The amplification process for politics is so tremendous," Helprin said when asked about this bittersweet irony for a celebrated, if rarefied author.
May 16, 1996 |
Recollecting in tranquility the delights of politics in 1800, a retired congressman said, "It was a pleasure to live in those good old days, when a Federalist could knock a Republican down in the streets and not be questioned about it. " In 1996, Republicans knock Republicans down. Bob Dole, who talks about leadership, should show some by knocking enough heads to restore order in the ranks. Newt Gingrich and Pat Buchanan have been called liabilities by Al D'Amato - talk about being called ugly by a frog - and some conservatives suspect that Govs.
September 30, 1995 |
Out of the classroom and into the sound bite - Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole of Kansas wants to make history a campaign issue. Dole blames elitist academic historians - such as those who prepared the voluntary national history standards - for emphasizing "some of our worst moments" as a society to the exclusion of the triumphs in our national history. In a recent speech, the Republican presidential front-runner asked: "Do we embrace ideas that unite us, regardless of our sex, color or religion?
August 20, 1989 |
I knew we were in the right place from the first words out of the salesguy's mouth: "How y'all doing? Can I get you a beer?" We'd been in the city for all of a day and a half, and already we'd heard that greeting a couple of times. But the other times we'd been at meals. This time, we were in a shoe store. My associates and I - three young professionals in Dallas on business - had set aside part of our precious free time to do something that men never admit to doing, especially together - i.e., shop.
January 17, 1988 |
A funny thing happened here yesterday in the final Republican presidential debate before the voting starts: Senate Minority Leader Robert Dole, not Vice President Bush, became the center of attention. Flashing the feisty personality he has kept under wraps in previous debates, Dole took on all comers, doing battle with front-runner Bush on financial disclosure, with New York Rep. Jack F. Kemp on taxes and with former Delaware Gov. Pete du Pont on Social Security. The format of the forum, held on the campus of Dartmouth College, encouraged spirited exchanges and, at times, allowed the dialogue to degenerate into a free-for-all.