November 19, 2015
RECENTLY, I joined a group of business leaders and bipartisan elected officials - including U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, U.S. Reps. Bob Brady and Pat Meehan, state Sen. John Rafferty, state Rep. Bill Keller and Mayor-elect Jim Kenney - to announce funding for a new study to explore extending the Broad Street Line subway into the Navy Yard, a growing employment hub in Philadelphia. When was the last time so many Democrats and Republicans joined forces to support any project? The Navy Yard employs more than 11,000 at more than 140 firms, and PIDC has aggressive expansion plans in the coming decades.
November 14, 2015 |
Four former top officials in the Attorney General's Office and a former head of the state police sued Kathleen Kane on Thursday, contending that she planted a negative news story about them, tarred them with lies, and singled them out for public embarrassment. The staffers, who include Frank Fina, once the office's top corruption prosecutor, allege in the federal lawsuit that the attorney general violated their civil rights in her zeal to blacken their reputations. "Kane continuously abused and misdirected the power of her office, and its publicly funded resources, for personal and unconstitutional purposes through a pattern of intimidation, attempted blackmail, and vindictive retaliation," Mark Tanner, the men's lawyer, said in a statement.
October 27, 2015 |
After weeks under the radar, the race to become the next Montgomery County District Attorney suddenly has been overtaken by two names: Bill Cosby and Kathleen Kane. Neither the comedian nor the state attorney general are candidates, but each could become high-profile prosecutions for the winner of next month's election. And both candidates know it. Last week, Democrat Kevin Steele and Republican Bruce L. Castor Jr. attracted national attention with TV ads in which they criticized each other for the handling of claims that Cosby sexually assaulted a woman in Cheltenham a decade ago - allegations still viable under the statute of limitations.
October 9, 2015 |
For a woman who purports to be dismayed and appalled by it, Kathleen Kane has a surprisingly intimate relationship with pornography. In fact, the attorney general has made the genre the deliberate focus of her administration for more than a year. If Kane is remembered as anything other than an ostensible law enforcer who undermined criminal investigations while accruing criminal charges, it will be as Pennsylvania's porn prosecutor. Since Kane accidentally uncovered thousands of pornographic and offensive emails exchanged by prosecutors, judges, and other officials, their disclosure has been advocated by, among others, a governor, a chief justice, The Inquirer, and Kane herself.
October 2, 2015 |
PENNSYLVANIA'S political Cold War crept even closer yesterday toward a doomsday scenario - one with the potential to spread nuclear fallout across the criminal-justice landscape, from police departments to the Supreme Court. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, a Republican, continued to attack state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, charging the embattled Democrat with felony perjury and related misdemeanors after Ferman's detectives raided Kane's Harrisburg office last month.
September 15, 2015
THE STRANGE saga of Kathleen Kane and the spilled milk of her political career continue to spread and might soon envelop another legal fight, one awash in constitutional questions. Yep. The seemingly unending case of leaks, porn, politics and a perjury charge against Kane is poised to take on a new dimension. Not that the state's elected attorney general doesn't have enough to deal with. She already awaits trial, accused of leaking grand-jury material to embarrass a political foe then lying about it under oath.
September 12, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Supporters of embattled state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane rallied here Thursday, seeking to forestall a suspension of her law license, a move that could force her from office. About a dozen people belonging to the group Citizens 4 Kane urged the state Supreme Court to hold off on deciding whether to suspend Kane's license. They said she first deserves a chance to defend herself against criminal charges that she leaked secret grand jury material and lied about it. "Going forward with an emergency suspension would be tantamount to trying the criminal case against Kathleen Kane and without giving her the ability to confront witnesses and have her fate decided by a jury," said Wendy Silverwood, a supporter who lives in West Chester.
September 11, 2015
A COUPLE weeks ago, a group of Pennsylvania House Democrats posted a surprisingly good (and funny) video of them doing the Whip/Nae Nae to push for more education funding in the still-not-passed state budget. The video was the brainchild of state Rep. Patty Kim , of Dauphin County, who said traditional public-relations strategies were not doing the job to raise awareness. Philadelphia state Reps. Leslie Acosta, Brian Sims, Donna Bullock and Stephen Kinsey also tear it up with some quality whipping and nae nae'ing.
September 2, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Supporters of embattled Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane are mobilizing to halt a legal proceeding that could force her from office before her criminal case is resolved. A group called Pennsylvania Citizens for Kathleen Kane has launched a petition on Change.org asking the Disciplinary Board of the state Supreme Court to pause in its effort to suspend Kane's law license as she awaits trial on charges that she illegally leaked confidential documents to a newspaper. The group is asking the board, which oversees the conduct of lawyers across the state, to await the outcome of the criminal case against Kane before taking any action.
August 28, 2015 |
WHY IS Pennsylvania so corrupt? It's a question that you hear over and over, right after the latest headline about the Kathleen Kane soap opera, or the latest court appearance by indicted longtime U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, or the stunning case against ex-state treasurer Rob McCord, or the plethora of convictions or allegations against state legislators from Bill DeWeese and John Perzel to Ron "Happy Birthday to Ron Waters" Waters. There's a lot more where that came from, but there's only so many hours in the day, right?