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December 11, 2011 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Audubon and Magnolia decided to share services to save money, Audubon fired Nancy Doman, its longtime borough clerk, replacing her and her $70,000 compensation with a part-time clerk at less than $20,000. That violated state tenure rules protecting municipal clerks, a judge ruled when Doman sued. With the borough and Doman in negotiations now, State Sen. Donald Norcross is pushing a bill that in the future would make it easier for municipalities to combine services without worrying about tenure restrictions.
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October 16, 2011 | By Kevin Ferris, Inquirer Columnist
Al Schmidt is counting on the "give a damn" vote on Nov. 8. Don't confuse this with what Philly candidates usually "give a damn" about: patronage, keeping factions within the Democratic machine happy, ensuring that fairness is the F-word of local elections - something just not said with a straight face. Schmidt is talking about voters with a sense of civic responsibility, those who consistently show up on Election Day because they care about the city and its government. They wait in long lines with everyone else to vote for president, but they also show up in the off years, in those spring and fall elections when they might have the polling place to themselves.
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September 26, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, considered a reformer by the standards of his own ultraconservative kingdom, decreed yesterday that women will for the first time have the right to vote and run in loIt is a "Saudi Spring" of sorts. For the nation's women, it is a giant leap forward, though they remain unable to serve as Cabinet ministers, drive, or travel abroad without permission from a male guardian. Saudi women bear the brunt of their nation's deeply conservative values, often finding themselves the target of the unwanted attention of the kingdom's intrusive religious police, who enforce a rigid interpretation of Islamic Shariah law on the streets and public places like shopping malls and university campuses.
NEWS
June 7, 2011
Voters on Tuesday nominated candidates for freeholder, county surrogate and municipal races in the general election. REPUBLICANS Nominating two. Joseph Howarth. . . 6,971 Leah Arter. . . 6,759 Marion Eggleton. . . 1,685 DEMOCRATS Nominating two. Mary Anne Reinhart Machell Still-Pettis Surrogate REPUBLICANS Nominating one. George Kotch DEMOCRATS Nominating one. Sander Friendman Bass River No local elections.
NEWS
May 8, 2011 | By Kevin Ferris, Inquirer Columnist
City commissioner races are usually quiet affairs with predictable results. Two of the three seats go to Democrats, one to a Republican. Since the mid-1970s, one of the Democrats has been Marge Tartaglione, now 78. She's the chairwoman of the agency, which is tasked with overseeing city elections, maintaining voter-registration records, and training election officials. Her co-commissioners are there to (1) elect her chairwoman and (2) shut up and stay out of her way. Come November, there will still be two Democrats and one Republican.
NEWS
May 7, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - A party advocating independence for Scotland won a surprising mandate in the regional assembly there, according to election returns Friday that also showed the junior partner in Britain's governing coalition, the Liberal Democrats, getting thrashed in local races across the country. A referendum on changing the way voters choose members of Parliament appeared to be heading for defeat as well, matching the fortunes of the Liberal Democrats, the party that most ardently championed it. Britain's ruling Conservatives, who had braced themselves for heavy losses after drastically cutting public spending, held up surprisingly well in the local elections, one year after winning power on the national level.
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March 24, 2011 | By CHRIS BRENNAN, brennac@phillynews.com 215-854-5973
The court of public opinion may reflect harshly upon elected officials in the city's Deferred Retirement Option Plan, but that won't keep them off the May 17 primary-election ballot. Common Pleas Judge Jimmy Lynn yesterday rejected a challenge from a group of voters who claimed that participation in DROP should prevent City Council members Marian Tasco and Frank Rizzo and City Commission Chairwoman Marge Tartaglione from seeking re-election. Lynn's order said that the voters who filed the challenges in the last two weeks were asking him to rewrite city law. He added that their argument could prevent a Council member from retiring in the retirement program and then running for mayor.
NEWS
January 3, 2011 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
GOP stalwarts look back fondly on the Montgomery County Republican Committee's fund-raisers of old. Twice a year, party luminaries would gather at country clubs to discuss political intrigues, plot election strategy, and celebrate their reputation as the local party in the state that could not be beat at the ballot box. Hors d'oeuvres were served, cocktails consumed, and, most important, wealthy local donors were persuaded to empty their...
NEWS
October 11, 2010
Far-right party surges in Austria VIENNA, Austria - The far right surged in local elections Sunday in Vienna, the Austrian capital, securing the biggest gains in votes and mandates after a campaign laced with anti-Islamic rhetoric. With only absentee ballots left to be counted, the anti-immigrant Freedom Party won 27.1 percent and 29 seats in the regional parliament - a huge boost from the 14.8 percent it garnered in 2005, and near its record high of 27.9 percent in 1996, when Joerg Haider was at its helm.
NEWS
December 14, 2009
BEFORE BEING charged last month with 82 counts of corruption, fraud and conspiracy, state Rep. John Perzel was one of the most prolific fund-raisers in the General Assembly. Like other powerful legislators, he took advantage of Pennsylvania's nearly nonexistent campaign-finance laws to legally rake in huge contributions. Currently, there are no limits for individuals or political action committees. If you want to drop $1 million into the coffers of someone campaigning for state office, there's nothing stopping you. As a result, candidates are forced to raise large amounts of cash to remain competitive.
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