October 28, 2013
Democratic state Senate President Stephen Sweeney is the other half of Gov. Christie's policy successes in New Jersey. Few of the Republican governor's major initiatives could have happened without Sweeney, who led his party to compromise on spending, taxes, and pensions. For his bipartisan legislative achievements, STEVE SWEENEY has earned the support of voters in his Third District on Nov. 5. He is running against Republican Niki Trunk, an attorney who worked for the State Comptroller's Office.
November 9, 2011 |
Al Schmidt, the leader of a dissident faction inside Philadelphia's Republican Party, won a hotly contested race for city commissioner Tuesday, defeating four-term incumbent Joseph Duda, who was backed by the GOP's longtime power structure. The vote leaves the commissioners - long the province of battle-toughened ward leaders schooled in the rough-and-tumble of street-level politics - with two Ph.D.'s among their three members - Schmidt with a doctorate in history from Brandeis University, and a new Democratic commissioner, Stephanie Singer, with a doctorate in mathematics from New York University.
October 31, 2011 |
THE BATTLE for Northeast Philadelphia's 10th Councilmanic District has something that's as rare in this city as October snow: A race between a Republican and a Democrat that might go right down to the wire. City Councilman Brian O'Neill, the Republican minority leader, has held the seat since 1979 and faced little in the way of serious challengers over the years. "I don't have close elections," O'Neill said last week. The comment was more a statement of fact than a boast.
May 18, 2011
WE ARE so very conflicted. After an odd primary election season that included contested races for mayor in the Democratic and Republican parties and tight races for City Council, we just sort of expected more campaign hijinks yesterday. It's a good thing that there were no serious, high-profile incidents, right? It feels wrong to us. Here's the run-down of what we heard yesterday. NIMBY & nasty in the 7th The battle in Council's 7th District, which runs from Hunting Park to Juniata Park and Frankford, turned nasty early when when an anonymous flier was posted at polling places accusing former Councilman Dan Savage of trying to force a methadone clinic into a neighborhood that didn't want it. "Say no to Danny Savage!"
April 24, 2011 |
Two potential futures for the Philadelphia Republican Party were on display during debates for mayor and at-large Council candidates Wednesday night. Future No. 1 is the status quo. Remain a party content with electrifying 12.5 percent of the voters in mayoral races, election after election after election. Find placeholders to take up space on the ballot, not viable, legitimate candidates whom voters can enthusiastically support. Put more energy into internal party squabbles than challenging Democrats and their policies.
August 18, 2010
IN J. MATTHEW Wolfe's Aug. 16 op-ed ( "Brownouts: Unsafe & Unsound" ), he states his opinion on several local laws that he believes are unnecessary, including "a law that requires any company seeking to do business with the city pay all of its employees, even those not involved in city work, 150 percent of the higher of the state or federal minimum wage," and that "all of these laws apply nowhere else in Pennsylvania. " First, the local living wage and benefits laws that I sponsored require that certain city contractors pay at least 150 percent of the federal minimum wage with comparable basic health benefits for full-time employees.
November 4, 2009 |
City Controller Alan Butkovitz will cruise into his second four-year term in January after dominating Republican Al Schmidt at the polls yesterday. Butkovitz, a Democrat, won by a ratio of more than 2-1, according to unofficial returns with 95 percent of precincts reporting. That is less than the 7-1 ratio of Democrats to Republicans in Philadelphia, but consistent with Democratic-Republican contests in recent years. "It's an affirmation of the work we've been doing for the past four years, and an affirmation of the work of the professionals in the Controller's Office," said Butkovitz, 57, who first won in 2005 after 15 years in the state House.
July 27, 2009
THE FUTURE of the GOP is a hot topic these days. Who is the leader? Should they present themselves as more moderate or more conservative? This type of media template is nothing new - it was also applied to the Dems until they won back Congress in '06. Republicans do have a problem, and it isn't that they've moved too far right. Polls of the party base show the opposite and polling of a wider cross-section of voters show that Obama's big-government policies aren't that popular, unlike his personal poll numbers.
February 26, 2009 |
CANTOR. Boehner. McConnell. Pence. They're the ones who are supposed to articulate the position of the loyal opposition. Instead it's a guy named Santelli, and unlike these members of Congress, he has no portfolio. Still, he did something none of the 178 House Republicans who voted against the stimulus package were able to: Give a voice to individuals who refuse to get on board with the president. Last Thursday, news outlets detailed President Obama's plan to help homeowners stave off foreclosure while providing billions' worth of financial backing to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The day's headlines hit on the hefty price tag: "Housing Bailout at $275 Billion" reported the Wall Street Journal, while "$275 Billion Plan Seeks to Address Crisis in Housing" led the front page of the New York Times.
November 14, 2008 |
In the last two years as top leader of the Republican-controlled state Senate, Joseph B. Scarnati III has stood between Gov. Rendell and the success of his legislative agenda at nearly every turn. Now, in what is likely a first for Pennsylvania, Scarnati, the Senate president pro tempore, takes office as lieutenant governor in the Democratic Rendell administration following the death of Catherine Baker Knoll. Knoll, 78, the first woman elected lieutenant governor, died Wednesday of complications from neuroendocrine cancer.