June 25, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The state's nearly stagnant medical marijuana bill may be getting a new champion - this time, a House Republican. Rep. Nick Miccarelli of Delaware County wants to force a vote on the legislation, which would legalize the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions. The Senate has passed the measure with overwhelming bipartisan support. And Gov. Wolf has pledged to sign the bill if it reaches his desk. But the bill has been stalled for weeks in the House Health Committee.
April 24, 2015 |
State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams has secured two key political endorsements in his bid for mayor, from the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity and the black ward leaders' association. Williams will accept the Black Clergy nod in an event Thursday morning after a prayer breakfast, according to the Rev. Terrence Griffith, group president. The endorsement comes with an asterisk - former City Councilman James F. Kenney won the majority vote when the group's political committee voted, before the full membership.
July 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A showdown looming, Republicans and Democrats groped for a compromise behind closed doors Monday over confirming stalled White House appointees in a dispute that threatened what little bipartisan cooperation remains in the Senate. Nearly all 100 senators attended the rare closed-door meeting in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, just down the hall from where they normally debate the issues of the day with the public and news media in attendance. After two hours, Sen. Pat Roberts (R., Kan.)
June 2, 2013
Each spring, dutiful shareholders fill out their proxy ballots to vote on a variety of corporate governance matters, including the election of directors. The votes are invariably lopsided affairs with shareholders, led by institutional investors such as mutual fund firms and pension funds, tending to rubber-stamp the candidates favored by the company. But on rare occasions, shareholders show their displeasure with a candidate by checking the "withhold" or "against" box more times than the "for" box. That happened to two directors at the May 28 annual meeting of Healthcare Services Group Inc., the Bensalem-based provider of housekeeping, laundry, and other services to nursing homes, retirement complexes, and hospitals.
April 4, 2013 |
In something of a leadership shake-up, Chester Mayor John Linder has replaced three of his highest-level police officers with three formerly lower-ranking lawmen. In addition, the mayor announced Tuesday that he has created a police narcotics task force and beefed up the highway patrol. Linder, who also is the city's public safety director, said the personnel moves were part of the changes and ongoing assessment he vowed when he took office last year. "I saw some areas I wanted to change, and the only way to change things was to move [personnel]
January 11, 2013 |
THE NHL is not expected to release a full schedule until the players ratify the new collective bargaining agreement. A simple majority vote is required of the NHLPA's 740 members. Voting began Thursday evening and will wrap up on Saturday. The Flyers officially will open a 6-day training camp on Sunday with physicals. It remains unclear as to whether the team will also practice on-ice that day. The home opener will be next Saturday at 3 o'clock against Pittsburgh, as previously reported.
December 24, 2012 |
Ideas are not responsible for the people who believe them, but when evaluating Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's ideas for making the Senate more like the House of Representatives, consider the source. Reid is just a legislative mechanic trying to make Congress' machinery responsive to his party's progressivism. And proper progressives think the Constitution, understood as a charter of limited government, is unconstitutional. They think the "living" Constitution gives government powers sufficient for whatever its ambitions are, enabling it to respond quickly to clamorous majorities.
November 27, 2012
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. - A former space-shuttle commander will attempt the longest spaceflight ever by an American. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend an entire year aboard the International Space Station, beginning in 2015. The extended mission was approved almost two months ago to provide a medical foundation for future missions around the moon, as well as far-flung trips to asteroids and Mars. Both men already have lived aboard the space station for six months.
October 2, 2012 |
TBILISI, Georgia - Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and the opposition both claimed victory Monday in a parliamentary election that has been shaken up by a prison abuse video that activists say showed the cruel, authoritarian face of the government. The governing party was in a heated race with the opposition Georgian Dream coalition led by Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire businessman who has posed the most serious challenge to the pro-Western president since Saakashvili came to power almost nine years ago. No results have been released yet in Monday's vote.