January 13, 2016 |
TRENTON - New Jersey Democrats eased off the gas pedal Monday on a proposed constitutional amendment they were fast-tracking through the Legislature to change the process by which the state draws legislative districts. During hearings last week, the proposal drew sharp criticism from Republicans as well as independent experts such as Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray, who described the proposed amendment as an attempt to entrench a "permanent Democratic majority. " Democrats control both houses of the Legislature.
December 28, 2015 |
New Jersey Democrats are moving to change the process by which the state's legislative districts are drawn, advancing a bill that would put the high-stakes political issue to voters through a constitutional amendment. Their plan, opposed vociferously by Republicans, would change the composition of the Apportionment Commission and use data from all statewide general elections - for governor, U.S. Senate, and president - held in the previous decade to draw the political map. The wonky, math-intensive matter of redistricting helps shape the balance of power in Trenton and in statehouses across the country.
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.