December 20, 2013 |
THERE'S A compelling scene in the documentary film "Caucus," released last month, when pollsters for the Des Moines Register lay out their conclusions to the newspaper's editors just before the 2012 Iowa caucus. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum is neck and neck with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney after spending the first two-thirds of the film coming off as an also-ran candidate, losing the attention game to a field of sizzle-then-fizzle competitors such as U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann , former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich , Texas Gov. Rick Perry and radio host Herman Cain . The newspaper's top editor, stunned, asks, "Jesus, could he win this Tuesday night?"
November 4, 2007 |
While issuing tickets at a record rate and hauling in $192 million in annual revenue, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has spent lavishly to promote itself to the public and state legislature. In six years, the authority has increased its annual spending on outside lobbying and media contracts from $3,000 to at least $382,000, according to records obtained by The Inquirer. In total, the agency has spent a minimum of $1.48 million - roughly 57,000 tickets' worth - on such services since 2002, much of that going to politically connected firms and consultants.
April 15, 2007 |
We are one month away from the primary election in Philadelphia. Do you know where your favorite candidate for mayor stands? The Ferrick Commission knows. My panel of expert (and anonymous) political observers has emerged from the Great Hall of Deliberation, where we thought deep thoughts, consulted the tea leaves, and took a short nap. Having completed cogitation, we are ready for prognostication. Let us cut to the chase. The Democratic campaign for mayor is now a race between two candidates: Chaka Fattah and Tom Knox.
March 25, 2007 |
Tom Knox sat for more than six hours in the front row of City Hall's Courtroom 676 on Tuesday, playing idly with a nail file as he watched fellow mayoral candidate Bob Brady squirm. Then Knox used a recess in the court proceedings to stick a shiv in Brady's back. "It's a no-show job," Knox told reporters, tapping papers that his lawyer had unearthed, showing the carpenters' union gives 140 hours' worth of pension contributions to Brady, a U.S. representative, each month for being the union's unpaid adviser.
July 31, 2006 |
With $1 million in the bank and a strong resume, retired admiral Joe Sestak has the best chance in 20 years to capture the Seventh Congressional District for the Democrats. What he lacks is experience, and it could be a crucial flaw. Sestak faces 10-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.), who is backed by the Delaware County Republican Party, perhaps the most formidable local political organization in the state. Even so, Sestak is bucking the advice of campaign professionals and is surrounding himself with friends and family.
September 4, 2003 |
Joseph M. Torsella, the National Constitution Center president who worked for the last seven years to open the $140 million museum, entered the race yesterday for the 13th Congressional District. Torsella, a Flourtown Democrat, has been credited with turning around the project, long-stalled and losing money, when he was tapped to head it in 1997. With no elective experience, Torsella is using his work on the center to cast himself as somebody who can get things done for the district, which includes parts of Northeast Philadelphia and eastern Montgomery County.
August 1, 2003 |
One week after he was broiled in the media for a photo-op with an accused drug dealer, Mayor Street yesterday reconfigured the communications staff of his reelection campaign. Amid worries from some prominent Democrats that his message was muddled, Street named the former chief spokesman for Gov. Rendell's successful 2002 campaign as senior communications adviser. Daniel Fee, who also was the Democratic Party's state spokesman in the 2000 campaign, will take over on Monday.
October 9, 1999 |
Pull a cat's tail enough, and he'll scratch back. After several days of negative TV ads from Democratic mayoral candidate John Street, Republican foe Sam Katz swatted back yesterday with a 30-second spot accusing Street of "trying to scare voters and run a negative campaign. " Within hours, the Street campaign returned the volley in a new spot that reminded voters of the attack ads Katz ran during the Democratic primary. And judging from the noises in each campaign, the commercial carnage will continue.
March 28, 1999 |
Like bears attracted to a $15 million pot of honey, some of the nation's top political professionals have been drawn to Philadelphia this year for the mayoral election. All six of the major mayoral candidates have been able to raise enough money to attract the best talent available, whether it be a media consultant, a pollster or a campaign manager. And the talent has come running, from New York and from Washington, from Chicago and from Austin, Texas - enticed by what may be the costliest and most competitive election anywhere in America this year.
December 1, 1998 |
In a sign that he may soon announce a bid for mayor, City Council President John F. Street has hired a nationally known political consultant to advise him on a campaign. The consultant is David Axelrod, 43, of Chicago, whose resume includes helping elect Democratic mayors in Chicago, Washington, Cleveland, Houston and Detroit. Street, who must resign from Council before he can run for mayor, has sent signals that he may announce his decision to leave Council on the last day of its current session: Dec. 17. He may announce a run for mayor the same day or wait until after the holidays.