April 29, 2016 |
JUST THREE years ago, Philadelphia sports had as distinct a New England taste as a hot bowl of chowder. The hockey coach was from Massachusetts, the basketball coach was from Maine, and the new, exciting football coach with the new, exciting football scheme was a New Hampshire native. Two key pieces of the Sixers, Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, hailed from the Bay State. More than half of Chip Kelly's staff came from his New England connections. Kelly's gone, Peter Laviolette is in Nashville.
March 29, 2016 |
Polls prior to the March 8 Michigan primary were showing Hillary Clinton with a double-digit lead over Bernie Sanders. However, as we now know, Sanders eked out a win over Clinton in the state. Professionals in the survey research community are fully aware of the challenges facing public opinion polling in general, and preelection polling in particular. It is no longer simply a matter of selecting a sample of respondents that is representative of the population and contacting them.
February 29, 2016 |
For all the attention and money lavished on Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, they allocated about 2 percent of the pledged Democratic delegates and 5 percent of the Republican delegates who will pick the nominees of the two major parties. Now, things accelerate. In two days, Super Tuesday, more states vote (12) and more delegates are at stake (1,460 in both parties) than on any other single day in the presidential primary campaign. Afterward, it will be clear whether Hillary Clinton's Southern fire wall of African American voters stabilized her candidacy enough to make her, once again, the presumptive Democratic nominee in the face of a strong challenge from the left by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
February 28, 2016 |
Since dropping out of the presidential race Feb. 10, Gov. Christie has emerged twice in New Jersey to make public remarks: during his budget address, and at a school ribbon-cutting in Newark. On Friday, he popped up in public again - but this time, he was back on the campaign trail, appearing in Texas to endorse Donald Trump. Christie - who didn't take questions from reporters at the Newark event earlier this week, and left before the ceremonial ribbon was cut - said in Fort Worth that he and Trump met Thursday, and "he said, 'How about coming out on the road to Texas with me?
February 24, 2016 |
The donors who bankrolled the super PAC backing Gov. Christie's now-finished presidential campaign included big financiers and business names: hedge-fund manager Steven Cohen, Home Depot cofounder Ken Langone, Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman. But wealthy local contributors also supported the super PAC, America Leads, which raised nearly $20 million before Christie exited the race two weeks ago. The super PAC's top donors in the Philadelphia area included Joseph Buckelew, chairman of the Conner Strong & Buckelew insurance firm, based in Marlton, who gave $150,000, and Vernon Hill, the former Commerce Bank chairman, who owns a Moorestown mansion and gave $100,000.
February 19, 2016
WASHINGTON - So much for Bernie Sanders' big win in New Hampshire. Since then, Hillary Clinton has picked up endorsements from 87 more superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention, dwarfing Sanders' gain from the New Hampshire primary, according to a new Associated Press survey. Sanders has added just 11 superdelegate endorsements. If these party insiders continue to back Clinton overwhelmingly - and they can change their minds - Sanders would have to win the remaining primaries by a landslide just to catch up. He would have to roll up big margins because every Democratic contest awards delegates in proportion to the vote, so even the loser can get some.
February 16, 2016 |
The New Hampshire results have solidified the reigning cliché that the 2016 campaign is an antiestablishment revolt of both the left and the right. Largely overlooked, however, is the role played in setting the national mood by the seven-year legacy of the Obama presidency. Yes, you hear constant denunciations of institutions, parties, leaders, donors, lobbyists, influence peddlers. But the starting point of the bipartisan critique is the social, economic, and geopolitical wreckage all around us. Bernie Sanders is careful never to blame Obama directly, but his description of the America Obama leaves behind is devastating - a wasteland of stagnant wages, rising inequality, a sinking middle class, young people crushed by debt, and the American Dream dying.
February 15, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Amid a presidential campaign marked by fury and resentment, Sen. Cory Booker wants to alter the tone as he steps back into the national limelight. The New Jersey Democrat is launching a book Tuesday that he hopes will serve as a tonic for the current civic mood and inspire a sense of unity. "We definitely are seeing in our politics and in our civic spaces divisiveness being heralded," Booker said in an interview. "I think that the true character of our country is really about empathy and compassion.
February 15, 2016 |
It wasn't so long ago that the watchdogs of politics barked a warning: Unaccountable "super PACs" funded by the unlimited donations of billionaires and other special interests would warp democracy as we know it in the 2016 presidential election. So far it turns out the story is a little more complicated. Consider that the landslide winners of the Republican and Democratic New Hampshire primaries, insurgents Donald Trump and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, had no affiliated super PACs (political action committees)
February 13, 2016 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie said Thursday that he had requested federal aid to help New Jersey respond to the storm that brought flooding and record snowfall late last month. In a statement, Christie said he had requested aid for 17 of New Jersey's 21 counties, including Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, and Cumberland. The storm was particularly damaging in Cape May County Shore towns. "I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that an effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected county and local governments, and that federal assistance is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources of state, county, and local governments and disaster relief organizations," Christie said.