June 11, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - After claims of political stalling, a Senate panel on Wednesday will finally take up the nomination of Philadelphia-based Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The hearing before the Judiciary Committee could be a key step in advancing Restrepo's nomination, which liberal groups and other advocates say has been slowed by political gamesmanship, a charge Republicans have denied. Sens. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.) and Patrick Toomey (R., Pa.)
June 10, 2015 |
Gov. Christie has nominated a former North Jersey medical examiner to head the State Medical Examiner's Office, an agency that has for years been without a leader. Andrew L. Falzon, a previous medical examiner for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties, would oversee a system that has come under criticism over the years, including by its former leaders. Falzon - who state records indicate graduated in 1986 from the University of Malta, a small country of islands south of Italy - was a forensic pathology fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, according to the school.
June 10, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - In its sharpest rebuke yet to Pennsylvania's first-term governor, the Republican-led Senate on Monday rejected Gov. Wolf's controversial choice to lead the state police and signaled it would be unlikely to reconsider. Hours after Wolf tried to withdraw the nomination, the chamber ignored his request and voted, 26-22, against the permanent appointment of acting Commissioner Marcus Brown. Observers said it was the first time they could recall the full Senate shooting down a governor's cabinet pick.
June 4, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - For the second time in as many months, a panel of state senators on Tuesday chose to not endorse one of Gov. Wolf's cabinet nominees - amid signs that steeper odds await the next one. After a hearing, the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee declined to take a position on acting Secretary of Environmental Protection John Quigley before moving his nomination to the full Senate for consideration. Forwarding the nomination without open support is an unusual step and reflects friction between the first-term Democrat and the Republican-controlled legislature as they embark on budget negotiations.
May 20, 2015 |
It's ballot time. In Philadelphia, if tradition holds, voters on Tuesday will select the city's next mayor from among six candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. The choices: former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, former Common Pleas Court Judge Nelson A. Diaz, former City Councilman James F. Kenney, former PGW executive Doug Oliver, former State Sen. T. Milton Street Sr., and State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams. Running unopposed for the Republican nomination is Melissa Murray Bailey, a 36-year-old businesswoman who will face daunting odds in the fall to overcome the city's 7-1 Democratic voter registration edge.
May 16, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) has given his approval to advance a Philadelphia judge's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, clearing one obstacle for a nominee who critics argued was being stalled over politics. Toomey has submitted his "blue slip" to the Judiciary Committee, giving his blessing to holding a hearing on the nomination of Luis Felipe Restrepo, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. A spokeswoman for the senator confirmed the move.
April 1, 2015 |
THE FIRST thing Nick Schultz does whenever he walks into the Flyers' locker room after a game or practice is to swap his helmet for a black, flat-brim hat - pulled low over his eyes. He jokes it makes him fit in with a younger team. It also conveniently hides his receding hairline, though he didn't mention that part. Aside from Vinny Lecavalier, Schultz has played 214 more NHL games than the next closest player on the Flyers' roster. He arrived in Philadelphia without another game guaranteed, signed as a spare defenseman last summer.
March 11, 2015 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie should nominate an attorney general to be confirmed by the Senate, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Monday, arguing that process was key to preserving the independence of the office. Sweeney's remarks came as the attorney general's and governor's offices have come under scrutiny for settling a pollution case with ExxonMobil Corp. for $225 million after prosecutors had sought an $8.9 billion judgment at trial last year. A former commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection contended last week that Christie's chief counsel, Christopher Porrino, had "elbowed aside" the acting attorney general and pushed for the settlement.
January 24, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - So much for a honeymoon. On his second day in office, Gov. Wolf rescinded more than two dozen eleventh-hour appointments by his predecessor - firing the state's new open records officer, canceling judicial nominations, and effectively booting the former lieutenant governor from Temple University's board of trustees. Wolf's office said he wasn't questioning their credentials for the posts but, rather, a "murky" appointment process by Gov. Tom Corbett that he called "anything but open and transparent.
January 17, 2015 |
Oscar overlooks Adams, etc. Whelp, Thursday morning they announced the Oscar nominations. It was a great year for movies, artistically if not at the box office (down 5 percent), and not all the good stuff could get in. But when the dust settled, it was weird. And it was . . . white. And guy. As in white guy . We're sort of ticked that such Sideshow favorites as Amy Adams and Jennifer Aniston were snubbed. But it's nice to see Laura Dern recognized in the best supporting actress category for her work in Wild . . . . Also, The Lego Movie got bupkis.