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December 23, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ready for Allen Iverson? Iverson is eligible this year and it's impossible to imagine a Basketball Hall of Fame without such a generational iconic player. The former Sixers great leads the list of eligible first-time nominees along with Shaquille O'Neal. A selection committee will make their choices and announce them the weekend of the Final Four. From the list of nominees, the Hall of Fame could stick to Philly connections alone and put together a pretty impressive class.
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December 9, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) urged Republican leaders Monday to schedule a vote on a long-delayed appellate court nominee from Philadelphia, a move Toomey's critics say is increasingly overdue. Toomey wrote to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) on Monday morning asking for a final vote on Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo "without delay," pushing for confirmation of a judge nominated more than a year ago to fill an emergency vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit - and who, for Democrats, has become a symbol of GOP obstruction.
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August 26, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The usual favorites were not in favor at Monday's announcement of the Barrymore Awards nominations for excellence in theater. Three of Philadelphia's often-nominated non-profit stages - the Wilma, the Arden, and Philadelphia Theatre Company - finished well behind smaller theaters often well-outside the Center City nexus. Among the 105 productions eligible for consideration, those of Norristown's Theatre Horizon took 19 nominations, People's Light in Malvern had 14, Theatre Exile had 14, InterAct Theatre 13 and Bristol Riverside in Bristol 11. The Wilma followed with nine, while Arden (often the top award magnet)
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June 17, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Following months of controversy, Gov. Wolf's embattled choice to lead the Pennsylvania State Police on Monday withdrew his name from consideration. Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown's decision was announced in a statement from the governor's office. In it, Brown did not state a reason for the decision. But Wolf cited politics. "Marcus Brown is the type of leader that Pennsylvania would be lucky to have," the governor said in the statement. "Despite Marcus' vast and unquestioned qualifications, the Senate wrongfully rejected his nomination in a move that put politics above the best interests of the people of Pennsylvania, and it is now appropriate to select a new nominee to lead the Pennsylvania State Police.
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June 15, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was Gov. Wolf's first major political setback. And it isn't resolved yet. After Senate Republicans on Monday voted down Wolf's choice to lead the State Police - and, more unusually, ignored his request to withdraw the nomination before the vote - the first-term Democrat still has hard choices to make about the fate of the would-be top cop, Marcus Brown. Both parties are grappling with which of Wolf's options are even legal: Can Brown, still serving as acting commissioner, stay on the job indefinitely?
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June 10, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
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June 4, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 21, 2015 | Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the votes rolled in, the party rolled on - big, loud and growing, a celebratory scene where a son of South Philadelphia and the son of a firefighter became the presumptive next mayor of Philadelphia. In a ballroom where supporters cheered, danced, and sang along to Bruce Springsteen and the Eagles stood the real-life evidence of the unlikely coalition that Democratic nominee James F. Kenney created - Irish Catholics, cops and firefighters, gays and lesbians, building trades unions, black politicians who crossed the color line for a white candidate.
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May 21, 2015 | Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
The November ballot for mayor of Philadelphia at this point may be missing a big name. Former City Councilman Bill Green IV, a lifelong Democrat and son of a former mayor, is weighing an independent challenge to the expected ascension of Democratic nominee James F. Kenney. "I have kept my options open to evaluate the election results and make a determination," Green, a member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, said Tuesday. He added that a recent Inquirer poll, which found that 43 percent of voters think the city is headed in the wrong direction, showed "an opening for somebody who is capable of being mayor" as an alternative.
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