February 2, 2016 |
FOR POLITICAL enthusiasts, the Iowa caucuses are the equivalent of baseball's opening day - except they arrive after what seems like three years of spring training. Unlike a traditional primary, caucus states use groups of voters to decide their choice of presidential candidates. In Iowa's case, meetings are held among eligible voters in 1,600-plus precincts on Monday to debate the qualifications of various candidates, discuss party platforms and to select delegates. These delegates each back a presidential candidate.
January 18, 2016 |
Josh Singer is really in the spotlight now. On Thursday morning, the name of the Ambler native and Harvard Law-grad-turned-Hollywood scribe was announced alongside the likes of DiCaprio, Damon, and Blanchett when nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were read off in Beverly Hills, Calif. Singer, along with co-writer Tom McCarthy, is a nominee for the original screenplay Oscar for Spotlight , the searing true story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into pedophile priests in the Catholic Church.
December 23, 2015 |
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.
December 9, 2015 |
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.
August 26, 2015 |
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)
June 17, 2015 |
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.
June 15, 2015 |
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?
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.