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July 21, 2012 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Thursday called media reports that Lee Solomon would be his nominee to fill one of two vacancies on the seven-member state Supreme Court "premature. " "I have not made an offer to anyone. We are still going through a vigorous vetting process," he said at a news conference. "This is unfortunately what happens when people who gain a little bit of knowledge leave something out and jump to conclusions. " He also deflected inquiries about another report - that he has been tapped to be the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in August - and offered a defense of his recent confrontation with a heckler at the Shore.
NEWS
July 15, 2012 | By Brian Witte, Associated Press
BALTIMORE - A doctor who ran against Mitt Romney for Massachusetts governor a decade ago won the chance to challenge him again on Saturday, this time as the Green Party's presidential nominee. Jill Stein, an internist from Lexington, Mass., acknowledges that her candidacy is a super long shot. Still, she notes that a growing number of people are expressing frustration with the two major political parties, and she cites the Occupy Wall Street movement as an example of that. "We are in it to win it, but we're also in it to build it, and those are both wins in my book," Stein, 62, said in an interview at the Green Party's convention in Baltimore.
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - In one fell swoop late Saturday night, the state Senate confirmed a slate of judges to fill vacancies in county courts, including Philadelphia's, while quietly addressing concerns of the state's top jurist by tossing in funding to pay them. The nominations by Gov. Corbett came over the objections of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, who had asked the governor to hold off because of the courts' $8.7 million shortfall. But in May Corbett went ahead and nominated his longtime friend, and exiting chief of staff, William Ward, to serve on the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas.
NEWS
June 22, 2012 | By Tom Coyne and Tom Lobianco, Associated Press
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was introduced Thursday as the next president of Purdue University, quashing speculation he could be the Republican nominee for vice president. Purdue officials announced the former White House budget director and Eli Lilly executive would be the university's 12th president after a unanimous vote by the school's board of brustees, eight of whose members were appointed by Daniels. One trustee was out of the country and did not vote. The governor will replace France Cordova, who is stepping down in July after five years at Purdue's helm.
NEWS
June 21, 2012
Oscar-nominated actress Susan Tyrrell, 67, known for roles in offbeat films including John Waters' Cry-Baby, died at her home in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. A niece, Amy Sweet, told the Associated Press that Ms. Tyrrell died in her sleep. A Travis County Medical Examiner's Office official said a cause of death was pending. "She had a larger-than-life personality," said David Zellner, who directed Ms. Tyrrell in Kid-Thing, which is making the rounds at film festivals.
NEWS
June 16, 2012 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Guarding taxpayers' money. Imposing no new taxes. Making what Gov. Corbett called "hard choices" about cutting state aid to schools, colleges, the needy. For weeks, debate over Corbett's proposed $27.1 billion annual budget has been dominated by these and other major concerns, reflecting the smaller-government themes of his administration. Then along came the need to find a job for his exiting chief of staff - as a judge. Corbett's nomination of William Ward for an Allegheny County judgeship has raised the hackles of his critics and the eyebrows of a fellow Republican, Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille of the state Supreme Court.
NEWS
June 2, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - In January, Gov. Christie named the nation's only openly gay African American Republican mayor as a nominee to the state Supreme Court, marking an extraordinary moment in New Jersey history. The Democrats' rejection Thursday of that nominee, Bruce Harris, may have been even more extraordinary. After he denied tenure to the court's only African American justice, John Wallace of Gloucester County, Democrats had pushed Christie for a "diverse" nominee, saying it was his obligation to offer a jurist who could bring another perspective to the now all-white court.
NEWS
June 1, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Two months after Democrats rejected Gov. Christie's nominee for one of two vacant seats on the State Supreme Court - a historically unprecedented move that marked a major setback for his administration - the Republican is sending another nominee to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. And the votes aren't there to confirm this one, either, Democratic sources are saying. If Christie can't muscle through the confirmation of Bruce Harris - a Yale Law graduate, an African American, and a gay Republican who plans to recuse himself on the issue of same-sex marriage - then what?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2012 | David Hiltbrand
I'd be the first to admit that I watch and think entirely too much about television. But that doesn't mean that I understand it. Case in point: AMC's intention to put Mad Men's Jessica Paré up for the outstanding-lead-actress category in a drama at this year's Emmys. The channel is obviously convinced that Paré's much-talked-about bordello-grade performance of "Zou Bisou Bisou" at Don's surprise birthday party earlier this season has vaulted her into the first rank of actresses.
NEWS
May 10, 2012 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Rick Santorum finally endorsed Mitt Romney for president, but he sure didn't trumpet the fact. The word came near the end of the 13th paragraph of an e-mail that hit the inboxes of Santorum supporters about 11 p.m. Monday - more than 900 words into his 1,107-word message. The former Pennsylvania senator wrote of his "clear differences" with Romney, illuminated during their bitter fight in the primaries, but said he was reassured that the presumptive Republican nominee would stand up for conservative principles after a private meeting the two men held last week in Pittsburgh.
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