September 15, 2010 |
There were so many "irregularities" in the election of Philadelphia's GOP chair that a group of state Republicans Wednesday called for a new vote, but the decision seems to have no immediate impact on the man in that job, Vito Canuso. Immediately after the Credentials Committee of the Pennsylvania Republican Party recommended the new election, Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason said he would put off a final decision until after the November elections. A statement issued by the Pennsylvania party said that "due to the lengthy nature of the evidence provided," Gleason "plans to postpone a final ruling until after Election Day when he can conduct a full and comprehensive review.
January 11, 1995 |
President Clinton is turning to Christopher J. Dodd, a liberal senator from Connecticut, to rescue the Democratic Party from its current crisis. The White House confirmed yesterday that Dodd was Clinton's choice to become the party's general chairman, its leading spokesman and fund-raiser. Donald Fowler, a longtime party committee member from South Carolina, will share dual control of the operation as day-to-day manager. Dodd, 51, is the consummate, silver-tongued, silver-haired Washington insider - an accomplished fund-raiser and a spokesman with stature for the down-and-out Democrats.
January 31, 1996 |
In the two years he has chaired the Burlington County Democratic Party, its longstanding savings have been depleted, it has lost two incumbent Assembly seats in the traditionally Democratic Seventh District, and its longstanding intraparty divisions have been exacerbated. Yet Kevin Covert, whose resignation has been sought by a sizable and vocal segment of the party, is intent on holding on to his position until his term expires in June. "If you run for the job and take the job, you should serve out until you're done," Covert, 37, said yesterday, adding that his staying on could save the party from two struggles over the chairmanship, one now, the other in June.
November 2, 2002
Two Philadelphia incumbents, U.S. Reps. Robert A. Brady and Chaka Fattah, will be reelected, if for no other reason than the Republican Party has put up little resistance. Each has done some things, locally and on the national scene, to earn the victory he will enjoy Tuesday. Mr. Fattah is a Wharton School graduate and a policy wonk who is carving out a niche as a well-informed advocate for public schools. His GEAR UP program, for which he's garnered major federal dollars, offers mentoring and other assistance to encourage low-income teenagers to aspire to college.
August 7, 1996 |
Moorestown lawyer Frank Hartman has lost his challenge to the legality of having two persons of the same gender - in this case Lee Pfister O'Toole and Alice Furia - head the Burlington County Democratic party. Hartman was defeated, by a mere 12 votes in June, in his bid for the party chair position by O'Toole, whose running mate, Furia, was re-elected as vice chair. However, even before the the party voted that night, Hartman filed a court challenge : He contended that a state law prohibits persons of the same gender from holding the top two positions in a county political party.
June 27, 1996 |
For the first time, a woman will head Burlington County's Democratic Party. Lee Pfister O'Toole of Willingboro last night edged out Frank Hartman of Moorestown in a hotly contested race for the party leadership post. George Lee, a former party chairman, said O'Toole, 50, was the first woman ever elected to the post in Burlington County. O'Toole had the support of outgoing chairman Kevin Covert. Hartman's backers included Lee and Burlington Township Mayor Joseph Foy, another former party chair.
May 14, 2009
FURTHERMORE ... Ward leaders don't agree with recommendations Unfortunately, The Inquirer's recent endorsements of judicial candidates appear to embrace only the Philadelphia Bar Association recommendations, without considering other important factors. This year's bar recommendations have left us perplexed and troubled. Of the five African American women running for Common Pleas Court, the only one recommended is also the only sitting judge. Two others, oddly enough, were found recommended previously, but not this year.
August 25, 2015 |
IN THE ERA of modern, media-based politics, the city's Democratic organization clanks along, partly a relic of an earlier age, partly an expression of Philadelphia's embrace of traditional ways. It can't "deliver" the vote anymore, certainly not in high visibility races. It long ago lost its hold over hiring and firing in city government. When neighborhood people need something from City Hall - a new stop sign, money for the rec center - they are more likely to go to their local civic organization than their local committee person.
April 13, 2014 |
MONTGOMERY COUNTY When a group of Montgomery County Republican leaders and their biggest donor gathered Monday night for a closed-door dinner at a King of Prussia steak house, one of the invited guests was Robert Kerns, the former party chair who resigned last year amid allegations that he raped a woman who worked at his law firm. Two of those in the room, along with Kerns' successor as county party chair, said the gathering at the Capital Grille was nothing more than a private social event.