July 26, 2016 |
The Democratic National Convention got off to a rocky start Sunday even before the first gavel fell. Amid a controversy over emails showing that national party operatives were scheming to undermine Bernie Sanders during the presidential primary campaign, the embattled Democratic national chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, announced on Sunday that she would quit after the convention. She already had been stripped of her position as chair of the convention after facing intense criticism that she and her operation were biased in favor of Hillary Clinton during the primary.
July 26, 2016
Time to let the big dog hunt. Let's agree convention week isn't so far a ton of fun for its soon-to-be nominee. There's that large dose of email controversy - not hers, her party's - exposing a rigged primary process and firing up the Bernie "we was robbed!" Sanders folks. There's tossing the party chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who likely now will be encouraged to stop yelling "I'm with her. " And CNN polling Monday showed a predictable bump for Trump but, worse for Hillary, a staggeringly high new she's-not-honest, she's-not-trustworthy number of 68 percent.
September 14, 2015 |
Marcel Groen, the long-time head of the Montgomery County Democrats, was elected chair of the statewide party Saturday, a key post heading into national elections next year. His immediate focus, however, is on voting that is just seven weeks away. "The most important thing now are the Supreme Court races," Groen said in an interview following his election by party committee members in Gettysburg. "They are extremely important, from a political perspective, because of redistricting.
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.
June 8, 2015 |
Jim Burn, chairman of the state Democratic Party, may be on his way out and Gov. Wolf apparently already has his successor in mind - Montgomery County Democratic Chairman Marcel Groen. Burn, an attorney from Allegheny County, said in an interview Saturday that he told party regional caucus leaders in a meeting in Allentown on Friday that he was considering resigning the post he has held since 2010. That news comes five months before the Nov. 3 general election, which includes Democrats running statewide for seats on the state's Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Commonwealth Court.
April 18, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Democrat to pose a primary challenge to former Rep. Joe Sestak, according to party leaders informed of his plans. Pawlowski is scheduled to announce his decision Friday. His plans were confirmed by Jim Burn, chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and U.S. Rep. Robert Brady (D., Pa.), the party chair in Philadelphia. "He's a formidable candidate," Brady said. "He's a pretty quality guy. " Pawlowski is expected to run on his record as mayor of the state's third-largest city, which is enjoying an economic renaissance.
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.
October 14, 2013 |
More than 1,500 Tea Party enthusiasts gathered outside the New Egypt Speedway gate Saturday to rally for U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, but mostly to see Sarah Palin, the darling of the right and former Republican vice presidential candidate. Palin addressed the flag-waving crowd for about 15 minutes, urging supporters to vote for Lonegan in a special election Wednesday against Democrat Cory Booker, Newark's mayor. The race will fill a vacancy created by Sen. Frank Lautenberg's death in June.
March 13, 2012
In the following edited exchange, former Pennsylvania Democratic Chairman T.J. Rooney and former Republican Chairman Alan Novak considered the advantages and drawbacks of difficult primary contests such as the one currently taking place for the Republican presidential nomination. Alan Novak: We both have a strong belief in the role of the party in politics and in the importance of the party in getting candidates elected. That being said, the question is always this: Are primary challenges to those candidates a good thing or a bad thing?
September 16, 2010 |
INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS 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.