June 10, 2016 |
It was the presidential election year of 1992 and Tim Lewis, then a young federal court judge in Pittsburgh, was watching a televised debate between Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.) and his challenger, Lynn Yeakel. Yeakel went after Specter for the GOP's failure to nominate African Americans to the federal bench. But Specter had a ready answer. "Specter said, 'Well that is not true. There is a young African American judge in Pittsburgh who we are going to put on the Third Circuit,' " Lewis recalled.
November 21, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia-area Republicans in Congress blasted President Obama for "hubris" and exceeding his authority Thursday, saying his executive actions on immigration will undermine hope of passing a bipartisan law to repair the nation's immigration system. Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) called the president's Thursday night announcement his "latest overreach. " "America's immigration system is badly broken and cries out for reform," Toomey said in a news release. But he said Obama's "legally unauthorized actions" aren't the answer "and could encourage even more illegal immigration.
November 1, 2014 |
On a hot-button political issue like repealing Obamacare, U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.) can be expected to toe the party line. But Meehan - seeking his third term in an outrageously gerrymandered district that sprawls across five counties from his home base in Delaware County - has shown a willingness to run interference with his party on gun control, the government shutdown, big-dollar federal projects like the Delaware River deepening, and preservation...
October 31, 2014 |
Citywide ballots on Tuesday will be organized into four party columns: Democratic, Republican, Green, and Vote for Ines. Who is Ines and what did she do to score such impressive real estate? "I got 500 signatures and sent my paperwork in on time," said Ines Reyes, a Cheltenham resident running in her first race for state Senate. As the only nonpartisan candidate running in any race this year, her self-penned party name stands out among the traditional classifications. Reyes could have claimed the Independent party designation - with no Independent primary it's first come, first serve.
October 14, 2014
HAVING READ the advertisement in your paper from the carpenters union about being locked out of the convention center and now the School Reform Commission ripping up the teachers contract, all I can say is come Nov. 4 both unions will continue to back and persuade their members to vote for all the Democratic candidates on the ballot. When will you get it? Doing the same thing over and over again is the definition of insanity. The Democratic Party running the city for the past 70 years is the cause of all your problems.
October 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia-area lawmakers reflected the national political divide Monday night as the federal government skidded into a shutdown: split along clear party lines. While one area Republican, U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent of Allentown, made a high-profile push to end the latest fiscal skirmish with a government funding bill that would not make any changes to the Affordable Care Act - a condition Democrats have demanded - he could not rally other moderates to join him. Instead, all other local House Republicans, including many who represent districts that President Obama either won or narrowly lost a year ago, voted with the rest of their caucus to fund the government, but only if Democrats accepted a new set of proposed changes to the president's signature health-care law. By 9 p.m. Monday, the House had passed two new plans, and a third vote was expected shortly after midnight.
June 12, 2013 |
UNION CITY, N.J. - Two elected officials from North Jersey are the latest Democrats to back Republican Gov. Christie in his bid for reelection this fall. State Sen. Brian Stack endorsed Christie in Union City, where Stack is also mayor. "He's been a governor that's been truly responsive. I mean that sincerely," Stack, a Democrat, said after Monday's announcement. "No other governor would call me at 4 in the morning and say, 'Brian, I'm watching Channel 12 ... and I see a big fire.
November 21, 2012 |
Gov. Christie paced the Princetonian Diner on Route 1 in mid-October, imploring patrons to pick his Republican ally and friend Joseph Kyrillos over incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. Just two weeks later, Sandy slammed into the East Coast, decimating the Jersey Shore, crippling mass transit, and cutting power to 8.5 million homes and businesses in 21 states. In an instant, Sandy also reshaped New Jersey politics. It prompted Christie to seek help from Menendez - who went on to win an 18 percentage-point victory over Kyrillos - and Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, whom the governor had called an "embarrassment to the state" during a two-year feud.
August 12, 2012 |
Picture this: A conservative Republican chief justice is called upon to decide the fate of one of the most partisan issues of our time, and, surprisingly comes down on the Democratic side. Health care and John Roberts? Actually, I was thinking of voter ID and Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ron Castille. There is a plausible scenario whereby he will cast the deciding vote regarding the controversial new law. And while his brethren might rule along party lines, Castille has a history of flexing his independence.
March 30, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A divided House approved a $3.6 trillion Republican budget Thursday recasting Medicare and imposing sweeping cuts in domestic programs, capping a battle that gave both political parties a campaign-season stage to spotlight their warring deficit-cutting priorities. But the partisan divisions over the measure, which is dead on arrival in the Democratic-led Senate, also underscores how tough it will be for lawmakers to achieve the cooperation needed to contend with tax and spending decisions that will engulf Congress right after this fall's elections.