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.
March 4, 2012 |
Retirement announcements by Sen. Olympia J. Snowe and other centrists are putting more Senate seats at stake than at any time since 1996 - and the result may be an even more polarized environment. Snowe, a three-term Maine Republican known for voting with Democrats on some high-profile issues, said her decision was driven by frustration over partisanship and a lack of compromise in the Senate. Other departing senators who seek consensus on such issues as debt reduction say they share her view.
November 19, 2010
Vick deserves a second chance Michael Vick has become once again an elite NFL quarterback and possibly this year's most valuable player after almost two years of incarceration for horrific animal cruelty ("Vick is sensational as Eagles shellac Redskins," Tuesday). There is widespread agreement that he's a changed man, which is the goal of our prison system. However, the most valuable result has been the major media's attention to animal rights as a result of Vick's high-profile arrest.
October 6, 2010
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, "Ronnie," and I have a very active and "different" sex life. I'm happy I have found someone who is so compatible, but it has also presented a problem for me when we're out with friends. Our bedroom activities occasionally include a third party - a female. I'm perfectly happy with this arrangement because I am the one who initiated it. However, I have a problem with Ronnie's recruiting practices. He seems to think that because I have one friend who has joined us, all of them are fair game.
August 7, 2009 |
In the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta HMS Pinafore, Sir Joseph, a former member of the British Parliament who has been appointed lord admiral of the queen's navy, recalls how he achieved such great success: "I always voted at my party's call," he sings, "and I never thought of thinking for myself at all. " Sir Joseph would fit in well in the United States' party-driven political system, in which loyalty to one's political club often seems to...
March 17, 2009 |
Almost every parent, at some point, wishes he or she could shield a child from negative outside influences until that boy or girl is old enough to know right from wrong. It's the same way in basketball with coaches and players. Because he is a relative newcomer to the sport, Lavoy Allen has rapidly become one of the most promising big men the Big Five has produced. In six short years, he went from an awkward, gangly ninth grader at Pennsbury High to a second-team all-conference forward at Temple.