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January 9, 1987 | By Nancy Phillips, Special to The Inquirer
Republican members of the Cherry Hill Township Council last night angrily accused the council's Democrats of playing party politics by introducing a resolution critical of a prominent Republican legislator. The measure failed 4-1, with two abstentions, in a straw vote. Its only supporter was Council President Susan Bass Levin, a Democrat, who sponsored the measure. The two-page resolution called on area legislators to "take a leadership role" in supporting Housing Trust Fund legislation.
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April 25, 1995 | By Analisa Nazareno, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For years, many residents of this town have prided themselves on remaining independent of big-party politics by keeping their council elections separate from the November general elections. But since announcing candidacy for government seats last month, council candidates have been questioning just how nonpartisan May's nonpartisan elections will be. One slate of candidates is running under the campaign slogan "Keep Evesham Free. " Another is promising it will put "Our Town First.
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November 6, 1997 | By Erin Einhorn, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
From the start, the race to fill seven borough council seats here has toppled party politics, flouted years of tradition, and surprised local politicos. And by the end, results showed an equally unusual twist: Democrats. Two were elected in this Republican stronghold for the first time in recent memory, one defeating 16-year council veteran Harold Catz. "The citizens want new government, they're going to get new government," Catz said as he waited at Republican headquarters Tuesday night for confirmation of the vote.
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January 23, 1997 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
One might not think that Chester County's advisory council to the Office of Aging Services would be a hotbed of partisan politics. But yesterday, three prospective appointees to that council - all Democrats - were in the crossfire, and Democratic Commissioner Andrew Dinniman was livid. He said the three women's names were taken off the county commissioners' agenda after Republican Chairman Colin Hanna found out the three were Democrats. "I was upset by this," Dinniman said.
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August 29, 1996 | By Jennifer Weiner, INQUIRER CONVENTION BUREAU
- So you're 15 years old in the waning days of summer, with back-to-school just around the corner. You want to enjoy yourself. You want to go shopping for new clothes, swim on the last days warm enough, hang out with your friends. Poor you. Because your parents are political. Maybe Mom's a journalist, maybe Dad's a lobbyist, maybe one or the other's running for office. And so you, unfortunate teenager, got schlepped to the Windy City for the Democratic National Convention, where the only things to do are listen to boring grownups make long speeches, watch boring grown- ups plan even more dull speeches, shuttle from hotel to hotel to red-white-and-blue arena, or kill time at a pols' birthday parties with no cake, no ice cream, and no dancing.
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June 28, 2003 | By Carrie Budoff INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed yesterday to take up a Pennsylvania congressional redistricting case that could settle the question of how much party politics can influence new election maps. The justices will decide whether to uphold Pennsylvania's congressional redistricting maps, which prompted confusion in last year's primary campaigns when Democrats succeeded in getting the courts to strike down the plan drawn up by the Republican-controlled legislature. The Supreme Court could delve into the broader issue of what constitutes political gerrymandering and whether the judicial system should even be deciding such issues.
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October 25, 2004 | By Lini S. Kadaba INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This was not suppose to be about partisan politics. At least that was what Elizabeth Smith said she had hoped four weeks ago. That's when Smith, 41, of East Nantmeal, who supports Sen. John Kerry, started a hotline (610-286-1975) for reporting the theft of political lawn signs of all persuasions. After loads of calls - by Friday morning, she said she had logged 136 that represented 340 missing or otherwise compromised signs - Smith decided to step up her effort, in between taking the car to the shop and her two young children to a Halloween parade.
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October 26, 1993 | By Bill Frischling, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Stephen R. Miller, a senior partner at Dechert Price & Rhoads in Philadelphia and a Lower Merion commissioner, died early yesterday of heart failure. His death came just eight days before a township election in which he was seeking another term. Elected to the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners in 1989, Mr. Miller, 64, was known for speaking his mind, whether one-on-one or in front of an audience at a commissioners meeting. Bashful was an attribute of which he was never accused.
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August 24, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A festering political feud in Chester County was stoked anew this week with the most unlikely fuel - a ticket for public urination. Brian McGinnis, the newly elected head of the county Democratic Committee, was cited by West Chester police one night last month after being spotted in an alley. A group of party members - who also happen to be his predecessor's most vocal supporters - are now calling for his resignation. Their demand, in a statement issued Thursday, stunned McGinnis.
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August 9, 1992 | By Tom Halligan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
After months of apparent harmony, allegations of party politics have reappeared at Yeadon Borough Council. At Thursday's council meeting, Republican Councilwoman Eileen Wellar charged that party politics was behind a denial to let State Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, a Republican, use borough hall to address residents concerning the Church Lane Bridge improvement project. Most of the council members are Democrats. Wellar said that she was "amazed" that Micozzie was told by borough officials that he first had to file an application and then receive approval by the council to use borough hall.
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August 24, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A festering political feud in Chester County was stoked anew this week with the most unlikely fuel - a ticket for public urination. Brian McGinnis, the newly elected head of the county Democratic Committee, was cited by West Chester police one night last month after being spotted in an alley. A group of party members - who also happen to be his predecessor's most vocal supporters - are now calling for his resignation. Their demand, in a statement issued Thursday, stunned McGinnis.
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July 17, 2014 | BY DAN SCHNUR
LIKE MORE than 20 percent of my fellow Californians, I am now classified as a no-party-preference voter, registered to vote but with no affiliation to any of the state's political parties. I am for lower taxes and for marriage equality. I am tough on crime and I am anti-abortion. I believe that a pathway to citizenship is a necessary part of immigration reform and that student test scores should be a critical component of teacher evaluations. Given the nature of modern-day politics, I'm not sure either party would have me. Those of us who consciously choose not to ally ourselves with a party are the fastest-growing portion of the electorate.
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February 18, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maria Quiñones Sánchez has never been beloved by Philadelphia's political power structure - she has twice won her seat on City Council despite opposition from the Democratic Party and with some of the biggest donors supporting her opponent. She's unlikely to gain much popularity with her latest move - backing a slate of four upstart candidates in races for the state House and Senate seats that overlap her Council district. She has strong ties to the candidates. One is her husband, Tomas, and the others have been aides in her Council office.
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October 15, 2012 | By Maria Panaritis, Thomas Fitzgerald, Jessica Parks, and Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writers
Arlen Specter was remembered nationally for his bipartisanship and long career as a statesman as news spread Sunday that the former U.S. senator had died of cancer at 82. From President Obama to a former Eagles wide receiver, dignitaries voiced admiration for the man who, despite an often gruff demeanor, became Pennsylvania's longest-serving U.S. senator by forging compromises. In an interview Sunday, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey told a highly personal story from 2002, when he lost the Democratic primary for governor to Ed Rendell.
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March 14, 2012 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
March is a festival of celebrations: the advent of spring, St. Patrick's Day, the exaltation of frozen food, and the history of women. Yet, according to Rutgers' Center for American Women and Politics, Pennsylvania ranks 42d in electing women to the state legislature. Friends, this qualifies as good news. Three years ago, we were 46th. Pennsylvania is the sole Northeastern state loitering in the bottom quintile (once 43d, New Jersey is 10th) along with such territories of progress as Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, and a huge swath of Dixie, including rock-bottom South Carolina, which actually has a female governor, something we've never come remotely close to achieving.
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October 18, 2011 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsauken Republicans are calling for the removal of a township official from the reelection committee of Democratic Mayor Jack Killion, claiming that the official's dual roles represent a conflict of interest. Township Clerk Gene Padalino, whose job duties include overseeing municipal elections, volunteers as assistant treasurer for the campaign of Killion and Democratic candidate Betsy McBride, who are running for two committee seats in next month's election. "Our biggest concern is Election Day, because the county gives the clerk all the voting materials.
NEWS
September 25, 2008
WE ARE CHOOSING to be confident that the extraordinary prospect of Barack Obama and John McCain sending out a joint statement "outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner" (as offered by the Obama campaign), and John McCain's bid to postpone not only the presidential debate but his campaign so that he and Obama can get to Washington to work on the crisis are not just campaign stunts.
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April 8, 2008 | By Joseph A. Gambardello and Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Two years after he was ousted as treasurer of Philadelphia's Democratic City Committee, John J. Dougherty returned to favor yesterday as party ward leaders endorsed his candidacy to succeed State Sen. Vincent Fumo. Dougherty won out over lawyer Larry Farnese - who called his opponent a "thug" - in gaining the support of 10 of the 17 ward leaders in the First Senate District. One ward leader abstained and a second was absent. A third candidate in the April 22 Democratic primary - progressive Anne Dicker - did not figure in their consideration.
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March 24, 2008 | By Patrick O'Hara
Last week I registered as a Democrat, no small step for a long-contented Chester County Republican. Weaned on William F. Buckley Jr., I was a teenage Barry Goldwater adherent in 1964. My first job was in the administration of New York City Republican Mayor John Lindsay, and my second was in the executive offices of New York Republican Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. One does not lightly abandon such deep political roots. In any other year, I give this primary season a pass and vote Republican in November.
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March 10, 2008 | By Kevin L. Carter FOR THE INQUIRER
The Colombian pop star Juanes, cognizant of the tensions enveloping his country and its neighbors, Venezuela and Ecuador, appealed to a flag-waving, partying crowd Saturday night for conciliation and unity. "We are all brothers. We must take care of each other," he said in Spanish before introducing "Bandera de Manos (Flag of Hands). " At the Mark G. Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal, Juanes showed he is not only a rocker and writer of songs with grandiose, compassionate and socially conscious lyrics, but also that he knows how to make the ladies swoony and the cognoscenti appreciative.
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