August 24, 2014 |
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.
July 17, 2014 |
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.
February 18, 2014 |
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.
October 15, 2012 |
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.
March 14, 2012 |
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.
October 18, 2011 |
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.
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.
April 8, 2008 |
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.
March 24, 2008 |
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.
March 10, 2008 |
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.