March 6, 2015 |
Democrat Joe Sestak hopes to get to the U.S. Senate Forrest Gump-style: He's crisscrossing Pennsylvania, walking exactly 422 miles, in his effort to unseat Republican Pat Toomey. His campaign slogan, of course, is "Joe Sestak walks in your shoes. " Sestak, 63, formally announced his bid Wednesday morning in front of Independence Hall and about 75 supporters who braved a sprinkling rain. Dressed in white-and-gray high-top Reeboks, jeans, and a bomber jacket, Sestak said he's running because he's disgusted with Washington politicians.
December 27, 2014
ISSUE | CARBON CONCERN Gas and hot air Regarding the fossil-fuel industry claims noted by Dana Milbank ("The 'benefits' of more CO2," Dec. 17): Yes, trees thrive on carbon dioxide, but they don't thrive on tornadoes, floods, and droughts. Ask the farmers in Southern California. I don't think they care too much for floods and tornadoes either. |Richard F. Spahr, Ambler Pipeline as neighbor Regarding those cheering the building of the Mariner East pipeline ("Summit's message: Pipeline key in shale-energy revolution," Dec. 7)
November 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Pat Toomey is up next. Republicans won control of the Senate on Tuesday, but as Democrats look to try to quickly reclaim the majority, they see the Pennsylvania Republican as one of the country's most inviting targets, setting up what could be one of the hottest Senate races of 2016. Democrats are eager for a shot at Toomey after seeing him beat Joe Sestak in 2010 by just two percentage points, even with the tea party wave behind him. They expect a more favorable playing field next time around, and (they hope)
November 5, 2014 |
WE CALL IT the Daily News hot seat - a table at the Famous 4th Street Deli where Clout asks the city's politicians three questions each Election Day. The questions for yesterday's general-election crowd were: * Who will be the next mayor of Philadelphia? * Who will be the Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey in 2016? * And will U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah be seeking a 12th term in the U.S. House in two years or fighting a federal indictment? Yes, we save the zinger for our final question.
October 27, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - They're not on the ballot, but the stakes are still high on Nov. 4 for U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, Bob Menendez, and Bob Casey. Control of the Senate hangs in the balance, with Republicans pushing to win the chamber and change the power structure for both national policy and individual senators. Menendez (D., N.J.) could lose his position as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Toomey (R., Pa.) could enter the Senate majority for the first time, potentially boosting his agenda just as he gears up for reelection in 2016 - but also raising the prospect of a political balancing act as more confrontational GOP colleagues gain the footing to advance their ideas, too. Casey (D., Pa.)
July 30, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia's 30th Street Station is on its way to getting a new name. The city's rail hub would be renamed "William H. Gray III 30th Street Station" under a bill that passed the House on Monday in a voice vote. The plan would honor the late congressman, who long represented Philadelphia, secured millions of dollars in the 1980s to help renovate the station, and broke barriers as an African American. U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), who succeeded Gray in Congress and sponsored the plan to change the name, said he hoped the Senate would pass the same bill this week, before lawmakers break for their summer recess.
May 5, 2014
Deal breakers When Israel offered statehood to the Palestinians with terms on the partition of Jerusalem and other issues, the Palestinians not only refused to make a counteroffer; they literally fled to avoid responding ("Kerry's not the problem," May 1). Why? They clearly had no desire to make peace and still embrace the twisted dream that they will eventually drive the Jews into the sea. Now Hamas and Fattah, which controls the West Bank, have joined forces. The Hamas charter openly calls for the destruction of Israel.
April 4, 2014 |
Nationally, the practice is known as "passing the trash" - when a school district allows an employee accused of sexual misconduct to resign quietly and might even offer a reference for a job elsewhere. On Wednesday, Pennsylvania legislators took a step toward making the state one of the few in the nation to require the disclosure of sexual-abuse allegations as part of the application process for school-related jobs. The legislation aims to prevent cases such as the one involving Eric Romig, a basketball coach at a private school in Bucks County who, authorities said, was allowed to leave for "medical reasons" in 2009 after he propositioned girls on his team.
March 12, 2014
WHEN A journalist recently asked Sen. Pat Toomey if it "should be legal for a hotel to turn away a couple because they're gay," he didn't answer the question. He simply responded by saying, "I haven't given that any thought. " How can a senator in modern-day America say something like that? I think Toomey knows where he stands on the issue, but didn't want people to know his true thoughts. As a gay man in Pennsylvania, it makes me sick to think that someone who represents the people could even consider such a discriminatory act. A look at his voting record sheds light on his real stance on this issue.