April 11, 2016 |
Forget the PennDot crews. Over the next two weeks, Pennsylvania needs to brace for roving motorcades of aspiring presidents: black SUVs, panel vans, and press buses. Politics also will clog TVs and Web browsers with candidate ads, and mailboxes will be stuffed with slick appeals. Expect telephone calls, from prerecorded famous people and live volunteers alike, especially if you regularly vote in Democratic or Republican primaries. "Polls show the races in both parties narrowing," said Terry Madonna, pollster and professor at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster.
April 7, 2016 |
Audrey "Dee" Coccia had to fight just to get her daughter Gina into public school in the 1970s. And then, after Gina was finally enrolled at age 11, Coccia had to fight for basics, like speech therapy. "They told me my daughter would never benefit from services, so why would they give them to her?" said Coccia, of Philadelphia's Somerton section. "Some of us have fought a long time," she said. "In the beginning, you either went to a state institution or you stayed home and had nothing.
April 6, 2016
For production reasons, today's editions of the Inquirer are the same for Pennsylvania and New Jersey readers.
April 5, 2016
Eileen Albillar has been appointed to the board of Emerge Pennsylvania , a political-leadership training program for Democratic women in Pennsylvania founded in December. A graduate of the Emerge program in Arizona, she is the volunteer and community connections manager for the Bucks County Opportunity Council in Doylestown. William Way LGBT Community Center , which serves the Philadelphia region's sexual and gender minorities through service, recreational, educational, and cultural programming, has appointed the following board members: Chad Bundrock, director, client analytics at Aramark; Marc Coleman, president and CEO of the Tactile Group; John M. Loesch Jr. , sales manager at Independence Blue Cross; and Jose Sabalbaro, an associate in the real estate practice group at Archer & Greiner P.C. The following board officers have been elected: Laurie Ward, independent nonprofit management consultant, cochair; Paul R. Steinke, former GM, Reading Terminal Market, cochair; Steve Brando, project manager at Willis Towers Watson, secretary; and Anh Dang, production planner at Merck, treasurer.
April 4, 2016 |
I awoke Tuesday morning to discover that I was the top story in the Inquirer. Not me, individually, and given the headline, "GOP gains as Pa. voters switch," I would be lying if I described this self-selected collective of Pennsylvanians who, since the first of January, have switched their political party affiliation, as "we" or "us. " But I'm one of them, may the Lord have mercy. Across the state more than 85,000 Democrats switched their election-night map party affiliation color from cool blue to rage red in time to vote in the April 26 primary.
April 4, 2016 |
The Berwick community has lost its beloved football coach. George Curry, who guided the Northeastern Pennsylvania school to six PIAA Class 3A state championships, died Friday at 71. He had ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, which had been diagnosed midway through last season. An undersize center and linebacker at Temple in the mid-1960s, Curry compiled a 455-102-5 record (.817 winning percentage) at three schools. He is the state's all-time winningest coach and ranks No. 5 in the nation.
April 3, 2016 |
CAMP HILL - At his first campaign stop in Pennsylvania on Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz talked jobs, freedom, and national security, easily winning over a crowd of conservative state Republicans who whooped, hollered, and swarmed around him for selfies and autographs. Only hours earlier, the same crowd gave Gov. John Kasich a decidedly more subdued reception, as he spoke about the need to bolster the economy, make college more affordable, and fight terrorism - not through discriminating against certain groups, but by building coalitions to root out extremism.
March 29, 2016
Monday is the deadline to register for the April 26 primary in Pennsylvania. Information on how to register can be found at www.votespa.com
March 29, 2016
GOVERNMENT ISN'T sport, but that doesn't stop us for treating it like one. The headlines last week that followed Gov. Wolf's decision on this year's state budget were the kind you usually find over a story about a hockey game, with phrases like "Wolf caves" and "Gov. loses to Republicans" and "Gov. folds. " What Wolf did after a 270-day standoff with the Republicans who control the legislature was to allow a House-passed version of this year's state budget to become law without his signature.
March 26, 2016 |
Player of the year: Alisha Kebbe, Neumann-Goretti, Sr. Off the court, Alisha Kebbe is shy, quick with a kind smile that consumes her entire face, and not the type that offers to talk about herself. She's soft-spoken and humble - aware of her impact on the Neumann-Goretti program - but you'll have to pry it out of her if you want details. On the court, you won't see that Kebbe. No, on the court the 5-foot-10 senior is tenacious, physical, fiercely competitive, and a relentless hustler.