August 9, 2016
By Fernando Luiz Lara As I watched the Olympics kick off, I remembered the last time I visited Rio de Janeiro. It was the day that the Brazilian Senate voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and open an impeachment judgment. That was also the day that an all-male, all-white cabinet took office in place of the center-left (lately more center than left) government of Rousseff. The Brazilian media will insist that the Olympics have nothing to do with the political crisis, but I believe that such a connection is now beyond reasonable doubt.
July 13, 2016
By George Kohl The vision of our founders was of a government of, by, and for the people. And history tells the story of how our democracy has grown, from the days when only white, male property owners had rights to embracing African Americans and women as full voting participants. Today there's an extreme attack on our democracy, one that threatens to transform the government into one of, by, and for corporations and the 1 percent. Too many Americans believe the system is rigged, that politicians don't listen to the people.
May 3, 2016 |
WILLIAM R. MILLER IV, 68, founder of a public relations firm and longtime player in city politics who helped shape political campaigns, died Saturday of complications from a stroke. Mr. Miller, who lived in East Mount Airy, died at Abington Memorial Hospital, said his daughter, Darisha. "I am definitely going to miss him. I'm a daddy's girl. " For several decades, Mr. Miller helped guide the political aspirations of some of the biggest names in city politics and helped elect W. Wilson Goode Jr. as the first black mayor.
January 17, 2016
An Inside History of the American Presidency By David Greenberg W.W. Norton. 640 pp., $35 Reviewed by Paul Jablow 'In public life it is sometimes necessary, in order to appear really natural, to be actually artificial. " Which 20th-century American president made the above statement? In the highly unlikely event you knew it was Calvin Coolidge, count yourself a scholar of spin. If not, you might find Republic of Spin , David Greenberg's account of presidents and their spinmeisters, enlightening.
December 11, 2015 |
LOCAL BROADCAST TELEVISION stations gobbled up almost $3 billion in political advertising revenue during the 2012 elections. Four years later, the Television Bureau of Advertising yesterday began a public-relations campaign called "We get voters. " It features commercials, a website and sponsorship of political events, including one at next week's Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas. "Our goal is to send a reminder that television will be the key medium to reaching any voter," said Steve Lanzano , CEO of TVB. He said their campaign is aimed at political operatives - and the donors who pay their salaries.
October 14, 2015 |
Some might call it ironic that the same crusading district attorney who created an election fraud task force last year is now violating state election laws. Demoralizing might be a better word. If the public can't trust its top law enforcement officials to abide by the law, who can it trust? For more than six weeks, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams' political action committee ignored an Inquirer request to review financial records from 2012 to 2014. The newspaper reported in August that Williams is the subject of a federal investigation into alleged misspending of campaign funds on personal expenses.
July 3, 2015 |
THERE ARE days in our lives that stand out as historic, defined by a seminal event that upended the world as we knew it. We can remember exactly where we were when we got the news on those days. When John F. Kennedy, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or John Lennon were shot. When the Challenger blew up or when the Twin Towers came down. Friday, June 26, was such a day. For all of America's deep political, economic and other divides, we knew that one gulf had been irreversibly bridged.
June 15, 2015 |
With a fourth politician pleading guilty to corruption charges in the infamous sting investigation, it's clear that Philadelphia's dominant political party has let it down. Independent political movements are the most likely remedy. City Democrats have had many chances to clean up their mess since March 2014, when The Inquirer revealed Attorney General Kathleen Kane's mishandling of the sting investigation. Only District Attorney Seth Williams took action by taking on the case. It's dispiriting that most of the defendants - all Philadelphia Democrats - are getting off lightly, serving no time and probably keeping their pensions.
May 5, 2015 |
Where is the Federal Election Commission when you need it? With more money than ever swirling around political campaigns, the FEC should be making sure rules are followed. Instead, it's stuck in the same partisan funk that has debilitated the watchdog agency since 2008. That's when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) decided to gum up the works. By law, the FEC, created in 1975, has three members nominated by Democrats and three nominated by Republicans. The six are supposed to be nonpartisan, and they were for the most part until McConnell, who is now majority leader, chose three Republicans who made it their mission to act as obstructionists.