August 21, 2013 |
Despite the vigorous objections of a dozen speakers, the Moorestown Township Council voted Monday to increase significantly the size of donations firms doing or seeking business with the town may give to political candidates and parties. Critics urged the council not to dilute the town's stringent pay-to-play rules, enacted five years ago, but Republican council members said the ordinance brings the town in line with state rules and is less confusing. No one in the audience of about 35 appeared to accept the argument.
April 17, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - The culture of Harrisburg politics wasn't what made him do it. He and he alone was responsible for his crimes in the Bonusgate scandal. So said Mike Manzo, a onetime top House Democratic staffer, moments before a judge sentenced him Monday to up to four years in prison. Manzo, who went from Bonusgate defendant to the prosecution's key witness, was sentenced to 18 to 48 months in prison and ordered to pay $95,000 in fines and restitution for his role in the wide-ranging conspiracy to use taxpayer money and resources for political gain.
February 3, 2012
The jury in Rep. Bill DeWeese's political corruption trial deliberated for six hours Thursday before breaking for the day without a verdict. The jurors asked for evidence to be brought back to the deliberation room, including copies of the transcript of DeWeese's grand jury testimony. Dauphin County Court President Judge Todd A. Hoover denied that request but allowed them to review several boxes containing leave slips that legislative employees submitted when they conducted political work during legislative hours.
June 26, 1986 |
In a move hailed by consumer groups and condemned by electric utilities, the state House overwhelmingly approved a measure yesterday setting new controls over what utilities can charge their customers. The bill, which also extends the life of the state Public Utility Commission, was approved on a 173-26 roll-call vote without a word of opposition. The vote came only a few hours after the compromise measure was approved by a six-member House-Senate conference committee.
July 12, 2012 |
Unfortunately, there appears to be little likelihood that the Supreme Court will reconsider its landmark ruling two years ago that has allowed corporations to dump obscene amounts of cash into political campaigns without revealing their activity. Hopes that the court might come to its senses were dashed two weeks ago when it overruled a Montana Supreme Court ruling upholding that state's 1912 law banning corporate political donations. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is calling for a federal constitutional amendment prohibiting corporate donations.
November 10, 1986
After voting regularly for 40 years, I feel that we need a better way of maintaining political checks, balances and affecting change. The traditional Republican and Democratic Parties are today less important than conservative, liberal and moderate approaches to national problems. The 1986 political campaigns, with their personal attacks against candidates, discouraged the faithful voters and reinforced the feelings of non-voting adult children that "all politicians are corrupt" and "what's the use of my voting?"
October 19, 1986
I was a reporter for 50 years before my retirement. I have always been a defender of press freedom, one of the great pillars of our free society. But such a privilege should be equated with responsibility. The Inquirer, in its Oct. 12 editorial endorsing Sen. Francis J. Lynch for re-election to the state Senate from the Second District, did not show much responsibility. Of course, it had the right to endorse Sen. Lynch, under the First Amendment, but it struck a low blow to Joe O'Donnell, Sen. Lynch's opponent, when, referring to Mr. O'Donnell's remarks about Mayor Goode, it said he had "injected a whiff of racism" into the political campaign.
February 27, 2007
THANKS TO columnist Phil Goldsmith for pointing out the absence of female candidates in the mayor's race. And why out of 15 at-large Council candidates is there only one woman running? Philadelphia NOW has spent some time trying to figure out why. We've come to the conclusion that we will have more women running for office when we have real campaign finance reform - public financing of elections. Some of our Philadelphia NOW members have considered running, but backed out or decided not to enter the fray.
September 22, 1999 |
In what could be a landmark case, the Supreme Court will decide whether low state limits on campaign contributions are valid or are unconstitutional restrictions on freedom of expression. A federal appeals court has invalidated Missouri's $1,075 limit on individual contributions to statewide political campaigns. The lower court reasoned that free speech was unconstitutionally impaired because the Missouri contribution limit, when adjusted for inflation, was much lower than the $1,000 federal ceiling Congress passed in 1974 and the Supreme Court upheld in 1976.