July 16, 1992 |
So much for the idea that geography is destiny. The old ironclad rule that a political ticket ought to look like a Triptik for a party that travels north to south, east to west, was just torn into as many pieces as a used airline stub. When Bill Clinton picked Al Gore for the second spot, he barely stretched from one Southern state to another. Not a lot of frequent-flier miles from Hope, Ark., to Carthage, Tenn. By the traditional political map, the Tennarkana ticket looks lopsided.
November 2, 1991 |
Like it or not, thousands of voters in the suburbs will almost certainly be represented in Congress soon by Philadelphia politicians. That change looms as political cartographers overhaul Philadelphia's political map - along with the rest of Pennsylvania's - to reflect the 1990 census. The changes could be sweeping, particularly in former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray 3d's old terrain, the sprawling Second Congressional District, which could see its black population fall from 82 percent to about 67 percent.
February 5, 2004 |
Ever since the commissioners redrew the boundaries of Haverford Township's wards, Gary Bogossian has been living on the wrong side of the street. Now, the aspiring politician has joined a chorus that accuses five Republican commissioners of strategically cutting them out of their voting districts for crass political purposes. "They want to get anybody out - Democrat, independent or Republican - who's not toeing their line," said Bogossian, an independent who said he planned to run against incumbent Sixth Ward Republican George Twardy in 2005.
October 23, 1991
No doubt about it, Mayor Goode and a handful of out-of-power City Council members grabbed the attention of Council's powerbrokers last week. They scuttled a proposed political map that failed to accommodate the vast growth of Philadelphia's Latino population. But there was an added twist: As long as Council members dally over drawing new boundaries for the 10 district seats, they won't be able to draw their pay. Obviously, this will focus the minds of many on Council. The question is, upon what?
January 4, 1992 |
Nothing is stranger than a frankly gerrymandered political map - or uglier than blatant political corruption. Pennsylvanians are facing both in the final reapportionment plan filed by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission on Nov. 15. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has an opportunity to correct the gerrymander when it comes before the court this month. The justices should exercise their judicial power to bring Pennsylvania's new legislative districts to conformity with the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions.
February 5, 1992 |
Rather than find a compromise, Democrats and Republicans spent yesterday castigating one another's congressional reapportionment plans, a week after the legislature was supposed to complete the once-a-decade job. House Democrats took little time to denounce the political map approved Monday by the Republican-controlled Senate. That proposal, which passed 26-24 along strict party lines, would achieve the necessary reduction of two congressional seats by eliminating the district of retiring U.S. Rep. Gus Yatron, a Berks County Democrat, and by merging the districts of U.S. Reps.
December 22, 2001
The last thing Philadelphia needs for Christmas is for the chill between Mayor Street and City Council to deepen. That's just one of several good reasons for the mayor to sign, not veto, the Council redistricting plan on his desk. Until the plan is approved, Council members don't get paid. They haven't been since Oct. 1 - as the City Charter demands. But sympathy for pols with bills to pay isn't the main reason the mayor should sign. For one thing, the plan passed 15-2, after it was adjusted to meet most of the mayor's objections, so a veto would be hard to sustain.
April 27, 2010 |
Throughout Europe and the Middle East, Mira Awad is a celebrated entertainer. But when she's in the home of fellow singer Achinoam Nini, who goes by the stage name Noa, she's a musical partner and a friend. And Mira, 34, who is an Israeli Arab, and Noa, 40, who is an Israeli Jew, make a statement about unity every time they appear together onstage. Though they're highly acclaimed in their home country, representing Israel at the 2009 Eurovision song contest in Moscow, they are only now about to embark on their first American tour.
January 23, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged weakened and facing a redrawn political map Tuesday after Israeli television projections showed a surge for a new centrist party, Yesh Atid, in Israel's elections, making it a key element of a future coalition. Netanyahu's ticket combining his rightist Likud party with the ultranationalist Yisrael Beiteinu faction won 31 parliamentary seats, according to the projections, a sharp decline from the combined 42 seats held by the two parties in the outgoing 120-member legislature.
April 5, 1996 |
More than 86,600 Philadelphians left town one way or another between 1990 and 1995, according to mid-decade census figures. City planners and the U.S. Census Bureau don't know who these people are or why they left. But politicians know exactly what it will mean if it keeps up until the year 2000. It means the city could lose a congressional seat, a couple of state representative seats and possibly one state senate seat. For city-dwellers, it means a loss of clout in Harrisburg and Washington.