August 15, 2016
ISSUE | CLOSED PRIMARIES Let independents vote It always bothered me that independent voters had no voice in determining the candidates for whom they would be asked to vote in the General Election ("Why closed primaries?" Thursday). I was a judge of election for eight years, and my least-favorite part of the job was turning away independent voters at primaries, including several whose registration was clearly an error on the part of the county election board. Allowing primaries to pick four candidates without regard to party affiliation would provide more points of view in the General Election; one or more of the candidates would likely not belong to one of the major parties.
July 29, 2016
By Cynthia Terrell and Susannah Wellford With the convening of the Democratic and Republican Parties, we see greater diversity in their national delegations and leadership than what we currently have in Congress. Women hold less than 20 percent of the seats in the Senate and House, making the United States 95th internationally in the number of women elected to national offices. Imagine if the Senate or House required gender parity for each state? Before completely dismissing this idea, consider this: Both parties already have statewide and national rules requiring gender equality.
July 27, 2016
By Hans von Spakovsky Americans are often told that there's too much money in politics - that we spend too much on campaigns. But that claim doesn't hold up when you consider that in our elections, we are choosing the people who lead the local, state, and federal governments of the most powerful country in the world. During the 2012 presidential election cycle, the Federal Election Commission reports that candidates, political parties, and political action committees raised and spent a little more than $7 billion.
July 15, 2016 |
When Meg Saligman describes the artwork that she's creating for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, it is the sense of the unknown that excites her. Some protesters could vandalize her piece or set it on fire, she mused. That, she said, is the unpredictable part of interactive art. Saligman is a prolific Philadelphia-based muralist who has left her mark on the city through iconic paintings such as Common Threads , which rises over the intersection of Broad and Spring Garden Streets.
June 1, 2016
LONDON - Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking may have a good grasp of the workings of the universe, but he says he can't understand Donald Trump's popularity. Hawking tells ITV's "Good Morning Britain" show Tuesday that he has no explanation for the success of the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee. "He is a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator," Hawking says in prerecorded comments to be broadcast when the show airs at 6 a.m. London time on Tuesday.
February 23, 2015 |
Montgomery County legal and political leaders were sent scrambling last week when the State Department determined that a retirement on the Court of Common Pleas would not leave that seat up for election in November. Judge Stanley Ott said he had tried to cover all the bases to make sure his seat wouldn't be left empty when he retires at the end of 2015. He tendered his resignation to Gov. Tom Corbett more than a year in advance. He notified court administrators and gave both political parties a heads-up.
March 12, 2014 |
CITY COMMISSIONER Stephanie Singer, part of a three-member panel that oversees elections in Philadelphia, has a problem with the way her political party will select a candidate today for a vacant City Council at-large seat. Singer, in an email Sunday to about 4,000 people on her campaign list, questioned the "accountability" and "transparency" in the Democratic process. Singer said in other Pennsylvania counties, candidates for a special election are voted on by a political party's committee members, who are elected by voters.
March 22, 2013
Flag down on coed gridiron play Sometimes the old ways had meaning that, sadly, is being lost in our increasingly genderless world ("On further review, girl can play," March 15). We used to teach boys to honor the strengths and protect the inherent differences in girls. We raised men who shielded their wives and daughters from the particular harm that can come to a woman because of her physical and emotional differences - not because she was weak, but because she was differently made and wired.
February 28, 2013
By Joe Ferraro Montgomery County officials say they are coming up $750,000 short in last year's budget, and they are looking for cuts. I have a suggestion that could save about $300,000, maybe more. Pennsylvania has a closed primary system, meaning that only Democrats and Republicans may participate in the primary election. The turnouts are abysmal. Many times, less than 25 percent of the population shows up at the polls. Hence the savings: Plan No. 1: Only open 25 percent of the polling places for the primaries.
February 27, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egypt's largest opposition bloc said Tuesday that it would boycott the country's forthcoming parliamentary elections, heightening the prospect of future instability after months of political crisis and damaging the credibility of the country's fledgling democracy. The National Salvation Front, a loose coalition of liberal and leftist political parties, said that it would boycott the late April vote because the Islamist government of President Mohamed Morsi did not consult it in passing a new electoral law and disregarded pressure from the group for, among other things, a new cabinet and a redrafting of the country's constitution.