August 10, 2002 |
Eager to win support from America's fastest-growing minority, both major political parties are fielding record numbers of Hispanic candidates in this fall's elections and seeking votes in key cities and states where the Hispanic population is surging. Hispanics could hold the key not only to this year's elections for control of Congress, but also to the 2004 contest for the White House. At this week's summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee in Las Vegas, party strategists said their hopes of winning control of the House hinged on victories by Hispanic candidates such as Dario Herrera in Las Vegas and on Hispanics' votes for non-Hispanic Democratic candidates in places such as Iowa and North Carolina.
February 17, 2011
As the Egyptian people begin to create their own democracy ("Egypt military's vote timetable stirs debate," Tuesday), they will do well to consider how our Constitution establishes the three separate and independent branches of government. But when considering how to populate the legislative branch, they should look to more modern constitutions. Legislative seats in this country are generally assigned to districts that each elect a single representative. This creates a winner-take-all politics, and it produces a system dominated by two political parties.
May 12, 1987 |
The city's political parties yesterday struck back at a group of judicial candidates supported by Gov. Casey, announcing the formation of a committee to help their own slate win six Philadelphia Common Pleas Court seats. Officials of the newly formed Committee to Protect the People's Choice and of a competing committee supporting Casey's choices charged each other with having made their endorsement decisions undemocratically, while agreeing that the issue facing voters next Tuesday will be the way judges are selected in the city.
January 20, 1992 |
Conspicuously absent from the newspaper columns of free advice offered Mayor Rendell in recent weeks has been any reference to two institutions that are indispensible to any strategy for saving Philadelphia: the political parties. The idea that parties might be important today sounds antique. The more fashionable prescriptions for city problems are better management and more aid from other areas of governments. To see Philadelphia's problems as simply managerial is to reinforce the myth that "one good man" (or woman)
January 10, 1995 |
Politics has always been a contact sport in America, but in the 1994 campaign, negative messages, groundless attacks on character, outright lying and distorted images dragged political advertising to a new low. The cutthroat ads followed a disturbing formula. In clipped, agitated tones, attack your opponent's character. Distort his record. Associate her with extremists. Work in a between-the-lines racist message. And by all means, steer clear of substance. Examples abound.
July 15, 1989
When Pennsylvanians filed their income-tax returns this year, the form asked if they'd like their refunds to go into a conservation fund - which ended up with more than $350,000. All told, 38 states offer more than 100 such options, ranging from cancer research in Arkansas to a veterans' cemetery in New Mexico. Obviously, the commonwealth could go further in panhandling its taxpayers for favorite causes. So the state chairmen of the two major political parties have been planning to recommend a new cause, with a $1 donation to be solicited annually from all taxpayers when they file.
October 11, 1994
The sour taste left by federal lawmakers who headed home last weekend is strong enough to suggest that Congress can't do anything right. Americans may say exactly that by massacring incumbents at the polls four weeks from today. In reality, Congress' two-year record under President Clinton is a mixture of major successes and failures, and both political parties share responsibility for not getting more done. With little help from the opposition party, Democrats in Congress passed a major deficit-cutting package last year and a comprehensive crime bill this year.
September 9, 2012 |
It's rare that the monthly jobs report doesn't elicit some kind of response on Wall Street. But that happened Friday after the U.S. Labor Department reported that the nation's payrolls added 96,000 jobs in August, and that the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent - both statistics only barely positive. The markets hardly blinked, and major indexes stayed at their highest levels in more than four years after Thursday's surge. The 96,000 jobs continued the upward trend of growth, but at a rate that will do little to bring employment to pre-recession levels any time soon.
December 25, 1988 |
In case you missed it in all the holiday rush, one of the most intriguing news items of recent weeks was the announcement that the national Democratic and Republican parties have agreed to form a bipartisan commission to work on a crucial problem that vitally affects them both: How to improve the television ratings of their national conventions. It's a real problem. Republican national chairman Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. noted at the press conference announcing the commisssion that in some markets convention coverage had been whipped in the ratings race by professional wrestling.
April 29, 1998 |
Rotan Lee pulled a black-cased folding knife from the pocket of his pin-striped suit, opened the blade, and slashed open the box on his desk. "Oh, this is a goodie," he said, lifting a stuffed brown buffalo out of the box. Then he looked at the card, which read, "Imagine a convention where seldom is heard a discouraging word. " Lee mused, "Where the deer and the antelope play . . . here's the problem, there's no buffalo in that song. Oh, yes, yes there is. " The stuffed buffalo came from Denver, one of nine cities wooing the Democrats for their political convention in 2000.