May 18, 2014 |
NOTICEABLY ABSENT from a news conference held yesterday by the Philadelphia Community of Leaders - a nonprofit group of black citizens dedicated to addressing poverty in Philadelphia - were any black politicians. And there's a good reason for that, according to Rahim Islam Sr., head of the Philadelphia Community of Leaders (PCOL). "We need a long-term plan and unfortunately politicians have a short-term window, you know, two years or four years," said Islam, an official with the local chapter of the NAACP and president and CEO of Universal Companies.
May 5, 2014 |
Nobody loves you when you're ahead. Nobody, that is, except the voters. Just ask Tom Wolf. With little more than two weeks until the Democratic gubernatorial primary, the soft-spoken York County cabinet king is crushing in the latest poll, leading the three other candidates by at least 25 points. So it's open Wolf-hunting season for Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, even Republican Gov. Corbett. Katie McGinty, the former state environmental secretary, has stayed largely out of the cross fire.
April 18, 2014 |
DR. VALERIE ARKOOSH , the least-known of the four Democrats seeking the city/suburban 13th District Congressional seat in the May 20 Democratic primary election, is preparing to air campaign commercials and is already getting help from medical colleagues. A political-action committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists reported spending $210,390 last week to air radio ads for Arkoosh. The ads seek to capitalize on Arkoosh's status as the only nonpolitician in the race.
March 21, 2014
LATELY, we've been hearing a lot about women and "bossiness. " There is this entire movement, spearheaded by first lady Michelle Obama and noted third-wave feminist Beyonce, to ban the use of the word "bossy" in connection with young women, since it's somehow supposed to stunt their growth as proud, independent human beings. Personally, I'm not so sure about that. As the oldest of five kids, three of whom were strong-willed boys, I was on the receiving end of "bossy" for a good two decades and it certainly didn't stop me from becoming opinionated.
March 20, 2014 |
SMOKING. Cigarettes. Two words that provoke an ideological hatred whenever spoken, especially when rolling off the tongue of this country's politicians. Policymakers are terrified of smoking and its effects on public health, and because "cigarettes" remains in the name of our product, they jump to rash decisions regarding electronic cigarettes. It is in this haze of fear that politicians who are lobbying to ban electronic cigarettes end up leaning on preconceived notions, conflicting interests and few scientific findings to base their arguments.
March 18, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Sunday lashed out at critics of her decision to shut down an undercover investigation that had captured leading Philadelphia Democrats - including four members of the state House delegation - on tape accepting money. Kane blamed "cowardly anonymous sources" for providing "an inaccurate and sensational version of the details" of the case, which were made public in an article in The Inquirer on Sunday. The paper reported that prosecutors in the Attorney General's Office had run a sting for three years that captured at least five city Democrats on tape accepting cash or money orders, and in one case a $2,000 bracelet.
January 24, 2014
FORTY-ONE years ago, women and their families secured a victory when the United States Supreme Court affirmed our right to safe and legal abortion. In Roe v. Wade, the court confirmed that the constitutionally protected right to privacy includes every woman's right to make her own personal medical decisions without the interference of politicians. Yet, the fight for a woman's ability to make her own reproductive decisions continues. Since 2010, when tea-party politicians were elected to legislatures across the country, we've seen an unprecedented assault designed to erode access to safe and legal abortion.
January 4, 2014 |
HARRISBURG In the state Capitol, Pete DeCoursey was both the guy you wanted to talk to - and the one you didn't. The Philadelphia native, who uprooted himself more than two decades ago to pursue a journalism career, made his name in government and political circles not just by the stories and columns he wrote for the online news service Capitolwire, but by who he was: a sometimes stubborn, sometimes prickly, always whip-smart reporter with a penchant for...
December 18, 2013 |
With political fund-raisers cramming the weekend calendar, cash flows like booze at the annual Pennsylvania Society event in New York City. Historically, recipients of the bounty are almost always those at the top of the political food chain. But this year, two rank-and-file lawmakers were the guests of honor at separate buzz-generating fund-raisers at the homes of prominent New Yorkers this past weekend. Call it the coming-out year for gay pols. Both Rep. Brian Sims (D., Phila.)
November 18, 2013 |
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford tried to hide behind an Argonauts jersey last week. Justifiably embattled for personal failings so gross and numerous they make Lenny Dykstra seem genteel, Ford apparently hoped the XXXL football top would obscure his troubles better than it hid his girth. It didn't work. First, he wore it into City Council's chambers. Most members responded by turning their backs on him, a protest that, we can assume, reflected their feelings toward Ford and not Canadian football.