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June 5, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Pennsylvania's primary was notable for the number of Democratic female candidates for governor and Congress, including Allyson Schwartz, Katie McGinty, Val Arkoosh, Marjorie Margolies, and Shaughnessy Naughton. Every one of them lost. To argue that all five candidates are the same is to be reductive and wrong. Pennsylvania has never elected a woman governor, or senator, and, come January, it will be represented by 18 men in the U.S. House. (New Jersey appears primed to elect one woman to Congress.)
NEWS
May 19, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jane Adams Clarke, 89, an administrative assistant to Pennsylvania Lt. Govs. Raymond P. Shafer and Raymond J. Broderick, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Saturday, May 3, at Seacrest Village, an assisted living community in Little Egg Harbor, N.J., where she had lived for the last six years. Mrs. Clarke worked for Shafer during his term as lieutenant governor from 1963 to 1967 and for Broderick during his term from 1967 to 1971, when Shafer was governor. She then was executive secretary, from 1969 until her retirement in 1987, for Nicholas A. Cipriani, a Philadelphia Family Court judge from 1969 to 2003, a sister, Nancy Jones, said.
NEWS
May 18, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
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.
NEWS
May 18, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
To hear U.S. prosecutors tell it, Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, the Liberian politician and one-time ally of that country's disgraced former President Charles Taylor, has every reason to flee this country. He is facing a potentially lengthy prison term in the United States for immigration fraud, even as he is mounting a political comeback in his home country with a run for the Liberian Senate. And despite living for the last four decades as a legal permanent resident in Delaware County, he and his wife maintain extensive real estate holdings, including a rubber farm, in the West African nation.
NEWS
May 5, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
  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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | BY JASON HEALY
  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.
NEWS
March 18, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
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.
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