February 16, 2016
AS A RULE I try not to write anything about convicted politicians that anyone could construe as positive. That's because I spend lots of time writing about politicians in ways nobody could construe as positive. But today I offer a onetime special, a diversion, a break from the gloom of politics and the cold of winter, a little tale of Bill DeWeese at a warm and fun-drenched fantasy camp. You may recall DeWeese: Democrat from far-southwest Greene County, 36 years a lawmaker, jailed as a lawbreaker.
January 27, 2016
John Jay Hooker Jr., 85, a Nashville political figure who spent his last days fighting to make physician-assisted suicide legal in Tennessee, died Sunday, a family friend said. Political strategist Tom Ingram said he received a message from one of Mr. Hooker's daughters that he had died in hospice. He had been suffering from metastatic melanoma. Mr. Hooker had brilliant successes early in life as a lawyer. Tapped in 1958 to prosecute the impeachment of a Chattanooga judge accused of accepting bribes from racketeers, he fell into the orbit of Robert Kennedy, who was investigating the Teamsters union.
December 8, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - For the Pennsylvania political class preparing to engorge on food, drink and gossip at Saturday's annual Pennsylvania Society gathering in New York, the political buffet offers many options. Several high-profile primary races, including for two Congressional seats and maybe the attorney general's office, loom in what promises to be a rollicking election year. But the big headliner is Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race, among the most closely watched in the country, and featuring a three-way Democratic primary in a contest that could help decide control of the Senate.
November 24, 2015
CURRENT AND would-be political leaders ought to be ashamed. I mean, even more so than usual. Let me tell you why. Last week was the anniversary of Lincoln's 1864 Gettysburg Address. It was a short speech. We're created equal. We need to preserve government of, by and for the people. A speech, in other words, aimed at unifying the nation. This is the week of Thanksgiving, an American holiday whose date varied from state to state until set by Lincoln in an 1864 proclamation - aimed at unifying the nation.
September 1, 2015 |
Promoting himself as a president who would crack down on "lawlessness," Gov. Christie has turned to a phrase that has been propelled to the forefront of the immigration debate. "Sanctuary cities, engulfing Americans in crime," the Republican governor says over footage of police cars and flashing sirens in a campaign ad released last week. As GOP poll-leader Donald Trump has accused Mexico of sending criminals and "rapists" across the border, his rivals have joined anti-illegal immigration activists in targeting so-called sanctuary cities.
July 27, 2015 |
Fans and foes of Bill Spingler agree on at least one thing. "He was able to get things done," said Delaware County Democratic Chairman David Landau, an admirer of the longtime county Democratic political figure. "When he wanted to get something done, he got it done," said Sara Pilling, a recently acquired adversary. She fought Spingler, then president of the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners, on a plan approved last week for new dormitories for Villanova University, Spingler's alma mater.
July 24, 2015 |
The financial team backing Gov. Christie's presidential run includes Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman and billionaire hedge-fund manager Steven Cohen, according to a list released by Christie's campaign Wednesday. The campaign announced more than 80 names of individuals and couples serving on Christie's national finance leadership team. In addition to Whitman and Cohen - the chairman of Point 72 Asset Management, whose SAC Capital hedge-fund firm pleaded guilty to insider-trading charges in 2013 - the list of cochairs includes U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan of Pennsylvania and Tom Foley, a Republican from Connecticut whom Christie supported in an unsuccessful bid for governor of that state last year.
June 23, 2015 |
Anthony "Tony" Fulwood, 72, a longtime police officer and bodyguard for Mayor Frank Rizzo and other politicians who was remembered as a "gentle giant," died Wednesday at his home in Wynnefield after a seven-year battle with multiple myeloma. About 6-foot-5 and close to 300 pounds, Mr. Fulwood cut a formidable figure. But his wife, Saundra Haines-Fulwood, 67, said he was a "gentle giant" who would "give you the shirt off his back. " Mr. Fulwood lived for his work, she said, which included being a bodyguard for former Philadelphia District Attorney Ron Castille - who performed their wedding in 2009 - and Castille's successor, Lynne Abraham.
May 15, 2015 |
YOUNG PEOPLE are disaffected with the political process and lack any interest in running for office, a new book by Jennifer Lawless, of American University, and Richard Fox, of Loyola Marymount University, demonstrates. Yet the book itself perhaps unintentionally underscores one of the key reasons why: We know too much about our politicians. There are 519,682 elected officials in the U.S., the authors note, the vast majority of whom hold local jobs; they are mayors, city councillors, school-board members, coroners or recorders of deeds.
April 22, 2015
IF YOU ARE still feeling poor, even though the recession is over, it is not your imagination. Most people are poorer today than before the economic downturn, when their incomes are adjusted for inflation. Although income has grown in Pennsylvania since the recession, most of it has gone to a tiny sliver of the population: the top 1 percent of earners. Their average income was nearly $1.1 million a year as of 2012, the latest year of data available used in a recent study by the Economic Analysis and Research Network.