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August 4, 2000
You do have to hand it to them. The chutzpah is breathtaking. Republican deliverers of The Message this week in Philadelphia have taken to weaving the phrase "the politics of personal destruction" into their patter. This, in their pitch, refers to the pugnacity of Al Gore, as typified by the Democrats' avid, immediate attacks on Dick Cheney's voting record. Rarely does hypocrisy reach such a distilled essence. Let's be clear about several things. Ad hominem venom is indeed a stubborn virus in our politics.
NEWS
April 4, 2008
BLACKS ARE voting for Obama. Women for Clinton. Republicans would vote for a moose if it were a Republican. Does anyone vote with their heads? How stupid the public is. Take McCain. He plays on being a POW. That doesn't make him a hero. I was in Vietnam. I don't sit and preach about it. He wants us to stay in Iraq. Anyone who is still with Bush has to be an idiot. The talk-show guys are the best - what robots! Rich Colaianni, Blackwood, N.J.
NEWS
May 19, 2014 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A relatively small Philadelphia union has become the biggest independent source of campaign money in the state. Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has poured $25.6 million into political races since 2000, an Inquirer analysis of campaign records found - more than statewide powerhouses such as the trial lawyers, teachers' unions, or Marcellus Shale gas drillers. The donations, financed by members' paycheck deductions, have helped turn the local and its business manager, John J. Dougherty Jr., into a potent and even feared political force.
NEWS
January 26, 2000
Bowing to public outcry and the dictates of the state Constitution, Frank Serafini, convicted perjurer, will at long last resign from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. You'd like to think that makes the score: The People 1, Politics, 0. But he did hang around long enough to meet the Republican Party's tactical goal of delaying a special election until after the April 4 primary. So maybe the real score, sadly, remains: Politics 1, the Constitution 0.
NEWS
October 3, 1987
Edgar C. Campbell, ward leader, clerk of Quarter Sessions Court and former city councilman who died Wednesday at 84, was known as the dean of black politics in Philadelphia. He was a soft-spoken man who lived and survived in the fickle world of politics in a career that spanned six decades by following a political philosophy that your word was your bond. He wore the mantle of dean easily and well. He was often sought out by party leaders and younger politicians of all races and ethnic origin who wanted his advice and support.
NEWS
October 12, 2006
BARBRA STREISAND sang at the Wachovia Center the other night to a sellout crowd. Barbra also politicked, using an actor portraying the president, about her dislike for our president. She has the right to do that, but what strikes me is the fact that many, if not most, of our Hollywood types seem to think that, because they have our attention while on stage, that makes them smarter than the rest of us and gives them the mission of preaching their holier-than-thou politics to us. People spent a lot of money to attend Barbra's concert because Barbra is one of the finest singers on this earth.
NEWS
June 10, 1991 | BY ANDREW KIMBRELL, from the New York Times
In recent years many men have begun to realize that for them and their father's generation, the necessities of work and career and the rising divorce rate have eroded their relationship to family, community and the natural world. This frustration and alienation has led an increasing number of men to gather in a loosely organized men's movement. Most commentators don't seem to know how to react to this movement. The poet Robert Bly's best-selling book "Iron John" has encouraged thousands of men to venture into wilderness retreats to rediscover the mythic dimensions of masculinity.
NEWS
April 14, 1992 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WOMEN IN POWER: THE SECRETS OF LEADERSHIP Nonfiction. By Dorothy W. Cantor and Toni Bernay with Jean Stoess Houghton Mifflin. $21.95 Women in Power, a revealing psychological portrait of how women have struggled to share the political spotlight in this country, could not have been written at a better time. Already, with Carol Moseley Braun's upset victory in last month's Democratic Senate primary in Illinois, 1992 is being proclaimed the Year of the Woman in national politics.
NEWS
September 23, 2008
WE NEED election reform, and we need it fast! Not tomorrow, not the next day, but right now. We need laws that have teeth. We want to know what you are going to do for us, not what the other guy did or didn't do. Talk about yourself, and your plans, not what your opponent does (or what you'd have us believe he or she did). Let him or her tell us what their plans are, not what you think they are. Tell us what your agenda is, and don't tell us what your opponent is going to do or not do. Anyone who talks trash about his or her opponent should be immediately banned from further campaigning.
NEWS
July 27, 1993
So you're wondering, how can anybody argue for appointing judges when the mayor's wife - among a dozen politically connected lawyers and judges - is nominated for a seat on the federal court in Philadelphia? Fact is, the appointment of federal judges - while it often yields high- quality candidates (like corporate lawyer and, now, U.S. District Judge- nominee Marjorie O. Rendell) - is really a political selection process. A U.S. senator - in this case, Sen. Harris Wofford - names a committee to come up with names.
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NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
THE HARRISBURG porn circus consuming the state's Capitol added a third ring yesterday. The first ring: Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane last month released a selection of explicit emails sent and received by Gov. Corbett 's top deputies when he was attorney general. The second ring: State Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille and Justice Seamus McCaffery continued their long-running feud, swapping accusations this week after Castille disclosed that McCaffery sent and received many of the explicit images.
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Too bad the Federal Trade Commission is limited to ferreting out false advertising in print, television, radio, and the Internet. Just think of the impact if the FTC also regulated truth in legislation, which too often isn't what it appears to be. For example, a bill that sounds as if it would allow Pennsylvania to craft state guidelines to meet new clean-air standards would likely do the opposite. Sadly, the state House passed the bad bill, so the state Senate must kill it. The Greenhouse Gas Regulation Implementation Act is sponsored by State Rep. Pam Snyder (D., Fayette)
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
IT TOOK an old stash of porn to finally push the race for governor in Pennsylvania from a staid exchange of policy differences to a more personal and testy dispute between the candidates. Democrat Tom Wolf, speaking yesterday in the race's second debate, said Gov. Corbett was responsible during his time as state attorney general for a culture in which several of his former top deputies shared hard-core porn pictures and videos on state computers and email accounts. Corbett said he wished one of his deputies had sent him some porn so he would have known about it. He later said he was offended by Wolf's "cheap shot.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Barbara Boyer, and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Along stately and tree-lined Meadow Run Drive in this Princeton suburb, neighbors of John P. Sheridan Jr., the CEO of Cooper University Health System, and his wife, Joyce, struggled Monday to come to terms with the deaths of the well-regarded couple in a weekend blaze. The deaths also rattled the hospital system's executives in Camden and politicians in Trenton. The couple had raised their family and lived for more than four decades in the quiet Central New Jersey community.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
IT JUST never ends. The state that was the keystone of colonies, the cradle of Democracy, a lofty leader for what's good and right just keeps finding ways to degrade itself. And I'm not talking bond ratings. I'm talking X-ratings. As you may have heard, the governor, the chief justice of the Supreme Court and the attorney general are embroiled in a porn scandal. The guv and chief want more details (snicker, snicker) on what the A.G. has regarding who used government computers to send, swap or watch sexually explicit videos and images.
NEWS
September 30, 2014
REMEMBER the last mayor's race, the unforgettable thumping of momentary Republican candidate Karen Brown by incumbent Democrat Michael Nutter? Oh? You forgot. How about 2007, when unknown (millionaire) Tom Knox finished just behind Nutter in the Democratic primary (which picks the mayor because the GOP hasn't won a mayor's race since Jim Gardner was in diapers). That cast of characters also included (in descending vote count) U.S. Reps. Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah and state Rep. Dwight Evans.
NEWS
September 30, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
When James "Randy" Pace was elected nearly three years ago, his small Pinelands community was reeling from a deepening financial crisis, a sex scandal involving its mayor, and two abrupt resignations on the exclusively Republican governing body. But the upheaval in Medford Township was about to get worse. Pace, a staunch conservative who was named mayor in January 2012 by an all-new Township Council, soon announced plans to raise municipal property taxes a walloping 30 percent.
NEWS
September 27, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
After he served his time in federal prison for cheating on his taxes, Sam Kuttab vowed that his days of skating close to the edge were over. "I made a promise to family, my kids," Kuttab said last year. "I do not plan to make another mistake. " Now Kuttab is under federal criminal scrutiny again, a decade after he spent 22 months behind bars for a scheme to evade $1.2 million in taxes. And this time, the Wyncote man is smack in the middle of the FBI's latest probe of Philadelphia judges.
NEWS
September 16, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN GENE Roberts became executive editor of the Inquirer in 1972, he intended to turn the paper into a journalistic powerhouse. First, he had to check out the staff to gauge its strengths and weaknesses, find out who would help him transform the paper from the lame publication it had become to a first-class regional paper. One name caught his eye. Tony Auth was the political cartoonist, and the astute Roberts recognized quickly that Tony would be an important contributor to his plans.
NEWS
September 10, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
CONSIDER THIS a master's-level acting class in how to get cut from a campaign commercial. Alan Benyak, a lawyer and former judicial candidate, appears in a TV ad for Democrat Tom Wolf's campaign for governor. But that's not his most famous on-screen role anymore. Buzzfeed.com reported yesterday that Benyak also starred as Mr. Cannibal in "Breeding Farm," described by the website as a "twisted porn film. " And that means Benyak is falling on Wolf's cutting-room floor. "We were unaware of Mr. Benyak's involvement in the film, and we are making changes to the ad now," Wolf spokesman Mark Nicastre emailed yesterday in response to a question about the Buzzfeed story.
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