November 16, 2015 |
James W. Baumbach, 72, a lawyer and longtime political strategist in Philadelphia, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center after becoming ill at his home in Lewes, Del. Mr. Baumbach was a political aficionado and shrewd adviser to numerous Philadelphia candidates for elective office, including Sam Katz and the late Mayor Frank L. Rizzo. He was a top adviser to the election campaign of Robert P. Casey Sr. when Casey ran successfully for governor in 1986.
November 6, 2015 |
PERHAPS THE IDEA of American Royalty, a luxury concierge business for wealthy clients who just might, on a whim, need a corporate jet or a Rolls Royce, came naturally to Chaka Fattah Jr., then just 23 and still in college. After all, Fattah, the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., lived a life of promise and privilege. At 14, he took a ride aboard Air Force One with President Bill Clinton. "I was with my dad," the tall, lanky Fattah, 32, said last month during a sit-down interview with the Daily News . To a teenage Fattah, the plane ride with the president of the United States was a thrill.
October 27, 2015 |
As presidential contenders spar over national security and immigration, and New Jersey officials fight over gun legislation, some in West Deptford - where party control hinges on one open seat this year - are politicizing a pond. The storm water basin, tucked into a Gloucester County neighborhood of modern subdivisions, hardly seems like a source of political rancor. It's surrounded by a weeping willow and trees bursting with fall reds and golden browns, and has a petite fountain whose gentle flow is audible in adjacent yards.
October 26, 2015 |
After months of punishing headlines, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has struck back hard. She took another swipe at a familiar target: the so-called old boys' network. In doing so, she proved the merit of a well-worn political adage: when in trouble, change the subject. On Oct. 1, the day she was charged with a fresh count of perjury, Kane accused a Supreme Court justice of exchanging emails that included "racial, misogynistic pornography. " On Thursday, the day the suspension of her law license took effect, she made public 48 crude emails of Justice J. Michael Eakin's.
October 24, 2015 |
Former political operative Greg Naylor testified Thursday in federal court that U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah directed him to pay $22,600 of his son's college-tuition debt. Testifying for the prosecution in Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr.'s trial on multiple counts of tax and bank fraud, Naylor said he did not question the Philadelphia Democrat's request in 2007 that he pay Fattah Jr.'s debt to Drexel University. Naylor, 67, who is also expected to testify in the congressman's corruption trial next year, appeared relaxed as he told jurors he was repaid in full.
October 23, 2015 |
Two former foes did big favors Wednesday for Hillary Rodham Clinton. First, Vice President Biden got out of her way in the Democratic presidential contest, announcing from the White House that he would not run for the nomination. Then, writer David Brock, once a member of the "vast right-wing conspiracy" that hounded the Clintons and now head of a pro-Clinton super PAC, argued in a Philadelphia speech that the House Select Committee on Benghazi should be disbanded. "There's no reason to keep this farce going," Brock said to the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.
October 13, 2015
PSYCHIATRISTS, psychologists, therapists, social workers and other mental health care practitioners, rejoice: It appears a lot of elected officials, including a remarkable number of conservatives, have your back. Since the shooting at Umpqua Community College that left 10 dead earlier this month, there has been a steady drumbeat of calls for better care for the mentally ill. For a moment, let's assume it's a genuine concern and not what doctors might describe as a defense mechanism - as in, "The National Rifle Association won't allow me to advocate for universal background checks on gun purchases, so what can I say to sound sympathetic after a mass shooting?"
October 10, 2015 |
A campaign-fueled text-message thread among close Republican allies in a Gloucester County township, inadvertently sent to an unintended recipient, has set a bitter tone for an election that once again will decide which party runs the town. And it wasn't without a bit of inspiration from The Wizard of Oz . The messages, exchanged by a handful of West Deptford Republicans, centered on planning a former mayor's campaign and attacking the opposition. Photos swapped included depictions of Democratic Mayor Denice DiCarlo - dubbed by one participant "one ugly chic" - as the Wicked Witch of the West (West Deptford, an image noted)
October 7, 2015 |
The government watchdog group Committee of Seventy has teamed up with three local political action committees in seeking accountability from the chairman of the City Commissioners. A right-to-know request was filed last week by Philadelphia 3.0, one of the PACs, on behalf of the four groups seeking information on City Commissioner Anthony Clark's attendance, communication with staff and voters, and his work activities. "We're very concerned that the taxpayers aren't getting their money's worth from Commissioner (Anthony)
October 5, 2015 |
They say you should never talk about politics or religion. But these days, politics is religion. And I think that's a wonderful thing. This way, instead of not talking about two things separately, you can not talk about two things together. This is much more efficient. It's like if you were going to have dinner of spaghetti and salad. In the old days, we ate them separately, but these days, we mix the spaghetti and the salad together and eat them that way. Doesn't that sound delicious?