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January 15, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
BRIGHT HOPE BAPTIST Pastor Kevin Johnson on Sunday related to his congregation the story of Caleb, who urged Moses to lead the Israelites into Canaan - a land of powerful enemies that few believed could be conquered. Perhaps it is with this story in mind that Johnson, 39, is exploring the possibility of running for mayor in 2015. Like Canaan, Philadelphia's political arena is filled with mighty tribes and entrenched power - a land, you could say, that "devours those living in it. " And like the Israelites, Johnson is essentially an outsider.
NEWS
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
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
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.
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Nasmeir spends many happy hours watching buses pass by his foster home and dreams of driving one some day. The highlight of a recent trip to the Please Touch Museum was the SEPTA exhibit, where he pretended to be at the wheel of a bus, explaining the rules for riders. For now, though, the 14-year-old with the brilliant smile keeps busy with such activities as riding his bike and scooter and playing basketball and soccer. Nasmeir will talk to anyone about anything, but he particularly loves to joke around.
NEWS
April 15, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson said he recently stopped the sale of two vacant city-owned lots in Point Breeze to a developer because the parcels were a good fit for a new affordable-housing strategy. But the developer poised to buy the parcels at 1316 and 1318 S. Cleveland St. happened to be Ori Feibush, the budding real estate titan who has announced plans to challenge the first-term councilman in next year's Democratic primary. Johnson said the potential buyer of the lots did not influence his action.
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Among the revelations in Betty Medsger's powerful new book, The Burglary , is the story of how local antiwar activists shrewdly selected March 8, 1971, for their historic break-in at an FBI office in Media. That was the night of the "Fight of the Century," the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier meeting, and the burglars understood that, to paraphrase a popular protest refrain from the turbulent era, the whole world would be watching. Even though Americans who wanted to watch live had to pay to do so at closed-circuit venues, Ali-Frazier still attracted 300 million viewers worldwide, the largest TV audience ever at the time, more than had watched the 1969 moon landing.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has declared war on "the man in Pennsylvania. " This bizarre battle pits Erdogan against an elderly Turkish scholar of Islam named Fethullah Gülen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Saylorsburg, on a 26-acre compound called the Golden Generation Worship and Retreat Center. The distance between Istanbul and the Poconos makes it hard to conceptualize this battle. Yet it will affect the future of democracy in a country viewed as a model of moderate political Islam.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
An elaborate plan by Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. to transport Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids by pipeline across Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook is running into resistance. The company's subsidiary, Sunoco Pipeline L.P., last month filed an application with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to sidestep local zoning restrictions to build pump and valve control stations in 31 municipalities crossed by the pipeline. Sunoco Pipeline argues that it is a "public utility corporation," and that the PUC can exempt the construction of the above-ground structure from local zoning if it determines the buildings are "reasonably necessary for the convenience or welfare of the public.
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
She'd been taking a "brutal" beating in the media, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane told her supporters, but not to worry. "I am one tough woman," she said at a recent Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 fund-raiser. The next morning, however, Kane seemed less assured as she "lawyered up" for an Inquirer Editorial Board meeting she had requested to explain herself. Feared litigator Richard A. Sprague, with a specialty in libel, accompanied her. Kane stayed silent like a stone as Sprague did the talking.
NEWS
March 25, 2014 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ori Feibush says he just wants to encourage his friends and neighbors to get involved in politics. He says he's not even thinking about running for Democratic ward leader in Philadelphia's Point Breeze section, where he has staked out a small real estate empire. "I'll never say never, but that's not the immediate goal here," he said. Even so, Feibush has persuaded enough people to run for committee person - the party foot soldiers who ultimately pick the ward leaders - to challenge every seat in the 36th Ward.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON Stuart Rabner rose from the ranks of federal prosecutor to New Jersey's chief justice with accolades from his former boss, Chris Christie. As U.S. attorney for New Jersey, Christie recommended Rabner to Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine, who recruited Rabner in 2005 as his chief counsel. Within 18 months, Corzine had nominated Rabner to the Supreme Court. Calling Rabner "a fabulous choice," Christie said: "There is not a job in the law that Stu Rabner could not do well.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
  Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane may be "a prosecutor, not a politician," as her campaign slogan claimed, but she is learning anew that it can be hard to separate politics from law enforcement. Kane's decision to drop a criminal investigation that captured at least five Philadelphia Democratic officials taking money or gifts not only raised legal questions, but also questions about her possible political motivations. At the least, some political strategists and analysts said Tuesday, the move could lead to the perception that Kane went easy on fellow Democrats to help herself.
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.
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