April 30, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Clinton playing politics with city taxpayers Hillary Clinton's support of Mayor Kenney's regressive 3-cents-an-ounce sugary-drinks tax is misguided ("Clinton, Cruz bring campaigns to Pa.," April 21). We sincerely doubt that she was made aware of the significant loss of family-sustaining jobs that will result if this outrageous tax is passed. Similarly, Clinton likely has no idea that the projected revenues from the tax will never come to fruition due to the precipitous decline in sales of sugar-sweetened drinks that will occur and the underground markets that will arise if the tax proposal becomes law. Keep in mind that Kenney endorsed Clinton for president.
April 30, 2016 |
Philadelphia Traffic Court died Tuesday after a decades-long illness. The cause of death: corruption. It was 48. Shepherded to its grave by a statewide ballot measure, the court was preceded in death by other antiquated city patronage mills like the Clerk of Quarter Sessions (2010) and the Board of Revision of Taxes (also 2010, although after only four months in the grave, that one rose again). It is survived by a string of its former judges who have either spent time in or are still confined to prison for crimes tied to fixing tickets in exchange for porn, concert tickets, or the simple opportunity to extend a favor to a friend.
April 30, 2016 |
Which political connection is worse - Gov. Christie, whose job performance rating in New Jersey is at an all-time low in a new poll, or Tom Morello, former guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, who organized a concert nearly two decades ago to raise legal defense funds for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal? Those are among the issues voters are being asked to ponder in the race for a congressional seat in South Jersey's Third District heats up ahead of the June 7 primary. Republican U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur and potential Democratic challenger Jim Keady - who first must win a contested primary for his party's nod - are exchanging barbs over their political associations.
April 24, 2016 |
To care about politics in the age of social media is to be a little angry all the time. If the 24-hour cable news cycle isn't enough, Twitter and Facebook will help you find something new and enraging to click on 86,400 seconds a day. This primary election has been brutal. Even if you have a candidate you're passionate about, especially if you do, the Internet can be toxic. Toxic yet alluring. Why is it so much more tempting to click on an article with a headline you abhor than one you agree with?
April 18, 2016
1992 June 13: In a speech to the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition, Bill Clinton says: "You had a rap singer here last night named Sister Souljah. . . . She told the Washington Post about a month ago, and I quote, 'If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?' . . . If you took the words 'white' and 'black' and reversed them, you might think [former KKK leader] David Duke was giving that speech. " Nov. 3: Bill Clinton defeats Republican incumbent George H.W. Bush in the general election for president while receiving 83 percent of the African American vote, according to exit polls.
April 17, 2016 |
Camden County Clerk Joseph Ripa dipped his hand into a worn wooden box and slowly pulled out the names of five campaign slogans associated with the presidential, congressional, and county government candidates who will run together on slates in New Jersey's June 7 primary. The random drawing, conducted with both drama and a touch of humor in front of a dozen spectators Friday afternoon, settled the testy jockeying for ballot positions. It also ended the potential of a second court challenge by newcomer Alex Law, who is vying to unseat Donald Norcross, in a heated Democratic primary battle for a seat in the First Congressional District.
April 15, 2016
THERE IS NO WAY to avoid sounding like a Donald Trump supporter with this column. I've already been accused of going over to the dark side by defending The Donald against accusations that he wanted to imprison women who had abortions, and that he cheered on a campaign manager prone to domestic violence. No matter how many times I made fun of his hair, his fish lips, his lack of tact and the fact that Dora the Explorer has a more nuanced take on immigration than he does, people still resented the fact that I could find any redeeming qualities in the man who has been compared to Hitler (lazy thinkers)
April 14, 2016 |
Wendell Pierce never expected to find so much of himself in Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. "What was really wonderful was the pleasant surprise of finding out how much we had in common," Pierce said in an interview in January. "Which makes the break of where we diverge in ideas and opinion and policy and politics a little more of a heartbreak, you know?" Pierce ( The Wire ) portrays Thomas as a high court nominee in HBO's Confirmation . The movie, premiering at 8 p.m. Saturday, revisits the 1991 Senate hearings in which law professor Anita Hill (Kerry Washington, Scandal )
April 13, 2016
The 2016 election is transforming the religious landscape of American politics. It's hard to imagine a Democratic presidential candidate receiving a mid-campaign invitation to speak at the Vatican. But on Friday, Bernie Sanders put out word that on April 15, he'll attend a gathering of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Both Sanders and Hillary Clinton, his front-running rival, have regularly praised Pope Francis. And on the day of Sanders' announcement, Francis released "The Joy of Love.
April 13, 2016 |
THERE WAS no parking anywhere near East Palmer Street in Fishtown on a recent Sunday afternoon. No easy way to cut through the crowd at Interstate Drafthouse, either. The bar was packed with people hyped to meet Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman, the tattooed, biker-looking U.S. Senate candidate who's made a big splash as much for his size as his politics. I like his politics, but I wasn't there for the big guy. I was there for the woman who's been by his side on this crazy ride that's attracted national attention, even if he is a distant third in the polls.