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NEWS
August 8, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen and Dylan Purcell, STAFF WRITERS
What does it take to lead a union for 4,652 electricians - one the state's most politically powerful? Start with $30 million in campaign contributions spent over the course of 16 years on state and local candidates by the city's electricians' union, Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Over the years, the union's money and manpower have helped elect mayors, City Council members, county commissioners, congressmen, state legislators, governors, and at least 58 judges, including the union leader's brother and five Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices.
NEWS
August 5, 2016
IN "LOST in Democrats' Fantasy Land," (July 29) Christine Flowers peddles a dark, stark view of politics that leaves little room for the complexities of real life. Women and people of color know better than most what it's like to have our rights trampled, our safety threatened, and even our lives endangered by politicians and policies that fail to recognize our humanity. We can't afford to live with rose-colored glasses, especially when the Hyde Amendment and other bans on insurance coverage for abortion are used to deny women the care they need and push families into poverty.
NEWS
August 5, 2016
By Andrew F. Read The doctor tried antibiotic after antibiotic, but the bacteria in the woman's body continued to proliferate. With only two drugs left, the doctor asked for my advice. An evolutionary biologist collaborating with the physician to study antibiotic resistance, I suggested he use both drugs simultaneously. I reasoned that since the two drugs had different modes of action, more mutations would be required for the bacteria to generate resistance to both drugs. In truth, we had no idea what to do, and there wasn't enough justification to go with my theory.
NEWS
August 2, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
On June 7, in a funky upstairs office at the SoHa Arts Building in Haddon Township, Alex Law choked back tears - not entirely successfully - as he thanked a room full of volunteers for their efforts on his congressional campaign, an effort that he had just learned failed by 40 points. In the eight weeks since he lost a hard-fought primary to incumbent Rep. Donald Norcross, Law, 25, has moved into a new apartment in Collingswood, free-lanced as a consultant for small businesses in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, and made public appearances with likely 2017 gubernatorial candidate Steve Fulop.
NEWS
July 30, 2016 | By Rashad Robinson
  'Look at my African American over here. " When Donald Trump pointed out a black man at a California rally, social media erupted: Here was a man running the most racist campaign in decades trying to use the language of diversity for electoral gain. But here's a dirty little secret: Trump's contradictions when it comes to black people are the norm in American politics. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have long used black communities as pawns in their political chess game, each capitalizing on the symbolism of "blackness" to serve their parties' electoral needs.
NEWS
July 29, 2016
By Cynthia Terrell and Susannah Wellford With the convening of the Democratic and Republican Parties, we see greater diversity in their national delegations and leadership than what we currently have in Congress. Women hold less than 20 percent of the seats in the Senate and House, making the United States 95th internationally in the number of women elected to national offices. Imagine if the Senate or House required gender parity for each state? Before completely dismissing this idea, consider this: Both parties already have statewide and national rules requiring gender equality.
NEWS
July 28, 2016
Chelsea Clinton, wearing a blue floral dress, addressed a crowd of more than 100 fashionable women at a joint Glamour and Facebook event Tuesday afternoon. "We have to come together and work together. As mom said, 'We are stronger together,' " Clinton said during a live Q&A at the Wells Fargo center that also featured actresses Lena Dunham and America Ferrera. The 30-minute discussion touched on various campaign issues such as immigration and women's rights, with all three women chiming in. Ferrera said she understood what Bernie Sanders' supporters are feeling.
NEWS
July 27, 2016
After a raucous Republican convention nominated the very conservative Barry Goldwater in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson's campaign ran an advertisement quoting William Scranton, Pennsylvania's moderate governor, describing "Goldwaterism" as a "crazy-quilt collection of absurd and dangerous positions. " Welcome to what will certainly be one of the central themes of the Democratic National Convention. Donald Trump's nomination at a dark and angry convention in Cleveland and his acceptance speech embracing a racially tinged authoritarian nationalism open up a wealth of opportunities for Hillary Clinton's campaign.
BUSINESS
July 27, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
What's hot in high-tech political tools, designed to get disaffected citizens off their duffs? A Kickstarter-like project for viable independent candidates. Crowd-sourced dossiers on politicians, detailing their true actions and agendas on important issues. Open-source software that crunches and charts public records, making governmental agencies accountable. Electronic alerts and pre-stamped mail-in ballots that jog would-be voters when election day approaches and explain all the issues, eliminating the "gee, that name sounds good" guesswork that often takes over in the polling booth.
NEWS
July 27, 2016
By David Gans Our campaign-finance system is badly broken and is deforming our democracy. The problem is the Supreme Court, not the Constitution. In a series of 5-4 rulings, Chief Justice John Roberts and his conservative colleagues have rewritten the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech, insisting that money is speech, that corporations are an essential part of "We the People," and that the government's only legitimate interest in limiting election spending and giving is to prevent bribery.
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