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December 19, 2015
Doug Willis, 77, who followed Ronald Reagan from the governor's office to the presidential campaign trail and covered Jerry Brown's first stint as governor during a three-decade career writing about California politics for the Associated Press, died Tuesday at a hospital in Sacramento from complications following hip surgery, said his wife, Judy. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about three years ago and had been living in a memory-care home since summer, she said. Judy Willis said it was especially sad that her husband suffered from dementia because he had such a quick wit, nimble mind and fail-safe memory throughout his journalism career and their 22-year marriage.
NEWS
December 18, 2015
OF ALL THE state politicians who got caught up in the investigation involving payoffs from a political lobbyist, Louise Bishop's case troubled me the most. I didn't want to believe that the venerable state rep would get caught up in shady financial dealings. I secretly hoped that prosecutors were mistaken and that somehow it would be revealed that the allegations that Bishop had accepted money on the sly from an undercover operative were false. Sadly, they weren't. Yesterday, Bishop pleaded no-contest to one count of failing to disclose that she received $1,500 from Tyron Ali on her annual financial-disclosure forms.
NEWS
December 11, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
LOCAL BROADCAST TELEVISION stations gobbled up almost $3 billion in political advertising revenue during the 2012 elections. Four years later, the Television Bureau of Advertising yesterday began a public-relations campaign called "We get voters. " It features commercials, a website and sponsorship of political events, including one at next week's Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas. "Our goal is to send a reminder that television will be the key medium to reaching any voter," said Steve Lanzano , CEO of TVB. He said their campaign is aimed at political operatives - and the donors who pay their salaries.
NEWS
December 4, 2015
ISSUE | EQUALITY Signs of change Sunday's article noting the imbalance of gender representation in Pennsylvania government ("Struggle for political equity persists") closely aligns with the work of the Women Donors Network's Reflective Democracy Campaign. In groundbreaking research on the race and gender of elected officials and candidates from the federal to the county level, we asked, "Who leads us?" and "Who runs (in) America?" The answer was: white men. With just 31 percent of the population, white men make up 65 percent of elected officials and 66 percent of candidates.
NEWS
November 30, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel and Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writers
When Narberth Councilor Gigi Tevlin-Moffat wore jeans to a council meeting after a day of working at the food bank she runs, a resident told her to dress more appropriately. When Mary Fuller was elected to the Lansdale Borough Council in 2009, a male administrator patted her on the shoulder and wondered if "all the big numbers" confused her. And when Haverford Township Commissioner Jane Hall introduces a new proposal, she knows one vote she'll never get - that of a commissioner from her own party who routinely opposes her because of her gender, she believes.
NEWS
November 20, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Officials from the state's largest K-8 scholarship program warned Wednesday that Harrisburg politics were jeopardizing $2.5 million for 2,000 new scholarships to help low-income Philadelphia children attend nonpublic schools next year. Ina Lipman, executive director of the Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia, told families at the National Constitution Center that unless the state Department of Community and Economic Development approves $10 million in tax credits for 2015-16 by Dec. 31, those philanthropic dollars "will disappear.
NEWS
November 20, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
THE 2013 election for city district attorney was a sleeper from the jump: Seth Williams ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and then glided to victory against his Republican opponent to win a second term. From then on, the city's first black district attorney seemed made of political Teflon. Now, as the state's Porngate email scandal riles his office and powerful Democrats - including longtime friends - speak out against him, Williams' political standing has weakened considerably.
NEWS
November 16, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 6, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
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.
NEWS
October 27, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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