November 12, 2013 |
Three weeks ago, Daniel J. Hilferty, 57, president and chief executive of Independence Blue Cross, joined other insurance executives in Washington to meet with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. The topic? The massive computer software nightmare that has complicated enrollment in the new health insurance exchanges and set off a war of partisan sniping in Washington. Question: What's your reaction to the glitches and what did you tell the White House?
November 11, 2013 |
Jim Beach changed Susan Rose's life. Twice. In 1995, the veteran Democrat was elected Camden County register of deeds, thwarting Rose's bid for a second term. "Up to that point," says Rose, a Cherry Hill Republican and one of my oldest friends, "it was the most devastating blow of my life. " But in 1999, the eldest of her four daughters, Lauren Rose Albert, 40, died when a vehicle in which she was a passenger tumbled down a hillside in Morocco. The mother of three had been on vacation with her husband, Todd A. Albert, chairman of orthopedics at the Rothman Institute.
November 8, 2013 |
Rep. Bob Brady (D., Pa.) had warned the city's political foot soldiers Election Day would be slow, quiet. "I told my committee people, 'Not much you can do about this one,' " he said Wednesday. " 'But be prepared. It won't be like this next year.' " After a low-turnout, off-year election that once again featured little Republican resistance, Philadelphia's political attention will shift quickly to the big races on the horizon - the governor's next year and the mayoral contest in 2015.
November 4, 2013 |
Handcuffed and caught in the glare of a TV news camera, Walter Logan did the one thing a man in his position is expected to do: proclaim his innocence. In 2009, the contractor was accused of bilking more than $370,000 from Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, which had hired him to build a family center. And Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman was particularly forceful in her condemnation. "For someone to steal from a church is really very low," she told an interviewer.
October 31, 2013
AND NOW, just in time for Halloween, it's the fun yet scary amusement ride, "Political House of Horrors. " This isn't for everyone. No food, drink or moderates allowed. The ride's in a big old house with two tracks running through it: one for hard-line Democrats, the other for hard-line Republicans. There's a sign in front. But instead of reading "You have to be this tall" to go on this ride, it reads "You have to be this ideologically pure" - with a graphic set at 100 percent.
October 31, 2013 |
Calvin Coleman spent part of his 75th birthday Sunday protesting the skeleton in George Vucelich's yard in Delaware County. The cake and scallops dinner would have to wait. The skeleton hangs from a maple tree. A noose appears to be around its scrawny plastic neck. It also wears an Obama-Biden T-shirt. "When I first heard of this, I was irate. I believed something like this wouldn't happen in Swarthmore," said Coleman, who is African American and whose family has resided in Delaware County for six generations.
October 19, 2013 |
It's election season, and along with that come dueling news conferences in Delaware County from the Democrats and Republicans. The cause at stake is the survival of the heavily traveled Media/Elwyn SEPTA line that is threatened with extinction in 2015. SEPTA announced it plans to cut nine of its 13 rail lines, close a subway line and convert all trolley routes to bus lines unless it gets more state funding. In Harrisburg, the Senate has passed the bill that would provide the money.
October 17, 2013 |
TRENTON Spending by independent political groups on New Jersey's gubernatorial and legislative races has reached a record high - $21 million - with three weeks left before the Nov. 5 election, state election law officials said Tuesday. Independent groups - which spent $14.1 million in 2009, mostly on the gubernatorial election - also have spent $1.6 million in this election on ballot questions, according to a report by the Election Law Enforcement Commission. Voters will decide whether to raise New Jersey's minimum wage by $1 to $8.25 an hour with annual increases tied to inflation.
October 15, 2013
IT'S HARD TO talk with former Gov. Tom Ridge without drawing comparisons to current Gov. Tom Corbett. Both, after all, earned the moniker "One-Term Tom. " Ridge's fumbling of a first-term effort to bring big shipbuilding to the Philadelphia Navy Yard brought him the added nickname "Tom Thumbs. " And Corbett, you may have noted, has ham-handed tendencies. Still, shared similarities are far outweighed by disparities. They served at different times under separate circumstances but, oh, what a difference a Tom makes.