January 18, 2015 |
The Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre brought some much-needed Miami heat Thursday night to Dance Celebration at the Annenberg Center. The Philadelphia premieres of Herrera's Dining Alone and Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret also provided a few good laughs along with some puzzling and thought-provoking moments. Both shared oblique historical and political references and autobiographical material. Herrera's father, a Cuban émigré to Miami, had been both a baker and a waiter.
December 15, 2014 |
NEW YORK - In a year of unusual political volatility, the chatter in the halls of the Waldorf-Astoria was all about who might run in what big races - for Philadelphia mayor and state Supreme Court justice next year and for U.S. Senate in 2016. And when attendees were not trading names of potential candidates, they were speculating about controversies surrounding U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and debating how Gov.-elect Tom Wolf will respond to a budget crisis and a solidly GOP legislature when he takes office Jan. 20. This year's event featured some real news, with Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille's comments on Kane, and the incoming Senate majority leader saying he was ready to talk budget deal with Wolf.
December 10, 2014 |
TRENTON - A state legislative committee's investigation into last year's lane closures at the George Washington Bridge was a cover to "take down" Gov. Christie and boost the political career of its cochairman, GOP lawmakers charged in a new report Monday. Democrats on the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation, led by Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D., Middlesex), "repeatedly misled the public; manipulated media coverage via false leads, seemingly unlawful leaks, and baseless claims; charged taxpayers millions of dollars to promote political fiction; and accomplished nothing meaningful for the public good," the 119-page report says.
December 8, 2014 |
From the pork barrel to Pigasus - a hog nominated for president by the Yippies in 1968 - swine have served as an enduring American political metaphor. That's fitting given the outsize power of big agriculture, which extends even to this age of urbanization and our most urban state. Consider New Jersey's latest messy encounter with pork policy. Gov. Christie recently vetoed a bill banning the use of so-called gestation crates, which large hog farms use to cruelly confine pregnant sows so closely that they can't turn around.
November 28, 2014 |
It's a neat trick. Fulfill retrograde girlish fantasies (tall, handsome, rich prince whisks you away from your dreary chores and your lousy dresses), while also pandering to the demands of contemporary gender politics: offer empowerment, self-actualization, and any other politically correct goal on the current curriculum. And this touring production of the Broadway show Cinderella , at the Academy of Music for the Thanksgiving holiday week, adds to the PC effect with a veritable rainbow of actors in the ensemble.
November 25, 2014
T RY TO THINK of a rise and fall in Pennsylvania politics as stunning or rapid as Kathleen Kane's. Got one? Yeah, me neither. A year ago, just 10 months in office, the state's first woman and first Democrat elected attorney general was being touted for governor or U.S. senator. These days she faces possible criminal charges amid rumors of resignation. Quite a fall. In 2013, she rocketed to national notice, elating her Democratic base. She closed a loophole to stop residents denied gun permits here from getting them from Florida.
November 21, 2014 |
A PAIR OF LONGTIME political players, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and former District Attorney Lynne Abraham, entered the 2015 Democratic primary election for mayor yesterday to little surprise but great fanfare. Abraham, 73, went first, laying out a campaign platform of economic development, business-tax reform, public safety and improvements to education. "If you want a leader who . . . has the experience to get things done, the grit, the desire and the courage to break some china along the way and turn Philadelphia into a great American city, I am your candidate," Abraham told about 300 people at the Franklin Institute.
November 17, 2014
WE LEARNED many new things at City Council's hearings on Philadelphia's energy future last week. Here's one: components of natural gas include propane, butane, methane . . . and here, in Philadelphia, civic pain. We're referring to the pain of listening to experts on Philadelphia's future as an energy hub and wondering why the city wasn't having these discussions years ago. And the pain of realizing that PGW's private ownership could be a key to the city's future as an energy hub, but Council killed that prospect just last week primarily because of "process" instead of the potential outcome for the city as a whole.
November 14, 2014 |
In the hours after his arrest, Eric Frein allegedly told detectives that he ambushed a state police barracks in the Poconos because he wanted to "wake people up" about his concerns over the government. He also described his killing of a state police corporal as an "assassination," according to an updated list of charges filed in court late Thursday afternoon. He shot the corporal because "he wanted to make a change" in government and believed "that voting was insufficient to do so, because there was no one worth voting for," investigators wrote in the newly filed court records.
November 6, 2014 |
So-called dark-money groups spent 27 percent more on this year's elections than they did in 2010, thanks to reckless Supreme Court decisions and regulatory failures allowing unlimited, undisclosed political contributions. The groups hide donors behind the tax code, disguising themselves as "social welfare" organizations. In fact, they are an increasingly powerful and poisonous political force. Analysts say they are just beginning to flex their muscles in preparation for the main event: the 2016 presidential election.