October 7, 2015 |
The government watchdog group Committee of Seventy has teamed up with three local political action committees in seeking accountability from the chairman of the City Commissioners. A right-to-know request was filed last week by Philadelphia 3.0, one of the PACs, on behalf of the four groups seeking information on City Commissioner Anthony Clark's attendance, communication with staff and voters, and his work activities. "We're very concerned that the taxpayers aren't getting their money's worth from Commissioner (Anthony)
October 5, 2015 |
They say you should never talk about politics or religion. But these days, politics is religion. And I think that's a wonderful thing. This way, instead of not talking about two things separately, you can not talk about two things together. This is much more efficient. It's like if you were going to have dinner of spaghetti and salad. In the old days, we ate them separately, but these days, we mix the spaghetti and the salad together and eat them that way. Doesn't that sound delicious?
September 30, 2015 |
Phil Murphy, a likely Democratic candidate for New Jersey governor in 2017, launched a political organization Monday that he says will spend millions of dollars to promote a "middle-class-first" agenda. The organization, New Way for New Jersey, aired its first cable TV ad Monday night in parts of Bergen County, a key area of Democratic voters. The ad will expand starting Tuesday. "These guys have it wrong," Murphy says as the 30-second ad shows images of Republican presidential candidates, including Donald Trump and Gov. Christie.
September 9, 2015 |
Candidates came a-courtin' to Philadelphia's annual Labor Day parade and rally Monday, but only one of them - a man already elected - got to speak. The rest, including Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney, worked the crowd, posing for pictures, shaking hands, and slapping backs. "Today is about jobs, jobs that pay, and jobs that fairly recognize the work that people do," Gov. Wolf said, addressing a cheerful crowd where people were as interested in catching up with one another as listening to his remarks from a podium set up in the parking lot of the Sheet Metal Workers union hall in South Philadelphia.
September 9, 2015 |
One real pleasure of being a longtime viewer of Philadelphia's theater scene is watching talented young students grow from bit-part standouts to full-fledged leading men and women. Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard, co-artistic directors of Lightning Rod Special and graduates of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training's inaugural class, break out big time with Underground Railroad Game , a funny, poignant take on racial politics as embodied by a pair of middle school teachers.
September 1, 2015 |
The problem with training the heavy political artillery on a very small target is that those taking aim are just as likely to blow themselves up as they are to land a direct hit. Meet Cameron Kline, communications director for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Kline knows his way around the local media, having worked for State Sen. Larry Farnese, PECO, PGW, and the Philadelphia School District since coming to town in 2002. Kline was also on the board of the Liberty City Democratic Club, an LGBT group that has some pull in the political community.
August 31, 2015
Absurd politics Two facing op-eds in The Inquirer illustrate why people are tired of politics ("Time to raise awareness on student-to-prison pipeline," "Minimum-wage hikes help some while hurting others," Tuesday). On the left, reflecting identity politics, is a discussion of racial disparity in school discipline. The writer's remedy is not to improve oversight of disciplinary procedures, but to impose a racial quota on disciplinary measures. On the right, a spokesman for the plutocratic world attacks minimum-wage laws and suggests that a better remedy would be for taxpayers to subsidize low-wage workers so their bosses can continue to pay low wages.
August 27, 2015 |
IT'S PROBABLY been close to 700 years since King Edward III made the Tattle column, but today the man behind the Hundred Years War is back with a vengeance. According to "Extra!" and Geni, a division of Myheritage.com, KEIII is the 19th great grandfather of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton . They're cousins! Geni uncovered that the first Duke and Duchess of Lancaster (that would be John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford , for you non-British History majors)
August 26, 2015 |
The embattled but entrenched Pennsylvania politician, proclaiming his or her innocence while clinging to the public payroll, is not just an individual but a species. Consider that the commonwealth has in recent weeks been drearily occupied by the spectacle of not one but two prominent officeholders - Attorney General Kathleen Kane and longtime Congressman Chaka Fattah - facing grave charges while scrambling to avoid their political graves. This increasingly familiar ritual features a pattern of predictable elements, including: The ad hominem: In a five-page letter released on the eve of his arraignment last week, Fattah attacked Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Gray as dogging him, Javert-like, out of an acute aversion to pork-barrel politics and perhaps Fattah himself.
August 25, 2015
Don't stop the press It's about time somebody gave overdue credit to journalists and newspapers. As a graduate of Temple's journalism school and onetime radio news reporter, I have had almost a lifelong relationship with the people and products of this challenging industry. I shudder at the claim that print media is an endangered species because, in addition to the reasons cited by former Inquirer publisher Brian Tierney ("Why newspaper content counts for all of us," Aug. 16), journalism has been a source of and a training ground for many artful and trustworthy writers.