November 27, 2013
IN THE SPIRIT of the holiday, I herein serve up celebratory thoughts on some political "turkeys" of 2013. And save the cracks about how all Daily News commentary and political reporting belong at or near the top of any such list. Let's just get to it. It goes without saying, or should, that the failed rollout of Obamacare and the collateral damage done to faith in government, the administration and the president is a giant gobbler. I'm talking turkus terrificanus . It is, to borrow from the actor/author Wallace Shawn, "inconCEIVable" ("The Princess Bride," 1987)
November 21, 2013 |
On Monday, Frank Rizzo had a conversion experience. He became a Democrat. Again. The former Republican councilman, recovering independent, and son of the legendary mayor also dipped his toes into the rank waters of Philadelphia mayoral politics. With Chairman Bob Brady by his side at Democratic City Committee headquarters, Rizzo said, "It's obvious that there's a mayor's race, and I'm considering entering that primary as a Democrat. " This statement is troubling on so many levels.
November 19, 2013
LET'S TALK about Katie McGinty. For three reasons: Few people are doing so, she had an interesting finish in a recent poll and she could be the surprise of 2014. Philly native McGinty is one of eight announced Democrats seeking to oppose Gov. Corbett next year. She's also one of four expected to a) stay in the race and b) have enough money to compete. The others are Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord and Tom Wolf. McGinty isn't getting the buzz of front-running Schwartz or of McCord, both of whom get noticed in their current jobs (congresswoman, state treasurer)
November 18, 2013 |
MAYS LANDING, N.J. The other night, in a mostly empty old courthouse in this historic county seat, provisional ballots were wheeled before the Atlantic County Board of Elections from their secure storage place behind bars - literally - in an unused jail cell. And as hours passed and tempers frayed, drawing comparisons to the tumultuous 2000 presidential vote count in Florida, it felt like a new reality show was born: "Palm Beach County, N.J. " The count of provisional ballots last week would drag on for 20 hours over two days, including a 12-hour session lasting until nearly 3 a.m. that board Chairwoman Paula S. Dunn said left her literally sick.
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.