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February 12, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edgar Allen Howard Jr., 70, a longtime political activist, committeeman, and ward leader in Northwest Philadelphia, and a former city commissioner, died Friday, Feb. 7, of heart failure at Einstein Medical Center. Mr. Howard also served as director of Philadelphia's Veterans Advisory Committee, a position to which he was appointed in 2008 and that he held at the time of his death. A longtime resident of the West Oak Lane section, Mr. Howard had worked closely with State Rep. Dwight Evans (D., Phila.)
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January 27, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
When a student at Dudley Elementary School in Camden asked Gov. Christie on Thursday what his favorite movie was, you might have guessed where things were headed. " The Godfather ," Christie replied. "There are a lot of life lessons in there. " This was perhaps fitting, since the Republican governor stands accused of running his administration like a mob family, scattering a trail of (figuratively) whacked enemies across New Jersey. Christie's predicament shines a light on the dark art of political retribution.
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January 18, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG Politics, not good policy, fueled the controversial push by Republicans in Harrisburg in 2011 to change the way Pennsylvania awards its electoral votes in presidential elections, according to a Washington-based ethics group. The Pennsylvania nonprofit All Votes Matter spent tens of thousands of dollars lobbying elected officials to push the change. It was largely funded by out-of-state groups with ties to Charles and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers who bankroll conservative causes.
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January 15, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
BRIGHT HOPE BAPTIST Pastor Kevin Johnson on Sunday related to his congregation the story of Caleb, who urged Moses to lead the Israelites into Canaan - a land of powerful enemies that few believed could be conquered. Perhaps it is with this story in mind that Johnson, 39, is exploring the possibility of running for mayor in 2015. Like Canaan, Philadelphia's political arena is filled with mighty tribes and entrenched power - a land, you could say, that "devours those living in it. " And like the Israelites, Johnson is essentially an outsider.
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January 13, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Time for some political problems for Chris Christie. The governor apologized Thursday until he was red in the face. Instead of Mr. Tough Guy, he was Mr. Sad Guy. He was embarrassed and humiliated and heartbroken, which is so not New Jersey. And so not Christie. His epic news conference ran almost two hours - possibly, as one wag noted, in solidarity with motorists trapped in September's gerrymandered traffic quagmire. Christie likes to appear as though he's stronger than the storm.
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January 13, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
When Gov. Christie won reelection by a landslide in November, some Republican leaders and many independent analysts deified him as they parsed the New Jersey exit polls. Savior of his party! Not only had Christie won overwhelmingly in a blue state, but he had earned a majority of votes of Hispanics and women, two groups that the national GOP recently has had trouble attracting, the poll found. That raised his stock even more as the very early front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
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December 11, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
AMONG THE challenges of living in Philadelphia for Betty Ann Townes were the violence of the streets and the wild and woolly arena of Philadelphia Democratic politics. The dangerous streets claimed the lives of her son and other relatives. Philadelphia politics had her embroiled in several battles over the years, including elections that she was sure she had won, but was counted out by what she called the corrupt counting of votes. Betty Ann Townes, who died Dec. 3 at age 69, had to summon all her fortitude and faith in the late '90s when she was dealt a double dose of pain.
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December 6, 2013 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
After three decades in the state Senate and four years in prison, Vincent J. Fumo is eyeing a political comeback. In a sworn deposition filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court this week, Fumo said he was contemplating "running for a party office. " A party office, not a public one. Fumo, 70, went on to say he was considering seeking election to Democratic State Committee. State law bans politicians convicted of serious crimes from serving as elected public officials.
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December 5, 2013
Perhaps it would take a naïf to expect Pennsylvania's legislators to pass a transportation bill just because it's, you know, their job. And there aren't many innocents left in Harrisburg. So to get the bill passed, the legislature revived its reviled tradition of allowing its members to distribute some of the spoils, a practice previously known by the charming term "walking-around money. " Tens of millions of dollars a year was apparently the price the rest of us paid to persuade some of our already well-compensated representatives to fund work on roads, bridges, and mass-transit systems - that is, to keep "walking around" from becoming the commonwealth's last safe mode of transportation.
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December 5, 2013
IN PENNSYLVANIA, money makes the pols go 'round. And, yeah, it does in other states, too, but our state is one of only a dozen where money tends to matter most in statewide races. That's because here, unlimited giving by individuals, political parties and PACs is the law of the land. No other Northeastern state is so wide open. Every state but the "dirty dozen" - Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Pennsylvania - limits political contributions from such sources.
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