October 11, 2013 |
SO, IT HAS BEEN reported that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to be on the 12-to-18-member College Football Playoff selection committee being put together by conference commissioners for next season's new playoff format. Some of the other names supposedly in play are those of former Mississippi quarterback Archie Manning, former Big East commish Mike Tranghese, Nebraska legend Tom Osborne, former Notre Dame/Stanford/Washington coach Tyrone Willingham and current athletic directors Pat Haden (Southern Cal)
October 11, 2013 |
THE REV. Al Sharpton has seen lots of hardball politics, dating back to his stint as youth coordinator for upstart Rep. Shirley Chisholm in the 1972 presidential race, but he says he's never seen anything quite like the way current GOP'ers in D.C. are going after President Obama. "They've handled this president differently than any other president, including preceding Democrats like [Bill] Clinton," the civil-rights activist and MSNBC host said last night in a phone interview. "With all that they gave Clinton, they never asked him for his birth certificate . . . they never fought him like this.
October 11, 2013 |
CLOUT HAS ALWAYS been captivated by "punching up," the practice in which little-known politicians swing haymakers at well-known foes just so folks will think they're standing in the same ring. The practice has another side - seen less often - where high-profile pols punch down to tactically elevate an opponent. That's what Gov. Corbett appears to be doing these days with U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz , one of eight Democrats vying in the May 20 primary election for the nomination to challenge his bid for a second term.
October 10, 2013 |
Local investment firms have been taking frantic calls from clients lately asking whether the sky is falling. And no wonder: The U.S. debt ceiling has yet to be lifted, threatening default on government bonds; Congress failed to act to end a government shutdown, which has stretched into its second week; and yet stocks have been on a tear not seen in decades. Most are advising investors to stay the course - and in truth, there's very little to do other than to panic, sell everything, and go to cash.
October 8, 2013
WITH THE pathetic state of the American government, I am surprised there wasn't an army of citizens trying to take over the capital, so the people's lives can be addressed! All of these politicians have forgotten about the people. What good is health care when you have no jobs, no way to eat, no way to respect oneself, no way to live? Everyone, including the president, is out of touch with the people, who are suffering untold misery in this economic "depression" that they say we don't have.
October 7, 2013 |
The discovery of an FBI listening device in the office of Mayor John F. Street 10 years ago this week had dramatic but unexpected consequences. The disclosure came just a month before a political rematch between Street and Republican mayoral candidate Sam Katz, who had come within 9,500 votes of beating Street in 1999. Short term, the bug paradoxically was a political plus for Street. Without any evidence, Democratic Party leaders portrayed the federal investigation as an effort by the Bush administration to topple a Democratic mayor.
September 28, 2013
From a public-relations point of view, it hasn't been a great stretch for the Philadelphia courts. Last week, another suspended Traffic Court judge took a fall, pleading guilty to fraud just as his federal trial got underway. Robert Mulgrew was accused of skimming tens of thousands of dollars from state grants for park improvements in his South Philadelphia neighborhood. Mulgrew became the decommissioned court's fourth convicted judge; the three other guilty pleas were in connection with a separate probe into ticket-fixing.
September 18, 2013 |
After months of resistance, Gov. Corbett took the money. And he's the one who attached the strings. Surrounded by doctors and nurses at a Harrisburg hospital, Corbett said Monday he wanted to use billions in federal Medicaid dollars to extend health-care coverage to Pennsylvania's uninsured working poor - but not by expanding Medicaid, as the Affordable Care Act mandates. Instead, the state would subsidize private insurance policies for up to 520,000 people, purchased on the exchange provided by the law. Corbett also wants to add job-search requirements, premium payments, and co-pays for beneficiaries as conditions.
September 11, 2013
It's easy to understand the frustration of Anthony Maniscola, the former Pennsylvania Turnpike inspector general who says the toll-road commission ought to be disbanded and folded into the state government. The commission has long served as a cash cow for politicians. A March grand jury report found that turnpike employees regularly hit up contractors for contributions to politicians. The spreading of the wealth was even ritualized: The party in power got 60 percent of the take, and the minority party got the rest.
September 11, 2013 |
Jean Davidson and the Ridley Township Democrats say they just wanted to have a picnic. Turns out that the Delaware County municipality has an ordinance that prohibits the use of parks by "profit-making organizations or for any religious or political purpose. " The Democrats' request to hold the picnic was denied. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union has written to township officials challenging the constitutionality of the decision. The township is using the ordinance "to suppress political opposition," said David Landau, Delaware County Democratic chairman.