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.
November 6, 2014 |
TOM WOLF, a millionaire from York who distributes kitchen cabinets, did not win the race for governor of Pennsylvania yesterday. Gov. Corbett lost it. In 77 days, Wolf will be sworn in as the state's 47th governor, mostly because of political and policy decisions that Corbett made. Corbett last night conceded the race in Pittsburgh, saying that he stood by all those decisions even though they proved unpopular. "I said I may be a one-term governor. And I am," Corbett said.
November 2, 2014 |
He defended his Ebola quarantine policy on national television, lambasted President Obama's leadership as limited to "seven-minute lectures from the South Lawn," and supplied morning-show fodder by ordering a Hurricane Sandy protester to "sit down and shut up. " Gov. Christie spent last week in the national limelight, shrinking from neither criticism of his Ebola pronouncements by public health officials - "We're right and they were wrong," he said...
October 27, 2014 |
A 2010 federal law bars private money managers who invest state and local pension funds from making political contributions to state and local officials who hire private money managers. But wealthy hedge, buyout, and real estate investment magnates still can and do finance Congress members and national political committees closely tied to state and local politicians while also collecting fat fees from state and local pension funds. Last week, New Jersey and Philadelphia both acted on legislation that attempts to curb these conflicts of interest.
October 23, 2014 |
IT'S NOT A stretch to say that Lane Kiffin is Public Enemy No. 1 in Tennessee. He may, in fact, be more hated than Florida and Alabama football combined. Kiffin, you might remember, spent just one season as head coach of the Vols before bolting for USC in January of 2010. Almost 5 years later, a sleazy politician (is there any other kind?) is trying to parlay contempt for Kiffin into votes. Republican challenger Eddie Smith is looking to unseat State Rep. Gloria Johnson, a Democrat, in the Nov. 4 election.
October 23, 2014
DOES YOUR TV-watching reflect your politics? Those who buy and place political ads think it does. And, as viewing habits continue to disperse among hundreds of cable choices, political parties and groups behind so-called independent expenditures are increasingly targeting ad buys to specific channels. This is the new TV campaign. Cable is cheaper and offers niche programming. When that's coupled with advances in technology, as in "we know what you're watching," guess what?