September 30, 2014 |
When James "Randy" Pace was elected nearly three years ago, his small Pinelands community was reeling from a deepening financial crisis, a sex scandal involving its mayor, and two abrupt resignations on the exclusively Republican governing body. But the upheaval in Medford Township was about to get worse. Pace, a staunch conservative who was named mayor in January 2012 by an all-new Township Council, soon announced plans to raise municipal property taxes a walloping 30 percent.
September 27, 2014 |
After he served his time in federal prison for cheating on his taxes, Sam Kuttab vowed that his days of skating close to the edge were over. "I made a promise to family, my kids," Kuttab said last year. "I do not plan to make another mistake. " Now Kuttab is under federal criminal scrutiny again, a decade after he spent 22 months behind bars for a scheme to evade $1.2 million in taxes. And this time, the Wyncote man is smack in the middle of the FBI's latest probe of Philadelphia judges.
September 16, 2014 |
WHEN GENE Roberts became executive editor of the Inquirer in 1972, he intended to turn the paper into a journalistic powerhouse. First, he had to check out the staff to gauge its strengths and weaknesses, find out who would help him transform the paper from the lame publication it had become to a first-class regional paper. One name caught his eye. Tony Auth was the political cartoonist, and the astute Roberts recognized quickly that Tony would be an important contributor to his plans.
September 10, 2014 |
CONSIDER THIS a master's-level acting class in how to get cut from a campaign commercial. Alan Benyak, a lawyer and former judicial candidate, appears in a TV ad for Democrat Tom Wolf's campaign for governor. But that's not his most famous on-screen role anymore. Buzzfeed.com reported yesterday that Benyak also starred as Mr. Cannibal in "Breeding Farm," described by the website as a "twisted porn film. " And that means Benyak is falling on Wolf's cutting-room floor. "We were unaware of Mr. Benyak's involvement in the film, and we are making changes to the ad now," Wolf spokesman Mark Nicastre emailed yesterday in response to a question about the Buzzfeed story.
September 5, 2014 |
The official cloak of secrecy on political contributions made by companies working for the Delaware River Port Authority may soon be a thing of the past. The DRPA's audit committee on Wednesday approved a proposal to restore public access to vendors' political contributions. The full DRPA board will vote on the proposal, made by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, later this month. "It's just common sense," DePasquale said Wednesday. "The public has a right to know who's donating to me. " "The idea of not letting this stuff become public is just silly.
August 28, 2014
FORMER Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty was into one of her cheerleader-type speeches on the Capitol steps. The subject was women in politics. "Are we fired up?" she asked. "Are we fired up?" I know I was. It was hot in Harrisburg's midday sun. McGinty yesterday stood in front of two dozen women running for Congress or the Legislature and suggested more women in office means more investment in education, pre-schooling and health care and also more jobs.
August 19, 2014 |
DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. - Gov. Corbett pushed off into the Schuylkill from a boat ramp in southern Berks County early Sunday morning on Day Two of his annual kayaking tour of Pennsylvania waterways. The events are publicly billed as a way to promote tourism and the outdoors, but they also provide a quiet respite and few hours of haven for the usually media-shy chief executive. This year was no different, except that - given his standing in the polls - it might be the last kayak trip Corbett leads as governor.
August 15, 2014
THE WORDS "employment" and "work" are not always synonyms, at least when it comes to government jobs. For instance, Ron Tomalis was employed as a special adviser to the state Department of Education. How much actual work he did is in dispute. The Corbett administration, which gave Tomalis this cushy position after he stepped down as state education secretary, in 2013, said that he worked tirelessly "to shape programs and policies that are in the best interest of students. " The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , which used the state's Right to Know Law to gain access to records about Tomalis' activities, found scant evidence of actual work.
August 8, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - There's good news for Hillary Rodham Clinton, bad news for Gov. Christie and President Obama, and strange news for Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) in a poll released Wednesday. In a potential 2016 presidential matchup, Clinton leads Christie, 50 percent to 42 percent, on the governor's home turf of New Jersey, according to the Quinnipiac University Poll. The poll tests Christie's appeal at home against the liberal leanings of a state that has backed Democrats in every presidential race since 1992.
August 1, 2014 |
The secrecy surrounding political contributions made by companies working for the Delaware River Port Authority may soon be lifted. The DRPA's audit committee on Wednesday reviewed a proposal to restore public access to vendors' political contributions. The proposal, by Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, will get another hearing by the audit committee next month. If approved by the panel, it will be sent to the full DRPA board for a vote. Under the DRPA's current rules, adopted in November 2012, contractors doing or seeking business with DRPA must disclose to the agency any political contributions made in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.