February 1, 2015 |
Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord will plead guilty to federal charges that he used his office to strong-arm political contributors during his failed gubernatorial bid last year, his lawyers said Friday. McCord, in a video statement, apologized for what he called a mistake, saying he "stepped over the line" in dealing with two potential donors in spring 2014. "I essentially said the potential contributors should not risk making an enemy of the state treasurer," he said.
January 30, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - State Treasurer Rob McCord said he was stepping down after six years in office, as signs emerged that he might be under scrutiny by federal authorities. Investigators have been asking questions about McCord's campaign-related actions in recent months, according to several sources close to the examination. The extent of their inquiry was unclear. McCord, who submitted his resignation letter to Gov. Wolf Thursday morning, could not immediately be reached for comment.
December 1, 2014 |
As Atlantic City continues to suffer an economic free fall, state officials are contemplating turning to the private sector to jump-start development there. One proposal being reviewed by Gov. Christie and legislative leaders is the creation of a nonprofit development corporation that would help decide what projects to build. That could involve demolishing the shuttered Trump Plaza to create walkable retail and restaurant space and open sight lines, officials said. The nonprofit Atlantic City Development Corp.
October 20, 2014 |
Chances are that few, if any, of the many people milling around Reading Terminal Market late Thursday afternoon recognized the dignitary seated at the Bassetts Ice Cream counter. He appeared not to have a care in the world as he worked his way through two scoops of green tea and then two more of pumpkin. "I had ice cream. How can I be stressed?" Fred Hochberg said with a laugh, though stress he surely has. As president of the Export-Import Bank, he leads a self-sustaining federal agency vital to enabling Bassetts and other businesses in the region, and throughout the United States, to export their products.
January 27, 2014 |
HARRISBURG The General Assembly is losing one of its respected elder statesman, a conservative Republican who was a straight-talking and impassioned opponent of legalized gambling. Republican State Rep. Paul Clymer, in his 34th year representing upper Bucks County, said last week that he will retire after his term ends later this year. Clymer, 76, had also announced his retirement in 2010 but changed his mind. Now, he said, his tenure in office, combined with 16 years in the private sector and two in the military, made it time to move on. "That's 52 years in the workplace.
November 7, 2013 |
CLOUT, HAVING just suffered through another "off-year" election season, looked hopefully with help to the future yesterday. We canvassed more than 20 politicians and asked them to ponder three political questions: 1. Who will win the 2014 Democratic primary for governor? 2. Who will win the 2015 Democratic primary for mayor? 3. What will Mayor Nutter do when his second term ends? Our top 10 answers were: * District Attorney Seth Williams (who won a second term yesterday)
October 9, 2013
Redress old wrongs The recent death of Birdie Africa, the only child to survive the 1985 MOVE bombing, should prompt renewed condemnation of the city officials who bombed the Osage Avenue house and let the ensuing fire burn, causing the deaths of innocent people, including children, and destroying an entire neighborhood ("A life of struggle after living through attack on MOVE," Sept. 26). Even if it is too late to demand justice, the city should at least erect a memorial to convey the message that only eternal vigilance will guarantee that a MOVE-like confrontation never happens again.
September 5, 2013
Last week, Editorial Page Editor Sandra Shea wrote a separate, signed column ("Hey, teachers: Do the math") about the points that teachers are making in the current school-budget crisis, and questioning some of them. The response was heavy and rapid, from teachers and others, in support of teachers and not, via snail-mail, email and online. Here's a sampling. I AM a 2011 graduate of Rutgers University and a certified history teacher in New Jersey. I am currently getting my cert in Pennsylvania.
September 4, 2013
IF WHAT Sandra Shea is proposing ("Hey, teachers: Do the math") comes to fruition, I'll never grade a test or homework again, forget about assigning them. When 3:04 comes, I'm out the door. And, on Saturday and Sunday, when my wife and kids want to go on a trip but I'm busy preparing interesting lessons for the upcoming week and finding my own resources . . . forget that, too. Every day will be "Open your textbooks from 1990 to page 330, substitute 'Russia' wherever it says 'Soviet Union' and complete the questions on page 334 in your notebook, which I won't check anyway.
August 30, 2013
DURING THIS unquiet summer, President Obama and his advocates have carried on a running argument with Republicans and their allies over the merits of the Affordable Care Act, which he must implement on Oct. 1. By far, the president has gotten the better part of this argument. Having failed to stop enactment, the anti-" ObamaCare" faction, relying on scare tactics and false cries that doom is about to descend, has been waging a nonstop crusade against the law ever since the president signed the bill and made it official.