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August 25, 2003
SINCE DECIDING to forego appointing an outside agency to investigate the state police sex scandal, Gov. Rendell has been on the receiving end of some vitriol from women's rights and crime victims groups. "Unconscionable," said the founder of the National Center for Women and Policing in Los Angeles. "Disappointed," said the president of the state chapter for the National Organization for Women. The executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape essentially questioned whether people could trust the system.
NEWS
July 2, 2010 | By Angela Couloumbis and Evan Trowbridge, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Gov. Rendell says he will sign the $28 billion budget that just passed the Pennsylvania legislature, but only if lawmakers also approve a pair of related bills he says are necessary to support the state's spending. Those bills have been held up for more than a day by a dispute between Republicans, who control the state Senate, and Democrats, who rule the House. Rendell said Thursday that if those differences persisted and legislators took no action on the bills in the next 10 days, he would be required under the state constitution to veto the hard-fought budget.
SPORTS
December 29, 2010 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tuesday Night Football? "Terrible idea," Gov. Rendell said moments before the kickoff of Tuesday night's game between the Eagles and Minnesota Vikings. "Too many people have to get out of work to try to get to this game. " Of course, that's also the case for Monday Night Football . But Rendell has been in a bit of a combative mood with regard to the NFL and its decision to postpone the Eagles' game from Sunday night to Tuesday night. Rendell kept up his criticism before the game was played.
NEWS
January 8, 1987 | By MARIA GALLAGHER, Daily News Staff Writer
Ending months of speculation, former District Attorney Edward G. Rendell today declared himself a Democratic candidate for mayor. Rendell's announcement, made at the Hershey Philadelphia Hotel, focused on how he would lead the city, and his motivations for entering the May 19 primary opposite Mayor Goode. Rendell accused the Goode administration of "ineptitude and mismanagement" and "unfulfilled programs and promises. " Under Goode, Rendell maintained, the city has become one of "unfilled potholes, unstaffed libraries and recreation centers, unclean streets, unemployed people, unmet promises and, worst of all, unfulfilled dreams and opportunities.
NEWS
May 5, 2003
GOV. RENDELL'S tax scheme is nothing more than a wealth redistribution shell game that Marx and Engels would be proud of. He hopes to send more of the state's money down the Philadelphia money pit. This is a blatant political payoff under the guise of being "for the children. " Let's hope our state legislature opposes any new tax increases or shifts in the burden. We should be lowering all taxes in the state, not raising them. Gov. Rendell needs to show the people of Pennsylvania one example of a state taxing itself to greatness.
NEWS
December 11, 1986 | By MARIA GALLAGHER, Daily News Staff Writer
They came, they saw, they concurred that former District Attorney Edward G. Rendell should run for mayor. They gathered last night at the Locust Club - politicians, former politicians, investment bankers, attorneys and business heavies, men described by Rendell as "my oldest supporters and best friends in politics. " They numbered about 30, and were hosted by Globe Security Systems owner S. Harrison "Sonny" Dogole. They dined on veal away from the prying press, urged Rendell to take the plunge, and offered to back him financially if he does.
NEWS
March 3, 2009 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
President Obama has nominated one of Gov. Rendell's top policy advisers to a leading post in the U.S. Department of Transportation. Roy Kienitz, a deputy chief of staff for Rendell, has been nominated as the department's undersecretary for policy. The White House, in a news release issued late Friday, credited Kienitz with directing a number of major capital projects during his tenure with the commonwealth, including the expansion of the Convention Center and the Port of Philadelphia.
NEWS
April 21, 1988 | By Charlotte Kidd, Special to The Inquirer
Members of the clergy are free to toss their collars into the political ring, but they must pass muster along with other candidates, says former Philadelphia District Attorney Ed Rendell. And, in Rendell's view, Democrat Jesse Jackson and Republican Pat Robertson don't pass muster, despite their charisma and the excitement they generate as presidential candidates. While both men inspire the people, "neither of them has demonstrated the ability to translate ideas into sound action," Rendell said Sunday to about 200 members of Adath Jeshurun Men's Association in Elkins Park.
NEWS
September 12, 2010 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Rendell talked Saturday about a little-known aspect of the 9/11 tragedy: how Muslim workers at Windows on the World, the restaurant atop the North Tower of the World Trade Center, would use a stairwell between the 106th and 107th floors for their daily prayers. The closest mosque was more than 100 floors down and four blocks away, so that impromptu prayer space had to do, he said. That stairwell disappeared along with both towers in the disaster. And the restaurant workers were among the estimated 60 Muslims in the buildings who died that day, Rendell said.
NEWS
January 29, 2004
What a friend Gov. Rendell is. What a pal. What a pol. What a shame. A Democratic power broker exploits the public's business to extract money for his pet causes, and Rendell jumps right up to defend him. Powerful Democratic State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo of Philadelphia got Peco Energy Co. to donate $17 million to a charity controlled by Fumo staff, located in Fumo's district, and mainly serving Fumo's constituents. The money was part of a side deal arising from negotiations over utility deregulation during the Ridge administration.
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NEWS
June 24, 2016 | By Tom Ridge
AT A TIME when bipartisan cooperation is needed more than ever, I was disappointed to see former Gov. Ed Rendell suddenly attack Sen. Pat Toomey in these pages with partisan talking points and misleading statements. For a long time, Rendell has praised Toomey as one of the senators who has done the most to encourage bipartisan gun safety reform in Washington. Rendell described Toomey as "a man of uncommon decency and a man who wants the process to work" after his bipartisan efforts with Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, to strengthen gun background checks in 2013.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Pat Toomey
DEAR ED, Thank you for your kind words about me in your recent "open letter" in the Daily News. I have long enjoyed our good working relationship, and look forward to continuing it. In this time of extreme partisanship, it is very valuable for our state and our country to have mutual respect across the aisle, as you and I have shown is possible. On the critical issue of stopping gun violence, we share much common ground. As you noted, in 2013, I was proud to cross the aisle and join Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, to support an expansion of background checks to prevent more people with criminal histories and dangerous mental illnesses from obtaining guns.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Ed Rendell
DEAR PAT, You know that we have had a good working relationship, and I believe you to be a decent and honorable man. In fact, you have used that quote in a campaign commercial. Now is the time for you to demonstrate that decency in what might take a strong dose of political courage, as well. I am sure you were as shocked and disgusted as we all were when you heard about the carnage that occurred in Orlando, Fla., in the early hours of Sunday morning. You probably watched, as I did, a news conference on Tuesday morning, when a governor, mayor, police chief, sheriff and FBI supervisor all said what a great job the first responders, police and medical personnel did. They all went on to say how the community has banded together in common grief with unprecedented unity.
NEWS
June 17, 2016
YOU MIGHT HAVE heard that the Philadelphia committee hosting the Democratic National Convention, and in charge of fund-raising, is refusing to say who is funding the convention. Transparency isn't their thing. The committee, named PHL 2016, went as far as calling its fund-raising list a "trade secret. " Which is - well, the only word that comes to mind is hilarious . Former Gov. Ed Rendell , who is chairman of the DNC host committee, has defended the decision to withhold donor names before the convention next month.
SPORTS
June 12, 2016 | By Ed Rendell
THESE DAYS, it's fair to say things are starting to look up for our Philly sports teams. This week, the Phillies drafted a plethora of potential explosive talent, especially outfielder Mickey Moniak, the No. 1 overall pick, who could turn out to be the next Andrew McCutchen. He appears to be able to do it all, and his power numbers will only increase as he gets older. The Eagles boldly moved up to grab the second pick in the NFL draft and took Carson Wentz, who appears to be a prototype of a Super Bowl quarterback.
NEWS
June 11, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Former Gov. Ed Rendell thinks U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who some Democrats had hoped would run for president, is not even qualified to be Hillary Clinton's pick for vice president. Speaking on Rich Zeoli's show on 1210 WPHT on Wednesday, Rendell said Warren is "not in any way, shape, or form ready to be commander-in-chief. " Rendell later called back to temper his assessment. "I didn't want to leave it hanging out there about Elizabeth Warren," he said, adding that he liked her. "Elizabeth Warren's problem would be the same problem I'd have.
NEWS
June 10, 2016
FORMER GOV. Rendell took to the witness stand the other day in the trial of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah to chastise federal prosecutors for criminalizing friendship and normal political activity. Rendell was testifying on behalf of an old friend, Herbert Vederman, who stands accused of bribing Fattah, who also is close to Vederman personally. Among the "gifts" federal prosecutors said the wealthy Vederman gave to the congressman was $18,000 for what prosecutors say was a sham sale of a Porsche belonging to Fattah's wife, plus payments to help paid debts owed by his son, Chip Fattah, and to help the Fattah family's au pair pay college tuition.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Wednesday decried what he called "cynical" and "overreaching" prosecution in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption trial, moments after testifying as a defense witness for a friend, fund-raiser, and former deputy mayor who is also charged in the case. Speaking to reporters outside the federal courthouse, Rendell accused Justice Department lawyers of too often casting innocent friendships and political deal-making in a sinister light. He said prosecutors had twisted the truth in an effort to convict Herbert Vederman, his former deputy, who is accused of paying bribes to Fattah.
NEWS
May 30, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Fund-raising for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has been a tougher slog this year than in the past, but convention host committee chair Ed Rendell says he expects to meet the party's financial targets by the time the convention opens two months from now. The party plans to raise some $64 million for the conclave, which will run July 25-28. Rendell said Saturday the party was $9 million to $10 million short of that goal now. Rendell attributed the difficulty to congressional budget cuts - lawmakers once appropriated $18 million each to the Republican and Democratic conventions, but no more - and a drop in corporate giving.
SPORTS
May 29, 2016 | By Ed Rendell
IF YOU READ this column, you probably know that I grew up in New York, rooted for the baseball Giants and hated the New York Yankees (as most Giants and Dodgers fans did). So when my beloved Giants left for San Francisco in 1958, I decided to root for the American League team that had the best chance to beat the Yankees. That turned out to be the Chicago White Sox. I have been a White Sox fan since, (and, of course, a Phillies fan in the NL). My adopted team rewarded me by winning the AL pennant in 1959, the first year I rooted for them.
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