October 12, 2009 |
IN THE CLOSING days of September, with the state budget stalled because legislative leaders were at war over proposed taxes on the arts and charity fundraising games, Donna Cooper, Gov. Rendell's secretary for policy and planning, noticed something. Officials working on the state welfare budget had agreed on a change to an obscure tax on managed-care companies providing Medicaid services. The change, Cooper realized, would save the state just enough money to drop the controversial taxes on arts and games of chance.
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.
July 2, 2010 |
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.
December 29, 2010 |
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.
January 8, 1987 |
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.
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.
December 11, 1986 |
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.
March 3, 2009 |
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.
April 21, 1988 |
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.
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.