May 16, 2016
ISSUE | CORRUPTIONStung by the FBI John Estey is my neighbor - I know him. There is not a doubt in my mind, whether it meets the definition of entrapment or not, that he would have never been involved in funneling illegal campaign contributions to Pennsylvania legislators as part of an FBI sting operation if he had not been expertly targeted and then tempted ("More shame on Harrisburg - and the FBI," Thursday). He's a good man who was given the use of a Ferrari and then got caught speeding.
May 15, 2016 |
IT'S TIME to man up, Eagles fans! Do you remember the song by the Lovin' Spoonful, "Did You Ever Have to Make up Your Mind"? The lyrics say: Did you ever have to finally decide Say yes to one and let the other one ride It is not often easy and not often kind Did you ever have to make up your mind? All of us crazed Eagles fans must a decision before Sept. 11. Essentially, we have to say yes to one and let the other one ride (the bench). The choice is not easy. I know the overwhelming feeling among those in Eagle Nation is that they would like to see the future, a k a Carson Wentz, behind center as quickly as possible.
May 14, 2016 |
Nabbing a ticket to the Democratic National Convention could be tough. Getting one to PoliticalFest is much easier. Tickets went on sale Wednesday for the nonpartisan presidential-history celebration, which was held at the Convention Center during the 2000 Republican National Convention here. This year, instead of one location, seven museums will feature dozens of exhibits from July 22 to 27. "We're calling it PoliticalFest 2.0," said former Gov. Ed Rendell, chair of the DNC host committee organizing the fest.
May 1, 2016 |
WELL, IT IS DONE! The beloved Eagles picked Carson Wentz from North Dakota State with the second selection in the NFL draft to be their quarterback of the future. They gave up almost a king's ransom in draft choices to get the second pick. Was it worth it? I'm afraid the answer is no. I am afraid, because I hope with all my heart that Wentz turns out to be, if not a Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, at least a Drew Brees or Philip Rivers. I hope I am wrong because if the actuarial tables are right, Wentz could be the Eagles' quarterback for the rest of my lifetime, and, Carson, if you see this, winning the Super Bowl is on my bucket list.
April 26, 2016
Wednesday's paper presented pictures of a city that is divided between the haves and the have-nots. On one hand, as columnist Mike Newall put it , there are parts of Philadelphia "where living is simply an act of survival," where bullets, drugs, hunger, violence, poverty, fear, and filth take their toll every day ("It's time to reach out to Phila.'s other side"). On the other hand, developer Carl Dranoff wrote in a commentary , "Philadelphia has gained its rightful place as a national model of urban renewal, and the proof is all around us" ("Democracy and optimism transform Philadelphia")
April 21, 2016
By Carl Dranoff Philadelphia has gained its rightful place as a national model of urban renewal, and the proof is all around us. It is in our skyline punctuated by Liberty Place and the Comcast Center. It's along corridors such as the Avenue of the Arts, one of the most successful catalysts for economic growth in the United States. It winds through the Schuylkill River Trail, voted the best urban trail in America. And it's in the $6.7 billion of new development underway throughout the city.
April 17, 2016 |
SINCE ED SNIDER'S death, a lot has been written about him, Philadelphia, and Flyers Nation. I could not let the opportunity pass without adding my insight. As I thought about what to write someone from 6ABC came into my office to capture my reaction and showed me an article I wrote in June 2011, titled, "Ed Snider and Philly have been perfect together. " I reread it and was shocked to find how well it encapsulated a lot of what I want to say now. Let me quote from a few sections: "Ed Snider might not be the easiest guy to love - he's too rich, too handsome, too self-assured, too stubborn, too Republican (although he has been a significant contributor to my campaigns)
March 25, 2016 |
With Republican National Convention organizers in Cleveland putting out bids for riot gear, their Democratic counterparts here remain mum on security details. Democratic National Convention organizers on Wednesday gave an update four months out from the July 25 to 28 event, and said they intended to be overprepared. They stopped short of offering specifics. "Everyone's predicting trouble in Cleveland, and there may be trouble because of the political situation, but you prepare for everything," former Gov. Ed Rendell, the convention host committee chair, said at the briefing on preparations.
March 17, 2016
WASHINGTON - Pennsylvania Republicans filed a Federal Election Commission complaint Tuesday against Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty, accusing her campaign chairman, former Gov. Ed Rendell, of improperly working with independent political groups. The complaint cites public comments by Rendell, who in several interviews predicted that groups backing McGinty would spend heavily to help her win the April 26 primary, sometimes forecasting spending beyond what the groups had publicly announced.
January 27, 2016 |
AMES, Iowa - As if the 2016 presidential campaign weren't operatic enough, now comes billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg threatening to run as an independent. His advisers say he is serious, motivated by the possibility that the major parties could nominate two people he considers extreme: real estate developer Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, and socialist Bernie Sanders in the Democratic contest. Bloomberg has flirted with running for president several times since 2006 but has always pulled back from the brink.