November 19, 2014 |
THE FIVE-CITY competition to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention now shifts from cheerleading to check-cutting. Philadelphia should know in about two months whether the city wins the convention, a group of local legal, labor and corporate leaders were told yesterday in a closed-door meeting at City Hall. The job between now and then is to raise enough cash to look viable to the Democratic National Committee. Sources familiar with the meeting said a goal of raising $5 million by mid-January was set. Philadelphia hosted DNC officials in August in a two-day series of rah-rah events showcasing enthusiasm and capacity.
November 18, 2014 |
It took less than an hour, and Murat Guzel was persuaded to break out his checkbook. With his signature, the Bethlehem, Pa., purveyor of organic foods put up $100,000 to try to bring the Democratic National Convention to Philadelphia in 2016. "We need to remember our founding fathers and our nation's founding principles, and Philadelphia is the best place for that," said Guzel, a frequent donor to Democratic campaigns. "Those principles need to be remembered. I think this is the best time in many years to send the message about those values across the United States and the international community.
November 4, 2014 |
It is not meant to be a cotillion. So we are reminded by David Thornburgh, the soon-to-be head of the Committee of Seventy, asked to consider the awkward dance between Philadelphia's mayor and City Council. It was always designed, he pointed out, to be a difficult two-step with tension over who will lead or call the tune. Last week, however, the discord reached an unrecognizable level when City Council President Darrell L. Clarke refused to even allow the band to strike a note.
November 2, 2014 |
James Albert Lineberger, 84, a retired Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, of end-stage renal failure at Kindred Hospital of the Palm Beaches in Riviera Beach, Fla. A former resident of Philadelphia and Pemberton, Burlington County, he had moved in 2010 to Port St. Lucie, Fla., to be close to his family. Judge Lineberger was elected to Common Pleas Court in 1991 after spending 13 years practicing law. While serving in the court's Criminal Trial Division, he presided over hundreds of cases.
August 24, 2014 |
Don Cannon, 74, a longtime fixture on Philadelphia morning radio, died Friday, Aug. 22, at Lankenau Medical Center after a brief illness. Around the world, fans of the original Rocky movie may remember Mr. Cannon's voice as he played himself talking on WIBG-AM (990) while Sylvester Stallone gulped raw eggs before training. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell called Mr. Cannon "an incredible citizen" who volunteered to emcee events benefiting the city when Rendell was mayor.
August 15, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA did its best to look pretty yesterday for 17 Democratic Party officials searching for a city to host their 2016 presidential convention. But the five-city competition is shaping up as more a bidding war than a beauty pageant. Consider this rate of inflation: Former Gov. Ed Rendell, chairman of the nonprofit host committee set up to bid for the convention, said in March that the group wanted to raise $50 million to stage the event. Last week, Rendell said the goal was $70 million.
June 3, 2014 |
LEWIS KATZ cherished his private jets. The aircraft enabled him to go just about anywhere - or to send others wherever they needed to go - on a whim. "He loved the plane because it gave him the freedom to do things on the spot," Katz's longtime friend, former Gov. Ed Rendell, told the Daily News , adding that Katz owned two planes and a helicopter. "He was the most spontaneous person I've ever met. " It was reportedly on one of Katz's planes, a Gulfstream corporate jet, that Katz, 72, died in a fiery crash Saturday night in Massachusetts.
May 25, 2014 |
The breakfast menu at the Oregon Diner on Friday was hard feelings, over easy as the vanquished Democratic candidates for governor met with winner Tom Wolf and party leaders in a unity ritual. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, and Katie McGinty, the former state environmental secretary, and Wolf talked and noshed along with former Gov. Ed Rendell, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, chairman of the city party. No grand communiques emerged, just a reaffirmation that everybody wants to beat Republican Gov. Corbett this fall.
May 23, 2014 |
MAYBE THEY SHOULD call it a "Democratic disunity" meeting? York County businessman Tom Wolf will sit down for breakfast at the Oregon Diner in South Philly tomorrow morning with the three candidates he easily defeated in Tuesday's Democratic primary election for governor. U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the city's Democratic Party chairman, asked the candidates last week to attend a "unity" meeting after the primary. They all agreed. But former Gov. Ed Rendell, who is also attending, predicts no "kissing and hugging" after the nasty primary campaign among Wolf, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and state Treasurer Rob McCord.
May 5, 2014 |
Pennsylvania's top two Democrats called Saturday on state Treasurer Rob McCord to pull the racially charged attack ad he is airing against front-runner Tom Wolf in the gubernatorial primary. Former Gov. Ed Rendell said the television spot was "one of the worst I have ever seen," adding that it was a style of politics "that makes me ashamed to have been part of this business for most of my adult life. " McCord, in an emotional news conference, later said he would continue to use the ad, calling it a "teachable moment" about the moral need to confront racism.