May 22, 2015 |
DEMOCRATIC mayoral nominee Jim Kenney , who steamrollered state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams in Tuesday's Democratic primary, skipped the traditional postelection lunch at the Palm to attend a Broad Street Ministry luncheon with Republican mayoral candidate Melissa Murray Bailey and Gov. Wolf . The Clout team - big believers in tradition - decided to post up at the bar at the Palm with N.Y. strip steaks and Old Fashioneds, knowing full...
May 8, 2015 |
LAST WEEK, we described the city's political system as a "hot tub. " That did not mean we wanted to see any of you in an actual hot tub. Too late. City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson went ahead and mailed fliers to South and Southwest Philadelphia residents featuring his opponent, developer Ori Feibush , topless and possibly napping while in what appears to be a hot tub. To ensure that we're not the only ones who found this ad strange, we checked with former Gov. Ed Rendell , who liked to open the city's pools while he was mayor with a big ol' hairy-chested cannonball into the water.
April 13, 2015 |
The last two weeks have brought almost daily doses of bad news for embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, a steady drip of negative revelations that raise doubts about her conduct in office. Despite the deluge and calls from newspapers for Kane to resign, top state Democrats say it is too early to move against her. Gov. Wolf, the titular head of the party, said last week that he would not push Kane to resign. He said that she could still function as attorney general and that the judicial system should decide the "rights and wrongs" of her actions.
April 2, 2015 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday announced an education-focused forum for Democratic candidates for mayor, with questions drawn up by fourth and fifth graders from the Philadelphia School District. Could Rendell, who also served two terms as mayor, eventually endorse one of those candidates? "Not likely," was Rendell's reply, despite an encouraging tweet he sent Doug Oliver's way. "Doug Oliver deserves a look in the race for mayor. He's a bright, engaging young man with a lot of good ideas.
March 6, 2015 |
Two public-policy centers in the Philadelphia region are joining forces with the goal of improving civics education in schools. The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement, created in 2013 in collaboration with the National Constitution Center, has relocated from Arcadia University in Glenside to the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the institutions announced Wednesday. The Rendell Center, a nonprofit led by Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, develops civics lessons for lower grades, while the Annenberg Center has worked with middle and high schools.
February 16, 2015 |
President Obama had three questions Wednesday night when asked to give his blessing for Philadelphia's bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The first two dealt with logistics and were quickly resolved by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, who brought Obama word of her committee's recommendation. The last, according to a source told of the conversation, turned on the president's need to be assured the convention would be a success, particularly financially so. Is David L. Cohen onboard?
February 1, 2015 |
Marjorie O. Rendell, a federal appellate judge and the wife of former Gov. Ed Rendell, said Friday that she plans to leave her spot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit this summer and devote more time to her foundation for the civic education of area youth. Rendell, 67, made her intention to enter a state of semiretirement official last week, but the state's former first lady said she is not done with the law just yet. In July, Rendell will take "senior status" on the 13-member court, a designation that allows her to hear cases but reduces her workload.
January 21, 2015 |
MARTIN Luther King Jr.'s message of nonviolent protest brought together diverse people in his lifetime, so it was fitting that diversity was on display yesterday at the 33rd annual luncheon hosted by the Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Association for Nonviolence. South Philly-raised music legend Chubby Checker didn't sing "The Twist" or anything else, but received a "Drum Major" award for excellence in entertainment. He gave a well-received speech about the importance of taking advantage of the rights and opportunities made possible by King.
January 19, 2015 |
Tom Wolf, a Democrat and business owner from York, takes office Tuesday as Pennsylvania's 47th governor in a daylong celebration that kicks off with the inauguration outside the Capitol and wraps up with a big party in Hershey. Behind the scenes, Wolf's administration is shaping up to look like the third term of former Gov. Ed Rendell, the last Democrat to hold the office. So far Wolf has stocked his senior staff and cabinet with at least 11 former high-level Rendell appointees.
December 31, 2014 |
More than just Philadelphians have an interest in who will replace Mayor Nutter in City Hall in 2016. The Democratic National Committee has been asking about the coming mayor's race as well, according to U.S. Rep. Robert Brady (D., Pa.). Chiefly, the committee needed an assurance that the next mayor will want the Democrats to bring their 2016 convention here as badly as the current holder of the office does. Brady, as part of the city's latest sales pitch to the DNC, offered an unqualified yes. "I told them that anybody who wants to be mayor in this town has to come through me at least a little bit, and I've talked to every major potential candidate," he said Monday.