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.
November 20, 2014 |
Former Mayor and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell will host a meet-and-greet for Democratic mayoral candidate Ken Trujillo on Wednesday, a day already bursting with events for two other unannounced candidates. Trujillo will get a chance to make his pitch to some of Philadelphia's biggest political donors at noon at the Pyramid Club in Center City. That will be the same time that former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham will formally announce her candidacy, and a few hours before State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams is to announce his. The invitation-only lunch is described as "a 'get-to-know-you' gathering," not a fund-raiser.
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.