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.
April 2, 2014
MY NEIGHBOR across in the next valley got himself elected to the U.S. Senate a while back. Folks around here were as proud as peacocks and busting their buttons over Neighbor Pat Toomey's success. But sometimes it makes you wonder . . . Now recently, neighbor Pat got up in front of the news cameras to celebrate his vote to tell the Post Office to issue a fundraising postal stamp for Alzheimer's research, just like the one they did for breast cancer. Those stamps have brought in $5 million a year over the last 15 years for research.
March 27, 2014 |
MOST Philadelphians know that I served as our district attorney for eight years (1978-86), but few would remember that I was appointed by Gov. Milton Shapp to be a special prosecutor and deputy attorney general to investigate public corruption in Philadelphia (1976). I have watched the recent controversy regarding Attorney General Kathleen Kane's decision not to revive a public-corruption investigation that had been effectively abandoned by her predecessors many months before she was sworn into office.
March 27, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Former Gov. Edward G. Rendell said Attorney General Kathleen Kane was right to shut down a long-running sting investigation that captured public officials accepting money on tape - and an inquiry whose strategy he derided as a "laughable caricature of the movie American Hustle . " Rendell, a former prosecutor who served two terms as governor, issued a statement Tuesday saying he believed Kane has been unfairly criticized for her...
March 24, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA'S political, business and labor leaders gathered behind closed doors yesterday to prepare for a bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, one week after Congress made that a more expensive proposition. Former Gov. Ed Rendell will serve as chairman of a new nonprofit hoping to raise $50 million to make the bid and host the event at the Wells Fargo Center. The U.S. Senate last week approved legislation to strip the Democratic and Republican parties of public financing for conventions.
March 23, 2014 |
Former mayors, city politicians, labor bosses, and other influential leaders from across the Philadelphia region gathered Friday morning to plan how to bring the 2016 Democratic National Convention to the City of Brotherly Love. A nonprofit will be created and led by former Mayor and Gov. Ed Rendell to raise upward of $50 million for the event, which organizers said could be held at the Wells Fargo Center. "The value to the city is priceless," Rendell said at a news conference. He said the city would not have to put up direct cash - police overtime would be covered with a $50 million federal grant for post-9/11 security.
March 7, 2014 |
OLD CITY Demolition is just weeks away, and $102 million has been raised or pledged for the $150 million Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia's historic district, officials said at a ceremony Wednesday at Third and Chestnut Streets. Former Gov. Ed Rendell, who helped choose the museum site and who has assisted with fund-raising, stood amid costumed reenactors under a chilly morning sun to herald the new tourist attraction and solicit more donors for a museum that would be the only one of its kind in the nation when it opens in 2016.
March 6, 2014 |
Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday hosted a pitch for a super-high-speed, magnetically levitated train that could whisk riders from Philadelphia to New York City in 25 minutes and to Washington in 30. Rendell and other ex-politicians, public officials, and business executives have been hired to raise support for a Japanese-financed maglev train on the Northeast Corridor, operating between Washington and New York. The Central Japan Railway Co. owns the maglev technology, and the Japanese government has offered to finance about half of the more than $10 billion cost of an initial segment that could be operating between Washington and Baltimore within 10 years.