June 10, 2016 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Wednesday decried what he called "cynical" and "overreaching" prosecution in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's federal corruption trial, moments after testifying as a defense witness for a friend, fund-raiser, and former deputy mayor who is also charged in the case. Speaking to reporters outside the federal courthouse, Rendell accused Justice Department lawyers of too often casting innocent friendships and political deal-making in a sinister light. He said prosecutors had twisted the truth in an effort to convict Herbert Vederman, his former deputy, who is accused of paying bribes to Fattah.
May 30, 2016 |
Fund-raising for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has been a tougher slog this year than in the past, but convention host committee chair Ed Rendell says he expects to meet the party's financial targets by the time the convention opens two months from now. The party plans to raise some $64 million for the conclave, which will run July 25-28. Rendell said Saturday the party was $9 million to $10 million short of that goal now. Rendell attributed the difficulty to congressional budget cuts - lawmakers once appropriated $18 million each to the Republican and Democratic conventions, but no more - and a drop in corporate giving.
May 29, 2016 |
IF YOU READ this column, you probably know that I grew up in New York, rooted for the baseball Giants and hated the New York Yankees (as most Giants and Dodgers fans did). So when my beloved Giants left for San Francisco in 1958, I decided to root for the American League team that had the best chance to beat the Yankees. That turned out to be the Chicago White Sox. I have been a White Sox fan since, (and, of course, a Phillies fan in the NL). My adopted team rewarded me by winning the AL pennant in 1959, the first year I rooted for them.
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)