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.
November 23, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Former Gov. Ed Rendell and his wife, Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, are launching a program with Arcadia University and the National Constitution Center to boost citizen engagement in the democratic process - in part by getting young people interested early. At a morning news conference at the Constitution Center, the Rendells announced the formation of the Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics at Arcadia. Ed Rendell cited a poll conducted before the Constitution Center opened in 2003 that he said showed "high school students were remarkably uninformed about our system of government.
October 25, 2013
HAVING been in the Pennsylvania Legislature for the past three decades, I have sufficient institutional and historic knowledge to question a recent Daily News editorial based on the false and misleading claim of a school-funding consultant that "the School District of Philadelphia would receive $360 million more a year" if a 2008 Rendell administration school-funding plan had been "kept in place. " For the record - no such plan was ever enacted during the Rendell years, nor was any such plan ever "put in place.
September 28, 2013 |
Ed Rendell - 45th governor of Pennsylvania, 96th mayor of Philadelphia, former head of the Democratic National Committee - likes to lead. Now he's out front again, cochairing a task force of the D.C.-based, nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center, traveling the country - next stop, Biloxi - and urging Congress to pass immigration reform. He took questions on the run. Question: Lawmakers are swamped: Syria, the debt ceiling, a possible shutdown of the government next week. Does immigration stand a chance?