July 18, 2015 |
With drums tat-tatting and flags billowing, with two former governors and a major benefactor gazing skyward, a white-coated steel beam signed by hundreds of construction workers and history fans was raised Thursday by a massive crane and lowered into place atop the still-abuilding Museum of the American Revolution. The celebration, attended by several hundred at the museum site at Third and Chestnut Streets, marked the "topping off" of the building's steel skeleton. Construction of the $119 million redbrick museum designed by New York's Robert A.M. Stern Architects began last fall.
June 5, 2015 |
STEVE WOJDAK never asked the impossible. He might have been one of the city's and state's most effective lobbyists, but Steve Wojdak would not have considered asking a legislator or governor or anyone else for a favor that they wouldn't want to deliver. "He had a way of putting himself in your position," said former Gov. Ed Rendell. "He would never ask for anything untenable. He knew his stuff. "You appreciate someone who understands the conflicts you have and difficulties you have in getting things done.
June 4, 2015 |
Stephen R. Wojdak, 76, a former state legislator from Philadelphia who became one of the most influential lobbyists in Pennsylvania, died Tuesday in Boston. Mr. Wojdak had been vacationing on Martha's Vineyard with his family when he suffered breathing problems and was hospitalized last week, said Kevin Feeley, a family spokesman. A 1992 Philadelphia Daily News article called Mr. Wojdak the "King of Clout. " He also was known as the "51st senator" because of his widely acknowledged influence.
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.