February 21, 2013 |
IN WHAT WAS clearly the emotional high point of his State of the Union speech last week, President Obama, citing many victims of horrific gun violence, told Congress that "they deserve a vote!" He was referring to legislation that would offer the American people various protective measures that would reduce the frequency of gun violence. His message was that Congress shouldn't filibuster or bottle up this legislation - that it should at least have the decency to bring it to the floor for a vote.
January 29, 2013 |
This morning on 94 WIP, cohost Al Morganti introduced "the man responsible for Wing Bowl being in the Big House" - Ed Rendell. "How prominent in my obituary is it going to be that I moved Wing Bowl to the big stadium?" Rendell asked, referring to what is now called the Wells Fargo Center. The popularity of the annual event - scheduled for Friday - has exploded since its debut in 1993 featured just competitors in a hotel ballroom. By Wing Bowl IV, people were being turned away from an overflowing Electric Factory, while the area was beset by parking nightmares, Morganti recalled.
January 26, 2013 |
If oddsmakers were infallible psychics, the next presidential election will pit Hillary Clinton against former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie - and Clinton will win. The Democrat's chances vary from 5-2 to 9-2 with 11 online bookmakers, while the nearest Republicans, in various rankings, rate no better than 6-1, according to www.oddschecker.com . Her closest competitors...
January 11, 2013 |
Two years after he left office, there seems to be an enduring yearning for Ed Rendell. The former Democratic governor is all over the media, and a poll this week found Rendell leading his successor, Republican Gov. Corbett, in a hypothetical match. "He's endearing, he's blunt, and he's addicted to public policy and politics - in it for the long haul," said Larry Ceisler, a Democratic consultant. "He makes good copy. " And Rendell was recently approached by a key adviser to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who tried to recruit him to reenter politics and run for mayor of the Big Apple.
January 4, 2013 |
THE DEATH of 20 little children and six courageous adults at Newtown, Conn., has managed to do what no other killing spree could - it has caused heretofore wuss politicians to take a stand and speak out about the need for sensible laws controlling the access to assault weapons and mega-capacity ammunition clips, and it has galvanized national public opinion in support of these efforts. It didn't happen after Tucson, where we saw the heartbreaking tragedy of the 9-year-old girl killed because she wanted to meet her role model, U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, or after Aurora, when a crazed gunman assassinated 12 people and wounded 58 more, shockingly using a 100-bullet clip to create this carnage.
December 16, 2012
In my last column I wrote that this was the winter of our discontent and that Super Squibb's Wing Bowl 21 bid was our only chance for a true champion in this city. Since that time just 2 weeks ago, somehow things seem to have become remarkably brighter. The rapid development of Nick Foles, Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox has given Eagles fans a reason to at least dream that they might live to see the Lombardi Trophy paraded down Broad Street. Sixers fans have seen the emergence of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner as two young stars who just might lead us to another deep run in the playoffs, even though it's beginning to look like there's a better chance that Moses Malone will play center for us this season than Andrew Bynum.
December 2, 2012 |
IT WAS THE winter of our discontent. Let history show our beloved Eagles had reached a 14-year low. Our equally beloved Phillies were 4 months away from taking the field at Citizens Bank Park and, worse still, we had just learned that our most beloved player, Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz, had been suspended for the first 25 games of the season because of substance abuse. Our not quite so beloved Sixers were not reaching anywhere near their full potential, because their newly acquired savior, Andrew Bynum (for whom we paid a king's ransom)
November 18, 2012
Michael Vick's career as a Philadelphia Eagle ended on March 27, 2012. That's the day that Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles' tendon. Any chance of Mike leading us to the promised land went up in smoke, because the long-range passing game integral to the Birds' success in 2010 and during the tail end of last year depended on Vick having the time to let our wideouts go deep. When Peters went down, it opened up more holes and subjected Vick to as horrible a continuous beating as any NFL quarterback may have ever endured.
November 15, 2012 |
Donna Cooper, formerly a top aide to Gov. Rendell, said she would draw on the many political contacts she has made throughout the region in her new role as head of a leading local youth advocacy agency. Cooper, 54, of Fishtown, was named executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth on Tuesday. She will begin the $115,000-a-year job in January. Cooper replaces Shelly Yanoff, who announced this year that she would step down after 26 years at the helm. "I have relationships with Democrats and Republicans in the legislature," said Cooper, who served for eight years as Rendell's secretary of policy and planning, and three years as Philadelphia's deputy mayor for policy and planning.