October 16, 2015 |
JEROME Whyatt Mondesire was known for his outspoken, unapologetic style as a political and community activist. According to former Gov. Ed Rendell, he was best described by the words from a Sade song. "I saw this tremendous smooth operator," Rendell said yesterday during a "Celebration of Life" service for Mondesire at Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia, where hundreds gathered to remember the man better known as Jerry. Mondesire died Oct. 4 after suffering a brain aneurysm.
August 12, 2015 |
Democrat Katie McGinty rolled out some heavy artillery in her Senate bid Monday, announcing that former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell would serve as campaign chairman. Rendell, who also was mayor of Philadelphia and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, could provide needed firepower, particularly in fund-raising, as McGinty takes on former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a retired Navy rear admiral, in the 2016 primary. "I encouraged Katie to run because she's a problem-solver who knows how to get things done," Rendell said in a statement.
July 31, 2015 |
During his years as Ed Rendell's deputy mayor, Herbert Vederman refused to collect a city paycheck, living instead off the millions he made from his family's retail clothing empire. But recently, federal prosecutors say, he benefited from his government connections in other ways - by funneling cash to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in return for official favors from the Philadelphia Democratic congressman. Prosecutors said Wednesday that Fattah pressed tirelessly to get Vederman a federal post, going so far as to hand-deliver a letter to President Obama in fall 2010 asking him to make Vederman a U.S. ambassador.
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.