September 23, 2013 |
Those were the days. In this autumn of Philadelphia's discontent, with the schools crippled, a mayor who seems more technocrat than visionary, and a ho-hum field of possible successors, the city turns its lonely eyes to . . . Ed Rendell. A few business and opinion leaders have been asking: wouldn't it be great if Rendell were to run in 2015 for mayor of Philadelphia, the job he held from 1991 to 2000? Back then, Big Things got done. The city was rescued from the brink. Public pools reopened.
September 22, 2013 |
ALLENTOWN Mayor Ed Pawlowski was forced yesterday to dial back his claim of support in the 2014 Democratic primary election from former Gov. Ed Rendell. That came after Rendell made clear last week that he will not endorse a candidate in that race. The Pawlowski campaign sent an email to reporters early yesterday morning with a headline that claimed Rendell hosted a party for him Thursday evening at the Ballard Spahr law firm in Center City, raising more than $50,000. The email said the fundraiser was for Pawlowski's 2014 gubernatorial campaign.
September 5, 2013 |
In an impassioned letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, 13 influential political and government officials and military figures demanded Tuesday that more than 3,000 members of a controversial Iranian opposition group be immediately airlifted to temporary haven. The demand was made in response to reports that 52 members of the Mujaheddin Khalq, or MEK, were killed Sunday in an attack on the Ashraf refugee camp about 40 miles north of Baghdad. "We were fearful of this day," said Tom Ridge, who was the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and served as Pennsylvania's governor from 1995 to 2001.
July 1, 2013 |
This summer, 21 Catholic school teachers will spend four days at Daylesford Abbey near Paoli, learning about the history of Catholic-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. The program, for middle- and high-school teachers from Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware, is a partnership of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Anti-Defamation League. Bearing Witness, as the program is called, is one of numerous efforts by the Anti-Defamation League, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, to combat anti-Semitism and to counter hatred, prejudice, and bigotry.
May 13, 2013 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell and former Mayor W. Wilson Goode have launched a fund-raising effort to pay the legal bills of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's son, who has been under federal investigation for months. Rendell said he agreed to pitch in after Rep. Fattah contacted him for help. Rendell, in an interview, estimated that the Philadelphia congressman and his wife had spent $250,000 to help Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., 30, and said the costs had become a "little bit of a struggle" for the family.
March 30, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Never leave anything unsaid is a lesson former Gov. Ed Rendell may have relearned the hard way this week. Two days ago, the usually loquacious Democrat had an op-ed piece published in the New York Daily News urging New York state to get over its fears and permit hydraulic fracturing - commonly known as fracking - to seek natural gas within its borders. In the piece, headlined "Why [Gov. Andrew] Cuomo Must Seize the Moment on Hydrofracking," Rendell listed the benefits of natural gas for the region's economic development as well as the nation's energy future.
March 28, 2013 |
More jobs! More money! So say the people backing Gov. Corbett's plans to turn the Pennsylvania Lottery and the State Store system over to private operators. As I noted in this space in January, the lottery-sale plan - currently on hiatus - is designed so the promised jobs and revenue are added only if private managers persuade Pennsylvanians to bet more, through new games like keno (bingo, sort of) in new locations like bars and restaurants. As the pro-privatization Commonwealth Foundation said in a report last week, State Store opponents promise that: "ending the state-run monopoly will create thousands of additional jobs across the state and unleash millions of dollars in new business investment.
March 9, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The Corbett administration's fiscal chief, amid a withering, two-hour pummeling by state House Democrats on the final day of budget hearings, accused former Gov. Ed Rendell on Thursday of running "Ponzi schemes" on the citizenry. What is traditionally an opportunity for lawmakers to publicly make a case for funding programs turned into a partisan debate, as Budget Secretary Charles Zogby defended Gov. Corbett's policies and trashed his Democratic predecessor's. Zogby touted Corbett's belt-tightening initiatives, saying the Republican governor "inherited" a $4 billion deficit along with unresolved issues such as pension funding.
February 22, 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.