November 14, 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.
November 11, 2012 |
It's a time of despair for Philadelphia sports fans. Starting with the loss of Jason Peters, injuries and overall poor play have caused the Eagles' season to unravel. And although Rich Hofmann's recent column in the Daily News correctly points out that the Eagles could still win the division, with an offensive line missing Peters, Jason Kelce and Todd Herremans, Andy Reid is in need of a Ray Didinger "reality check" if he thinks the Birds can go 6-2, or even 5-3 to have any chance (hope I'm wrong)
November 1, 2012
TWO YEARS AGO, Gov. Ed Rendell excoriated the NFL for postponing the Iggles-Vikings game because of bad weather. "I think we've become wussies," said the then-governor. Imagine if Sunday's Iggles-Falcons game was cancelled because of Sandy. Even if the winds were so strong that the players were being tossed around like toy soldiers and fans were being hit by flying officials, Rendell would still expect that the game be played. Frankenstorm? We could be seeing a new trend in hurricane names.
October 21, 2012 |
Sen. Bob Casey's TV ad man fired back at former Gov. Ed Rendell on Friday for comments Rendell made criticizing Casey's reelection campaign. "Instructive criticism is one thing, but ignorance is something else," said Casey's media consultant, Saul Shorr. Rendell, in an interview Tuesday with the Scranton Times-Tribune, was caustic in his evaluation of the "non-campaign" he said Casey was running against Republican Tom Smith. "Casey? He hasn't run a campaign. He's run one ad, a stupid tea party ad," Rendell said.
October 1, 2012 |
Well, it's finally over! The Phillies' late-season comeback all but ended last weekend, when, after beating the Braves Friday night, they lost on Saturday and Sunday. The Braves were not going to let the Phils into the playoffs, because they, like the rest of the National League, were wary of facing Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, et al., in a short series. When a team that won 102 games the previous year wins almost 30 fewer and fails to make the playoffs, there is absolute certainty that the blame game will begin quickly, and it started here before the last bit of dirt was shoveled on the Phillies' grave.
September 30, 2012 |
P ENNSYLVANIA Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason and former Gov. Ed Rendell agree: They'd like to see Mitt Romney try harder to win this state. But the Republican nominee for president hadn't visited the Keystone State in more than two months before stops Friday for a fundraiser at the Union League and a public rally at Valley Forge Military Academy & College. And the former governor of Massachusetts didn't exactly sound enthusiastic about his chances of winning Pennsylvania's 20 votes in the Electoral College in the Nov. 6 general election.
September 26, 2012
EVEN AS new polling in Pennsylvania and other key states shows President Obama holding or expanding leads over Gov. Romney, the self-proclaimed "leading Democrat in the state" sees a way for Mitt to turn the race around. Yep, Ed Rendell says that Mitt can out-debate Obama, push the "basic fact that the economy is still not in good shape" and argue that "if it's not working, what do you have to lose in trying someone new?" His comments came during a question-and-answer session at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon in Harrisburg earlier this week.
September 26, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Former Gov. Ed Rendell, on a rare return visit to the capital, weighed in Monday on the presidential race, tweaked the state House majority leader for his comments on the voter-ID law, and toyed with running for vice president in the future. Rendell, speaking at a Pennsylvania Press Club lunch, said the first presidential debate on Oct. 3 was Mitt Romney's "last best chance. " He called the Republican "a strong debater" compared with President Obama, who he said has a harder time in short-answer debate formats.
September 16, 2012 |
Former Gov. Rendell on Friday encouraged green-energy advocates to support President Obama, despite the lack of enthusiasm they might have with the president's environmental record. Rendell, the keynote speaker at the PennFuture 2012 Clean Energy Conference at the DoubleTree Hotel in Center City, said there was "no question" that Obama supports a green-energy agenda. The Democrat said he was concerned about complacency because polls show Obama leading in Pennsylvania. "I want you not to believe for a second the fight here is over," Rendell told the audience of about 200 people, including representatives of nonprofits, government, and industry.