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.
September 13, 2012 |
It's not unusual to see the name Rendell headlining a city arts event. So when Feastival - Wednesday night's fund-raiser benefiting Philadelphia's Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe - revealed its cochairs, no one was surprised to see the Rendells leading the charge. Only it's not Ed and Midge. It's Jesse and Beka. Meet the next generation of Rendell arts patrons. This is Jesse, 32, the Rendells' only child, and his wife of four years, Beka, 30. Along with real estate attorney Tony Forte, they're spearheading what many tout as Philadelphia's party of the year - the third annual gala where more than 700 patrons will sample from more than 85 local restaurants and watch Fringe-worthy avant-garde dance performances.
September 2, 2012 |
The opening of the football season is less than a week away and in the hearts of Eagles fans, optimism abounds and hope springs eternal. "This is our year, I can feel it. " "God knows after last year, we're due. "I just know it, if we get a few lucky bounces. " Such statements are commonly uttered this time of year. I've said them a few times in the past several weeks myself. The truth is, this same hope, this same feeling of guarded optimism is being felt by fans in 31 other cities right now (well maybe not Cleveland)
June 29, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - A former state representative and Pennsylvania revenue secretary was convicted of corruption Wednesday in what could be the final trial from a five-year-old state investigation. A Dauphin County Court jury found Stephen Stetler guilty on six felony counts stemming from his alleged participation in a scheme to use public employees to do illegal campaign work. His case was the last of 25 defendants in the state attorney general's legislative corruption probe to be resolved.
June 27, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Former Gov. Ed Rendell testified Monday that Stephen Stetler, his onetime revenue secretary who is on trial for allegedly requiring taxpayer-paid employees to perform illegal political work, has a reputation "as good as anyone could ever hope to have. " Rendell, a Democrat whose two terms as governor ended in January 2011, was a character witness for Stetler on the fifth day of his trial in Dauphin County Court. He noted the several dozen people who nearly filled the seats on Stetler's side of the courtroom as a reflection of community support for him. "I took a 6:25 train up here this morning and I'm on my way back" to Philadelphia, Rendell told reporters after his brief testimony.