June 24, 2016 |
Update: U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah on Thursday sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan announcing he is resigning immediately. Earlier story: U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah told congressional leaders Wednesday that he intends to resign in three months, following his conviction this week on federal corruption charges. But whether he stays that long may not be up to him. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) called on the Philadelphia Democrat to step down "immediately. " Republicans were mounting a vote to expel Fattah even before he submitted his resignation letter, and they could still push to kick him out. "Mr. Fattah has betrayed the trust of this institution and the people of Pennsylvania, and for that he should resign immediately from the House of Representatives," Ryan said in a statement late Wednesday.
June 23, 2016 |
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's conviction on federal corruption charges prompted calls for his resignation Tuesday, while longtime colleagues lamented his fate. "The jury spoke, and the criminal justice process went forward," Mayor Kenney said at a news conference in Washington. Kenney declined to state that Fattah (D., Pa.) should step down, but said the congressman's district needs a representative who is able to vote. House ethics rules bar members with criminal convictions from voting on legislation.
June 12, 2016 |
Richard S. Newman, director of the Library Company of Philadelphia for the last two years, has resigned due to family health issues, according to Hal Rosenberg, president of the institution's board of trustees. "I'm truly sad to be departing LCP now," Newman wrote in an email. "But I must return to family in western New York. It is the right thing to do. " Rosenberg said the Library Company board had appointed a committee to conduct a national search for a new director. A transition committee will oversee institutional affairs until the search has been completed.
May 25, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - In the controversial email that helped fuel his resignation last week, Gov. Wolf's top environmental officer used expletives and taunts to needle advocates into actively lobbying for changes in gas drilling and other environmental protection regulations, according to a copy of the message obtained by the Inquirer and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Where the f- were you people yesterday?" John Quigley, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, wrote on April 13 to environmental groups.
May 22, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - John Quigley, a longtime environmental advocate and fixture in Pennsylvania politics, resigned Friday as the state's top environmental officer, days after a private email he wrote stoked the latest controversy over his tenure. The Wolf administration would not say why Quigley abruptly left his post as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. Gov. Wolf named the DEP's policy director, Patrick McDonnell, as acting secretary. "I thank John Quigley for his service to the commonwealth, and I look forward to working with Patrick McDonnell," the governor said in a statement.
March 24, 2016
By Rebecca Love Kourlis In the wake of Justice Michael Eakin's resignation from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Gov. Wolf will need to appoint a successor to fill the vacancy. I would like to suggest that he has an ideal opportunity to fulfill that responsibility in a way designed to restore public confidence in the judicial branch. Pennsylvania elects its judges and justices. However, Pennsylvania lawmakers are currently considering a constitutional amendment that would replace contested elections of appellate judges with commission-based gubernatorial appointment.
March 23, 2016 |
A Change.org petition with 468 signatures is calling for the resignations of Coatesville Area School District Superintendent Cathy Taschner and assistant superintendent Kim Donahue. The petition was started three weeks ago by Fonz Newsuan, a Coatesville education activist, who has accused Taschner of mismanagement and failure to deal with discipline problems in the schools. Citing "a big groundswell against Dr. Taschner," Newsuan said he had gathered about 400 more signatures in door-to-door canvassing and was planning a meeting of supporters at New Life in Christ Church in Coatesville on Monday evening.
March 20, 2016 |
When the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board first cleared state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin of any wrongdoing with his emails, its chief counsel praised him for being "helpful and cooperative. " How helpful was the justice? "I have not retained copies of any email at all," he told the board in 2014. What about his emails with suggestive pictures or racially offensive jokes? "I recall no such emails," Eakin said. The justice resigned Tuesday after tearful apologies about his troubling emails failed to quell public outrage, but his fight goes on. And his unlikely ally is none other than the Judicial Conduct Board, the agency responsible for prosecuting him on ethics charges.
March 17, 2016 |
THE EAGLES made another move to solidify their defensive backfield Tuesday, signing corner Nolan Carroll to a one-year deal worth $2.36 million that can pay as much as $3 million, a source close to the situation said. Carroll, 29, started 11 games for the Eagles in 2015, intercepting two passes, before suffering a season-ending broken fibula. He is expected to contend with Leodis McKelvin, signed as a free agent from Buffalo, for the starting job opposite Eric Rowe, the team's 2015 second-round draft pick.
March 17, 2016 |
A director of Aqua America Corp. has resigned after questioning whether his fellow board members at the Bryn Mawr-based for-profit water company are truly independent and capable of criticizing the company's chairman, Nicholas DeBenedictis, who has held the top board post since 1993. The dissident, Michael L. Browne, goes way back with the chairman: Browne and DeBenedictis served together in Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh's cabinet in the 1980s. DeBenedictis later served on Browne's board when Browne ran Harleysville Mutual Insurance Co. And Browne joined DeBenedictis' board at Aqua America in 2013 after he sold Harleysville to Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. Their reciprocal relationship was upended on March 10 when another Aqua director, Ellen Ruff, told Browne he "will not be renominated to the board of directors of Aqua America" because of "my lack of public utility experience," Browne wrote in a letter that Aqua made public in an SEC filing.