October 29, 2015 |
STATE SEN. Anthony Hardy Williams, a West Philadelphia Democrat, yesterday became the first lawmaker in Harrisburg to publicly call for the resignation of state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin following a rekindling of the so-called Porngate scandal. Williams, the third-highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said Eakin, a Republican, had become a distraction and questioned his ability to be impartial in cases involving women and minorities. The Daily News reported this month that Eakin's Yahoo inbox was a repository for offensive and inappropriate emails, including those that contained sexually explicit material and that mocked African-Americans, Muslims, Latinos and women.
October 28, 2015 |
State Sen. Anthony H. Williams called Tuesday for the resignation of a state Supreme Court justice embroiled in the porn email controversy. The Philadelphia Democrat said the removal of J. Michael Eakin was an important first step toward restoring public confidence in the integrity of the state's judiciary. "His existence on the bench is a major distraction for the highest court in Pennsylvania," Williams said in an interview after making similar comments at a news conference in Harrisburg.
October 11, 2015 |
The Norristown council president has resigned after admitting that she had been living outside of her council district since summer. In an email Thursday evening to the council and staff, Linda Christian said she had struggled with unemployment until recently, and had lost her home of 21 years to foreclosure. She said she was still living in the municipality and had a "promising" lead on a new residence within the district. The resignation, she wrote, was necessary "to prevent hateful, gossipy people from telling my story their way. " Over the last week, two community activists began questioning Christian about her residence, and shared the information with council members and reporters.
October 5, 2015 |
As with most practitioners of the dark arts of legislative leadership, John Boehner's particular charisma eludes much of the public. Polls show that only about a quarter of Americans have a favorable impression of the outgoing House speaker. To the rest, the Ohioan's appeal is as mysterious as his everlasting tan. And yet Boehner has earned a measure of our gratitude. While the House he led for five years is notoriously short on achievement, Boehner's legacy is that he did more than his share to keep it from achieving great harm.
September 27, 2015 |
The Rose Tree-Media School District's embattled superintendent told the school board that he will step down in June 2017, three years before his contract ends, but parents say that's not soon enough. "Two years is two years too long," said Jim Coyne, a member of RTM Strong, a parent group that has petitioned the school board to fire Jim Wigo, who has led the district since 2011. Parents in the affluent Delaware County district have a litany of complaints against the schools chief, including what they say are an explosive temper and his hiring of a principal who was subsequently charged with child pornography.
September 11, 2015 |
A day after United Airlines' CEO stepped down amid a federal investigation into the airline's dealings with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, analysts and investors welcomed the management shakeup. Investment firms, including Cowen and Co., Barclays, and Deutsche Bank, issued positive reports Wednesday on the long-term effects of Oscar Munoz, president of CSX Corp., replacing Jeffrey Smisek, who resigned as CEO on Tuesday along with two other senior executives due to the ongoing federal investigation of former Port Authority Chairman David Samson.
August 9, 2015 |
Democratic and Republican leaders in the state House of Representatives on Friday joined Gov. Wolf and several other elected officials in calling for Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane to step down in the face of criminal charges. State Rep. Dave Reed, majority leader in the GOP-controlled chamber, said Friday that the charges make it "virtually impossible for her to function as the commonwealth's top law enforcement officer. " While Kane is presumed innocent, Reed said, the state "cannot afford to have such a distraction impairing the office of the attorney general.
August 2, 2015 |
Whitney White, a Philadelphia entrepreneur, has resigned as a commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority, following a Philadelphia Daily News story about his bankruptcies and failed businesses. In a letter to Gov. Wolf dated Thursday, White said his resignation was effective Friday. "I thank you for the opportunity to have served the constitution, people, and government of Pennsylvania, in a faithful, effective, and honorable manner," White wrote. "I shall again, be available to serve the State of Pennsylvania when called upon.
July 31, 2015 |
Rep. Chaka Fattah on Wednesday relinquished his position as the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee responsible for funding, among other things, the Justice Department. The same department had just accused the longtime Philadelphia congressman and political mover of holding another leadership post - atop a criminal organization. The allegation that he is the legislative equivalent of a capo didn't seem to impress Fattah, who has been under investigation long enough to repeatedly seek and win reelection regardless.
July 28, 2015 |
WHEN AN elected official's chief of staff resigns it's usually a bad thing for the person resigning or the office or the elected official. But last week's resignation of Gov. Wolf's chief of staff, Katie McGinty, is a good thing. Maybe even a trifecta: good for Wolf, good for the stalled state budget and good for McGinty, who seems poised to run for the U.S. Senate. It's good for Wolf because McGinty was an odd fit for chief of staff from the start. She ran against Wolf in the 2014 Democratic primary, so clearly she believed she'd be a better governor.