December 29, 2011
Some deserve a second chance Times are tough, but for those with nonviolent misdemeanors in their past, the tough times just won't release their grip. Pennsylvania legislators should seize the opportunity to provide such constituents with the chance they need to move toward self sufficiency by passing Senate Bill 1220 ("Pa. bill would let more get clean slate," Tuesday). This bipartisan initiative contains well-conceived checks and balances that will help ensure it applies to deserving ex-offenders.
May 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Ron Paul, the congressman from Texas and a favorite of tea partyers, effectively ended his presidential campaign Monday but urged his supporters to continue working at the state party level. In an e-mail to supporters, Paul urged his libertarian-leaning backers to remain involved in politics and champion his causes despite the apparent end of his presidential aspirations. "Moving forward, however, we will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted," Paul said in his statement.
October 5, 2011
Whether it was the best decision for him may be debated for some time, but Gov. Christie's announcement Tuesday that he won't run for president this time was good for New Jersey. As Christie said, "There's still a lot to do here. " Had he walked away from the governorship only 20 months into his term, the road would become uncertain for many of the economic and educational reforms he has been promoting. His quitting the job early also could have taken the steam out of a presidential campaign.
January 5, 2012 |
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Mitt Romney eagerly pocketed an endorsement yesterday from two-time New Hampshire primary winner John McCain and bid to convert a single-digit victory in Iowa into a Republican presidential-campaign juggernaut. Unimpressed, Newt Gingrich ridiculed the former Massachusetts governor as a liberal turned moderate now masquerading as a conservative. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum sought to rally conservatives to his side after coming achingly close to victory in the Iowa caucuses.
January 27, 2012 |
Patrick Rodgers, the self-styled Philadelphia "vampire" whose celebrated legal fight with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage garnered national headlines last year, is a big Ron Paul fan. So the music promoter with custom-made fangs is attempting to get on the Pennsylvania primary ballot as a delegate for the Republican presidential candidate. If he wins a spot, he can then go to the Republican National Convention in August in Tampa, Fla., to support Paul. Vampire. Republican convention.
January 16, 2012 |
There are two stories out of New Hampshire. The big story is Mitt Romney. The bigger one is Ron Paul. Romney won a major victory, with nearly 40 percent of the vote, 16 points ahead of No. 2. The split among his challengers made the outcome even more decisive. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were diminished by distant, lower-tier finishes. Rick Perry got less than 1 percent. And Jon Huntsman, who staked everything on New Hampshire, came in a weak third, with less than half of Romney's vote.
February 28, 2012
THE nation-touring carnival called the Republican race for president today heads toward its largest venue, a 10-state date six days from now with so-called Super Tuesday. Expect shouts on the midway to be loud and long. In its wake, this show of shows leaves behind yet another "critical" day with no real resolution as to who carries the party banner against President Obama in November. Yes, the long-viewed-inevitable Mitt Romney managed a win in his home state of Michigan and won big in sunny Arizona.
August 30, 2012
THE HOUSE BAND at the Republican National Convention did a fine job Tuesday of setting the mood amid deep tensions between Mitt Romney , now his party's nominee for president, and primary foe U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. The band, just before controversial new RNC rules steamrolled Paul in the nominating process, belted out Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me," followed by Delbert McClinton 's "Standing On Shaky Ground. " What followed was enough booing and chanting to make you think you were in a Philadelphia stadium during a losing season.
October 21, 2011 |
At water coolers across the region, two aspects of the Downtowners club frat party have legs: the ages of the 10 women arrested (the oldest was 51) and the fact that no "johns" were charged. Some see an inequity in the fact that the ladies' photos were paraded in the press, while most of the men in attendance remain anonymous and uncharged. (The pictures have also provided plenty of fodder. As a buddy of mine snickered, "You can tell who charged $30 and who charged $100. ") Of the three guys who were arrested, two were club members allegedly acting as bartenders in the absence of a liquor license, and the third was charged with promoting prostitution.