August 5, 2005 |
Pennsylvania House Democratic Leader H. William DeWeese is standing by his decision to remove 15 Democratic subcommittee leaders who voted against the recent legislative pay raise, despite a personal request from Gov. Rendell to reverse his action. And that may not be all that DeWeese has done to penalize wayward Democrats. Rep. Greg Vitali (D., Delaware), who was stripped of his position as chairman of the subcommittee on energy, said yesterday that a $3,700 request to cover postage for his quarterly constituent newsletter and a separate request for salary for a part-time staff person were denied on July 28, the day he was quoted in an Inquirer article about the reassignments.
January 30, 1997 |
Around the same time she was embroiled in the hard-fought contests that sent her to Harrisburg, Rep. Rosita Youngblood took on another challenge. Responding to a hospital's phone call, she was asked to take in a 2-day-old nobody wanted - a boy with multiple health problems born to a substance-abusing mother. She got legal custody and took the infant home. "That's when I found there wasn't a network for folks taking care of others' children," she said. Youngblood thinks every child deserves a stable home with relatives or other caring adults, instead of the impermanence of foster care.
October 6, 1995 |
John Street beat out Jannie Blackwell. Barely. By a vote of 13-11, City Council President Street won the chairmanship of the city's black elected officials last night, in an election that exposed fissures in the city's African American political leadership. Amid grumbles that the Street camp had practiced hardball politics, he edged out Councilwoman Blackwell in a vote taken behind closed doors in a reception room of the Adam's Mark Hotel on City Line. The largely ceremonial post became vacant in August upon the death of State Rep. David P. Richardson Jr. Blackwell emerged from the meeting room looking shaken and upset.
June 15, 1995 |
The Legislature, as expected, has passed a $16 billion state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 that reflects almost all of what Gov. Ridge proposed in March and most of what he ran on as a candidate for governor last year. But House Republicans late last night postponed a vote on the governor's controversial school choice proposal, saying they were short of the votes needed for passage. "We're a smidgen short at the moment," said Stephen Drachler, spokesman for GOP Majority Leader John Perzel, of Philadelphia.
September 15, 1994 |
When Daily News political reporter Cynthia Burton's story, "Coming of age" appeared Monday with photos of six up-and-coming young black pols, a question immediately came to mind: Where are the women? Burton's piece acknowledged the gender gap, without focusing on it. The political clout of the eight black men in her story is undeniably growing. They included state Rep. Dwight Evans, whose stunning second-place finish in the Democratic gubernatorial primary suggests that an African- American could win statewide office.
April 6, 1994 |
He wasn't on the ballot, but Mayor Rendell lost big last night. Ward leader Rosita Youngblood won a landslide victory, beating four other candidates - including Rendell's - in a special election in the 198th state House District yesterday. Rendell backed former Deputy Mayor Charles Greene in the election to fill the eight months remaining on Bob O'Donnell's term. O'Donnell quit in December to run for governor. The district covers more than a half-dozen neighborhoods in the city's north and northwest.
April 1, 1994 |
The endorsed candidate's underwear has become political fodder. The unendorsed candidate has Mayor Rendell on his side against district ward leaders. And the dark-horse candidate has lain low since he was arrested at a Harrisburg petition hearing late last month. So goes the race for a state House seat in northwest Philadelphia, which kind of ends Tuesday. "Kind of" because the April 5 special election is just to fill out the term of Bob O'Donnell, the former House speaker who resigned to run for governor.
February 28, 1994 |
There's a $104,000 secret buried in the hills of the city's northwestern neighborhoods. It's inspired a nasty clash between two gubernatorial candidates. It's reminded some of old-time strong-arm politics. And, it's been the play toy of some powerful insiders. It's a special election among five candidates who want to finish out the term of ex-state Rep. Bob O'Donnell. The seat's up because O'Donnell, a former speaker of the House, quit to run for governor. The election will be on April 5 - a date obscure enough to keep the secret.
February 4, 1994 |
What's this? Ed Rendell, our reform mayor, a political boss? John Street and Dwight Evans, ward-heeling bullies? So say several northwest Philadelphia Democratic ward leaders, who on Tuesday endorsed one of their own, Rosita Youngblood, as the party's nominee to fill former state Rep. Robert O'Donnell's seat. Ward leaders say they've been leaned on, directly or through intermediaries, by Rendell, City Council President Street, and state Rep. Evans. Jobs have been threatened - kids' jobs even, they say. "This kind of stuff hasn't been going on since the goriest days of the Rizzo years," said Patricia Reifsnyder, leader of the 9th ward in Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill.
March 4, 1991 |
In one of the most-watched City Council primaries in Philadelphia, longtime Democrat Herb DeBeary has received a critical endorsement from party ward leaders to succeed Council President Joseph E. Coleman. The ward leaders in Council's Eighth District, which includes portions of Germantown, Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill, narrowly voted to endorse DeBeary over Rosita Youngblood, Coleman's former aide. "I'm quite elated," said DeBeary, who nearly beat Coleman in 1979. But he still faces a primary on May 21. Six other candidates, including former district attorney candidate Wendella Fox and Nolan Atkinson, Mayor Goode's personal attorney, still are in the race.