April 17, 2015
THIS WEEK, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that would strip the city's ability to enact its own 2-month-old sick-leave law. That law required any business with 10 or more employees to give workers an hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. About 200,000 workers - an estimated 35 to 40 percent of the city's workforce - work jobs, many at low wages, that don't include paid sick leave. The last time such a privileged body exhibited such a stunning affront to working people, the guillotine was the weapon of choice, and not a few leaders lost their heads.
April 16, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The Republican-dominated state Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would invalidate Philadelphia's new mandatory paid sick-leave law. The bill, which passed by 37-12, would effectively preempt local governments from requiring companies to provide workers with paid sick days. The measure's supporters say it is necessary to have uniform rules across the state for businesses. The bill's sponsor, Sen. John Eichelberger (R., Blair), called Philadelphia's sick-leave law "a mistake.
April 13, 2015
The Flyers' disappointing season, their second of the last three out of the playoffs, ends fittingly. Story, photos on E6
April 13, 2015 |
The Flyers can go golfing. The Ottawa Senators can go compete for the Stanley Cup. Ottawa, sparked by rookie Mark Stone's 25th and 26th goals of the season, clinched a playoff berth with a 3-1 win over the Flyers on Saturday afternoon at the church-quiet Wells Fargo Center. "It sucks seeing the other team celebrate," winger Jake Voracek said after only the Flyers' second regulation loss in their last 18 games against teams in a playoff spot. The Flyers finished 33-31-18, their second-worst record in the last 18 years, excluding lockout-shortened seasons.
April 12, 2015 |
Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro declined to address reports Friday that he has been asked to run against Joe Sestak for Pat Toomey's U.S. Senate seat. Sources have told The Inquirer and the Associated Press that Senate Democratic leaders, including Chuck Schumer of New York and Jon Tester of Montana, have talked to Shapiro about joining the race. Asked about those talks Friday, Shapiro responded: "How about we talk about our county budget surplus instead?"
March 27, 2015 |
LIGONIER, Pa. - It's 20 degrees out - and feels much colder - when Joe Sestak heads out of the Ramada Inn into the darkness just after 6 a.m. He chews on a spongy hotel bagel, plain and dry, and treks through a sleeping downtown. Turning onto Route 30, he walks uphill against traffic on the highway shoulder, about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh. The 63-year-old Senate candidate wears jeans, his signature olive flight jacket, and a yellow safety vest. Save for a reporter, he is alone, and he carries only what fits in his pockets.
March 17, 2015 |
OTTAWA - There are a multitude of reasons the Flyers will miss the playoffs for just the third time in the last 20 seasons. At the top of the list: the team's road miseries, which continued Sunday night with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Bobby Ryan, the pride of Cherry Hill, was the only player to score in the shootout as Ottawa continued its impressive run toward a possible playoff berth. The Senators, 11-1-1 in their last 13 games, moved to within five points of Boston for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.
March 6, 2015 |
THE ELECTION is 20 months away, but retired Navy Admiral Joe Sestak is already clocking miles. Sestak, a former Delaware County Democratic congressman who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2010, kicked off his 2016 Senate campaign yesterday vowing to close the "trust deficit" between middle-class Pennsylvanians and the politicians they send to Washington. Wearing his trademark bomber jacket and a pair of vintage Reeboks worthy of their own mix tape, Sestak took the stage at Independence Mall as the Proclaimers' 1988 hit "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"
March 4, 2015 |
CONGRESS is sick. In fact, it may be the most ailing of all American institutions. If it were a corporation, it would have gone out of business by now and its officers would all be in jail for a variety of infractions - hubris, lack of ethics, taking money under false pretenses, outright fraud or, even worse, utter incompetence. Actually, those allegations would apply to most of its membership, not just its so-called leadership, which mainly doesn't exist. Statesmanship is an untranslatable foreign word to these guys.
March 4, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Joe Sestak will formally launch his Senate campaign Wednesday at Independence Hall, he announced in a news release Monday. Sestak, a former admiral and Delaware County congressman, has long made clear that he intended to run for Senate in a bid to unseat Republican Pat Toomey in 2016. He has been fund-raising and making appearances across the state in hope of a rematch from their race in 2010. Sestak "is running to restore Americans' lost trust in their political leaders by being accountable to the people," said the announcement.