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.
February 26, 2015 |
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved Gov. Christie's nomination of Robert Barr to serve on the Pinelands Commission. Barr, secretary of the Cape May County Democratic Committee, has been opposed by most state conservation and environmental organizations, which see him as a likely yes vote if South Jersey Gas seeks another waiver to build a controversial pipeline through the protected Pinelands. Jaclyn Rhoades, assistant director of the advocacy group Pinelands Preservation Alliance, said it appeared the vote on Barr's nomination was scheduled for Tuesday because Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D., Union)
February 21, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams hinted at a potential bid for U.S. Senate next year, as his party seeks a nominee to take on the incumbent, Republican Pat Toomey. "Anytime people talk about that, it's something you have to consider," Williams said Thursday in a telephone interview. He stressed that he is focused on his current job, but said being a senator might give him more chances to make an impact statewide. Supporting early childhood education or after-school programs, he said, "would really do a great job with helping us prevent crime.
February 6, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - When he started working on defense issues, Ashton Carter said Wednesday, there was just one big worry: the Cold War and its threat of nuclear disaster. "Those were the good old days," said Sen. James M. Inhofe (R., Okla.). Now, as Carter stands poised to become the civilian head of the U.S. military, the Abington High School graduate faces a much more complex tangle. "We are in a time where the number and severity of risks is not something I've seen before in my life," Carter said during the first hearing on his nomination to become secretary of defense.
February 4, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - At Gov. Wolf's inaugural last month, new House Majority Leader Dave Reed was among those seated in the A-list section outside the Capitol. After the ceremony, a state official turned to Reed, looking for a program. Reed told him he did not know where there was an extra one. The official, whom Reed declined to name, responded by saying, "If you want your boss, the governor, to be successful, you'd better know where the programs are. " Without missing a beat, Reed replied, "My apologies, sir. " It happens that way for Reed - a lot. At 36, he more closely resembles the star athlete who just got named president of his college fraternity than a six-term lawmaker just elected leader of the Republican House majority in the nation's sixth most populous state.
January 14, 2015
THE NEW state House majority leader, one of the most powerful posts in Harrisburg, isn't exactly a carbon copy of leaders in Pennsylvania. In fact, Dave Reed, of rural Indiana County, "Christmas Tree Capital of the World," seems an odd fit for leadership in a legislature known for sameness. He was sworn in last week. He's far from the same ol', same ol'. He's in the party of old men but, at 36, is the youngest GOP legislative leader in the state's modern history. He started life in a trailer park, but holds an Ivy League master's degree from Penn's Fels Institute of Government.
January 8, 2015 |
After being away from the Wells Fargo Center for 19 days, the Flyers returned home Tuesday night and ended their five-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. Wayne Simmonds scored the game-winner in the fifth round of the shootout as the Flyers outlasted Ottawa, 2-1, at the Wells Fargo Center. Goalie Steve Mason was brilliant in the shootout (four stops on five shots) and the 65 minutes as the Flyers snapped a 10-game, two-year losing streak in shootouts. They had been 0-5 in shootouts this season, and are now 28-56 since the breakaway competition started in 2005-06.
January 7, 2015 |
TUNE INTO any baseball telecast, especially in the bottom of the ninth with the game on the line, and you're likely to see a particular hitter's career numbers against that pitcher flash on the screen. In hockey, you're only likely to see a goaltender's career record against a certain opponent. Individual matchups are often lost in hockey. "Well, at least I know a lot of coaches pay attention to that type of stuff," Flyers netminder Ray Emery said, laughing. The game-inside-the-game tonight will be Senators forward Clarke MacArthur going up against Flyers goaltender Steve Mason.