November 5, 1997 |
In a stunning upset, voters in the Sixth District dealt a resounding blow to this year's Republican ticket, ushering in two popular Democratic incumbents and a Democratic political newcomer to be their voice in the state legislature. Sen. John Adler, Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Mary Previte edged out the Republicans by a comfortable margin, despite predictions of a nail-biter race. By 10 p.m., nine-term Republican Assemblyman John Rocco, who ran against Adler, and Republican Assembly candidates Thomas Shusted Jr. and Susan Rose conceded defeat.
March 21, 1997 |
Still reeling from the trauma of constructing this year's school budgets under the state's new education funding law, education officials are already looking ahead and urging the state legislature to act now to prevent the chaos from recurring next year. Three statewide education groups, complaining that the Whitman administration's new school funding rules go beyond the intent of the legislature and are confusing, yesterday urged the Joint Committee on Public Schools to immediately review the regulations.
August 13, 1991 |
Never in my three decades as a journalist have I witnessed more dramatic and earth-shaking political change than has occurred in this city and state over the last five months. These events and the changes they portend will change the political landscape of this city and possibly the state for the foreseeable future. It began with the untimely death of U.S. Sen. John Heinz, who was killed when his small chartered plane collided with a helicopter over a Lower Merion elementary school on April 4. The ramifications of Heinz's death hit the city and the state with earthquake-like force.
May 10, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Make elections fair In the Pennsylvania primaries, with hot battles for president in both major parties and 18 congressional seats and a Senate seat at stake, just 45 percent of registered voters turned out. This was a primary people cared about, with clear, major differences that separated the candidates. Why did most voters stay home? Many believe the system is rigged, through complicated political party rules for nominating conventions, through superdelegates, and in other ways ("After the primaries," May 1)
March 23, 2016
ISSUE | CHILD ABUSE More help for victims I applaud the decision to charge Franciscan supervisors with covering up crimes against children ("3 Franciscans accused in abuse," Wednesday). The state legislature should stop placating the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and move on statute of limitations reform so that more abuse victims can have their day in court. |George Salloom, Drexel Hill
May 16, 2006
PERHAPS NOW, after the murder of police officer Gary Skerski, the state legislature will make a move to allow Philadelphia to draft its own gun laws. Where are their priorities? Doesn't human life mean anything to them? They were quick to pull the trigger on their pay raises. Last year, 380 Philadelphians were murdered. At the current pace, we will surpass that appalling amount by year's end. Come on, Gov. Rendell, a Philadelphian, get their butts moving. The elections are coming in November.
February 9, 1986
Philadelphia's highly contemptible justice system will never change substantially unless, one, someone in a position to do so decides to step on some toes and strictly enforce the existing ethical and disciplinary rules that all judges and lawyers are subject to or, two, the state legislature wakes up and changes the current public election method of selecting city judges. The first solution is not likely to occur as no one with the capacity to do so has seen fit to routinely enforce the rules, despite the fact that the city's justice system has deteriorated to a state that strains the bounds of toleration.
August 27, 1997 |
Haverford State Hospital, a green, expansive campus considered a jewel in the mental health field when it opened in 1962, will shut down next year, sending 120 patients to Norristown State Hospital and about that many more into community settings in the five-county Philadelphia region. The closing, announced yesterday by the state Department of Public Welfare, will likely put some of the 442 Haverford employees out of work, although many will be absorbed by Norristown State, where 268 jobs will be created.
April 28, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court has noted correctly that "the voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. " In Pennsylvania, which nominated candidates for Congress and state legislature in Tuesday's primaries, that is not how representative government has worked for many years. At the beginning of this decade, Republicans drew legislative and congressional district lines so masterfully - and questionably - that the state's delegations don't come close to reflecting the population they're supposed to represent.
April 6, 2011
Ned McWherter, 80, a former two-term Democratic governor of Tennessee who once served as a political adviser to President Bill Clinton, died Monday at a hospital in Nashville. He had cancer, assistant Madelyn Pritchett said. Mr. McWherter, a child of sharecroppers who rose to become a millionaire businessman, was governor from 1987 to 1995 after 20 years in the state legislature. As governor, he sought to put more computers in classrooms and boost teacher pay while promising honest government.