February 14, 2015 |
Maybe it was the tactical hugs that decision-makers got from Rep. Bob Brady, Philadelphia's Democratic chairman. Or the op-ed touting the city by a bipartisan pair of former governors, Ed Rendell and Tom Ridge. Or Mayor Nutter's assurances that the city would be ready and the swift response from donors. Or perhaps Philadelphia's exceptional attributes - good transit, fine hotels and dining, world-class museums and parks, and a starring role in the formation of modern democracy - did the trick.
October 11, 2013
THE EFFORT to reform the way judges in Pennsylvania land on the bench has become a perennial part of the political landscape, blooming and then dying in legislative seasons in Harrisburg. It's back again. But this time, the outcome may be different. The bill, now being circulated for potential co-sponsors, proposes that judges on the three appellate courts - Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth - be selected by a bipartisan nominating commission that considers only a candidate's qualifications.
September 5, 2013 |
In an impassioned letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, 13 influential political and government officials and military figures demanded Tuesday that more than 3,000 members of a controversial Iranian opposition group be immediately airlifted to temporary haven. The demand was made in response to reports that 52 members of the Mujaheddin Khalq, or MEK, were killed Sunday in an attack on the Ashraf refugee camp about 40 miles north of Baghdad. "We were fearful of this day," said Tom Ridge, who was the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and served as Pennsylvania's governor from 1995 to 2001.
March 28, 2013
Sometimes, electing judges works just fine - in particular, when it's to the county courts. But at the appeals-court level, that method is flawed. That's the wise opinion of four former Pennsylvania governors who want the state to switch from partisan judicial elections to appointing the state's appellate judges. The governors made their observation in responding to critics who oppose switching Pennsylvania to a merit-selection system in which governor-appointed jurists serve an initial term, then go before voters to retain their post.
January 8, 2013 |
Former Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge is a fan of Chuck Hagel's - and not just because Hagel is a fellow Vietnam War combat veteran. "Chuck Hagel is a man of honesty and integrity," Ridge, a former two-term Pennsylvania governor, said in an interview with The Inquirer. Ridge said Monday that Republican outcry over Hagel's nomination to become defense secretary is "strident partisanship at its worst," that he wishes his GOP colleagues had showed as much zeal in solving the fiscal cliff problem last month, and that U.S. enlisted troops will love having one of their own in charge at the Pentagon.
January 8, 2013
GOP outcry over Hagel's nomination is "strident partisanship at its worst," Tom Ridge says in an Inquirer interview. A12.
August 29, 2012
WHAT A DIFFERENCE a Tom makes! Gov. Tom Corbett, in his second year in office, isn't getting the kind of attention at the GOP convention that Gov. Tom Ridge did in his second year in office in 1996. Corbett heads the state delegation in Tampa as Ridge did at Bob Dole's convention in San Diego. But Corbett isn't speaking at this convention. Ridge spoke at that one. In fact, Ridge was on a short-list to be Dole's running mate (Dole ultimately picked Jack Kemp). Corbett?
November 10, 2011
A MAN WHOSE NAME is practically synonymous with "business as usual. " A political insider and deal-maker whose real talents take place behind closed doors, when he's not making sure his friends and allies get a cut. A guy who once found himself in the middle of some morally hard-to-defend activity, and looked the other way. The next president of Penn State - now that Graham Spanier has resigned - can't be another deal-maker. He or she needs to be, pardon my language, a total ass-kicker, someone who will cast the money changers out of this former temple of college football.
May 10, 2011 |
IT WAS a tough way to break into reporting on the state capital. Albert J. Neri had been in Harrisburg to report on the state government for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for only a week when he was summoned to a news conference called by state Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer on Jan. 22, 1987. Dwyer had been convicted of accepting bribes from a California company to land a lucrative state contract. He was to be sentenced the next day and was sure to get prison time. As Neri and the other reporters watched in horror, Dwyer produced a pistol, put it in his mouth and killed himself as press and TV cameras recorded the deed.
May 3, 2011 |
WITH TERRORIST leader Osama bin Laden dead and buried at the bottom of the North Arabian Sea, Tom Ridge yesterday said that other al Qaeda leaders now should be looking over their shoulders. The former governor, who left office early to become the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, suggested that Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri might be next on the hit list. Al-Zawahiri was bin Laden's second in command. Ridge said that Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born al Qaeda leader suspected to be operating in Yemen, also should be worried.