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.
March 10, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - A three-story brownstone where former Gov. Tom Ridge has offices for his lobbying firm became ground zero Wednesday in the fight over Pennsylvania's proposed new budget. About 250 advocates from organized labor, environmental groups, and social services carried out a surprise ambush on Ridge's firm, which represents companies drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale. They delivered this message: If the proposed budget will slice education funding, then it should also make big drilling companies pay taxes on the natural gas they extract.
January 13, 2011
AdultBasic, the subsidized health-insurance program for low-income working people, was enacted in June 2001 under Gov. Tom Ridge and launched in July 2002 under Gov. Mark Schweiker, the former lieutenant governor who moved up when President George W. Bush appointed Ridge as homeland security adviser after the attacks of Sept. 11. Articles on Wednesday and Nov. 17 incorrectly said the program began eight years ago under Ridge. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)