March 12, 2016
ISSUE | PHILA. SCHOOLS Action long overdue At a town hall meeting Tuesday at South Philadelphia High School, City Councilwoman Helen Gym made a PowerPoint presentation that showed how bad things are in Philadelphia's public schools. Hello! We in the audience, and just about anyone with a pulse, knew that. The question is: what can be done about it? But Gym didn't want to hear such questions. Instead, she insisted that speakers address the question: "What are the budget priorities for the public schools?"
February 9, 2016 |
EXETER, N.H. - Ahead of the New Hampshire presidential primary Tuesday, the three governors fighting to prove themselves in the Republican race all have been campaigning on an asset that they argue the front-runners lack: executive experience. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Christie, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are drawing voters at campaign stops torn on which governor to support. But the most explicit contrasts the candidates make are not among themselves, but with their rivals.
January 31, 2016 |
MANCHESTER, N.H. - As presidential candidates make their final pitches to Iowa caucus-goers, New Hampshire voters likewise are trying to make up their minds. Gov. Christie, who trails rivals in recent New Hampshire polls ahead of the Feb. 9 primary, is making a case for his chances with those still undecided, a sizable voting bloc. Christie's campaign knocked on 23,000 doors over the last two weekends in New Hampshire and found 62 percent of people hadn't decided how they would vote in the Feb. 9 primary, according to a statistic cited several times by the governor.
January 19, 2016 |
Campaigning in Iowa during the weekend, Gov. Christie wouldn't say whether he supports Senate President Stephen Sweeney's plan for a state takeover of Atlantic City. But he said the local government hadn't done enough to turn around the beleaguered Shore resort's finances. "We now need to get the government under control in Atlantic City," Christie said after a town hall meeting in Fort Dodge. "The government in Atlantic City - and I've said this under the previous mayor, many times, and the current council - they cannot control themselves to do the job the right way," Christie said.
January 5, 2016
DERRY, N.H. - One day before former president Bill Clinton arrives in New Hampshire to campaign for his wife, Hillary Clinton, she was confronted with questions about allegations involving his sexual history at a town hall meeting in the state on Sunday. Republican State Rep. Katherine Prudhomme-O'Brien repeatedly interrupted Clinton during the meeting, which was held in a middle school gymnasium. Prudhomme-O'Brien has for years followed the former first lady, peppering her with questions about allegations of past sexual misconduct by Bill Clinton.
December 23, 2015 |
HOLLIS, N.H. - As he fielded questions from New Hampshire voters Sunday night - summoning emotional stories about the days after Hurricane Sandy - Gov. Christie turned the floor over to another governor. "If you've got a tough decision to make, Chris Christie's the right guy. Some people don't realize what a loving, caring guy he is," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told the crowd at the Peterborough town hall. He then recounted advice Christie gave him during the recent Baltimore riots: "He told me to get up to Baltimore, show some leadership.
December 7, 2015 |
An undocumented immigrant driving to a Thursday night meeting in Mayfair with Mayor-elect Jim Kenney - to advocate for driver's licenses for immigrants - says she was stopped by police, who impounded her car and had it towed, leaving her and her three children on the street. The woman, who identified herself as Estela Hernandez, was part of a group organized by the New Sanctuary Movement to speak to Kenney at the meeting. Hernandez did not say why she had been stopped; police on Saturday night were unable to pull records of the case.
December 1, 2015 |
Brad Pierce thinks the federal government has gotten too big, a cause that's driving the one-time President Obama voter to opt for a Republican in the 2016 presidential race. But the "middle-of-the-road" retiree from Rye, N.H., also names global warming as a top concern and wants more done to promote renewable energy. More than any one issue, however, Pierce - who used to work in computer sales and as a remodeling contractor - wants a president who can solve problems. To him, Gov. Christie is that candidate.
July 15, 2015 |
JUSTIN PARKER learned much more on his neighborhood basketball court than how to shoot a free throw. "I learned how to treat people," the 17-year-old said of his time on the pavement in Oxford Circle. "Being on that court taught me respect. " Chad Dion Lassiter, sitting inside a packed gym in South Philly last night, beamed at Parker's words and offered him a fist bump. If there were a poster child for "Brotherhood and Basketball" - as the event was titled - it would be Parker, a young African-American who found direction and focus through love of the sport.
June 12, 2015 |
THE 10 PEOPLE arrested at a Lawncrest town-hall meeting in March protesting the death of Brandon Tate-Brown in Mayfair were acquitted yesterday, eliciting shouts of joy inside the Criminal Justice Center. They had shown up at the meeting, where District Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey were present, to protest the District Attorney's Office's decision to not file charges against two cops involved in the fatal shooting of Tate-Brown, 26, in December. Municipal Judge Joyce Eubanks, after viewing a nine-minute video of the loud and noisy protest, and after hearing testimony from prosecution witnesses - primarily police Civil Affairs Unit Lt. Joseph O'Brien and community activist Greg Bucceroni - acquitted all 10. The 10 included Mallori Lofton-Malachi, 27, a professional soccer player; her sister, Megan Malachi, 34; and their sister, Morgan Malachi, 32. They also included Asa Khalif, a/k/a Earl Pittman, 44, who is a cousin of Tate-Brown's; and Scott Williams, 26, a University of Pennsylvania student.