July 12, 2016 |
We are hearing quite a bit about the transformation of health care, but what does that really mean? If you are Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, it is the complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act. If you are the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, it is modifying the existing platform. Regardless of the interpretation, we are a long way from implementation of any significant policy shifts. We simply shouldn't delay tackling the challenges right in front of us while the presidential campaign drags on and a new administration sets up shop.
July 11, 2016 |
We may never know whether Hillary Clinton's several private email servers and numerous mobile devices were hacked by hostile actors, but we certainly do know that her actions imperiled the public's right to know. Despite her claim to the contrary, her communication choice was never a matter of simple convenience. It was about asserting control at the expense of transparency and possibly national security. The former has been made clear through results obtained in litigation initiated by Judicial Watch, the self-described "conservative, nonpartisan educational foundation," the latter by the FBI investigation.
June 28, 2016
WILL BUNCH attacked me and the Host Committee of the Democratic National Convention for not being transparent about the list of our donors. I certainly agree with Will that transparency is important, especially when it comes to donating to candidates and conventions. What Will is missing is that there will be transparency. A comprehensive list of donors, as well as information related to our fundraising and spending, will be made available to the public 60 days after the conclusion of the convention.
April 27, 2016
ISSUE | POLICE Transparency needed to build trust The well-reasoned, well-modulated commentary about deleterious Pennsylvania legislation on police use of force was appreciated greatly ("In Pa., a misguided attempt to protect police," Thursday). To prohibit or criminalize divulging the identity of police officers involved in on-duty shootings or questionable use of force misses the mark. Moreover, difficulty in protecting public safety grows from police union codes of silence and circling the wagons.
April 6, 2016
More TV fame for Cait I Am Cait reality personality Caitlyn Jenner has signed to appear as a guest star on on the third season of Amazon's Transparent , series creator Jill Soloway tells the Associated Press, calling the casting a "dream come true. " Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman trying to maintain the peace among her three adult children. "We are all part of the same community. A lot of the transwomen who work on our show are also in her show, I Am Cait ," Soloway says.
March 16, 2016
By Bruce E. Cain Is American government too open? The short answer is yes in many instances. Determining the right amount of democratic transparency is surprisingly complicated because public officials must govern effectively, not simply in the most democratically pure way. When we make naïve assumptions about citizen capacity, democratic opportunities to observe and participate can be captured by highly motivated and well-resourced interest groups...
February 16, 2016
Zach Robbins, 29, of Center City, is founder & CEO of Margo, an online marketplace for auto, homeowners and rental insurance based in University City. The start-up's goal is to make shopping for insurance less confusing and more transparent. Through partnerships with various carriers, Margo matches consumers with policies to fit their individual needs and monitors their policies. Q: How did you come up with the idea? A: I noticed how underserved consumers were in the auto, home and rental insurance market, which hasn't seen a lot of innovation.
December 8, 2015 |
TRANSPARENT. Friday, Amazon. When "Transparent" premiered on Amazon last year, Caitlyn Jenner hadn't yet had her Vanity Fair closeup, and the story of 70-year-old Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) revealing herself, at last, to those who knew her only as Mort put the dysfunctional-family comedy in a class of its own. As it returns on Friday for a second 10-episode season (the first episode is already available online), "Transparent" is still in a class of its own. But it's also just one of the shows - along with "I Am Cait," "I Am Jazz," "Becoming Us," and, of course, "Orange Is the New Black" - that have helped make 2015 the year in which TV turned its attention more fully to the T in LGBT.
December 7, 2015 |
When former Inquirer writer Buzz Bissinger made the media rounds after penning the Vanity Fair cover piece announcing to the world Caitlyn Jenner's transition, reporters kept asking him how much he knew about transgender issues before working on the story. (I know, because I was one of those reporters.) He didn't know much, he told me and others he talked with, but what he did know he learned from Amazon's Transparent , the second season of which debuts Friday. Transparent was one of the first shows to present a transgender person as a human being - not comic relief or crazy, but a member of a family whose decisions affect not only her, but everyone else in her orbit.