July 31, 2013
Nominally, New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is running against City Council President Christine Quinn and several others for the Democratic nomination. More essentially, he is taking on the idea that our leaders are subject to any standards whatsoever. Finally, and fortunately, he appears to be losing both contests. A recent poll suggested that voters are at long last abandoning him - along with his own campaign manager, who quit this week. The seemingly one-of-a-kind "sexting" scandal that got Weiner kicked out of Congress two years ago engulfed him a second time last week, when it became clear that he had continued vigorously distributing dirty self-portraits across cyberspace well after he claimed to have begun his atonement.
September 18, 2011 |
Many is the morning that Pennsylvanians awake and say, "If only we could be more like Nebraska. " Friends, now's our chance! Gov. Corbett, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, and other top Harrisburg Republicans want us to follow the lead of Nebraska and Maine, the only states in our land that elect presidents by congressional district rather than the winner-take-all approach we and 47 other states favor. Which to their minds is just greedy, greedy, greedy. Introducing legislation that would change the way we elect presidents months shy of the 2012 election has absolutely nothing - nothing!
May 30, 2011
I offer the following thoughts as an unendorsed Republican candidate for Bucks County commissioner who just lost an election in which 88 percent of the eligible voters chose not to vote. The leaders of both the Democrats and the Republicans attributed the lowest turnout of primary voters in recent memory to such things as the weather, apathy, uncontested races, not much opposition, and people not being that unhappy with government. I find this assessment cavalier, condescending, and delusory.
May 18, 2011 |
Philadelphia, you are getting the government you deserve. Blame it on the rain, the uncontested Democratic mayoral primary, but really, when it comes down to it, blame Tuesday's pathetic turnout on the overwhelming majority of registered voters who couldn't be bothered. "Abysmal," as the vice president of local watchdog group Committee of Seventy, Ellen Kaplan, described the low turnout, which was historic among recent second-term mayoral races, with about 18 percent of all registered Democrats voting for mayor.
April 27, 2011 |
The four Democrats who hope to replace City Council President Anna Verna in the 2nd District agreed on one thing at a South Philly recreation center packed with voters - everyone pays too much in taxes in a confusing system that needs reform. They all see money - be it in economic development to create jobs or the rehabilitation of abandoned lots and houses in the district - as a way to solve the city's problems. Real-estate developer Barbara Capozzi said those issues won't be resolved until a larger problem is addressed - voter apathy.
May 16, 2010
Given the challenges that will face the next governor, the lack of interest in the race is surprising. Voters are set to go to the polls Tuesday to pick the Democratic and Republican candidates who will face each other in the fall. The voter apathy may stem from the fact that the candidates are uninspiring, and many assume that Attorney General Tom Corbett is going to be the next governor. But this race is too important to tune out. Whoever wins the election will inherit a fiscal mess in Harrisburg.
October 26, 2009 |
Eight days out from the Nov. 3 election that will produce a new Philadelphia district attorney for the first time in 19 years, candidates Seth Williams and Michael Untermeyer are not scheduled to debate. More than jousting with each other, they are engaged in individual battles with the city's political demography as their campaigns sweep from Manayunk to Mayfair, from Packer Park in deepest South Philadelphia to Parkwood Manor in the Far Northeast. For Republican Untermeyer, party affiliation is a gargantuan challenge.
August 1, 2008 |
Loosely speaking, there are two Kevin Costners. One is the self-effacing schlub of Bull Durham and Tin Cup, a winning loser who carries himself lightly. The other, the self-important somebody of The Postman and Waterworld, whose messianic heavyosity scuttles both films. Swing Vote, a disarming political satire perfectly calibrated to the national mood and to its revitalized star (who also produced), boasts a scruffy Costner as Bud, self-effacing loser. Because of a voter-machine malfunction, Bud can pick the winner of a hung presidential race that all comes down to New Mexico's five electoral-college votes.
February 19, 2006
Right on, Newt! I never thought I could agree with Newt Gingrich, so imagine my surprise when I found myself nodding my head while reading his article in last Sunday's Currents section. Gingrich has shown the No. 1 reason why this country is suffering from such voter apathy. Our candidates do not know how to do anything except sling mud. The people have declared their dislike for this process, but to no avail. Candidates ignore what the people want; and so we, the voters, have started to ignore them.