Monthly Archives: April 2009

Specter Defection is Toomey’s Dream Come True

Tuesday afternoon, Pat Toomey received the kind of news political candidates only dream of. U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, his longtime nemesis and main foe in a 2010 Republican Senate primary, had just become a Democrat, catapulting Toomey into de facto … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, National Politics

What Role Did Rendell Play in Specter’s Defection??

From Eleanor Clift: …Funny, yes, and seriously Machiavellian, claims one GOP source, who attributes Specter’s surprise defection to a Biden-Rendell bank shot. Vice President Joe Biden is from Scranton, Pa., and Ed Rendell is governor of Pennsylvania, ties that put … More after the jump

Posted in Elections, National Politics

Feds Say Fumo Owes $4 Million

Federal prosecutors yesterday tried to debunk disgraced former state Sen. Vince Fumo’s argument that he should not have to forfeit $4 million to the government. The feds’ court filing said that the defense was dead-wrong in its assertion that the … More after the jump

Posted in Greater Philadelphia

Mayors Say Cities Are Facing a Pension Crisis

Pennsylvania’s cities and towns face a pension crisis as dire as the one facing state government and they need help from the Legislature, a trio of urban mayors said Monday. ”We need to reform and we need to do so … More after the jump

Posted in Lehigh Valley

Bonusgate: Recipients Gave to Political Campaigns

When Bill DeWeese was House Democratic leader in 2002, he gave his Harrisburg aides $1,000 or $2,000 bonuses. Six of the recipients contributed identical or nearly identical amounts to Mr. DeWeese’s re-election and the House Democratic Campaign Committee that year … More after the jump

Posted in Ethics

Bill Soon Due to PA Taxpayers for Public Pensions

Pennsylvania’s day of reckoning over its multibillion-dollar pension promises to government employees and teachers has been pushed back for the better part of the past decade. But long-expected increases in costs are scheduled to kick in three years from now, … More after the jump

Posted in Budget

Some County Judges Heard Cases Involving Donors

In Northampton County, all four judges elected in the past 10 years — Beltrami, Edward Smith, Emil Giordano and Paula Roscioli — have presided over at least one donor’s case, court records and campaign reports show. In Lehigh County, Maria … More after the jump

Posted in Lehigh Valley

Nutter’s “Plan B” Calls for Painful Cuts

To some, it’s apocalyptic. It’s Plan B – the backup, the safety net, the just-in-case proposal that Mayor Nutter is pushing in the likelihood that his Plan A for fixing Philadelphia’s fiscal troubles gets shot down. But Plan B calls … More after the jump

Posted in Greater Philadelphia

GOP Criticizes Rendell’s Tuition Relief Proposal

Gov. Ed Rendell’s administration received a cool reception from Republicans yesterday when he took the first step toward legalizing video poker in bars as a way to raise up to $550 million for college students in the state. “We have … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

Fumo Lawyers Call for Judge to Reject Guilty Verdict

Grasping at straws… Vince Fumo’s lawyers are asking a federal judge to acquit the disgraced former state senator or give him a new trial. Fumo was convicted by a federal jury on March 16 of 137 counts of conspiracy, fraud, … More after the jump

Posted in Greater Philadelphia