Home » Archives by category » Layout Categories » Featured News (Page 63)

BY BONNIE SQUIRES/ Atlantic City may have the Miss America pageant back, but Philadelphia had Hillary Clinton for the Liberty Medal ceremony at the National Constitution Center – and that’s worth a lot more! Especially since both Penn President Amy Gutmann, who chaired the selection committee, and Mayor Michael Nutter both included in their remarks […]

Share
Continue reading …

A pair of bills now making the rounds of the General Assembly may revolutionize Pennsylvania’s schools and Pennsylvania’s taxes. They would bag the historic tradition of funding education with a mix of local property taxes and largesse from the Commonwealth’s General Fund. In their place, school districts would draw from dedicated income and sales taxes […]

Share
Continue reading …

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Contrary to what the city’s main media have said, especially the Daily News, it is not the union carpenters who are responsible for making the Pennsylvania Convention Center an expensive proposition for those wishing to use its facilities. Nor did the Daily News, as it researched for an abusive editorial, take the […]

Share
Continue reading …

BY TONY WEST/ Leading negotiators for Mayor Michael Nutter’s turbulent city-worker contracts say they’re willing to return to the table with the unions at any time – but not at any cost. Three key sticking points in negotiations with the Philadelphia Firefighters & Paramedics’ Union Local 22 and with District Council 33, which represents the […]

Share
Continue reading …

BY TONY WEST/ Not stated – but plain as day – is the fact this city’s Democratic leaders have, in effect, deposed the Mayor from any citywide leadership role in his own party. That change occurred Tuesday when a broad-based coalition of Philadelphia’s political and labor leaders formally launched a drive to change the City […]

Share
Continue reading …

BY ERIC BOEHM,  PA Independent/ On a sunny afternoon in early July, Fredrick Anton was finishing his lunch at a popular Harrisburg café. As Anton, the CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association and a long-time prominent voice in conservative circles of Pennsylvania politics, headed for the door, he nearly bumped into Rick Bloomingdale, president of the […]

Share
Continue reading …

BY BONNIE SQUIRES/ When Hillary Clinton spoke Tuesday at Bryn Mawr College, the site of the second annual The Women in Public Service Project two-week summer session, I did not expect her to announce her decision to run again for President. It’s too early. But she did make a joke about getting into trouble whenever […]

Share
Continue reading …

BY JOE SHAHEELI/ Despite the gloomy economic skies raining depression on the city’s public-school system, the School District can point to a silver lining full of student pluses. It’s called City Year, a corps of 255 young men and women who spent the past year working hand in glove with teachers and one on one […]

Share
Continue reading …

Why did the cash-hungry Philadelphia Inquirer turn down $58,000 for an ad that was to contain the message below from the Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights? That’s what appears to have happened. League President Bill Donohue wanted to comment on the sentencing of the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s Father Charles Engelhardt and lay teacher Bernard […]

Share
Continue reading …

Pat Gillespie, business manager of the Philadelphia Building Trades Council, has offered the knowhow of all the unions whose members are engaged in construction and demolition work to the City Administration. If the City seeks to come up with sensible and pragmatic regulations, it could value the insights offered by Gillespie. City Council moved this […]

Share
Continue reading …