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Archive: May, 2013

POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 5:09 PM
State Rep. John Taylor, seen in a file photo, was elected chairman of the Republican City Committee on Tuesday night. (DAVID SWANSON, File / Staff Photographer)

"A house divided against itself cannot stand."

That’s what one Republican said upon accepting his party’s nomination for U.S. Senate. That Republican went on to lose his senatorial campaign to his Democratic opponent by a margin of 46 percent to 54 percent.

I’ll be back to that Republican later.

POSTED: Friday, May 17, 2013, 7:25 PM
President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder attend the 32nd annual the National Peace Officers Memorial Service, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, on (AP)

It’s been a tough week for President Obama. From defending Benghazi to politicizing the Internal Revenue Service to spying on the Associated Press, a trifecta of embarrassing scandals and controversies are crippling the president. The situation could get a lot worse if President Obama doesn’t take charge right now, come out in front of the public strongly, and, to quote, former President Harry Truman, say, “The buck stops here.”

In this case, that means firing Attorney General Eric Holder.

Not announcing Holder’s resignation. Not feebly terminating Holder’s employment. And not throwing a going away party the way Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie did when he passively dismissed coach Andy Reid. Unlike Reid, Holder should not be around to bid his colleagues at the Department of Justice farewell and wish them nothing but the best.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:45 AM
Vito Canuso, chairman of the city GOP committee, says he will step down. WILLIAM F. STEINMETZ, File / Staff Photographer

Philadelphia Republican City Committee Chairman Vito F. Canuso Jr is planning to resign his position at a formal meeting some time after the municipal primary, he told me in a telephone interview this morning.

Canuso, who has led the party for almost two decades, said, “It was time for me to move on. Hopefully, it will resolve a lot of uncertainties and be for the better of the party.”

Contrary to some reports floating on Facebook and other social media, Canuso has not yet resigned, he told me.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 11:01 AM
Liquor on the shelves at a State Store. AKIRA SUWA / Staff Photographer

The stakes are high.

Pennsylvania is on the verge of joining 32 other states that have ended their state’s monopoly over the wholesaling and retailing of wine and spirits. Gov. Tom Corbett’s privatization initiative has already resulted in the Pennsylvania State House passing a bill that may soon become law.

Advocates of Corbett’s plan claim privatization will give more freedom of choice to consumers, eventually making access as easy as your nearest convenience store. It also promises to fill the state coffers with proceeds from the auctioning off of the state stores, with proceeds benefitting public schools, among others.

POSTED: Monday, May 6, 2013, 7:24 PM
Jeffrey Lurie and his bride, Tina Lai. (Jensen Larson Photography)

“Mail order bride.”

That’s what one racist reader wrote in the comments’ section of the leading story last night on The story –  written by the Inquirer’s Eagles beat writer Zach Berman - announced the weekend wedding of Eagles owner Jeff Lurie and Philadelphia resident Tina Lai, who happens to be of Vietnamese heritage.

“Mail order bride” is also what three teenage punks said to me and my Japanese-born wife (then girlfriend) when we were holding hands in the concourse at a Flyers game seven years ago.

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