Friday, September 4, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, June 25, 2015, 6:06 PM
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Christ the King United Church of Christ, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Florissant, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Inquirer colleague Chris Brennan reports:

 Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is postponing a fundraising trip to Philadelphia Friday so she can attend the funeral in Charleston, S.C. for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor gunned down with eight others at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last week.

David L. Cohen, executive vice president at Comcast, was set to host the Clinton fundraiser with his wife Rhonda at their West Mount Airy home.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 6:50 AM

Mike Parrish, a Malvern businessman and former Army aviator, on Tuesday said he is seeking the 2016 Democratic nomination for U.S. House in the Sixth District, citing a “fundamental lack of leadership” in Washington.

“Folks in Congress are focusing on their own personal interest and putting politics over the people’s business,” Parrish said in an interview. “I’m not a career politician. I have a fresh perspective.”

In 2014, Parrish launched a campaign for the Chester County-based seat, but stepped aside in favor of physician Manan Trivedi, who had been the Democratic nominee twice before. Republican Ryan Costello, former chairman of the Chester County commissioners, won and is in his first term.

POSTED: Monday, June 22, 2015, 3:55 PM
The stars-and-bars banner is revered as a symbol of southern heritage by many whites. Others, black and white, see it as a reminder of a racist regime, the Confederacy, built on slavery. (SEAN RAYFORD / GETTY IMAGES)

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) helped her party's presidential candidates out of a jam Monday, calling for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds in Columbia.

The banner had been casting a shadow on the campaign since  the mass murder of nine worshippers during Bible study at the historically African American Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last week. A young white man who had expressed racist views is charged with the crime.

I"Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state without ill will to say it is time to remove the flag from our capitol grounds," Haley, the state's first non-white governor, said. "This flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state."

POSTED: Friday, June 19, 2015, 11:41 AM
Rick Santorum at an event in Cabot, Pennsylvania, on May 27, 2015. (REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk)

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum brought his presidential campaign home Friday, telling a roomful of Republican activists in Philadelphia that the party needs to focus on winning blue collar voters in order to take back the White House.

“We go out and talk as if all we care about are entrepreneurs – and they’re important – but that’s not a particularly strong electoral strategy,” Santorum, who represented the state in the Senate from 1994 to 2007, said. Only about 10 percent of Americans own a business, he said.

He was speaking to the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, which has drawn several of the party’s presidential contenders and about 600 GOP activists from around the region to the city.

POSTED: Thursday, June 18, 2015, 4:20 PM
Former New York Gov. George Pataki announces his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination May 28, 2015, in Exeter, New Hampshire. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

An overbearing federal government in Washington is squelching the American Dream, former New York Gov. George Pataki warned in a speech Thursday afternoon in Center City Philadelphia.

The Republican presidential candidate noted that six of the 10 wealthiest counties in the U.S. surround the capital city – and that’s not a good thing, he said.

“What do they make in Washington D.C.? They make credits and exemptions and laws and regulations,” Pataki said at the opening session of the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 7:52 AM

Majorities of voters in the key swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida say that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is dishonest and untrustworthy, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

In Pennsylvania, 54 percent of voters said “no” when asked if they thought Clinton was honest and trustworthy.  Fifty-three percent of Ohio voters and 51 percent of Florida voters agreed.

Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the poll, said that that number is “more troubling” for Clinton than tightening head-to-head general matchups with several Republican candidates tested in the survey.

POSTED: Thursday, June 11, 2015, 2:45 PM
David L. Cohen and wife Rhonda Cohen. (Michael Wirtz/Staff Photographer, file)

Comcast exec and power-broker David L. Cohen and his wife, Rhonda, are holding a midday "conversation" and fundraiser with presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton at their house June 26.

Tickets are $2,700 a person, the maximum individual contribution allowed to federal candidates per election, according to a copy of the event invitation obtained by The Inquirer. People who raise $27,000 from others qualify as co-hosts of the event and gain membership in the Clinton campaign's "Hillstarters" program. Bring in $50,000 and you get a private reception with HRC, and also will become part of the "Hillraisers" program for bundlers.

Hillstarters and Hillraisers receive premium benefits, such as regular briefings from top campaign officials.

POSTED: Monday, June 8, 2015, 2:49 PM
Placards promoting Philadelphia as the host city of the Democratic National Convention in 2016, while the Democratic National Committee was touring the city in August. (TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer)

The Democratic National Committee Monday announced the senior management team for the 2016 presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia:

Matthew Butler will be chief of staff for the Democratic National Convention Committee, the entity that runs things from the party’s end. Butler is former chief executive of Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog group dedicated to correcting what it considers conservative misinformation in news coverage. He also has been a political consultant and worked on several presidential and U.S. Senate campaigns.

Zoe Garmendia, who is to be deputy CEO for logistics, has worked in operations for Democratic conventions and presidential inaugurals over the past 20 years. She was director of site selection for the 2016 convention, and served as chief of operations for the Office of Administration in the White House from 2009-2011.

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