Archive: August, 2010
As we reported in today's Daily News, former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska, came to town today to throw his support behind U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate. Speaking in Washington Square this afternoon in front of a memorial to Revolutionary War soldiers, Hagel said the United States faces a unique time in history in issues of national security and competitiveness in the world market. similar to post-World War II. Hagel said Sestak is the type of leader the country needs now: Honest, experienced, independent and willing to challenge the status quo and their own political parties.
And Hagel decried the "extreme rhetoric" that sometimes takes over political races. He said legislators should be willing to work across the isle and avoid politics that divide votes. "Not the political nonsense," said Hagel, who clashed with President Bush over the war in Iraq and other foreign policy issues. "Not the political rhetoric. Not the political opposition and confrontation. That solves nothing. It just sets America behind further. Drive to a solution. Accommodate other’s interests but find a consensus."
As Hagel spoke, eight supporters of former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey -- Sestak's Republican opponent -- gathered in the background waving Toomey campaign and anti-Sestak signs. Sestak supporters attempted to block them from view using their own signs and a large banner.
Here's the release:
Penn State to Lead Philadelphia-Based Team that will Pioneer New Energy-Efficient Building Designs
Research consortium led by Penn State to receive up to $122 million in federal funding for "Energy Innovation Hub" at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
Washington, D.C. - A team led by The Pennsylvania State University will receive up to $122 million over the next five years from the Department of Energy to establish an Energy Innovation Hub focused on developing technologies to make buildings more energy efficient. The Energy Innovation Hub will be located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard Clean Energy campus, and will bring together leading researchers from academia, two U.S. National Laboratories and the private sector in an ambitious effort to develop energy-efficient building designs that will save energy, cut pollution, and position the United States as a leader in this industry.
The latest in the saga of Carl R. Greene, executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority:
The city is taxing bloggers who make tiny sums through web advertising.
PhillyClout just caught up with Mayor Nutter to get his take on Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl R. Greene -- who is battling stories about his delinquent mortgage payments, a series of sexual harassment claims filed against him, as well as charges that staffers were expected to pay for parties and gifts in his honor.
Nutter, who is fresh back from his vacation in Mexico, acknowledged that "there are certainly many troubling issues here."
"Carl Greene has some very serious personal challenges he's trying to deal with," Nutter said. "The reports and a variety of allegations give me very serious concerns...what I'm most concerned about is the allegations with regard to workplace environment."
Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican, told the Associated Press today that he will endorse U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak's bid for the U.S. Senate at events tomorrow in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Sestak, a Democrat, has endured waves of television advertising from his Republican opponent, former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, painting him as a tax-and-spend liberal in lock-step with the policies of President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Sestak last week won the endorsement of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who first won control of City Hall as a Republican but then registered as an independent. Hagel told the AP Sestak's record in the House shows he puts the priorities of the country before partisanship.
Toomey spokeswoman Nachama Soloveichik just released this response: "Congressman Sestak can bring in any individuals he wants from out of state to vouch for his credentials, but the most telling thing is how he votes, and there is nothing independent about how he votes when he voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi."
John Baer profiles 19-year-old George Hicks of Mount Airy and his work on reforming the state legislature.
Barbara Laker takes a look at a double murder in Kensington and questions about whether the Philadelphia Police Department could have saved those lives.
Stu Bykofsky weighs in the the troubles of Philadelphia Housing Authority executive director Carl Greene.
After a week underground, Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl R. Greene surfaced today to do an hour-long phone interview with the Daily News, saying "there are two sides to this runaway train." Here are few take-outs:
On his unpaid mortgage: "There’s no logical reason for a person of my capabilities not to be on top of my personal affairs...I can only tell you that a lot of things came in and stacked up...I straightened it out with the bank. I’ve hired an accountant to go through all of my affairs."
On the sexual harassment accusations: "I’ve never at any time made unwanted advances toward [former PHA employee Betsy Helm.] I think I need my day in court...In no case have I done anything inappropriate and I don’t want to suggest PHA is a diff place for young people to work or women to work."