Archive: September, 2010
Your tax dollars are en route to a luxury spa in Chester County, John Baer reports.
Tea party candidate Christine O'Donnell wins Delaware Republican senate primary.
Suspect in the slaying of a South Jersey college student is hit by a truck.
And the winner of the May 18 primary elections for governor is...state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams of West Philadelphia. Williams didn't actually win the Democratic primary -- he finished third out of four candidates -- but he successfully injected the issue of school vouchers into the gubernatorial debate. Proof of that came when the primary winners, state Attorney General Tom Corbett for the Republicans and Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato for the Democrats, told school choice advocates today that they support "in concept" legislation Williams is now pushing in the state Senate that would, among other education reforms, allow public school money to pay for private school tuition.
"When it comes to education funding, I'm going to put the students first and make sure the funding makes it to the their classrooms and not be filtered off somewhere else," said Corbett, who said "for far too long," school reform has been controlled by the "education establishment" and teacher unions instead of parents and students. "It's not something we should consider. It's something we must do."
Onorato, endorsed for governor in March by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, told the crowd that would not stop him from supporting vouchers for low-income students in failing schools. Onorato said he pushed for a Pittsburgh City Council resolution in the 1990s to support vouchers when then-Gov. Ridge attempted to have them approved in the state legislature. "I don't view it as: You get endorsed and you have to be 100 percent with any organization," Onorato said of his support from teachers unions. "I don't see it as a conflict."
A PHA worker tells of being punished after investigating complaints against Greene.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair receives Liberty Medal.
Out in West Philly, former President Bill Clinton stumps for Democrats.
Former President Bill Clinton spent nearly half-an-hour this afternoon exhorting a crowd of about 500 people in West Philly to support Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, the Democratic nominee in the Nov. 2 general election for governor. Clinton, joined by Gov. Rendell, Mayor Nutter and several local legislators, railed against Republicans and took two very clear shots at state Attorney General Tom Corbett, Onorato's Republican opponent.
First, Clinton touted Onorato's efforts to create job training programs in Allegheny County, contrasting that with claims Corbett made over the summer that some laid-off workers prefer unemployment checks to new jobs. "While [Onorato] has been interested and busy creating jobs and training people, his opponent said the reason the unemployment rate was so high was that people like drawing unemployment," Clinton said as the crowd booed Corbett.
Then Clinton noted that Onorato consolidated several government offices in Allegheny County, saving taxpayers money while Corbett was asking for state budget increases for the Attorney General's Office. "He asked for more money every year he ran his office," Clinton said. "And when the governor said: We're out of money, I want everyone to take a 2 percent cut, he said no."
Dave Davies at WHYY is reporting that millionaire Tom Knox -- who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2007 -- may consider trying again.
John Baer decodes the catch phrases in political advertisements.
A tragic bus crash into a bridge kills four traveling from Philadelphia to Toronto.
Protesters gather in Overbrook to complain of police abuse.
Former President Bill Clinton will attend a campaign rally Monday at 11 a.m.* at 52nd and Chestnut streets in West Philadelphia for Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, the Democratic nominee for governor in the Nov. 2 general election.
UPDATE: The time for this event has been changed from 11:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
A suspended Kraft Foods employee returned to the Northeast workplace with a gun last night, killing two co-workers and injuring a third.
Embattled PHA Executive Director Carl R. Greene seems to be at war with board chairman John Street.
Does the upstart GOP Senate candidate in Delaware -- Christine O'Donnell -- stand a chance?