Archive: October, 2010
The big financial winner in the Lower Merion School District webcam controversy is the lawyer who gets to walk away with $425,000 for suing the school district for spying on students secretly.
Taxpayers can take heart, at least, that the amount of the settlement announced Monday was a good bit less than billed by the attorney for two students. Mark S. Haltzman, attorney for Harriton High School junior Blake Robbins and another student, said he was owed a half million.
Robbins’ will share $175,000 of the total $610,000 agreed to be paid out to end the saga, with another $10,000 going to Lower Merion High School graduate Jalil Hasan – also a Candid Camera litigant.
Voters in three local districts should buck the election-year mantra for change and reelect their experienced state senators.
In the Eighth District, comprising parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County, The Inquirer endorses 12-year incumbent ANTHONY HARDY WILLIAMS.
Williams, 53, raised his profile — and some eyebrows — earlier this year with a last-minute run for governor that raised millions of dollars from just a few donors. He didn’t win the primary, but having an African American Democrat from the city strongly endorsing school choice and charters guarantees that education reform will be high on the legislative agenda next year. Williams’ school voucher bill has already been praised by the gubernatorial candidates, Republican Tom Corbett and Democrat Dan Onorato.
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Voters in 19 Camden and Gloucester County municipalities finally get to have their say on who represents them in the state Senate. That was not the case a few months ago, when Democratic leaders gave the job to political newcomer Donald Norcross, younger brother of party leader George Norcross.
In a dizzying round of political music chairs that’s become common in South Jersey, Norcross quickly moved up the ranks. He did stand for an election, easily winning the Assembly seat of retired Speaker Joe Roberts.
Then he was quickly appointed to assume the Senate seat previously held by Dana Redd, who had been elected Camden’s mayor. The orchestrated succession had uncontested candidates looking like pawns on a chess board.
A no-limit credit card in the name of the toll payers: That used to be only a metaphor for the Delaware River Port Authority’s approach to public finance. Now it turns out to be a matter of fact.
The DRPA’s top managers racked up $38,000 in corporate credit-card charges in a little more than a year, The Inquirer reported last week, including stays at the Waldorf-Astoria and lunches at the Palm.
Were these guys running a bank or just a few bridges?