Thursday, July 30, 2015

Politics

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of using his campaign coffers, charities he created, and federal grant funds he controlled to bankroll a failed 2007 Philadelphia mayoral bid, and line the pockets of family members and close political allies.
 
Indictment highlights
 
Chenault-Fattah on leave at NBC-10, mentioned in indictment
Forget about a Sam Katz-Bill Green ticket for the Nov. 3 general election for City Council. The two politicians said Wednesday night they have decided against registering as their own political party to seek two of the seven City Council at-large seats set aside in the City Charter for a minority political party.
Herb Vederman, one of the alleged co-conspirators in the corruption case charging U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., has long been a contributor to political campaigns in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.
Residents questioned township supervisors in a Chester County township Wednesday night, at a special meeting called to address allegations that officials made a secret deal to keep paying the longtime police chief after he retired.
The indictment of Chaka Fattah is but another example of the sorry state of the politics in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.
Ray Chintall will seek to regain his seat on Township Committee.
DOYLESTOWN TWP. Organizers of a plan for a multimillion-dollar theater and museum at the Bucks County farm of Oscar Hammerstein II are appealing the township's decision to deny their application.
During his years as Ed Rendell's deputy mayor, Herbert Vederman refused to collect a city paycheck, living instead off the millions he made from his family's retail clothing empire.
After indictment, Dem challengers already are emerging in Chaka Fattah’s district. He says he won’t go down without a fight.
The bill would take federal funding from cities like Philly that don’t turn over all illegal immigrants to feds for deportation.
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Wednesday that the federal government should provide low-interest loans to states struggling to pay down their pension obligations, the latest proposal to shore up benefits for public workers.
Renne Chenault-Fattah is mentioned in the 85-page indictment handed down by federal prosecutors yesterday.
Reactions varied across the city to the apparent downfall of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.
Philadelphia residents are all-too-familiar with having an elected official get indicted.
Feds charge U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah with racketeering, fraud charges. He joins his son, Chaka Fattah Jr., who faces separate fraud charges.
WASHINGTON - At just 25, Chaka Fattah became one of the youngest people ever to win a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Glistening with sweat at a LOVE Park rally Wednesday organized by a coalition of immigrant advocates, Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney said he would forgo an estimated $5 million to $6 million in federal funds for Philadelphia rather than adopt a law enforcement policy he believes violates immigrants' civil rights.
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah vowed Wednesday to seek a 12th term in office next year, not long after he was indicted on federal charges of racketeering, bank fraud, bribery, money laundering, and other crimes.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's presidential campaign has asked the Federal Election Commission for a 45-day extension to file his financial disclosure report. But his campaign says he still intends to file it in time to make the first GOP presidential primary debate on August 6.
YORK, Pa. (AP) - There's been another meeting aimed at resolving Pennsylvania's state budget standoff, but participants aren't reporting any breakthroughs.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner brushed aside a challenge to his tenure on Wednesday as the work of a lone dissident Republican amounting to "no big deal."
NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday chided his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination for speaking in slogans rather than offering specifics on policies they'd pursue if elected to the White House.
How did an entrepreneur with a history of bankruptcies and failed businesses get appointed to the troubled port authority?
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A $225 million settlement between Gov. Chris Christie administration and ExxonMobil will be discussed in front of a state judge Thursday and New Jersey residents could find out soon if it will be approved.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says he supports a push by U.S. oil companies to ship their crude oil overseas and lift a decades-long ban on exports.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign says she will call for lifting the embargo with Cuba in a Florida address on Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A dozen million-dollar contributors account for at least 10 percent of Jeb Bush's record-setting presidential fundraising haul.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday that his office has received video taken in a Planned Parenthood clinic he says is consistent with other stealthily recorded footage that has Republicans again taking on the biggest abortion provider in the U.S.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - An attorney for Republican presidential contender Donald Trump apologized Tuesday for making the incorrect assertion that "by the very definition, you can't rape your spouse."