Sunday, February 14, 2016

Suburban PA

After years of haggling to try to cut their losses on a failed redevelopment project, Montgomery County and Norristown officials believe they have extracted the best deal they can out of the bankrupt developer.
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Chester County moved a step closer Tuesday to joining several other Pennsylvania counties that charge additional fees for vehicle registrations.
When Wawa Inc. won preliminary approval from Concord Township in August to begin selling six-packs of beer in one Delaware County store, beer lovers among the Wawa fanatics around the region rejoiced.
A member of the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners has thrown her hat into the ring as a Democratic candidate for the seat to be vacated by House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Bill Adolph.
Colleen S. Alexander, 89, of Wyndmoor, a leader of the Democratic Party in Montgomery County and an active party worker long before women routinely took that path, died Saturday, Jan. 9, at Cathedral Village of congestive heart failure.
A battle over the future of a Montgomery County golf course has escalated from a development spat to a litigious missile crisis, with both sides waiting to see who sues first.
Pledging to address violence and improve low-achieving schools, State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland was sworn in Monday as mayor of Chester, one of the region's poorest and most crime-ridden cities.
It started with neighbors' complaints. A new resident planned to board horses at her farm in Newlin Township, a rural swath of Chester County where horse farms and boarding facilities abound. Worried that the operation could transform sleepy lanes near their homes into bustling roadways, neighbors sued.
In three separate sewage-line ruptures in 2012 and 2014, millions of gallons of untreated waste spilled into Valley Forge National Historical Park and a federally protected tributary of the Schuylkill.
State Rep. Todd Stephens on Thursday joined an increasingly crowded field of candidates for attorney general in 2016. In the Republican primary, Stephens is to face off against a fellow Montgomery County legislator, State Sen. John Rafferty, who announced his candidacy in June.
The regional government agency responsible for protecting the Delaware River watershed approved a water company's plan to pump from a Chester County well at its meeting Wednesday after the commission addressed many concerns from residents.
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania House on Tuesday passed its own budget plan, then saw it gutted and amended by the Senate - the latest sign of discord and division over how to resolve the state's budget crisis.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) voted again Thursday for a bill to expand background checks on gun purchases after Democrats reintroduced...
David Grimaldi questions DBOT funding
WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is wading into the Democratic primary race with both elbows out. Toomey on Tuesday launched a web site...
Stephen Zappala Jr., district attorney in Allegheny County, will announce next week his campaign for state attorney general. That could give rise to a lively Democratic primary election in April if the incumbent, beleaguered Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, decides to seek a second term.
State Rep. Scott Petri, an Upper Makefield Republican, formally launched his campaign for Congress Monday with a web video and a promise to rein in federal regulations and bring “common sense” to Washington.
Frustrated by a budget impasse that shows no signs of breaking, Delaware County will suspend payments to human service providers for services next week and is considering withholding funds it is legally required to transfer to the state, officials said Wednesday.
NORRISTOWN After 21 years as chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party, Marcel Groen stepped down last week, and former vice chairman Joe Foster was elected to replace him.
Montgomery County stopped funding Thursday human services normally covered by the state, saying the four-month budget impasse had maxed out the county's financial reserves.
Democrats are preparing for a possible recount in Bucks County after a couple of near upsets Tuesday upended the political establishment in this fast-changing county.
View the results for the 2015 General Election to see who won in your area.
Here's a look at some of the post-election front pages from newspapers across Pennsylvania and New Jersey (all photos are from the Newseum): Philadelphia...
Democrat Kevin Steele won election Tuesday as Montgomery County district attorney, halting Republican Bruce L. Castor Jr.'s bid to reclaim his old job in a race that drew national attention for its potential impact on two high-profile investigations.
In addition to high court races, there are high-profile battles for Montco D.A. and Chester mayor.
A bubbling feud in the Montgomery County Republican Committee has burst to a full boil just days before the election, with county commissioner candidate Joe Gale accusing party leaders of sabotaging his campaign.
While the Democratic presidential candidates on Tuesday were debating gun laws that shield manufacturers and retailers from civil liability, a lawsuit that perfectly encapsulates that issue was working its way through Montgomery County court.
A group of Concord Township residents dislikes the local supervisors so much that it spent the last year fighting to force them out of office.
The Philadelphia Business Journal is launching a new "Power 76" ranking of the most influential people in Greater Philadelphia. Among the top 50, at least 8 have Montco ties.
DELAWARE COUNTY Council: No tax increase in 2016 MEDIA Delaware County taxpayers will see no increase in their county tax bills in 2016, the County Council announced Wednesday. This marks the second straight year without a county tax increase, a statement said.
To the delight of Democrats, a former Republican Haverford Township commissioner whose tip to authorities 10 years ago led to a felony bribery conviction for a fellow commissioner has decided to run a last minute write-in campaign to unseat the GOP incumbent in his ward.
Bristol Township has for decades been one of Bucks County's most troubled places, home to racial tensions, a struggling economy, and corruption investigations.
President Obama plans to nominate former Bucks County Congressman Patrick Murphy to become undersecretary of the Army, the branch’s second-highest ranking civilian position, the White House announced Wednesday.
Delaware County Republican leaders passed over Lisa Esler as a candidate in the 161st state House District for someone they believed could better maintain the party's tight control over the seat.
Bruce L. Castor Jr. is a busy guy - who just got busier. The Montgomery County commissioner, who also works as a private attorney and is campaigning to be county District Attorney, on Friday got sworn in as a special deputy district attorney in Centre County.
Baer Growls: Montco Commissioner Josh Shapiro just got another notch on his belt. He's someone who bears watching.
Not only can you smoke cannabis, you can build with it. A workshop on building with hempcrete, a cannabis-reinforced concrete, will take place this...
Delaware County has filed a lawsuit against 19 Pennsylvania telecommunication providers, alleging that the county has been shorted $41.4 million in 911 fees over the last six years.
Coatesville let cops retire early without knowing where $ was coming from
A Methacton school board candidate is under fire and has lost the Republican endorsement after parents drew attention to what they said were racist and anti-Semitic posts in his name on social media.
The alleged scheme was all about relationships. The head of a Montgomery County engineering firm wanted to win Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contracts to inspect road-maintenance and bridge-cleaning projects, investigators said. So he befriended a retired PennDot employee who had mentored the man in charge of picking the recipients of the agency's six-figure deals.
Former Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kerns has lost his law license after pleading guilty in a sexual assault case.
Is it worth paying hedge-fund, real estate fees for these results?
State Sen. Dominic Pileggi, a Delaware County Republican who was ousted as Senate majority leader in November, will run for a seat as a county judge.
State Sen. Dominic Pileggi, a Delaware County Republican who was ousted as Senate majority leader in November, will run for a seat as a county judge.
Bucks County's president judge has requested that a jurist from outside the county oversee the insurance fraud case against members of the politically connected Risoldi family and their associates.
Former Montgomery County GOP Chairman Bob Kerns might be feeling more of the aftermath of his pleading guilty to a sex crime last year – his license to practice law has now been revoked.
Valerie Arkoosh, the anesthesiologist who lost a bid for Congress last year, was selected Wednesday to replace Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie S. Richards.
The Risoldi family calls its white-columned mansion "Clairemont." Surrounded by 10 acres of rolling farmland outside New Hope, Bucks County, it boasts a swimming pool, six bedrooms, and a ceiling mural of family members dressed in flowing robes, looking down from the heavens.
Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie S. Richards was tapped by the Wolf administration Wednesday to serve as Transportation Secretary.
WASHINGTON –State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, a Bucks County Democrat, has filed papers to run for Congress in 2016, he announced Thursday morning...
Montco Memo: Party leaders Thursday endorsed a full slate of candidates, from commissioner to sheriff.
PhillyClout: Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. is planning a trip back to the future with an old job he seeks.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced Tuesday that she will not seek a third term and instead will run for a seat on County Court.
Chester County Commissioners chose Terence Farrell as their 2015 chair in a meeting Tuesday.
After seven years in Montgomery County's highest elected office, Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. announced Wednesday that he wants to return to his former post as district attorney.
Completing a prolific downfall that started with allegations of rape, former Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Robert J. Kerns agreed Monday to a plea deal that requires him to spend 15 years as a registered sex offender and two years on probation.
The Daily Delco: This video from the latest Colwyn Borough Council meeting is what people with post-traumatic stress disorder might call a "trigger." But it puts things into perspective for Philadelphians who are fed up with City Council: It could be worse.
When former Montgomery County Republican Chairman Robert J. Kerns goes to trial next week on sex charges, he will have to convince only one person of his innocence.
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) secured a fourth term in the House Tuesday night - you can read our story about his victory, and a strong night...
Michelle Kichline, a former Tredyffrin Township supervisor, will be Chester County's newest commissioner.
The Daily Delco: A woman claiming to be the daughter of state Senate candidate John Kane has thrown a wrench into one of the state's most hotly contested races.
Seven months after missteps led her to drop rape charges against a prominent Republican Party official, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is restructuring her office and partnering with a national research center devoted to evaluating problems in the justice system and improving the integrity of investigations.
If one recent evening newscast is any indication, Philadelphia voters may be longing for used car ads and payday loan pitches - and maybe for some unbiased political reportage.
BucksInq: At the first of three scheduled debates between U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) and Democratic challenger Kevin Strouse, the two used an hour of radio airtime Wednesday to stake out positions on issues like healthcare, economic development, and foreign policy.
WEST CHESTER It didn't affect the outcomes, and officials promise the problem will be fixed by next month's election, but 127 Phoenixville voters ended up casting votes in the wrong legislative race in the May primary, the county Board of Elections said Tuesday.
BucksInq: On Tuesday, Bucks County Democratic House candidate Kevin Strouse will debut a new television ad, according to his campaign.
CapitolInq: Philadelphia-area Republicans voted Wednesday to support a measure authorizing House Speaker John Boehner to sue President Obama for overstepping his authority.
Cuyler Walker, the Republican candidate for the 158th District state House seat, withdrew from the race Monday, more than a month after the deadline to withdraw. Walker cited unspecified personal issues.
PhillyDeals: Montgomery County's elected commissioners chairman, Josh Shapiro, is celebrating the county's one-year investment returns since ditching its old-style private money managers and their fees and hiring low-fee Malvern-based Vanguard index funds and Oaks-based SEI "alternative investment" managers to run the county pension fund.
State Rep. Joe Hackett (R., Delaware) is resigning from his seat in the Pennsylvania legislature, according to a statement released by his office Thursday night.
WEST CHESTER Chester County's website has been honored by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, which cited the website's design, up-to-date content, and user-friendly navigation.
The case against former Montgomery County Republican Chairman Robert J. Kerns narrowed dramatically Wednesday as a judge dismissed rape and sexual-assault charges against him but let stand other counts stemming from his alleged attack last fall on a female employee of his law firm.
The press secretary for a central Pennsylvania congressman was arrested this morning after attempting to take a handgun into a congressional office building.
In case Pennsylvania lawmakers need to get creative with their vanity license plates, NO1 SEN and BESTREP are still available, at least for now. Members...
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office has agreed to pay $1.65 million to settle claims that District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman brought unfounded theft charges against a Radnor building contractor at the behest of a church that counts prominent county officials among its members.
WASHINGTON – Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick was the lone House Republican to receive a promise of support Tuesday from a pro-gun control...
Former President Bill Clinton urges Democrats to vote Marjorie Margolies in Pennsylvania's 13th CD via robocall.
NORRISTOWN Montgomery County is still waiting for clearance from the state Supreme Court to resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
WASHINGTON – When the voting stopped Tuesday, Montgomery County was left on the outside looking in. The third most populous county in Pennsylvania...
Five thoughts on Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary results: -- It was a bad night for Montgomery County When the jockeying began, Allyson Schwartz...
The most heated argument during Wednesday's forum among the 13th Congressional District's Democratic candidates wasn't about policy - but who would speak last.
The hotly contested race for the Democratic nomination in the 13th Congressional District turned out to not be much of a race at all: State Rep. Brendan Boyle was declared the winner by 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.
An employee at the Chester County Treasurer's Office is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the county. The Chester County District Attorney's...
Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro endorses Tom Wolf of York in the Democratic primary for governor, bypassing two fellow county residents, Rob McCord and Allyson Schwartz.
State prosecutors have filed rape charges against former Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Robert J. Kerns, reviving a case that collapsed when county investigators misread lab test results from the woman who accused him of assaulting her in the fall.
COATESVILLE Thomas Hogan, the Chester County district attorney, is accusing the Coatesville school board of trying to intimidate a witness and hinder his office's investigation into district finances, according to a scathing two-page statement released Thursday.
Get ready to pay a little more to keep your car on the road in Pennsylvania. Vehicle registrations, drivers’ license renewals and dozens of other...
The former treasurer of a youth soccer organization in Montgomery County is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the group. The Montgomery...
State Sen. Daylin Leach and former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies continued to trade barbs Tuesday night, with Margolies criticizing Leach for living outside the 13th Congressional District he seeks to represent, and Leach insinuating that Margolies held President Bill Clinton hostage in exchange for her vote on his 1993 budget.
State Rep. Brendan Boyle this afternoon said he is boycotting a forum this evening for Democratic candidates seeking the 13th District seat of the U.S. House. Boyle called the event a "farce" put on by a supporter and employee of one of his primary foes, former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies.
The Congressional race in the Eighth District - where national Democrats are eager to unseat a well-funded Republican incumbent - will reach a broader...
State Sen. Daylin Leach touts his tough upbringing in foster care, and says he'll fight "bullies" like Gov. Corbett and the NRA. State Rep. Brendan Boyle attacks his opponents as millionaires and says his priority is helping the middle class.
Marjorie Margolies has fallen farther behind her opponents in fund-raising for the 13th Congressional District primary race, leaving State Sen. Daylin Leach and physician Valerie Arkoosh jockeying for the No. 1 spot, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission.
The race is on. Democratic Congressional candidates Kevin Strouse and Shaughnessy Naughton debated in front of about 200 people at Bucks County Community...
Spring may be upon us, but this winter’s weather and the impact snow and freezing temperatures can have is not yet a distant memory for SEPTA or...
PhillyDeals: State Sen. Andrew Dinniman talks about reforming state universities, charity at home, Quakers, Jews, farms and pharma.
WASHINGTON The Democratic field seeking to replace retiring Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) has narrowed to one. Manan Trivedi, who made unsuccessful runs for the Chester County-based seat in 2010 and 2012, has a clear path to a third Democratic nomination after Malvern businessman Michael Parrish dropped out of the party's primary race Tuesday.
The state House may probe potential ethics violations by some of its own members, but it’s unlikely an independent investigator will be appointed...
In unusually barbed criticism of a fellow prosecutor and fellow Democrat, Philadelphia's district attorney rebuked state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane on Friday, saying she had needlessly killed a solid corruption investigation - and besmirched the prosecutors who built the case.
State prosecutors have filed rape charges against former Montgomery County Republican Party chairman Robert Kerns, reviving a case that collapsed when county investigators misread lab test results from the woman who accused him of assaulting her last fall.
The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office on Monday abruptly dropped all charges against former county Republican Party Chairman Robert...
A special state Senate election Tuesday made state political history; it was won by a write-in candidate.
The most important issue facing Bucks County, according to county commissioner Diane Marseglia, isn't economic development, or the expensive new Justice...
SCHWENKSVILLE A Schwenksville man pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking about $250,000 from the coffers of an Upper Gwynedd nonprofit fire company while he was serving as its treasurer.
Hoping that an open primary will attract attention for its two candidates, the Bucks County Democratic Committee recently decided not to issue an endorsement...
The Bucks County Commissioners, who have long emphasized buying American-made products in purchse orders, may establish a task force to define what exactly...
WASHINGTON – Saying Congress should keep the government’s promises to veterans, Bucks County U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) led the...
Emergency calls, crashes, and outages are lower than expected in Montco. Crews are now regrouping to prepare for the second round of snow.
Bucks County and a regional economic development firm will partner to invest $4 million in startup technology companies based in the county or willing...
WASHINGTON -- Democrat Manan Trivedi is planning a third run for Congress, hoping that the retirement of U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) provides the...
Democrat Kevin Strouse, running for U.S. House in Pennsylvania Eight, says he raised slightly more than $200,000 in the last three months of 2013 and has about $470,000 on hand.
WASHINGTON – Ryan Costello, chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, launched his campaign for Congress Wednesday, taking aim at...
State lawmakers return to voting sessions this week. Here's some of what they're up to.
Another year, the same positions. Bucks County Commissioner Rob Loughery was re-elected chairman of the board for 2014 at Wednesday morning's meeting...
With only two and a half weeks until the Montgomery County Republican Committee elects a new chairman, party leaders are moving swiftly to align support behind a single candidate: State Rep. Mike Vereb.
The two tied races are currently undergoing an official recount, which will extend into Tuesday. If the ties remain, the winner will be decided by "drawing lots."
A letter from the Newtown Township Republican Party says Democrats – some believe it means black Democrats in particular – are a "cancer" that needs to be stopped.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is nothing but a watered-down, Canadian version of James "Jay" Schiliro, the cigar-chomping, OJ-drinking, possible "demon" mayor of Marcus Hook in Delaware County who is currently facing charges for ... oh, one (allegedly) craaaazy night back in February.
Former Montgomery County Commissioner Joseph Joseph M. Hoeffel 3d says the project to redevelop Logan Square, property that was sold Wednesday at sheriff's auction, had its successes.
If something feels a bit different in Delaware County when you go to the polls next month, here's why: Democratic voters now outnumber Republican voters in the longtime GOP stronghold. For the first time ever.
The Bucks County Commissioners announced at a meeting Wednesday that the county will submit grant proposals to the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority...
Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to make voting less convenient for residents of one ward. County officials it was merely confusion over building permissions.
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R, Bucks) is standing by a statement he made earlier this week in which he expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of...
There's a new entrant in the 2014 PA Democratic race for governor. The question is did he already peak?
A Democratic candidate for Bucks County Sheriff in November’s election, Dennis McCauley, released a blistering statement Thursday that took direct...
Cartoonist Signe Wilkinson looks at Philadelphia schools.
PhillyClout: U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Bucks County has been targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the country. We're a year away from the 2014 primary elections and already Fitzpatrick has two Democratic challengers.
The Republican voter-registration edge in Delaware County, a onetime GOP stronghold, has been reduced to 737 votes.
Three Bucks Co. polling stations have been moved for the May 21 municipal primaries.
a well-known brother and sister duo, Philadelphia restaurateur Marc Vetri and Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, will make a presentation together for the first time, when they speak Thursday morning at the 2013 Corporate Philanthropy Summit.
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R, Bucks) is now accepting college internship applications.
Arcadia University's fired president will be honored Wednesday night by the Cheltenham Township Commissioners.
Montco Memo: Developer Carl Dranoff today said that the name of his Cricket Avenue project in Ardmore will be One Ardmore Place. He also presented drawings of the project.
Montco Memo: State. Rep Mary Jo Daley to sit on House Select Committee on School Safety, which will issue a report on current school security and safety measures and recommendations on how they can be improved.
Montco Memo: Montgomery County will get $220,046.88, the second-largest payment in the state, from a Swedish-born derivative scheme.
PhillyDeals: “We were handed a sinking ship and we are stabilizing and heading in the right direction," Josh Shapiro, chairman of the county's elected board of commissioners, told me.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman last week gave U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey a tour of Mission Kids, a child-abuse investigation nonprofit she cofounded. The senator must have liked it. Before the day was over, he had written a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., in support of the nonprofit getting a federal grant.
A rundown of amusing office-holders in Delco, including a representative who calls his rival a "demonic opponent."
The Big Tent: Harry Fawkes, a giant of Pennsylvania politics who was chairman of the Bucks County Republican Committee for four decades, died Tuesday. He was 83.
Montgomery County’s shift to a new method of collecting delinquent taxes appears to be paying off. Treasurer Jason Salus reports that collections...
The Big Tent: A focus group of 10 middle-class mothers expressed profound cynicism about government, questioning whether the nation’s leaders even understand their lives or have the desire to work together to benefit people like them, as they gathered Wednesday night in fluorescent-lit conference room in Bala Cynwyd Wednesday night.
Montgomery County commissioners are trying to start an inmate reentry program with the goal of reducing the county's recidivism rate.
Attytood: This summer I wrote about the Corbett administration's fox-guarding-the-henhouse plan of placing a leading advocate for charter schools in charge of drafting a blueprint to "save" public education in the beleaguered Chester-Upland school district.
Public meeting will present update of project that will realign the intersection of State Street and Route 202 in Doylestown Township and Borough and Buckingham Township.
BucksInq: Raising taxes is the last resort, officials say. A hiring freeze will continue, and the preliminary budget does not contain raises for any employees.
Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian ... Halloween, Wild, Birthday, Jedi. There are many political parties in the free land of Delaware County. Be thankful for democracy.
The Daily Delco: Teams of Delaware County deputy sheriffs have been scrambling today to remove forms that incorrectly stated that "ALL VOTERS" are required to show photo identification.
Bucks County's 8th district Congressional race is awash in political star power as it enters its final days. Former President Bill Clinton cut a robocall...
PhillyClout: Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's team is considering a campaign rally in southeastern Pennsylvania Sunday afternoon and Clout hears Bucks County is a likely locale.
BucksInq: Facing a budget crunch, county officials are reviewing the spending of every dime.
BucksInq: A group backed by the teachers union is seeking a drastic change from three voting regions to nine.
Police say Yeadon's council president wanted a $7,000 bribe from a towing company that towed his car.
Is Fitzpatrick's "Fomenting Innovation" act actually a "Mediocrities" protection bill?
BucksInq: That's just one of the 37 recommendations an advisory group made to Bucks commissioners.
Montco Memo: Montgomery County Area 4 Democrats will host a voter ID clinic on July 28 in their Collegeville office.
The bill would allow the devices in Pittsburgh and suburban Philadelphia municipalities with at least 20,000 residents and accredited police departments.
Montco Memo: A photo ID clinic will be held Saturday, July 14, in Norristown. Workers will also help applicants lacking social security cards, birth certificates and voter registration.
BucksInq: State Rep. Frank Farr organized a rally to support a bill that would ban teachers' strikes.
BucksInq: A county group formed to help voters deal with Pennsylvania’s controversial photo ID law will conduct its first meeting at 2 p.m., Thursday, at the Bucks County Planning Commission’s offices in Doylestown.
Montco Memo: Consolidating county departments, improving technology and adopting corporate-style management structure were among the recommendations made Wednesday by a panel charged with developing tactics to reshape Montgomery County government.
PhillyDeals: Credit-ratings agency Fitch blamed the "sizeable decline in the county's general fund balance following several years of large operating deficits."
The Daily Delco: More than a dozen shots rang out at a polling place on Johnson Street in Chester's East Side.
You've probably never heard of Owen Powell, an anti-war independent running in the 7th Congressional District as a "candidate for the rest of us." If you've had enough of Democrats and Republicans, check out his site.
Chesco Inbox: The Women’s Rights Coalition of Southern Chester County announced today that it is organizing a protest next Thursday against House Bill 1077, a controversial proposal that would require a woman seeking an abortion to have a vaginal ultrasound.
BucksInq: First of three regular meetings shifted from normal 10 a.m. starts so people busy during the day can attend.
Chester County Inbox: Focusing on boosting the region's technology sector, the Chester County and Delaware County Keystone Innovation Zones have partnered to form a new entity: the Ideas x Innovation Network.
Chester County Inbox: A Chester County lawmaker is hosting a Town Hall meeting on Sunday to address the topic of pensions and schools.
Montco Memo: A daylong conference on topics affecting streams and their watersheds is planned for March 10 at Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown.
Montco Memo: Preserve Ambler, a newly-formed citizens group, is holding an informational meeting on March 1 about a proposed billboard in the borough.
The Centre Avenue bridge linking Newtown Borough and Township dates to 1796. PennDOT is planning to replace the historic stone walls with concrete and reuse many of the stones, but local groups fear the bridge's character will be lost.
BucksInq: Rebecca Kiefer, the fourth Bucks County official charged in the political corruption case that has rocked the Register of Wills office, was sentenced Tuesday to six- to 12 months of house arrest.
Montco Memo: This just in from Lower Merion Township commissioner Jenny Brown. Before running unsuccessfully for county commissioner on the Republican ticket in November, Brown had pushed for greater transparency in township government.
Acting on a campaign issue from the fall, the Bucks County Commissioners are rescheduling three morning meetings to the evening this year.
Gov. Corbett will speak during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new headquarters building of Endo Pharmaceuticals at 2:30 p.m. in Malvern today.
Barbara Reilly instituted a system of forcing county employees to work the polls on Election Day for her and other Republicans, paying them with comp time.
A former state representative from London Grove Township will challenge state Sen. Andrew Dinniman, a fellow Democrat, in the 19th district.
Chester County Treasurer Ann Duke, a Republican elected to her current post in 2009, announced her campaign for state auditor general today.
Blinq: Montgomery County government has been GOP-controlled for as long as anyone can remember. That's about to change. Will the bickering among county commissioners end, too?
Democrat Kathryn Boockvar of Doylestown launched a statewide tour, while Republican Anne Covey of Upper Makefield made her case to be elected on Tuesday.
The county party and the Marseglia-Ansinn campaign accepted nearly $100,000 from unions outside the county, Republicans say.
A favorable bond market and strong credit rating helped the county borrow less over a shorter period.
Montco Memo: The county wants candidates to recycle rather than trash plastic and metal election signs.
"Don't cut my township in half!" That's the message from House Rep. Greg Vitali, (D., Delaware) to the Legislative Reapportionment Commission when he found out its upcoming redistricting plan that would split Haverford Township into two legislative districts.
Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia and running mate, Det Ansinn, initiatives for more honest government.
One change is permanent, the other four are temporary.
BucksInq: If you’re free on Nov. 8 and are interested in civic duty, the county Board of Elections can use your help on Election Day.
Supporters of an effort to restrict building heights in West Chester hope their quest will not be a tall order for Borough Council.
Montco Memo: Hundreds of residents packed an auditorium to voice their near unanimous opposition.
The Daily Delco: As I reported today, the page "Support Chester of City Law Enforcement" was created this weekend in the wake of Chester Mayor Wendell Butler Jr.'s statements that he wanted to oust an officer who shot and killed a man Aug. 5 before a full investigation was complete.
Chesco Inbox: Supporters of The Lincoln Building, an 1833 structure credited with helping Lincoln win the Republican nomination in 1860, are hosting an open house tomorrow to garner votes for a challenge grant.
Montco Memo: Republican commissioner candidates Bruce L. Castor Jr. and Jenny Brown promised to restore "fiscal sanity" to Montgomery County, after four years of Democratic control.
Montco Memo: A week ago Montgomery County's commissioner candidates adopted a mostly wait-and-see attitude regarding the Delware Valley Regional Planning Commission's plan to toll 422. This week, all four have come out against the plan.
Philly Dawg: The Delaware County Council has formally requested that the SPCA extend the cut-off date for animal control services beyond June 30.
Baer Growls: Maybe state Sen. Daylin Leach got pranked or hacked or something. Otherwise, why the cookbook?
Montco Memo: Newcomer Connor Kurtz, 17, won the right to appear on the ballot for school board in the Daniel Boone Area School District this November. Color the Daniel Boone High School junior as pleased.
A book that should be required reading for Chester County's open-space advocates - "The Lady Blows a Horn" - is about to hit bookshelves with its third and last printing.
As potential candidates for the 2012 state attorney general start jockeying for position, our colleague Tom Fitzgerald reports that one Philadelphia candidate has nailed down a big endorsement:
Former Democratic state Rep. Bryan Lentz has resolved a defamation lawsuit that Delco GOP camapign workers had filed against him for dragging their name through the mud during Lentz's failed congressional campaign against now-U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan.
Commonwealth Confidential: State Sen. Bob Mensch (R., Montgomery) was cited in a case of apparent road rage on Interstate 78, the Pennsylvania State Police said in a press release made public today.