Martina White at Aldo’s Pizzarama in Somerton. Photograph by Neal Santos
Martina White knew this was coming.
Less than two weeks before the most shocking presidential election in modern history, the Republican lawmaker was sitting at a gym in Northeast Philadelphia, debating Matt Darragh, a Democrat trying to unseat her from the General Assembly.
Then, just as expected, Darragh said the words that have followed White since day one: Donald Trump. He accused her of exploiting the “same sentiments” as Trump and embracing his “direction for the United States.” An activist in the audience saw a connection, too: Standing between two basketball hoops, she waved a sign that read STOP TRUMPMARTINA. Read more »
The former head of Philadelphia’s Republican Party will join President Donald Trump’s administration.
Joe DeFelice, who left the Philly GOP in April amid rumors that he would pursue a job under Trump, will work as the Mid-Atlantic regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trump approved DeFelice’s appointment last week.
In his new position, DeFelice will oversee HUD services in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. He’ll serve as a liaison between the federal department and elected officials, congressional delegations, city managers and stakeholders. Read more »
Courtesy Mike Meehan
Several days after former Philly GOP Chairman Joe DeFelice stepped down (likely to pursue a position in President Donald Trump’s administration), the party has elected a new leader.
Mike Meehan, who’s long controlled the city’s Republican machine (following in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps) was elected as the new party chair on Monday. He’s served as its general counsel for years.
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A Republican candidate for a New Jersey Assembly seat is taking some flak after he was caught on camera telling a woman she should sleep with him – via less appropriate phrasing. Read more »
In response to Gov. Tom Wolf‘s $32.3 billion budget proposal in February, state House Republicans have passed a budget bill that calls for $800 million less in spending. Read more »
Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, speaks Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa.
State GOP House Speaker Mike Turzai will likely run for Pennsylvania governor next year. Read more »
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A special election to fill a seat in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday took a surprising turn: voters in the 197th District in North Philadelphia chose not to elect the sole candidate on the ballot – a Republican – in favor of a write-in candidate who is likely from the Democratic or Green Party. Read more »
State Republicans have chosen Chester County’s Val DiGiorgio as the next Pennsylvania GOP chairman. Read more »
Much like President Donald Trump, Pennsylvania Senate Republicans are wasting no time in using their majority status to pass bills on their agenda. Read more »
Courtesy Philadelphia Police
The city attorney who was connected to anti-Donald Trump graffiti in Chestnut Hill will keep his job, officials said this morning. Read more »