Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty, a Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Supreme Court smile during a campaign rally on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
With two-thirds of districts reporting Tuesday night, it appeared that the three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would each be captured by Democrats. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Kevin Dougherty — brother to power broker John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty — was joined by Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue of Point Breeze and Superior Court Judge David Wecht of Indiana Township in capturing seats.
The Associated Press called the race just before 11 p.m.:
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ Democrats have won all three open seats on Pennsylvania's Supreme Court.
Somebody really doesn’t want Kevin Dougherty to take a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court:
The above ad is sponsored by the Republican State Leadership Committee, an independent PAC that supports GOP candidates in state-level races. The Post-Gazette reports the group has apparently received $100,000 from the Koch Brothers, the Kansas millionaires who support right-wing and libertarian causes.
The Post-Gazette says the ad — titled “Factual” — omits some key details, however: Read more »
Wednesday night a room full of movers and shakers gathered at the Independence Visitor Center to pay tribute to a national LGBT trailblazer, Mark Segal, who was celebrating the publication of his long-awaited memoir, And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality. The night began for most of us crossing the NBC10 picket line of striking photographers; John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty was a few steps behind me, shaking hands with a few of the protestors — members of his union — and giving them his support. In comes David L. Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast, NBC10’s parent company. No problem. Cohen and Dougherty exchanged a handshake, and the two talked for a long time, even posing for a photo for me. Both then joined the long line of other guests waiting their turn for the man of the hour Mark Segal to sign their books.
A Local 98 protest outside of Comcast headquarters.
In order to cover the World Meeting of Families events in Philadelphia last week, including the various appearances by Pope Francis himself, members of the media had to undergo background checks and be individually approved by the World Meeting of Families well in advance. So when NBC10’s camera crews went on strike just before the big weekend, some of us wondered how they would possibly get their fill-in staff credentialed in time. Well, John Dougherty‘s Local 98 union claims it may have the answer. Read more »
The scene outside NBC10’s studio in Bala Cynwyd after a Local 98 picketer was allegedly struck by a car being driven by an NBC10 employee.
Last week, Local 98 union head John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty told Philadelphia magazine that two union members were “assaulted” by cars on the picket line outside NBC 10’s studio along City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. And now the Lower Merion Police Department says that no charges have been filed against either of the accused drivers, but a picketer has been charged in one of the incidents. Read more »
On Thursday, we told you about the Mirandas, a San Diego family of seven that arrived in Philadelphia on Wednesday to see Pope Francis. The Miranda children raised $7,500 at a lemonade stand to fund the trip, and the family drove an R.V. across the country, intent on attending a papal mass, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Only it turned out not to be so easy. Read more »
While most of the local news stations in Philadelphia are already stretched to their limit covering the pope, NBC10 is experiencing a completely different level of chaos thanks to a strike at the station that began on Thursday. And now IBEW Local 98 union head John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty says that the situation has turned violent. Read more »
The Philadelphia Inquirerreported Wednesday, “Dougherty was selected to succeed Pat Gillespie as head of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, which represents nearly 40 unions in Philadelphia and the suburbs.” Gillespie will step down in September.
Former Democratic mayoral candidate Nelson Diaz has a fascinating interview with Sabrina Vourvoulias at Al Dia. Read her story here.
The most immediately newsworthy bits are his comments on John Dougherty, who Diaz blames for thwarting his campaign:
“…He got the Supreme Court, with his brother. He got city council. He worked out a deal with the Northwest, for Cherelle Parker and for (Derek) Green. So he’s got two more people he has some control over, and he will have the mayor’s office now.”
“So the question is, who won?” he continues.
“I think the guy who really won is Dougherty, who essentially is the controlling figure. And he’s part of the party, he’s the treasurer of the party, and so that’s the machine.”
From L to R: Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and electricians union leader John Dougherty.
How in the world did an allegedly gay-hating, voter ID-loving racist who no one has ever heard of nearly beat an incumbent Democratic Councilwoman who both John Street and Bill Green IIIbelieve will be mayor one day?
That question has stumped political insiders since the Philadelphia primary battle between Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, the two-term Councilwoman, and Manny Morales, whose Facebook page likened gay men to flatworms and did a whole lot of other crazy stuff. Sánchez won the election with only 53 percent of the vote.
Reporter Max Marin offers a potential answer in Al Dia that is pretty intriguing — and which has big implications for the Sánchez’s political future. Read more »