Seamus McCaffery retired this week. Ronald Castille must take mandatory retirement at the end of the year. That’s going to leave the Pennsylvania Supreme Court short of bodies.
Former District Attorney Lynne Abraham has confirmed that she is a candidate for Philadelphia mayor, making it official during a forum at Penn State Abington.
“I am a candidate for mayor of Philadelphia,” Abraham said, introducing herself to the law students on hand. The news was reported by the school’s PR department on Monday, but the report didn’t say when Abraham gave her talk.
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Recent scandals involving the Pennsylvania judiciary have some observers wondering if it’s time to end the practice of electing the state’s top justices.
The “Porngate” scandal that resulted in Justice Seamus McCaffery’s
suspension expected retirement followed the earlier conviction of Justice Joan Orie Melvin on charges she used public workers to campaign on the public’s dime.
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The Sunlight Foundation recently watched a half-hour of the CBS 3 local news and found a wide disparity between the number of political commercials and the amount of time covering local political news. Specifically, during that half hour of Eyewitness News, there were 11 political commercials — and zero political stories.
“Instead of an all-news channel for news junkies, a channel for ad junkies!” Penn’s Kathleen Hall Jameson told the Foundation.
For nearly seven years now, Ben Boychuk and I have jousted weekly on the pages of many newspapers across the country. We co-write a syndicated political column — I’m the liberal, he’s the conservative, and every week we debate the issue du jour. Ben hates Obamacare, isn’t a fan of gay marriage, has very little nice to say about teachers’ unions, thinks rich people spending money like crazy to influence elections is a great expression of First Amendment values. I think he’s wrong about nearly everything, he thinks the same thing about me, and sometimes the never-ending disagreement can be pretty damned irritating.
Ben is also one of my best friends in the world. I think he’d say the same about me.
The Pennsylvania Legislature is making foreign policy now, apparently.
Gov. Tom Corbett this week signed a bill that makes companies choose: Do they want Iran’s business? Or the Keystone State’s? Because you can’t have both.
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Republican Gov. Tom Corbett appears headed to a defeat, but Democratic challenger Tom Wolf will probably face a GOP-led House and Senate if he takes office in Harrsburg next year, according to a new prediction.
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The State Senate battle between Democrat John Kane and Republican Tom McGarrigle for the 26th District seat in Delaware and Chester counties is one of the most hotly contested and most negative races in the entire state, with Kane, the head of Plumbers Union Local 690 since 2007, and McGarrigle, a Springfield businessman, both pumping cash into television ads. You’ve probably seen Kane’s “Homework” ad. It’s one of those campaign advertisements that shows off a politician’s pretty family — in this case, Kane’s wife and their four children — and has them raving about what a great dad he is. But one person who saw that ad wasn’t very impressed: Kane’s 32-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. Read more »
Let’s give this to Daryl Metcalfe: If you wanted to create a religious-right bogeyman that almost perfectly fit the fevered nightmares of liberals, he’d pretty closely fit the bill.
Metcalfe is the Pennsylvania Republican probably best known for silencing openly gay Rep. Brian Sims on the House floor last year because Sims’ comments in favor of gay marriage would’ve been “against God’s law.”
“I’m a Christian,” Metcalfe said at the time. “Based on the command of Jesus Christ, of Almighty God, I love my fellow man. I work to protect their liberties.”
Unless, of course, his fellow man is an immigrant. Or somebody trying to help an immigrant. Or, worse yet, someone trying to help an immigrant child. Then Metcalfe’s love somehow disappears.
M. Night Shyamalan is a hometown boy: He has long favored shooting his movies in and around Philadelphia. The problem for his 2010 flick, The Last Airbender, is that it was an effects-driven film that would be conjured largely inside a computer — and the kinds of computers that do that work are largely in California.
No problem for Shyamalan, nor for his studio Paramount Pictures. The physical movie was shot here, the visual effects were produced in San Francisco — and the movie claimed a Pennsylvania credit for the work done in California.
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