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  • August 24, 2008 Categories: MSNBC Rendell: Obama coverage was embarrassing

    08/25/2008 12:16:20 PM PDT · by moose2004 · 10 replies · 137+ views ^ | 8/25/08 | moose2004
    Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was supposed to give “closing remarks” during this afternoon’s Shorenstein Center-sponsored panel discussion with all three Sunday show moderators — NBC’s Tom Brokaw, ABC’s George Stephanopoulous and CBS’s Bob Schieffer — but instead, he opened up a can of worms about bias in 2008 election coverage
  • Rendell to cast vote for Clinton at convention

    08/19/2008 3:36:59 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 10 replies · 228+ views
    Pennsylvania's Gov. Ed Rendell told PolitikerPA, a political Web site, that "Early on, I said I would cast my ballot for Sen. Clinton, I'm going to cast my ballot for her, and then the moment I cast my vote, I'm going to continue to enthusiastically support Sen. Obama. It's going to be a good release for all of us." Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo confirmed to the Tribune-Review via email Rendell's statement with this response: "He (Rendell) will vote for Senator Clinton on the first ballot as part of his commitment as a pledged delegate. He will then support Sen. Obama...
  • The Just Say No Deal Coalition Responds To Gov. Ed Rendell [RATS Against Obama]

    06/29/2008 2:56:37 PM PDT · by freespirited · 11 replies · 93+ views
                            Contact:Spokespersons - Just Say No Deal: East Coast: Will Bower, PUMA Liz Joyce, Diane Mantouvalos, West Coast: Robin Carlson, Please Contact:  Andonia Public Relations:   (617) 416-4897    June  29, 2008 *****MEDIA ALERT*****  The Just Say No Deal Coalition Responds To Gov. Ed Rendell   We'd Like To Teach An Old Dog Some New Tricks  - Online, in Washington D.C. and Nationwide -  The Just Say No Deal Coalition issues the following response to Governor Ed Rendell’s counter movement HOUND (Hillary-Obama-United-Not-Divided). While we thank the governor for recognizing us...
  • Rendell's Testimony: He Would Consider Lying Under Oath

    06/03/2008 5:42:28 PM PDT · by TAdams8591 · 21 replies · 311+ views
    The Bulletin (Philadelphia) ^ | June 2, 2008 | Bradley Vasoli
    Philadelphia - Gov. Ed Rendell (D) said in a federal deposition on Jan. 2, 2002 that if asked under oath about a hypothetical instance of adultery on his part, he might not answer honestly, The Bulletin has learned. Mr. Rendell was then a gubernatorial candidate responding to lawyers for Don and Teri Adams about events that transpired on Oct. 2, 1998, when the brother and sister protested a Philadelphia visit by Bill Clinton in anticipation of the president's impeachment. Members of the Teamsters union assaulted the two that evening. Mr. and Miss Adams received civil recompense for the actions of...
  • Obama, Now on the Defensive, Calls ‘Bitter’ Words Ill-Chosen

    04/12/2008 9:09:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 128 replies · 685+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 13, 2008 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE and JEFF ZELENY
    Senator Barack Obama fought back Saturday against accusations from his rivals that he had displayed a profound misunderstanding of small-town values, in a flare-up that left him on the defensive before a series of primaries that could test his ability to win over white voters in economically distressed communities. For a second day, Mr. Obama sought to explain his remarks at a recent San Francisco fund-raiser that small-town Pennsylvania voters, bitter over their economic circumstances, “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them” as a way to explain their frustrations. Acknowledging Saturday that “I didn’t...
  • Rendell: I'm Too Truthful To Be Veep Candidate

    03/31/2008 4:37:35 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies · 411+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Ed Rendell is too truthful to be a good vice-presidential candidate. Just ask him. The Pennsylvania governor and Hillary supporter was a guest on this afternoon's Hardball. Wrapping up the interview, host Chris Matthews broached his availability as Veep. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Do you think the Democrats have a shot at carrying Florida on the best of conditions this year? ED RENDELL: Oh, absolutely, absolutely. Particularly when the issues about Social Security are fashioned. I think this is going to be the best chance we've had to carry Florida since 2000. MATTHEWS: I think Hillary has a better chance than Barack...
  • Rendell seeks loan for highway, bridge work

    03/28/2008 8:59:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 421+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 27, 2008 | Tom Barnes
    HARRISBURG -- With a section of a Pittsburgh bridge dropping 8 inches and an Interstate 95 support pillar cracking in Philadelphia, Gov. Ed Rendell is turning up the heat under the Legislature to provide infrastructure repair funds more quickly. Mr. Rendell sent a letter to all 253 legislators yesterday urging quick passage of a $240 million "supplemental debt authorization." His program of borrowing would enable state officials to fast-track repairs on some of the state's 6,000 bridges classified as structurally deficient, along with fixing ailing highways, repairing "state-owned, high-hazard dams" and beginning flood mitigation projects. Also yesterday, Mr. Rendell called...
  • Russians Suspected in Shooting of Kremlin Critic Near D.C., et al.

    02/24/2008 3:47:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 333+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 24, 2008 | Newsmax
    <p>1. Russians Suspected in Shooting of Kremlin Critic Near D.C.</p> <p>One year ago, Kremlin critic Paul Joyal was gunned down in the driveway of his suburban Maryland home. The case remains unsolved — but some see the hand of Russia in the shooting.</p>
  • Contessa Coaxes Jackson Into Ripping Rendell

    02/14/2008 2:28:36 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies · 64+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A couple days ago, speculating that Contessa Brewer might be a closet conservative, I expressed the hope that I wasn't making trouble for her at MSNBC. Maybe I did. For the anchor now has gone out of her way to express PC sentiments that almost make you wonder whether she wasn't trying to prove her liberal bona fides to the MSNBC powers that be. You'd think Jesse Jackson would be the last person who'd normally need to be persuaded to take offense at any comment that could possibly be considered to have racial overtones. Usually, it's a case of duck...
  • Pennsylvania and Racism

    02/12/2008 8:50:00 PM PST · by Fred · 32 replies · 265+ views
    Pennsylvania and Racism ^ | 021208 | Evan Dawson
    Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell says Barack Obama is going to lose votes because some white voters are not ready for a black president: "I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate." Rendell also said he thought race cost his Republican opponent, former NFL star Lynn Swann, around five points in the 2006 election for governor. Rendell's statement was jarring for me. Last summer, at my wife's high school reunion, I met a guy who grew up in Penn Yan and now works for a nuclear facility outside Pittsburgh. He's a Libertarian...
  • Exposing Hillary's Illegalities In Los Angeles Court To Begin Feb. 21! (status conference)

    01/31/2008 1:35:03 PM PST · by OPS4 · 85 replies · 17,848+ views
    Peter Paul Project ! ^ | january 2008 | Intermeddler
    The Hillary Clinton Accountability Project will shortly launch its fundraising drive to raise $500,000 to support the most important citizen’s legal initiative of 2008. The landmark civil fraud suit of Paul v Clinton et al which the California Supreme Court ordered to proceed against the Clintons, Grammys Producer Gary Smith and Clinton agent Jim Levin, will be set for trial and a discovery schedule at a special conference to be held in Los Angeles Superior Court on February 21, 2008. The first law suit in American history to bring a President and a Senator to court for defrauding the Senator’s...
  • Clinton Camp Pre-Spinning Possible BAD NEWS IN IOWA: Third-Place Finish Would Not Be Disappointing

    01/02/2008 1:06:50 PM PST · by rface · 53 replies · 395+ views
    ABC News ^ | 01.02.08 | RICK KLEIN
    As the presidential candidates engage in furious pre-caucus spin, one of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's most prominent Iowa supporters said Wednesday that she's already accomplished what she needs to in Iowa, and can declare success even if she finishes in third place. Asked if the order of finish matters, Former governor Tom Vilsack, D-Iowa, deflected the question. "She absolutely had to be competitive and she's accomplished that," he said. "Obviously everybody's interested in winning, and I think we're going to do well. It's tight. There's no question about that." In May, Vilsack was quoted in the Washington Post, saying, "There's...
  • Clinton errs on Pakistan

    01/01/2008 6:15:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 448+ views
    The Politico ^ | January 1, 2008 | Ben Smith
    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was praised in the wake of the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto for demonstrating her command of the players and the issues at stake in Pakistan, even as another candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, was criticized for stumbling over details. But in two confident television appearances, on CNN and ABC, Clinton made an elementary error about Pakistani politics: She described President Pervez Musharraf as a "candidate" who would be "on the ballot." In fact, Musharraf was reelected to the presidency in October. The upcoming elections are for parliament, and while Musharraf's party...
  • The Bubba Factor, And Other Maladroit Clintonisms

    12/31/2007 6:51:20 AM PST · by jdm · 11 replies · 414+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Dec. 31, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    The Politico notes that Bill Clinton has fallen back on Bubbalistic campaigning in Iowa. The homespun wisdom of the former Rhodes scholar comes along with his wife's various regional accents, but as Ben Smith notes, usually much farther away from the press: Before he was a silver-haired elder statesman, ex-president, and globe-trotting do-gooder, Bill Clinton was Bubba. And out in rural Western Iowa, Bubba is back. ... While his speech differed little from the one he gives in upscale audiences, his presence there indicates both the potential his wife’s campaign sees in the West and the fact that the former...
  • felons removed from Clinton's TN steering committee

    12/25/2007 2:32:24 PM PST · by SJackson · 38 replies · 1,010+ views
    WBIR ^ | 12-25-07
    <p>Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has revised its list of Tennessee supporters on its statewide steering committee to remove the names of two convicted felons.</p> <p>The original list of more than 100 committee members had included former state House Majority Leader Tommy Burnett and West Tennessee Democratic Party activist Gladys Crain.</p>
  • Hillary Clinton Net Worth $34.9 MILLION

    12/15/2007 6:13:01 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 81 replies · 2,863+ views
    San Francisco Sentinel ^ | 15 December 2007
    WHAT SHE’S GOT Cash and Bonds: $30.1 million Life Insurance: $140,000 Retirement Funds: $33,000 Alternative Investments: $248,000 Houses: $5.9 million Mortgages: $1.5 million WORTH: $39.9 MILLION 2006 Income: $12.1 million WHERE SHE GOT IT When Bill Clinton first ran for President in 1992, Hillary provided most of the couple’s income working for the Rose law firm in Little Rock; he earned only $35,000 a year as governor of Arkansas. Although she takes in $165,200 a year as a senator, these days Bill is breadwinner-in-chief. His presidential pension is $201,000 a year, and he grabbed a $12 million advance for his...
  • Roadblocker: Hillary to hit all six morning shows Monday (sleep in tomorrow)

    12/16/2007 9:40:11 PM PST · by ClarenceThomasfan · 30 replies · 353+ views
    Time Magazines The Page blog ^ | 12/16/07 | Mark Halperin
    Clinton tries to extend Big Mo/turn-the-page storyline with Monday TV appearances on all six morning shows from Iowa.
  • Clinton Booed at Heartland Forum

    12/01/2007 5:50:06 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 46 replies · 443+ views ^ | December 01, 2007 |
    Clinton Booed at Heartland Forum December 01, 2007 6:04 PM ABC News' Eloise Harper reports: A day after dealing with a hostage crisis, Sen. Hillary Clinton faced a tough crowd in Iowa. Clinton did not receive the warmest of welcomes at the Heartland Form in Des Moines, IA, and although the hostage scare was mentioned, the announcer brushed it off quickly in order to get to questions. Clinton, who was forced to call in to speak to the crowd of thousands because of weather difficulties, took questions on topics from healthcare to illegal immigration. The senator was asked if she...
  • New poll shows Clinton trails top 2008 Republicans

    11/26/2007 10:01:08 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 148 replies · 773+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/26/07 | John Whitesides
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton trails five top Republican presidential contenders in general election match-ups, a drop in support from this summer, according to a poll released on Monday. Clinton's top Democratic rivals, Barack Obama and John Edwards, still lead Republicans in hypothetical match-ups ahead of the November 4, 2008, presidential election, the survey by Zogby Interactive showed. Clinton, a New York senator who has been at the top of the Democratic pack in national polls in the 2008 race, trails Republican candidates Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, John McCain and Mike Huckabee by three to five...
  • Sen. Hillary Clinton tells Katie Couric: I will be the Democratic nominee

    11/26/2007 5:47:03 PM PST · by jdm · 62 replies · 680+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Nov. 26, 2007 | Staff
    Is Sen. Hillary Clinton feeling any doubts about winning the Democratic nomination for president? Not at all. "It will be me," Clinton tells Katie Couric in an interview to air Monday on the "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric." The broadcast airs at 6:30 p.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. Couric also asked if Clinton is concerned that Oprah Winfrey could boost Sen. Barack Obama by campaigning for him in three key states. "No, at the end of the day," Clinton says. "I'm proud to have my husband support me ... with his knowledge, experience and incredible ability to vouch for me."

    11/26/2007 10:03:25 AM PST · by Crazieman · 92 replies · 433+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 11/26/07
  • Rendell can't spin away Hsu

    09/22/2007 9:55:06 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 11 replies · 264+ views
    pittsburgh live dot com ^ | 9-32-07 | Bumsted
    Rendell can't spin away Hsu By Brad Bumsted STATE CAPITOL REPORTER Sunday, September 23, 2007 HARRISBURG Capitol observers were astounded when Gov. Ed Rendell called Democrat fundraiser Norman Hsu, a felon and then-fugitive, "one of the best 10 people I've met." They're likely more astounded now. Rendell made the comment to The Philadelphia Inquirer; it became instant fodder for Capitol insiders. If Mr. Hsu is on the governor's Top 10 list, who else is on the list? Incredibly, Rendell last week backed off the statement at his first Capitol news conference since the Hsu scandal surfaced. The governor threw in...
  • PA GOP: Fast Eddie Robs Peter Paul to Pay Hillary

    09/17/2007 9:10:26 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies · 379+ views
    Pennsylvania GOP ^ | 9-14-07 | Michael Barley
    PA GOP: Fast Eddie Robs Peter Paul to Pay Hillary Friday, September 14, 2007 Contact: Michael Barley HARRISBURG —Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Robert A. Gleason, Jr. was not surprised to see that Gov. Ed Rendell and U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton are involved in more fundraising scandals with another convicted felon, named Peter Paul. Paul alleges that Ed Rendell, then Chairman of the Democrat National Committee, told him to lie about his involvement with a 2000 Clinton for Senate fundraiser. “Apparently, when Sen. Clinton and Gov. Rendell need campaign donations, they dial up the list of America’s most wanted as...
  • (Paul v Clinton) Felon Wants Rendell to Testify (quite a headline, huh?)

    09/14/2007 10:18:07 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 11 replies · 583+ views
    pittsburghlive dot com ^ | 9-15-07 | Bumsted
    Felon wants Rendell to testify By Brad Bumsted STATE CAPITOL REPORTER Saturday, September 15, 2007 Peter F. Paul of Asheville, N.C., contends in court documents that after The Washington Post pursued a story disclosing his felony convictions, Rendell asked him to lie in 2000 to cover up Paul's role in a Hollywood fundraiser he helped sponsor for Clinton. "He will be deposed. He's a material witness," Paul told the Tribune-Review in a telephone interview. Court documents allege in a civil lawsuit pending in Los Angeles County Superior Court that "Rendell, on Hillary Rodham Clinton's behalf, asked Paul to lie about...
  • Fugitive fundraiser captured in Colorado {Hillary's Hsu }

    09/06/2007 9:00:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 314 replies · 12,126+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/6/7 | Jaxon Van Derbeken,John Coté
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Fugitive political fundraiser Norman Hsu, who skipped out on San Mateo County authorities this week rather than face sentencing in a fraud scheme, was apprehended tonight by federal and local lawmen in Grand Junction, Colo. Authorities said Hsu was taken into custody at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction at 7 p.m. local time. He had been on the lam for almost two days after failing to appear in a Redwood City courtroom Wednesday to surrender his passport. Hsu's attorney told state prosecutors that he had been on a charter flight that arrived at Oakland International Airport...
  • Rendell decides not to delay computer work on gun sales database

    08/28/2007 7:59:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 843+ views ^ | Aug. 28, 2007 | MARK SCOLFORO
    Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. --Gov. Ed Rendell, despite pressure from gun dealers, decided Tuesday not to delay a database upgrade that will halt Pennsylvania firearms sales for three days. The Democratic governor said the shutdown to allow work on the criminal history database would last one day less than previously announced. The Pennsylvania Instant Check System will be down from 6 p.m. Sunday and return to operation at 6 p.m. Sept. 5. "It is clear that there will never be an ideal time to temporarily shut down the system so we can make changes necessary to ensure the system continues...
  • Act 44 at a glance

    08/23/2007 1:55:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 619+ views
    The Derrick and NewsHerald ^ | August 20, 2007 | The Derrick and NewsHerald
    The plan to convert the 311-mile-long Interstate-80 into a toll road is part of Act 44 in Pennsylvania. Overall, the legislation generates a huge amount of money to accomplish a wide range of bridge and road improvements, including those on Pennsylvania's interstates, the turnpike and secondary highways. Those projects will be funded with borrowed money that will be repaid by tolls on I-80 and the turnpike. Tolls on the 530-mile long turnpike will be increased by 25 percent in 2009 and 3 percent each successive year. The same tolls charged on the turnpike will be charged on I-80. Specifically, Act...
  • Pa. budget deal was eased by windfall from electric tax

    07/12/2007 10:45:12 AM PDT · by Mo1 · 5 replies · 304+ views
    CBS3 News ^ | Jul 11, 2007 | AP
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Electric-rate shock for consumers could produce a windfall for Governor Ed Rendell's alternative energy agenda. Rendell originally touted a new per-kilowatt electricity surcharge as way to raise at least 60 (M) million dollars a year. The idea was to pay back 850 (M) million dollars in borrowing to subsidize alternative energy projects and electricity conservation efforts. But while state Senate Republicans say they support the program's goal, they oppose the surcharge. Instead, they say the program can be supported by an existing tax on electricity bills, which are expected to rise substantially as rate caps expire...
  • Who's to blame for the sellout? Foreign firms buying up America's infrastructure

    06/02/2007 12:08:00 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 45 replies · 1,574+ views ^ | 6/2/07 | Henry Lamb
    The nation's transportation experts have identified their top three priorities: a national freight network, urban congestion and connecting new urban centers with the interstate system. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, meeting in national conference last month, heard futurists predict that the cost of meeting the transportation needs would be $3.1 trillion over the next 25 years. State and local governments are turning to "public-private partnerships," or PPPs, to produce the funding. The city of Chicago was happy to partner with a Spanish-Australian group that paid $1.83 billion for a 99-year lease to operate the Chicago Skyway....
  • Rendell charges NRA in control of gun legislation

    05/23/2007 10:38:51 AM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,157+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | May 23, 2007 | Brad Bumsted
    HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania General Assembly has resisted gun control legislation because it has been under the control of the National Rifle Association, Gov. Ed Rendell charged Tuesday House Minority Leader Sam Smith angrily fired back that Rendell is "delusional." "I have never received a penny from the NRA," said Smith, a Punxsutawney Republican who said he has opposed gun control "because a majority of my constituents see things this way." "I've been here for five months, and I haven't heard word one from the NRA," said freshman Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Altoona...
  • Politicians' Hubris Takes to the Open Road - Do as Jon Corzine says, not as he does

    05/10/2007 11:33:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 459+ views
    Reason ^ | May 10, 2007 | Radley Balko
    In the wake of New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's recent car accident, much has been made of the governor's decision not to wear a seat belt. One of the governor's own aides suggested the governor be issued a citation, even as he lay in a hospital bed in critical condition. And a resident of New Jersey filed a formal complaint against Corzine. While I'm not personally fond of mandatory seat-belt laws (I don't think it's the government's responsibility to protect us from ourselves), there is certainly some hypocrisy involved in his presiding over a state that requires the use of...
  • Texas governor says Rendell's transportation proposal has merit

    04/29/2007 2:42:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 552+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | April 29, 2007 | Jim Ritchie
    The transportation issues facing Texas Gov. Rick Perry earlier this decade were so severe that it was faster to take back roads from San Antonio to Dallas than Interstate 35. That's akin to taking Route 60 to Pittsburgh International Airport from Downtown to avoid the Parkway West. Perry pushed through a package of highway construction projects driven by public-private partnerships, similar to the long-term lease of the Pennsylvania Turnpike sought by Gov. Ed Rendell. Texas' decision to turn to private companies to build and maintain 4,000 miles of highways in key corridors was in response to a business and population...
  • Pennsylvania launches health insurance plan

    01/17/2007 4:19:41 PM PST · by libertarianPA · 19 replies · 577+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/17/07 | Jon Hurdle
    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Pennsylvania became the fifth U.S. state to seek universal health coverage for its citizens on Wednesday when it unveiled a plan to provide medical insurance for some three-quarters of a million residents who currently have none. Along with other states including Massachusetts and California, Pennsylvania is joining a growing movement among U.S. states to tackle the problem of residents without health care insurance, which according to some estimates number as many as 46 million Americans or about 15 percent of the population. The problem of uninsured medical costs, often left to be covered at taxpayer expense,...
  • The uncomfortable truth about school shootings

    10/05/2006 9:42:48 AM PDT · by OH2Am · 21 replies · 974+ views
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | October 4, 2006 | Ken Hanson
    In a remarkable moment of candor, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell today acknowledged that stronger gun laws could not have prevented the horrible shooting at the Amish school in Lancaster County. Rendell, a staunch gun control advocate, admitted, “I believe with all my heart that we need more gun control” during a live press conference. But he also acknowledged that tougher gun laws would not have prevented gunman Charles Carl Roberts IV from carrying out his deadly attack, noting, “You can make all the changes you want, but you can never stop a random act of violence by someone intent on...
  • PA: Governor Admits Gun Laws Could Not Prevent School Shooting

    10/04/2006 10:06:44 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 22 replies · 592+ views
    BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a remarkable moment of candor, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell today acknowledged what the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has been saying for years: Stronger gun laws could not have prevented the horrible shooting yesterday at the Amish school in Lancaster County. Rendell, a staunch gun control advocate, admitted, "I believe with all my heart that we need more gun control" during a live press conference. But he also acknowledged that tougher gun laws would not have prevented gunman Charles Carl Roberts IV from carrying out his deadly attack,...
  • Pa. races could set table for 2008

    07/09/2006 5:52:56 AM PDT · by NorthEasterner · 25 replies · 953+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | July 9, 2006 | salena zito
    Pa. races could set table for 2008 By Salena Zito TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, July 9, 2006 Welcome to Pennsylvania, known as "The Cradle of America" because the Founders drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. Fast-forward 230 years and it is about to become another national cradle - a political one -- for the 2006 midterm elections.
  • Swann asks Rendell to switch jobs

    07/07/2006 12:45:38 PM PDT · by NorthEasterner · 29 replies · 1,256+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | July 7, 2006 | Michael Miller
    Swann asks Rendell to switch jobs By Michael Miller LEADER TIMES Friday, July 7, 2006 Lynn Swann wants to trade jobs with Gov. Ed Rendell. Swann, who worked for ABC sports for 28 years, told a crowd of supporters in Kittanning yesterday that he's looking to become the next governor, and that the governor can become a full-time broadcaster. Rendell has a side gig as a commentator for a cable network covering the Philadelphia Eagles. "Come November, vote for me for governor, and make him the broadcaster full-time," Swann said. The Republican candidate for governor spoke to a small crowd...
  • Bush may help Swann raise funds

    06/20/2006 8:21:52 AM PDT · by NorthEasterner · 11 replies · 537+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | June 20, 2006 | David M. Brown
    Bush may help Swann raise funds By David M. Brown TRIBUNE-REVIEW Tuesday, June 20, 2006 Lynn Swann is down in the polls, but his bid to unseat Gov. Ed Rendell is getting a boost from national GOP groups and a prospective presidential visit.
  • In fundraising, Rendell piles it on as Swann plays catch-up

    06/16/2006 4:47:18 AM PDT · by NorthEasterner · 2 replies · 453+ views
    In fundraising, Rendell piles it on as Swann plays catch-up By David M. Brown TRIBUNE-REVIEW Friday, June 16, 2006 Lynn Swann was fleet on the gridiron, but the former Steelers star is eating Gov. Ed Rendell's dust in the dash to raise campaign cash.
  • Ridge urges GOP to unite behind Swann

    05/31/2006 4:37:08 PM PDT · by NorthEasterner · 45 replies · 930+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | May 31, 2006 | Mike Wereschagin
    Ridge urges GOP to unite behind Swann By Mike Wereschagin TRIBUNE-REVIEW Wednesday, May 31, 2006 Former Gov. Tom Ridge urged Republicans to put aside their misgivings about Lynn Swann and unite behind him in his bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell.
  • A sliver of hope for the Swann campaign?

    05/28/2006 7:30:36 AM PDT · by NorthEasterner · 12 replies · 740+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | May 28, 2006 | Salena Zito
    A sliver of hope for the Swann campaign? By Salena Zito TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, May 28, 2006 The opposing team is befuddled. The media are bored. The electorate is disengaged. And the campaign team? Bush (with a small "b") league.
  • Swann alleges Rendell camp thwarts would-be donors

    05/26/2006 1:03:50 PM PDT · by NorthEasterner · 10 replies · 373+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | May 26th, 2006 | AP
    Swann alleges Rendell camp thwarts would-be donors By The Associated Press Friday, May 26, 2006 PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Lynn Swann said Friday that some of his supporters are not contributing to his campaign because people in the Rendell administration or the governor's campaign have indicated it could jeopardize their state contracts or grants. "His party machinery is out there putting the squeeze on people, saying 'don't contribute to Swann's campaign,"' Swann told The Associated Press in his first extended interview with a Pennsylvania news organization.
  • 22,000 Swann voters didn't vote for Santorum

    05/18/2006 8:30:17 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 121 replies · 2,103+ views
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Nearly 22,000 Pennsylvania Republicans who voted for Lynn Swann as the GOP nominee for governor withheld their support from U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum in Tuesday's primary. Both candidates were unopposed. Mr. Swann, the former Steelers star, received 574,276 votes, while Mr. Santorum, who is seeking a third term in the Senate, drew 552,559, according to unofficial totals compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of State that were 99 percent complete today. In the Nov. 7 general election, Mr. Swann will face Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell while Santorum is running against state Treasurer Bob Casey. Less than six months...
  • Gov. Ed Rendell seeks mandate for more gun control in Pennsylvania

    05/15/2006 9:46:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 264+ views
    John Lott's Website ^ | May 13, 2006 | John Lott
    Governor Rendell is again calling for changes to Pennsylvania gun laws following the first fatal shooting of an on-duty Philadelphia police officer in a decade. The governor tells public radio that gun regulation is a touchy subject beyond Philadelphia and its suburbs. "This is a state with a lot of gun ownership. But I do think the legislators mistake that for thinking that for believing that gun owners don’t want reasonable gun laws that would affect criminals," Rendell said. "So we’re going to try again. But it’s an uphill fight in Harrisburg." But he said he’ll continue to push for...
  • Santorum closes gap, Rendell widens lead

    05/04/2006 4:41:02 AM PDT · by GOPwatch · 64 replies · 1,659+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | May 4, 2006 | David M. Brown & Brad Bumsted
    Santorum closes gap, Rendell widens lead By Brad Bumsted and David M. Brown TRIBUNE-REVIEW Thursday, May 4, 2006 HARRISBURG -- Aided by a $1-million-plus TV advertising blitz, Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell has opened a 14-point lead in his re-election campaign against Republican challenger Lynn Swann, according to the latest Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/WTAE-Channel 4 Keystone poll. The statewide poll of 578 registered voters released today also showed U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn Hills, has pulled within six points of his likely Democratic challenger, state Treasurer Robert P. Casey Jr., of Scranton.
  • Seemingly unrelated events, aren't (Six degrees of Ed Rendell)

    04/30/2006 2:26:02 PM PDT · by NorthEasterner · 3 replies · 368+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | April 30, 2006 | Eric Heyl
    Seemingly unrelated events, aren't By Eric Heyl TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, April 30, 2006 Can it be done? Can a seemingly random collection of items be seamlessly woven together into a column that informs and enlightens you? Let's give it a try. Let's somehow link Gov. Ed Rendell, the Pirates, the Penguins, former President Bill Clinton, political grandstander Jesse Jackson, the Democratic National Committee, the nation's largest cable TV provider and speculation on why the governor is intervening in what should be a private business transaction.
  • Third and Long-Lynn Swanns substance free campaign

    04/29/2006 8:25:16 AM PDT · by GOPwatch · 14 replies · 786+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4/29/2006 | Salena Zito
    Third and Long Lynn Swann's substance-free campaign. by Salena Zito Pittsburgh LYNN SWANN, Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, walked into the room and instantly owned it. He was among five hundred or so guests attending a March fundraiser for Senator Rick Santorum with George W. Bush as the headliner. But it was Swann who was the man of the moment, rubbing elbows with Pittsburgh's elite in the tony suburban neighborhood of Sewickley, where he happens to live.
  • Rendell says he signed pay raise to 'kiss a little butt'

    04/27/2006 7:34:14 AM PDT · by GOPwatch · 18 replies · 689+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 4/27/06 | brad bumsted
    Rendell says he signed pay raise to 'kiss a little butt' By Brad Bumsted STATE CAPITOL REPORTER Thursday, April 27, 2006 HARRISBURG -- Gov. Ed Rendell told a group of Bucks County business people he signed last year's pay raise to "kiss a little butt" with the Legislature and ensure continued enactment of his own agenda. That's a "jaw-dropping statement" that says it all about the governor and the "danger of another four years" with the Philadelphia Democrat in office, said Lenny Alcivar, spokesman for Republican Lynn Swann, Rendell's opponent.
  • Swann's hour of crisis

    04/15/2006 10:24:48 PM PDT · by GOPwatch · 13 replies · 788+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | April 16, 2006 | Salena Zito
    Swann's hour of crisis By Salena Zito TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, April 16, 2006 What's the biggest problem with Lynn Swann's campaign for governor? It is not his awkward grasp of the issues. Nor is it his anemic fundraising. It isn't that he's never sought public office before, nor is he handicapped because he's black. Lynn Swann's big trouble? He is handled by amateurs.
  • 'A Rich History of Corruption' (Voter fraud in Pennsylvania? Gov. Rendell isn't worried)

    04/14/2006 11:27:28 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 21 replies · 661+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 14, 2006 | John Fund
    HARRISBURG, Pa.--Over five years after the near meltdown of the Florida presidential recount, politicians are still arguing over how best to reform state election laws. Ground zero in that battle now is Pennsylvania, which features two close statewide races, for governor and U.S. senator. Democrats claim anything that impedes or discourages someone from voting is a violation of the Voting Rights Act. Republicans insist the state's rancid history of voter fraud requires preventive measures. The conflict of visions, to borrow Thomas Sowell's phrase, couldn't be more complete. Take the bill the GOP-controlled Legislature passed, which would require voters show a...