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  • Ed Rendell: GOP Welfare Attack Is Starting To Work

    09/04/2012 12:27:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | September 4, 2012 | Zeke Miller
    CONCORD, N.C. — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell warned Democrats today that the Republican attack alleging that President Barack Obama gutted the welfare work requirement is taking hold. "It’s starting to resonate," he told the Maryland delegation at a breakfast. "It’s starting to affect blue-collar white voters.” Rendell predicted that pushing back on the widely criticized attack will be a central component of the last Democratic president's speech. "I think the man that will push back on it will be the man that pushed for it and signed it — President Bill Clinton," Rendell said, "but he can't do it...
  • Former PA Gov. Ed Rendell: Not Passing Assault Weapons Ban Was ‘Act of Cowardice’

    07/20/2012 1:54:56 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 20, 2012 | Amy Bingham
    Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell decried federal lawmakers for failing to pass a permanent ban on assault weapons, such as the one used in Friday’s deadly Colorado movie theater shooting. Rendell said it was an “act of cowardice by the Congress” not to renew the ban, which expired in 2004, and blamed lawmakers for being too “terrified” of the National Rife Association, which has lobbied against the ban, to actually do it. “We’re terrified of the NRA. We Democrats are as bad as the Republicans. Everyone is scared of the NRA,” Rendell said Friday on MSNBC. “There are some things...
  • Rendells tell friends they are separating

    02/07/2011 5:29:31 PM PST · by AGreatPer · 35 replies
    Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau ^ | 2/7/2011 | By Tracie Mauriello, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
    Rendells tell friends they are separating HARRISBURG -- Their marriage survived years of speculation about Ed Rendell's never-confirmed affairs, but today -- 20 days after the former governor left office -- he and U.S. Circuit Judge Marjorie O. Rendell told friends they are separating. The news came in a five-sentence email sent at 4:08 p.m. and signed "Ed and Midge." The Rendells told recipients that the split is amicable, that they will remain friends and that they "will not find it awkward or uncomfortable" to be invited to the same social events. The Rendells have been married for about 40...
  • Rendell: 'Wackos' are taking over Republican Party

    09/09/2010 5:38:23 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 45 replies
    Delco Times ^ | 9/8/2010
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's Democratic governor says that "wackos" are taking over the Republican Party in Congress. Gov. Ed Rendell made his observation Wednesday as he introduced Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine at an event in Philadelphia to rally Democrats for the November midterm elections. Rendell says the GOP "is a party that's slowly but surely being taken over by wackos" who are "obsessed" with President Barack Obama's American citizenship and believe the unemployed refuse to work.
  • Lawsuit could sink Rendell's stadium plan

    09/01/2010 7:38:17 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 12 replies
    A curve ball thrown by Luzerne County on Monday could jeopardize a baseball stadium renovation plan put forward by Gov. Ed Rendell last month. Luzerne County commissioners filed a lawsuit against Lackawanna County and the Lackawanna County Multi-Purpose Stadium Authority to enforce their belief that Luzerne is entitled to half of the "gross proceeds" of any sale of the triple-A baseball franchise. While Lackawanna County does not comment on litigation, it has previously indicated an October 1986 agreement entitles Luzerne County to "net proceeds," or rather, the profits after Lackawanna County deducts almost $14 million it has put into the...
  • Rendell: Eyewitness News 'Doesn't Get' Stadium Deal (Fast Eddie strikes again)

    08/05/2010 8:27:57 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 6 replies
    PAHomePage ^ | 8/4/2010 | Joe Holden
    SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY- Perhaps unaware our cameras had followed him out of a meeting room on Wednesday morning, Governor Ed Rendell proceeded to tell Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees President Kristen Rose, "This TV station doesn't get it, about spending the $20 million. But I think I gave good answers." A Rendell spokesman said a station reporter likely didn't understand the economical impact a new stadium would have. The complex issues surrounding reported deals investigating the possibility of a new stadium bubbled to the surface last week at a stadium authority meeting. Claims that local funding would come from the sale of...
  • Local share for repairs hard to raise (Fast Eddie/Yankees minor league team stadium)

    07/31/2010 5:25:44 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 5 replies
    Times Leader (Wilkes Barre PA) ^ | 7/31/10 | Matt Hughes
    Gov. Ed Rendell pledged Thursday to provide up to $20 million in state funds to finance up to half the cost of repairs at Lackawanna County Stadium. Lackawanna County commissioners declined to comment on Rendell’s statement or how they would foot the rest of the bill, estimates of which have ranged from $13 million to $30 million, but Luzerne County commissioners made it clear Friday, Lackawanna will need to look elsewhere for help. Luzerne will not fund the project. Lackawanna County Commissioner Mike Washo said Friday that he was aware of the governor’s statements, but that the commissioners have decided...
  • BREAKING...Ed Rendell was involved on Sestak

    06/02/2010 6:39:00 PM PDT · by Samizdat · 91 replies · 3,260+ views
    Fox News | 6/2/10 | Hannity
    On Hannity just now, Ed Rendell said he was in talks with Rahm Emanuel about wanting Sestak not to run against Specter. Hannity cut him off while he was in the process of admitting another job offer to someone against Santorum. I can't believe Sean would just cut him off like that. Oops!
  • Rendell to disband PennDot unit attacked in report

    05/27/2010 6:42:10 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 12 replies · 502+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 5/26/2010 | Paul Nussbaum and Angela Couloumbis
    Gov. Rendell says he did not know his transportation department had a 35-person unit that dealt exclusively with legislators' requests until he read about it in Monday's grand jury report. And now that he knows about the unit, Rendell is disbanding it. "A unit like that should never have existed," he said Tuesday. "It's inappropriate." A state investigating grand jury singled out the unit for special criticism in a scathing report on legislative corruption and waste. The "constituent services" unit within the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is part of a network of state employees whose only jobs are to get...
  • Rendell aims to be skunk at tea party

    05/15/2010 4:02:58 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies · 1,030+ views
    politico.com ^ | May 15, 2010 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    Most national Democrats have been careful to tread lightly around the tea party for fear of provoking its activists’ wrath. Not Ed Rendell. “There is no movement,” Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor told POLITICO when asked why in recent months he has used appearances at rallies and on television to assert that the tea party movement is hyped, extreme and lacks a basic understanding of how government works. “The media – and not just the conservative media, the mainstream media – has made the tea party guys out to be an impactful movement, but they aren’t,” he said asserting tea party activists...
  • State to offer low-interest home loans to boost recovery (Fast Eddie Alert!)

    12/23/2009 11:29:40 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies · 339+ views
    Morning Call ^ | 12/23/2009 | Staff
    Up to 11,000 Pennsylvanians could benefit from low-interest home loans under a $1.2 billion state package announced Tuesday that is meant to stimulate the housing market. ''To kick-start the housing recovery we need to repair the damage of the past few years and again make it possible for qualified homebuyers to get loans,'' Gov. Ed Rendell said in announcing the package.
  • Montour board sues state over prosecutor’s pay (Segways in PA Govt Building)

    10/05/2009 12:08:34 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 2 replies · 424+ views
    Daily Item ^ | 10/4/09 | Gina Morton
    DANVILLE — State officials seem to have lots of money to make their offices more comfortable, but claim there isn’t enough to meet their legal obligations to counties, the Montour County commissioners say. The commissioners are trying to force state lawmakers to pay 65 percent of District Attorney Robert Buehner’s salary as required by the state law that made the prosecutor’s position full-time. Montour County is already owed about $200,000, they say. Officials of other counties have voiced similar complaints. During a recent trip to Harrisburg to notify state officials that Montour County is suing them for their share of...
  • State senator, schools chief clashing over Rendell visit

    08/13/2009 6:44:41 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 2 replies · 272+ views
    The Daily Item (Subury, PA) ^ | 8/12/2009 | Wayne Laepple
    MILTON — A Republican lawmaker and a school superintendent are still arguing over whether it was appropriate for the Milton district to host Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell’s Sunday morning press conference a month ago. The dispute between state Sen. John Gordner and Superintendent William A. Clark came to light Tuesday night during a work session of the Milton school board, when Clark said he and the politician had a 12-minute conversation that ended with neither giving ground. Contacted Wednesday, Gordner said Rendell’s visit to Milton was purely political in nature. The state senator said Rendell has been visiting schools in...
  • Rendell as Gov. Goldfinger: jokes about gassing legislators

    08/12/2009 7:48:56 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 18 replies · 595+ views
    Note to Gov. Rendell: When trying to negotiate a final budget with legislative leaders, it’s perhaps not a good thing to utter publicly that you have daydreamed about killing a roomful of them. You might think it, governor. Just don’t say it out loud. But he did just that this morning. Rendell told reporters that he was frustrated with the way the conference committee of legislative leaders charged with finalizing a budget bill was progressing. The initial two committee meetings were held in public with Democrats and Republicans spending most of the time bickering about procedure and making little if...
  • Rendell: 'Birthers are absolutely nuts'

    08/12/2009 3:17:01 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 38 replies · 1,428+ views
    Politico ^ | August 11, 2009 | Andy Barr
    Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell said Tuesday that much of the outrage being demonstrated at town halls across the country comes from so-called birthers, whom he described as “absolutely nuts.” Responding to a question on the fury demonstrated at numerous town halls, the governor asserted that “many of these people are birthers.” “The birthers are a perfect slice of these people who have lost their rationality and they have become obsessed with certain things, and that obsession is hurting the democratic process,” Rendell said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” referring to the conspiracy theorists who believe President Barack Obama...
  • An Open Letter To Governor Ed Rendell -- Why Your Approval Rating Is So Dismal

    08/04/2009 11:38:06 AM PDT · by grace522 · 17 replies · 1,265+ views
    The Philadelphia Bulletin ^ | 3 Aug 2009 | Chris Freind
    Dear Governor Rendell: I noted with interest that your current approval rating stands at just 39 percent — the lowest point in your career. Despite denying my repeated requests for a one-on-one interview, I nonetheless offer my thoughts as to why you have fallen out of favor with so many Pennsylvanians. Conflicts Of Interest First and foremost, the citizens of the Keystone State are fed up with what they see as huge conflicts of interest permeating every level of your Administration, with you being the focal point of many. The appearance of a governor showing favoritism and special treatment to...
  • I-80 toll proposal nears critical time (PA)

    07/31/2009 12:23:19 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 34 replies · 676+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 7/31/09 | Jon Schmitz
    A Pennsylvania Turnpike spokesman calls it a "fork in the road," but it might be a giant financial pothole that PennDOT is approaching. The turnpike yesterday transferred $225 million to the state for highway projects and public transit, the first of four payments scheduled for the fiscal year under Act 44, the transportation funding law enacted in 2007. The $900 million in annual payments will shrink to $450 million in the fiscal year that starts next July if the state fails to win federal approval to impose tolls on Interstate 80, or come up with some other revenue source. That...
  • Death-row inmate asks court to OK execution

    07/30/2009 9:46:44 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 4 replies · 425+ views
    The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, PA) ^ | 7/29/09 | BERNIE HORNICK
    Convicted killer William Wright III of Altoona on Wednesday reiterated his desire to die. Wright asked a federal appeals court to step in, remove public defenders from his case and allow his execution to proceed. In a legalistic, self-written appeal filed in U.S. District Court in Johns-town, Wright said federal public defenders in Pittsburgh “do not have petitioner’s consent to file any further pleadings of any kind on petitioner’s behalf.” The Federal Public Defender’s Office in Pittsburgh had no comment Wednesday. The petition was the latest development in back-and-forth volleys in which Wright’s life hangs in the balance: •  In...
  • Pa. tax burden has risen 49 percent in 10 years ("Pennsylvanians are not overtaxed")

    07/29/2009 8:09:24 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 22 replies · 929+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 7/29/09 | Brad Bumsted
    HARRISBURG — If you work, own a home, drive, smoke cigarettes, drink liquor or buy tires — and even when you die — there's a tax bill to pay to state or local governments in Pennsylvania. The per capita tax burden in Pennsylvania, 11th highest in the nation, increased steadily during the past 10 years, according to figures from the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit research group in Washington. The amount Pennsylvanians pay — $4,463, annually — is for each man, woman and child. "Pennsylvanians pay about two-thirds of that to their own state and local governments," said Bill Ahern, spokesman...
  • (Hooker mystery solved?)PA GOVERNOR ED RENDELL (D) ALSO CLIENT OF SAME HOOKER AS ELIOT SPITZER

    07/24/2009 9:15:34 PM PDT · by Sarah Barracuda · 62 replies · 4,317+ views
    No wonder Ed is always smiling. Just another Dem who can't keep his pecker in his pants.. Man, Ed Rendell is so screwed -- literally. I don't normally listen to Opie & Anthony looking for breaking news, but astonishingly that's what I just got. A few minutes ago, the cast of the show on Sirius XM radio were interviewing Kristin Davis -- not the one from Sex and the City, the former Manhattan Madam who spent four months in Rikers in connection with the Eliot Spitzer hooker scandal from last year. There's been quite a bit of speculation that her...
  • The Infamous Mr. Ed (Manhattan Madam’s Radio Interview implicates Ed Rendell?)

    07/24/2009 9:54:34 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 21 replies · 2,320+ views
    Man, Ed Rendell is so screwed -- literally. I don't normally listen to Opie & Anthony looking for breaking news, but astonishingly that's what I just got. A few minutes ago, the cast of the show on Sirius XM radio were interviewing Kristin Davis -- not the one from Sex and the City, the former Manhattan Madam who spent four months in Rikers in connection with the Eliot Spitzer hooker scandal from last year. There's been quite a bit of speculation that her operation at one time serviced another high-profile governor, besides Spitzer, and up until now she's been largely...
  • Pennsylvania House votes down Senate budget bill

    07/21/2009 4:44:05 PM PDT · by Big E · 21 replies · 726+ views
    The Harrisburg Patriot-News ^ | July 21, 2009 | Jan Murphy
    The state House voted 49-150 this afternoon to defeat the Senate's $27.1 billion budget proposal, which sends the budget discussions to a House-Senate conference committee. No plan was announced for the committee to start work. Its meetings must be held in public. Many expect closed-door negotiations between legislative leaders and Gov. Ed Rendell to continue while the committee does its work. The state has been without a budget since July 1.
  • Stimulus road signs in Pennsylvania cost $60,000

    07/17/2009 11:05:10 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 21 replies · 1,392+ views
    Morning Call ^ | 7/17/2009 | Josh Drobnyk
    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is spending $60,000 of its stimulus money on $2,000 road signs to highlight projects funded by the massive economic recovery package. The large green signs mark about 30 of what PennDOT calls ''higher visibility projects'' statewide. Each denotes the project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and features the act's logo. Nationwide, several million dollars are being spent producing the signs. PennDOT spokesman Steve Chizmar said Pennsylvania elected to take a ''middle-of-the-road'' approach to the federal government's strong encouragement that the signs be put at every project site around the state, choosing...
  • Rendell: I’d appeal Fumo sentence, too (feels sentence is too tough)

    07/16/2009 5:48:41 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 7 replies · 330+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 7/15/09 | Max Stendahl
    Gov. Rendell said today that even if former State Senator Vincent J. Fumo had received only a year in prison, it would have been a sufficient warning to any potentially corrupt politician. He also said that as a former prosecutor, he would want to appeal the Fumo's 55-month sentence, calling it inconsistent with sentences in other recent public corruption cases. The governor spoke a day after Fumo received a prison term that federal prosecutors said was far too short and didn't send "a strong enough message." "If I were a public official, one year would be enough to deter me,"...
  • Rendell’s education-related stimulus funding rejected (Feds overrule Fast Eddie)

    07/15/2009 5:58:43 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 6 replies · 315+ views
    Philly.com ^ | 7/14/09 | Kristen A. Graham
    Gov. Rendell cannot cut Pennsylvania's four state-related universities out of $42 million in federal stimulus funds, the Department of Education said today. In applying for Pennsylvania public colleges' share of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Rendell listed the 14 state schools as beneficiaries but excluded Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, Lincoln University in Chester County and the University of Pittsburgh. Last week, 14 of the state's 19 U.S. representatives sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan protesting Rendell's application. They got results. Earlier this evening, Rep. Glenn Thompson (R., Centre County) said, he received a call from...
  • ‘Blue Dog’ Dems growl at Rendell’s plan

    07/13/2009 2:59:01 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 1,102+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes Barre PA) ^ | 7/13/09 | MARC LEVY
    HARRISBURG — As powerful politicians clash over Pennsylvania’s lengthening state budget impasse, members of a small band of largely backbench conservative Democrats are exercising a little muscle of their own. The so-called “Blue Dog” Democrats in the House have openly defied a call by Gov. Ed Rendell and leaders of the House Democratic majority to support an increase in the personal income tax. And they did so in a building in which rank-and-file legislators generally fear the punishment that might result from thumbing their noses at their caucus leaders. Many of the 25 or so Blue Dogs are from western...
  • In Gov't Shutdown: Prisoners Will Be Paid, Guards Will Not. (Pennsylvania)

    06/25/2009 6:02:11 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 5 replies · 307+ views
    Capital Ideas ^ | 6/24/09 | John L. Micek
    Tens Of Thousands Pennsylvania Prison Inmates ... ... will still be paid for the jobs they do at state correctional institutions even as the people who guard them and see to their welfare run the risk of going unpaid in the event of a budget impasse this summer, The Morning Call has learned. Concerns about public safety helped drive the decision to continue paying the 31,175 inmates who do everything from serve meals to sweep cell-blocks at the state’s 27 correctional institutions. They’re paid 19 cents to 42 cents an hour for their labors, spokespeople for Gov. Ed Rendell and...
  • Inmates to be paid even if guards aren't (Fast Eddie's Constituency!)

    06/25/2009 4:51:19 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 8 replies · 303+ views
    Morning Call ^ | 6/25/2009 | John L. Micek
    Tens of thousands of Pennsylvania prison inmates still will be paid for the jobs they do at state correctional institutions, even as the people who guard them and see to their welfare run the risk of going unpaid in the event of a budget impasse this summer. Concerns about public safety helped drive the decision to continue paying the 31,175 inmates who do everything from serve meals to sweep cellblocks at the state's 27 correctional institutions, spokespeople for Gov. Ed Rendell and the state Corrections Department said. The inmates are paid 19 cents to 42 cents an hour for their...
  • Rendell to Navy: Give up base land now

    06/12/2009 5:47:32 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 15 replies · 557+ views
    Bucks County Courier Times ^ | 6/12/09 | Rich Pietras
    Gov. Ed Rendell believes Teva Pharmaceuticals would make the ideal tenant for his future Horsham Joint Interagency Installation. So much so, he would like the Navy to transfer 150 acres of land at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station immediately so he doesn't lose the giant generic drug manufacturer to another location. The Navy is scheduled to leave the base by September 2011 and the commonwealth is planning for the land to be turned into a mix of military and governmental agencies dedicated to national defense, homeland security and emergency preparedness. But to keep the base self-sustaining, it needs to...
  • Democratic Fundraiser Hsu Convicted

    05/21/2009 7:45:44 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 519+ views
    Longtime Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu was convicted yesterday of violating campaign finance laws in a case that became an embarrassment to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other prominent Democrats, including Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. Mr. Hsu donated nearly $40,000 to Mr. Rendell’s campaign coffers. According to published reports, Mr. Hsu also hosted an $18,000 dinner for Mr. Rendell at an exclusive New York City restaurant, in which less than 20 people attended. The governor reportedly referred to Mr. Hsu as “one of the best 10 people I’ve me.” He had also said Mr. Hsu “raised money for me...
  • Poplawski's lawyer wants governor gagged, too (Fast Eddie)

    04/17/2009 12:22:53 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 9 replies · 383+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 4/16/2009 | Jerome Sherman
    When Gov. Ed Rendell was asked this week about Richard Poplawski, who is accused of shooting and killing three Pittsburgh police officers, he said he would sign a death warrant for the 22-year-old Stanton Heights man "without a moment's thought." Today, in a court filing, Mr. Poplawski's attorney said she wants Mr. Rendell to take a few moments to think before he speaks publicly about her client. Lisa G. Middleman, a public defender, is requesting that a judge extend a gag order in the case to the governor and all public officials. "Should the District Attorney of Allegheny County elect...
  • Rendell: Police Across State Are Outgunned (calling for Federal ban tomorrow)

    04/14/2009 6:40:19 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 78 replies · 2,420+ views
    KDKA Pittsburgh ^ | April 14 | Staff
    In Harrisburg tomorrow, Rendell is expected to call for the reinstatement of the federal ban on the sale of AK-47s and other automatic firearms. "Assault weapons were not made to hunt," Rendell added. "No one goes out and shoots a deer with an AK-47 or an M-16. No one does. No one."
  • Comcast And Rendell's Special Bundle

    03/28/2009 9:20:46 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 3 replies · 688+ views
    The Bulletin (Philadelphia) ^ | 3/27/09 | Chris Freind
    Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell’s recent decision to criticize the Sunoco oil company for laying off 750 workers raises a number of intriguing questions. While the governor held a press conference last week solely to excoriate Sunoco, calling the company’s decision “unconscionable,” he has been notably silent concerning the 3,000 layoffs — four times the number at Sunoco — that Comcast has executed in the past year. Since the governor’s election in 2002, SUN PAC, Sunoco’s political action committee, has contributed $55,000 to Mr. Rendell, with Sunoco employees donating an additional $2,650. During that same time period, Comcast’s PAC, its employees,...
  • SPECIAL REPORT: BUILDING THE CASE (How the feds got Fumo)

    03/23/2009 3:27:27 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 4 replies · 525+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 3/22/09 | Emilie Lounsberry and Craig R. McCoy
    It was early in the investigation, but already the FBI was getting on Vince Fumo's nerves. In a typically blunt e-mail, he wrote to a top aide in 2004 that a delicate part of his anatomy had just been "busted by my 2 friendly female FBI agents." Then he cursed them. His aide replied: "I do not like those people. Long live the realm of Fumo-world! :-)" Now former State Sen. Fumo stands convicted of scores of counts of corruption in a $4 million fraud, his aide has lost his job, and Fumo-world is a smoking ruin. Relentlessly civil, but...
  • Rendell: Steele's 'days are numbered'

    03/13/2009 5:40:19 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 45 replies · 1,373+ views
    Politico ^ | 3/12/09 | Andy Barr
    Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell predicted on Thursday that Michael Steele's "days are numbered" as chairman of the Republican National Committee. "He's in trouble because I just think that those who control the Republican Party don't want a big tent," Rendell told reporters during a lunch hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. Rendell, a past chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said he believes the approaching special election in New York's 20th Congressional District — to replace Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, who was appointed senator — is not likely a make-or-break event for Steele, whom Rendell said also faces more fundamental problems.
  • Put pride aside, Rendell urges (food stamps are economic stimulus, not welfare)

    03/12/2009 7:04:09 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 40 replies · 1,486+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 3/12/09 | Mike Wereschagin
    To those hurt by the recession but too proud to seek government help, Gov. Ed Rendell says: If not for yourself, do it for your country. He urged people to view food stamps not as welfare, but as economic stimulus. "Think of it this way: If you avail yourself of these sources of government relief, you'll have money to spend in the economy, and that's exactly what we need to reboot the economy," Rendell said Wednesday at Brashear High School in Beechview. His 45-minute address was televised live to gatherings in six other cities. Property owners should take advantage of...
  • Gov. Ed Rendell Wants Video Poker Machines In Bars

    02/07/2009 7:45:40 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 7 replies · 325+ views
    Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell -- the architect of the 2004 law that brought slots casinos to the state -- now wants to legalize the use of video poker machines in taverns and clubs in a move to generate $500 million in tax revenue for his state.
  • Rumors rise over Rendell at HHS

    02/05/2009 12:59:44 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 34 replies · 1,168+ views
    Forty-Fourth Estate Blog ^ | 2/5/09 | Salena Zito
    The Rendell administration is scoffing at rumors in Washington, D.C. that Gov. Ed is on the short list to become secretary of Health and Human Services. The White House declined to comment at this time. University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato says he'd be surprised if President Obama picked Rendell. “That would turn the governorship over to a Republican,” he said. Late last year, Republican Sen. Joseph Scarnati became Rendell's lieutenant governor upon the death of Catherine Baker Knoll. “Democrats over in Arizona were very unhappy when Gov. Janet Napolitano was chosen to run the Department of Homeland...
  • School for Deaf closing (Pennsylvania - Fast Eddie)

    02/05/2009 6:15:52 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 68 replies · 1,338+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 2/5/09 | Bill O'Boyle
    Rendell administration contends services can be delivered by other governmental entities for less money. SCRANTON – The state has notified the Scranton School for the Deaf that it will close as of July 1, board members said Wednesday. Funding for the 129-year-old school was not included in the budget proposal announced Wednesday by Gov. Ed Rendell, who unveiled his $29 billion spending plan for 2009-10. Marge Davison Matisko, chairwoman of the schools Board of Trustees, and Trustee Mahmoud Fahmy said the decision was announced late Tuesday night and meetings were held Wednesday with state officials, administrative staff and board members....
  • Rendell Budget: Video Poker, Cig Tax Hike, Fewer School Districts, More Spending

    02/04/2009 9:38:13 AM PST · by JenB987 · 5 replies · 428+ views
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gov. Ed Rendell outlined a $29 billion budget Wednesday that would expand spending on education, prisons and health coverage while drawing from federal aid and state surpluses, increasing some taxes and cutting other programs. The plan, a 2.5 percent increase from what was originally approved for the 2008-09 budget, also would withdraw hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's "rainy day" contingency fund without draining it completely. It does not call for increasing any broad-based tax. "The budget I propose requires considerable sacrifice and pain, so that we can close the deficit and put our fiscal...
  • State Records: Rendell Took Money From Daschle Patron.

    02/03/2009 10:24:06 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 14 replies · 1,042+ views
    Capital Ideas ^ | 2/3/09 | John L. Micek
    Well, What The Heck Do You Know About That? Before last week, the chances are pretty good that you'd never heard of Leo J. Hindery, the big-shot business-guy whose relationship with former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle has caused Daschle some serious headaches on his way to becoming the Obama administration's Health & Human Services secretary. According to news reports, Hindery's company, InterMedia Partners LP., provided Daschle with the car and driver that squired the former Senate Democratic leader around Washington since he rejoined the private sector, thus prompting more "Driving Mr. Daschle" headlines than you can shake a stick at.
  • Gov. Rendell subpoenaed in Fumo trial

    02/02/2009 12:53:27 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 19 replies · 2,675+ views
    PennLive.com ^ | 2/2/09 | CHARLES THOMPSON
    Gov. Ed Rendell will appear in federal court next Monday as a defense witness in the corruption trial of former Sen. Vince Fumo, D-Philadelphia. Chuck Ardo, Rendell's press secretary, said that Rendell had been served with a subpoena earlier today at his Philadelphia office. "The governor isn't sure what relevant information he may have, but he will honor the subpoena and answer any questions that are asked," Ardo said. Fumo is charged with misusing more than $1 million in state resources and another $1 million from the Citizens' Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, a south Philadelphia charity he allegedly controlled, for...
  • Report: 501 hired in state despite freeze (PA-Fast Eddie alert)

    02/01/2009 6:37:35 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 6 replies · 721+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | 1/31/09 | John L. Micek
    Five hundred one people have been added to the state payroll at a cost of $12.35 million since Gov. Ed Rendell imposed a hiring freeze, according to a report prepared for Republican lawmakers and obtained by The Morning Call. Asked about the report, the Democratic Rendell administration said four of every five of those employees hold public safety positions that were exempted from the statewide freeze. About 100 state workers outside of public safety positions have been hired since Rendell's Sept. 16 announcement, spokesman Chuck Ardo said Friday. There are 78,000 state employees. ''Remember that the public safety agencies were...
  • Rendell notifies Pa. unions of intent to furlough

    01/29/2009 7:04:16 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 26 replies · 1,213+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 1/29/09 | MARK SCOLFORO
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Rendell administration told employee unions that state workers could be furloughed in a month and demanded they relinquish pay raises as the government scrambles to close a multibillion-dollar gap in state finances. Negotiators for Gov. Ed Rendell also told representatives of the three major state workers' unions during a meeting Tuesday in Harrisburg that the administration wants to draw nearly $200 million from a reserve in their health insurance fund. The governor's office also said it may institute "rolling furloughs" in which large parts of state government would be shuttered on certain days, while the...
  • Rendell roots for the "Steagles"...for now

    01/13/2009 8:06:39 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 26 replies · 1,587+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | January 13, 2009 5 :56 AM | Salena Zito
    This coming Sunday, Gov. Edward G. Rendell will be all out for both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers in their NFL conference championship games. But if both teams happen to win, well, then it is all Eagles. Rendell told the New York Times that he has to be loyal. “If it costs me some political points, that’s life.” Rendell is a rabid Eagles fan, and is pretty sure that rabid Steelers fans would understand his Eagle loyalty. “The casual fans might be upset, but I don’t care,” he said. During World War II, the Steelers and the Eagles...
  • Rendell Tied To Richardson Probe Figure

    01/07/2009 5:56:11 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 15 replies · 1,060+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | January 07, 2009 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Was Fast Eddie Rendell involved? http://www.thebulletin.us/articles/2009/01/07/top_stories/doc49643cc4b4c99010131027.txt
  • Rendell, His Political Friends—And More State Contracts

    12/05/2008 8:19:24 AM PST · by grace522 · 7 replies · 566+ views
    The Philadelphia Bulletin ^ | 12/05/2008 | Chris Freind
    Rendell, His Political Friends—And More State Contracts By Chris Freind, The Bulletin 12/05/2008 Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., has come under increased fire as more information comes to light regarding his relationships with campaign donors. Awarding contributors with lucrative state contracts is nothing new in Pennsylvania, but the frequency, large-dollar amounts and the number of secretive no-bid contracts awarded to political friends are perceived by many to have crossed the ethical line. As a result, numerous bills aimed at reforming how state contracts are awarded will be re-introduced in January when the new legislature convenes. When questioned on how his friendships...
  • Rendell Open Mike 2: What he said about Palin

    12/04/2008 9:31:31 AM PST · by redk · 25 replies · 2,562+ views
    philly.com ^ | Dec. 4, 2008 | By Peter Mucha
    Janet Napolitano wasn't the only female governor Ed Rendell was heard sizing up over an open mike at Tuesday's National Governors Conference. He also opined about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, praising her "very good political instincts" in a conversation picked up near the podium.
  • Rendell's sexist gaffe (about Janet Napolitano)

    12/03/2008 10:05:55 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 36 replies · 1,786+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 3, 3008 | Timothy McNulty
    Ed Rendell was the MC for the governor's meeting in Philly yesterday, where there was much to be heard on the open mics. CNN zeroed-in its microphones on Pa's motor-mouthed governor and heard him saying this about Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, Obama's pick for Homeland Security chief: "Janet's perfect for that job. Because for that job, you have to have no life. Janet has no family. Perfect. She can devote, literally, 19-20 hours a day to it." CNN's Campbell Brown went off on the guv last night: Wow. Now, I'm sure Gov. Napolitano has many qualifications for the job beyond...
  • W-B, Scranton to loan Boscov’s $3 million each (Fast Eddie/Fed bailout)

    11/21/2008 6:13:49 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 389+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre PA) ^ | 11/21/08 | BILL O ’ BOYLE and RON BARTIZEK
    Gov. Ed Rendell also secures $35 million to aid family regain Boscov’s chain. WILKES-BARRE – Seeking to retain a major downtown draw, the city of Wilkes-Barre will loan $3 million to a family group attempting to regain control of the Boscov’s Department Store chain and its South Main Street store. Scranton, where the Mall at Steamtown is anchored by a newer Boscov’s, has committed the same amount to the $300 million offer to purchase the 39-store chain, and Gov. Ed Rendell said Thursday the state has secured $35 million for the effort. Rendell and Wilkes-Barre Mayor Leighton said the loans...