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  • Rendell: PA in play for Trump

    07/26/2016 7:35:27 AM PDT · by randita · 12 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 7/26/16 | Chris Brennan
    Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday declared Pennsylvania "in play" for president, two days before his friend Hillary Clinton is slated to accept the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia. The reason? Republican nominee Donald Trump's rhetoric is resonating with "white, blue-collar workers," Rendell said at breakfast sponsored by Politico. "People have to understand, not withstanding presidential elections, Pennsylvania is not a blue state," Rendell said. "We have a Republican legislature." Rendell noted that Pennsylvania has more than 900,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans, but his party's voters "don't turn out nearly as well" unless the presidency is on the ballot. Pennsylvania...
  • Rendell says Clinton needs to 'reconnect' with frustrated voters

    07/25/2016 2:57:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | July 24, 2016 | Salena Zito
    PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton's top two campaign strategists plan to cede no ground to Donald Trump in Pennsylvania. “He is not going to win this state,” Robby Mook, 36, said flatly in Clinton's cheerfully decorated but cramped Philadelphia headquarters on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. “The fundamental reason Donald Trump is going to lose this state is because he doesn't have answers,” Mook said. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, the chair of the convention host committee, a longtime supporter of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and a tireless campaigner, concurs: “But this time, it is not going to...
  • Democratic Convention Host Chair Ed Rendell: Trump Is Right On Trade And China

    07/13/2016 1:47:48 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 07/13/16 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Former Gov. Ed Rendell says Donald Trump’s message on trade is largely correct, but that his tone is sometimes wrong on the subject. Rendell, who is the chair of the Democratic convention host committee, made the comments on SiriusXM radio’s The Dean Obeidallah Show. “The interesting thing is, I talk about China and the fact that China took advantage of us in trade and cost Pennsylvania some significant jobs, and I quoted Donald Trump in the book,” Rendell said, noting Trump backed him heavily when he ran for governor. Rendell’s 2012 book praises Trump as “a friend” who is right...
  • Rendell: Any Dem Will Expose Trump's 'Lack of Knowledge' In a One-On-One Debate (Video)

    12/27/2015 2:38:04 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 126 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/24/2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday on MSNBC, the former Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA), also the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said in the presidential election debates, any Democrat,Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)16%, Martin O'Malley, or Hillary Clinton will "expose" Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's "lack of knowledge about things like the nuclear triad." Rendell said, "I think any Democrat,Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley,one-on-one with Donald Trump would be very advantageous. Donald does well when he controls the agenda. When speaking to a Trump rally. Even in the debates, nine, ten candidates, you know, moderators don't get to press him on substantive issues well. But...
  • Ex-DNC head: Kasich-Rubio ticket would scare me most

    12/20/2015 2:48:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) general chairman Ed Rendell says his party’s scariest opposition in 2016 would be a GOP presidential ticket comprised of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). “In terms of who we fear the most, the Democratic side, just speaking for myself, I would fear John Kasich and Marco Rubio as vice president,” Rendell told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM-970 on Sunday. “That would be the ticket I would fear the most.”(continued)
  • Rendell: 'Tough Cookie' Hillary Will Put Republicans 'In Short Pants'

    05/22/2015 4:40:13 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On Al Sharpton's MSNBC show today, former DNC Chairman Ed Rendell dared congressional Republicans to recall Hillary Clinton to testify about Benghazi. Calling her a "tough cookie," Rendell vowed that "Hillary will put them in short pants." Paging Camille Paglia . . . Rendell surely thought he was paying Hillary a compliment. But is this really the Hillary persona that Dems want to project: that of a woman who makes little boys out of grown men? View the video here.
  • Rendell: If GOP Shuts Down Government Over Immigration Executive Action They'll "Pay A Heavy Price"

    11/21/2014 7:20:39 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 87 replies ^ | November 20, 2014
    "I think the Republicans will lose in court if they go to court. The president clearly has the discretion to tell the Justice Department who he wants to deport and who he wants to not deport, where he wants the emphasis to be, it's clearly within his rights. But more than that, if the Republican party can't control itself, if they, in fact, shut down the government because of this, they'll pay a heavy price. If, in fact, they say, we're not going to do anything about immigration, because the president took this action, they'll look like spoiled children. They'll...
  • 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...
  • Ed Rendell: ‘There Are Probably More Ugly Women In America Than Attractive Women’

    05/18/2016 1:15:03 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 76 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 18, 2016 | The Associated Press
    PHILADELPHIA (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell says Donald Trump’s past comments on women will likely come back to haunt him because Rendell says “there are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women.”
  • Clinton Surrogate Rendell: We'll win because we will have the ugly women vote

    05/18/2016 12:38:00 PM PDT · by HypatiaTaught · 51 replies
    Will [Donald Trump] have some appeal to working-class Dems in Levittown or Bristol? Sure. For every one he’ll lose 1˝ , two Republican women. Trump’s comments like “You can’t be a 10 if you’re flat-chested,” that’ll come back to haunt him. There are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women. People take that stuff personally. — Ed Rendell, a surrogate for the Hillary Clinton campaign
  • EXCLUSIVE: ICE Whistleblower May Depose Harry Reid

    03/20/2016 10:59:45 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-22-2016 | Evan Gahr
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid could be deposed for ICE whistleblower Taylor Johnson’s new lawsuit because complaints from his office precipitated her ouster. Johnson’s attorney, Morris Fischer, told the Washington Gadfly that, “We will attempt to depose whoever is involved in this corruption up to and including Harry Reid. His fingerprints are all over the place.” The veteran law enforcement agent, who DHS fired in February after she rejected $100,000 in hush money, filed a Merit System Protection Board claim against the agency earlier this month. Johnson, a single mother of four, had a storied career until she ran afoul...
  • Senate Committee Demands DHS Produce Whistle-Blower Smear Documents

    03/17/2016 7:52:19 PM PDT · by pilgrim · 6 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 03/17/2016 | Evan Gahr
    In a letter released Wednesday, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson  60% (R-WI) asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for all documents and communications regarding the dismissal of ICE whistle-blower Taylor Johnson and his underlings’ secretive effort to discredit her to reporters. Confused by all these Johnsons? It’s hard not to be. The story also features a cameo by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid  2% (D-NV). In 2013, Johnson, a decorated agent, was stripped of her gun and badge without explanation and placed on desk duty. The single mother of four was ousted right after Reid’s office...
  • Halperin: After Criticizing Hillary 'Not Saying Rendell Woke Up With Horse Head in Bed, But'

    08/28/2015 7:16:05 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    So who's Hillary's enforcer? Last week we asked "who got to Donny Deutsch?" when he suddenly became supportive of Hillary whereas just the week before he had been very critical of her. Now the same thing has happened with Ed Rendell. Just yesterday, the former DNC Chairman and Pennsylvania governor was quoted in the New York Times saying Hillary has handled the email scandal "poorly, maybe atrociously, certainly horribly." But on today's Morning Joe, Ed was suddenly singing a different tune, claiming Hillary is doing everything right and plaintively suggesting that there is no problem. That led Mark Halperin to...
  • Former Pa. governor: A hot dog is a sandwich

    08/01/2015 7:54:59 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 36 replies
    upi ^ | July 30, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    HARRISBURG, Pa., - Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has become the latest high-profile personality to weigh in on the debate over whether a hot dog qualifies as a sandwich. Rendell was asked by an interviewer to weigh in on the subject, which has recently become a topic of heated Internet debate, and he came out in favor of giving sandwich status to hot dogs. "It's got bread," Rendell told WPHT-AM. "Would you put a hoagie in the sandwich category? What I would think is the hot dog, the cheese steak, the hoagie, they're in the elite sandwich category...If you eat...
  • Four Reasons More Taxpayer Cash Won't Solve Amtrak's Problem

    05/13/2015 12:46:49 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies ^ | May 13,2015 | Ben Shapiro
    After Tuesday night’s catastrophic Amtrak derailment, resulting in the deaths of at least six people and injuries to more than 140 others, the political class has weighed in: we must spend more money on infrastructure.
  • Scandals force Hillary Clinton to delay 2016 bid announcement

    03/25/2015 7:45:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/25/2015 | S.A. Miller
    Many of the key figures cited in a scathing inspector general’s report this week are allies of Hillary Rodham Clinton, marking the latest in a series of stumbles for the former first lady and secretary of state that likely forced her to delay her planned presidential campaign announcement.A Democratic strategist familiar with her team’s thinking said they are scrambling to limit the damage and readjust the campaign rollout schedule after the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general revealed an apparent cronyism scandal that ensnared Mrs. Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham, and two of her political confidants, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former...
  • Top DHS official shows ‘favoritism’ to wealthy, Dem-connected immigrants: report

    03/24/2015 11:58:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department meddled in three high-profile immigration cases, giving special treatment to applications from wealthy and well-connected immigrants after calls from major Democrats despite the objections of career employees, the department’s inspector general concluded in a report Tuesday. Alejandro Mayorkas, who was elevated from head of the department’s legal immigration agency to be deputy secretary while the investigation was ongoing, also angered many of his colleagues by getting involved in the cases, and “created an appearance of favoritism and special access” for the wealthy immigrants, the inspector general concluded. Inspector General John Roth...
  • Fuel is cheaper—so let's hike gas tax: Former governor

    12/08/2014 7:34:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    cnbc ^ | Katie Kramer
    Gas prices, on average, are about 50 cents less a gallon than a year ago, giving a de facto tax cut and providing relief to millions of consumers as the holiday season kicks into high gear. However, a growing number of politicians have suggested that, given cheaper fuel costs, conditions might be ripe to hike federal taxes on gas in order to help fund infrastructure projects. Rendell is one of those voices. He supports raising the federal gas tax—
  • Opinion: In governor’s race, voters should note how pensions came to be under-funded (Pennsylvania)

    09/19/2014 8:08:13 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 6 replies
    Biz570.Com ^ | 17 September 2014 | Kelly Lewis
    I have read about 5 percent of the noise surrounding the upcoming governor’s race in Pennsylvania. As a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, I’m always amazed at what issues become amplified, minimized, and often buried. Less than 1 percent of the voters will read this little note, but as a son of teachers, and a friend to many current and retired teachers, administrators and state workers, I believe some facts deserve being said. There is no doubt; incoming governors and other elected officials inherit the good, bad and ugly of the preceding budgets and sessions. There is...
  • Liberal sexism? Ed Rendell calls Kelly Ayotte a ‘dumbbell’ (Re: Gun Control)

    05/10/2013 4:59:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Rare ^ | 5/13/13 | WPHT - Philadelphia
    In a radio interview with a Philadelphia radio station today, former Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.) called GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) a “dumbbell” for her opposition to gun control. Listen to the full interview below.
  • [Ed Rendell says] Never Let a Dead Child Go to Waste

    01/29/2013 9:50:51 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/29/12 | William A Levinson
    Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein, Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Cuomo, and their cohorts followed Rahm Emanuel's advice to "never let a good crisis go to waste" when they used the Sandy Hook shooting to renew their assault on the Bill of Rights. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell added, in effect, that one should never let a dead child go to waste if one can exploit him or her for political gain. "...the GOOD THING about Newtown is, it was so HORRIFIC that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity...
  • The Antigun Movement's Bridge Too Far

    01/23/2013 9:55:47 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/23/13 | William A Levinson
    Overextension is a classic way to snatch catastrophic defeat from the jaws of victory. Examples include Napoleon's invasion of Russia, Hitler's decision to start a war with Russia before he finished his war with Britain, and Operation Market Garden. The latter debacle was the origin of the phrase, "A bridge too far." Overextension is often the result of hubris, the delusion of invincibility as exemplified by Napoleon and Hitler. The enemies of the Bill of Rights have similarly assumed they could exploit the blood of the murder victims to revive an agenda that had been put down hard in 2000,...
  • Democrat Ed Rendell: Good Thing About Newtown is That it Was So Horrific

    01/18/2013 3:59:20 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 12 replies via Townhall ^ | 1/11/2013 | Matthew Balan/Katie Pavlich
    If you needed any more evidence to prove the Left is using the Newtown shooting not to find solutions that will lead to safer schools but instead to push for a long-desired gun control agenda, this is it. Former Democratic Governor Ed Rendell said on MSNBC Friday, "The good thing about Newtown is, it was so horrific that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side. "
  • Former Pa. Gov. (Rendell): The ‘Good Thing’ About Newtown Is That it Was ‘So Horrific,’

    01/11/2013 2:09:23 PM PST · by DTogo · 61 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan. 11th, 2013 | Becket Adams
    “The good thing about Newtown is, it was so horrific that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side,” said the former mayor, referring to the current debate between gun control advocates and supporters of the Second Amendment.
  • 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...
  • Treasury probes Rendell over speeches for Iranian dissidents

    03/11/2012 12:13:36 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/9/12 | Guy Taylor
    The Treasury Department’s counterterrorism arm is investigating speaking fees paid to a long-time Democratic Party leader who is among the most vocal advocates of an Iranian opposition group designated as a terrorist group by the State Department. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell told The Washington Times that Treasury investigators last week subpoenaed records related to payments he has accepted in exchange for public speaking engagements. Mr. Rendell is among a bipartisan group of prominent former officials - including Cabinet-level Republicans - who have accepted payment in exchange for speeches calling for the removal of the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) from...
  • Top Democrat leader exposed for giving speeches to terror groups

    03/10/2012 11:35:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Jewish News ^ | 3/10/12
    The Treasury Department’s counterterrorism arm is investigating speaking fees paid to a long-time Democratic Party leader who is among the most vocal advocates of an Iranian opposition group designated as a terrorist group by the State Department. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell told The Washington Times that Treasury investigators last week subpoenaed records related to payments he has accepted in exchange for public speaking engagements. Mr. Rendell is among a bipartisan group of prominent former officials - including Cabinet-level Republicans - who have accepted payment in exchange for speeches calling for the removal of the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) from...
  • 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...
  • Ed Rendell joins NBC News as political analyst. (Birds of a Feather)

    01/25/2011 8:19:07 AM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01-25-11 | Emi Kolawole
    NBC News has announced that former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell will be the network's newest political analyst, following the departure of prime-time MSNBC host Keith Olbermann. According to a press release, Rendell's title is "effective immediately," and will entail Rendell's contributing to both NBC News and its sister cable channel MSNBC.
  • Switch to Pro-Abortion Governor Allowed Abortionist Horror

    01/21/2011 8:20:57 AM PST · by julieee · 25 replies ^ | January 21, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Switch to Pro-Abortion Governor Allowed Abortionist Horror The grand jury calls him a butcher of women. If the charges are proven correct, he is a butcher of baby girls and boys too, a poster boy for what Roe v Wade has wrought.
  • Rendell's fund-raising legacy troubles some (And Tom DeLay is in jail??)

    01/14/2011 5:42:45 AM PST · by gusopol3 ^ | January 14, 2011 | John P. Martin
    As friends and foes assess Ed Rendell's tenure as governor, few events better illustrate his record in one contentious arena - campaign fund-raising - than his 2001 trip to see a Chicago businessman. Rendell was in the early stages of the governor's race. Aides had dispatched him to the Windy City with what they thought was a reasonable goal - a $50,000 check, according to one who spoke on condition of anonymity. Rendell left the meeting buoyant, but confessed to aides he never asked the would-be donor for a set amount. Rendell "just had a feeling," he told them. A...

    01/11/2011 7:14:59 AM PST · by grace522 · 10 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 11 Jan 2011 | Chris Freind
    After eight disastrous years as Pennsylvania’s Governor, Ed Rendell being viewed as a “good guy” is as likely as the Eagles’ winning this year’s Super Bowl: nonexistent. Up to this point, his legacy was known for three things: the introduction of gambling, which did not live up to the promise of tax-relief; huge tax hikes, coupled with a 40 per cent increase in state spending; and a perception of widespread pay-to-play within his Administration. Of lesser note but still sore subjects were his signing an unconstitutional legislative pay raise and not getting a single budget passed on time --- budgets...
  • Another Rendell Bailout: Building Ships With No Buyers

    01/06/2011 5:59:55 PM PST · by grace522 · 4 replies
    Freindly Fire Zone ^ | 6 Jan 2011 | Chris Freind
    In the movie Dave, Kevin Kline plays a presidential lookalike who finds himself running the country after the real President falls into a coma. Convening a Cabinet meeting, this political novice uses common sense to expose the ludicrous mentality of the entrenched Business As Usual crowd. Kline asks the Commerce Secretary about an ad campaign his Department has implemented to boost consumer confidence in the American auto industry. “It’s designed to bolster individual confidence in a previous domestic automotive purchase,” the Secretary proudly explained. Speechless at first, Kline fires back, “We're spending millions for somebody to feel good about a...
  • Freindly Fire’s Biggest Winners Of 2010

    12/31/2010 1:40:41 PM PST · by grace522 · 4 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 30 Dec 2010 | Chris Freind
    It’s that time of year again when Freindly Fire heaps praise upon those most deserving. You probably aren’t going to find these winners on the lists of typical media outlets, most of which bow at the altar of political correctness. The Biggest Winner of 2010, as is the case every year, goes to none other than illegal invaders, all 20 million of them. Year after year, they continue to win everything. They are handed driver’s licenses, free education — in some cases all the way to college — and free first-rate health care. Most appallingly, their freedom exists because of...
  • Freep a Poll! (was Gov. Rendell of Penn. right to call us a nation of wussies?)

    12/28/2010 5:16:23 PM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies · 6+ views ^ | 12-28-10 | Fox News
    Was Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell right to call us a nation of "wussies" after the Eagles-Vikings game was postponed because of the snowstorm? No, Rendell is a public official and should've been more concerned with safety Ignore him. Rendell's being a typically ornery Eagles fan. Rendell's comments were a larger statement about the world, and U.S. willingness to fight to keep our supremacy If the roads and public transportation were as clear as he said, there was no reason for the game to be held Yes. Seriously, when did the big, bad NFL start worrying about weather conditions?
  • Rendell calls bid to curb guns in Pennsylvania 'a lost cause'

    12/03/2010 5:48:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 30 November, 2010 | Amy Worden
    HARRISBURG - For eight years, Gov. Rendell has lobbied hard in the halls of the Capitol for what he calls "commonsense" handgun laws. He wanted to limit sales to individuals to one handgun a month. He wanted owners to report lost or stolen weapons. He wanted to close a loophole in state law that he believes lets criminals use gun permits obtained in other states. At each turn, the legislature - including some of his allies in the Democratic-controlled House - knocked down the proposals like so many slow-moving clay birds on a skeet-shooting range. On Monday, Rendell defended his...
  • Gov. Rendell Wants to Borrow $1 Billion More

    12/01/2010 2:04:44 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 4 replies
    Gov. Rendell is pushing to issue $1 billion in new state debt before he leaves office in January. Of course, before the bonds are issued, either the Auditor General or the State Treasurer—Jack Wagner and Rob McCord, both independently elected Democrats—have to sign off on the plan. However, both Wagner and McCord seem reluctant to approve the additional borrowing, noting the growing burden of state debt, and the largness of Gov. Rendell's request, even compared with the spending spree's of other lame-duck governors
  • Right To Self-Defense

    11/29/2010 8:27:20 PM PST · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 29, 2010 | IBD staff
    Self-Protection: Pennsylvania's governor vetoes a bill expanding a citizen's right to protect self and family outside one's residence rather than exercise a "duty to retreat." It is a victory for predators over victims. On Saturday, while people were still sleeping off their turkey feast or celebrating their Black Friday goodies, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell vetoed a bill that would have expanded the state's so-called Castle Doctrine to expand the permissible use of deadly force in self-defense outside of the currently allowed home and workplace. The Castle Doctrine gets its name from the saying that a man's home is his "castle."...
  • The Democrats' Excuses Begin

    11/02/2010 10:44:01 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 4 replies ^ | 11/02/10 | CaroleL
    Election Day had barely dawned when prominent Democrat and outgoing Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell was making ridiculous excuses for his party's expected losses. Appearing on CBS's The Early Show, Mr. Rendell said it may be poor communication skills and unreasonable expectations that are responsible for anticipated Republican victories but the exact opposite is true.
  • Gas tax talks still mired after letters to Rendell (Pa. Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction tax)

    10/28/2010 10:28:17 AM PDT · by Qbert · 5 replies
    Mainline Media/King Of Prussia Courier ^ | 10/26/2010 | Mark Scolforo
    HARRISBURG (AP) — An effort by Gov. Ed Rendell to jump-start negotiations on a tax on natural gas extraction from the Marcellus Shale formation produced no movement Wednesday after legislative leaders responded to his call for counterproposals. The Democratic governor reacted forcefully and blamed Republicans, suggesting the already remote prospects for a deal before he leaves office at the end of this year had become even less likely. “I am extremely disappointed in the Senate and House Republicans for failing to provide any reasonable compromise on a severance tax rate,” Rendell said in a statement. “Not only have they broken...
  • Ed Rendell: Democrats lost spin war

    10/27/2010 12:54:53 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/27/10 3:21 PM EDT | ANDY BARR
    Democrats have been plagued on the campaign trail by the White House’s trouble communicating a “clear and concise” message, Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell said Wednesday. “The message hasn't been getting out clearly and correctly since almost the beginning of the Obama administration,” Rendell told Fox News. Rendell pointed specifically to the health care law, which Republicans have used to hammer Democrats on the campaign trail. “When I ask people about, for example, the health care bill, they say, ‘well, the health care bill, I like a lot of the provisions, but it's going to add to the deficit,’” Rendell...
  • Rendell issues forest drilling moratorium (Rendell executive order on Marcellus Shale drilling)

    10/27/2010 8:38:08 AM PDT · by Qbert · 20 replies
    Daily Review ^ | 10/27/2010 | Robert Swift
    HARRISBURG - About 700,000 acres of state forest land in the Marcellus Shale region is being placed off-limits to any natural gas drilling under an executive order signed Tuesday by Gov. Ed Rendell. Rendell said a moratorium on new leasing of forest land to drillers is needed to protect Pennsylvania's ability to manage the forests in a sustainable manner and protect the state's forest products and tourism industries. He said an executive order is necessary because the Senate didn't act this session on a House-passed bill to place a three-year moratorium on additional leases while environmental impact issues are studied....
  • Rendell halts natural gas drilling

    10/27/2010 2:42:28 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Post-Gazette ^ | 27 October 2010 | Tom Barnes
    HARRISBURG -- Gov. Ed Rendell has carried out an executive order placing 1.5 million acres of state forest land off-limits for natural gas drilling, getting praise from environmental groups but sharp criticism from Senate Republican leader Joe Scarnati. Brickbats were flying Tuesday between Democrat Rendell and Republican Scarnati over the moratorium order, which bans any more drilling pads from being located in state forests, other than on the 700,000 acres of forest land already designated for gas drilling by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Penn Future's leader Jan Jarrrett and Sierra Club Director Jeff Schmidt applauded the decision....
  • `Appalled' Pa. Gov. Shuts Down Reports On Protests

    09/15/2010 11:41:23 AM PDT · by edpc · 6 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 15 Sept 2010 | Mark Levy
    HARRISBURG, Pa. – Information about an anti-BP candlelight vigil, a gay and lesbian festival and other peaceful gatherings became the subject of anti-terrorism bulletins being distributed by Pennsylvania's homeland security office, an apologetic Gov. Ed Rendell admitted.
  • 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...

    08/17/2010 7:44:51 PM PDT · by grace522 · 8 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 17 Aug 2010 | Chris Freind
    It’s Business As Usual at the DRPA. And despite all the “reform” rhetoric flying around, don’t expect real changes anytime soon. The reason is simple. The people charged with implementing the reforms are the very same ones who have been, and still are, completely immersed in the conflicts, nepotism and cronyism that need reforming. That’s like criminals running the prison, inmates taking charge of the asylum. Given their legacy of abject failure, from accumulating massive debt to spewing outright lies, the DRPA’s Big Four executive braintrust simply has no credibility. (It was The Big Five, but Jon Corzine was given...
  • More Questions and Conflicts at Delaware River Port Authority

    08/03/2010 10:01:53 AM PDT · by grace522 · 8 replies · 3+ views
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 3 Aug 2010 | Chris Freind
    In a February, 2008 media report, Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) Vice Chairman Jeff Nash, also an elected Camden County freeholder, ominously warned that “…the deck of the Walt Whitman (Bridge) HAD a 50-year life span….We’re at 50 years, two months.” Two-and-a-half years later, the decking project of the Walt Whitman has not yet begun. Why? Lack of money, we are told, which is in part why the Port Authority just went further into debt by borrowing $320 million. Of course, as with all things DRPA, that’s not the whole story. The money was there. They just chose to ignore...
  • Horrendous PA Budget: It’s Groundhog Day…Again

    07/07/2010 8:20:16 AM PDT · by grace522 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Freindly Fire Zone ^ | 6 July 2010 | Chris Freind
    Bill Murray must be furious. Two decades after the release of his classic “Groundhog Day” ---- in which a series of events is repeated over and over --- Governor Rendell and the Pennsylvania legislature have trumped him. The passage of yet another horrendous budget has made our politicians the new poster children for “Groundhog Day.” While, ironically, the movie and budget debacle are set in the same state, there is one key difference. The movie is a make-believe two-hour comedy. But the budget is a tragedy that will play out for decades to come. And it’s one from which we...
  • Passed Pa. Budget Defines Deficit Spending

    07/01/2010 7:20:19 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 10 replies
    The General Assembly, yesterday, approved a $28.05 billion general fund budget that is about a billion dollars less than what Gov. Rendell wanted but is still about $3 billion more than the state receives in revenues as pointed out by Nate Benefield of Commonwealth Foundation.