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  • 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
    Newsbusters.org 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
    LifeNews.com ^ | 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. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/01/21/switch-to-pro-abortion-governor-allowed-abortionist-horror/
  • Rendell's fund-raising legacy troubles some (And Tom DeLay is in jail??)

    01/14/2011 5:42:45 AM PST · by gusopol3
    philly.com ^ | 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...
  • RENDELL’S LEGACY: HIGH TAXES, LOW RATINGS AND CLENCHED TEETH

    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
    foxnews.com ^ | 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
    philly.com ^ | 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
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 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...
  • AT THE DRPA, THE INMATES ARE RUNNING THE ASYLUM

    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.
  • Democratic governors defend health care overhaul (RATS Gregoire, Rendell, Ritter & Granholm)

    06/28/2010 9:03:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/25/10 | Jon Lentz
    Democratic governors defend health care overhaulJon Lentz WASHINGTON Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:35pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small group of Democratic governors this week launched a counter-attack over the federal healthcare overhaul, firing back against legal challenges from nearly two dozen state attorneys general who are seeking to overturn the new law. In a sign of the partisan divisions over the landmark health care law, each governor is a Democrat representing a state with a Republican attorney general trying to strike down the legislation. The governors of Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Washington requested permission to file an amicus, or...
  • Rendell denies rumors of affair (Dem PA Governor)

    06/23/2010 1:07:56 PM PDT · by 2banana · 36 replies · 4+ views
    Bucks County Courier Times ^ | June 23, 2010 | Jackie Massott
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gov. Ed Rendell says there is no truth to gossip that he is involved in an extramarital affair with a state employee. In an advance copy of a Philadelphia magazine article obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, the governor and Kirstin Snow, the former beauty queen who works for him, say in separate interviews that they are not romantically involved. “Do I have some flaws? Absolutely!” Rendell tells the magazine. “For all of the rumors, has any woman ever said that I have had sex with her? Other than my wife?” Statehouse rumors of an affair gained...
  • 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: Tea Party candidates will be easier to beat in November elections

    05/23/2010 11:23:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 912+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/23/10 | Bridget Johnson
    Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Sunday that the results of his home state's special election show that the Tea Party's electoral influence is limited. Mark Critz, a Democrat, won the election Tuesday to fill the seat of the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.). Rendell also said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the post-election controversy with Rand Paul and his comments about the Civil Rights Act shows that the Tea Party will flail come November elections. "The Tea Party candidates are going to be more easy to beat in the general election" than Republicans such as Florida Gov. Charlie...
  • Chambers Of Horrors -Ed Rendell and the Philadelphia Chamber

    05/12/2010 7:25:00 AM PDT · by grace522 · 6 replies · 295+ views
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 5/12/2010 | Chris Freind
    Chambers Of Horrors Ed Rendell has done more to hurt business in Pennsylvania than any governor in recent memory. So why do our local chambers of commerce keep patting him on the back? Posted on 5/12/2010 at 8:33AM “The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting regional economic growth…and advancing business-friendly public policies.” So says the mission statement of Philadelphia’s Chamber of Commerce. It further states that it is “dedicated to supporting and encouraging the continued growth” of its members by striving “to influence business-friendly legislation in all levels of government, participate in initiatives to improve education and...
  • Ed Rendell: the Tea Party can get just a thousand people in Washington

    04/26/2010 9:38:10 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 41 replies · 949+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | April 26th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    “If I can call a rally for stronger laws for puppies I will draw 100 000 people to Washington just like that” Snap! That was the Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell this morning on FOX accusing the tea party of being not able to draw a crowd bigger than a thousand people in Washington DC. Besides the fact that his numbers on tea party attendance are wrong it is amazing to witness Rendell who is usually appealing to the folks of all political backgrounds turn into fierce campaign against a grassroots movement to which about 60% of the Americans sympathize. Seems...
  • Rendell Rejects Tea Party as Legit Movement

    04/25/2010 2:23:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies · 1,494+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2010 | Craig Schulz
    <p>Ed Rendell, the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, told Fox News on Saturday that the Tea Party movement reflects the anger many Americans feel about the current state of the economy, but dismissed the notion of the Tea Party as a legitimate political movement.</p>
  • How Ed Rendell Wrecked Pennsylvania

    04/20/2010 6:59:36 PM PDT · by grace522 · 25 replies · 960+ views
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 20 April 2010 | Chris Freind
    Let’s give credit where it’s due. Fast Eddie never gives up, no matter how short-sighted his ideas may be. When we last left our lameduck leader during the 2009 fiscal debacle, which took 101 days to pass a budget, the Governor was doing what Democrats do best — transferring money from the people to government coffers. No surprise there. At a time when Pennsylvania families are doing the responsible thing — tightening the belt and exercising fiscal restraint — the Governor does the polar opposite. Rendell has proposed a budget increase of 4 percent, in large part to pay for...
  • Should Philadelphia GOP Boss Michael Meehan Be Disbarred

    04/20/2010 3:57:52 PM PDT · by HonestConservative · 4 replies · 228+ views
    Freedom Radio ^ | Apri 16, 2010 | Chris Freind
    Freedom Radio spoke with Chris Freind about the machine-politic shannanigans going on in Philadelpia. Here is the audio of the interview: Believe it or not, the deceased have retained legal counsel to challenge the petitions of people running for Republican Ward Committee posts. Iím not sure whatís more fascinating --- the deceased figuring out which lawyer to hire, or the attorney brilliant enough to so creatively expand his client base. And just who is the uber-barrister responsible for this miraculous act? Michael Meehan, General Counsel and de facto head of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee, who also chairs the powerful...
  • ED RENDELL IS A DOPE

    03/30/2010 3:41:43 PM PDT · by grace522 · 12 replies · 613+ views
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 30 March 2010 | Chris Freind
    The idiocy of some people never ceases to amaze. For the latest example, just look how the political hacks reacted to the recent week of Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett. First, Corbett’s office was successful in prosecuting former state representative Mike Veon and two others in the Bonusgate scandal, bringing the total number of felony convictions in that corruption investigation to 10. Veon and his cronies were convicted on numerous charges related to using taxpayer money for political campaigns. Taxpayer money is, in fact, the people’s hard-earned cash that is sent to Harrisburg for the purposes of good government. Using...
  • Lame duck Rendell stumps for Pennsylvania tax increase

    02/26/2010 10:22:29 AM PST · by RS_Rider · 7 replies · 336+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Friday, February 26, 2010 | Mike Wereschagin
    Christine Bethea, owner of the art and antique store Artica in the Garfield-Friendship business district, said she pays her corporate taxes faithfully. She didn't realize until Thursday what a rarity that is. Bethea was among about 20 business owners gathered at a Shadyside Borders bookstore to hear Gov. Ed Rendell decry a business tax structure that lets 71 percent of companies in Pennsylvania skip out on the tax. The system needs to change, Rendell said, if the state is to avoid a budget crisis in the next two years. "When you hear how other people are slipping through the cracks,...
  • Pennsylvania's heavyweight political clout growing thin

    02/22/2010 9:58:44 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 19 replies · 484+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Sunday, February 21, 2010 | By Salena Zito
    Pennsylvania soon may scrape the bottom of the federal pork barrel. The Feb. 8 death of U.S. Rep. Jack Murtha was "a major blow" to federal funding in the state, according to Jeff Brauer, a political science professor at Keystone College. The Johnstown Democrat, in Congress since 1974, held considerable clout as chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Subcommittee. Brauer foresees another blow when Ed Rendell ends eight years as governor this year. The Philadelphia Democrat's influential national connections also have brought federal money into the state. And if U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, another Philadelphia Democrat, survives a May primary...
  • Change Now Means Not Obama

    02/22/2010 7:40:34 AM PST · by CaroleL · 3 replies · 171+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 02/22/10 | CaroleL
    The trouble with hope and change is that it only works for the unelected. After you get the job you have to provide more than hope, and change is suddenly defined as "not you". Since President Obama took office, each time American voters have gotten the opportunity they have voted for a different kind of change. Yet the president and his fellow Democrats continue to believe that if they just change the wrapping paper, we'll suddenly want what they're offering.
  • Specter's Snowball Effect

    02/21/2010 9:10:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies · 1,963+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2010 | Salena Zito
    WASHINGTON – It is probably fair to say that U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, D-Pa., started it all. He perceived, long before anyone else, that this will not be the year of the incumbent. Armed with campaign battle scars, a cantankerous personality and fairly long-in-the-tooth seniority (even by Senate standards), Specter has come to symbolize the end of the incumbent. A CNN poll last week showed that only one-third of U.S. voters (a record-low number) think their members of Congress deserve to go back next year. When Specter switched parties last spring, he was brutally honest why: He didn't want to...
  • Even Harrisburg Must Be Downsized

    02/11/2010 8:17:15 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 7 replies · 433+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 2-11-10 | Wally Nunn
    The most important budget in decades is about to be negotiated in Harrisburg, where Gov. Rendell introduced his final spending plan this week. Not only is the state facing a structural deficit that has been masked by gimmicks such as the "stimulus." It's also about to be hit by a pension tsunami that will increase the multibillion-dollar deficit by multibillions. (snip) The word we never hear from Harrisburg is one that those in the private sector often hear: downsizing. Our elected officials have a spending problem, and it's time for them to work up the courage to break the habit....
  • Governor Rendell: Pennsylvania Closing Southeast PA Interstates at 2 PM - Schuylkill Closed

    02/10/2010 12:28:57 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 564+ views
    prnewswire ^ | Feb. 10
    HARRISBURG, Pa., - With travel conditions worsening dramatically in southeast Pennsylvania, Governor Edward G. Rendell said the non-toll portions of four interstates will close at 2 p.m. today. The Governor said the affected highways include the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76), I-476, I-176, and I-676. "Other than emergency responders, no one should be driving on Pennsylvania's highways today," Governor Rendell said. "This is a serious storm that will jeopardize the safety of anyone who attempts to travel." Earlier today, the Governor announced the closure of I-81 from the Maryland border to I-80, and all of interstates 83 and 78. In addition, PA...
  • Haitian Trip Was A Hot Blonde Glory Grab

    01/26/2010 4:43:15 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 5 replies · 1,201+ views
    It was then that Leslie Merrill McCombs appeared on scene. Mrs. McCombs is the hot blonde senior consultant for government relations at UPMC who developed a close working relationship with Gov. X-Man Rendell while successfully lobbying on behalf of Lions Gate Entertainment for the $75 million 2007 Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit program. Mrs McCombs never disclosed the relationship -- with Lions Gate that is albeit she vociferously denied having one with X-Man-- and wound up being fined $5,025 in July 2009 for failing to do so. Anyway, Mrs. McCombs told Mrs. Buchanan that UPMC would be the sole handler of...