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  • Rendell Tax Plans Would Kill Pennsylvania

    09/07/2009 5:40:58 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 27 replies · 1,504+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 9/6/2009 | Staff Editorial
    Despite a constitutional requirement that a budget be in place by June 30, the impasse remains, giving Pennsylvania the distinction of being the only state without a fiscal plan. After 67 days, why can't our elected officials figure out a solution? This rift between Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell and the Senate Republicans is as simple as is gets.One side truly cares about the welfare of Pennsylvania citizens, and the other cares about his legacy. The Senate, which happens to be the only Republican legislative body north of Virginia and east of Ohio, has done a stellar job of adhering to...
  • Freedom Radio 8 PM EDT Aug 30 Honest Conservative w/MAJ Stefan Cook and Chris Freind

    08/29/2009 4:48:51 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 11 replies · 519+ views
    Freedom Radio ^ | August 29, 2009 | Honest Conservative
    Join Honest Conservation Sunday, August 30, at 8 PM Eastern and share a NiteCap and a discussion with MAJ Stefan Cook, U.S. Army Reserves, about his lawsuit questioning President Obama's birth nation. Also joining HC are Bulletin journalist Chris Freind to discuss both his recent fast ride as the 'GIB' aboard a F-16D from 177th Fighter Wing of the New Jersey ANG and the latest fast one being pulled by PA Governor Ed Rendell. The call in number is 646 478 5613 and here is the link to the show on Freedom Radio.
  • 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...
  • GOVS IN TROUBLE: DEMS SINKING IN THE STATES

    07/27/2009 2:46:10 AM PDT · by Scanian · 19 replies · 492+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 27, 2009 | Michael Barone
    WITH polls showing a drop in President Obama's job rating and sinking support for the Democrats' health-care plans, there is evidence of collateral damage where you might not expect to find it: in the standing of Democratic governors. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell suddenly is getting negative job ratings in both the Quinnipiac University and the Franklin & Marshall College polls -- his lowest marks in seven years. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who has spent most of his first term working amicably with Republican legislators, scores less than 50 percent in the latest Quinnipiac poll and has only tenuous leads over...
  • Governor X’s looming sex scandal(Details given by Prostitute point to PA Gov)

    07/26/2009 7:38:39 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 71 replies · 2,092+ views
    http://www.theweek.com/ ^ | July 20, 2009 | http://www.theweek.com/
    Mark Sanford is trying to win his wife’s forgiveness, said George Rush and Joanna Malloy in the New York Daily News, but another married governor could be headed toward “fresh hell.” A “high-end escort” who's already said she had rough sex with then–New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is claiming that she also had three sex “dates” with another of our “most prominent governors”—call him Gov. X—whose wife is “prominent in her own right.” This story has to be “prompting a variety of quiet phone calls” among some governors' staff, said Moe Lane in RedState. As for the rest of us,...
  • (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...
  • Rendell seeks PR aid on stimulus money (Taxpayers $$$$ at work!)

    07/21/2009 6:51:41 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 2 replies · 350+ views
    Philly.com ^ | March 19, 2009 | Angela Couloumbis
    Despite his call to drastically slash budgets to deal with a worsening recession, Gov. Rendell is paying $100,000 to a Philadelphia political strategist and media consultant to help him with publicity. The administration has hired Ken Snyder on a monthly retainer of $9,090 between now and Jan. 31 for part-time work, or a minimum of 30 hours a week. Snyder will assist Rendell's Communications Office in the Capitol with media strategy, with a focus on helping provide information about the billions of dollars in federal stimulus aid coming to Pennsylvania. Top administration officials yesterday defended the expenditure. They said it...
  • Road signs eat up part of stimulus

    07/20/2009 7:52:28 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 17 replies · 1,840+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Monday, July 20, 2009 | Salena Zito
    PennDOT has spent $60,000 to create large green road signs telling motorists that funding was secured by the federal stimulus package. Agency spokesman Eric Waters said the signs will be visible at 30 projects across the state. The signs will cost about $2,000 each. "We received $1 billion for roads and bridge projects; not all of the 242 projects will have signs," he said
  • ‘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...
  • DEP Determines Slime Trail Was Just Governor Rendell (Humor)

    07/10/2009 11:06:00 AM PDT · by SvenWaring · 292+ views
    DotPenn.com ^ | 07-10-2009 | Sven Waring
    Pennsylvanians: We've been slimed!A strange, mucous-like slime trail that originated in Harrisburg and continued into central Pennsylvania a few days ago was caused by Governor Edward "G. Tax Me" Rendell, according to members of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection cryptozoological clean-up team.Originally, team members feared that it was the trail of a giant snail, not a gelatinous slimeball--or several of Rendell's cronies, said team leader Nick Draffenstoots."There is absolutely nothing to fear, at least from a toxicity standpoint," said Draffenstoots. "On the other hand, if you're afraid of living the rest of your days mired in a sewer pit...
  • Impasse payroll rules defy common sense (PA)

    07/07/2009 5:08:20 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 5 replies · 497+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | July 7 | Brad Bumsted and Debra Erdley
    Elected officials and average citizens questioned the state's priorities in the budget impasse, which enters its seventh day today. Gov. Ed Rendell, pushing a 16 percent state income tax increase, and Senate Republicans, advocating severe spending cuts, remain miles apart on closing a $3.25 billion deficit. The majority of the state's 77,000 employees won't get paid starting in late July and early August, but inmates will continue to get paid for working at state prisons and for so-called "idle time" sitting in their cells. About 31,000 inmates participate in work programs that pay them 19 to 42 cents per hour,...
  • Democrat Ed Rendell Hammers Sarah Palin for "Abandoning Her State" - Video 7/6/09

    07/06/2009 6:04:32 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 42 replies · 1,134+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 6, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell today hammering Gov. Sarah Palin for he calls "abandoning her state." Rendell makes the point that Alaska needs Palin to lead as Governor during these difficult days in the economy. He repeatedly said she was "abandoning" her state. Sarah Palin is really the only person who knows why she made this decision. I suspect it has a lot to do with her family, and the need she feels to protect them and do what is best for them at this time. It is unbecoming for Rendell and others to use words...
  • To raise money, Sestak needs to pull trigger

    06/29/2009 2:22:34 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 4 replies · 1,323+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | June 29, 2009 | Salena Zito
    Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak stands on the precipice of not only taking on U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in a Democratic primary, but beating him. Numerous polls back up that scenario; the only thing that stands in the way is his "official" announcement. Without the announcment, Markos Moulitsas, editor of the left-leaning DailyKos.com political blog, said he can't raise money for Sestak. The Daily Kos was instrumental in the insurgent candidacy of Connecticut businessman Ned Lamont in the 2006 Democratic primary election against incumbent Sen. Joe Lieberman. The blog began a netroots phenomenon that gave Lamont a legitimate resume, daily message...
  • Rendell: We Can’t Cut Budget; Must Raise Income Tax Rate

    06/16/2009 3:43:08 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 50 replies · 2,015+ views
    WPXI (Pittsburgh) ^ | 06/16/2009 | staff
    Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell announced at a press conference that an increase in the state personal income tax was the only way to deal with a $3.2 billion state budget deficit. At the Westinghouse complex in Cranberry, Rendell said he is going to have to increase state personal income tax to 3.57 percent. After three years, he said the tax rate will return to its current 3.07 percent. Channel 11 News looked up the latest census data on Pennsylvania and found that the median household income was $49,145. A household with this income would pay an additional $245.73 a year...
  • Dems To Raise Impersonal Income Tax, Too (Satire)

    06/08/2009 7:37:39 AM PDT · by SvenWaring · 315+ views
    DotPenn.com ^ | 06-08-09 | Sven Waring
    Possible Tax Plan Slogan: Nothing Works Like For RendellGovernor Edward "G. I Ain't Got No Money" Rendell (D-Philly Cheesesteak) expects that a raise in both the personal and impersonal income tax will be needed to pay for the state's budget and his last re-election campaign. Democrats say the personal tax shouldl be raised 30 percent to 3.37 percent, but that leaves nearly 97 percent of the income untouched by state government hands. The impersonal income tax is assessed on that money people never really get a chance to know and money the state gets to know even less. It is...
  • Pa. Senate GOP set for budget clash with Rendell

    04/28/2009 9:11:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 408+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 27, 2009 | Marc Levy,
    A Republican-penned spending plan that allows no tax increases and slashes 5 percent from Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's proposal could pass the state Senate by mid-May, a top state senator said Monday. Senate Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman, R-Centre, said the Republican plan seeks to stop spending growth at a time when the bottom has fallen out of Pennsylvania's tax collections. He criticized Rendell's plan as an economic disaster in the making, saying it would use rosy revenue projections, reserves and temporary federal aid to accelerate spending beyond the ability of current tax collections to ever catch up.
  • TODAY'S QUESTION: Would stricter gun laws curb shootings? (POLL)

    04/22/2009 4:37:19 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 20 replies · 1,061+ views
    Morning Call ^ | 4/22/2009 | Staff
    Anti-gunners are pushing one gun a month limits here in PA now after the Pittsburgh shootings. Don't think they will get far but who knows in this crazy world? Please vote at the link.
  • Rendell debates NRA on gun control

    04/19/2009 6:14:50 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 26 replies · 1,650+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 04/19/2009 | Amy Worden
    Taking his campaign for stronger gun control measures to the national stage, Gov. Rendell squared off with a top National Rifle Association official on national television today over the federal ban on assault weapons. Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation, Rendell said there was no “rational reason” to allow the sale of assault weapons. “They are used for only one reason…to kill and maim people,” he said. Rendell, who has fought unsuccessfully for years in the state Legislature for tougher gun control, revived his efforts following the slayings this month of three Pittsburgh police officers, killed by a man armed...
  • Turnout will drive PA 2010 Senate race

    04/19/2009 11:54:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 973+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2009 | Salena Zito
    As with anything involving Pennsylvania politics, it’s complicated. Much of Pennsylvania’s 2010 U.S. Senate race will depend on turnout in the primary and general elections. Sounds obvious, right? Yet in an odd turn of political and geographical shifts, the Senate candidates will have little control over the outcome. That is largely because of fiercely competitive primary races on both sides – for Republicans, incumbent Arlen Specter versus former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey; for Democrats, state Rep. Josh Shapiro versus former Philadelphia deputy mayor Joe Torsella. In the middle, all of the traditional party organizations will concentrate more of their money...
  • 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,...
  • Bad Idea At Bad Time

    03/20/2009 5:41:25 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 10 replies · 759+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | March 20, 2009 | James G. Wiles
    Because I am known to have a certain fondness for casino blackjack, and because it was my Kentucky mother who taught me to play poker (and other games of chance), perhaps I’m the appropriate one to say a few words about Gov. Ed Rendell’s proposal to legalize video poker in the middle of a howling recession. It’s the worst idea out of Harrisburg in a long time. The first time I was in a casino, my parents took me. One fine July night in 1969, we walked into Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. And then walked right back out, with...
  • 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.
  • PA Gov. Rendell Criticizes GOP Governors for Refusing Stimulus Funds [Rats on the attack]

    03/12/2009 9:35:59 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 945+ views
    Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell had some choice words for Republican governors who have refused, or threatened to refuse, portions of the $787 economic stimulus bill directed to their states. Republican Govs. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Bob Riley of Alabama, and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana have all made moves in that direction. They are “not turning away a lot of the stimulus money. Don’t give them credit for being that courageous,” Rendell told reporters at a lunch Thursday hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “They turned a way a little bit of the stimulus money. There...
  • 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...
  • Pa. video poker bill on fast track

    03/04/2009 12:42:50 PM PST · by RS_Rider · 7 replies · 823+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 03-04-2009 | Tom Barnes
    HARRISBURG -- Efforts to legalize thousands of video poker machines to generate tuition relief funds for certain college students are on the fast track. Rep. Katie True, R-Lancaster, said today she's been getting a lot of calls from students and parents inquiring when the tuition relief funds would be available. "Many students expect tuition relief for this fall," she told state Education Secretary Gerald Zahorchak at a budget hearing. Gov. Ed Rendell, who came up with the idea, has talked about having some tuition relief money available by fall. To have money available that soon, she said, "We would have...
  • Freedom Radio's NiteCap with Lt. Col. Bill Russelll and Chris Freind of the Philadelphia Bulletin

    02/20/2009 11:13:41 AM PST · by HonestConservative · 99 replies · 1,638+ views
    Freedom Radio's NiteCap ^ | February 20, 2009 | HonestConservative
    No stimulus checks for this bunch! Join HonestConservative for NiteCap's live interview with Lt. Col. William Russell running for the US House against Jerk Murtha. Such and important race it must be a focus of the Republican Party. Also, the great Chris Freind of the Philadelphia Bulletin who is like a dog with a bone, all over the antics of the Rendell administration of PA. PA is a mirror of the country, so what Rendell is getting away with, the mafioso in your state are getting away with, too. Learn where to look for such thievery in your state! Sunday...
  • Grassroots effort builds for Dean at HHS

    02/09/2009 7:54:38 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 10 replies · 722+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 44th Estate ^ | February 9, 2009 | Salena Zito
    A new Web site popped up over the weekend, called DeanForHHS.com. It is a grassroots campaign that wants to urge President Barack Obama to appoint Gov. Howard Dean as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services. There is a corresponding Facebook page to go along with the Web site. Since the departure of Sen. Tom Daschle several names have risen up in consideration, from the ridiculous (Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, really as if he would leave the governorship to his Republican side-kick) to the serious, former N.J. Sen. Bill Bradley (well liked, smart, could work with both sides).
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • President Obama endorses the Black & Gold

    01/29/2009 6:16:54 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 49 replies · 1,568+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 44th Estate Blog ^ | January 29, 2009 | Salena Zito
    President Obama endorses the Black & Gold President Barack Obama just found the perfect way to win over the bitter gun clingers of Western Pennsylvania; endorsing the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Arizona Cardinals in this week’s upcoming Super Bowl game.
  • Government Bailout For The Philadelphia 'Inquirer'?

    01/27/2009 8:56:18 AM PST · by grace522 · 21 replies · 1,608+ views
    The Philadelphia Bulletin ^ | 27 Jan 2009 | Chris Friend
    It is no secret the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News have severe financial difficulties. The parent company of both newspapers, Philadelphia Media Holdings, has missed its debt payments since June, and according to Bloomberg News, the company is in “technical default” on its loans. The papers were bought from the McClatchy Company in 2006 for $562 million. There are currently no buyers, especially given the recent volatility experienced by media entities nationwide. Making the situation even more precarious is that, even if there were a prospective buyer, obtaining financing in these market conditions is difficult, if not impossible. The Tribune...
  • Rendell Calls Out National Guard To Back Boscov's Buy-In (PA Freeper Satire, Baby)

    01/23/2009 6:05:08 AM PST · by SvenWaring · 1 replies · 421+ views
    DotPenn.com ^ | 01-23-2009 | Sven Waring
    Work it Rendell--Governor calls out Fashional Guard to enforce experiment with Boscovian socialismGovernor Ed "Che Steak" Rendell (D-Delicious) called out elements of the Pennsylvania National Guard to enforce his governmental buy-in of one-time retail giant Boscov's.These Fashional Guard troops have been ordered to direct, forcefully, if necessary, shoppers into Boscov's stores to prop up the state's financial bail out of the store chain."It's not a bail out! It's not a bail out!" Rendell shouted as he assumed one striking Mussolini pose after another. "It's a buy in. What don't you get about that? Buy! In! Jeez."Master Sargent Gunney R. Stetson,...
  • Ballard Spahr And Gov. Rendell: An Intimate Relationship

    01/16/2009 7:44:13 PM PST · by grace522 · 441+ views
    The Philadelphia Bulletin ^ | 16 Jan 2009 | Chris Friend
    Ballard Spahr And Gov. Rendell: An Intimate Relationship By Chris Freind, The Bulletin Published: Friday, January 16, 2009 Ballad Spahr is Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell’s former firm. Numerous partners at the firm maintain intimate relationships with the governor. Brothers-in-law John Estey and Adrian King Jr., both partners at Ballard, served as chief of staff and Deputy Chief of Staff to Mr. Rendell, respectively, and have contributed $35,000 to his campaigns. Ken Jarin, another Ballard partner, is listed as the “relationship partner” on the $773,000 Turnpike project. He is a longtime confidante and fundraiser to Mr. Rendell, having contributed $90,000 to...
  • Gov. Ed Rendell Scandal - Legislators, Residents React To Ballard's 'No-Contract' Work

    01/16/2009 7:40:36 PM PST · by grace522 · 3 replies · 1,095+ views
    The Philadelphia Bulletin ^ | 16 Jan 2009 | Chris Friend
    Legislators, Residents React To Ballard's 'No-Contract' Work By Chris FreInd, The Bulletin Published: Friday, January 16, 2009 Pennsylvania state legislators and community activists expressed outrage this week in response to recent allegations, published in The Bulletin, Gov. Ed Rendell’s former law firm, Ballard Spahr, performed $773,000 of legal work for the Pennsylvania Turnpike privatization plan without a contract. “I can’t understand what was so urgent to the public’s interest that the attempted privatization of the turnpike suddenly merited that a large no-bid contract be awarded. And that prior to that, why 2,300 hours of work was done by Ballard with...
  • 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’s Former Firm Went Beyond ‘No-Bid’ Contracts

    01/09/2009 11:46:00 AM PST · by grace522 · 25 replies · 3,063+ views
    The Philadelphia Bulletin ^ | 9 Jan 09 | Steve Friend
    Ballard's $773,000 'No-Contract' Work Rendell’s Former Firm Went Beyond ‘No-Bid’ Contracts By Chris Freind, The Bulletin Published: Friday, January 09, 2009 Gov. Ed Rendell,D-Pa., has recently come under fire as more information emerges regarding the frequency and high-dollar amounts of no-bid state contracts that have been distributed to his political donors and friends. The details of such contracts have been previously revealed by The Bulletin. Many eyebrows have been raised on these lucrative no-bid contracts, especially since the records from past administrations were “lost” under Mr. Rendell’s tenure — ostensibly the only way to compare the frequency, amounts and recipients...
  • Partisan politics hits the Steelers-Chargers game

    01/08/2009 10:51:10 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 95 replies · 2,038+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 44th Estate ^ | January 8, 2009 | Salena Zito
    Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pittsburgh, and Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-San Diego, don’t just differ on what direction the country should go. No, their partisanship runs much deeper than that. Their juggernaut is over who wins the critically important Steelers-Chargers playoff game that will be held in Pittsburgh this Sunday. At stake is a "friendly" wager that will mean lunch for the legislative staffs of whatever team comes up on top. If the Chargers win, Doyle will buy Primanti Brothers sandwiches and Iron City Beer for the meal. If the Steelers win, Bilbray will buy Rubio’s Mexican Food and Stone Brewery Beer....
  • Contract earned Rendell donor $600,000

    01/07/2009 10:02:14 PM PST · by appleseed · 7 replies · 618+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 7, 2009 | Brad Bumsted and Walter F. Roche Jr.
    HARRISBURG -- Gov. Ed Rendell was not aware the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency awarded a no-bid contract in 2003 to a California company headed by a member of his transition team for the Department of Revenue, his spokesman said Tuesday. Since then, CDR Financial Products has collected nearly $600,000 as a financial adviser to the housing agency, according to figures provided by Brian Hudson, the agency's executive director. Its current contract is for $45,000, Hudson said. CDR's president, David Rubin, donated $35,000 to Rendell's campaigns -- $20,000 of it in 2002, state records show.
  • Matthews not running; Shapiro, Murphy rise to top

    01/07/2009 7:44:54 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 16 replies · 841+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 44th Estate ^ | January 7, 2009 | Salena Zito
    MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews told his staff tonight that he will not be running for the U.S. Senate in 2010 from Pennsylvania, ending months of mind-numbing speculation. That move bumps up the profiles of the lesser known but more qualified possible Democratic contenders: State Rep. Josh Shapiro and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy -- both of whom hail from eastern Pennsylvania. Whoever wins that spot would possibly face incumbent Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, depending on whether Pennsylvania’s longest-serving senator is “primaried” or not next spring. Specter faced a grueling
  • 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
  • Richardson donor also gave to Rendell, Obama

    01/07/2009 2:39:47 PM PST · by grace522 · 19 replies · 1,699+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7 Jan 09 | AP
    <p>HARRISBURG, Pa. - A campaign donor who is the target of an federal investigation that forced New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to withdraw from consideration for U.S. Commerce secretary also gave to Gov. Ed Rendell's campaigns and was a generous supporter of the Democratic Party and President-elect Barack Obama.</p>
  • Chris Matthews now in doubt for senate run

    01/07/2009 7:26:27 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 14 replies · 847+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 44th Estate ^ | January 7, 2009 | Salena Zito
    Jim Matthews, Republican chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners and former candidate for lieutenant governor, says he would be surprised if brother Chris, a Democrat, would leave "hardballing" to run for the Senate. Matthews told the the AP that his brother loves his job as the anchor of MSNBC's Hardball, and is currently weighing a contract offer from the network. Rumors and polls have been flying at the possibility of a Matthews/Arlen Specter match-up if both men made it through their primaries in the race for the U.S. Senate in November 2010.