Ed Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania, former mayor of Philadelphia and lifelong political force, is battling Parkinson's disease, he said Monday morning. The 74-year-old Democrat announced that he is receiving treatment from Penn Medicine's Dr. Matthew Stern. He was diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago with early onset Parkinson's, Rendell said. Rendell said he had noticed a wobble in his hand and was having trouble with his balance. Upon urging from family and friends, Rendell went to see Stern, who diagnosed him. At first he was "stunned" and "scared" by the diagnosis, Rendell said. But he began a program of medicine and physical therapy that he continues today, and he sounded optimistic Monday. "The good news is, I can say... my disease has stabilized," Rendell said at a news conference at Pennsylvania Hospital. "Progression has, in many ways, stopped. Some of the symptoms I was undergoing are better now then they were 3 1/2 years ago." Parkinson's is a degenerative disease … [Read more...] about Ed Rendell — Former Pa. Governor, Former Philly Mayor, Lifelong Political Icon — Is Fighting Parkinson’s
No need for you to endure the endless wait for the results of ranked-choice voting, which should be available before the tourists leave on Labor Day. Or at least by Halloween. Although if Gov. Paul LePage’s refusal to acknowledge the law delays the tallying, it could be Christmas. In the meantime, my highly scientific analysis of this election is already completed. It says: The Democrats are screwed in November. Not totally screwed. Just screwed enough to be painful. The Democrats will probably retain control of the Maine House of Representatives, because – with the exception of 2010 – Republicans haven’t captured a majority there since Chester Greenwood invented the earmuff. The GOP is consistently outspent and outhustled in competitive House races. And they also have a higher percentage than do the Dems of candidates who turn out to be weirdos. This may have something to do with genetics. In the state Senate, the donkey party has an outside chance of gaining a … [Read more...] about Politics & Other Mistakes: Rankled and wrecked
By Dan Walters Columnist, CALmatters Monday, June 18th, 2018 Josh Newman, a Democratic state senator from Fullerton, was in a bitter mood when he rose on the Senate floor last week—for good reason. Six days earlier, voters in his district had decided overwhelmingly to recall him after just 18 months in office, persuaded by a tsunami of Republican allegations that he had betrayed them by helping to pass a hefty increase in gas taxes and fees last year. “I can’t imagine wanting to win so badly that I would ever do, in the pursuit of partisan advantage, what has been done here,” Newman said. “It saddens me, colleagues, Republican colleagues, that despite all your nice…words, not a single one of you had the integrity, the decency or the courage to stand up and say…this is wrong. This is an abuse of the recall process.” In 2016, Newman captured a Senate seat that Republicans had long considered their own, and his election … [Read more...] about Two Victims of a Blood Sport: Politics :: Fox&Hounds
By John Dame and Jeffrey Gedmin Someone recently asked me, "Do CEOs make great political leaders?" My reply? An emphatic, "Maybe." I suspect my answer was not what they wanted to hear. We certainly have a good sample in today's political world: President Donald Trump; Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam are just a few. It seems voters are fed up with unbalanced budgets and the feeling that nothing in Washington or their state gets done. They apparently want to turn to CEOs to fix things fast and now. As they old saying goes: They want to run government like a business. But does private sector success apply to politics? Gifted CEOs provide a compelling vision for their company. Great CEOs of large, complex organizations are able to look into the future. They paint a vivid picture of where they want to go and what their organization should look like in the years ahead. Too many of our politicians today find themselves mired in the urgency of the moment, … [Read more...] about Do CEOs really make for good political leaders?
LONDON -- The father of the former Meghan Markle says he talked politics with Prince Harry over the phone -- and Harry said he should give President Donald Trump a chance. Thomas Markle told broadcaster ITV on Monday that he had several phone conversations with Harry, including one in which the prince asked for permission to marry his daughter. Markle said Mr. Trump was discussed at least once: "Our conversation was I was complaining about not liking Donald Trump, he said 'give Donald Trump a chance'. I sort of disagreed with that." Markle said he also asked his future son-in-law about Britain's 2016 decision to leave the European Union and got the impression Harry is comfortable with Brexit. Harry and Meghan's royal wedding goes off without a hitch "I think he was open to the experiment," Markle said. Harry's press office declined to comment on Markle's televised interview, which could raise eyebrows because senior royal figures are scrupulously careful not to comment publicly … [Read more...] about Thomas Markle on Prince Harry, politics, and missing daughter Meghan’s royal wedding