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Basketball fans say the meaning of March Madness is the upset victories by teams like Dayton and Stanford.
The Republican City Committee describes it as the embarrassment that Philadelphia Democrats are bringing to the city. The local GOP pointed to the recent indictment of state Sen. LeAnna Washington, who allegedly told an employee questioning the use of office staff to plan a birthday party fundraiser for her that, “I am the f–– senator, I do what the f– I want, and ain’t nobody going to change me.”
Also, state Rep. J.P. Miranda faces corruption charges. And, four state representatives are accused of taking money and a judge is accused of accepting an expensive bracelet in a sting.
“They continue to show they have no respect for the offices and duties to which they are elected,” said Joe DeFelice, executive director of the Republican City Committee. “It truly is madness.”
The Committee of Seventy is urging the General Assembly to allow for the creation of an independent counsel to determine why state Attorney General Kathleen Kane dismissed a three-year sting operation that allegedly captured four state representatives on tape accepting money from an undercover informant.
The Independence Hall Tea Party is calling on the state legislature to remove Kane from office.
“Ms. Kane’s refusal to do the right thing in order to protect her political allies and friends is even more frightening than the bribery itself,” said Teri Adams, president of the local Tea Party.
Kane has said she ended the probe, in part, because the sting’s targets were mostly black lawmakers. She also noted that the informant had charges dropped against him in an unrelated case.
State Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.) is pleased with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s report that the state’s unemployment rate is down to 6.2 percent, below the national rate of 6.7 percent.
“Since Gov. Corbett took office, I have been proud to work with him in Harrisburg to reduce taxes and burdens on the private sector so we can put more hardworking Pennsylvanians back to work,” he said. “Gov. Corbett’s energy and pro-jobs agenda stepped in to save the Philadelphia-area refineries, and have created new opportunities to make our shipyards the busiest in decades. Pennsylvania is on the right track, and it couldn’t have been done without Gov. Corbett’s leadership.”
The Philadelphia Republican City Committee unanimously nominated West Philadelphia’s Matt Wolfe as its candidate to fill the at-large City Council seat vacated by School Reform Commission Chairman Bill Green.
Wolfe is a longtime ward leader and former deputy state attorney general.
The Democrats nominated state Rep. Ed Neilson to avoid a House primary with fellow Rep. John Sabatina Jr.
The newly formed Philadelphia Teenage Republicans will meet on Thursday, March 27, atat Republican City Committee headquarters, at 3525 Cottman Ave. in Mayfair.
Joe DeFelice, a Mayfair resident and executive director of the local GOP, has met with the leadership of the group, including interim chairman Kyle Adams, a senior at Father Judge High School.
Speakers at the meeting will include state Rep. John Taylor, chairman of city committee; Darin Bartholomew, chairman of Pennsylvania College Republicans and student body president at Temple University; and Phil Innamorato, vice chairman of the Philadelphia Federation of Young Republicans.
“We are excited by the energy these young men and women bring to the table. Many of us first started in politics at a young age with no direction from the organization. Hopefully, the creation of this group will better ease their ascendance into the Philadelphia political structure,” Taylor said. ••