DAILY GRINDER: Treasury Subpoenas Rendell’s Records
Investigators from the U.S. Treasury Department have subpoenaed records related to payments former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has accepted for public speaking engagements on behalf of the People’s Mujhadeen of Iran, a group of Iranian dissidents the State Department has listed as a terrorist group. Rendell and others, including Republicans, have long argued the group should be taken off the terrorist list because that group has not engaged in terroristic behavior since the 1980s.
Former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter says NASDAQ racially discriminates against Chinese companies which trade publicly. He’s actually filed a lawsuit challenging NASDAQ’s decision to remove Chinese wind-tower company CleanTech Innovations from the stock exchange. Specter has apparently been representing the company since shortly before he left office in shame/hilarity in 2011. Assertions of racism “have no basis in fact or law,” said NASDAQ spokesman Joseph Christinat. In February 2010, Specter accused the Chinese of “international banditry.”
Gossip: Governor Tom Corbett may endorse Rick Santorum in the Pennsylvania primary, which comes to the Commonwealth on April 24th. Oddly, some political consultants are saying that is Santorum doesn’t win Pennsylvania, he will be out of the race. A Corbett endorsement, then, may help him win his former home state and stay in. Sen. Pat Toomey will likely not endorse Santorum due to “past political differences.”
Former Philadelphia Rep. John Perzel, who admitted involvement in the Harrisburg ‘Bonusgate’ scandal and helped the Commonwealth with its investigation, is set to be sentenced on March 21. Because of his time helping the state, many are watching how his sentencing plays out.
Two women – Theresa Merlo and Tara McDowell – have been sentenced for threatening/intimidating Susan Coulter, who was a witness in a murder trial in which two men were eventually found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Coulter and Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vegahad asked Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner for harsh sentences for the women, which were denied because of their lack of prior convictions.
Two men were shot early Saturday morning in their car, on Columbus Blvd. near Christian Street. One man was killed. Police believe the gunfire came from another car.
A New Jersey man was shot and killed at 6 a.m. Sunday while leaving the VIP Latin Club in Harrowgate.