Wednesday, August 29, 2012
State Rep. Cherelle Parker sets up checks for Voter ID law.
The new Pennsylvania Voter ID Law may leave some scratching their heads, wondering if their forms of identification are valid. State Rep. Cherelle Parker (D-200) announced office hours devoted to verifying the quality of IDs so people can properly vote. "It is important that our state offices are taking effective, proactive action to assist our constituents," Parker said in a news release. "Although I am opposed to this law, I believe all voters should be properly prepared to present a valid form of ID on Election Day to guarantee their ability to exercise their constitutional right to vote." Starting Sept. 4, Parker invites constituents to bring any questionable IDs to her office on Tuesday or Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at 1536 E. …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
State Rep. Parker holds info session on new Voter ID Law.
Though not happy about the new state law that requires voters to bring IDs to the polls, state Rep. Cherelle Parker (D-200) is trying to be proactive. The chair for the Philadelphia Delegation in the state House of Representatives hosted a community meeting last week to get the FAQs answered and educate city and suburban leaders so they can spread info on the law. "After the law was passed, while we're not pleased at all with it... we're dealing with it and need to know how to get prepared," Parker said. Held at Laborers' Local #332 Union Hall at 13th and Wallace Streets, the August 1 midday meeting brought together other state representatives, media members, nonprofit association employees and city government staff to learn directly from …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Andorra state representative is running for reelection unopposed.
State Rep. Cherelle Parker (D-200) received more than 9,000 votes in Tuesday’s primary election—nearly all of the votes, since she was unopposed. Facing a general election in November once again without opposition, Parker said she would turn her focus toward voter turnout. “Turnout, Turnout, turnout,” Parker said. “I don’t care what party you are a part of. In 2008, in the general election, President Obama received over 595,000 votes out of the city of Philadelphia. If you take a stroll through electoral history, never had that kind of turnout in Philadelphia, and that’s just Obama and Biden, not including Republican and independent votes.” Parker said she would like to see a return to that level of participation in the upcoming general …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Rep. Cherelle Parker, among other candidates, focused on the new law.
Approximately 100 people gathered Tuesday night at the West Oak Lane Charter School to hear from local elected officials, local candidates, and three candidates running for office in the statewide races for attorney general and treasurer. They also heard a lot about the new Voter ID Act, which would require people to show a government-issued ID to poll workers before they vote. A large part of the meeting focused on that. (A second story about the statewide races is coming Friday.) City Councilmember Marion Tasco (D-9) organized the event and introduced the speakers, many of whom emphasized the need to dispel myths about the new act. They also said they wanted to get out the vote for next week’s primary election. “I am running for re-…
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The district attorney posted something on the matter on his Facebook page.
District Attorney Seth Williams is making sure he won't get involved in any conflicts of interest when it comes to Facebook. After controversy surfaced in state Rep. Cherelle Parker's DUI case when it was discovered that she was Facebook friends with the judge in her case, questions about the matter surfaced in court. Evidence was reinstated in the case after it was orignially thrown out by Judge Charles V. Hayden. Williams didn't specifically mention the Parker case in a Facebook post addressing the matter. But the post was certainly related in some way to that. In that case, Williams recused himself from trying Parker, as he is friends with the Andorra Democrat. "Regularly scheduled Facebook 'friendship' disclaimer," he wrote. "Your use …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
A Republican also files for one General Assembly seat.
With Roxborough split between two representatives for at least one more election cycle, Democratic challengers filed for state house seats against both sitting representatives. Last week, candidates were required to file petitions for the April 24 Pennsylvania Primary in the General Assembly. In the House, Democrat Raymond Bailey filed against state Rep. Pamela DeLissio in the 194th District, which represents Manayunk and parts of Roxborough and Lower Merion Township, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State. DeLissio is in her first term and was elected in 2010. Republican Linda Bateman filed for the seat, as well. In the original plans for redistricting, the 194th was supposed to cover all of Roxborough and Manayunk. However…
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
A petition was filed Tuesday, according to a report on Philly.com.
The state Attorney General's office has appealed Judge Charles Hayden's decision to suppress evidence in the drunken driving case against state Rep. Cherelle Parker, an article on Philly.com said. The petition, that was filed Tuesday in Common Pleas Court, also appeals the judge's refusal to recuse himself despite being Facebook friends with the defendant, the article continued. Deputy Attorney General John Flannery said that the officers' testimony was credible and that Parker's testimony "was completely incredible." To read Philly.com's full story, click here.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Judge Charles Hayden said his Facebook relationship with her wasn't relevant to the case.
The judge in state Rep. Cherelle Parker's DUI case has refused to recuse himself, saying a Facebook friendship he has with the politician isn't grounds for him to do so. A report on Newsworks says Judge Charles Hayden denied a state request for recusal Monday, saying that doing so would set a dangerous precedent. "It could mean that if anyone already has been convicted by [the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office] who was unknowingly a 'Facebook friend' at the time of their conviction that person could be subject to getting their conviction overturned," Hayden wrote, according to the report. Hayden had earlier thrown out all evidence against Parker in the matter, saying he didn't trust the "less than truthful" testimony given during her…
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The reversal stems from Parker and Judge Charles Hayden's Facebook friendship.
A motion filed by the state's Attorney General's office Monday, stated that the Facebook friendship between State Rep. Cherelle Parker, D-200, and Municipal Judge Charles Hayden "creates an appearance of impropriety and undermines public confidence in the judiciary," an article on Philly.com stated. The Facebook friendship came to light shortly after Hayden's decision to suppress all evidence in the drunken-driving case against Parker. Hayden threw out the evidence citing "less than truthful" testimony and discrepancies between testimony and paperwork. Parker's attorney, Joseph Kelly, maintain that the two do not know each other. "They're not out having drinks together," he said in the article. "It's social media. . . . They're elected …