After a lackluster summer, the busy fall political season is officially underway, and Philly’s At-Large City Council race is suddenly heating up – the GOP portion, that is.
With the fall election of the five Democratic primary winners a foregone conclusion by most pundits, the real race for the two remaining at-large seats will go on between the five Republican candidates -- incumbents David Oh and Dennis O’Brien, along with challengers Al Taubenberger, Dan Tinney and Terry Tracy.
Also running at-large are former-Democrat-turned-Independent Andrew Stober as well as Green Party candidate Kristin Combs. It’s unlikely that either will have much of an impact on the race.
As was the case four years ago at this time, widely-acknowledged Republican frontrunner David Oh is the one making the news. Back in August 2011, when he was a challenger, it was over an alleged Green Beret scandal. This time around, it involves a settlement the incumbent first termer just made with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics over an illegal campaign contribution.
When contacted by U-Turn, Oh’s texted comment was short and concise: “This matter was resolved. The over-contribution was returned back in April. I cooperated fully and I'm paying the fine."
I love how everyone's an expert all of a sudden.
Take Michael Nutter, the Philly mayor whose performance during the initial aftermath of the Amtrak crash had been lauded.
In particular, during the dreadful morning after the disaster, Nutter urged for the media and public not to rush to conclusions.
It’s tough being Michael Nutter.
The mayor of our city has never really received kudos for much of anything – even his meager accomplishment of keeping Philadelphia running. He’s been booed at an Obama rally, at his City Council budget address and a Tom Wolf event at Temple University – mostly by Democrats in his own party.
Snubbed by the Obama Administration for a cabinet position, Nutter is already fading into obscurity – arguably becoming the most lame duck Philly mayor during our lifetime.
That’s how I will remember Michael Nutter. I hope you will, too.
Nutter, who has spent all of 2015 trying to redefine his legacy as Philadelphia’s mayor, put the icing on the cake today when he appeared as a guest on CNN. Defending Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Nutter told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that Rawlings-Blake was unfairly criticized for her response to rioting over the police custody death of Freddie Gray.
Convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal has a group of well-wishers from both an Orange, New Jersey third grade class as well as from high school students from the Philadelphia Student Union.
In an April 5 tweet, Forest Street School teacher Marilyn Zuniga posted, “Just dropped off these letters to comrade Johanna Fernandez. My 3rd graders wrote to Mumia to lift up his spirits as he is ill. #freemumia.”
Fernandez, a professor of Black Studies at Baruch College in New York, wrote on her Facebook page that she traveled with Pam Africa to Mahanoy state prison in Schuylkill County on Apr. 6 to see the wheelchair-bound former broadcaster:
Ageism is alive and well.
After one of the most popular politicians Philadelphians have come to know took a serious fall, there’s been a lot of talk about whether this “older” woman is physically fit for the job.
Forget the fact that she was working the very next day.
It may be freezing outside, but things are heating up in what’s expected to be one of the most competitive special elections in Philadelphia history.
On Tuesday, voters in the 170th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District will go to the polls to choose a successor to former State Rep. Brendan Boyle. Last year, Boyle ran simultaneously for reelection to his PA House seat as well as for Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district. He won both elections, and resigned from his PA House seat on Jan. 3.
Sarah Del Ricci was selected by the Democratic Party as their nominee. Martina White will be representing the Republicans.