Saturday, April 25, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7:16 PM

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:

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POSTED: Thursday, April 9, 2015, 11:38 AM
Signe Wilkinson: Glad Lynne's up and dancing but...

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.

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POSTED: Friday, March 20, 2015, 3:56 PM
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 (above). (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

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.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 5:45 PM
Mitt Romney (left) and Evander Holyfield. (Getty Images)

In what’s being dubbed “The Olympian vs. The Man Who Saved the Olympics,” former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, 52, will be taking on former Olympics CEO (and 2012 GOP presidential nominee) Mitt Romney, 68, in a charity match May 15 at the Union Pacific Depot in Salt Lake City.

In a story originally broken by the Salt Lake Tribune, the 68 year-old Romney was quoted as saying, "It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious," adding, "It won't be much of a fight. We'll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit."

Tough to say who has the edge in this one. But U-Turn will go with Romney. Holyfield may have a difficult time defeating the first-time boxer whose stances are rumored to be all over the place.

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 2:41 PM
Allan Domb

Center City “condo king” Allan Domb, who U-Turn earlier reported was potentially eying a mayoral run, has filed today with the County Board of Elections to run as an at-large candidate in this year’s City Council race, according to a statement that Domb’s campaign emailed me this afternoon.

Domb, previously an independent, became a Democrat in mid-January.

Domb told me that he would be represented by longtime election attorney Gregory Harvey. The campaign indicated it turned in just short of 3,000 signatures in the filing.

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POSTED: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 2:40 PM
Four potential candidates seek the Philly GOP's mayoral nomination. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages)

Rhashea Lynn Harmon, a 38 year-old Center City attorney, was one of four Republicans who spoke before GOP ward leaders Tuesday night at a gathering in Port Richmond.

The four, which also included Melissa Murray Bailey, Elmer Money and Sean Clark, expressed interest in seeking the Philadelphia Republican Party’s nomination for mayor.

Harmon said she’s running for mayor because she wants to transform Philadelphia “from a city of disempowerment to a city of empowerment.”



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POSTED: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6:50 PM
Matt Wolfe announces he is running for Council-at-Large in front of the PGW office at 1137 Chestnut St.

In one of most pre-publicized political stunts of 2015, Republican City Council at-large candidate Matt Wolfe stood in front of the closed doors of the Center City Philadelphia Gas Works office and told a crowd of about 50 supporters yesterday that he was running for office because of “City Council’s killing the deal to sell PGW.”

Cute. Nice gimmick. Setting up and announcing in front of PGW, a group he wanted to bash.

I get it.

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POSTED: Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:46 PM
Melissa Murray Bailey: Exploring a potential run

Why don’t more Philadelphians run for public office?

That’s a question a lot of people are asking right now – particularly with respect to the mayor’s race – where the candidates pool in the Democratic primary is shrinking by the week, and the outnumbered Republican machinery is still scrambling to find a candidate.

Just a couple of months ago, it was highly expected that City Council President Darrell Clarke, City Controller Alan Butkovitz, former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo and former Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority director Terry Gillen would be facing off against each other.

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