They say truth is stranger than fiction.
Well, in what can only be described as a bizarre development – even for Philadelphia politics – former 2011 Philly GOP mayoral nominee Karen Brown is now a former Republican, as well.
But what does failed nominee Debo Adegbile’s client think?
For those of you that care – and there probably won’t be many – convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal recorded a 2 minute and 48 second audio response, posted at Prisonradio.org.
Let me summarize about the man who was nominated by the President of the United States for a prestigious judicial position.
He was born in New York State.
He is of mixed ancestry.
The jackpot for tonight's Mega Millions drawing has reached $240 million. The odds of winning the jackpot with a single $1 ticket are a staggering 1 in 258.9 million.
But before you rush out to buy a ticket, I’ve got a better proposition for you.
How about a seat on Philadelphia’s City Council?
Don’t cross the line.
That’s the message the U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia sent today when he announced the government’s indictment against members of Ironworkers Local Union 401.
“It's one thing to negotiate a contract,” said U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger at today’s press conference, adding, “It's one thing to picket in order to get your position heard and get support. But when you cross that line and engage in violent acts, when you commit arson, when you physically assault someone, then that's a problem because that type of conduct cannot be tolerated.”
One of the good Samaritans this morning who fed stranded drivers involved in the massive pileup on the PA Turnpike was none other than my friend and colleague Steven Hunn, 46, of Huntingdon Valley, PA.
Hunn, who is the Area Manager for home inspection firm US Inspect, posted a video on Facebook which showed him going around to cars that were in the accident.
Hunn told his Facebook friends, “Kudos to the Southampton McDonalds and Wendys (both on 2nd Street Pike). I contacted both today and they graciously donated cheeseburgers. I took the burgers along w/ 2 cases of water to the Buck Rd overpass in Southampton, parked my car, jumped the blockade and started handing out cheeseburgers/water bottles to the poor people stuck on the PA Turnpike.”
Russ Diamond, a 50-year old Republican who was named one of three "Citizens of the Year" by the Inquirer in 2006 for his PACleanSweep anti-incumbency movement, declared this morning that he is seeking the GOP's nomination for State Representative in Eastern Lebanon county’s 102nd district.
Diamond, an self-described entrepreneur and former musician, works as an over-the-road truck driver. In an interview today, the Annville resident described himself as an advocate of “massive government reform" making property tax relief his central theme.
“Somebody needs to tackle the topic of property tax relief in Harrisburg, and I am the person to do it,” Diamond said, adding, “Somebody with a strong voice who knows how to navigate the political waters and can make things happen.”
In a prominent commentary featured on Philly.com on Wednesday, a clearly disgruntled tenant living in Philadelphia expressed outrage that “slumlords own so many properties in the city” and that Philly residents are living “like animals because the Department of Licenses & Inspections is not doing its due diligence.”
The article has quickly made its rounds in the investor community, and opinions are piling on fast.
Let me disclose that as a properly licensed landlord, legally licensed real estate agent, and state-approved real estate instructor, I read the tenant’s story with shock, apprehension and, quite frankly, defensiveness. Spending the last decade of my life focusing on leasing residential properties in all neighborhoods in Philadelphia, I’ve witnessed – first-hand - the good, the bad, and, yes, the ugly. I’ve seen anal-retentive landlords (my favorite) and absentee landlords (I avoid them).