License and Inspections has turned The City of Brotherly Love into Shakedown Street.
“Maybe you had too much too fast. Or just over played your part,” lyricists Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter tell us.
An amazing first in Philadelphia politics will be occurring tonight at the United Republican Club in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.
The Republican City Committee has decided to open up its citywide ward meeting to all Philadelphians, Chairman John Taylor told me via telephone this afternoon. The meeting will primarily address the selection of a candidate for the City Council At-Large seat made available by Democratic Councilman Bill Green's resignation. Green was confirmed last month as Gov. Tom Corbett’s appointee to become the chairman of the School Reform Commission.
While the floor will be open to nominations, it’s widely expected that West Philadelphia ward leader Matthew Wolfe will be nominated as the GOP’s special election candidate.
In a private message sent to me this afternoon that Wolfe gave me permission to publish, Wolfe said, “The Republican City Committee meeting tonight is open to the public, including press. Since John Taylor became the Chairman, he has run a much more open organization, frankly discussing both our strengths and weaknesses. We are looking to engage Republicans in the process and use an energized party to challenge the Democrats who have run this city into poverty for several generations. A strong Republican Party is essential to a strong city.”
The Pennsylvania Department of State has released a list of candidates who turned in nomination petitions for offices ranging from party committee to governor. The list - which contains contact information for the candidates as well as updated developments on their campaign statuses (withdrawals, nomination challenges, ballot order) - can be accessed here.
A special FREE feature that will interest election attorneys and others working on petition challenges: the actual nomination petitions can be downloaded easily at that site.The list does not include candidates running for committeeperson in Philadelphia. That list will be forthcoming here, according to the Officer of the Philadelphia City Commissioners.
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.”