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POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 10:27 PM
Joseph DeFelice, left, listens as Gov. Tom Corbett speaks during a meet-and-greet with city Republicans on Tuesday in Northeast Philadelphia. (Photo by Darin Bartholomew)

Last night, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett whisked into town to do a quick “meet and greet” with more than 350 GOP supporters at the Southampton Room in Northeast Philadelphia. The free open bar/open buffet event -- hosted by the Republican City Committee (RCC) and its chairman, State Rep. John Taylor (R-177) – was billed as a free event, but was closed “to Republican ward leaders, committeepeople and select volunteers,” according to RCC Executive Director, Joseph J. DeFelice, Esq.

DeFelice told me that the event featured speeches from Corbett, Taylor, city controller candidate Terry Tracy and district attorney hopeful Danny Alvarez. “Danny gave a fiery speech standing on a chair,” DeFelice said, adding, “This was just another great example of a positive movement forward to show we are a united party committed to building the Republican Party in Philadelphia.”

Not everyone shared the love of Corbett.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 3:50 PM
(AP)

VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED: This article contains obscene/indecent mention of a sin tax.

“Even though all my stripper friends are gonna be mad at me, I think we can stimulate the economy with a tax on strippers.”

Those are the words of former Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Luther Campbell.

POSTED: Sunday, July 21, 2013, 10:44 PM
FOXNews reporter Geraldo Rivera arrives at the Orange County Courthouse for the murder trial of Casey Anthony, Tuesday, May 24, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)

Is Geraldo Rivera considering a run for NYC mayor?

Nah. Not really. But you wouldn’t know it from his behavior.

Perhaps you missed it, but Geraldo “shock jock” Rivera was caught “pulling a Weiner,” as in Anthony Weiner, when he posted this semi-nude photo on his Twitter account, saying, “70 is the new 50 (Erica and family are going to be so pissed...but at my age...).”

POSTED: Friday, July 19, 2013, 11:50 AM

The trailer for Tigre Hill’s aborted union documentary has quietly hit the Internet. The 6:12 video feature many recognizable faces in the recent Goldtex labor dispute. I was able to track down Hill, who had this to say: “I am no longer involved with this project. I am focusing on "The Corrupt And The Dead" Mafia documentary with George Anastasia and Dave Schratweiser.”

See the YouTube video below.



POSTED: Friday, July 19, 2013, 11:15 AM
Center City Philadelphia. (Elise Wrabetz, File / Staff Photographer)

Could Philly become the next Detroit?

Over the years, that’s the big question that many pundits have asked. As recently as this past May, even Jimmy Tayoun’s Public Record’s “Elephant Corner” – a weekly article scribed by a series of pseudonymous Republican activists – ran a column entitled “Detroit’s Fate Could Be Philadelphia’s Next.”

In that piece, the author ominously noted that “We in Philadelphia should look carefully at the situation in Detroit. Fifteen years ago, I am sure that few expected Detroit to devolve into its current status. I believe if we do not deal with our onerous, underfunded pension obligations, we will be facing serious fiscal problems sooner than many anticipate. Increasing tax rates is not the solution, as we saw in Detroit. Raising taxes in Detroit did not lead to higher revenues but rather it chased taxpayers out of the city.”

POSTED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 10:43 PM
Did the PPA ticket one of its own vehicles? (Rob Einhorn)

UPDATE: Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 10:30 p.m.

Tonight, U-Turn received a voice mail from PPA spokesperson Martin O’Rourke updating the validity of the ticket after an afternoon PPA investigation.

From O’Rourke: Evidently that envelope on that car was empty, and that car was parked legally. And there was no ticket issued to that car.

POSTED: Monday, July 15, 2013, 2:01 PM
People rally on South Broad Street near City Hall on Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Philadelphia, protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim)

Last year, Mayor Michael Nutter referred to Trayvon Martin’s death as “nothing short of an assassination.” This past weekend, Nutter issued a less incendiary statement, saying he’s “deeply saddened” by the verdict in the case, adding, “Every day in America, African American males die on our streets in outrageously alarming numbers.”

This all made me wonder: Just to what extent does Mayor Nutter really care about Philly’s own young black men dying in our streets?

We know what former Mayor John Street thinks of Nutter on that topic. I won’t repeat the disgustingly personal remark nor will I link it, as Nutter himself rightfully said he would not respond to such an “undignified” remark.

POSTED: Friday, July 12, 2013, 4:40 PM
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

On January 15, 2013, newly inaugurated Attorney General Kathleen Kane took an oath to defend the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On July 11, 2013, Kane made a bold and principled move that demonstrated that she is one of the few publicly elected Pennsylvanians that actually understands our Constitution.

In a public statement on Thursday, Kane said, "I cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's version of DOMA where I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional," adding, “It is my duty under the Commonwealth Attorneys Act whenever I determine it is in the best interest of the Commonwealth to authorize the Office of General Counsel to defend the state in litigation. Additionally, it is a lawyer's ethical obligation under Pennsylvania's Rules of Professional Conduct to withdraw from a case in which the lawyer has a fundamental disagreement with the client."

So Kane didn’t kill the case. Not at all! Instead, she rightfully disclosed a conflict of interest due to a difference of opinion, and passed the case along to Gov. Corbett.

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