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POSTED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 1:50 PM
U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz called businessman Tom Wolf "vague" in his support of the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare. (File photos)

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz just accused her fellow Democrats in the May 20 primary election for governor of being "vague" in their support for the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare.

Schwartz was speaking to reporters mostly about front-runner Tom Wolf, a former state revenue secretary, who told the York Daily Record last month that the law is "step in the right direction."

"Particularly, I think Tom Wolf has been evasive about expressing support for the law," said Schwartz, who this week started running a campaign ad on television, touting her role in helping to craft the legislation.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:00 AM

Board of Revision of Taxes hears hundreds more cases a week now.

Allyson Schwartz could use some help.

Philly's coolest school is high-tech heaven. 

POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 2:28 PM

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz is enjoying an unpaid media boost to her campaign for governor since appearing on MSNBC last night to tout a new commercial she is running to highlight her role in passing the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare.

The Washington Post, Politico and The Huffington Post have all jumped on the story.

Gov. Corbett wants a piece of that attention, it seems.  In an email to supporters this morning, Corbett's campaign had Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley ask for donations to fight Schwartz, labeling her "our extreme liberal opponent."

POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 1:43 PM
Russell Nigro, the BRT chairman, with other members in 2009. File

Behold the motivational power of money. 

After Mayor Nutter allowed a controversial bill to become law that increases pay for most members of the Board of Revision of Taxes, the panel is suddenly plowing through the 23,000 property-tax appeals it is tasked with adjudicating in the wake of last year's citywide reassessment. 

BRT Executive Director Carla Pagan told City Council today that the board is now hearing 500 to 600 cases per week, compared to the 100 to 200 it was hearing before the pay raise went through. The board now meets 14 times per week, up from three to five, she said.

POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 4:57 PM

The Philadelphia Republican Party and one of its three members of City Council are clashing over a proposal that would soften the city's "resign to run" rule, which forces officials to step down before running for a new office. 

Councilman David Oh, who is pushing a ballot question that would allow officials to run for some offices without resigning, duked it out with his party on Twitter earlier this week.

Questioning why Oh was focused on the rule when the city faces so many other issues, @PhillyGOP wrote: "corruption, cronyism, wage tax, storm water charge, BIRT hurt our City. Pretty sure resign to run doesn't crack top 50."

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 4:13 PM
The national chapter of the NAACP has officially replaced J. Whyatt Mondesire, former president of the local chapter, after an inquiry into alleged financial mismanagement. (APRIL SAUL / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Following a feud that resulted in the ouster of the Philadelphia NAACP's president and three other officers, the local chapter has named the Rev. Carl Fitchett as its new leader.

The Rev. Gill Ford, a national NAACP official, confirmed the selection of Fitchett and the following slate of local officials: Rodney Muhammad, first vice president; Rahim Islam, second vice president; Jennifer Whitfield, third vice president; and Shirley Jordan II, assistant secretary. 

The state NAACP also has a new president: Dwayne Jackson. 

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:29 PM
Thousands rally in front of the U.S. Capitol for immigration reform that includes a pathto citizenship for undocumented immigrants. (OLIVIER DOULIERY / Abaca Press, MCT)

Mayor Nutter today signed an executive order that limits the city's cooperation with detainer requests from the federal Immigration and Customers Enforcement agency. 

The city will now require the feds to provide crminal warrants when requesting that people be detained, rather than holding individuals regardless of whether they committed a non-immigration crime. 

You can read more about the policy in this story by Daily News reporter Julie Shaw.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 3:42 PM
Protestors picket at the proposed site of a Methadone clinic on Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg.

City Council spent nearly two hours today discussing the state of the 13 methadone clinics across the city, where they are located and what can be done to prevent abuses by those who prowl the streets in need of a quick fix.

Dr. Arthur Evans, commissioner for the city’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities Services, said there are 10 licenses issued for programs in the city serving more than 5,000 clients. He answered questions from council members during week four of budget hearings in City Hall.

Evans said that while there is room for improvement in how medication is administered, methadone is the most regulated treatment for opiate dependencies.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to
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