Wednesday, December 17, 2014

POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 3:01 PM
Mark McDonald, Mayor Nutter's press secretary, tweeted that Council President Darrell Clarke "chickened out" on holding hears about a proposed sale of PGW> (Twitter)

The proposal to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works is dead but the political fight between City Council President Darrell Clarke and Mayor Nutter's administration rages on.

Clarke was on WHYY's Radio Times program this morning, defending his opposition to the $1.86 billion deal.  Council refused to hold hearings this year on the legislation for the proposed sale of PGW to UIL Holdings Corp., stymieing the deal.

Mark McDonald, Nutter's press secretary, used his Twitter feed to post 18 responses between 10 a.m. and noon today, many while Clarke was still on the air.  At one point, McDonald tweeted:

POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 8:10 AM

What drove Iraq vet to kill ex, her kin and apparently himself? Nobody can make sense of the ex-Marine's Montco killing spree of six. Day 2 of officers' search of Brad Stone ends with the finding of his body in the woods near his Pennsburg home, in this report by our talented staff writers.

Post-sting, two state reps are charged: D.A. Seth Williams released the indictments of Ron Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown yesterday, saying A.G. Kathleen Kane "cold-cased" the original investigation. 

Trio held for trial in attack on gay couple, Mensah M. Dean follows them to court as the case moves forward.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 1:24 PM
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in an opinion posted yesterday, ruled that the law firm Cozen O'Connor can write off a $448,468 debt incurred by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady in a court battle to stay on the 2007 Democratic primary election ballot for mayor.

That ruling apparently puts an end to a nearly seven-year legal struggle.

Cozen sued the Philadelphia Board of Ethics in March 2008, seeking to overturn campaign-contribution limits that restricted how Brady, chairman of the Democratic City Committee, could raise money to pay off the debt.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 9:09 AM

Still at large: Murder spree claims Iraq vet's ex-wife and five ex-in-laws. The hunt is still on for Brad Stone, who made four different stops over two counties leaving six dead and a seventh injured, in this compilation piece by the DN. 

'Tollie' plea withdrawal comes out of left field: Dan Tollefson surprised a Bucks County courtroom yesterday with his decision to represent himself on fraud charges. Vinny Vella and Molly Eichel have the story. 

Two-year sentence for ex-Traffic Court's 'ashamed man.' Julie Shaw provides the details behind the case of Wiliam Hird, who will serve two years for his role in a ticket-fixing scheme. 

POSTED: Monday, December 15, 2014, 9:33 AM

John Baer surveys the scene at Pennsylvania Society, that annual trip to New York City by the state's politicians and campaign donors, and finds some of them are seeing double.  And not just from the open-bar events.

David Gambacorta examines what happened to City Council legislation that would have addressed a secretive practice in zoning for shelters.

And Jenice Armstrong checks in on a much-slimmer District Attorney Seth Williams.

POSTED: Monday, December 15, 2014, 1:09 AM
Councilman Jim Kenney tweeted some harsh criticism of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's posterior. ( Charles Fox / Staff Photographer )

City Councilman Jim Kenney vented about the Philadelphia Eagles loss Sunday night to the Dallas Cowboys by taking aim at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's posterior.

"Chris Christie is sitting on his very large ass next to [Cowboys owner] Jerry Jones in his box at the Linc. You suck! Kissing Texas ass for 2016. Awful!," Kenney tweeted during the game's second half, dropping in a reference to Christie's expected bid for the 2016 Republican nomination for president.

"Hey fat assed Christie, kiss Jerry Jones' ass in his box in Dallas. Not across the river from Philly. You are just a creep!" Kenney tweeted in a follow-up two minutes later.

POSTED: Friday, December 12, 2014, 11:54 AM

Will voters ask why Abraham's probe into Sandusky charity yielded nothing? Former D.A. Lynne Abraham is running for mayor, but has otherwise avoided the limelight since her investigation into Jerry Sandusky. Will Bunch asks the question. 

Abraham fuels smackdown! 'America's deadliest DA' targets Council chief Clarke for dead PGW deal, in the latest from Chris Brennan and Clout. 

Bills, bills, bills...Council passes a bunch during its last 2014 meeting. Mensah Dean and yours truly were there during the whole five hours. 

POSTED: Friday, December 12, 2014, 8:46 AM

In Clout today: The 2015 race for mayor spiraled into a series of smackdowns this week between Lynne Abraham, a declared candidate, and City Council President Darrell Clarke's campaign for . . . he won't say what.  Also, Tom Knox endorses state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams for mayor.  And Joe Torsella has nearly $1 million banked for a 2016 run for state treasurer.

Speaking of Abraham, Will Bunch takes a look at her high-profile, short-lived probe of the controversial Second Mile charity founded by Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach sent to prison for the sexual abuse of children.

And City Council finished off its final session of the year with grand overtures of jingle-bell ringing, flag waving, back slapping and a litany of bill passing before members broke for the holidays.

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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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