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POSTED: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 11:55 AM

Are you disappointed in the job Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is doing? Does Democrat Joe Sestak weird you out, despite his rad sneakers

Well, you can nominate someone to run against them in the 2016 Senate race. Right now.

Just go to Crowdpac's new site to nominate a candidate. Here's what's cooking in that race so far. They'll be updating the page each week.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 4:40 PM
CEO of Boys' Latin of Philadelphia David Hardy on May 23, 2013. (April Saul/Staff File Photo)

The head of popular Southwest Philadelphia charter school Boys' Latin apparently sent out an email today reminding his hard working teachers to enjoy their time off on Election Day.

Oh and also to never, ever, ever, never vote for city council candidate Helen Gym.

A school-wide email allegedly sent by Boys' Latin chief executive officer David Hardy is circulating on social media this afternoon, courtesy of Twitter user and teacher Andrew Saltz. The short, block paragraph consists of only 15 sentences, but nevertheless packs in no fewer than seven directives instructing teachers not to vote for Gym, a vocal schools activist that has often found herself at odds with pro-charter school types.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 4:36 PM

The door to Famous 4th Street Deli swung open again and again today as a long-standing local Election Day ritual was repeated.

One after another, judicial, mayoral and City Council hopefuls crammed into the deli for the usual: backs were slapped, pictures were snapped and sandwiches the size of propane tanks were consumed.

 Former state Sen. Milton Street was the first mayoral candidate to arrive at the deli. He was met at the corner of 4th and Bainbridge streets by a bunch of campaign workers who were toting enlarged heads of Jim Kenney and Common Pleas Judge Kevin Dougherty. (Photos of their heads, not their actual heads.) 

POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 2:36 PM
Poll watcher Raymond Harris and volunteer recovery counselor Nadia Dawound

Daily News columnist Ronnie Polaneczky is all over the place today. She's now headed to the contentious 2nd District, where Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and developer Ori Feibish have been feuding for months. Hopefully, she makes it back in one piece. Here are a few folks Ronnie chatted up earlier ... 

Adam Rodgers, Esq. was holding court at an Anthony Williams outpost at 18th and Ridge, where volunteers gather to receive printed materials and catch rides to other polling places to leaflet.

“We’ve got a lot of people who want to help but we have to turn them away,” says Rodgers. As he spoke those words, he was interrupted by a passerby who asked if he could help. These prospective walk-on volunteers are looking for some cash and the free meals that come with leafleting at a polling place. Rodgers told the man to check back in an hour or so, he might have an assignment for him by then.

POSTED: Monday, May 18, 2015, 6:05 PM

If you don't work for one of the local political candidates -- or aren't required to document their comings and goings like (cough) we are -- you might not realize that tomorrow is election day. 

Excuse me. Did you even read that lead? TOMORROW IS ELECTION DAY PEOPLE! 

Unless you missed Game of Thrones last night and need to catch up tonight, you might want to do some homework to make sure you're mildly confident when you walk into that voting booth tomorrow. 

POSTED: Monday, May 18, 2015, 1:31 PM

We took a trip up to Tacony over the weekend for some Filipino food at Pasiano's – highly recommend the bistek – and saw this sign on the window of Councilman Bobby Henon's campaign office at Princeton Avenue and Edmund Street.

They say politics is a contact sport, but ... ew.

Tough town, man.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 6:50 PM
Sam Katz, 65, said he flip-flopped over the weekend, deciding finally on Sunday night that he wouldn’t launch a fourth attempt at becoming mayor. (Jessica Griffin/Staff Photographer)

Sam Katz made up his mind last week: He was going to run for mayor.

A campaign was going to whir to life — a big announcement, some red, white and blue Katz-for-Mayor posters, flurries of phone calls to deep-pocketed donors.

And then he changed his mind.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 12:11 PM
Vincent Fumo leaves the James A. Byrne US Courthouse for a lunch break Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer/File)

Former state Sen. Vince Fumo went on Facebook this morning and weighed in on the mayor's race. Sort of.

Fumo posted this story about the "four billionaires" supporting state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams and wrote that he'd prefer their candidate over one backed by labor leader John Dougherty, who is throwing money behind ex-Fumo protege and former Councilman Jim Kenney.

"Either those guys or Johnnie doc! I take anyone other than dougherty!" Fumo wrote.

About this blog
William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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