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POSTED: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 4:50 PM
Frank Fina outside the Dauphin courtroom in Harrisburg on Monday, March 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Jason Minick)

We just got word that the prosecutors at the center of the 'Porngate' email scandal are being transferred out of their units in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Frank Fina will be transferred from Special Investigations to Civil Litigation; Marc Costanzo will be transferred from Special Investigations to Appeals, and Patrick Blessington will be transferred from Insurance Fraud to the Post Conviction Relief Act Unit.

The transfers are effective Monday and were announced in an email District Attorney Seth Williams sent to his staff within the past hour. City Council passed a resolution today calling on Williams to fire Fina, Costanzo and Blessington.

POSTED: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 7:24 PM
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown. (AP)

The state Supreme Court could rule as early as today on whether to suspend state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's law license, but Kane – depending on the ruling – is already planning to strike back at one of the justices, according to a source close to Kane’s legal team.

If the court rules against her – and along party lines – Kane will likely seek the recusal of Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, a Republican who has been tied to the state’s “Porngate” scandal, the source said.

In other words, this whole never-ending mess could get ugly – or, rather, uglier.

POSTED: Thursday, September 17, 2015, 3:50 PM
Jim Kenney. (STEPHANIE AARONSON/Staff Photographer)

Interesting little development here.

You may remember that Cameron Kline, spokesman for District Attorney Seth Williams, got himself in a bit of trouble late last month when he sent out a press release attacking Republican mayoral candidate Melissa Murray Bailey on behalf of the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club.

By sending the press release – which blasted Bailey for accepting campaign contributions from a donor that Liberty City described as "homophobic" – Kline violated the City Charter. As Williams' spokesman, he is prohibited from engaging in political activity.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 12:24 PM
Spotted at 18th and Walnut

As you might've read in the Daily News Clout column last week, Democratic ward leader Dan Muroff has been making some noise about challenging indicted U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in next year's primary.

The Inquirer's Chris Brennan has more today, reporting that Muroff has filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.

But, hold on folks, a tipster sent us the photo of the above sticker hinting at a possible congressional run for state Rep. Brian Sims. He spotted it at 18th and Walnut streets.

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.

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
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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
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