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Archive: January, 2012

POSTED: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 11:43 AM

Two sources tell PhillyClout that local attorney Dan McCaffery plans to drop out of the April 24 Democratic primary election for state Attorney General.  Members of the Democratic City Committee in Philadelphia have been told not to circulate nominating petitions to get McCaffery on the ballot because an announcement is coming soon.

McCaffery, with the backing of U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the chairman of the Democratic City Committee, and John Dougherty, leader of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, sought the state party endorsement in a meeting in State College on Jan. 14.  He won 99 votes while former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy won 161 votes and former Lackawanna County Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Kane won 58 votes.  None of them won the required two-thirds majority needed to secure the nomination.

Political veterans speculated that McCaffery and Murphy, two Irish guys from Southeastern Pennsylvania with familiar names -- Murphy for his time in Congress, McCaffery for his 2009 bid for District Attorney -- would split the Democratic vote in this region.  That would have been very good news for Kane in a three-way race.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 10:53 AM

No surprise in President Obama’s State of the Union speech.

Did knowledge of slaying get Rosemary Fernandez Rivera killed? Meanwhile this is the deadliest start of the year since 2007.

Fans line-up to say goodbye to Joe Paterno while ticketholders try to profit. Here’s how you can pay your respects to the renowned Penn State football coach.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 5:40 PM

Mayor Nutter met with City Council leadership for the first time today to discuss a number of major issues facing the city over the next six months.

Nutter and his team met with Council president Darrell Clarke, majority leader Curtis Jones Jr., majority whip Blondell Reynolds Brown, majority deputy whip Bill Greenlee, minority leader Brian O’Neill and minority whip David Oh.

“It was authentically amicable on all sides,” said Reynolds Brown.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 4:04 PM

Politico reports this afternoon that Nathan Kleinman, a member of Occupy Philly and a former staffer to former State Rep. Josh Shapiro's legislative team and former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak's unsuccessful 2010 run for the U.S. Senate, will challenge U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz in the April 24 Democratic primary election for the 13th House district in Philadelphia and Montgomery County.

Today is the first day to circulate nominating petitions to gain a spot on the primary ballot.  Those signatures must be submitted by Feb. 14.  Kleinman needs 1,000 signatures from registered voters in the district to challenge Schwartz's bid for a fifth two-year term in Congress.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 9:20 AM

Here are two very different ways to look at the growing pains at Philadelphia International Airport:  Buzz Bissinger considers how US Air may view its industry and passengers while rookie City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson ponders ways to cooperate.

Did "willful blindness" by the Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia leave more children to be abused by the very people entrusted with their care?

And a Police Department homicide captain explains why initial reports about the suspects in a brutal beating death turned out to be inaccurate.

POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012, 3:28 PM

Tomorrow is the first day for candidates to circulate nominating petitions to get their names listed on the April 24 primary election ballot.  The state Republican Party meets Saturday in Harrisburg to consider endorsing candidates.  And a contested GOP primary looks as likely as ever for the chance to take on U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. in the November general election.

Consider the moves by some of the candidates in the seven-man GOP field for the U.S. Senate. 

  • Tom Smith, a little-known coal-company owner from Armstrong County, northeast of Pittsburgh, invested $4.25 million of his own money in his campaign this month. That could put him ahead of Casey for cash on hand when federal campaign finance reports are filed next week.
  • Tim Burns, a businessman from Eighty Four, won a straw poll among Republican leaders from the Southwestern part of the state Saturday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • Steve Welch, a Chester County businessman, has been endorsed by Gov. Corbett. 
  • And former state Rep. Sam Rohrer is calling on his party to not endorse any candidate.  Rohrer did the same in 2010 when he challenged Corbett, then the party favorite, in the gubernatorial primary election.

Two candidates, Scranton Tea Party founder Laureen Cummings and Robert Allen Mansfield of Philadelphia, have withdrawn from the race after participating in a debate last month during Pennsylvania Society in New York City.  Mansfield now intends to challenge U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah for the 2nd Congressional District in Philadelphia and Montgomery County.

POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012, 11:14 AM

Penn State’s favorite coach Joe Paterno died. He was fired just 64 days ago. Can he rest in peace?

A Chinese takeout owner is shot dead in front of his wife and 8-month-old baby in Tacony Friday night.

Can Mitt Romney change? Can Newt Gingrich maintain? John Baer weighs-in.

POSTED: Friday, January 20, 2012, 10:48 AM

The School Reform Commission shakes up the administration.

Care to ski on Temple’s campus?

The Daily News speaks to a vet who was savagely beaten by a group of young thugs Tuesday night.

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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 brennac@phillynews.com
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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 dehuffj@phillynews.com
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