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POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2015, 5:49 PM
Pennsylvania state representatives Louise Bishop and Michelle Brownlee, and former representative Harold James, are expected to be charged Tuesday in the sting investigation that was buried by Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Two Pennsylvania state representatives who were allegedly caught on tape accepting money and a former state representative are expected to be charged tomorrow in the sting investigation that was buried by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, then resurrected by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

The representatives are Michelle Brownlee, 58, and Louise Bishop, 81, a reverend who hosts a weekday gospel radio show. The former representative is Harold James, the Daily News has learned. James, 64, is also a former police officer. All three are Philly Democrats.

The charges include bribery, conspiracy and related offenses.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 12:06 PM

Retired Navy admiral Joe Sestak announced at Independence Mall this morning that he is running for U.S. Senate in an election that is ... oh, 20 months away.

But look at those Reeboks! We honestly didn't hear 90 percent of what Sestak said because we were transfixed by the white high tops, which seemed fairly clean, by the way, other than the stains of time. Like the 1990s and the 2000s.

"You can only get those on eBay now," Sestak said of the sneakers.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 3:44 PM
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia on October 6, 2014. (David Maialetti)

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is hosting a mayoral candidates forum Wednesday afternoon. But unless you belong to the PFT, you can't get in.

Members only.

"The state of our schools is the top issue facing our city," said PFT president Jerry Jordan. "This will be an opportunity for PFT members to hear the candidate's views on the challenges facing our schoolchildren."

POSTED: Monday, February 16, 2015, 4:42 PM
Lynne Abraham listens as she is introduced during a news conference, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Democratic mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham said today that she wants the School Reform Commission to hold off on possibly expanding the city's number of charter school until after the next mayor is elected.

Abraham, the former city district attorney, said in a statement that adding more charter schools could "virtually break the back of the school budget already under considerable stress."

The SRC is scheduled to vote on Wednesday on 39 applications for new charters.

POSTED: Monday, February 16, 2015, 1:59 PM

Apparently, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. has his own theme song, as evidenced by this video of the 4th District councilman's re-election kickoff.

The hook goes like this: "Curtis. Jones. Junior ... junior, junior." That's it.

But, Philly Clout has to admit, this song is quite effective. It's been stuck in our heads since we heard it over the weekend. 

POSTED: Friday, February 13, 2015, 4:36 PM
State Sen. Anthony Williams in 2013. (Stephanie Aaronson / Staff Photographer)

State Sen. Anthony Williams says the Philadelphia School Partnership needs to "put its money where its mouth is." 

Williams, who has been criticized by his fellow Democratic mayoral candidates for expressing support for the PSP's recent offer to donate $35 million to the School District of Philadelphia to grow its number of charter schools, said in a statement this afternoon that any money donated by the PSP to help cover the cost of new charters "must be matched dollar for dollar with more funding for District public schools.  We need more funding for good schools in Philadelphia, charters and public schools alike."

Williams once again lambasted former City Councilman Jim Kenney, who opposes the PSP's offer unless it accompanies some form of charter reimbursement.

POSTED: Friday, February 13, 2015, 12:50 PM
Anthony Hardy Williams (left) and Nelson Diaz (right). (AP, staff photos)

You might have heard this before, but a lot of people aren't happy with state Sen. Anthony Williams over that whole Philadelphia School Partnership issue from last week. 

(For a quick recap, click here, because we're going to go crazy if we write it all out again.) 

Former Common Pleas Judge Nelson Diaz today became the latest Democratic mayoral candidate to criticize Williams, who has said the School District of Philadelphia should consider accepting a $35 million donation from the PSP to grow the number of charter schools. 

POSTED: Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 6:44 PM
Some people don't want (more) charter schools. (David Maialetti)

What, you thought we were done talking about the Philadelphia School Partnership and that huge check they're itching to write?

State Sen. Anthony Williams today labeled former City Councilman Jim Kenney "irresponsible" for opposing the PSP's offer to donate up to $35 million to the School District of Philadelphia to help grow the number of charter schools in the city.

(Let's pause here for a quick recap: Kenney announced his opposition to the plan last week, citing concerns about the PSP and their money being tied to "unnamed millionaires who already have far too great an influence in our upcoming mayoral election."

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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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