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POSTED: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 3:31 PM

Mayor Nutter today said the city still doesn’t have a final tally for snow removal from the two storms that slammed the city last week.

“Snow fighting actually continues,” Nutter said this morning. “As soon as we have a final number, we’d be glad to get it to you.”

The cost of digging out after the December blizzard was $3.4 million, so it’s safe to guess that the ultimate price tag isn’t going to be pretty – especially in a tough budget year.
 

POSTED: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 3:03 PM

After failing to win an endorsement from the Republican State Committee, City Councilman Frank Rizzo says he will not be leaving his gig to run for lieutenant governor.

“Without an endorsement it would not make sense for me to leave my position in City Council,” Rizzo told us today. “I’ll continue to do a job that I love.”

Rizzo has toyed with the idea of running for several months. The city’s resign to run rule meant that he would have had to quit his job to circulate nominating petitions.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 11:12 AM

Here's a release from good government group Committee of Seventy:

PERIOD TO CIRCULATE AND FILE NOMINATION PETITIONS

BEGINS TODAY, FEBRUARY 16TH

POSTED: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 10:03 AM

We take a look at the redistricting fight which will is expected to heat up in City Council next year.

Social service organization Concilio names new executive director, months after former leader was fired.

The DN editorial board gets an expert to answer some of your snow questions.

POSTED: Monday, February 15, 2010, 4:48 PM

Our buddy Allison Kelsey over at the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia sent us the following comic song, which we thought you might get a kick out of on this holiday Monday. It's about the list of things Gov. Rendell would like to start taxing under his proposed budget.

Hum to the tune of "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music."

Taxes on caskets and taxes on text books, Taxes on transit and taxes on bad debts, Tax the accountants and tax parking lots, Tax the newspapers and tax magazines.

POSTED: Monday, February 15, 2010, 12:52 PM

State Rep. Sam Rohrer had a pretty interesting idea about how to counter the hoopla of the state Republican Committee endorsement of state Attorney General Tom Corbett for governor on Saturday.  Rohrer, who is courting conservative "Tea Party" groups in his primary election challenge of Corbett, decided to host a "Mobilize for Liberty in 2010" event right down the hall from the GOP meeting in the Harrisburg Hilton.  And to draw attention, Rohrer invited Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher, the Ohio man who stumped for U.S. Sen. John McCain's presidential election after he confronted then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama about tax policy in 2008.

But now Wurzelbacher is drawing much more attention for trashing McCain than for what he said about Rohrer at Saturday's event.  Here is CNN's take and here is how PA Public Radio handled the story.  Wurzelbacher whined that McCain "screwed my life up" by using him during the campaign as the face of middle America.  He also said he is done with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain's vice presidential candidate who is now trying to cozy up to the Tea Party crowd.

We're betting that wasn't the kind of news Rohrer was hoping to make with Wurzelbacher's appearance.  But as McCain could tell him, political surrogates aren't easy to control.

POSTED: Monday, February 15, 2010, 11:26 AM

We recently reported that the Nutter administration is considering a soda tax in the coming budget. Whether they do it or not, it seems like they've hit on a hot public health issue.

Check out this story from the New York Times yesterday, which asks the question:" Is soda the new tobacco?" Here's a excerpt:

Attention is being paid: Last week, the Obama administration announced a plan to ban candy and sweetened beverages from schools. A campaign against childhood obesity will be led by the first lady, Michelle Obama. And a growing number of public health advocates are pushing for even more aggressive actions, urging that soda be treated like tobacco: with taxes, warning labels and a massive public health marketing campaign, all to discourage consumption.

POSTED: Monday, February 15, 2010, 10:58 AM

In a move no doubt designed to fuel further speculation about his presidential ambitions, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum -- who lost his Pennsylvania seat to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in 2006 -- is making another trip to Iowa, where he'll be speaking at an event sponsored by the Iowa Christian Alliance.

Santorum previously visited Iowa in the fall.

Here's the press release:

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