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POSTED: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 2:25 PM

Mayor Nutter's not wasting any time getting a new campaign finance rule on the books. In about an hour, he'll sign off on a bill passed this morning by City Council that would close a loophole in the city's campaign finance regulations.

Here's the release:

MAYOR NUTTER TO SIGN CAMPAIGN FINANCE LOOPHOLE LEGISLATION

POSTED: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 1:24 PM

City Council President Anna Verna turns 80 today and her colleagues celebrated with a full throated rendition of Happy Birthday. You can check it out below:


POSTED: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 10:59 AM

UPDATED, 11:46 AM:

After several weeks of delay, City Council today unanimously passed legislation that attempts to close a campaign finance loophole that allows political action committees to make multiple campaign contributions to the same candidate.

Councilwoman Marian Tasco told us that she was going to call the bill, backed by the Nutter administration, up for a vote. She had held the legislation at the request of Councilman Bill Green, who wanted to amend it, but today said she thought it was better to simply to pass it before the primary election.

POSTED: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 9:21 AM

City Council wanted to do its own study on the controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan, known as DROP.  It's been nearly two months since the results came back.  So what's next?  Council doesn't have an answer.

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum steps closer to a run for president.

John Baer makes another pitch for a presidential election decided by popular vote.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 2:18 PM

The DN had a big report today looking ahead to this year's City Council redistricting fight. In the last two redistricting efforts, Council took so long to redraw their boundries that their paychecks were withheld.

Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. today told us that he'd like to avoid those problems by starting early this year.

"I would love to work this summer," Jones said. "We should get a running start on that."

POSTED: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 12:05 PM

James Mugford, an attorney backed by the Republican City Committee for City Commissioner, pulled out of the race today.

Mugford was endorsed by City Committee in addition to incumbent Republican Commissioner Joe Duda. Mugford’s endorsement was seen largely as an effort to aid Duda by blocking GOP upstart Al Schmidt from one of the two Republican slots in the general election ballot.

Republican City Committee General Counsel Michael Meehan said Mugford notified them that he wanted to pull out earlier this week.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 9:57 AM

Mayoral challenger Milton Street wins backing of two municipal unions.

City Council gears up for this year's redistricting battle.

The School District fires two whistle blowers.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 4:54 PM

Bill Gault, president of the union that represents Philadelphia firefighters, today endorsed T. Milton Street in the May 17 Democratic primary election for mayor in a speech that was mostly focused on his union's dissatisfaction with Mayor Nutter's budget cuts. 

Gault made passing reference to what he later called Street's "colorful history" -- a 2005 bankruptcy, then 26 months in federal custody for not paying taxes and a current combined outstanding tax bill of $1.1 million.

"In a perfect world, candidates would be perfect," Gault said. "But the world isn't perfect. And in elections you can't beat someone with no one."


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