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POSTED: Friday, June 27, 2014, 9:20 AM
Vincent Fumo, seen here taking a break from court last month, wants to become a lobbyist. DAVID SWANSON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Former state Sen. Vince Fumo is making the rounds -- visiting Senate Democrats and a Philly port facility -- while a federal judge considers his request to launch a lobbying firm.  Also in Clout today, a new project to track political ad spending in Philadelphia and no legal mulligan for former NAACP leader J. Whyatt Mondesire.

Developer Ori Feibush, seeking to unseat City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson next year, filed a federal lawsuit yesterday accusing Johnson of obstructing Feibush's city real-estate transactions in "direct retaliation" for his candidacy.

An impassioned judge of elections from Strawberry Mansion let loose on City Commissioner Stephanie Singer yesterday, accusing her of everything from voter intimidation to creating havoc and lawlessness at a polling place during the May primary election.

POSTED: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 2:08 PM
Zack Stalberg, President &CEO, Committee of Seventy.
Zack Stalberg, outgoing president &CEO, Committee of Seventy

The Committee of Seventy announced today that Ellen Mattleman Kaplan will be interim president and CEO as the government watchdog group looks to replace Zack Stalberg, who is retiring next month. 

Kaplan, who now serves as policy director, is "perfectly suited to this task," said Stalberg, former editor of the Daily News, in a statement.

Seventy board member Stephen Tang, who is president and CEO of the University City Science Center, will lead the search committee. The other members are Bret Perkins, Judee von Seldeneck, Michael Schwartz, Cristina Cavalieri, Steve Madva and Dianne Semingson.

POSTED: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 8:46 AM

Ship of fools? Father of MOVE survivor agonizes over son's troubling cruise-ship death, reports Vinny Vella

Nutter denies fixing tickets in traffic court. Sean Collins Walsh interviews a witness who claims mayor called in favors when he was on City Council. 

He will face trial in two '89 slayings. DNA taken after arrest linked this man to crime, in this report by Mensah M. Dean. 

POSTED: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 8:18 AM

Cops: Kitchen worker commits 'crime of opportunity,' by Dana DiFilippo.

Hot Dog! Dietz & Watson expanding its headquarters in Tacony, writes Jenny DeHuff. 

Vultures! Mom sues hospial for taking son's brain, eyes, other organs. William Bender writes on how a local mom sues after her dead son's organs go missing. 

POSTED: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 9:00 AM

Developers privately fume about City Council President Darrell Clarke but are a major source of his campaign fundraising. The People Paper investigates their relationship. 

Julia Shaw tells the story of Grover Thomas Williams, a Center City lawyer who almost took his own life.

The Daily News editorial board takes a look at Attorney General Kathleen Kane's probe of the Jerry Sandusky investigation.

POSTED: Monday, June 23, 2014, 9:12 AM

Did Pope Francis just give Philly mobsters the boot? Bill Bender reports.

John Baer looks at whether the number of seats in the state Senate should be trimmed

Jenny DeHuff visits Wizard World's Philadelphia Comic Con and finds the Karate Kid all grown up.

POSTED: Friday, June 20, 2014, 9:17 AM
District Attorney Seth Williams, due in federal court yesterday to defend himself in a lawsuit over the alleged theft of intellectual property, decided to settle the case instead. (Michael Bryant/Staff)

District Attorney Seth Williams, due in federal court yesterday to defend himself in a lawsuit over the alleged theft of intellectual property, decided to settle the case instead.  For a Twitter feud, this got pretty ugly.

Also in Clout today, a battle for leadership in the 32nd Democratic Ward looks to be heading to federal court.  And City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Gov. Corbett's campaign trade accusations.

A liberal political group yesterday accused a billionaire casino investor of making an illegal campaign contribution to Gov. Corbett. Keystone Progress filed a complaint with the state Gaming Control Board against Sheldon Adelson, a Republican mega-donor and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp.

POSTED: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 5:40 PM
Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson ((AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File))

Keystone Progress, a liberal-leaning group in Pennsylvania, filed a complaint today with the state Gaming Control Board against Sheldon Adelson, CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., accusing him of making an illegal campaign contribution that benefited Gov. Corbett.

The group claims an Adelson contribution of nearly $1 million ended up in Corbett's campaign account, in violation of the state gaming law's prohibition of casino owners giving political contributions in the state.

Nathan Sooy, a Keystone Progress board advisor, filed the complaint with the Gaming Control Board's Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement.

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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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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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