Tuesday, December 1, 2015

POSTED: Monday, February 9, 2015, 7:18 PM
Sen. Anthony Williams thinks the mayoral candidates should not be so quick to reject the PSP's offer. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

Eyebrows were raised aplenty last week when the Philadelphia School Partnership, an education advocacy group, offered to send at least $25 million to the School District of Philadelphia in the name of approving more charter schools. 

As Philadelphia Magazine's Holly Otterbein notes, the majority of the city's Democratic mayoral candidates panned the PSP's offer.

Former City Councilman Jim Kenney, in particular, expressed concern about accepting money from "unnamed millionaires who already have far too great an influence in our upcoming mayoral election." 

POSTED: Monday, February 9, 2015, 3:18 PM
ED HILLE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Robert Kerns after November arrest.

Former Montgomery County GOP Chairman Bob Kerns might be feeling more of the aftermath of his pleading guilty to a sex crime last year – his license to practice law has now been revoked.

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s disciplinary board temporarily suspended Kerns law license. According to his lawyer, Brian McMonagle, he hasn’t been practicing law anyway from the time of his arrest.

“He’s disassociated himself from the [Hladik, Onorato and Pearlstine] law firm and hasn’t been practicing since,” he said.

POSTED: Friday, February 6, 2015, 4:46 PM
Doug Oliver

Former PGW spokesman Doug Oliver is scheduled to officially launch his mayoral campaign at 3 p.m. tomorrow in Germantown. 

But first, he'd like everyone to say their prayers...for the city! 

DO2015, Oliver's exploratory committee, said an interfaith prayer service will be held at 9 tomorrow morning on the northwest side of City Hall. 

POSTED: Friday, February 6, 2015, 4:11 PM
James Kenney gives his farewell address to City Council on Jan. 29, 2015. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

The Philadelphia School Partnership caused quite a stir earlier this week when it offered to deliver as much as $35 million to the perpetually broke School District of Philadelphia to ensure the city's charter school numbers keep growing.

Former City Councilman -- and current mayoral candidate -- Jim Kenney said in a statement Friday that the district should absolutely, positively not take the money. Even if it seems...so...tempting. 

Here's Kenney's statement:

POSTED: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 1:58 PM

Queena Bass just walked into the lobby at 801 Market Street to tell us she is running for mayor as a write-in candidate.

Philly Clout is kind of busy today with other stories, so we didn't have a chance to delve into why she is running. We offered to give her a call later, but that was not possible.

"We don't have a phone," Bass said.

POSTED: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 11:02 AM
George Matysik, former policy director at Philabundance, bows out of race for at-large City Council seat.

George Matysik is officially out of the race for an at-large seat on City Council.

“Those who know me well know that public service is in my blood, and that this was clearly a difficult decision,” Matysik wrote in an e-mail this morning.

“But to me, public service was always about more than seeing my name on a ballot, and at this point, I believe the greatest contributions I can make to my city and region won’t be as an elected official. But that doesn’t mean I’m going anywhere.”

POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2015, 11:47 AM

Lisa Deeley, a Democrat and a former City Council staffer, had the support of some big names at Famous 4th Street Deli this morning when she announced her candidacy for city commissioner.

“I have a vision that I would like to take to the commissioner’s office,” said Deeley.

“One of the most important jobs for the city commissioner – aside from making sure that Election Day goes off without a hitch – is engaging the public. Philadelphians can no longer be satisfied with 10 to 15 percent voter turnout.”

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 2:58 PM
Councilman Jim Kenney announces plans to step down from his office in Philadelphia Pa. on January 27, 2015. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

Councilman Jim Kenney has already picked up a labor endorsement in the mayoral race, even though he hasn't officially, technically, formally announced his candidacy, due to Philadelphia's "stupid rules." 

The National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees District 1199C is now backing him.

"Jim Kenney has been a lifelong advocate for Philadelphia's working families. He comes from a union home as the son of firefighter and he's earned his own union card at age 17. Jim has worked to protect bargaining rights and has always been a straight talker and in his approach with labor," District 1199C President Henry Nicholas said in a statement today. "He has the experience and values to move this city forward for all Philadelphians, and I strongly urge him to run for mayor."

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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 benderw@phillynews.com
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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 gambacd@phillynews.com
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