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POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2015, 10:27 AM

Diaz: I'll fix the city schools...or die trying. William Bender has the story as Nelson Diaz joins the mayor's race. 

No sleep lost over candidate lineup in mayor's race, in this week's Clout from Chris Brennan. 

Break in charity-theft trial as Don Tollefson is hospitalized. 

POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2015, 9:43 AM

Today in Clout, we confront a serious problem for the city: the 2015 race for mayor is shaping up to be a total snooze-fest.  Also, soon-to-be Lt. Gov. Mike Stack III and the Boyle brothers (Brendan the congressman, Kevin the state representative) disagree on who should take over Brendan's seat in the state House.  And City Councilman Ed Neilson mails out his holiday regard$ to ward leaders.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. comes to town to accept a citizenship award named for a mentor on the federal bench.

And former Judge Nelson Diaz formally enters the May 19 Democratic primary election for mayor.

POSTED: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 8:25 AM

The fear after: when a bullet whizzed past his ear, cop learned all about post-traumatic stress. Police grapple with PTSD after shootings find solace in a peer group, in this report by Morgan Zalot and Vinny Vella. 

But-stop slaying unnerves neighborhood. Cops say killer knew victim's routine. Morgan Zalot has the story. 

DA grills Tollefson: 'Tolly' says charity money used for personal items was reimbursed. 

POSTED: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 10:59 AM

John Baer asks the question. There are multiple possible outcomes for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane in a case rife with intrigue and yep, politics. 

Councilwoman: No eighth in 9th. Marian Tasco has announced she's not seeking another term to represent her district in City Council. Chris Brennan and Mensah Dean have the story. 

'Tolly' on a mission to 'make people whole.' I cover day 6 in Don Tollefson charity-fraud trial. 

POSTED: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 9:25 AM

The Daily News takes a look at who benefits with City Council President Darrell Clarke announcing that he will not run for mayor.

John Baer talks to a new kind of GOP leader in Harrisburg.

And the city honors a fallen firefighter.

POSTED: Friday, January 9, 2015, 3:15 PM
Doug Oliver.

A dust-up about soon-to-be mayoral candidate Doug Oliver's high-profile participation in a PGW television commercial has put an early end to his employment at the publicly-owned utility.

Oliver's exit comes after City Councilman Jim Kenney, who is mulling a run for mayor, went public with complaints about the PGW spokesman appearing in a prime-time television commercial for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP.

The PGW board on Thursday evening discussed Oliver's future and considered asking him to resign.

POSTED: Friday, January 9, 2015, 10:03 AM

A special prosecutor's secret grand-jury conclusion about an allegation state Attorney General Kathleen Kane disclosed secret grand jury information was leaked to the press yesterday. 

PGW board questions candidates's face value: In his second to last Clout column, Chris Brennan asks if Doug Oliver, former mayoral spokesman, is getting an unfair political advantage by appearing in LIHEAP ads. 

Police: Cop fires at a guy who ran him down. Dana DiFilippo and Vinny Vella have the story. 

POSTED: Friday, January 9, 2015, 9:29 AM
Oliver: Do appearances in LIHEAP ads give him an unfair political advantage?

We've got a meaty Clout column for you today:  First up, City Councilman Jim Kenney has kicked up a fuss about Doug Oliver appearing in a PGW commercial.  That prompted the PGW board to discuss Oliver's future with the utility.  Oliver is resigning at the end of the month to run for mayor.  Next, we get some of the details about a group of business executives planning to spend big on City Council races.  And a Republican City Council at-large candidate asks a judge to clear the way for his candidacy, despite his record as a felon.

Let's see if we have this straight:  There has been a colossal leak from a secret grand jury run by a special prosecutor investigating whether state Attorney General Kathleen Kane leaked secret grand jury information.

And the Daily News Editorial Board weighs the pros and cons of the political power held by labor unions in the city as the leader of a Ironworkers local stands trial.

About this blog
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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