Archive: April, 2008
Check out Nutter on The Colbert Report last night:
Catherine LuceyThe dispute over whether the Sugarhouse casino can build on the riverfront hits the state Supreme Court today.
An anonymous flier circulated during the mayoral primary was created by a consultant to the electricians union, according to the Ethics Board.
Mayor Nutter made a successful appearance on the Colbert Report last night.
Catherine LuceySen. Barack Obama blames poor syntax for his "bitter" comments.
Both Sen. Hillary Clinton and Obama appeared last night before Democratic City Committee. Both say they won't pay out street money next Tuesday.
John Baer reports on Sunday's "Compassion Forum," in which the candidates discussed their faith.
We just got out of a meeting with Sen. Barack Obama and the Daily News Editorial Board. During the session, we asked Obama if he was reconsidering the campaign pledge not to provide street money in Philadelphia.
He said: no way.
"One of the ways we've operated in every state is we don't pay people just to get paid,"Obama said. "In South Carolina people were surprised because in some sectors on of the community that was perceived as the way you do business and we just said look we're not going to do business that way."
The state Supreme Court tomorrow morning will hear arguments from the city, state and the developers of a proposed riverfront casino in Fishtown about who has the power to allow construction on state-owned "riparian lands." Mayor Street's administration, citing a 101-year-old law, gave SugarHouse the OK last fall for SugarHouse to build on 11 acres of riverfront.
Mayor Nutter took over in January and overturned that decision. Nutter first said the city had the power to allow the construction but used it incorrectly. Now attorneys for Nutter say the city never had the power to begin with. That matches arguments made by state Sen. Vince Fumo and Rep. Mike O'Brien.
The Supreme Court, which has handed down victory after victory for casino developers in city, will now make the call. SugarHouse has a lot riding on the answer. The developers have already put up $50 million for a casino license, they're paying more than $32,000 a month for an option to buy the 11 acres of the 22-acre site that aren't riparian lands and that option comes due on May 10 with a sale price of $70 million.
Excited that Stephen Colbert is broadcasting from Philly this week? So are we.
To get in the mood, check out this great interview our TV critic Ellen Gray did with Colbert.
Or check out this clip from last week which we enjoyed:
Catherine LuceyThe paper of record today weighed in on Mayor Nutter's endorsement of Sen. Hillary Clinton. It makes the same point that many publications have made -- that Nutter, a progressive African-American pol who has much in common with Sen. Barack Obama, is backing Clinton.
On a side note, we did enjoy that Nutter was interviewed while eating a grilled cheese sandwich and drinking chocolate milk. Seriously is he seven?