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Archive: December, 2009

POSTED: Thursday, December 31, 2009, 4:19 PM

Check out this story in today's Philadelphia Tribune about the relationship between Mayor Nutter and City Councilman Bill Green. While the tension between the two has been written about before, Nutter does seem to let loose more in this article. Here are a couple of his quotes:

“He seems to have a theory that — if you look at the history of John Street, who antagonized his daddy (Mayor William Green Sr.) and antagonized Mayor (W. Wilson) Goode (Sr.) and then didn’t antagonize Ed Rendell because they had a deal — and then if you look at my history, which was maybe somewhat antagonistic from time to time with Mayor Rendell and seemingly very antagonistic with Mayor Street, that’s the way to become mayor is to antagonize mayors,” he said.

“John Street worked his ass off and had a record,” Nutter said. “I worked my ass off and I had a record. He doesn’t — on either. You have to produce. He has an insatiable need for attention.”

POSTED: Thursday, December 31, 2009, 3:32 PM

Here's the release:


Philadelphia, December 31 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter has announced the following personnel changes within the Mayor’s Office.

POSTED: Thursday, December 31, 2009, 1:00 PM

As we draw to our second year on PhillyClout to a close, we thought you might be curious what the most popular stories were othe blog this year. So we tallied it up. And we were happy to see that you guys like a range of stories -- posts about budget news, sports and gossip are all on this roundup. Hopefully we'll have more in all those catagories in 2010.

Based on hard cold hits, these are PhillyClout's ten most read blog posts of 2009.

1) Judge: Eagles Owe The City $8 Million
2) City Will Slash 3,000 Jobs If Budget Woes Continue
3) Nutter: City Will Not Pay For A Phillies Parade
4) Nutter Announces More Layoffs, Delays Police Training
5) Wedding Bells for W. Wilson Goode Jr. and Latrice Bryant?
6) Mayor Raffles World Series Tickets
7) Joe Banner Tells WIP: "I Know I Had A Deal."
8) Brett Mandel Pledges To Get $8 Million from Eagles
9) City Releases New Tax Deadbeat list
10) Nutter: Fumo Verdict "Difficult...To Fully Understand"

POSTED: Thursday, December 31, 2009, 11:55 AM

There's a law-enforcement tradition in Philadelphia that any reporter on the beat can predict for Dec. 31 -- District Attorney Lynne Abraham holds a news conference to discuss safety during New Year's Eve and New Year's Day celebrations, with a special deterrence on the crazy practice of shooting guns off in the air to mark the holiday.  Abraham's term ends next week so this was to be her last news conference on the topic.

Sure enough, reporters received notice yesterday that they should be at Abraham's office at "11 am sharp!" this morning to hear this annual message.  That part we expected.  But then Mayor Nutter's staff sent out notice four hours later, announcing that he would have a 10:30 am news conference today on the same subject with District Attorney-Elect Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.  Nutter's City Hall office is across the street from Abraham's office but that's still cutting it a bit close.

And that has PhillyClout wondering, since Williams challenged Abraham in a bruising Democratic primary election four years ago that left a lot of bad feelings all around.  Did Nutter step on the one thing you knew Lynne Abraham was going to do today with the one guy sure to draw her ire?  Abraham's spokeswoman said her office knew nothing about Nutter's news conference.

POSTED: Thursday, December 31, 2009, 11:14 AM

Mayor Nutter today sent out this email to his campaign mailing list:

Dear Friend,

I want to wish you and your family a happy holiday season, and a healthy, prosperous new year.

POSTED: Thursday, December 31, 2009, 10:00 AM

Yes, we know this is a time of year for lists, but at least we’re pretty sure you won’t see this one anywhere else. This is the one and only PhillyClout Top 10 Local Political Stories of the Decade. Our thanks to Dave Davies, Bob Warner and John Baer for their help.

Happy reading.

1) Fumo goes down – This is the biggie. Longtime state Sen. Vince Fumo, viewed as the most powerful politician in the city, is convicted on 137 of 137 corruption counts. He ended the decade in prison.

POSTED: Thursday, December 31, 2009, 8:57 AM

An off-duty police officer was wounded and his friend killed in a shooting in Hunting Park last night.

More animal remains have been found in Feltonville at a house where authorities believe animals were used for ritual slaughter.

Low cost health clinics are around the region are feeling the crunch as more people need their services.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 5:12 PM

We here at PhillyClout know two things -- some of us are stuck in the office in the run-up to New Year's Eve and everyone loves haikus.  You want proof?  We give you Brett Mandel, Philadelphia Forward founder and 2009 Democratic primary candidate for City Controller.  Our haiku this afternoon prompted this response from Mandel:

The city was broke

But new contracts cost millions

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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