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POSTED: Friday, February 29, 2008, 4:38 PM

In case you didn't already know he was in the race, union leader John Dougherty will officially announce his candidacy for state Senate next Tuesday at the Edward O'Malley Athletic Center.

According to the release, Doc used to play at that center and now he wants to run to save the children. But the best part of the announcement is the grandiose opening line: "And so it begins."

POSTED: Friday, February 29, 2008, 1:47 PM

Got a gripe about nominating petitions for a candidate in the state's First Senatorial District?  Young Philly Politics doesn't want to hear it.

Challenging petitions and griping about alleged fraud is to Philadelphia politics what booing and beer drinking are to the city's sports fans. But YPP moderator Dan U-A put his foot down Thursday, telling posters to take their petition talk elsewhere.

One angry poster did just that, taking her complaints to the far more freewheeling PhillyBlog politics board.

POSTED: Friday, February 29, 2008, 10:42 AM
Our buddy Dan Gross dug up this 1989 video of Mayor Nutter rapping as part of some sort of leadership conference. Believe us when we say this is embarrassing.
POSTED: Friday, February 29, 2008, 10:35 AM

City Council yesterday approved legislation that would increase departments' exempt deputies from two to ten.

Council also asked the public safety committee to look at the process for serving protection of abuse orders. Currently, abuse victims often have to serve stay-away orders themselves.

And Council members aren't happy about the Nutter administration's plans to shut the Robin Hood Dell East for the summer season for repairs.

POSTED: Thursday, February 28, 2008, 4:02 PM

Gov. Rendell also sent a message to Philadelphia legislators about casinos today -- start building them!

As Heard in the Hall reported yesterday, Rep. Robert W. Godshall (R-Montgomery) is readying a bill that would deny Philadelphia tax benefits from gaming.

Rendell today -- at a press conference with Mayor Nutter -- said the legislation could "pick up steam."

POSTED: Thursday, February 28, 2008, 1:13 PM

Governor Ed Rendell -- who has endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Presidential Primary -- says he will look at the primary results in Pennsylvania before casting his superdelegate vote.

Asked if he would still support Clinton if Sen. Barak Obama wins Pennsylvania, Rendell said he'd have to look at the numbers.

"It if was 51-49, I might. But if it was 60-40, I wouldn't," Rendell said.

POSTED: Thursday, February 28, 2008, 12:44 PM

Several City Council members today objected to a plan by Mayor Nutter's staff to shutter the Robin Hood Dell East for the 2008 concert series so that repairs can be made to the venue.

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced a resolution saying the Department of Recreation, which manages the venue, "must commit" to have the concerts there or find a alternative site for the season.

She called on the Nutter administration, which sprung news of the Dell East problems on Council this week, to have an "open, honest and candid" discussion on the issue. She also warned Council will hold hearings if it doesn't like the answers it hears.

POSTED: Thursday, February 28, 2008, 9:27 AM

Two of three Charter changes proposed by Mayor Nutter are now moving forward but the third remains stymied and will not make it onto the April 22 primary election ballot.

Council's Law & Government Committee this morning voted in favor of legislation that would allow city department heads to add up to 10 deputies when they take power. The Charter currently limits that number to two.

Nutter last week testified in favor of his legislation, which would have allowed a limitless number of deputies to be named. The Committee, after negotiating with Nutter's staff, amended that this morning to limit the deputies to 10, with only four allowed to move into the city to take jobs with a new department head.  That eases concerns from municipal unions about newcomers coming in to take all the top jobs.

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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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