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POSTED: Friday, April 29, 2011, 5:20 PM

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a group of voters seeking to remove from the May 17 primary election ballot three candidates who have or are participating in the controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan.  That means City Commission Chairwoman Marge Tartaglione and City Councilwoman Marian Tasco, both Democrats, and Republican Councilman Frank Rizzo are free to run for re-election.

The court this afternoon posted a note on the dockets for the three cases, saying it had affirmed the March 23 ruling by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jimmy Lynn that the three candidates can remain on the ballot. 

Justice Thomas Saylor issued a dissenting statement, hitting on a key issue in the case: DROP participants make an "irrevocable commitment" to retire from city service. His statement, which was joined by Chief Justice Ron Castille, said the "supposed 'retirements' amount to a mere pretense, or sham, designed solely to obtain the lump-sum DROP benefit involved and then continue on in the same position as before."

POSTED: Friday, April 29, 2011, 10:22 AM

GOP mayoral candidate Karen Brown has declared bankruptcy four times.

The Democrats facing off in the 6th District take different sides on the DROP program.

We look at the number of corrupt cops taken down in the city over the past two years.

POSTED: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 5:51 PM

Here's their release:


The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) has scheduled some candid one-on-one interviews with the candidates running for Mayor of Philadelphia in the upcoming primary. A victory in getting the nomination by their respected party on May 17 will mean a place on the ballot this fall.

POSTED: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 2:08 PM

City Council pushed into the school funding fight today, passing a resolution that calls on Gov. Corbett, the State House of Representatives and the State Senate to continue to fund full-day Kindergarten.

Corbett’s proposed budget cuts would eliminate grants that fund after school programs and full-day kindergarten, according to advocates. The resolution was introduced by Council members Jannie Blackwell, Bill Green and Curtis Jones Jr.

“You think we’re in trouble now…it would hurt families everywhere,” Blackwell said. “People won’t be able to work. It affects socialization and education of children.”

POSTED: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 11:48 AM

When is political support not an endorsement?  Maybe when the word "endorsement" doesn't come into play?  These are the questions we are pondering today after receiving the missive below from Joe Grace, one of four Democrats seeking the 1st District City Council seat.  Grace bags a big supporter, former Gov. Ed Rendell.

But we noted that Grace's news release never calls that an endorsement.  We've received news releases from other Council candidates this season -- Bobby Henon and Bill Green, for instance -- that said Rendell was endorsing them.

Grace campaign spokesman Micah Mahjoubian called all this a question of semantics, noting that Rendell personally approved the language in the news release.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 1:49 PM

John Baer assesses Gov. Corbett's first 100 days in office.

First of 77 computer centers for Philadelphians with limited tech access opens.

DA Seth Williams plans to appeal a ruling that would give convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal a new sentencing hearing.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 9:30 PM

Mayor Nutter is 0-for-4 in endorsements among the city's unions in his bid for re-election now that District Council 47, which represents white-collar workers, has decided to withhold its endorsement in the May 17 Democratic primary election.  Union president Cathy Scott issued a statement this evening saying Nutter and his opponent, former state legislator and ex-con T. Milton Street, are both flawed.

Scott said many of the union members favored Street but he and Nutter did not win a majority vote for the endorsement.  Street two weeks ago nailed down endorsements from District Council 33, which represents blue-collar workers and the union that represents city firefighters.  The Fraternal Order of Police is also not endorsing a candidate.

After the jump, you can read Scott's statement on the endorsement decision.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 9:47 AM

What would you do if you found 5 pounds of pot on your doorstep? We poll readers.

We break down the race for the 8th Councilmanic District.

An off-duty cop shoots a man in Frankford. The motive remains up for debate.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to
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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
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to
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