Archive: August, 2010
As first reported on PhillyClout, Mayor Nutter today named Rebecca Rhynhart the next city budget director.
"She was the only person I thought about," Nutter said, when asked if he did an extensive search for the job.
Rhynhart, who currently serves as city treasurer, will take over the job of overseeing the city's $3.9 billion budget on Nov. 1. Before joining the Nutter administration in 2008, she worked for the investment bank Bear Stearns. Her salary will be raised to $150,000, up from $140,000.
State Attorney General Tom Corbett is up with the first television campaign commercial in the general election race for the Governor's Office and he's clearly trying to suggest two things: Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, the Democratic nominee, would be just like Gov. Rendell in running the state and Harrisburg did not expect Corbett to follow through with a corruption investigation that exploded into the "Bonus-gate" case that has seen Democratic and Republican officials and staff in the state House charged with crimes.
It's a hard-hitting ad that runs the risk of giving Onorato some political ammo to fire back. Corbett's ad touts his signature on a "no tax increase pledge" but just last week he said that does not apply to hikes in state fees, contradicting what he told a Pittsburgh radio station in March. And in bragging about Bonus-gate, Corbett is sure to bring out critics who have said he should resign from the Attorney General's post while running for governor, lest his current job look like its being used to help him win his next job.
Sources tell PhillyClout that City Treasurer Rebecca Rhynhart will be appointed budget director today. Mayor Nutter plans to make the announcement at a 2 p.m. press conference.
Former Budget Director Steve Agostini left the administration on Friday for a job in Washington, DC. Nutter's press office declined comment until after the press conference.
Senate race heats up as Joe Sestak and Pat Toomey trade jabs.
Few teacher vacancies available in public schools.
Philly police seize and hold legally owned guns.
Will Bunch heads to Washington DC for Glenn Beck's rally.
A police pilot program tries out new crime fighting strategies.
Republican governor candidate Tom Corbett stumps for votes in Philly, the city where he was born.
We just received a poll that looks at how Mayor Nutter would fare against a Democratic primary challenge from former GOP mayoral candidate Sam Katz.
According to the survey from a new operation called Municipoll, Nutter leads Katz 38 to 34 percent, with 28 percent undecided. That result is based on robo-calls to 810 likely Democratic voters and the poll has a 3.4 margin of error. Municipoll President Ed Haggerty said they did not do this poll for any client, but simply to promote their new business.
Katz, who ran two unsuccessful Republican campaigns against former Mayor John Street, has not announced a run for mayor as a Democrat, so such a match up is little more than speculation. At this point in time it's unclear if Nutter will have any primary challengers in next year's election.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has waded into the scandal surrounding Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl R. Greene. Casey today sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, commending the agency for launching a review of PHA's finances and management.
You can read the letter here.
"The allegations at issue here are serious and should be fully investigated," Casey writes. "The public should be assured that federal funding allocated to PHA has been spent appropriatrly."
PHA Executive Director Carl R. Greene is placed on leave while the agency's board investigates.
DN writer Natalie Pomplio -- who was on the ground in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina -- reflects on how the city is doing five years later.
Clout reports that Facebook took down a racy spoof page about Senate candidate Pat Toomey.