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Former City Council staffer's legal troubles may soon be over

Long-running legal troubles for former City Councilman Jack Kelly's chief of staff and two political supporters may start to wrap up Friday morning in federal court. Also in Friday's Clout column: State Treasurer Rob McCord staffs up in advance of a probable 2014 run for governor and City Commissioner Stephanie Singer clashes about a computer.

Former City Council staffer's legal troubles may soon be over

Long-running legal troubles for former City Councilman Jack Kelly's chief of staff and two political supporters may start to wrap up Friday morning in federal court.  Also in Friday's Clout column: State Treasurer Rob McCord staffs up in advance of a probable 2014 run for governor and City Commissioner Stephanie Singer clashes about a computer.

City Council President Darrell Clarke had a decision to make Thursday.  Politically powerful municipal unions had been threatening for days to take over City Hall to stop Mayor Nutter from delivering his budget address.  Nutter was adamant that he would deliver his speech to Council - an annual mayoral tradition.  So Clarke split the difference.

But Nutter did get to propose a budget Thursday.  Here are the details.

The Daily News editorial board calls it "a dark victory" when municipal unions can prevent the mayor from giving a speech in City Council's chambers.

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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 brennac@phillynews.com
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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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