Sunday, April 19, 2015

Friday's DN: Judicial candidates eye Traffic Court, which may be eliminated

Candidates for seats on Philadelphia's Traffic Court -- where all but one of the judges were charged last week with federal crimes in a ticket-fixing scheme -- will begin circulating nominating petitions in less that two weeks to get on the May 21 primary election ballot. At the same time, legislation is moving forward in Harrisburg to eliminated the troubled court.

Friday's DN: Judicial candidates eye Traffic Court, which may be eliminated

Candidates for seats on Philadelphia's Traffic Court -- where all but one of the judges were charged last week with federal crimes in a ticket-fixing scheme -- will begin circulating nominating petitions in less that two weeks to get on the May 21 primary election ballot.  At the same time, legislation is moving forward in Harrisburg to eliminated the troubled court.

City Councilmen Jim Kenney and Bill Green, two potential rivals in the 2015 Democratic primary election for mayor, introduce legislation to regulate campaign contributions.

A triple-shot of casino news: Developer Bart Blatstein, now pitching a casino project on North Broad Street at Callowhill (former home of the Daily News & Inquirer), sells a big chunk of his holdings in a Northern Liberties development.  Parx Casino in Bensalem chips in $500,000 to run a bike race in Philadelphia.  And U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the city's Democratic party chairman, pushes City Council on his idea to have a second casino license in the city benefit public schools and the municipal pension plan.

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