Thursday, October 30, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 8:54 AM

Miracle workers: How a Cobbs Creek quintet of heroes saved a woman from drowning and became a family again, in this column from Helen Ubinas. 

Nosy drones won't fly with this Council bill: Jim Kenney is on drone patrol. 

Road rage over pay-to-park phone app: Councilman's bill would put a stop to "selling" your parking spot to the highest bidder. 

POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 9:16 AM

Full of smoke? Hookah club sued by patron who says hot coals burned her boobs: lawsuit claims hot hookah coals fell down woman's top, in this report by Stephanie Farr. 

GOP comes home too slow, too late: in a widely anticipated political migration, Chris Brennan explores the reasons behind disaffected Republicans coming home to Gov. Corbett's re-election campaign. 

What gives with Wolf leading? Don't you hate tax increases? John Baer reports. 

POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:36 PM
Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, in Harrisburg, Pa., 2011 file photo. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

Now that Philadelphia City Council has nixed Mayor Nutter’s best pick for who would take the reins of the Philadelphia Gas Works, voices from around the Commonwealth are perking up with reactions.

State House Majority Leader Michael Turzai (R-Allegheny County) blasted City Council today for failing to hold hearings or call a vote on the proposed $1.86 billion sale to UIL Holdings of Connecticut. He came just short of telling members that they’ve made their bed.

“By choosing parochialism over people or the good of the city and region, Philadelphia City Council sent a very clear message to Harrisburg, the business community and its residents that it’s unwilling to take control of itself. Instead, once again, Council chose to come to Harrisburg and state taxpayers to solve its self-induced crises,” he said.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 9:38 AM

Replacing McCaffery next act in circus? Chris Brennan gets inside info on the judge who retired in the wake of Porngate. Governor Corbett can pick a new justice and the Senate must approve. 

Nutter: Killed PGW sale is legislative 'cop-out.' It was heated yesterday when City Council members said they have "no appetite" for selling PGW. 

Mayor's on board with ride-sharing: Critics of UberX, including the PPA, say the service is "someone coming from their home using their own car to be a hack cab." Will Bunch and I have the latest. 

POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2014, 4:09 PM
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Philadelphia Council President Darrell Clarke (AP Photo/Matt Rourke and ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )

City Council torpedoed Mayor Nutter’s plan to sell PGW today after Council President Darrell Clarke determined that results from an independent study on the sale advised against it.

Clarke convened a last-minute press conference today to announce that there is “no appetite” among City Council members to sell the gas utility to a Connecticut company for $1.86 billion. He said the deal, as proposed, was too limiting in its design and tied Council’s hands. He claimed the sale would not net the $400 to $600 million for the city’s pension fund as predicted by the Nutter administration.

Clarke did not release the findings of the sale analysis drawn up by Concentric Energy Advisors, the firm hired to break down the merits of the deal and report back. He said that report will soon be available to the public.

POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2014, 11:40 AM
Pennsylvania state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery poses in his Center City Philadelphia office Jun. 11, 2010. ( Tom Gralish / Staff Photographer )

Seamus McCaffery, a former Philadelphia police officer elected in 2007 to the state's highest court, is retiring today, one week after four of his fellow justices voted to suspend him from the bench.

Lynn Lawson, Gov. Corbett's communications director, said McCaffery's letter to the governor has been received but that Corbett had not seen it as of 12:45 p.m.  Corbett was addressing the Pennsylvania Press Club at a luncheon.

The Supreme Court, in an order lifting McCaffery's suspension, confirmed his resignation.

POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2014, 9:15 AM

John Baer wonders if state Sen. Mike Stack III might be French since he's considering holding two government jobs at the same time.

Septa's largest union authorizes a strike.

And the Philadelphia Parking Authority cracks down immediately on UberX.

POSTED: Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:10 AM

Candidates look past November to 2015 mayoral contest. State Sen. Mike Stack is talking about becoming a "super senator" if he's elected lieutenant governor. If it doesn't work, John Sabatina Jr. and John McNesby might be interested in his seat. Chris Brennan reports. 

Natural pass: Council stalls on sale of PGW. City Council President Darrell Clarke denies any foot-dragging. 

Shearer genius with 'Nixon.' And inadvertently just in time for Halloween...Will Bunch has the story. 

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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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