Monday, March 30, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 5:10 PM
Democrat Sarah Del Ricci (left) and Republican Martina White (right) face off on Tuesday in a special election to fill the vacant seat in the state House's 170th District. (Facebook)

Daily News staff writer Bob Stewart filed this report from Northeast Philadelphia ...

Labors unions are clashing today on behalf of two newcomers to the political arena.

Democrat Sarah Del Ricci and Republican Martina White are vying for the 170th state House District seat, which opened up when Brendan Boyle was elected to Congress last November.

POSTED: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 11:27 AM

Time to call it a day, Manny. 

That's the gist of a statement released today by Democratic mayoral candidate Nelson Diaz, who believes Manny Morales should end his bid to unseat City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez in light of a controversy that erupted earlier this week over numerous bigoted posts that Morales allegedly posted on his own Facebook page. 

Morales has denied that he posted the outrageous remarks -- which took aim at blacks, immigrants, gays and welfare recipients, and stretched back to 2010. 

POSTED: Friday, March 13, 2015, 11:46 AM
Bill Green (left) and Sam Katz (right) are thought to be potential mayoral candidates. (STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Photos)

Former School Reform Commission chairman Bill Green sent the tea leaf-reading crowd into a frenzy earlier this week by changing his voter registration to “no affiliation.”

Some read the move as a sign that Green is mulling a run for mayor—or for an at-large City Council seat — in the fall as an independent.

“I think it’s highly unlikely that I’ll run for anything,” Green said yesterday.

POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2015, 5:49 PM
Pennsylvania state representatives Louise Bishop and Michelle Brownlee, and former representative Harold James, are expected to be charged Tuesday in the sting investigation that was buried by Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Two Pennsylvania state representatives who were allegedly caught on tape accepting money and a former state representative are expected to be charged tomorrow in the sting investigation that was buried by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, then resurrected by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

The representatives are Michelle Brownlee, 58, and Louise Bishop, 81, a reverend who hosts a weekday gospel radio show. The former representative is Harold James, the Daily News has learned. James, 64, is also a former police officer. All three are Philly Democrats.

The charges include bribery, conspiracy and related offenses.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 12:06 PM

Retired Navy admiral Joe Sestak announced at Independence Mall this morning that he is running for U.S. Senate in an election that is ... oh, 20 months away.

But look at those Reeboks! We honestly didn't hear 90 percent of what Sestak said because we were transfixed by the white high tops, which seemed fairly clean, by the way, other than the stains of time. Like the 1990s and the 2000s.

"You can only get those on eBay now," Sestak said of the sneakers.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 3:44 PM
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia on October 6, 2014. (David Maialetti)

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is hosting a mayoral candidates forum Wednesday afternoon. But unless you belong to the PFT, you can't get in.

Members only.

"The state of our schools is the top issue facing our city," said PFT president Jerry Jordan. "This will be an opportunity for PFT members to hear the candidate's views on the challenges facing our schoolchildren."

POSTED: Monday, February 16, 2015, 4:42 PM
Lynne Abraham listens as she is introduced during a news conference, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Democratic mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham said today that she wants the School Reform Commission to hold off on possibly expanding the city's number of charter school until after the next mayor is elected.

Abraham, the former city district attorney, said in a statement that adding more charter schools could "virtually break the back of the school budget already under considerable stress."

The SRC is scheduled to vote on Wednesday on 39 applications for new charters.

POSTED: Monday, February 16, 2015, 1:59 PM

Apparently, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. has his own theme song, as evidenced by this video of the 4th District councilman's re-election kickoff.

The hook goes like this: "Curtis. Jones. Junior ... junior, junior." That's it.

But, Philly Clout has to admit, this song is quite effective. It's been stuck in our heads since we heard it over the weekend. 

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to
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