Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:45 AM

Corbett to Wolf: Smut on your watch, too. Corbett lobs racy-email scandal back to Wolf's tenure in government. Chris Brennan reports. 

Bill targets trouble spots off Temple campus. Valerie Russ interviews City Council President Darrell Clarke who expects to have a bill introduced today that puts stronger demands on landlords and Temple University to take responsibility for the conduct and safety of off-campus housing students. 

Also in City Council, time for a checkup on city plans for epidemic? Curtis Jones, Jr. thinks so. 

POSTED: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 8:55 AM

Friends with benefits: Records show U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's nonprofits have profited his cronies quite handsomely. William Bender takes us behind the scenes of congressman's nonprofits, which have paid millions to former staffers. 

'Middle class' tax talk gets hazy: Gov. Corbett argues he has kept taxes low during his tenure. Democratic candidate Tom Wolf says he'll lower taxes for the "middle class." But who is the middle class? John Baer reports. 

Green: Cigarette tax factored in contract timing. Solomon Leach explains the remark the came a day after the SRC imposed terms. 

POSTED: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 12:11 PM
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is polling poorly among registered female voters. (Getty Images)

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will stump Thursday for Democrat Tom Wolf with women voters, a group that seems to have already walked away from Gov. Corbett, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll.

The poll, released today, shows Democrat Tom Wolf with a 17-point lead on Corbett, 55-38 percent among likely voters in the state with 28 days until the Nov. 4 general election.

It's worse for Corbett with women -- 59 percent prefer Wolf while 34 percent support the incumbent. Fifty percent of female likely voters have an unfavorable opinion of Corbett while 33 percent have a favorable opinion and 14 percent are still unsure.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 9:08 AM

Teachers angry as School Reform Commission rips up contract, forces them to pay for their own benefits. In hurried morning meeting, SRC cancels teachers union contract, in this report by Solomon Leach. 

District notifies parents of virus: school officials urge calm, say precautions are being taken against respiratory illness, writes Regina Medina. 

Jason Nark explains how professors at area colleges are urging treatment for pedophilia. 

POSTED: Monday, October 6, 2014, 9:45 AM

There is a common refrain in Pennsylvania politics: You can't make this stuff up.  John Baer applies it to the porn email scandal spreading in Harrisburg.

A South Jersey couple claims in a recent legal filing that undercover investigators found that the W Hotel chain embraces prostitution, allowing hookers to ply their trade with complete impunity.

And the Daily News Editorial Board takes a look at calls to break up the beleaguered Department of Licenses & Inspections.

POSTED: Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:53 AM
State Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Gov. Tom Corbett. (Staff, Getty images)

The state Secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection and a top attorney on his staff resign, the first heads to roll in an unfolding email porn scandal from when Gov. Corbett was the state Attorney General.  Also, sources tell the Daily News that state Gaming Control Board Chairman Bill Ryan Jr., once Corbett's first deputy in the Attorney General's Office, turns up in the archived porn emails.

He was standing right there. And then he seemed to vanish, leaving the crushed bodies and broken bones behind in the dust. Richard Basciano, the wealthy developer who owned the Center City building that collapsed 16 months ago, was actually on the scene when a brick wall gave way, killing six people and injuring 13, including a man who died three weeks later.

The attack on a gay couple in Center City last month spurred the House Democratic Policy Committee to change topics before a hearing at the Kimmel Center yesterday afternoon. "This was originally scheduled to be about nondiscrimination in sports," said state Rep. Brian Sims. "But when the hate crime happened, we switched it over so we could make it about hate crimes in general."

POSTED: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 1:44 PM
State Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Chris Abruzzo

The emailed porn scandal that followed Gov. Corbett from his time as the state's Attorney General has claimed its first victim -- Chris Abruzzo, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection just resigned.

In a news release that makes no mention of the scandal, Corbett says "Abruzzo made his decision based on the best interest of the important mission" of DEP.

"I thank Chris for his dedicated service to the people of Pennsylvania," Corbett said in the release.

POSTED: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 8:36 AM

Embattled Secret Service taps Philly guy Joe Clancy, former Comcast security boss. Will Bunch explains. 

Smoke 'em if you got 'em: Patricia Madej covers Mayor Nutter's bill signing as the city decriminalizes marijuana. 

Porn spurs political pugilism: Guv touts state site with many high-risque jobs after Corbett & Wolf get testy in race's second debate. Chris Brennan reports. 

About this blog
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
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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
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