This post has been updated, as City Council President Darrell Clarke has walked back his comments. Here's a statement from his spokeswoman, Jane Roh:
“The City will provide logistical support such as reinforced police and traffic monitoring presence as it does for every large-scale event Philadelphia hosts. Those functions are functions of the City and can correctly be described as taxpayer funded. However, there are no plans to appropriate additional funding for the Convention in 2016 out of the general fund, as New York City is reportedly planning to do, and Council President Clarke unequivocally believes that Governor Rendell and the host committee will meet or exceed the private fundraising goal target in order to guarantee a successful and history-making Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016.”
Torn apart: A militarized response in Ferguson, Mo. can only be called a police coup, writes Will Bunch.
Oh fudge: Corbett, Wolf skew employment stats. John Bear explains how both our governor and his challenger fudge the facts.
Panel to Dems: Vote for Philly! City pretties up -- and nonprofit ponies up -- to woo convention, in this report by Chris Brennan.
Philly Little League pitcher Mo'ne Davis is taking the country by storm. Jenice Armstrong writes of the girl on fire: what can't Mo'Ne Davis do? (Hey, did we mention she's only 13?)
Governor Tom Corbett's special advisor plans to quit his second $140K job. Chris Brennan reports on how Tom Wolf's pack wants an investigation.
Lawsuit: Philly is 'ground zero' for home forfeiture, by William Bender.
Ron Tomalis, Gov. Corbett's controversial secretary of education-turned special adviser, said today he will resign in two weeks. The state Department of Education issued that news as supporters of Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor, started a conference call demanding the resignation of Tomalis and Carol Dumaresq, the current acting secretary of education.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first raised questions last month about what work was being done by Tomalis, who stepped down from his leadership role in the Department of Education 15 months ago but retained his $140,000 salary.
Katie McGinty, chairwoman of Fresh Start PA, called Tomalis' resignation "nothing short of stunning" in today's conference call. Fresh Start PA, a political action committee founded to support Wolf's bid for governor, does much of the negative campaigning against Corbett.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz today said the city is owed $2.5 million as of June from organizations that received police services, with $1.8 million of that debt being more than 90 days old.
Butkovitz, in a letter to city Revenue Commissioner Clarena Tolson and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, noted that several of the debts are more than 10 years old.
The top five largest debts add up to a combined $1,062,458. They include:
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: $341,328
- Philadelphia Phillies: $275,874
- Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp.: $256,094
- Mann Center for the Performing Arts: $108,453
- Philadelphia Gas Works: $80,706
'Rage Incident?' Cops: After failing lie-detector test, husband confessed to strangling wife, from William Bender and Morgan Zalot.
Pols who don't belly up to the trough: Some in Pennsylvania (not many) opt out of taxpayer-financed perks, writes John Baer.
Three innocents hit by gunfire in Juniata, in this report from Vinny Vella.
Cops: We need to find the monster who strangled jogging mom, writes Morgan Zalot.
Hite: Thanks for the loot, but...Regina Medina covers Gov. Tom's Corbett's appearance in Philadelphia announcing he will send schools $265 million.
Chaka Fattah Jr. aims to clear the airwaves following a federal indictment, in this report by William Bender.
How does Chaka Fattah Jr. fund the high life that he loves showing off on Instagram? William Bender explains how Fattah Jr. is a mystery wrapped in an indictment.
U.S. Representative's son bilked schools, banks, feds say, in this report by Julie Shaw. Fattah Jr. charged with 23 counts.
Speaking of indictments, Feds to appeal bail for four of six indicted cops, writes David Gambacorta.