Wednesday, May 27, 2015

POSTED: Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:05 PM

A new ad from state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams turns the heat up on Jim Kenney over complaints the former City Councilman made almost 20 years ago about restrictions that were being placed on police. 

The comments have been mentioned several times during the Democratic mayoral primary race, including in a Daily News story today: 

His mayoral opponents have pointed repeatedly to comments he made in a 1997 Inquirer story, bemoaning the increasing restrictions being placed on police.


POSTED: Thursday, April 30, 2015, 10:39 AM
Deborah Stokes-Watson, candidate for judge

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics yesterday fined Deborah Watson-Stokes, who’s running for judge, $300 for sending out a fundraising flier and planning her retirement party as a fundraiser before she’d officially quit working for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Watson-Stokes worked for the D.A.’s Office from September 1990 until Feb. 6, according to the ethics board. In January, she told her colleagues there that she planned to resign and run for judge in Municipal Court and the Court of Common Pleas – and that her retirement party would be a fundraiser, according to the ethics board. She and her supporters circulated fliers promoting the party as a fundraiser – although not on city time nor using city resources, the ethics board found.

"Come party with a purpose for Deborah Watson-Stokes as she celebrates her birthday and her next venture," the flier read, asking for a $60 "donation" for a Feb. 6 party in South Philadelphia's Saint Maron church hall.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 1:37 PM
MARÍA QUIÑONES SÁNCHEZ. (File photo)

Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez is set to receive the endorsement of City Controller Alan Butkovitz, state Rep. Jason Dawkins and ... you're not going to believe this, but former Councilman (and former Sanchez enemy) Danny Savage.

Whaaat...

Savage won the 7th District special election to replace Rick Mariano in 2006, but then lost the seat  to Sanchez in 2007 and failed to unseat her in 2011, even with the backing of the Democratic City Committee. They've been at each other's throats for years.

POSTED: Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:08 PM

Today's Clout column -- which you should read if you haven't already, unless you're binge-watching Game of Thrones -- included some choice words from developer Ori Feibush about City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. 

Feibush, in response to questions about the arrest last Friday of a man who allegedly threatened staffers in his campaign headquarters and vandalism that hit another one of his offices, pointed in Johnson's direction. 

"This is not one isolated incident," he said. "This is event after event. It will continue to unfortunately get worse unless the councilman has an honest conversation with his guys, and stops with the identity politics and with the polarizing statements coming out of his camp."

POSTED: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:21 PM
Anthony Hardy Williams and Jim Kenney at the In Conversation With Philadelphia event at Pipeline Philly on Monday, March 30, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / The Next Mayor )

Within the next day or so, the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity is expected to announce which Democratic mayoral candidate has won its support. 

The organization's general body voted last night to endorse state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, but its executive committee voted in favor of former City Councilman Jim Kenney, multiple sources said.  

Despite that split, as of tonight, the expectation is that Williams will have the clergy's endorsement, the sources said. 

POSTED: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 12:39 PM
Nelson Diaz speaks at the Next Great City Coalition's Mayoral Forum on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer)

Democratic mayoral candidate Nelson Diaz continues to claim that Jim Kenney won the backing of local Latino leaders only by agreeing to "fund a joint campaign" with controversial City Council candidate Manny Morales. 

If you're just tuning in -- which is possible, because, God, it's nice outside today -- Diaz flipped his wig yesterday when the Latinos United for Political Empowerment (LUPE) dropped its support of the former Common Pleas judge and instead endorsed Kenney. 

Diaz said the sudden change of heart boiled down to his refusal to bow to pressure from LUPE officials, who wanted him to kick money to Morales, whose campaign blew up like something out of a Michael Bay flick after bigoted posts were found on his Facebook page.  

POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:38 PM
Ori Feibush (Jeff Fusco)

AN IRATE MAN barged into developer Ori Feibush's City Council campaign headquarters Friday and claimed he had a gun, a law-enforcement source told the Daily News.

The man, whose name was not released, has apparently long harbored a dislike of Feibush, who is running for Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's seat in the 2nd Councilmanic District, the source said.

Police were in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for him Friday night.

POSTED: Friday, April 10, 2015, 10:37 AM
Doug Oliver speaks during the Mayoral Candidates Education Forum at G.W. Childs Elementary School in Philadelphia on March 24, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer )

Mayoral candidate Doug Oliver issued the following statement this morning in response to today's Clout column in the Daily News, which referred to a tweet from his spokesman's communications firm questioning whether Lynne Abraham's collapse at Tuesday's debate was a "PR stunt."

"I was surprised to read about the inappropriate and distasteful comment about my fellow Mayoral candidate, Lynne Abraham, in this morning's Daily News.

The tweet and email were sent from private accounts, unrelated to the Oliver for Mayor campaign, but I fully understand that, by association, my campaign is implicated by them.

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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 benderw@phillynews.com
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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 gambacd@phillynews.com
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