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POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 3:18 PM
Lynne Abraham, former district attorney of Philadelphia, announces her run for the office of Mayor of Philadelphia in front of supporters at the Franklin Institute on Wednesday afternoon. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer)

She’s been elected eight times to city-wide offices – five times as Philadelphia District Attorney and three times as judge – and now, Lynne Abraham is going for a ninth public post, as your next mayor.

Before an audience of about 300 people at the Franklin Institute today at noon, Abraham announced her candidacy. Mummers welcomed her in with a lively jangle by the Polish American String Band.

Asserting herself under the banners of transformational leadership and government reform, Abraham said,

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 3:16 PM
State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (file photo) (Stephanie Aaronson / Staff Photographer)

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams will announce his candidacy for the 2015 Democratic primary election this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. today at the Independence Visitor Center.

Williams spoke to PhillyClout before that event, describing himself as a candidate who can speak to voters from a "wide swath of perspectives" about problems they agree on, even if they are not united in how to solve them.

"You have to have someone who can talk to the neighborhoods and downtown, to share each others perspective," said Williams. "I think I've demonstrated those qualities over the years."

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 9:00 AM

Live! From South Philly, it's a new casino: There is one safe bet for a new casino license holder in Philadelphia: Politicians, neighbors and people who applied for but didn't win the license may try to stop the project from going forward.

Ex-Nutter staffer weighs mayoral run: Doug Oliver, once Republican, is switching back to Democrat to strengthen his odds.

City inspects police depart's rides: After an officer was pulled from his burning car by a heroic passer-by, the city performed preventive maintenance on the entire fleet.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 2:36 PM
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. (Matthew Hall / Staff)

Mayor Nutter reacted this afternoon with a mixture of relief and disappointment to the state Gaming Control Board's decision to award the city's second casino license to Live Hotel & Casino on Packer Avenue at Darien Street near the sports stadiums in South Philly.

Nutter preferred Center City locations -- a project headed by developer Bart Blatstein on North Broad Street at Callowhill or a project headed by developer Ken Goldenberg at Eighth and Market streets.

Nutter said those projects could have spurred "real revitalization" in those areas.  But he had clearly grown impatient with the board's delay of several months in awarding the license.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 8:52 AM

'See' ya soon: The Pope is coming, Philly...and so are millions of followers. Pope Francis gives his holy word that he'll visit the City of Brotherly Love in September. Dana DiFilippo and Jason Nark have the story. 

Mayor Butkovitz? No..but Clarke? City Controller Alan Butkovitz bowed out of the mayor's race yesterday. Clout knew first, in this report by Chris Brennan. 

Not seeing L&I-to-eye on fraud bill: Under a councilman’s bill, L&I would probe complaints, but the Mayor’s Office isn’t sure that’s the right approach, writes Julie Shaw. 

POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 6:36 PM
Doug Oliver, Mayor Nutter's former spokesman, plans to announce tomorrow an exploratory committee for mayor.

Doug Oliver, Mayor Nutter's former spokesman, plans to announce tomorrow an exploratory committee for mayor.

Oliver, who worked for Nutter from January 2008 to September 2010, changed his voter registration to Republican in 2012 and has flirted with the Republican City Committee about a run for mayor.  Oliver is currently vice president for marketing and corporate communications at Philadelphia Gas Works.

Oliver's news advisory about the committee announcement, just released, is silent on the question of his political affiliation if he decides to run for mayor.  Here's what it says about the committee, which has been dubbed "DO2015."

POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 4:43 PM
City Controller Alan Butkovitz. (MICHAEL BRYANT / STAFF, file)

City Controller Alan Butkovitz will not run for mayor next year, he just told PhillyClout.

Butkovitz, who has been planning a 2015 campaign since last year, appears to have been frozen out of the field by City Council President Darrell Clarke, who has not stated his intentions for the mayor's race.

Butkovitz has said for months that he would not run for mayor if Clarke sought that office.

POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 2:26 PM

Philadelphia should know in about two months whether the city will host the Democratic National Convention in 2016.  The five-city competition is now a money game.

Philadelphia hosted Democratic National Convention officials in August in a two-day series of rah-rah events showcasing enthusiasm and capacity for the event. That was followed by a detailed plan submitted to the DNC.

Now the focus is on raising enough money to make the DNC feel at home.

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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