Thursday, January 29, 2015

POSTED: Friday, January 23, 2015, 1:16 PM
Philadelphia Councilman Jim Kenney. (Charles Fox / Staff Photographer)

Is City Councilman Jim Kenney about to jump into the 2015 mayor's race? Looks like we're about to find out. 

Jim Engler, Kenney's legislative director, said Kenney will release a statement by the end of today. 

When reached by phone, Kenney said he was "not prepared" to declare whether or not he was entering the race, and instead referred questions to Lauren Hitt, who until earlier this week was serving as the campaign spokeswoman for former city solicitor Ken Trujillo.

POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 1:22 PM

UPDATE: Martinez has decided not to run. See her statement below. That was fun for a few hours. 

Former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo, who unexpectedly dropped out of the mayor's race yesterday, has thrown his support – which could include considerable sums of money – behind former city Human Services Commissioner Alba Martinez.

The question now is: Does she want to run?

POSTED: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 12:47 PM
Kenneth Trujillo on May 21, 2014. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)


A source who has firsthand knowledge of Trujillo's surprise announcement said concerns with the candidate's extended family forced him to withdraw. 

"There's nothing scandalous going on, certainly nothing illegal," the source said. "Some issues have arisen with his family in New Mexico. He's going there this weekend."

POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2015, 10:27 AM

Diaz: I'll fix the city schools...or die trying. William Bender has the story as Nelson Diaz joins the mayor's race. 

No sleep lost over candidate lineup in mayor's race, in this week's Clout from Chris Brennan. 

Break in charity-theft trial as Don Tollefson is hospitalized. 

POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2015, 9:43 AM

Today in Clout, we confront a serious problem for the city: the 2015 race for mayor is shaping up to be a total snooze-fest.  Also, soon-to-be Lt. Gov. Mike Stack III and the Boyle brothers (Brendan the congressman, Kevin the state representative) disagree on who should take over Brendan's seat in the state House.  And City Councilman Ed Neilson mails out his holiday regard$ to ward leaders.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. comes to town to accept a citizenship award named for a mentor on the federal bench.

And former Judge Nelson Diaz formally enters the May 19 Democratic primary election for mayor.

POSTED: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 8:25 AM

The fear after: when a bullet whizzed past his ear, cop learned all about post-traumatic stress. Police grapple with PTSD after shootings find solace in a peer group, in this report by Morgan Zalot and Vinny Vella. 

But-stop slaying unnerves neighborhood. Cops say killer knew victim's routine. Morgan Zalot has the story. 

DA grills Tollefson: 'Tolly' says charity money used for personal items was reimbursed. 

POSTED: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 10:59 AM

John Baer asks the question. There are multiple possible outcomes for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane in a case rife with intrigue and yep, politics. 

Councilwoman: No eighth in 9th. Marian Tasco has announced she's not seeking another term to represent her district in City Council. Chris Brennan and Mensah Dean have the story. 

'Tolly' on a mission to 'make people whole.' I cover day 6 in Don Tollefson charity-fraud trial. 

POSTED: Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 9:25 AM

The Daily News takes a look at who benefits with City Council President Darrell Clarke announcing that he will not run for mayor.

John Baer talks to a new kind of GOP leader in Harrisburg.

And the city honors a fallen firefighter.

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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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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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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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