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POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 9:50 PM

POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 5:56 PM

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s recent comments about gay marriage has caused quite a stir across the country and has City Councilman Jim Kenney fired-up.

Last week during a radio show Cathy said, "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'" Cathy said. "I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about."

Cathy later said that he is supportive of the "biblical definition of the family unit."

In a letter to Cathy, Kenney wrote:
POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 2:41 PM

Here's the press release:

PHILADELPHIA WATER DEPARTMENT TO HOLD ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED RATE INCREASE

NEW WATER, STORMWATER & SEWER RATES TO ENSURE TOP-QUALITY DRINKING WATER

POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 2:26 PM

Bill Gault, president of Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, just declared that he is "very disappointed" in a speech delivered this afternoon to his union's annual convention by Vice President Joe Biden.  Gault, going through the union's leadership in Washington DC, had asked Biden to comment on Mayor Nutter's lack of action so far on a July 2 arbitration panel ruling.

"I'm disappointed that the vice president didn't say: Yo, Mr. Mayor, honor the agreement," Gault said as Biden was shaking hands with some of the 3,200 firefighters at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Nutter has until Aug. 2 to accept or appeal the decision.  The union plans a massive march to City Hall Thursday afternoon to pressure Nutter to accept the decision.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 10:39 AM

Is Mayor Nutter waiting until a massive national firefighter convention leaves town before releasing budget documents that may tip his hand on whether he’ll appeal the recent arbitration award for the city’s firefighters?

The city has until early August to decide on whether to appeal a recent arbitration award for the firefighters, which includes three years of back raises. But before then, the city has to submit their five-year financial plan to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the city’s fiscal watchdog.

That plan was supposed to get to PICA last Friday, but the city delayed and now Finance Director Rob Dubow says it won’t get there until this Friday. PhillyClout wondered if the delay was because the plan will likely reveal how the city will deal with the award – ie, if they accept it, they’d have to rebalance the plan, whereas if they’re going to appeal, there will likely be no effort to include the award costs in the budget

POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 9:16 AM

Could Mayor Nutter revive the soda tax yet again?

Vote expected today on the contract for new Philadelphia schools chief.

Two teenage brothers shot dead in Overbrook Park.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 6:07 PM

A Common Pleas Court judge has ruled for a second time that U.S. Rep. Bob Brady can't exceed the city's campaign finance limits to raise money to pay the six-figure tab for the law firm, Cozen O'Connor, that helped him remain on the ballot in that race.  And the firm can't forgive the debt, Judge Leon Tucker said in a ruling released Monday.

Brady still owes the law firm $448,648 for helping him defeat a ballot challenge from Tom Knox in the 2007 Democratic primary election for mayor.  Knox finished second in the five-man race while Brady finished third.

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics told Brady after the primary that he could not exceed the campaign finance limits.  Cozen then sued the Board of Ethics in 2008.  Judge Gary DiVito dismissed that case, saying Cozen lacked standing to sue.  The state Commonwealth Court agreed but the state Supreme Court in February 2011 overruled the lower courts, allowing Cozen O'Connor to take another shot at the case.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 5:12 PM

Just how much does it cost to become more efficient?

The Nutter administration today announced plans to hire a consultant to analyze the city’s overhead costs. FTI Consulting will look at how much the city spends on utilities, phone bills, lease costs and other expenses, according to a press release from the city. The firm will give the city a report with recommendations on how to become more efficient in November.

City officials said that this effort would help reduce city expenses, thus benefitting taxpayers. Still, PhillyClout wondered how much this review was going to cost taxpayers.

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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 brennac@phillynews.com
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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 dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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