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POSTED: Monday, August 27, 2012, 3:18 PM

Since when is The Donald not essential?

Romney campaign strategist Russ Schriefer on Sunday told reporters that squeezing four days of convention into three days due to concerns over Hurricane Isaac meant that some events deemed “not essential” would be cut.

And Donald Trump, the big-money birther conspiracy theorist, was originally scheduled to spring some sort of surprise during Monday’s opening ceremonies.

POSTED: Monday, August 27, 2012, 9:09 AM

A second suspect turns himself in for the killing of off-duty police Officer Moses Walker Jr.

Former inmates are suing the health care contractor in the city prisons.

We've got your GOP Convention Clout right here.

POSTED: Friday, August 24, 2012, 11:37 AM

The Democratic National Convention Committee announced this morning that Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will be among the speakers when the party's convention is held in Charlotte, N.C. in the first week of September.  The Democratic Party plans to start the convention with a rally on Labor Day, Sept. 3, and then hold events that Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Other mayors scheduled to speak at the DNC are Newark N.J. Cory Booker, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  Nutter will speak on Tuesday, Sept. 4 or Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the Time Warner Cable Arena.  President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be nominated to run for reelection on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Bank of America Stadium.

POSTED: Friday, August 24, 2012, 10:51 AM

Bill Bender takes a look at SEPTA’s trapdoors which have injured scores of riders.

Cops nab second suspect in cop’s slaying.

Will the weather put a damper on GOP convention in Tampa on Monday? This week’s PhillyClout gives you an A to Z guide to the Republican National Convention. David Eisenhower's Penn class will get to have private lunches and meetings with key players at the convention.

POSTED: Thursday, August 23, 2012, 3:07 PM
State Rep. Bernie O'Neill of Warminster, Bucks County (State Rep. Bernie O'Neill)

Update, 4:50 pm: The Supreme Court today agreed to a request from the attorneys challenging the Voter ID law for an expedited hearing on the appeal of the Commonwealth Court ruling.  The justices will hear arguments about the case in their courtroom in Philadelphia's City Hall on Sept. 13.  Attorneys for the state earlier this week suggested the case be heard in mid-October.

From earlier: State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the sponsor of the state's controversial Voter ID law, offered to WHYY's Fresh Air program last week the story of a fellow Republican from the state House as proof that in-person voter fraud occurs.  But now Metcalfe's colleague, state Rep. Bernie O'Neill of Warminster in Bucks County, says the comments he made on the House floor during a debate about the legislation last summer were not accurate.

O'Neill, speaking on the House floor on June 23, 2011, said that he showed up to vote at his polling place during an election and found that somebody had already signed in as him and voted.  That seemed odd since O'Neill also said he was chairman of the Board of Supervisors in Warminster at the time "where everybody knew me" and he had voted at that polling place "forever." He even recalled being greeted by name by election workers when he walked in.

POSTED: Thursday, August 23, 2012, 10:13 AM

Here's the press release:

Butkovitz Issues Opinion on City’s Revised Five-Year Plan

City Controller says City’s revised Budget Plan meets PICA ACT criteria but cautions PICA on significant risks contained in the Plan

POSTED: Thursday, August 23, 2012, 7:57 AM

Police say they believe they arrested Officer Moses Walker's killer: a 23-year-old man from North Philly. 

Didja hear about the Hall & Oates Super PAC

The state Health Department and Public Welfare Department have agreed to help register low-income voters

POSTED: Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 12:56 PM

Politicians running for president often borrow the tunes of famous musicians to spark the crowd's energy when they enter and exit campaign events.  But how many bands get their names included in the title of a Super PAC, the political action committees now allowed to raise unlimited funds?

Meet Hall and Oates Fans For America, a new Super PAC registered by Atlanta waiter William Hansmann with the U.S Federal Elections Commission Monday.  Hansmann tells us the super PAC started as a joke between a handful of friends.  He was amazed at how easy it was to register with the FEC.

"Who isn't a Hall and Oates fan in America?" Hansmann said when we asked how he came up with the name. "All those other super PACs have those ridiculously ambiguous names that any American would stand for if they didn't know what those PACs stand for."

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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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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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