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POSTED: Friday, August 15, 2014, 10:26 AM

Ed Neilson was quietly sworn in as City Council's newest member yesterday, nearly three months after he won a special election for the at-large seat.  But will he finish the 17 months left in the term of former Councilman Bill Green, who resigned in February to be chairman of the School Reform Commission?   To hear the former state representative tell it, only time will tell.

Political candidates, including Gov. Corbett and Tom Wolf, help Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky pass the $500,000 mark on his Comedy Night fundraiser for the Variety Club.

Chaka Fattah Jr. pleads not guilty to 23 federal counts and again claims the feds are really after his father, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr.

POSTED: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 11:44 AM
City Council president Darrell L. Clarke, left, speaks during an event at JFK Plaza earlier this year. ((DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer))

This post has been updated, as City Council President Darrell Clarke has walked back his comments.  Here's a statement from his spokeswoman, Jane Roh:

“The City will provide logistical support such as reinforced police and traffic monitoring presence as it does for every large-scale event Philadelphia hosts. Those functions are functions of the City and can correctly be described as taxpayer funded. However, there are no plans to appropriate additional funding for the Convention in 2016 out of the general fund, as New York City is reportedly planning to do, and Council President Clarke unequivocally believes that Governor Rendell and the host committee will meet or exceed the private fundraising goal target in order to guarantee a successful and history-making Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016.”

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POSTED: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 8:43 AM

Torn apart: A militarized response in Ferguson, Mo. can only be called a police coup, writes Will Bunch. 

Oh fudge: Corbett, Wolf skew employment stats. John Bear explains how both our governor and his challenger fudge the facts. 

Panel to Dems: Vote for Philly! City pretties up -- and nonprofit ponies up -- to woo convention, in this report by Chris Brennan. 

POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 9:33 AM

Philly Little League pitcher Mo'ne Davis is taking the country by storm. Jenice Armstrong writes of the girl on fire: what can't Mo'Ne Davis do? (Hey, did we mention she's only 13?) 

Governor Tom Corbett's special advisor plans to quit his second $140K job. Chris Brennan reports on how Tom Wolf's pack wants an investigation. 

Lawsuit: Philly is 'ground zero' for home forfeiture, by William Bender. 

POSTED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 1:29 PM
Ron Tomalis, Gov. Corbett's onetime education secretary turned special adviser.

Ron Tomalis, Gov. Corbett's controversial secretary of education-turned special adviser, said today he will resign in two weeks.  The state Department of Education issued that news as supporters of Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor, started a conference call demanding the resignation of Tomalis and Carol Dumaresq, the current acting secretary of education.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first raised questions last month about what work was being done by Tomalis, who stepped down from his leadership role in the Department of Education 15 months ago but retained his $140,000 salary.  

Katie McGinty, chairwoman of Fresh Start PA, called Tomalis' resignation "nothing short of stunning" in today's conference call.  Fresh Start PA, a political action committee founded to support Wolf's bid for governor, does much of the negative campaigning against Corbett.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 11:21 AM
Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz. ( ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer )

City Controller Alan Butkovitz today said the city is owed $2.5 million as of June from organizations that received police services, with $1.8 million of that debt being more than 90 days old.

Butkovitz, in a letter to city Revenue Commissioner Clarena Tolson and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, noted that several of the debts are more than 10 years old.

The top five largest debts add up to a combined $1,062,458.  They include:

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: $341,328
  • Philadelphia Phillies: $275,874
  • Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp.: $256,094
  • Mann Center for the Performing Arts: $108,453
  • Philadelphia Gas Works: $80,706
"This is an opportunity for the city to generate more revenues that can help alleviate the financial burden placed on the budget," Butkovitz wrote to Tolson and Ramsey. "The city must take aggressive action to pursue all outstanding debts."
POSTED: Monday, August 11, 2014, 9:13 AM

'Rage Incident?' Cops: After failing lie-detector test, husband confessed to strangling wife, from William Bender and Morgan Zalot. 

Pols who don't belly up to the trough: Some in Pennsylvania (not many) opt out of taxpayer-financed perks, writes John Baer. 

Three innocents hit by gunfire in Juniata, in this report from Vinny Vella. 

POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 9:19 AM

Cops: We need to find the monster who strangled jogging mom, writes Morgan Zalot. 

Hite: Thanks for the loot, but...Regina Medina covers Gov. Tom's Corbett's appearance in Philadelphia announcing he will send schools $265 million. 

Chaka Fattah Jr. aims to clear the airwaves following a federal indictment, in this report by William Bender. 

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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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