Saturday, January 31, 2015

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.

POSTED: Friday, January 9, 2015, 3:15 PM
Doug Oliver.

A dust-up about soon-to-be mayoral candidate Doug Oliver's high-profile participation in a PGW television commercial has put an early end to his employment at the publicly-owned utility.

Oliver's exit comes after City Councilman Jim Kenney, who is mulling a run for mayor, went public with complaints about the PGW spokesman appearing in a prime-time television commercial for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP.

The PGW board on Thursday evening discussed Oliver's future and considered asking him to resign.

POSTED: Friday, January 9, 2015, 10:03 AM

A special prosecutor's secret grand-jury conclusion about an allegation state Attorney General Kathleen Kane disclosed secret grand jury information was leaked to the press yesterday. 

PGW board questions candidates's face value: In his second to last Clout column, Chris Brennan asks if Doug Oliver, former mayoral spokesman, is getting an unfair political advantage by appearing in LIHEAP ads. 

Police: Cop fires at a guy who ran him down. Dana DiFilippo and Vinny Vella have the story. 

POSTED: Friday, January 9, 2015, 9:29 AM
Oliver: Do appearances in LIHEAP ads give him an unfair political advantage?

We've got a meaty Clout column for you today:  First up, City Councilman Jim Kenney has kicked up a fuss about Doug Oliver appearing in a PGW commercial.  That prompted the PGW board to discuss Oliver's future with the utility.  Oliver is resigning at the end of the month to run for mayor.  Next, we get some of the details about a group of business executives planning to spend big on City Council races.  And a Republican City Council at-large candidate asks a judge to clear the way for his candidacy, despite his record as a felon.

Let's see if we have this straight:  There has been a colossal leak from a secret grand jury run by a special prosecutor investigating whether state Attorney General Kathleen Kane leaked secret grand jury information.

And the Daily News Editorial Board weighs the pros and cons of the political power held by labor unions in the city as the leader of a Ironworkers local stands trial.

POSTED: Thursday, January 8, 2015, 10:18 AM

Thomasfoolery: With history of embellishments and fibs, Lewis Thomas III is eyeing a City Council run. Bill Bender reports.

Following the money in Tolly trial: The ex-TV sports anchor said there is nothing untoward with about the five-figure money-wire transfers from his charity bank account to his personal bank account because that money was spent to make kids happy. I cover day 2 of his trial in Bucks Couty. 

This Bucks County prison guard liked to watch prisoners play 'patty-cake.' One wild read by Stephanie Farr. 

POSTED: Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 9:59 AM
Montgomery County Commissioner and former district attorney Bruce Castor will again seek the prosecutor's post. (Photo from facebook.com/bruce.castor)

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. is planning a trip back to the future with an old job he seeks.

Sources confirm the Republican commissioner has announced he’s giving up his seat on the three-person board of commissioners to run again for district attorney.

Now that current Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has announced plans to leave office to run for judge, Castor said he saw an open window and is ready to throw his hat back in the ring.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 8:39 AM

The former local celebrity and sportscaster gave opening remarks in his theft trial yesterday. If he can convince even one juror that he made honest mistakes, he could be off the hook. It was a long day of court in Doylestown. 

2016 presidential election: why wait to speculate? John Baer can't, and offers his analysis. 

Race for the 2nd district at the double: Developer Ori Feibush's contributions to his own campaign raise the stakes for the whole district. Chris Brennan has the story

POSTED: Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 11:46 AM
Developer Ori Feibush, left. Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, right. (FILE)

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics just announced that the 2015 campaign contribution limits for the Second District City Council election have been doubled because real estate investor Ori Feibush, a candidate, contributed more than $250,000 of his own money into his campaign.

Feibush is challenging Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's bid for a second term in the May 19 Democratic primary election.

The city's current campaign finance limits are $2,900 for individuals and $11,500 for political action committees and unincorporated business organizations.  The limits in the Second District race will now be $5,800 and $23,000 even if * Feibush drops his campaign or repays himself some of the money from his election coffers.

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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 benderw@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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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 gambacd@phillynews.com
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