Tuesday, December 1, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:21 PM
Anthony Hardy Williams and Jim Kenney at the In Conversation With Philadelphia event at Pipeline Philly on Monday, March 30, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / The Next Mayor )

Within the next day or so, the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity is expected to announce which Democratic mayoral candidate has won its support. 

The organization's general body voted last night to endorse state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, but its executive committee voted in favor of former City Councilman Jim Kenney, multiple sources said.  

Despite that split, as of tonight, the expectation is that Williams will have the clergy's endorsement, the sources said. 

POSTED: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 12:39 PM
Nelson Diaz speaks at the Next Great City Coalition's Mayoral Forum on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer)

Democratic mayoral candidate Nelson Diaz continues to claim that Jim Kenney won the backing of local Latino leaders only by agreeing to "fund a joint campaign" with controversial City Council candidate Manny Morales. 

If you're just tuning in -- which is possible, because, God, it's nice outside today -- Diaz flipped his wig yesterday when the Latinos United for Political Empowerment (LUPE) dropped its support of the former Common Pleas judge and instead endorsed Kenney. 

Diaz said the sudden change of heart boiled down to his refusal to bow to pressure from LUPE officials, who wanted him to kick money to Morales, whose campaign blew up like something out of a Michael Bay flick after bigoted posts were found on his Facebook page.  

POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:38 PM
Ori Feibush (Jeff Fusco)

AN IRATE MAN barged into developer Ori Feibush's City Council campaign headquarters Friday and claimed he had a gun, a law-enforcement source told the Daily News.

The man, whose name was not released, has apparently long harbored a dislike of Feibush, who is running for Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's seat in the 2nd Councilmanic District, the source said.

Police were in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for him Friday night.

POSTED: Friday, April 10, 2015, 10:37 AM
Doug Oliver speaks during the Mayoral Candidates Education Forum at G.W. Childs Elementary School in Philadelphia on March 24, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer )

Mayoral candidate Doug Oliver issued the following statement this morning in response to today's Clout column in the Daily News, which referred to a tweet from his spokesman's communications firm questioning whether Lynne Abraham's collapse at Tuesday's debate was a "PR stunt."

"I was surprised to read about the inappropriate and distasteful comment about my fellow Mayoral candidate, Lynne Abraham, in this morning's Daily News.

The tweet and email were sent from private accounts, unrelated to the Oliver for Mayor campaign, but I fully understand that, by association, my campaign is implicated by them.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 5:10 PM
Democrat Sarah Del Ricci (left) and Republican Martina White (right) face off on Tuesday in a special election to fill the vacant seat in the state House's 170th District. (Facebook)

Daily News staff writer Bob Stewart filed this report from Northeast Philadelphia ...

Labors unions are clashing today on behalf of two newcomers to the political arena.

Democrat Sarah Del Ricci and Republican Martina White are vying for the 170th state House District seat, which opened up when Brendan Boyle was elected to Congress last November.

POSTED: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 11:27 AM

Time to call it a day, Manny. 

That's the gist of a statement released today by Democratic mayoral candidate Nelson Diaz, who believes Manny Morales should end his bid to unseat City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez in light of a controversy that erupted earlier this week over numerous bigoted posts that Morales allegedly posted on his own Facebook page. 

Morales has denied that he posted the outrageous remarks -- which took aim at blacks, immigrants, gays and welfare recipients, and stretched back to 2010. 

POSTED: Friday, March 13, 2015, 11:46 AM
Bill Green (left) and Sam Katz (right) are thought to be potential mayoral candidates. (STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Photos)

Former School Reform Commission chairman Bill Green sent the tea leaf-reading crowd into a frenzy earlier this week by changing his voter registration to “no affiliation.”

Some read the move as a sign that Green is mulling a run for mayor—or for an at-large City Council seat — in the fall as an independent.

“I think it’s highly unlikely that I’ll run for anything,” Green said yesterday.

POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2015, 5:49 PM
Pennsylvania state representatives Louise Bishop and Michelle Brownlee, and former representative Harold James, are expected to be charged Tuesday in the sting investigation that was buried by Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Two Pennsylvania state representatives who were allegedly caught on tape accepting money and a former state representative are expected to be charged tomorrow in the sting investigation that was buried by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, then resurrected by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

The representatives are Michelle Brownlee, 58, and Louise Bishop, 81, a reverend who hosts a weekday gospel radio show. The former representative is Harold James, the Daily News has learned. James, 64, is also a former police officer. All three are Philly Democrats.

The charges include bribery, conspiracy and related offenses.

About this blog
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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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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