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POSTED: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 9:30 AM

Wolf comes knocking at the door with big win in PA primary. 

Money for their runs and runs for their money. Will Bunch explains how if money talks, this gubernatorial race will be a full-blown chatterbox. 

Corbett: 'We're going to win:' In 167 days, Tom Corbett claims he's making history

POSTED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 5:06 PM

It's getting ugly out there. 

Reports of campaign workers inside or too close to polling stations are flooding in. A judge has issued a series of orders to seize illegal campaign literature. There are murmurs of suspiciously high turnout in a few wards.

"The two big problem areas that we've been hearing about all day long in terms of electioneering are the 2nd Senate District and also the committee person races in the 36th Ward," said Ellen Mattleman Kaplan of the Committee of Seventy, a nonprofit good-government group. 

POSTED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 12:27 PM
Signs display polling-place information and a sample ballot outside the Bluemle Life Sciences Building, 233 S. 10th St., in Philadelphia. This is not the polling place mentioned in this story. (Emily Babay / Philly.com)

Election workers at a Kensington polling place have been asking for months why more than 150 people are registered to the same nonresidential address around the corner. 

It seems they got their answer today, but the questions might not stop there.

The address in question - 166 W. Lehigh Ave. - is home to an organization called Prevention Point Philadelphia, which serves homeless people. In Philadelphia, homeless people are allowed to register to vote any place they can receive mail, according to City Commissioner Stephanie Singer.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 9:07 AM
DAVID SWANSON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER LeAnna Washington leaves her arraignment hearing on corruption charges on March 12.

Happy Election Day. Go vote and help decide who runs for governor, Congress and the state General Assembly and who serves on City Council.

Felony charges, primary challengers and now a lawsuit: State Sen. LeAnna Washington is up against a lot.

Philly is joining a growing group of cities implementing "living wage" standards.

POSTED: Monday, May 19, 2014, 1:43 PM
The Philadelphia Traffic Court Building on 8th and Spring Garden Streets on Thursday, January 31, 2013. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer ) (Daily News/Inquirer)

As six former Traffic Court judges head to trial this week, city officials today announced that in the new Traffic Court - the one without entrenched corruption and alleged ticket-fixing for the politically connected - the city will pay for four assistant district attorneys and 10 paralegals to lead prosecutions.

In the past, police officers played the prosecutorial role, which often involved plea bargains and legal complexities that officials now say should be handled by law professionals.

"It would be better to have a more uniform view of plea bargains," said Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer, who is overseeing Traffic Court as the state remakes the once-independent court as a division of Municipal Court. "We're looking for fairness, uniformity."

POSTED: Monday, May 19, 2014, 1:19 PM
Philadelphia Chief Assessor Richie McKeithen

Chief Assessment Officer Richie McKeithen, who oversaw the Actual Value Initiative, is leaving the administration, Mayor Nutter announced today.

McKeithen said that he was proud of AVI, in which the city reassessed all 579,000 properties in Philadelphia, and that he is leaving the city to be closer to his family

After he steps down in June, McKeithen, a Washington, D.C., native, will become chief assessor for Petersburg, Va. He has family in Richmond.

POSTED: Monday, May 19, 2014, 9:01 AM

Philadelphia Traffic Court judges charged by the feds in an alleged ticket-fixing scheme will have their day in court this week. Julie Shaw provides a who's who for the trial and asks why Judge Bernice DeAngelis wasn't charged.

Tomorrow, Pennsylvania voters go to the polls to pick their parties' nominees for governor, Congress, the state General Assembly and other races. Here's what Philly voters need to know

Stu Bykofsky writes about Democrat Jared Solomon's bid to unseat state Rep. Mark Cohen.

POSTED: Friday, May 16, 2014, 9:19 AM

In today's Clout column, state Sen. Mike Stack of Northeast Philly has a slight lead in two polls this week about the Democratic primary election for lieutenant governor.  Stack is neck-and-neck with former U.S. Rep. Mark Critz of Johnstown while three other candidates register in the single digits.

Also in Clout, former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies and state Rep. Brendan Boyle swap nasty robocalls in the Democratic primary for the 13th District U.S. House seat.

City Council President Darrell Clarke's plan for public school funding is quickly picked apart by Mayor Nutter and other critics.

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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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