Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2014, 8:48 AM

Add two more candidates to the Democratic primary election for mayor, now six months away. No Super-Senator for Mike Stack, Ellen Kaplan will soon be out at the Committee of Seventy, and candidates for city controller line up, in today's Clout by Chris Brennan. 

'Just act instead of watch': City Council honors local heroes for stepping in the fray. Stephanie Farr was there when Carlesha Freeland-Gaither's family and those who helped rescue her visited City Council chambers for a commendation ceremony yesterday in City Hall. 

Where City Council stands on PGW sale: We polled all 17 members, and while some answers are murky, they do share their biggest concerns. 

POSTED: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 9:11 AM

State Sen. Jack Corman is the new Senate majority leader, more willing to push the agenda of his party than his predecessor. John Baer reports.

South Philly saying no dice to casino: Leaders say there's too much down there already, in this report by Dan Geringer.  

Simms simmers in video: School Reform Commission member is denied comments in this new video released yesterday. Solomon Leach has the story. 

POSTED: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 4:13 PM
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. (File photo: David Swanson / Staff Photographer)

As predicted last week, a high-profile porn scandal is costing people their jobs at the state Attorney General's Office.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane, in a statement today, announced that four employees have been fired while "termination is pending for two union employees until the exhaustion of their contractually mandated rights."

Two more resigned before discipline was delivered and 11 employees were suspended without pay. Employees found to have a "very limited" role in the emails received written reprimands.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 8:56 AM

Wall of silence: Deaths, injuries in prison point to need for outside overseer. Dana DiFilippo goes behind the scenes of the types of use-of-force incidents that rise in Philly jails. Are inmates' deaths 'natural?'

Respect for military & memorials: Yesterday's ceremonies honor those who put lives on the line, by Stephanie Farr & David Gambacorta. 

Ralliers support more charters: Cigarette-tax bill requires new applicants. Solomon Leach was there when more than 100 advocates joined a rally yesterday in front of the school district headquarters. 

POSTED: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 10:14 AM

City offers youg adults job-skills training in exchange for clean alleys. From winter's freezing cold to summer's sweltering heat, hundreds of at-risk young people cleaned waist-high trash, needles and dead rats out of the city's alleys in return for city-paid job training skills. Dan Geringer reports. 

York senator looks to paint town red: There's a successful York County businessman recently elected to public office looking to shake things up in Harrisburg - and it's not Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, in this report by John Baer. 

Pols scrambling over breakfast: Senators speak at breakfast fundrasier. Chris Brennan has the story. 

POSTED: Monday, November 10, 2014, 9:55 AM

Slow burner: For merchants near the city limits, $2 cigarette tax is a kick in the ash. Wholesalers near city borders are taking the hit close to home, in this report by Solomon Leach and Regina Medina. 

Teen's heavy mettle saves cop: This squad car is burned to pieces before an off-duty 17-year old volunteer firefighter saved a police officer this weekend. Morgan Zalot has the story. 

On the day honoring veterans, a salute to caretaker moms: Stu Bykovsky remembers the book which shows the bond between a parent and a wounded child. 

POSTED: Friday, November 7, 2014, 9:12 AM

In today's Clout column, Chris Brennan delives behind the scenes of the sheet-metal union workers who owe big money in property tax debt. Try a cover charge for those big parties? 

Then, there's more dirt to come out in state porn scandal. Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office plans to release a report on porn scandal discipline when its investigation is complete.  

It's nearing crunch time for Merlino and legal team: Joseph Merlino was scheduled to begin his ab-perfecting prison workouts Nov. 24, but his lawyers are seeking postponement to keep him out of jail. William Bender reports. 

POSTED: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 9:30 AM

One day after U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was overwhelmingly reelected to an 11th term in the U.S. House, a member of his inner circle from the 2007 race for mayor has pleaded guilty in federal court. That's the second Fattah political consultant to be cooperating with the Feds in their investigation of an illegal $1 million loan to the 2007 campaign.

Tom Wolf's official victory party took place in central Pennsylvania, but thousands of teachers and education advocates in Philadelphia also celebrated, hoping the change in power will signal a win for the city's ailing public schools.  Will the Democrat, now governor-elect, be able to fix the funding for public education?

The Education advocacy group Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools has taken legal steps to challenge the School Reform Commission's decision last month to cancel the teachers' contract.

About this blog
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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