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Archive: January, 2008

POSTED: Monday, January 28, 2008, 11:20 AM
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Nutter and Ramsey

According to police forum, www.domelights.com, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey will be briefing cops Wednesday morning at the Spectrum about his new crime plan. Should be an interesting day...

POSTED: Monday, January 28, 2008, 9:50 AM
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Nutter with new Commerce Director Andy Altman

Nutter appoints his Commerce Director today, former DC planning director Andy Altman. You can read about the hometown guy in the Daily News and the Inky.

There's a busy schedule brewing already today. At 2 p.m. Nutter will announce his chief education advisor. (We reported over a week ago that it would be Lori Schorr, a vice president at the nonprofit Philadelphia Youth Network.) And at 4 p.m. he'll swear in Altman and Managing Director Camille Barnett, who starts today. She was delayed due to her husband's death in a car crash.

If you're into presidential politics at the moment, you can go check out Bill Clinton yelling at reporters over in New Jersey tomorrow. 

POSTED: Friday, January 25, 2008, 5:35 PM

Crowded papers today. We have hijinks in Council, Nutter facing off with the state on casinos and Rick Mariano's memoirs. And the schools CEO search drags on.

Nutter definitely seems to be playing the tough guy. The Inquirer reports that Nutter is planning to enforce gun laws passed by City Council, regardless of whether the state says he can. How macho of him...

POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2008, 12:45 PM
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Where the magic happens

The first City Council session of the new year ended not long ago. A big slew of legislation was introduced, but none of it can be acted on just yet.

A few key pieces:

- The Nutter administration transmitted a number of charter changes. They want to remove the rule limiting department heads to only two exempt deputies. And they want to permanently make the Commerce Director and City Representative two seperate jobs.

POSTED: Friday, January 25, 2008, 8:15 AM

And today is the first City Council session. With three new members trying to prove themselvs and a lot of old members determined not to let them, it should be a party!

The Inky has a good rundown of the many bills expected to be introduced today. Yes! History tests for tour guides. It's about time.

One issue that's gotten a lot of attention --  new Councilman Bill Green wants to introduce a bill to end the DROP program for elected officials. He has a letter in today's Daily News about it. 

POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 9:55 PM
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The big three

We're told that a heavy hitting local pol recently said of the presidential race -- Who's the guy that can beat the skirt? 

Gov. Ed Rendell got behind the skirt -- AKA Hillary Clinton -- this afternoon. Mayor Nutter -- who has already endorsed Clinton -- came up from DC for the occasion.

The Inquirer's Larry Eichel has the full report here.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 2:35 PM
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Clinton and Obama going at it in the Monday Debate

In case you care, the Rendell endorsement of Hillary Clinton has been delayed The little lady is late. We're told it will begin around 3 p.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 2:15 PM
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The Spring Garden Home

State Sen. Vincent Fumo is having a hard time unloading his Spring Garden mansion. Yesterday, realtors Prudential Fox and Roach dropped the price of the 27-room Victorian home from $6.9 million to $5.9 million.

What a steal!

Fumo put the house, located at 22nd and Green, on the market in October. He needs the cash to pay the legal bills associated with his federal corruption trial.

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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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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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