Archive: January, 2010
In the wake of the surprise Republican victory in the Massachusetts senate race, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah put out this statement:
Rep. Fattah Says: Respect Obama’s National Mandate and Push Ahead for Healthcare Reform
WASHINGTON D.C., Jan. 20, 2010 -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) calls it “morally and intellectually dishonest” to argue that yesterday’s election in Massachusetts should trump the 50-state results of 2008. Here is his statement
John Baer reflects on what the GOP win in the Massachusetts Senate race means for health care reform.
The victim of an Old City shooting is the nephew of city Republican leader Michael Meehan.
Philadelphia public school teachers vote tomorrow on a tentative contract deal.
Mayor Nutter today said the city will not appeal the arbitration award given to the Fraternal Order of Police last month.
The five year contract provides longterm benefit savings to the city, but includes costly raises for officers. Nutter said he did not want to risk the gains the city made in the contract.
"We believe the longterm benefits to the city government outweigh the short term costs," Nutter said today during a meeting of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the state agency that oversees the city budget.
Which City Council members will DROP at the end of their terms?
The School District and teachers union are close to a contract.
Governor Rendell is heading to Haiti to try to rescue orphans.
More progress is expected today on Mayor Nutter's plans to make Philadelphia a greener, more energy-efficient city.
Nutter is set to sign a bill today that will require new construction and renovation of large city government buildings to meet certain energy standards. He will also announce plans to make city buildings more energy efficient.
Here's the press release on the event:
Gov. Rendell was expected late this afternoon to fly from Miami to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on a rescue mission to pick up 61 children who live in an orphanage run by two sisters from the Pittsburgh area. Rendell spokesman Gary Tuma said Rendell was in Miami this afternoon and scheduled to fly to Haiti. Tuma, who stressed that the plans were all very fluid, said Rendell might already be in Haiti by now.
Rendell spent the weekend working with the U.S. State Department and branches of the military to coordinate an air-lift for the children of the BRESMA orphanage, run by Jamie and Ali McMutrie. Tuma said the Haitian ambassador the the United States asked Rendell to go on the trip, hoping that "someone of his stature" could cut through and problems in the effort, Tuma said.
Of the 61 children, 41 are in some stage of being adopted by American families, Tuma added. The children will be brought to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh and then cared for by Catholic Charities until the adoptions are finalized.
Mayor Nutter is heading to Washington DC tomorrow, where he has a full schedule of meetings with President Obama and other top Democrats, as well as several speaking engagements.
According to spokesman Doug Oliver, Nutter is supposed to meet with Obama at the White House, talk with Senate Democrats and have a sit down with the Secretary of Education.
A likely topic during those meetings with Obama and other senior officials will be federal support for cities during the current economic crisis -- a topic Nutter has been beating the drum on for over a year as Philadelphia has lost tax revenues and made severe budget cuts.
Check out this report about the state Republican party trying to strengthen the local GOP operation.
John Baer reviews the gubanatorial candidates at a forum on education.
Philly PD organizes a drive to collect donations for Haiti.