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POSTED: Monday, January 31, 2011, 5:52 PM

Mayor Nutter has hired a campaign manager to run his re-election effort.

The campaign has tapped Kevin Kinross, who managed Dan Onorato’s failed campaign for governor last year, said Nutter advisor Dick Hayden.

"He’s had very recent experience in philadephia with the Onorato campaign, which certainly in Philadelphia was very successful," Hayden said. Hayden said Kinross would start this week.

POSTED: Monday, January 31, 2011, 5:07 PM

Campaign finance reports for 2010 were due today and Mayor Nutter – who still seems to be without a primary opponent -- ended the year with slightly less money than he started, according to a campaign finance report his campaign filed today.

Nutter ended the year with $1.25 million on hand, compared with the $1.33 million that he had at the beginning of the year. But his contribution line-up shows the power of incumbency, with big checks from major Philadelphia unions, law firms and influential bigwigs like Comcast and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Nutter made donations to several Council Members in 2010, giving $10,600 each to Marian Tasco and Bill Greenlee earlier in the year and $10,000 each to Jim Kenney, Curtis Jones Jr., Blondell Reynolds Brown and Wilson Goode Jr. before the end of the year.

POSTED: Monday, January 31, 2011, 10:33 AM

Check out this release we just got from the City Controller:

Overall Overtime Costs Down 5%, Fire Dept.’s Still Up

City Controller’s economic report includes a look at the Fire Dept.’s $1.6 million increase in overtime halfway through the year

POSTED: Monday, January 31, 2011, 10:20 AM

Happy Monday everybody. Here are the top headlines from today's DN:

John Baer questions just how much political reform is really going on in Washington.

A Daily News investigation shows that filing an anonymous police complaint is easier said than done.

POSTED: Friday, January 28, 2011, 2:19 PM

The city bill for snow cleanup this winter hit $6 million before the latest monster storm, city officials said today.

Those funds went to overtime for city workers as well as paying for contractors and salt. The city -- which does not budget money specifically for snow -- still has to tally the cost of this week's storm. And, with many winter weeks left, the costs could continue to climb.

Snow removal costs put a dent in the city's budget last year. The historic storms that blanketed the city last winter ultimately cost about $18 million, according to the mayor’s press office. The city last month received $1.8 million in federal aid to help defray the cost.

POSTED: Friday, January 28, 2011, 1:05 PM

City elections supervisor Bill Rubin today moved a step closer to his expected run for City Council, by resigning from his seat on the Pension Board.

Rubin, who was vice chairman of the pension board and the elected representative of District Council 33, has formed an exploratory committee to consider running as a Democrat for Council in the 10th Councilmanic District. That seat is currently held by Republican Brian O'Neill.

Rubin has not yet formally declared for the seat and still holds his job at the City Commissioners Office. Once he declares or files nominating petitions, city ethics rules state that he must quit his job. Today Rubin said he was feeling good about a possible race.

POSTED: Friday, January 28, 2011, 9:46 AM

Will political mischief mean there will be a second Maria Sanchez on the May 17 Democratic primary election ballot for City Council's 7th District? 

City Councilman Frank DiCicco introduces legislation that would allow him to exit the controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan, which is proving to be a political liability.

Mayor Nutter praised the city's efforts to deal with the 15 inches of snow that fell Wednesday and Thursday. 

POSTED: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 6:57 PM

Mayor Nutter tonight praised the city’s snow response, but said the city was still working to dig out residents from the latest winter blast.

“The citizens have been tremendously cooperative, understanding and appreciative that every storm is different,” Nutter said. “We’ll continue to work through the night. We are on our way, we will get to you. If your street hasn’t been done, we’re doing our best to get to you.”

Nutter acknowledged that the unexpected severity of the storm, combined with the mix of snow and icy rain had been hard to combat. In all 15 inches were dumped on the city overnight, more than double the predicted 6-8 inches. During the course of the storm, snowfall was interrupted by freezing rain, which meant that even after plows scooped up the snow, a “hard pack” of frozen snow and ice was left on the streets.

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