Archive: October, 2009
Newsweek has a great piece on their website by Howard Fineman about Sen. Arlen Specter's re-election campaign. An excerpt.
Barack Obama and Ed Rendell were delighted when they convinced Sen. Arlen Specter to switch parties earlier this year. But now that coup falls into the category of "be careful what you wish for," because the president and the governor of Pennyslvania have a problem on their hands: Arlen Specter. Here's the problem: Specter is up for re-election next year, and he was promised the full campaign backing of Obama and Rendell--not just in the general election but in the primary next May, if there was one. Well, there is one, and it is shaping up as a fierce one, against Rep. Joe Sestak, who represents the Philly suburbs.
For the rest of the story, click here.
Of course we all know that the big news today is the Phillies' ninth-inning win last night. But here's what else we have:
A woman injured in the aerial lift accident in Center City last week has filed a lawsuit.
Experts say that it benefits the city if you cooperate with the census bureau.
Regardless of how his Republican bid for City Controller works out, Al Schmidt is looking ahead to new adventures in 2010. He tells PhillyClout that his wife Erin is pregnant with their second child.
The couple -- who live in East Falls -- have a two-year-old daughter, Maggie. The new baby is due in March.
Here's the press release:
COMMITTEE OF SEVENTY HOSTS
VICE PRESIDENT JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR.
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- October 19, 2009 – Philadelphia’s Committee of Seventy is proud to announce that The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States, will offer official remarks at the organization’s Annual Breakfast on Monday, November 23, 2009.
GOP City Controller candidate Al Schmidt is trying to call 200 registered voters per day as his race against the incumbent, Democrat Alan Butkovitz, heads into the home stretch.
John Baer takes a close look at another race on the ballot next month that you may not be paying much attention to and explains why you should.
Longtime Daily News writer Frank Dougherty calls the planned closure of the Northeast Catholic High School for boys "another rip in the fabric of the city."
This just in from the Mayor's press office:
MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES TICKET RAFFLE
Philadelphia, October 16, 2009 – Today Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the nine winners of National League Championship Series tickets. More than 29,000 people participated in the raffle. The winners were chosen by randomly generating nine numbers, from 1 to 29,000 (the number of correct response received), using a random number generator. Emails were then assigned a number, based on the order in which they were received. Emails with the randomly generated numbers were then selected as the winner.
City Hall looks great.
That’s probably the nicest thing we can say about “Law Abiding Citizen,” the Jamie Foxx-Gerard Butler revenge drama set in Philadelphia that hits theaters today. The movie captures the heft and majesty of the massive stone government building, from the top of Billy Penn’s hat, to the sweeping stair cases, to the ornate court rooms and elaborate City Council chambers.
During an action sequence when it looks like City Hall might suffer irrevocable harm, we actually tensed up.
The Nutter administration has not met goals for installing police surveillance cameras.
The Clout column examine's U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak's "mystery endorsement."
Taxi official is acquitted of aggravated assault against a passenger.