Archive: October, 2011
With the general election just two weeks away, political watchdog group Committee of Seventy is getting the word out to voters about deadlines to apply for, and submit absentee ballots, alternative ballots and emergency absentee ballots.
For more information check out the press release below:
City Councilman Brian O'Neill and his Democratic challenger, Bill Rubin, trade shots in a testy debate about the 10th Council district.
City Council is moving forward on legislation to ease the city's business tax structure, with Mayor Nutter's support.
And the Daily News editorial page takes a look at a proposed Neighborhood Improvement District around the Reading Viaduct.
A toddler known as Little L vanished after she was taken from the home of a woman who was told she could adopt the child from Linda Ann Weston. Was Little L another victim of Weston? Three decades if hell.
John Baer wants to know why tax dollars are being used for fancy state dinners while so many remain unemployed.
Former 76ers president Pat Croce is a “pirate aficionado,” who recently discovered Sir Francis Drake’s burnt shipwrecks –solving a 400 year-old mystery.
U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House, canceled his scheduled speech at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business because if was going to be open to the first 300 people who showed up. Given that hundreds of Occupy Philadelphia protesters were planning to march from City Hall to the campus to protest the speech, that could have been lively audience.
"The Office of the Majority Leader was informed last night by Capitol Police that the University of Pennsylvania was unable to ensure that the attendance policy previously agreed to could be met," Cantor spokeswoman Laena Fallon said in an email. "Wharton is a educational leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, and the Majority Leader appreciated the invitation to speak with the students, faculty, alumni, and other members of the UPenn community."
Cantor had expected that his speech, on income disparity in the country, would be open to the media, Wharton students and faculty and guests of the university.
The story of Linda Ann Weston -- the brains behind the Tacony dungeon saga -- is actually getting worse, according to Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman.
Stu Bykofsky takes a closer look at how the Philadelphia Bar Association rates judicial candidates.
The city curfew bill stalled yesterday. Now OccupyPhilly is against it, too.
Councilman Frank Rizzo Jr. has left the Republican Party after he was suddenly booted out of leadership by his GOP colleagues nearly two weeks ago –a move he said was retaliation for voting in favor of a redistricting map that Republican Councilman Brian O’Neill didn’t like.
“In Council, I’ve always been independent but being independent got me into this,” said Rizzo, who is now registered as unaffiliated. “I voted for a district that makes sense.”
O'Neill did not immediately return calls for comment.
Jane McIntosh, daughter of Linda Ann Weston, the alleged mastermind accused of fraud and torturing four mentally disabled adults –was also charged yesterday with kidnapping and conspiracy. Meanwhile, a fifth abuse victim has been rescued.
The Philadelphia Board of Ethics accused the communications director for City Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller of 16 violations of the city-charter ban on using City Hall resources for political campaigns.
Ronnie Polaneczky writes a positive column about the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican majority leader in the U.S. House, has posted a curious video he calls "Snapshots of a leader" that chronicles an hour of his day this month. What can we tell you about that hour? Cantor meets with a lot of people while staffers take plenty of pictures. "It has to do with all coming together and trying to promote achievement and success for everyone," Cantor says over a snappy guitar track.
Cantor, who will speak tomorrow at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, is certainly promoting his own success. The video, which can be reached from a YouTube link on Cantor's official Congressional website, is heavy with the message of pulling together and taking advantage of opportunities.
Our first reaction: Is Cantor auditioning for the vice presidential spot on the 2012 ticket? We sure hope he answers that question in his speech tomorrow.