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POSTED: Friday, November 5, 2010, 12:48 PM

Gov. Rendell, speaking to reporters in a post-election press conference, said Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate, were victims in Tuesday's general election of a "national tide" that favored Republicans.  Rendell said state Attorney General Tom Corbett and former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, the GOP candidates for governor and the Senate, did a good job pitching themselves to voters.

"They weren't scary," Rendell said. "They didn’t make radical statements. I think suburban voters felt a little at ease with them"

Rendell also called the defeat of state Rep. John Perzel, a Northeast Philadelphia Republican bested by Democratic challenger Kevin Boyle "pretty much inevitable."  Corbett, as Attorney General, charged Perzel last November with using $10 million in state funds to organize GOP political campaigns.  "It's hard to win under indictment," Rendell said.

POSTED: Friday, November 5, 2010, 12:23 PM

Gov. Rendell is holding a post-election press conference in Harrisburg right now and told the gathered reporters he has reached out to Governor-elect Tom Corbett about the transition to the new administration.  Rendell noted that Corbett's family's dog died in the spring and the state Attorney General asked advice on keeping pet in the governor's mansion. 

Rendell, a well-known dog lover, urged Corbett to rescue two dogs and set them up in style at the mansion.  Corbett's wife, Rendell said, has been pushing for two dogs.

"I told him the residence is a great place for dogs because of the wonderful fenced in gardens," Rendell said.

POSTED: Friday, November 5, 2010, 10:59 AM

Imagine our surprise that a sample ballot distributed in state Rep. John Perzel's ward in Northeast Philadelphia listed him with state Attorney General Tom Corbett, the man who charged him last year with using $10 million in state funds to organize GOP political campaigns.

The city's "stop-and-frisk" police policy prompts a civil rights lawsuit.  Meet an attorney who says he has been stopped and frisked four times for no reason under the policy.

And the Democratic City Committee sells its prime real estate Center City headquarters for $2 million.

POSTED: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 6:46 PM

It’s the end of an era.

PhillyClout has learned that Democratic City Committee is selling their longtime party headquarters on Walnut Street near Broad. The building, smack in the middle of the Center City shopping district, commanded a price of about $2 million, according to sources.

Party chairman U.S. Rep. Bob Brady said he was sad to move from the place that local Democrats have called home for more than fifty years, but that the building was just too big and expensive for his needs.

POSTED: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 3:41 PM

Council members Bill Green and Maria Quinones Sanchez have put up a website, which details their proposal to overhaul the business privilege tax. (For more on their proposal read this DN story.)

The new site has some information about the proposal and a calculator to help you figure out how the change might impact your business.

To review for yourself, click here.

POSTED: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 1:45 PM

Mayor Nutter this afternoon said he had not yet reviewed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union which says the city's "stop and frisk" police policy is unconstitutional.

"Used properly and within the bounds of the constitution, this can be a very effective tool," Nutter said of "stop and frisk" policing, which he advocated as a candidate. Nutter stressed that the Supreme Court has upheld the practice.

The ACLU suit was filed on behalf of eight individuals, including state Rep. Jewell Williams, who was detained by police in 2009 after he tried to come to the aid of two elderly constituents. According to the suit, these police "stop and frisk" actions have doubled since 2005 -- with 253,333 in 2009 -- and that victims are largely African-American.

POSTED: Thursday, November 4, 2010, 11:14 AM

Mayor Nutter gears up for a re-election bid next year. Here's a scorecard for his first term.  And here is a run-down of the people who may try to take his job.

The head of the New York City Housing Authority is coming to Philly to try to sort out problems with the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

The pranks pulled by a TSA employee at Philadelphia International Airport weren't so funny to some of the people he targeted.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 1:09 PM

J Street, a progressive lobby group that describes itself as the "political home of pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans," said that two polls conducted last night -- one national, the other just in Pennsylvania -- showed that campaign attack ads put up by non-profits trying to paint U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak as weak in his support of Israel had little impact on Jewish voters in the state.  Sestak, a Delaware County Democrat, lost to former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, a Lehigh Valley Republican, by a narrow 2-point margin in yesterday's race for the U.S. Senate.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street's president and founder, said Sestak won the Jewish vote in Pennsylvania, 71-23 percent, according to a telephone poll of 600 voters conducted in the state last night.  He called ineffective the "well-funded and aggressive efforts to drive Jewish voters away from Democrats through fear-mongering and smears."

J Street pollster Jim Gerstein said the ads only reinforced the opinions of Jewish voters who had already made up their minds. "They only resonated with hard-core partisans whose votes were never really contested," he said.

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