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POSTED: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 10:55 AM

Daily News reporter Bill Bender caught up with Upper Darby GOP leader John McNichol this morning to ask about  reports that former Fox 29 news anchor Dawn Stensland is considering a Republican run for congress in Pennsylvania's 7th District.

McNichol was lukewarm about the news -- reported this morning on the website -- noting that Stensland lives in Philadelphia, which could open her up to attacks of being a "carpetbagger." He stressed that the party is behind former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan, who has already declared for the seat, currently held by U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak.

"As far as I know, 98 percent of our people are solidly behind Pat," McNichol said. He added that he wasn't sure how strong Stensland's name recognition was, saying that most voters probably know her as "Larry Mendte's wife. I don't know how much that helps her."

POSTED: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 10:07 AM

The Board of Revision of Taxes board this morning unanimously voted to approve an agreement with the administration to temporarily hand assessment authority to the city finance department, according to a BRT staffer.

The embattled BRT board held hearings on the arrangement over a week ago, after the city solicitor deemed that the original closed-door deal violated the state Sunshine Act. Today's vote was not publicized on the BRT website.

The original agreement – known as a Memorandum of Understanding -- was approved by all six BRT members at an Oct. 7 meeting. But the deal came under fire for lack of transparency.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 9:48 AM

Mayor Nutter says he expects more Washington support for cities in the coming months.

Nutter attended President Obama’s jobs announcement yesterday in Washington, DC. During the speech, Obama outlined plans for more tax breaks for small businesses, new investment in infrastructure projects and additional support for green jobs. But Nutter noted that Obama also sent clear message about cities during the speech.

“Shortly after the president outlined these three issues, it should not be missed that he mentioned increased support for state and local governments,” Nutter said. “He said it and acknowledged it Clearly the White House and the president’s advisors know that cities are struggling.”

POSTED: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 9:30 AM

The website PA2010 is reporting that former Fox29 anchor Dawn Stensland is considering a Republican run for congress in Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District. Here's what Stensland told the website:

“The only thing I can tell you you is I was married in Delaware County, half my family is in Delaware County, I love Delaware County,” she told “That’s all I can say.”

For the full report, click here.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 7:47 AM

Philly businessman Tom Knox -- a former mayoral candidate now running for governor -- had a rough ride yesterday in Harrisburg with the press. Knox held a press conference in the state Capitol about the pending expiration of utility rate caps, an issue he has been championing.

But Harrisburg reporters started asking him why he was holding what seemed to be a political event at the Capitol building. It pretty much went downhile from there. Check out this great report from the Allentown Morning Call's John Micek.

Knox insisted he wasn't there to campaign, but to raise awareness about utility rates. But it's funny how he only gets onto these issues when he's a candidate. Do you remember when he was running for mayor and started circulating petitions about gun violence?

POSTED: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 7:29 AM

Dave Davies writes about Mayor Nutter's ethical approach to waterfront development.

Meanwhile, John Baer says there's no real interest in reform in Harrisburg.

A report says DHS is improving when it comes to foster kids.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 12:41 PM

The annual Pennsylvania Society is coming up this weekend, a gathering of state politicians and insiders in New York City for three days of fundraisers, cocktail parties and political hob-nobbing.

Over at PA2010, they've posted a pretty comprehensive guide to the events of the weekend. Check it out if you feel like trying to gate crash...

POSTED: Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 12:20 PM

Here's the press release:


Recent Project H.O.M.E. street count shows 26% drop in street homeless

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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to
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