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POSTED: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 3:32 PM

A task force appointed by Mayor Nutter to review the city's ethics and campaign finance laws released their final report today. The 91-page screed offers recommendations on lobbying, campaign finance and political contributions.

At the press conference to announce the report, Nutter was asked about one specific recommendation in the report -- that city campaign contribution limits should be applied to an election cycle, instead of the current calendar year format. The report argues that the calender year system helps incumbents, who can start raising money right after they win office.

Nutter, who has $1.4 million in his campaign chest, would not make a commitment on that recommendation.

POSTED: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 11:29 AM

City Council today approved plans to hold hearings to examine the death of Joaquin Rivera, who died in a waiting room at Aria Health’s Frankford Campus last month without receiving treatment.

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who sponsored the resolution, said she wanted Council to look at “best practices” for emergency room care. Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, who co-sponsored, agreed.

“I think there are some issues around their protocols,” Sanchez said. She said there are still many questions about what happened that night and asked why Rivera sat dead in his chair as a nurse admitted other patients.
 

POSTED: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 10:37 AM

Councilman Frank DiCicco isn’t giving up in his fight against plastic bags in Philadelphia.

Today DiCicco is introducing an ordinance in City Council that would require all shops that offer plastic bags to provide recycling bins for customers. Penalties for violating the rule would range from $100 to $300. Those charging between 10 and 25 cents per bag would be exempt.

Today’s legislation is a softer approach to plastic bags than DiCicco has pushed for in the past. DiCicco, along with Councilman Jim Kenney, previously sponsored legislation that would ban plastic bags in the city. But that bill was voted down in June. 

POSTED: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 8:08 AM
Filed Under: Rendell | Statehouse

Our man in Harrisburg, John Baer, reports that Gov. Rendell yesterday said at a capitol press conference that there’s only one answer to the Legislature’s inability to get things done: “Monarchy.” He then offered to serve his last year in office as a “benevolent dictator.”

You think there's something to the idea?

POSTED: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 8:04 AM

The DN examines the reports that Dawn Stensland is considering running for Congress. Here are a few other suggestions of TV reporters we'd like to see in office.

Will Bunch answers your questions about President Obama's nobel prize.

Two City Council members want to look at overhauling the city business tax structure.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 1:54 PM

Here's the release:

MAYOR NUTTER TO RECEIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM TASK FORCE ON ETHICS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE


WHO: Mayor Michael A. Nutter
Task Force Chair Michael Schwartz, former head of the Corruption, Civil Rights, Labor and Tax Fraud Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and current partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP

WHAT: Mayor Nutter will receive the report from the Task Force on Ethics and Campaign Finance. This Task Force was convened by the Mayor in October of 2008 and charged with reviewing the City’s campaign finance ordinance and additional ethics reforms for City Government.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 1:27 PM

If Dawn Stensland is serious about running for office as a Republican, she might want to change her voter registration.

According to city records, Stensland, who lives in Chestnut Hill, is registered as an independent. Her registration is under her married name, Dawn Mendte.

Now, that could be because of the former news anchor’s long career in journalism. Many journalists don’t register with a party. But if Stensland wants to get into GOP politics, that’s all going to have to change…
 

POSTED: Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 12:58 PM

City Council today passed out of committee legislation to abolish the Board of Revision of Taxes, although last minute concerns over BRT patronage employees threatened to derail the bill.

Councilwoman Janie Blackwell said she wouldn’t support the bill until she received assurances that the 80 patronage hires, who are on the School District payroll, would be protected.

“I can’t support any BRT legislation if we don’t protect employees,” Blackwell said. “If you don’t commit to that then I can’t commit to you.” Several other Council members echoed her concerns.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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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 dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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