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POSTED: Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 1:38 PM
Filed Under: Campaign News

Here's a release from the former City Controller candidate:

Media Advisory: Schmidt for City Commissioner 2011

PHILADELPHIA – Al Schmidt to formally announce candidacy for City Commissioner of Philadelphia – and to expose widespread and systematic misuse of public resources for partisan political purposes in recent Philadelphia elections – at press conference tomorrow.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 12:59 PM

Philadelphia City Commission Chairwoman Marge Tartaglione had two very clear messages to deliver during her weekly meeting this morning.  First, she considers the controversy about her daughter, former top Deputy Commissioner Renee Tartaglione Matos, retiring for violating the City Charter to be over.  And the 77-year-old, nine-term commissioner is willing to punch you out if you question whether that retirement means her office is corrupt."

"I love my daughter. It's over. It's settled. No more questions," Tartaglione said, cutting off a question from a Philadelphia Weekly reporter Aaron Kase, 28, who asked how the public could have faith that the City Commission runs fair elections. Tartaglione then called PW a "liberal paper" and said there would be trouble if anyone called her office corrupt.

"Now if you say that, I can jump over this table and punch you out," Tartaglione told Kase. "This is not corrupt."

POSTED: Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 10:19 AM

The feud between the Tartaglione family and state Rep. Angel Cruz heats up, as the state Attorney General subpoenas 6 Cruz supporters.

The DN breaks down the details of the Obama tax deal and what it means for you.

Another sexual assault was reported in Kensington late Monday.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 4:39 PM

Committee of Seventy has put out a post-election report on ways to improve Philly elections. Among their suggestions are an updated website and tougher oversight on electioneering.

You can read their reccommendations here.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 4:30 PM

In the wake of news that election official Renee Tartaglione had been fined for ethical violations, Mayor Nutter today said he supported a full review of the elected city commissioners.

“I would still suggest that is an office that needs to be fully examined for what they do, how they do it,” Nutter said of the office, which runs Election Day operations. The commissioners are among the row offices that good government groups have called to be abolished.

As to when any kind of examination might happen, Nutter said: “I don’t have a date certain. It is certainly something on our radar screen.”

POSTED: Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 2:28 PM

As many Democrats in Washington attack the tax plan President Obama struck with Republicans last night, Mayor Nutter stood up today in defense of the deal.

"If you're one of the 18,000 Philadelphians or 2 million Americans whose benefits were about to run out, you're probably pretty happy about that," Nutter said.

The agreement would extend Bush era tax cuts for all Americans, not just households making $250,000 or below, as Obama had wanted. But Obama would get an extension of unemployment benefits throgh the end of 2011.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 1:37 PM
Renee Tartaglione Matos

State Rep. Angel Cruz, responding to news that Deputy City Commissioner Renee Tartaglione Matos retired last month after the Philadelphia Board of Ethics accused her of City Charter violations, today claimed that she and her mother, City Commission Chairwoman Marge Tartaglione, have targeted him for eight years because they consider him and other Hispanic officials to be a political threat to her sister, state Sen. Christine Tartaglione.  Cruz also revealed that the state Attorney General's Office issued subpoenas today to six City Democratic Committee members loyal to him after spending two months asking questions about how his nominating petitions were circulated in advance of the May primary election.

Cruz provided reporters with a Nov. 12 letter he received from the Board of Ethics, confirming that he filed the complaint that led to Tartaglione Matos being investigated.  Cruz said he used his cell phone camera to take her picture at a Democratic Committee meeting as state Rep. Frank Oliver, the treasurer, handed her checks to be used to pay election day workers.  That, Cruz said, prompted a string of curses from Tartaglione Matos.  Cruz said he turned the pictures over to the Board of Ethics.

Tartaglione Matos, who was prohibited by the City Charter from engaging in political activity, last month admitted to collecting money and printing up campaign materials to challenger Cruz and his supporters from 2007 to 2009.  You can read the settlement agreement she reached with the Board of Ethics here.  Tartaglione Matos, who turned 55 on Oct. 31, retired on Nov. 16, four days after being contacted by the Board of Ethics, and now receives a pension of $4,237 per month.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 11:11 AM

Turns out that Renee Tartaglione resigned for blatant ethical violations.

New sketch released of the Kensington strangler.

Are Philly's historic properties in danger?

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