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POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 3:34 PM

North Philly residents and developers packed City Hall Council chambers today to testify on a proposal that would establish a Neighborhood Improvement District near Temple.

The measure came after City Council President Darrell Clarke said he received complaints about trash, Temple students partying into the night and developers dumping construction debris in the area.

Clarke said the District would help pay for additional services including security, streetscaping and cleaning services. Landlords would be asked to pay up to an additional 10 percent fee real-estate tax to fund the district.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 3:13 PM

Updated: The original version of this post said this group was going to fight the law. In fact, it's an educational effort.

This just in from the Committee of Seventy:


POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 2:29 PM

In case you've been waiting with baited breath:


Boston, MA – Today, Pennsylvania Republican leaders and elected officials announced their support for Mitt Romney. The Pennsylvania leaders and elected officials include new endorsements from Congressmen Bill Shuster and Charlie Dent.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 1:56 PM

Tax policy activist Brett Mandel has weighed in on Mayor Nutter's budget plan with an essay posted on The Philly Post. In his piece, Mandel argues that the city should make the shift to a market value-based assessment system revenue-neutral.

Mandel says: "the Mayor’s proposed back-door tax increase could generate such opposition that it will undermine the critical efforts to make Philadelphia real estate taxation fair and accurate."

Under Nutter's plan, the shift to the "Actual Value Initiative" would effectively make permanent two temporary property tax hikes and would bring in $90 million in additional revenue on top of that next year for the school district. The Nutter administration has argued that this is not a tax hike because they are capturing the rise in real estate values.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 10:23 AM

What caused Brian Grady, a top deputy to District Attorney Seth Williams, to leave his job?  Was it a dispute at a Center City bar, where police were called?

The Philadelphia School District seeks an anti-Ackerman to lead the way.

City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. plans in introduce legislation Thursday to improve public oversight of the Philadelphia Police Department.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 9:18 AM

The Republicans are coming to Pennsylvania any day now. We just got this release from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Any guesses on who the endorsments are?

Romney for President Announces Pennsylvania Endorsements

Boston, MA – Today, Romney for President will hold a press conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to announce endorsements. The following event is open to the press:

POSTED: Monday, March 12, 2012, 3:42 PM

Check out this interesting blog post from WHYY's Dave Davies about how to fight back against Super Pac funded ads.

Dave says: Kathleen Hall Jamison of the Annenberg Public Policy Center has seized upon a wrinkle in broadcast regulations to develop a tool aimed at taking down the worst of the Super PAC ads - or at least embarrassing TV stations that are making money from them.

For all the details on that tool, click here.

POSTED: Monday, March 12, 2012, 12:59 PM

State Rep. Babette Josephs ducked and dodged on Thursday as the Liberty City Democratic Club, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, tried to get her to commit to a debate with Brian Sims, her opponent in the April 24 Democratic primary election.  In a video being circulated by Sims, Josephs said she does not make decisions about debates and referred the club to her campaign manager during a candidate forum.

"I’m committed to your discussions with my campaign manager," Josephs said. "I don’t make those kinds of commitments. I am not in control of my schedule. I will not make a commitment here."

Sims, an openly gay attorney active in LGBT issues, served as treasurer for Josephs when she ran for re-election in 2010.  Josephs has represented the 182nd District, which includes a part of Center City known as the "Gayborhood," since 1985.  She told the Liberty City audience that her re-election effort was "not the race to focus on" and that they should instead pay attention to Central Pennsylvania races with openly gay candidates.

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