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Archive: April, 2011

POSTED: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 11:46 AM

Want to be a citizen spy fighting against government misconduct? All you need is an iPhone.

City Controller Alan Butkovitz just unveiled a new iPhone app that allows citizens to report fraud or government misconduct directly to the Controller's fraud unit.

"Our Philly WatchDog app allows citizens to play a crucial role in protecting their tax dollars by reporting fraud, waste and abuse," Butkovitz said today during a press conference.


POSTED: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 9:23 AM

Former Mayor John Street changed his registration to Independent yesterday, leaving open the possibility that he could run for mayor in the general election.

We break down the race for the 2nd Councilmanic District.

Closing arguments show ex-police inspector Daniel Castro -- who is accused of extortion -- in different lights.

POSTED: Monday, April 18, 2011, 3:55 PM

Is this odd election season about to turn even stranger?  Former Mayor John Street visited the Philadelphia City Commission offices today to switch his voter registration from Democrat to independent.  That follows former mayoral candidate Tom Knox, who switched from Democrat to independent last Thursday.

Knox, who toyed with running as an independent for mayor in the November general election but endorsed Nutter in February, told us he changed his registration so that he could run as an independent if T. Milton Street Sr. -- John Street's brother -- wins the Democratic primary.

“Just in the case of the long-shot that Milton Street beats Michael Nutter, I will then run,” Knox said, adding that he still supports Nutter and will go back to being a Democrat if he wins the primary.

POSTED: Monday, April 18, 2011, 12:38 PM

Mayor Nutter’s endorsement today by the Guardian Civic League got a little dirty.

The group – which represents 2,500 active and retired African-American police officers – gave their backing to Nutter on Girard Avenue, near 15th. It happened to be trash day on that block. And the sanitation workers out there were not fans of the mayor.

The workers kept running their trash compactor during the event and one worker kept yelling: “We want a contract, we want a contract, we want a contract.”



POSTED: Monday, April 18, 2011, 9:53 AM

Just weeks after the city's spring cleanup, we revisit some of the featured sites and find many are trashy again.

DN Columnist Butt Buster gets a PennDot promise to fix potholes on Passyunk.

We start breaking down the competitive City Council races.

POSTED: Sunday, April 17, 2011, 1:13 PM

Sources tell PhillyClout that former City Controller Jonathan Saidel is set to endorse Bobby Henon in the race for the 6th Councilmanic District.

Henon, the political director for the powerful electricians union Local 98, has already won the backing of former Gov. Ed Rendell. Saidel is a popular figure in the Northeast 6th District.

The news comes in the wake of a report in today's Inquirer that Mayor Nutter plans to endorse Henon's opponent, Marty Bednarek. Bednarek sent out a press release touting an event with Nutter tomorrow at the Art Museum.

POSTED: Sunday, April 17, 2011, 12:36 PM

Over the past few months, City Commissioner Marge Tartaglione has been under fire from primary challenger Stephanie Singer for her participation in the controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan.

Tartaglione – as it is now well known – enrolled in the retirement perk, but then ran for re-election in 2007 anyway. She “retired” for a day and took a six-figure payment from DROP in 2008, before being rehired to serve her 9th term. Now she's running for a tenth term.

Singer, a Democratic ward leader, has been hammering Tartaglione on DROP and we recently came across a flyer the campaign has been sending out around town, which shows a photo of a wizened-looking Tartaglione and features the following text: “Marge Tartaglione took $308,625 of YOUR MONEY.”

POSTED: Friday, April 15, 2011, 10:37 AM

Mayoral candidate T. Milton Street wants a debate with Mayor Nutter.

City Council and the Mayor yesterday approved legislation that will close a campaign finance loophole.

A daughter of former Councilman Angel Ortiz was grazed by a bullet during a hold-up attempt.

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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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