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Archive: May, 2009

POSTED: Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 4:38 PM
Leonard Luchko (DAVID SWANSON / Staff)

One of former state Sen. Vince Fumo's computer technicians was sentenced today to two and a half years in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to wipe clean office computers of e-mails being sought by federal prosecutors.  Leonard Luchko pleaded guilty and was expected to testify during Fumo's trial but prosecutors decided to not call him to the stand after they learned he had been keeping in contact with Fumo.

Here's the media release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

For Immediate Release May 20, 2009

POSTED: Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 4:07 PM

Mayor Nutter just officially endorsed Seth Williams, who yesterday won the District Attorney primary election.

"It's certainly a new day and we're going to have a new DA," Nutter said, echoing Williams' campaign message. At a press conference outside his City Hall office, Nutter pledged that if Williams was elected in the general election, the two would work together to make the city safer.

Nutter endorsed another candidate just before the primary -- former City Councilman Dan McElhatton, who came in third in the five-way DA race.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 12:36 PM

Check out these releases from the U.S. Department of Transportation:

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces $62.9 Million in Federal Recovery Act Funds to Pay for Improvements to Philadelphia’s Transit System

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will receive $62.9 Million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds for several capital projects.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 9:00 AM

Ok, we've got all the post election stories right here.

Here's a look at the kind of District Attorney we'll have under Democrat Seth Williams or Republican Michael Untermeyer.

City Controller Alan Butkovitz cruises to an easy victory in the Democratic Primary. He'll take on Republican Al Schmidt in the general election.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 7:00 AM

So not all the winners and losers were on the ballot yesterday. Chris Brennan takes a look at the election fallout in today's Daily News. Here are two of his picks:

WINNER

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady: Brady cracked the whip with his ward leaders seven weeks ago, warning them about supporting judicial candidates not endorsed by the City Democratic Committee. Five of seven endorsed candidates for Common Pleas Court prevailed last night. Three of four endorsed candidates for Municipal Court also won. That was the best showing for a party-endorsed slate in years.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 11:07 PM

We just caught the victorious Seth Williams, who won tonight's Democratic primary election for District Attorney, on Action News on 6ABC.

"Philadelphians have chosen hope over fear," Williams said. He added that the race had been tough, referring to the aggressive campaigning by Dan McCaffery. "It was very difficult for my family to have someone spend 500,000 to attack us."

POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 10:17 PM

PhillyClout at 10:15 p.m. is calling the District Attorney Democratic primary for Seth Williams. With 88 percent of precincts of reporting, Williams had 39.7 percent of the vote. He was 7500 votes ahead of his closest opponent.

Williams, a former city Inspector General who launched an unsuccessful Democratic bid for DA four years ago, faced four opponents in the primary race. The results are listed below:

MCELHATTON, DANIEL P DEMOCRATIC 14453 15.29 %
TURNER, MICHAEL L DEMOCRATIC 8043 8.51 %
GRADY, BRIAN DEMOCRATIC 4420 4.68 %
WILLIAMS, R SETH DEMOCRATIC 37565 39.74 %
MCCAFFERY, DANIEL DEMOCRATIC 30033 31.77
 

POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 9:50 PM

Ok, 75 percent of precincts are reporting. You've got the number of votes and then the percentage. We've bolded the leader in each category.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

MCELHATTON, DANIEL P DEMOCRATIC 12384 15.59 %
TURNER, MICHAEL L DEMOCRATIC 6588 8.30 %
GRADY, BRIAN DEMOCRATIC 3655 4.60 %
WILLIAMS, R SETH DEMOCRATIC 29859 37.60 %
MCCAFFERY, DANIEL DEMOCRATIC 26922 33.90 %
 

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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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