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POSTED: Monday, May 10, 2010, 11:00 AM

This could be shaping up to be a rough week on all sides for U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, in advance of next Tuesday's Democratic primary election.  President Obama Solicitor nominated General Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court this morning.

The campaign of U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, Specter's primary opponent, along with the National Republican Senatorial Committee immediately noted that Specter voted against Kagan last year when she was nominated for Solicitor General.  That was just before Specter jumped from the GOP to the Democratic Party, saying he did not want his record judged by conservative primary voters.

And now former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, who narrowly lost to Specter in the 2004 GOP primary, is going up with his first statewide television campaign commercial, heavy on the theme of more jobs and less government.  Toomey, sitting with his kids in the commercial, says "future generations deserve better."  That looks like a veiled shot at Specter's age -- 80 -- as he seeks a sixth six-year term in office.

Toomey Generations from Pat Toomey on Vimeo.

POSTED: Monday, May 10, 2010, 10:24 AM

Starting in 2012, police will beef up the requirements needed to apply for the academy.

John Baer writes on the "uncivil war" raging in the Democratic senate primary between Arlen Specter and Joe Sestak.

Check out these profiles of GOP gubanatorial candidates Tom Corbett and Sam Rohrer.

POSTED: Friday, May 7, 2010, 12:36 PM

In this week's visit to the archives, we found an old story about Milton Street, the former mayor's brother, who in 2008 was sentenced to 30 months in prison for tax evasion. Check it out:

Thursday, May 07, 1981

State Sen. T. Milton Street - whose North Philadelphia Block Development Corp. is the center of a district attorney's office investigation into alleged double-dipping - himself was accused of being a double-dipper last night by Channel 3's I-Team, which reported that he collected some $14,000 in welfare payments between 1970 and 1978 while running a profitable street vending business.

The investigative team also said Street owes more than $36,000 in unpaid state and city taxes dating back to 1970, most of which stem from his vending operation.

POSTED: Friday, May 7, 2010, 10:13 AM

Check out our special section on the 25th anniversary of the MOVE bombing.

Clout investigates the history of the phrase "think outside the box."

Gary Barbera faces jail time for tax fraud.

POSTED: Thursday, May 6, 2010, 12:21 PM

In today’s installment of “As the Budget World Turns,” Mayor Nutter has indicated to Council that he would be prepared to cut an additional $17 million from next year’s budget to help plug a projected hole of up to $150 million.

Nutter’s Chief of Staff Clay Armbrister sent a letter to Council, offering to cut:

  • $5.5 million from the prisons budget
  • $3 million in police overtime
  • $3.5 million by changing vehicle financing
  • $4 million by removing a contingency fund for emergencies
  • $1 million from Council’s budget

Nutter said that any further cuts would severely impact services, saying: “we’ve gone over many of the suggestions and thoughts and recommendations. Many of the other ideas are not particularly feasible.”

POSTED: Thursday, May 6, 2010, 12:15 PM

U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak is up with a new campaign ad, linking U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter to former President George W. Bush, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.  Sestak starts the commercial with this message:  "I'm Joe Sestak, the Democrat. I authorized this message."

We're guessing someone in the Sestak campaign has been eager to use a clip of Specter, who left the Republican Party in April 2009 because he didn't want his five terms in the Senate to be judged by that party's primary voters.  The clip, used twice in this ad, has Specter saying, "My change in party will enable me to be re-elected."  Specter voices a very special emphasis on the word "re-elected."

The ad features a rally from the 2004 Republican primary election, when Bush called Specter a "firm ally" while Santorum looks on approvingly.  The ad wraps up with a picture of Specter after he endorsed Palin in 2008 for vice president on a ticket led by U.S. Sen. John McCain. The ad's kicker -- "Arlen Specter changed parties to save one job -- his, not yours."

POSTED: Thursday, May 6, 2010, 11:29 AM

Seven of City Council's 17 members, along with District Attorney Seth Williams, gathered outside City Hall this morning to endorse state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams in the May 18 Democratic primary election for governor. They all had nice things to say about Williams and his policies on education reform, economic development and illegal gun control. But the real message was this:  Philadelphia loses if its residents don't turn out to vote in two weeks.

"I recognize that too many Philadelphians don't even know we have an election on May 18," said Seth Williams, who called the senator a friend and mentor. "So I'm urging all of you who can hear my voice to do all you can to make sure Philadelphians ... vote on May 18 so that their voices are heard and they elect the person who will best serve the city of Philadelphia and the needs of the rest of the state of Pennsylvania."

City Council President Anna Verna -- along with colleagues Darrell Clarke, Bill Greenlee, Marian Tasco, Maria Quinones Sanchez, W. Wilson Goode Jr. and Donna Reed Miller -- echoed that message.  "I know people are saying: Oh, what's the difference?" Verna said. "You're fooling yourself. Don't delude yourself that your vote is not important."

POSTED: Thursday, May 6, 2010, 11:06 AM

City Council gave a shout-out to PhillyClout’s new bosses today, passing a resolution welcoming the new owners of the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Councilman Jim Kenney sponsored the resolution.

A coalition of senior lenders won the papers in an auction last week, beating out current CEO Brian Tierney, who bought the papers with a group of local investors in 2006.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to
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