Archive: July, 2008
Catherine LuceyAccording to PoliticsPa, the GOP opponent to U.S. Rep. Jack Murtha out-fundraised him by half a million bucks in the second quarter. With more than thirty years representing Western PA in the House of Representatives, Murtha will likely be able to squash this guy, but it's worth keeping an eye on the race...
Yes, 27-year-old State Rep. Tony Payton is featured today in the Daily News' Sexy Singles. But before you email him, check up on what he's looking for, because his standards are high. Payton wants a woman who's attractive AND can hold a conversation.
Catherine LuceyGov. Rendell says a quarter of the nation's bridges need repairs. Officials say the South Street bridge is a priority.
The former principal of Roman Catholic High School has been named in a sex abuse complaint.
The editorial board applauds the state government for posing contracts and grants online.
Catherine LuceyDan Urevick-Ackelsberg's quest for public access to online election returns is moving ahead.
Political activist Urevick-Ackelsberg, who writes on YoungPhillyPolitics, and Ed Goppelt, of Hallwatch, started a fax campaign ten days ago, asking people to fax letters to the city commissioners -- who control elections -- requesting access to the password-protected election returns website.
(Currently only a shortlist of bigwigs can access the site. Urevick-Ackelsberg was granted a password after appealing to the city solicitor. He hopes that if enough people request passwords, the city may be forced to create a public site.)
Gov. Rendell ardently supported Sen. Hillary Clinton during the Pennsylvania Primary Election, saying the election wasn’t about picking a “rock star” and questioning whether some Pennsylvania residents are prepared to elect an African-American.
But since Obama won the primary, the Guv has signed on with his campaign and this morning appeared on a conference call with Obama staffers to tout outreach plans for the state. Rendell pumped up the Obama candidacy throughout the call.
“I am confident that we will win this state…Obama is so much more on message for working Americans than John McCain," Rendell said
Catherine LuceyFour killed, five wounded in weekend of violence.
The Editorial Board warns that short term labor contracts leave a lot of work to be done.
Yes, it's Sexy Singles time.
Catherine LuceyMayor Nutter has repeatedly skirted questions about whether the new labor-management healthcare committee -- which the police and blue collar workers have joined as part of their 1-year contract deals -- will try to merge the four union health plans.
There is widespread speculation that Nutter wants short contracts so that this committee can find a way to consolidate the plans -- a move the union bosses adamantly oppose. Nutter says they're just going to review all possible options to lower costs.
We got a copy of the District Council 33 tentative contract deal, which has a lengthy section on the new committee. One section, headed "Objectives," lists some things the committee is encouraged to consider. Among them? Consolidation.