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POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 12:41 PM
Mayor Nutter says he has no doubt who he'll be voting for at the roll call today.

"I’m voting for Sen. Obama, that’s what Sen. Clinton wants and that’s what we’re going to do. People need to move on," said Nutter, who endorsed Clinton in the primary election.

Nutter said an Associated Press story yesterday which quoted him saying "Just tell me what you want me to do," on the roll call issue, took his remarks out of context. Nutter said all he meant was that a lot of delegates were confused about the roll call process. But he stressed that he was always going to vote for Obama.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 11:52 AM
Also straight from John Baer in Denver:

A Pennsylvania woman was selling campaign buttons outside the state delegation breakfast this morning. As Mayor Nutter was leaving the event, she stopped him. "I'd like you to give this to Olivia," she said, handing him a button.

Nutter took the offering for his 13-year-old daughter, which read: "If I was 18, I'd vote for Obama-Biden."

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 11:40 AM
John Baer reports that Gov. Ed Rendell told the Pennsylvania delegation this morning that he would like to say tonight at the convention roll call vote that, under the instructions of Sen. Hillary Clinton, Pennsylvania will cast all of its votes for Sen. Barack Obama.

Rendell asked the delegation to support this move. His request, made at the close of the Pennsylvania delegation breakfast, drew a standing ovation.

The governor, who was an ardent Clinton supporter during the primary election, then told the group that if some Clinton delegates felt they couldn't do this, he would understand.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 10:15 AM
The Obama campaign put out this press release this morning. No word yet on whether there will be a Philly stop....


POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 7:40 AM
Democratic Convention news: John Baer asks if Clinton fans believed her last night when she voiced support for Barack Obama. Will conflict over tonight's roll call vote undo the Democrats? And Gov. Rendell puts his foot in his mouth during an interview with the Washington Post.

More on the Zoning Board decision not to grant Unisys permission to hang giant corporate logos on Two Liberty Place. Does it mean the company won't move to Philly?

Hit and Run deaths are up this year over last year.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 10:03 PM
Gentle giant Sen. Bob Casey just lit the crowd at the Democratic Convention on fire with a passionate speech on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama that took more than a few shots at Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

It was, no doubt, a heady moment for Casey. Just 16 years ago his father, the late Gov. Bob Casey was barred from speaking at the 1992 convention after conflict with the Democratic Party over his anti-abortion views. (John Baer wrote about the troubled history today.) But tonight, Sen. Bob Casey was warmly embraced by the party once again.

First Casey, who endorsed Obama before the Pennsylvania primary election, praised the candidate. He spoke about touring the state together, noting that "everywhere we went the people of Pennsylvania gave him the highest praise they give anyone – he’s one of us."

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 8:07 PM
Gov. Rendell recently took the stage at the Democratic Convention to speak on green energy. The Pennsylvania delegation chanted "Eddie, Eddie!" as he reached the podium.

"Save some of that energy for the next ten weeks," Rendell joked.

Rendell then pledged that the Obama administration would end the country's reliance on foreign oil and would increase the number of green jobs at home.  He also took a number of shots at Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 3:50 PM

Mayor Nutter, who backed U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries, predicted that her fans will go nuts for her prime time speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.  "I would expect that they will be over the top, enthusiastic and within reason completely out of control," Nutter said.

So what about the expectations that some Clinton supporters won't be able to let go or unwilling to switch allegiances to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama?  Will there be booing or calls for her to fight on?  "You might hear a few of those outbursts," said Nutter, who described Democratic party unity like several people trying to get to one Center City location from a starting point in West Philadelphia via the many possible routes available. "People take different routes to get to different places."

As for the role call vote for Clinton tomorrow night, Nutter told the Associated Press he's still waiting for instructions on how he should proceed.

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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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