Archive: September, 2008
The Committee of 70, the city's elections watchdog, responded to Mayor Nutter's announcement of a new task force yesterday with a mix of enthusiasm and disappointment. Nutter has selected a group of people, including Committee of 70 CEO Zack Stalberg, to appoint the task force, which will examine the city's existing and proposed regulations and laws on campaign finance and ethics.
Here's the full Committee of 70 response:
Chris BrennanGov. Rendell kicked off a massive rally for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama in southwest Philly this afternoon that featured the Democratic nominee’s wife, Michelle Obama.
PhillyClout's Catherine Lucey reports that Rendell asked the crowd at Francis Myers Recreation Center if they had seen the Emmy Awards, noting that actress Laura Linney had spoken about the power of community organizers when she accepted an award for the HBO miniseries John Adams.
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin negatively referenced community organizers during her speech at the Republican Convention.
As the Daily News predicted last week, Mayor Nutter today announced a new task force to examine city rules and laws on ethics and campaign finance. Nutter and eight other government and civic leaders will pick the task force's members.
Here is the full text of Nutter's press release on the subject:
Catherine LuceyWe just got a copy of an invite to a "Girlfriends" fundraiser for state Sen. Vincent Hughes, hosted by his wife actress Sheryl Lee Ralph and other female supporters. It's at NY Loft at 23rd and Chestnut streets tonight at 6 p.m.
The very pink invitation (the "fun" in fundraiser is highlighted in hot pink) promises mini makeovers and salsa dance instructions. It doesn't say anything about putting on silk jammies and having a pillow fight, but maybe that's the late night plan.
The invite also reads "Which Girlfriend are You?" and then lists different donation amounts. For $10,000 you'll be a "glam goddess." But $250 means you're just a "fly girl." And we thought money couldn't buy class...
Mayor Nutter, speaking at City Hall this morning, said anyone helping criminals like the gunman who killed a Philadelphia Police officer yesterday needs to know the city will now come after them. Nutter confirmed that investigators are questioning a woman who was driving the car yesterday stopped by Officer Patrick McDonald, who was then shot to death by her passenger. That passenger, Daniel Giddings, had outstanding criminal warrants. Giddings was killed in a gun battle with another officer, Richard Bowes, who was wounded in the leg.
"This person, who was determined not to be caught, we see what the end result was," Nutter said of Giddings. "We have to change the culture that folks think that it is somehow OK to shoot Philadelphia Police officers."
This doesn't end with the death of Giddings, Nutter added. Anyone knowingly helping a criminal is committing a crime, he said.
PhillyClout's Catherine Lucey takes a look at Obama's attendance record here in Philly as his wife comes to town.
Mayor Nutter's administration cracks down on the use of city cars and where they are parked.
After nearly a week of heat and hype, Fox 29 News last night aired its report on Latrice Bryant, City Councilman's W. Wilson Goode Jr.'s chief legislative aide. You may remember that Bryant, unhappy that Fox 29 had followed her around secretly for 10 days during the summer to see if she was attending to personal business while logged in as working at her City Hall office, flashed a few signs in City Council last week calling the station a bunch of racists.
No surprise: The Committee of 70 says Goode should do a better job monitoring the work hours of his employees. Bit of a surprise: Councilman Frank Rizzo went on the record to criticize Goode about Bryant.
Here's the report, aired last night on the Fox 29 News at 10 p.m.