Archive: September, 2008
Catherine LuceyYes, the much talked about argyle sweater that Mayor Nutter wore in a back-to-school promotional campaign is up for sale on Ebay. Bidding has already reached $132.50. The sale ends on Friday.
Nutter last week dissed the sweater, saying he didn't pick it out and would never wear it again. So local advertising firm Brown Partners, who produced the campaign, have put it up for sale. According to the Ebay listing, all proceeds will go to the Philadelphia Youth Network, an anti-dropout program.
Of course, you could also buy the sweater at Gap for $49.50.
Catherine LuceyCorruption trial of state Sen. Vince Fumo is on hold because the judge is ill.
A bill is near passage in the state legislature that would allow for-profit credit counseling in Pennsylvania. Is it a good idea?
Tina Fey a hit as Sarah Palin on SNL.
Catherine LuceyBarack Obama hasn't campaigned in Philly in months, but he's about to come to town for a very important reason -- fundraising. Invitations are circulating for a cocktail reception and dinner to be held for the Democratic presidential candidate this month.
Because a date has not been set, the invites read: September (TBD), 2008.
The cocktail reception requires a contribution of $2300 or $1000. Sen. Bob Casey, Mayor Nutter and Gov. Rendell are listed as honorary co-chairs of the event and the list of co-chairs and co-hosts is filled with local political heavy hitters. It also shows that dueling factions have come together since the primary. Former Clinton fundraisers Mark Aronchick and are on the list, as are longtime Obama supporters Peter Buttenwieser and Mark Alderman.
There will also be a fundraising dinner at a private home with a heftier price tag. For that event, the invite says you can "write $10,000" or "raise $50,000."
Catherine LuceyThis press release just dropped in our inbox. Those Council members sure know how to have a good time...
***For Immediate Release***
Catherine LuceyRemember failed mayoral candidate Tom Knox, the millionaire businessman who grew up in the projects? He must have enjoyed the political limelight because now he's running for governor. We just got an invite to his first campaign event, a fundraiser at the Park Hyatt on Sept. 25. He also has a website up and running.
In case you've forgotten Knox, here's a link to one of his mayoral ads to jog your memory.
Catherine LuceyJohn Baer questions if Sarah Palin is ready for the big leagues.
Local political consultant compares Palin to Rosanne Barr.
Catherine LuceyMayor Nutter today announced that the city faces a $450 million funding shortfall over the next five years, due to lower than expected business privilege tax revenues and poor performance by the city pension fund.
"National economic problems have come to the front doorstep of the city of Philadelphia," Nutter said. He said that all city departments will be asked to review spending and find places to cut. "Everything is on the table, including the future scheduled tax cuts."
Nutter said all city hires will be closely reviewed from now on. But he called layoffs a last and final resort.