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POSTED: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 6:48 PM

The City Planning Commission has been working on a new comprehensive plan for the city which includes an analysis of municipal facilities, recommendations for future land use and infrastructure improvements that can incite development.

In June, the Commission adopted a citywide vision known as Philadelphia 2035. The last citywide plan was done 50 years ago, said Gary Jastrab, executive director of the City Planning Commission. The new plan will be in conjunction with the latest zoning code, slated to take effect in August.

During a special meeting today, the Commission presented two of 18 draft plans with over 70 recommendations for the West Park district which includes West Fairmount Park, City Avenue and Parkside. There were roughly 100 recommendations for the Lower South district which covers the Navy Yard, stadium complex and the Sunoco refinery.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 5:26 PM

A Pennsylvania political mystery has been solved.  Just how much family money has Kathleen Kane, a former Lackawanna County assistant district attorney, put into her campaign for state Attorney General?  The answer: $502,000 in donations and a $1.75 million loan.

Kane had $2,009,911 in the bank as of Dec. 31, according to a state campaign finance report due today.  That's just about double the tally for her opponent in the April 24 Democratic primary election, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, who reported having $1,043,016 in the bank.

Kane put in $2,000 of her own money while her husband, who helps run his family's trucking company in northeastern Pennsylvania, put in $500,000 and loaned the campaign $1.75 million.  Family and friends who also work at the company put in another $50,000.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 3:56 PM

Federal Election Commission campaign fiance reports due today show that U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. is neck-and-neck in fund-raising with Republican Tom Smith, the former owner of a coal company from the Pittsburgh area.  Smith reports that he has $4,485,000 in the bank -- much of it loaned to himself -- as of Dec. 31.  Casey, according to his campaign, has $4,347,000 in the bank.

With Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason predicting last week that a candidate will need $15 million to $20 million to challenge Casey's bid for a second term, that would seem to give Smith a leg up in his party, which endorsed Chester County businessman Steven Welch this weekend at a meeting in Hershey.  Welch's campaign says he has about $1 million on hand.

The seven-man GOP primary field is a story of the haves and have-nots.  Former state Rep. Sam Rohrer, who advocated for no party endorsement, has $68,917 in the bank.  Camp Hill attorney Marc Scaringi has just $2,935 in cash with $39,000 in debt.  We're waiting on reports from candidates David Christian, John Kensinger and Tim Burns.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 12:47 PM

Jimmie Moore, the former Philadelphia Municipal Court judge challenging U.S. Rep. Bob Brady for the 1st Congressional District in the April 24 Democratic primary election, just called on the U.S. Army National Guard to be deployed in the streets of the city to combat crime.

Brady, through a spokesman, declined to comment on Moore's call.

UPDATE, 5:40 pm: Mark McDonald, a spokesman for Mayor Nutter, calls Moore's call for the National Guard deployment "a misguided proposal by a political candidate in search of media attention."

POSTED: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 12:30 PM

This is probably not what former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the underdog in today's Florida primary election for president, needed right now.  Rude Music Inc., which owns the rights to the Survivor song "Eye of the Tiger," sued Gingrich yesterday for blaring the song at campaign events, including a stop in Doylestown in September.

The song, famous for its use in the film Rocky III, can be found on the web site Gingrich is using the Republican primary election race for president, according to the federal suit filed in Illinois, where the music company is based.  The suit says Gingrich's web site described how in Doylestown he "entered the packed Moose lodge for a speech as the song 'pulsed'."

The suit also said Gingrich is "sophisticated and knowledgeable" about copyright laws since he is the author of more than 40 copyrighted works -- including documentaries, books and audio books.  It cites Gingrich saying this during a recent debate, in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act:

POSTED: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 12:01 PM

State House Speaker Sam Smith is asking a federal court to prevent the use of district boundaries drawn in 2001 for state House and Senate seats being used in this year's election.  Smith, in a lawsuit filed against the Pennsylvania Secretary of State, says using the old boundaries would "violate the voting rights of Pennsylvania citizens" because they are based on the 2000 census and populations in the districts have shifted since then.

Smith is on the hot seat here because, as speaker, he must call special elections for six state House seats that are vacant.  Three of them are in Philadelphia. The 169th District House seat in Northeast Philly and the 186th District House seat in South Philly became vacant this week when Denny O'Brien and Kenyatta Johnson became a City Council members.  The 197th District House seat opened up when Jewell Williams became Philadelphia Sheriff.

The state Supreme Court last week tossed out the Legislative Reapportionment Commission's plan to redraw district lines based on the 2010 Census.  That has lead to speculation, fired by Supreme Court Justice Max Baer's comments last week to Capitolwire, that the 2001 lines will be used this year.

POSTED: Monday, January 30, 2012, 1:27 PM

As we told you Friday, we here at PhillyClout have always had an appreciation for the city's political relics. We suspect you feel the same way. So we want to help you get your hands on one.

Behold: The official City Hall office baseball bat of former nine-term City Commission Chairwoman Marge Tartaglione.

This very-well-used 34-inch Adirondack, left behind when Tartaglione left office this month, can be yours if you correctly answer three questions about her.

  1. In what year was Tartaglione arrested and accused of illegally moving voting machines?
  2. Tartaglione was referred to in the 1980s by some political wags as one of the city's three "Boom-Boom Sisters." Who were the two others?
  3. To whom did Tartaglione pose this question during a City Commission meeting: "Are you finished? Then wipe yourself."?
You can win the City Hall office baseball bat of former City Commission Chairwoman Marge Tartaglione.
POSTED: Monday, January 30, 2012, 10:48 AM

Meet Joe Stanfa, who owns a pizza shop where his mafia-boss dad used to meet and on one occasion, shoot.

A Greyhound terminal in Center City was robbed at gunpoint, $21,500 was taken.

Rick Santorum’s daughter is recovering from pneumonia.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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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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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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