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POSTED: Friday, August 31, 2012, 11:35 AM

DN columnists weigh in on the Republican National Convention. John Baer says Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s speech was a mix of hit and miss. Stu Bykofsky says Romney met the GOP’s low expectations and Will Bunch wants to know where are the facts?

This week’s PhillyClout gives you an A-to-Z guide to the Democratic National Convention which kicks off Monday in Charlotte, N.C.

The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole will investigation why Rafael Jones who allegedly gunned down Officer Moses Walker was on the streets after he violated probation.

POSTED: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 7:45 AM

Chris Brennan has another dose of RNC Clout, which examines Paul Ryan's fondness for hunting. (http://bit.ly/PSh98d)

Will Bunch weighs in on Ryan's speech from last night (http://bit.ly/N1gQdp), while Jon Baer revisits memories of John McCain. (http://bit.ly/SX3tfk)

The firefighters union has a thing or two to say about Mayor Nutter and the upcoming Made in America concert. (http://bit.ly/TyDrfS)

POSTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 1:26 PM

Mayor Nutter heads off to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC next week, where he’ll be one of the featured speakers on the program.

As always at PhillyClout, we wanted to get down to brass tacks. How much will this trip cost taxpayers?

For Nutter, nothing. His travel will be paid for by his campaign fund, as well as by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, of which he is president. But the city will be on the hook for the five staffers accompanying Nutter – mayoral aides Lauren Walker and Tumar Alexander, as well as three members of the mayor’s police detail. That means airfare, hotels and meals for all those people.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 10:21 AM

Appealing to women voters has been a key theme of this presidential race. But who are the journalists writing those stories?

Last night at the Republican National Convention, Ann Romney tried to sell her husband Mitt as a presidential candidate to women, noting his devotion to his family and support during her battles with illness. The GOP has more women speakers lined up, including former Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice tonight, as they try to pitch to women that their economic policies will be better for women and families.

Meanwhile, the Democrats have been hammering the Republicans on issues like abortion rights and access to contraception, hoping to gain an advantage among undecided women. Yesterday, here in Philly, Actress Tatyana Ali, Councilwoman Marian Tasco and others gathered at the Pennsylvania Democratic Party headquarters to kick off what they’re calling the “Romney-Ryan: Wrong for Women” week.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 9:20 AM

Ron Paul supporters get rowdy at the GOP Convention.

Will Bunch reports that Rick Santorum's critique of President Obama's welfare-to-work program is untrue.

John Baer contrasts last night's convention speeches from Ann Romney and NJ Gov. Chris Christie.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 9:56 AM

John Baer notes that Gov. Corbett is heading Pennsylvania's delegation to the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week but not exactly playing a starring role for the national party.

Will Bunch views the RNC through the lens of the Democratic National Convention in Miami in 1972.

Your Clout round-up of the RNC and related events on Monday:  Tom Smith, the Republican nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. for his seat, channels U.S. Rep. Todd Akin on rape and pregnancy.  Plus, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum prepares to go after President Obama on welfare program changes tonight in an RNC speech, Americans for Prosperity won't say if they are dropping for good the television commercials used to attack Obama in Pennsylvania and don't count out Donald Trump for an RNC appearance.  There are, after all, television cameras there.

POSTED: Monday, August 27, 2012, 8:49 PM

Everybody's high on consolation.  Everybody's trying tell me what is right for me. But Hall and Oates Fans For America is gone, oh I, oh I, oh I.  I better learn how to face it.

We told you last week about a waiter from Atlanta who was astounded at how easy it is to register a Super PAC, a political action committee able to raise unlimited amounts of money.  William Hansmann and his friends decided to form Hall and Oates Fans for America and use some of the band's music to parody Mitt Romney, who will be named the Republican nominee for president Thursday.

The manager for Hall and Oates just told us the band has been in contact with the Super PAC founders about the "unauthorized use" of the band's name.  Both sides amicably agreed to dissolve the Super PAC, which has not raised any money, band manager Jonathan Wolfson writes in an email.


POSTED: Monday, August 27, 2012, 3:56 PM

Chuck Todd of MSNBC tweeted this morning that Americans for Prosperity, the conservative non-profit linked to billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, is pulling from the airwaves in Pennsylvania the television commercials it has been running to criticize President Obama's record.

Here's the tweet: "Americans for Prosperity (the Koch group) has canceled the rest of their PA TV ad buy. Still up in other swing states including MN and NM."

Ben LaBolt, Obama's national campaign press secretary, quickly re-tweeted Todd's claim.

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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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