Archive: September, 2013
Sean Collins Walsh
In a City Hall press conference, Mayor Nutter talked up tonight's launch of health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," and took shots at Republicans who are threatening to shutdown the federal government tomorrow if the law is not delayed or gutted.
"In my personal opinion, it is virtually un-American," Nutter, a Democrat, said of what's going in Washington. "It's about hate. It's about fear."
Nutter called shutting down the federal government "madness" but said it's not too late to be averted before midnight, when the last appropriations bill approved by Congress expires.
Sean Collins Walsh
A special City Council panel created in the wake of the Center City building collapse that killed six people in June today released a report calling for stricter oversight and new licensing requirements for contractors, as well as increased resources for the Department of Licenses & Inspections.
The committee, which held five hearings this summer, produced 71 recommendations, from creating a new licensing category for demolitions to requiring property owners’ signatures on permit forms.
Majority Leader Curtis Jones Jr. led the panel, which emphasized the difference between demolitions managed by the city and those by private contractors.
State Treasurer Rob McCord is scheduled to make announcements on both ends of the state Tuesday about his plans for the already crowded 2014 Democratic primary election for governor. Since McCord registered the "McCord for Governor" political action committee on June 10, we're betting he's getting in when he speaks at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell and then a union hall in Pittsburgh.
Why now? Well some of the top tier candidates -- U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former state Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, former state Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty -- are already getting plenty of media attention for their campaigns. And the Pennsylvania Democratic Party is hosting its Jefferson Jackson Dinner in King of Prussia on Friday. McCord probably wants to drum up support for his campaign there.
McCord's political team added Sadie Sterner Restivo, former campaign manager for Attorney General Kathleen Kane and a political advisor to U.S. Senator Bob Casey, two weeks ago. She's serving as a senior advisor.
U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the U.S. House majority leader, interrupted a 10th grade geography lesson during a tour of Freire Charter School in Center City this morning before delivering a speech that jumped all over the political map.
Cantor, a Virginia Republican, came to Philadelphia to complain about federal education funding policy in Washington D.C. and to call out U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for a lawsuit the U.S. Department of Justice filed last month against the state of Louisiana.
The Justice Department wants to stop Louisiana from using public school money to pay for private school tuition in nearly half of that state's school districts since they remain under a federal desegregation order.
It's a sad day for us here at PhillyClout because it's Jan Ransom's last as a reporter with the Philadelphia Daily News.
Jan, a Queens native and Howard grad, is returning to her hometown to write for the New York Daily News, covering uptown Manhattan.
She worked for the Philadelphia Daily News for three years, including two in the City Hall bureau, and she kicked butt the whole time. We'll miss her.
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski was forced today to dial back his claim of support in the 2014 Democratic primary election from former Gov. Ed Rendell. That comes after Rendell made clear last week that he is not endorsing any candidate in that election.
The Pawlowski campaign sent an email to the media at 7:06 a.m. with a headline that claimed Rendell had hosted a party for him Thursday evening at the Ballard Spahr law firm in Center City, raising more than $50,000. The email said the fundraiser was for Pawlowski's gubernatorial campaign.
"I was honored that the governor would host a fundraising event for me, and I greatly appreciate his friendship and support," the email quoted Pawlowski as saying.
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum says he wants to help Gov. Corbett win a second term. Santorum, speaking this weekend at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Mo., said he has not been asked to help the Corbett campaign but "certainly" intends to play a role in the 2014 election, according to TheRun2016.com.
"Tom’s been a strong governor," said Santorum, who is likely to make another run for president in 2016. "The state of Pennsylvania’s actually doing very well under his leadership. We haven’t seen any tax increases since he’s been there. You’ve seen economic growth better than the national average. You’ve seen unemployment rates lower than the national average. He’s been very, very effective in controlling spending and fostering economic growth."
Mike Barley, Corbett's campaign manager, said Santorum has been impressed with Corbett's record on the state budget, job creation and reforming Harrisburg's government.
State Senators Tina Tartaglione and Vincent Hughes today tried to rally support for legislation to increase the minimum wage in Pennsylvania from $7.25 to $9 per hour by 2015.
The Philadelphia Democrats insisted the proposal, introduced in April, was not dead-on-arrival in a Republican controlled General Assembly that flatly rejected a similar effort two years ago.
Tartaglione cited legislation she successfully pushed in 2006, which raised the minimum wage in the state to $7.15 in 2007. "Little by little, we were able to change the mindset of folks," Tartaglione said.