In Friday's Clout column: state Treasurer Rob McCord disputes a claim from state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams that he would step aside if U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz decides to challenge Gov. Corbett next year. Also, District Attorney Seth Williams squares off with his likely GOP foe for a second term. And 58 potential candidates are interested in three seats on Traffic Court, even though it is very likely the General Assembly will remove those seats as part of a plan to abolish that court.
A federal judge sides with Mayor Nutter after Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police in Philadelphia sought to lift a ban on their members making political contributions through the lodge's PAC. The union says it will appeal.
The Actual Value Initiative, which is readjusting city property tax bills based on a reassessment, is real to residents now that the new bills are arriving. City Council scrambles to deal with the ensuing anger.
Want to know how those new assessments work? This should help.