Sunday, March 29, 2015

POSTED: Friday, March 27, 2015, 8:35 AM
City Commissioner Stephanie Singer is having her petitions put under the scope. (April Saul/File)

City Commissioner Stephanie Singer's tumultuous first term is shaping up to be her last.

Singer had just 996 signatures on nomination petitions at the end of a four-day legal challenge that wrapped up late Thursday.  She needed at least 1,000 signatures from registered Democrats in the city to remain on the May 19 primary election ballot.

Singer's lawyer, Charles Goodwin, said Common Pleas Court Judge Joel Johnson deferred on an order to remove Singer from the ballot, giving her time to file last-minute motions to try to save her campaign.

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 3:31 PM
Isaiah Thomas.

Isaiah Thomas received two public endorsements from sitting council members today for his bid for City Council at-large.

Fourth District Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., and Seventh District Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez both threw support behind Thomas at a rally held at City Hall.

City Controller Alan Butkovitz also attended and endorsed Thomas as did several labor unions.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 9:56 PM

The Williams Way LGBT Community Center was abuzz Wednesday night with mayoral and judicial candidates giving their best elevator pitch to an audience of mostly members and supporters of the LGBT community.

The forum was hosted by the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club, a group that is looking to elect officials who support LGBT issues. Wednesday’s forum is part of Liberty City’s endorsement process for mayoral and judicial candidates.

The judicial candidates had 90 seconds to speak and the mayoral candidates had three minutes. People in the audience could also ask questions to each candidate.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 5:50 PM

Philadelphia 3.0 – the dark money political start-up rumored to be pouring $2 million into the City Council races – is asking for your paperclips and rubber bands.

The group is having a field office opening Tuesday and requesting "house warming" office supply donations ranging from tables and printing toner to clipboards and file folders, according to a Facebook event. 

The gathering is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 31, on the second floor of 35 S. 16th Street.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1:30 PM

Nearly two weeks after several LGBT leaders stood around the William Way Community Center expressing their support for Jim Kenney in the mayoral race, another group of LGBT leaders got together inside the same building to support rival Anthony H. Williams.

Williams said it’s not a division but a difference of opinion.

“There’s no monolithic community,” he said. “There’s no African American vote, Latino vote, LGBT community vote.”

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 10:43 AM

Dog owners of Philadelphia - cough it up.

The City Controller's Office released a report today saying less than five percent of the city's estimated 350,000 dogs have been licensed with the city, as is required under Philadelphia's code.

City Controller Alan Butkovitz said that means more than $5 million goes uncollected every year.

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2015, 6:09 PM
Eva Longoria's political organization is backing Nelson Diaz for mayor. (STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff (left), Aaron Davidson/Getty Images (right))

Could Desperate Housewives star, Eva Longoria come to Philly to stump for Nelson Diaz’ campaign?

That remains to be seen. But the actress’ Latino Victory Fund has added Diaz to a small list of candidates the national group is endorsing this year. Longoria co-founded the group with Henry R. Muñoz III, finance chair for the Democratic National Committee, to get more Latino candidates elected to offices nationwide.

The fund also endorsed Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who is taking on incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago and a city council candidate in Seattle, Lorena González.

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2015, 4:15 PM
City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson

There's only one thing for certain about City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's speech to ex-offenders at a city recreation center Saturday -- he no longer wants to talk about the "plantation mentality."

In the speech, Johnson seemed to strongly inject race into his bid for a second term in the 2nd District Council seat, according to a video posted on Philadelinquency, a web site run by Christopher Sawyer, a Republican running for Sheriff.

The shaky 46-second video focuses mostly on the floor of the Myers Recreation Center as Johnson speaks at the event organized by The International Institute for Advanced Instruction's Gateway to Re-Entry.  Johnson can be seen in the video at one point and can be heard the entire time, though the audio is at times garbled..

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