Friday, February 27, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 2:21 PM
State Rep. Cherelle Parker was charged with DUI in 2011. (File photo)

A state representative and candidate for City Council must spend three days in jail and complete a driver safety course, following a DUI conviction four years ago.

Democratic state Rep. Cherelle Parker, who is running to fill the 9th District Council seat of her former boss and mentor, Councilwoman Marian Tasco, twice appealed the conviction.

This week the state Supreme Court denied a final appeal.

POSTED: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 1:50 PM
Nelson Diaz (left) and Anthony Williams.(STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer)

Out of all the election questionnaires to screw up, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers form shouldn’t have been one of them. At least not for state Sen. Anthony H. Williams, who has long been viewed as the pro-charter candidate because of his support of charter schools and the amount of funding he has received from pro-voucher groups.

But instead of listing education funding or anything related to education, Williams listed the following as his “top three legislative priorities for your term in office”:

1. Mandate annual inspections for day care facilities

POSTED: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 1:08 PM
File photo: T. Milton Street Sr. served terms in the state House and Senate and ran for mayor in 2011. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer

Call it a mayoral race mystery. Just how did former state Sen. T. Milton Street Sr. come to sign the nomination petition for former City Councilman Jim Kenney last week?

Both men are candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor in the May 19 primary election.

Brian Villa, a Democratic committeeman from West Philadelphia's 27th Ward, said he attended a "petition party" last week at Ladder 15, a Center City bar.  Villa said he circulated petitions for Jim Kenney's mayoral campaign, Helen Gym's bid for City Council at-large and Carol Jenkin's bid for City Commission.

POSTED: Friday, February 20, 2015, 5:01 PM
State Rep. Cherelle Parker. (File photo)

State Rep. Cherelle Parker will announce her City Hall bid Saturday. And while she’s already received the blessing of the woman she hopes to replace, Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, Parker said she wants one thing to be clear: she has not been anointed.

“Marian Tasco cannot pass the baton to me,” Parker, a Democrat, said Friday. ‘I’ve got to go to the voters of the Ninth Councilmanic district and earn their support.”

POSTED: Friday, February 20, 2015, 3:04 PM
Mayoral candidate Jim Kenney. (Stephanie Aaronson / Staff Photographer)

The Philadelphia firefighters’ union endorsed former city councilman Jim Kenney for mayor.

Members of Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, which represents more than 4,000 current and retired members of the Philadelphia Fire Department, voted to endorse Kenney at a meeting Thursday night, according to a news release issued by Kenney’s campaign .

"Jim Kenney has been a steadfast ally of firefighters for over two decades," Joe Schulle, union president, said in a statement. "Whether it was fighting for city funding to cover firefighters' HepC medical costs, or opposing brownouts or forced firefighter rotation, Jim went to bat for us time and again.”

POSTED: Friday, February 20, 2015, 1:01 PM
The coffee canister, which has been used for decades for ballot position draw, will be used again March 18.

After three full days of gathering signatures from supporters, City Commissioner candidate Lisa Deeley filed 34 nominating petitions with a total of  1,603 signatures Friday morning.

Deeley is the first of any candidate to file required 1,000 signatures with the Board of Elections to get a spot on the May primary ballot.

Because she was first of the City Commissioner candidates to file more than 1,000 signatures and paid the $100 fee,  Deeley gets first draw in the ballot spot lottery, Tim Dowling, Supervisor of Elections for the City Commissioners, said.

POSTED: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 5:17 PM
Juan Rodriguez announced his mayoral candidacy in North Philadelphia on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON/Staff Photographer )

Juan Rodriguez on Thursday said he became the eighth Democrat to declare as a candidate for mayor in the May 19 primary election.  The big question now: Will he be able to stay on the ballot?

"This is a challenge to me," Rodriguez admitted after his campaign kick-off at a North Philadelphia bar near his home.

Rodriguez, 46, said he is also collecting signatures on nomination petitions to run for the 7th District City Council seat. He filed as a candidate for that seat in the 2011 Democratic primary but was removed from the ballot by a judge after his nomination petitions were challenged in court.  

POSTED: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 6:42 PM
Councilman Ed Neilson wants the authority to approve not just the Director of Development and Planning but all other cabinet level positions. (courtesy photo)

Nevermind the controversy over Council President Darrell L. Clarke’s proposal that if voters approve of the creation of a new Department of Development and Planning, City Council would have veto powers over the cabinet-level position appointment.

Councilman Ed Neilson wants the authority to approve not just the Director of Development and Planning but all other cabinet level positions.

In a rather entertaining exchange with Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger at Wednesday’s Committee on Law and Government hearing, Neilson asked:

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