Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Gov. Ed Rendell on Tuesday announced an education-focused forum for Democratic candidates for mayor, with questions drawn up by fourth and fifth graders from the Philadelphia School District.
Could Rendell, who also served as mayor, eventually endorse one of those candidates?
"Not likely," was Rendell's reply, despite an encouraging tweet he sent Doug Oliver's way on Friday.
Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a policy paper released Monday, State Sen. Anthony Williams said if elected mayor he would build upon the ethics reforms instituted by Mayor Nutter but also take new steps to improve campaign finance and government accountability.
Williams said the use of new technology would be key to achieving many of his goals, saying cities across the country are implementing technology “in ways that dramatically reduce costs, improve performance and provide data that closes the information chasm between government and its citizens.”
“Full and proactive transparency is the hallmark of a citizen-centered approach to governance, and will be the modus operandi of a Williams Administration,” he said
Chris Brennan, @ByChrisBrennan
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.
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.
Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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.
Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.”
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.