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POSTED: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 3:30 PM

Election season is here, formally launched this week with candidates for city offices submitting nominating petitions. At this moment, politicial opponents are scouring their rivals' paperwork to find ways to prevent them from being on the May 17th primary ballot. Those challenges will make their way into court in the coming weeks.

In the interim, who is the only City Councilmember to draw no opposition whatsover?

What wannabe Council President suddenly found herself with four challengers?

POSTED: Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 10:51 AM

Featherman elected mayor. That's the headline from a recent election, only the Featherman in question is not local GOP mayoral candidate John Featherman. It's his 81-year-old father, Bernard, who just won the mayor's race in Highland Beach, Fla.

John Featherman points out in an e-mail that his dad "beat a popular incumbent."

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 5:48 PM

Here's a look at some staff changes in U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's congressional office.

Washington, DC - Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a senior Member on the House Appropriations Committee, announces several staffing changes in his Washington, DC office.

Maisha Leek, Senior Policy Adviser to Fattah since February of last year has been promoted to Chief of Staff.  Leek, a graduate of Trinity Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania, was Special Assistant to the Vice Chair at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission before returning to Fattah’s office a year ago.  In 2007, Leek served as a legislative aide for the Pennsylvania Representative. In her new position Leek will direct the overall operation of the DC office.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 2:59 PM

Add Sam Katz to the number of folks who think Mayor Nutter acted prematurely last week in unveiling a city budget before the governor delivered his budget for the state, which happened today.

“Why conceive of and put forward a budget that is based on a set of assumptions that are seven days away?” wondered Katz, the Republican-turned-Democrat who is Gov. Corbett’s appointee to the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, which monitors city spending. Katz, who briefly explored challenging Nutter in the primary, is widely expected to become PICA’s new chairman.

“It is fine to say you are going to fight for the things you believe in,” Katz said in a nod to Nutter’s explaining that he introduced his budget to lay out his vision and goals for the city. “But you have to have a sword,” he added.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 10:31 AM

Thump! Thump!

That's the sound of the time stamp that is working in overdrive this morning as candidates for everything from Philadelphia traffic judge to mayor hand in their nominating petitions to Board of Election officials. (No, no sign of T. Milton Street yet.)

Some candidates got an early start by handing in theirs yesterday or last week - and issuing news releases to brag about the number of signatures they snagged. But the bulk of the possibly 100 aspirants for elected office will submit their paperwork today, before the official 5 p.m. deadline for doing so. The nominating petitions - they must contain either 750 or 1,000 valid signatures, depending on the office sought - are required for anyone seeking a spot on the May primary ballot.

POSTED: Monday, March 7, 2011, 11:19 AM

For Lynne M. Abraham, budget season was always a bit like Groundhog Day.

For 18 years, the former Philadelphia district attorney dragged herself before City Council to ask for more money than the mayor had allotted, and usually walked away with zilch after a stormy hearing or two.

And it didn’t matter if the mayor in office was Ed Rendell, John F. Street or Michael Nutter. “It was fairly consistent that our budget was cut most years,” Abraham recalled.

POSTED: Friday, March 4, 2011, 12:47 PM

The National Transportation Safety Board on Monday will release a preliminary report on last summer's Duck boat accident, but any finding of cause will have to wait for the agency's final report this summer.

Monday's report will include transcripts, photos and other information the NTSB has collected in its investigation of the July 7 accident, which killed two Hungarian tourists. A barge owned by the city hit the Duck boat.

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 4:00 PM

Saying she is tired of politics in her own party, Karen Brown, who had been running as a Democrat for City Council, said she will instead run for Mayor as a Republican.

She said she expects to get the endorsement of the Republican City Committee, which had been hunting for someone to put on the ballot.

"The Republicans came to me and said we welcome you with open arms," Brown said. "A woman can make a difference in the city and I think people are going to see that."

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