Monday, March 2, 2015

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:

POSTED: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 2:02 PM
David Oh on Jan. 27, 2012. (Akira Suwa / Staff Photographer )

Last year's controversy about the potential sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works may serve as a point of contention among Republicans seeking public office in the May 19 primary election.

Mayor Nutter pushed the $1.86 billion deal to sell the city-owned utility to Connecticut-based UIL Holdings Corp. City Council President Darrell Clarke opposed the deal and no Council member introduced legislation to hold hearings about it. Citing "not enough political will to get this done," UIL killed the deal on Dec. 4.

Now consider this prosecutorial exchange at Tuesday night's Republican City Committee meeting between Councilman David Oh, who holds an at-large seat and is seeking a second term, Elmer Money, bidding for his party's support to run for mayor, and Mike Cibik, leader of the 5th Ward in Center City.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 5:35 PM

Derek Green officially kicks off his campaign for an at-large City Council seat tonight at 7 p.m., making him the latest in a long lineup of candidates running in the May 19 primary.

Green, a Democrat, who worked as special counsel to Councilwoman Marian Tasco for 12 years, will announce his candidacy and circulate petitions at the Center in the Park on Germantown Avenue in Northwest Philadelphia.

Tasco, who will not seek reelection, will speak at the event along with State Rep. Cherelle Parker, a former aide to Tasco, who is running to fill her seat. 

POSTED: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 4:53 PM
City Council chambers will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday as crews continue cleaning up from a burst pipe leak.

A burst pipe caused a leak in City Council chambers and the law library on Tuesday, causing minor damage to both areas.

The fourth floor City Council chambers was closed as cleanup crews worked to blow dry the carpets this afternoon. Furniture was moved out of the way and covered in tarp to prevent damage.

Bridget Greenwald, Commissioner of the Department of Public Property said the leak was believed to be caused by the cold weather.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 11:29 AM

Let the petition races begin.

Starting today, registered voters (and probably any city resident) should expect a knock or two or 10 at their door with campaign volunteers trying to get signatures.

Tuesday marks the first day candidates for local elected office can start circulating nominating petitions to be on the May 19 primary ballot. Mayoral and at-large City Council candidates must have at least 1,000 valid signatures filed by March 10. District Council candidates must have at least 750.

POSTED: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6:16 PM
Chris Matthews, host of "Hardball," speaks during the MSNBC panel during the 2011 Summer TCA Tour on Aug. 2, 2011, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Chris Matthews, a Philadelphia native and host of MSNBC’s Hardball, celebrated the DNC picking Philadelphia Thursday.

In a phone chat, that seemed as much about celebrating the news with a local as it was about offering insight, Matthews said, “I think recognition is vital to a city and I’ve always been frustrated and dismayed by the way Philadelphia gets overlooked, passed over.”

Matthews wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post throwing his support behind Philadelphia.

POSTED: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 11:51 AM
Marvin Robinson, of West Philadelphia, holds up a sign during a City Council public hearing on the paid sick leave bill in Philadelphia Pa. on February 3, 2015. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

Before a crowd of cheering workers, City Council on Thursday voted to bring mandatory sick leave to Philadelphia.

“One thing we’ve heard many times is, even from those who had doubts in the beginning, earned paid sick leave is the right thing to do. Mr. President let’s finally do it, “ William K. Greenlee, who introduced the bill, said as it came up for a vote.

Mayor Nutter, who vetoed paid sick leave legislation introduced by Greenlee in 2011 and 2013, intends to sign the bill into law Thursday afternoon, according to his spokesman. It will take effect in 90 days. 

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