Friday, April 24, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 4:58 PM

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics is asking City Council and the Nutter administration to require local political candidates and committees to report their campaign finances more frequently than the current mandate.

In a letter sent to Mayor Nutter and Council President Darrell L. Clarke on Friday, ethics board chairman Michael Reed asked that Council consider amending the city code section that pertains to campaign finance rules.

The board would like to see the following:

POSTED: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 10:43 AM
Doug Oliver speaks at the WHYY Penjerdel Council mayoral forum at WHYY in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer )

The youngest of the mayoral candidates, Doug Oliver, has been courting the Center City millennial and young professional voters at the various mayoral forums and debates.

But the 40-year-old former city spokesman is launching campaign TV commercials Wednesday and making a sharp turn in his target audience: urban black voters.

With a deep bass beat in the background, the 30-second TV commercial is voiced over by Sheila Armstrong, a North Philadelphia mother of two and neighborhood activist. During the commercial, Armstrong at times speaks in grammatically incorrect ways often used in poorer and black neighborhoods.

POSTED: Monday, April 20, 2015, 2:23 PM
Former Philly mayor and Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell (right) has endorsed Paul Steinke (left) for City Council. Steinke is one of 17 Democrats vying for five at-large seats. (Julia Terruso / Staff)

Former Gov. Ed Rendell made his first major public endorsement this election, announcing his support for City Council hopeful Paul Steinke.

Steinke, the former manager of Reading Terminal Market, and one-time head of the Center City District and University City District, is one of 17 Democrats vying for five at-large seats. Rendell stood with Steinke inside the crowded market during today's lunchtime rush, calling him an “agent for change.”

“It’s not easy to beat incumbents in this city, where name recognition is so important. This is an uphill fight,” Rendell said. “But I think we need change - we need change in City Council - there’s some good people on City Council but City Council’s performance on things like the PGW hurt the city and we need to bring in someone who sees the broader view.”

POSTED: Monday, April 20, 2015, 11:44 AM
Nelson Diaz speaks at the WHYY Penjerdel Council mayoral forum at WHYY in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer )

Former judge Nelson Diaz brought together the city’s Latino leaders at a campaign kick-off event in January.

What a difference three months makes.

Many of those same leaders who then supported Diaz – who would be the city’s first Latino mayor if elected – pivoted on Monday and endorsed former councilman Jim Kenney.

POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 5:10 PM
Mayor Nutter. (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer)

Standing in between a group of immigration advocates, Mayor Nutter on Friday said he supported President Obama's executive order providing temporary stay of deportation and a work permit to about 3.7 million immigrants who met certain qualifications.

A federal judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction to the president’s program in February. The Obama administration appealed and oral arguments began Friday.

“While the President's executive actions are not a permanent solution, they are important strides to support the well-being, integration and success of immigrants across America,” Nutter said at a Friday afternoon news conference. “It is my sincere hope, one I know is shared by mayors, advocates and immigrants alike, that the Court of Appeals will reinstate the implementation of President Obama's executive action."

POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 4:06 PM
Jim Kenney speaks at the Bright Hope Baptist Church mayoral forum in Philadelphia on Monday, April 7, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer )

The Liberty City Democratic Club is endorsing Jim Kenney in the race for mayor.

Liberty City, a political advocacy group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, “overwhelmingly” voted to support Kenney because of his work on LGBT issues while on City Council, said executive director Sara Jacobson in a release.

In the Council at-large race, the group endorsed two openly-gay candidates; tenant rights attorney Sherrie Cohen and former Reading Terminal Market head, Paul Steinke. The city has never elected an openly gay person to Council.

POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 3:08 PM

Mayor Nutter named a panel of 24 to oversee the implementation of recommendations from a U.S. Justice Department report that found that Philadelphia police too often use lethal force.

The federal Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) issued 48 findings and 91 recommendations last month for the Philadelphia department to consider in "reforming its deadly force practices."

Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey pledged to move quickly in implementing the recommendations. The day following the report’s release, Mayor Nutter named JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University Law School, as chair of the implementation task force.

POSTED: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5:24 PM
James F. Kenney, left, and Anthony H. Williams share a laugh before the mayoral forum in Philadelphia on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (STEPHANIE AARONSON/Staff Photographer)

Philadelphia’s Democratic political machine is officially staying out of the mayor’s race.

Party boss Bob Brady said the ward leaders were “split down the middle” on who they wanted to endorse for the May 19 primary. The split was between state Sen. Anthony H. Williams and former Councilman James F. Kenney.

“We’re leaving it open,” Brady said. The ward leaders all met Saturday to vote on endorsements.

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