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POSTED: Monday, January 31, 2011, 1:00 PM

It won't be known until later today just how much cash Mayor Nutter raised in 2010 - but he is already hard at work generating campaign dollars for 2011.

At 6 p.m. tomorrow, Nutter will host his first major re-election fundraiser, at the Comcast Center. The cost of admission: $1,000 for individual donors and $5,000 for political committees. Both figures are under the city's campaign finance limits, giving those same contributors the chance to give again. Those limits are $2,600 for individuals and $10,600 for political committees.

By the time that fundraiser begins, Nutter will have disclosed how much he raised last year in a campaign finance report due by 5 p.m. today. Stay tuned.

POSTED: Monday, January 31, 2011, 7:36 PM

City Council campaign finance reports filed on Monday show why incumbents are hard to unseat.

Council President Anna C. Verna has more money on hand than anyone, with $318,242. Verna is not seeking reelection, but she will have the ability to help her friends.

At-large Democrat Bill Green led all Council candidates whose reports were available yesterday, with Republican 10th District Councilman Brian O’Neill ($179,288) gearing up for a challenge from likely Democratic opponent Bill Rubin, who has a lot of catching up to do with only $9,894 thus far.

POSTED: Monday, January 31, 2011, 4:44 PM

Mayor Nutter raised nearly $1 million since last year, including over $360,000 in the month of January alone.

In all, he ended 2010 with about $1.2 million in the bank, according to the first public look at Nutter's campaign finance activities in more than a year. And with the additional $300,000, he heads toward the May Democratic primary - in which he currently faces no opponent - with more than $1.6 million available to him to spend.

That figure is expected to grow as soon as tomorrow, when he hosts his official kickoff fundraiser for his second term.

POSTED: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 12:23 PM

This afternoon's planned news conference by the business managers of the six unions that work at the Pennsylvania Convention Center has been cancelled. It is expected to be rescheduled, though no date has yet been announced.

The unions anticipated "assailing" the building's management team for a recent report that blamed the unions for the building's major problems.

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 2:55 PM

Philadelphia's construction trade unions are planning to step out in unison tomorrow in response to a 109-page analysis of the Pennsylvania Convention Center that labels the building's labor costs as a significant weakness in its operations.

The state-ordered report, released by the center's board of directors last week, also highlighted several management shortcomings, including some long vacant positions in key areas and annual operating deficits that exceed those at comparable convention centers.

Here is a copy of the news release about tomorrow's press conference, which is expected to include the business managers from each of the six trade unions that have worked in the Convention Center since the building's 1993 opening.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 1:13 PM

There's one candidate running, John Kromer, to become Philadelphia sheriff so he can abolish the office.

And now there's another, Stephanie Singer, running to become a Philadelphia City Commissioner - and eliminate that office, too.

Here's a press release from Singer, leader of the 8th Ward and as of this morning, a declared candidate for that office.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 11:42 AM

Ride the Ducks will not operate on the Schuylkill River this spring, as originally announced, and it's not clear whether the company will operate in Philadelphia at all.

The company had hoped to move its operations to the Schuylkill after a barge ran over a duck vehicle, killing two Hungarian tourists.

The proposed move the Schuylkill had generated opposition because users of the recreational path there feared the boats would disrupt a relatively quiet park.

POSTED: Monday, January 24, 2011, 1:05 PM

Here is Council President Anna Verna's statement on why she is not seeking re-election.


Monday, January 24, 2011

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