Sunday, April 19, 2015

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.

POSTED: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 3:25 PM
Milton Street speaks at the WHYY Penjerdel Council mayoral forum at WHYY in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer )

T. Milton Street Sr., the former state senator who served time in federal prison for unpaid taxes, will remain on the May 19 Democratic primary election ballot for mayor, according to the state Commonwealth Court.

A panel of three judges -- Bonnie Brigance Leadbettter, Renee Jubelirer Cohn and Patricia A. McCullough -- shot down an appeal that said Street should be removed from the ballot because he was registered as an independent when he filed on March 10 to run as a Democrat.

"There was never any doubt in my mind," said Street, who represented himself in the case, of his victory. "The law was clear. But in politics we do what we do."

POSTED: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 2:16 PM

Two weeks ago, state Rep. Dwight Evans and City Councilwoman Marian Tasco, together with a group of other prominent African American elected officials from Northwest Philadelphia, endorsed Jim Kenney for mayor.

Thursday, a group of former African American elected officials from the same corner of the city disavowed that endorsement, contending that state Sen. Anthony H. Williams was a better choice for their constituents.

Announcing their support for Williams were former city councilmembers George Burrell and Donna Reed Miller along with former state Rep. John Myers and former state Sen. Leanne Washington, who resigned from office last year after pleading guilty for using her legislative staff for campaign efforts.

POSTED: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:44 PM
The Comcast Center, which is Comcast Corporate headquarters, is seen in Philadelphia. (William Thomas Cain / Getty Images)

The city will host six public forums next week seeking feedback from Comcast subscribers.

The city released a 571-page report April 9th with community feedback on needs and a review of the franchise. It found more than one in four subscribers “unsatisfied” with their service.

The meetings are intended to get more input for Nutter's administration as it negotiates a deal with the company for the next 15 years.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 4:57 PM
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (left) and Mayor Nutter. (Julia Terruso/Inquirer Staff)

The nation’s top security official met with Mayor Nutter, Wednesday to discuss the pope’s visit in September, next summer’s Democratic National Convention… and a little old-time baseball.

Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, met with Nutter for about an hour in City Hall on his way to a speaking engagement in Delaware, as Secret Service closed down the second floor hallway.

“I’m confident I will be coming back to Philadelphia before the National Convention to inspect security as I will be in Cleveland for the Republican Convention," Johnson said following the meeting, "We’re here to talk about a variety of matters of mutual concern.”

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