Monday, February 8, 2016

POSTED: Friday, February 5, 2016, 4:57 PM
Mayor Kenney at the start of his (Twitter)

Jim Kenney held his first Twitter chat as mayor Friday afternoon to answer questions ranging from absurd  to important with everything you can imagine in between. 

Streaking, Donald Trump, and Doug Pederson were all topics touched on during the one-hour chat in which Kenney fielded about 20 questions of more than 100 thrown his way.

Kenney took the questions from his office with his director of communications Lauren Hitt, deputy mayor of policy and legislation Jim Engler, and digital director Stephanie Waters sitting nearby. He held several #AskKenney Twitter sessions when he campaigned for mayor and says there’s more to come now that he’s here.

POSTED: Friday, January 29, 2016, 2:50 PM
Mayor Kenney, right, speaks to the media as Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, left, listens. With about six months to go, the Democratic National Convention says planning is on time and on budget. (MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer)

The Democratic National Convention Committee announced four new executives to join their team, including one who is related to Rev. Leah Daughtry, the committee’s CEO.

Danielle Cooper Daughtry, who is married to Daughtry’s brother, was named Chief Counsel for the DNCC. A spokeswoman for the committee said Cooper Daughtry was selected by the Democratic National Committee at the recommendation of their general counsel firm Perkins-Coie and that Leah Daughtry was not involved in the decision. Most recently, Cooper Daughtry served as in-house counsel at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Prior to that, she worked as an associate at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Cooper Daughtry has a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Andrew Ballard, who was transportation manager for the Papal visit, will be the DNC’s director of transportation. The 2016 DNC will be the sixth time Ballard works for the DNC Committee. He was director of transportation for the 2008 Convention in Denver. He was also director of transportation for the 2009 and 2013 Presidential Inaugurations, according to the DNCC news release.

POSTED: Friday, January 29, 2016, 11:27 AM

It’s well known that members of Philadelphia’s City Council, who aren’t bound by term limits, tend to stick around for a long time. Of the current 17-person body, members were elected in 1999 (Council President Darrell L. Clarke and Blondell Reynolds Brown), 1992 (Jannie Blackwell) and 1979 (Brian J. O’Neill.)

But the average tenure has dropped substantially in the past five years -- now at 8.2 years -- due to high-turnover elections, retirements and resignations, according to a new Pew Charitable Trusts study released this week. In 2010, the last time Pew studied the makeup of Council, the average tenure was 15.5 years.

That’s still higher than most other major cities. Only Chicago and Baltimore have longer average tenures, according to the study, which looked at 15 U.S. cities. In 2010, Philly’s Council had the longest tenure in the group.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 10:20 AM
Mayor Nutter will take a teaching post at Columbia College this semester.

Mayor Nutter will take on a new title – professor - at Columbia University this semester.

Nutter will join Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs as a professor of professional practice and urban policy, Dean Merit E. Janow announced in a press release today.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 7:08 PM
Anthony Clark has defended his practice of running the office mostly from afar. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer)

Guess who was in his office most of today? City Commissioner Anthony Clark.

That’s right, the city commissioner chairman who received some heat the last couple weeks for his lax work attendance, spent most of the day inside his City Hall office.

Clark’s deputy Carla Moss said the chairman came into the office around 10 a.m.  Just after 11 a.m., Clark , who was in a black sweatshirt and dark jeans, emerged briefly from his office but dismissed a reporter who was waiting (me).

POSTED: Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 5:32 PM
Mayor Kenney (right) speaks with former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford during the opening ceremony for the 21st annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service at Girard College on Jan. 18, 2016. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer)

If you thought public office would make Philadelphia’s new boss less Jimmy and more Mayor, think again.

Kenney, the former longtime City Councilman whose sleeve and heart are famously one and the same, had a moment that nearly brought him to tears the other day in front of a large crowd of onlookers.

It happened at Girard College as Kenney stood on stage with a smorgasboard of other political VIPs for the 21st annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

POSTED: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 9:41 PM
Sharif Street announces his campaign to replace the retiring State Sen. Shirley Kitchen. (Street campaign)

The worst kept secret in the state’s Third District was made official Thursday.

State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, a North Philadelphia Democrat, will be retiring at the end of the year, ending her 20-year stint in Harrisburg, she said.

Her announcement Thursday also served as an endorsement and campaign launch for Sharif Street, former Mayor John Street’s son, who will run to replace Kitchen in the state senate.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 12:32 PM
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney speaks about the attempted killing of officer Jesse Hartnett by suspect Edward Archer during a press conference at Police Headquarters on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. (DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer)

Mayor Kenney couldn't care less, it seems, if his national profile has been nicked by the national heat he received for saying the shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Harnett has nothing to do with Islam.

“I’m 57 years old. If God blesses me with two terms, I’ll be 65 [when I leave office],” Kenney said Tuesday morning in an interview on WURD radio. “I’m not running for president. I’m not running for U.S. Senate. I don’t need a national profile.”

“I mean, look who’s criticizing me,” he added. “Marco Rubio and Rush Limbaugh. I’ll take that any day of the week. I really don’t care.

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