Thursday, December 18, 2014

POSTED: Sunday, December 14, 2014, 11:29 PM
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf at a Pennsylvania Society event at the Waldorf Astoria on Friday night. ( DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer )

They went. They saw. They conquered.

The Philadelphia delegation of politicians, lobbyists, and government officials were quite the busy bunch at this weekend’s Pennsylvania Society in New York City.

My colleagues and I had a roundup piece in Sunday’s Inquirer, which touched on the various bits of news regarding state and city officials and upcoming races.

POSTED: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:25 PM

Philadelphia could see fewer billboards - but more digital displays - under a set of revamped regulations up for vote next week.

The changes, slated for a council-wide vote next Thursday, balances requests from the outdoor advertising industry with those of neighborhood and safe-driving advocates, said Councilman Bobby Henon, who sponsored the legislation.

City Council first proposed a billboard law more than a year ago but both sides voiced concerns, leading to this most recent set of revisions.

POSTED: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 1:43 PM

By Councilman James Kenney’s estimation, "Fly Eagles Fly" is the second or third most popular sports song in Philadelphia’s history. And so, on Thursday, between bills related to zoning and billboards, Kenney introduced a resolution to honor the Eagles’ fight song.

“You’ve got the 'Rocky' theme, 'God Bless America' and interchangeably, 'Fly, Eagles, Fly,' ” Kenney said in council chambers after the resolution passed and he’d agreed to sing the fight song for radio and TV reporters.

The resolution honors the song’s scribes, Charlie Borelli and  Roger Courtland, who have been credited in Eagles programs dating back to the early 60s as penning the tune. Kenney recalled meeting Borelli when the musician was in his 90s at the now-closed Palumbo’s Nostalgia Restaurant, where Borelli played piano.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 1:10 PM

City Commissioner Stephanie Singer is using her predecessor’s name as a fundraising tool.

In a mass e-mail from her campaign account, Singer said she is worried about a tough election ahead and a well-known name who could challenge her.

“I have news. Marge Tartaglione's daughter, Renee Tartaglione, has informed us she is going to challenge all the hard work I've done to clean up the City Commissioner's office by running against me in next year's primary,” Singer’s email states.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 12:42 PM
Bed bug feeding close-up

Council members listened to skin-crawling testimony on Philadelphia's bed bug problem, ending with promises to form a Philadelphia Bed Bug Task Force to plan an attack on the city's apple seed-sized squatters.

Wednesday morning a hearing on the extent of the problem included testimony from city health workers, exterminators, legal services and First District Councilman Mark Squilla, who described getting rid of bed bugs in his South Philadelphia home.

The takeaway?

POSTED: Monday, December 1, 2014, 10:04 AM

Mandatory paid sick leave should come to Philadelphia, a task force formed to study the issue recommended in a report released to Mayor Nutter Monday morning. 

Nutter has twice vetoed the measure but threw his support behind it in June, announcing the Task Force along with City Councilman Bill Greenlee who has long advocated for the issue.

The report, to be detailed in a 10 a.m. press conference, recommends employers with 15 or more employees be required to provide paid sick leave and those with fewer provide unpaid, earned sick time.

POSTED: Monday, November 24, 2014, 2:12 PM
A party mascot after greeting Democratic officials at the National Constitution Center. (Tom Gralish / Staff Photographer)

Philadelphia has been selected as one of the three finalists in the heated contest to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Monday that Columbus, New York and Philadelphia made the second to final cut. The announcement comes three months after the Democratic National Committee’s technical advisory team visited the three cities plus Phoenix and Birmingham, Ala, which did not make it into the finalist round.

"We're thrilled to move to the next step of the selection process to determine where Democrats will come together to nominate the 45th President of the United States," Schultz said in a statement. "We are fortunate to have such a diverse and vibrant group of cities interested in hosting this special event."

POSTED: Monday, November 24, 2014, 11:52 AM
Lynne Abraham points to ceiling as she tells a story about her father painting stars on ceiling of her room because of her love of astronomy. Lynne Abraham, former district attorney of Philadelphia announces her run for the office of Mayor of Philadelphia in front of supporters at the Franklin Institute. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer)

Former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham has a significant lead in the race for Philadelphia’s next mayor and is far better perceived then her opposition, both real and potential.

That according to a poll conducted by her campaign earlier this month and released Monday.

As telling, perhaps, is that poll shows Abraham trailing undecided, which is how 36 percent of the 600 voters surveyed cast themselves.

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