Friday, February 12, 2016

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.

POSTED: Monday, January 11, 2016, 11:25 AM

Campaign finance limits for city candidates were increased for 2016 and through the next four years, the Philadelphia Board of Ethics announced Monday.

Candidates for city office may now accept up to $3,000 from an individual contributor per calendar year, up from the previous $2,900 limit. They may also accept up to $11,900 from groups or businesses, up from the prior $11,500 limit.

Campaign finance limits are increased every four years, based on the Consumer Price Index, the ethics board said in its news release.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 10:18 AM

Mayor Kenney, nearing the last of his administrative appointments, on Wednesday announced his picks for revenue commissioner, director of supportive housing and executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.

For revenue commissioner, Kenney tapped Frank Breslin, who was formerly the city’s deputy revenue commissioner. In that post, he was responsible for directing the department's accounting, compliance and taxpayer services operations.

“With over 30 years of tax compliance experience, I can’t think of another individual more qualified to serve as Revenue Commissioner than Frank Breslin,” Kenney said in a news release.

POSTED: Monday, January 4, 2016, 5:31 PM

Now-former Mayor Michael Nutter’s last speech as mayor was delivered Monday morning in front of hundreds of high school boys at his alma mater.

Nutter encouraged the young men at St. Joseph's Preparatory School, a Jesuit-run school on Girard Avenue, to use their talents and to live a life of service.

“I wanted my last public speech as mayor of this great city to be with this Prep community,” said Nutter, a 1975 Prep graduate. Some of his ’75 classmates sat along the stage looking on as he spoke.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 3:13 PM
Mayor Michael Nutter addresses media about the 2016 DNC Convention inside the new DNC Committee Headquarters joined by Councilman Mark Squilla and Rev. Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, at Minutemen Press in South Philadelphia, October 15, 2015. (MEREDITH EDLOW/For the Inquirer)

The Democratic National Convention released a list of where each state’s delegates will stay during the convention in July.

Area hotels will house about 6,000 delegates over the course of the convention July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Fifty-seven state delegations were assigned to 26 hotels in Philadelphia and Valley Forge. 

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