Tuesday, November 24, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:15 PM

The day after his successor was chosen, Mayor Nutter said his work remains, especially when it comes to helping young men in the city.

On Wednesday, Nutter said his administration, along with school district officials and the Obama administration, are continuing their efforts to improve the lives of young African American and Latino men in Philadelphia.

The mayor laid out some depressing statistics. Out of the 248 Philadelphians that were killed in 2014, 40 percent of them were 24-years-old or younger. In addition, 80 percent of known perpetrators are young African American men, Nutter said.

POSTED: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 5:10 PM
Mayor Nutter announces Philly Powered campaign. (Claudia Vargas / Staff)

City officials launched a healthy lifestyle campaign that will promote the city’s free and affordable ways to stay active.

“Our goal is to make the healthy choice, the easy choice,” Mayor Nutter said at Wednesday’s campaign kick-off.

The multimedia campaign will promote the city’s 12,000 acres of park land, 223 miles of trails and 100-plus recreation centers for the next 18 months. The $467,098 total is being paid for mostly through a U.S. Center for Disease Control grant ($121,500 was paid from the city’s general fund.)

POSTED: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 1:47 PM

The city’s fiscal watchdog is not pleased with the Board of Revision of Taxes.

On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority sent the board that is in charge of all city property tax appeals a plea to hurry up.

More than 2,500 appeal cases remain to be heard from  fiscal year 2014 and 2015 (we are now in tax year 2016),  which represent $6 billion in assessed value. That is up to $80.4 million in tax revenue that need to be sorted out.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 2:43 PM

A new study released Tuesday sheds light on the commonly used but little understood practice of bullet voting: when a voter attempts to put more support behind a single candidate by voting for just them, despite the option of casting several votes.

Nearly a quarter of Philadelphia voters bullet voted in the May 19 City Council primary, the study by City Commissioner Al Schmidt’s office found. Schmidt’s staff manually entered 700,000 votes cast by 270,000 voters to gather the data.

“It helps our understanding of elections in Philadelphia and voting patterns in Philadelphia,” Schmidt said. “Really one of those outstanding questions in Philadelphia is how bullet voting is taking place and to what degree it is taking place.”

POSTED: Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:01 PM
Jim Kenney speaks at the United Way Debate in Philadelphia on Sept. 29, 2015. (STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer)

With just a week and a half until Election Day, mayoral race front-runner James F. Kenney has nearly half-million dollars in campaign money.

Republican opponent Melissa Murray Bailey is trailing way behind with less than $9,000 in the bank, according to the latest campaign finance reports released Friday.

Independent candidates Boris Kindij and Osborne Hart reported not raising any money. A campaign finance report for Jim Foster, another independent candidate, was not available Friday.  

POSTED: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:19 PM
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, embraces former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before she testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. (Jamie Fleet, Office of U.S. Rep. Bob Brady)

Hillary Clinton faced hours of contentious questioning by Republican members of the U.S. House Thursday.  But her long day started with a hug and a kiss from U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party.

Brady later said he thought Clinton would like to see "a real friendly face" before her testimony started.

"I said I'm here to give you some moral support and a kiss," Brady said he told Clinton when he hugged her as she entered the hearing. "She said 'They're going to keep trying to discredit me but the truth is the truth.'"

POSTED: Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 2:59 PM
In May, Andrew Stober quit his $129,375-a-year job as chief of staff in the city’s Office of Transportation and Utilities,a job he’d held since 2008, to run for an at-large seat on City Council as an independent. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/Staff Photographer)

Two of the biggest names in Philadelphia Democratic politics took an unusual step Tuesday: endorsing an independent.

Mayor Nutter and Gov. Ed Rendell both threw their support behind Andrew Stober, a former member of the Nutter administration vying in the Nov. 3 election for one of the two at-large City Council seats reserved by law for members of minority parties. Traditionally that has meant Republicans.

Nutter and Rendell both said it was the first time they had endorsed an independent candidate.

POSTED: Thursday, October 8, 2015, 2:50 PM

The Democratic National Convention Committee has settled in town and is ready to work.

The committee, led by convention CEO Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, has been setting up shop at offices at 19th and Market streets over the last few weeks. On Thursday, the team announced the addition of six new directors on staff.

“I am thrilled we have assembled such a strong and experienced team,” Daughtry said in statement. “Each of these individuals brings a wealth of talent to help us make the 2016 Democratic Convention the most diverse, engaging and forward-looking Convention in history.”

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