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POSTED: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 3:01 PM

Council's Rules Committee approved a bill this afternoon authorizing the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority to acquire 17 properties for a grocery store development in the city's Mantua neighborhood.

The parcels would be stitched together with 65 others to assemble a site for a supermarket, northwest of Drexel University's campus.

"For many years, when the residents of Mantua have been asked what they would like to see in their neighborhood, a full-service supermarket has been near the top of the list," said Ed Covington, the redevelopment authority's executive director.

POSTED: Monday, November 12, 2012, 3:27 PM
A camera crew hovers around U.S. Rep. Bob Brady Tuesday at Famous 4th Street Deli.
A camera crew hovers around U.S. Rep. Bob Brady Tuesday at Famous 4th Street Deli. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

The city's Democratic Party chief, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, rarely says anything negative about his compadres in public life, at least to reporters. It's one of the principles that have kept him in power the last 25 years.

So we were surprised to hear this comment to The Inquirer's Washington correspondent, Jonathan Tamari, who asked Brady on Thursday about Election Day problems.

"We had minimum problems, other than the provisional ballots that our commissioner screwed up, but she can't screw it up no more," Brady said.

POSTED: Friday, November 9, 2012, 1:45 PM

Mayor Nutter and police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey today announced a series of 36 command changes meant to make the department "more streamlined and better organized."

The changes come through reorganization, promotions and retirements, including four deputy commissioners who have left or are leaving the department in the coming weeks. Five of the six police divisions also will have new inspectors and seven of the 21 of the police districts will get new captains.

FOP President John McNesby cheered the changes.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 2:14 PM

Facing the media for the first time since the presidential election, Mayor Nutter this afternoon doused the longstanding political gossip that his high-profile advocacy for President Obama would lead to a high-powered job in Washington D.C.

Nutter asserted - and not for the first time - that he's committed to finishing his second term as mayor.

"I have no expectation that I'll be offered anything. President Obama knows, directly, that I love my service here as the mayor ... Secondly, I'm not going anywhere. I've made that clear in a polite fashion to all the folks who need to know that in President Obama's administration," Nutter said.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 1:32 PM
Election Commissioner Stephanie Singer, center, began fielding calls around 7am on election day . The phones in her office started and never stopped ringing. She checks the computer screen while dealing with voting machines that are not working at a particular polling place. Election day with Election Commissioner Stephanie Singer begins at 7 a.m. and promises to be a roller coaster ride ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )

The city’s top election official, Stephanie Singer, was toppled from that role Wednesday when her two fellow city commissioners, Republican Al Schmidt and Democrat Anthony Clark, voted to dump her as chair of the three-member panel and make themselves co-chairmen.

The move was a surprise to Singer and apparently to Clark as well, who said he knew nothing about replacing Singer until Schmidt made the motion at the commissioners’ first post-election meeting,  Wednesday morning.

Schmidt gave a brief speech praising the commission’s staff for their work guiding the city through the demanding general election,  “literally working through the eye of a hurricane.”  Then he spoke of studying the agency’s performance to look for ways it might improve, and made a motion to “reorganize” its leadership ­– replacing Singer with himself and Clark.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 5:22 AM
An interactive look at how Philadelphia voted for the president in the 2012 General Election.

Here’s an interactive ward map for the vote for president in Philadelphia by ward:



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POSTED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 2:22 PM

The political spectacle that is Famous Street Deli on Election Day did not disappoint this year, with Rep. Bob Brady capping the lunchtime festivities by showing up with a film crew in tow.

Brady and former City Controller Jonathan Saidel both were wearing body mikes - a fact they let people know before the conversations started. In addition to a cameraman and a sound man, they were trailed by former Daily News Editor Larry Platt, who apparently has a producing role in the effort.

By the time the entourage arrived, the scene in Famous was in full swing. Workers from the powerful electricians' union Local 98 were stationed on the corners at 4th and Bainbridge with Obama signs. Their leader, John Dougherty, arrived shortly before Brady and huddled with his guys before going into the deli.

POSTED: Monday, November 5, 2012, 2:52 PM

Mayor Nutter, it turns out, actually supports two ballot initiatives that voters will decide tomorrow.

The Inquirer and other news outlets reported today that the Nutter administration opposed two of the four questions on the ballot - one that would allow the creation of an independent body to set water and sewer rates and another that would require the administration to provide more budget information to Council.

The mayor's spokesman, Mark McDonald, said last week that the administration feared another level of political control over the Water Department would affect it's ability to borrow money. The administration, he said, also opposed the ballot question on budgeting because the city didn't have the technological ability to provide the information that would be required.

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