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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.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 2:50 PM

JoAnne A. Epps, Temple University’s Beasley School of Law Dean, was nominated by Mayor Nutter to serve on the city’s Board of Ethics.

If confirmed by City Council Thursday, Epps would replace Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, whose five-year term ends this month. Gillespie is president at St. Joseph’s University but will be stepping down in June.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Ethics Board Chairman Michael Reed thanked Gillespie for his “valuable and dedicated service as a board member.”

POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:37 PM
Mayor Nutter (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images, file )

Mayor Nutter was named one of Governing magazine’s 2014 Public Officials of the Year for his work in making Philadelphia cleaner, safer, and more fiscally sound.

The award, which was given to eight other officials from around the country, recognizes leaders in state and local government.

Zach Patton, Executive Editor for Governing said this year’s award recipients are examples of the “tremendous achievement” in state and local government right now.

POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 6:07 PM

City Councilman Dennis O’Brien’s attempt at regulating immigration services in Philadelphia took a step back Monday when a vote on his bill was put on hold.

Since March, O’Brien has been working to get consensus on a bill that would create licensing standards for businesses and people providing immigration services. It would also prohibit anyone who is not a licensed lawyer, or previously certified by the federal Board of Immigration Appeals, from giving legal advice on immigration matters.

The idea is to protect immigrants from fraudulent services.

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