Thursday, May 28, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 1:07 PM
Stephanie Singer drawing for ballot position last month. She is waiting to see if the state Commonwealth Court will put her name back on the ballot. DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer

City Commissioner Stephanie Singer this week compared her removal from the May 19 ballot to a seminal event in the struggle for civil rights, the brutal beating of marchers in Selma, Ala. in 1965.

Singer emailed supporters a fundraising plea Tuesday with this title: "URGENT, Civil Rights in Philadelphia."

She recounted the violence visited upon civil rights marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, though she misspelled the bridge's name in her email.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 11:15 AM
State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams has won two key endorsements for mayor in the May 19 Democratic primary election.

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams has won two key political endorsements in his bid for mayor, from the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity and the Black Ward Leaders association.

Williams will accept the Black Clergy nod in an event Thursday morning after a prayer breakfast, according to the Rev. Terrence Griffith, president of the Black Clergy.

The Williams endorsement comes with an asterisk -- former City Councilman Jim Kenney won the majority vote when the group's political committee voted before the full membership.  Griffith confirmed that his group split on the candidates between the committee vote and the full vote.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7:12 PM

The Philadelphia Council for Community Advancement held a mayoral forum Tuesday morning that asked the candidates about affordable housing, ending homelessness and real estate tax reform.

Although we didn’t cover the event, some of the campaigns sent us their affordable housing plans. Here are some highlights:

James F. Kenney:

POSTED: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 4:58 PM

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics is asking City Council and the Nutter administration to require local political candidates and committees to report their campaign finances more frequently than the current mandate.

In a letter sent to Mayor Nutter and Council President Darrell L. Clarke on Friday, ethics board chairman Michael Reed asked that Council consider amending the city code section that pertains to campaign finance rules.

The board would like to see the following:

POSTED: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 10:43 AM
Doug Oliver speaks at the WHYY Penjerdel Council mayoral forum at WHYY in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer )

The youngest of the mayoral candidates, Doug Oliver, has been courting the Center City millennial and young professional voters at the various mayoral forums and debates.

But the 40-year-old former city spokesman is launching campaign TV commercials Wednesday and making a sharp turn in his target audience: urban black voters.

With a deep bass beat in the background, the 30-second TV commercial is voiced over by Sheila Armstrong, a North Philadelphia mother of two and neighborhood activist. During the commercial, Armstrong at times speaks in grammatically incorrect ways often used in poorer and black neighborhoods.



POSTED: Monday, April 20, 2015, 2:23 PM
Former Philly mayor and Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell (right) has endorsed Paul Steinke (left) for City Council. Steinke is one of 17 Democrats vying for five at-large seats. (Julia Terruso / Staff)

Former Gov. Ed Rendell made his first major public endorsement this election, announcing his support for City Council hopeful Paul Steinke.

Steinke, the former manager of Reading Terminal Market, and one-time head of the Center City District and University City District, is one of 17 Democrats vying for five at-large seats. Rendell stood with Steinke inside the crowded market during today's lunchtime rush, calling him an “agent for change.”

“It’s not easy to beat incumbents in this city, where name recognition is so important. This is an uphill fight,” Rendell said. “But I think we need change - we need change in City Council - there’s some good people on City Council but City Council’s performance on things like the PGW contract...it hurt the city and we need to bring in someone who sees the broader view.”

POSTED: Monday, April 20, 2015, 11:44 AM
Nelson Diaz speaks at the WHYY Penjerdel Council mayoral forum at WHYY in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. ( STEPHANIE AARONSON / Staff Photographer )

Former judge Nelson Diaz brought together the city’s Latino leaders at a campaign kick-off event in January.

What a difference three months makes.

Many of those same leaders who then supported Diaz – who would be the city’s first Latino mayor if elected – pivoted on Monday and endorsed former councilman Jim Kenney.

POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 5:10 PM
Mayor Nutter. (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer)

Standing in between a group of immigration advocates, Mayor Nutter on Friday said he supported President Obama's executive order providing temporary stay of deportation and a work permit to about 3.7 million immigrants who met certain qualifications.

A federal judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction to the president’s program in February. The Obama administration appealed and oral arguments began Friday.

“While the President's executive actions are not a permanent solution, they are important strides to support the well-being, integration and success of immigrants across America,” Nutter said at a Friday afternoon news conference. “It is my sincere hope, one I know is shared by mayors, advocates and immigrants alike, that the Court of Appeals will reinstate the implementation of President Obama's executive action."

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