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POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 3:54 PM
Former City Councilwoman Carol Ann Campbell, long one of Philadelphia's most influential power-brokers, died today, according to city officials. She had been seriously ill for many months.

Campbell represented the city's Fourth Council District for just over a year, but her influence arguably exceeded that of even long-serving elected officials. She was the consummate party insider - a ward leader and secretary of the city Democratic Committee - someone who other political players could ill afford to flout or ignore. Her alliance with Rep. Bob Brady, chair of the city committee, was unshakable.

Mayor Nutter, who was a Campbell ally before he run for mayor, promptly issued a statement after her death was announced.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 3:18 PM
Jeff Shields reports from Council chambers:

One bright side to the budget crisis: It sure has livened up city Council hearings. Council today is expected to vote out of committee legislation by the Nutter administration to freeze tax cuts and increase fees as part of his plan to address the budget crisis.

But the crisis has exposed some real splits in the normally subdued and collegial Council. Bill Green vs. Frank DiCicco; Frank Rizzo v. Frank DiCicco; Green talking back to Council President Anna Verna (a rarity); Bill Greenlee jumping on Philadelphia Forward board members for complaining about the halt on business tax cuts; and Jack Kelly demanding more information on Fire Department cuts.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 3:09 PM
Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., who narrowly defeated Carol Ann Campbell last year, has just offered the first of what are sure to be many tributes to his old rival, who has passed away.

“Today is a sad day in Philadelphia. A titan has transitioned. She was well respected by friend and foe alike. During her tenure in City Council she was responsible for several important pieces of legislation including the creation of the Committee of the Disabled and being a staunch advocate for the handicapped and creating the 4th District Basic System Repair Program. She was an advocate for the less fortunate. She challenged the status quo and had a distinguished career learning her trade from her late father Edgar Campbell. She will be forever considered as an advocate for those things she believed in.”

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 3:02 PM
Former City Councilwoman Carol Ann Campbell, a powerful force in city politics for decades, has died, according to City Council officials. More to come.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 1:08 PM

Carrie Rickey filed this report from last night's Marian Anderson Award ceremony at the Kimmel Center.

Because the Marian Anderson Award event ran past Inquirer deadlines, we did not report that Mayor Nutter awarded the prize to co-honoree Dr. Maya Angelou, resplendent in red sequins, who delivered a stemwinding poem she wrote commemorating the 50th anniversary of the United nations, an apotheosis of humility and humanity. With apologies to Norman Lear, the witty co-honoree, the mayor gave the second-best speech of the evening when he succinctly told the story of equal rights in America in a sentence: "In 1939 Marian Anderson sang in front of the Lincoln Memorial when she was denied a concert in Washington, D.C.; 25 years later Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream Speech" ...before the Lincoln Memorial; 44 years later Barack Obama is elected president of the United States."

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 1:04 PM

In what is becoming a grim routine, Mayor Nutter today ordered city flags be flown at half staff to honor Police Sgt. Timothy Simpson, the fifth police officer killed in the line of duty in just over a year.

The text of his announcement follows.


POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2008, 8:54 AM

Jeff Shields of the Inquirer's City Hall bureau, and expert on all things Pennsylvania casinos, is answering your questions about the Foxwoods casino proposal.

POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2008, 6:22 PM

Remember the "Freshman 15" - those 15 cost-saving proposals put forth by City Council's newest members? Well, Mayor Nutter today got back to them to share his thoughts on their ideas to help the city wind its way out of this budget crisis.

While their "thoughtful and creative input has been helpful," Nutter's Finance Director, Rob Dubow, told Council members Bill Green, Curtis Jones and Maria Quinones-Sanchez in his letter, it has not really changed the bottom line.

For starters, while the three freshmen estimated that their 15 proposals would save the city $64.8 million, an analysis by Nutter's aides determined the savings would be closer to $35.9 million. Moreover, of that $35.9 million, Nutter said, "We had already included $35 million in our rebalancing plan prior to the public release of your recommendations."

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