Archive: April, 2011
Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi loves what the recruiter tells him about Philadelphia.
“Philadelphia is a great place for dictators, leaders, such as yourself to retire,” a recruiter for the city’s Dictator Relocation Program tells him. “One of our mayors bombed a neighborhod in West Philadelphia and got re-elected.”
There is no such program, of course. Except in the imagination of John Featherman, a GOP candidate for mayor who decided that as the second candidate in a minority party, he needed a way to get voters’ attention.
For the second time this election season, GOP leaders decided not to endorse at-large Councilman Frank Rizzo. Rizzo had hoped to get the endorsement after John Giordano, who had been one of five candidates endorsed by Republican City Committee, dropped out of the race.
But after some ward leaders met last night, they decided they could not give Rizzo their seal of approval because of his participation in the city's controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan, said Al Taubenberger, who is also running for an at-large spot.
Rizzo has long been one of the party's biggest vote-getters.
Mayoral candidate T. Milton Street on Friday addressed the close-to-home subject of Philadelphia schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's tax bill.
Street, who in November finished serving 26 months for failing to file three years worth of tax returns, said he had been asked repeatedly about Ackerman's tax issues. Ackerman is in the process of paying off state and federal tax liens that preceded her arrival in Philadelphia.
"Issues regarding taxes has been a personal trial that caused me great hardship for which I paid a great price," Street wrote in an emailed statement. "Although I do not know all of the details regarding the matter Ms. Ackerman's situation I can only imagine it must be stressful and troubling to be discussed in such a public forum.
There were some last-minute changes made in the hours leading up to this morning's approval of the design of the primary ballot by the acting city commissioners.
But first, what didn't change: Thomas M. Street - as Milton's name will officially appear on the May 17 ballot - is listed above that of Mayor Nutter's. That positioning is a result of a lottery in which Street drew a higher number than did the mayor. Street's ballot number is formally 163; Nutter's is 164.
Now for what did change.
It has finally happened: Pennsylvania House Democrats have named their appointment to the five-member panel that monitors Philadelphia's finances. That entity is the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, currently composed of three Republicans.
This will allow PICA to conduct more official business. This month, the authority cancelled its meeting because there was little to do with just three members.
Now Pennsylvania Senate Democrats must make the remaining appointment.
For the second straight year, The Roots will perform on the Parkway July 4th, but this time as the headline act for the city's Wawa Welcome America festival.
Joining them will be Earth Wind & Fire, former Doobie Brothers lead singer Michael McDonald, British R&B singer-songwriter Estelle, piano pop star Sara Bareilles and DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Announcing the line-up at a City Hall news conference this morning, city representative Melanie Johnson said more performers will be announced as July 4th nears. The Parkway concert is free to the public.
The slate of endorsements that 8th District council candidate Cindy Bass hinted at earlier in the week has become official. Bass is one of seven people trying to replace Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller. This is the only race in which Mayor Nutter has endorsed a candidate so far.
Here's a release from the campaign, previewing Saturday's event.
Today, Cindy Bass, Candidate for Philadelphia City Council in the 8th District, was joined by Mayor Nutter, State Representative Dwight Evans, Congressman Chaka Fattah, State Senator Vincent Hughes and dozens of supporters at Wired Beans Café in Mount Airy for the announcement of key endorsements of her campaign. All four elected officials commended Bass for her commitment to public service and pledged their support for her as the next Councilwoman from the 8th District.
The 8th District is a hot race with seven candidates seeking to replace Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller. Mayor Nutter is poised to back candidate Cindy Bass at an event this Saturday.
Another top contender, Verna Tyner, a former chief of staff to Councilman William K. Greenlee, responded today to Nutter's coming endorsement and referenced the race behind the race --newcomers to council could decide who becomes the next council president.
Here's Tyner's full release: