Archive: May, 2011
State Rep. John Taylor has accused some in his own party, the GOP, of trying to destroy it. In a letter to Republican Committee People, Taylor asks party members to vote for incumbent City Commissioner Joseph Duda.
After that, Taylor criticizes Duda's opponent, Al Schmidt, for trying to tear the party down.
This year, Taylor writes, Duda is "opposed by a candidate who belongs to a group that only cares about their own agenda. They have no interest in the people of Philadelphia or the Republican Party. Their campaign has consisted of vicious, mudslinging tactics filled with falsehoods and personal attacks. We all know that the true objective of these reckless, self-serving people is to destroy the Republican Party. The only way to stop them for good is to defeat them on Election Day."
The city Board of Ethics has drafted 27 pages of proposed regulations for the city’s new lobbying law, spelling out who’s covered and what they’ll have to do to after the law becomes effective on July 1st. The main requirements will include a lobbyist registration form, filed with the ethics board but open to public inspection on the board’s website, and quarterly reports on what lobbyists and their firms spend trying to influence the city’s decision-making.
The draft regulations are to be posted on the board’s website, http://www.phila.gov/ethicsboard/ by the end of the week. But before they become official, the board has scheduled a public hearing for 1 PM on June 15, to hear from anyone suggesting changes.
At the same hearing, the board will consider a new regulation intended to fortify the city’s campaign contribution limits. It’s aimed at a loophole that allowed the city electricians union to circumvent the limits by creating and funding multiple political action committees, each giving $10,000 or more to favored candidates. The limit on individual PAC donations is supposed to be $10,600 annually.
This year's mayoral primary is less visible than any race in years, but the candidates are nonetheless campaigning citywide. With election day less than a week away, Mayor Nutter's campaign released the following schedule of events.
Get out your calendars.
MAYOR AND SUPPORTERS RALLY VOTERS WITH SERIES OF ACTIVITIES THIS WEEKEND!
City Councilman William K. "Bill" Greenlee, seen as vulnerable to well-funded, well-known challengers for an at-large Democratic seat in the May 17 primary, is rallying the political troops for the last week of election.
Maybe it was the campaign finance reports turned in Friday, that showed high-profile challengers Sherrie Cohen, Ed Nesmith and Andy Toy each with more money to spend than Greenlee, who had more than $58,000. But Mayor Nutter called a press conference Tuesday to endorse Greenlee publicly for a second time.
"It appears that, somehow or some way, there are a few who don't know the extensiveness of Councilman Greenlee's record," Nutter said in front of the Family Court Building at 1801 Vine St., highlighting Greenlee's legislation mandating leave for victims of domestic violence. Former Gov. Ed Rendell is also backing Greenlee, Nutter said.
Retiring incumbent Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller today endorsed Verna Tyner, one of the candidates in a crowded field seeking to replace her in Northwest Philadelphia's 8th District.
Tyner, a former chief of staff to councilmen David Cohen and William K. Greenlee, has been seen as one of the candidates with the best chance to win, but her fundraising has fallen far behind two others at the front of the pack - Cindy Bass and Howard Treatman.
Bass, who ran against Miller four years ago, has been soaking up the establishment endorsements and money, while Treatman, a wealthy lawyer and businessman, has been largely self-funding his campaign.
With Michael Nutter, Ed Rendell and even New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg handing out endorsements in tight races for Philadelphia City Council, none is in more demand than the golden-boy District Attorney, Rufus Seth Williams.
Williams has torn through most of his first-term agenda in less than 17 months, taking on crooked cops and the Catholic Church and moving quickly to assign prosecutors by geogrpahy and relegate minor marijuana charges to the level of speeding tickets.
Now he is suddenly all over the campaign trail for everyone but himself.
Philadelphia's mayor didn't back him.
So City Council candidate Joe Grace went out and snagged the endorsement of New York City's mayor.
Grace is embroiled in a four-way race for the First District seat, and Mayor Nutter has lined up behind one of his rivals.
Philadelphia State Rep. Cherelle Parker was arrested and charged early Sunday morning with driving while drunk in Germantown.
A Philadelphia police officer pulled Parker over after observing her driving the wrong way on a one-way street on the 5800 block of Baynton Street, according to police spokeswoman Tanya Little.
The incident happened at 12:35 a.m. Sunday. After a preliminary arraignment, she was released and her next court appearance is June 1.