Heard in the Hall: Mayor Nutter was listed as a speaker at a shale industry gathering here next month. But when the mayor later requested that his name be taken off the list, the "freedom from fracking" folks claimed credit.
If you want evidence that the sugared-beverage industry and its friends are worried that Mayor Nutter may try to tax their product again, look no further than the most recent contributions to City Council candidates.
Council President Anna C. Verna last week nevertheless voted against her fellow South Philadelphian and close ally, Frank DiCicco, on a controversial sign bill.
City Councilman Bill Green has made no secret of his interest in running for mayor in 2015, four years from now. But he's been more explicit than ever before in five or six recent appearances on the campaign trail, most of them talking to Democratic committee people at preelection ward meetings.