Saturday, July 4, 2015

Politics

Short-term rentals, like those offered through websites such as Airbnb, are now taxable in Philadelphia - but officials won't speculate on what kind of revenue they could generate.
The union representing Philadelphia police officers has challenged Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey's new policy making public the names of officers in police-involved shootings.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - U.S. Senator John McCain says the ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's current plan to drawdown U.S. forces.
TRENTON - The Assembly will be a rare sight in the capital this summer, with legislators preparing for an election where they will be at the top of the ticket.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Piano-playing Lamar Alexander hopes the Senate's latest tune is a new national education law.
Bill Robling leaned on his eagle-headed walking stick in front of his office in the Historic Philadelphia Center. He wore summer business attire: linen frock coat and cream-colored cravat. Tricorn hat. Bifocals, of course.
"I've known this day was coming for months," Karen A. Stout lamented about packing up her office. "I don't know why I didn't do it earlier."
Gov. Wolf vetoed a plan Thursday to privatize the state liquor industry, as his standoff with Republican legislators over the state budget continued.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The twin sister of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane is being sued over a $200,000 loan by an FBI agent who was her boyfriend.
Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced Thursday that he will run for president, setting himself on an uphill trek for the Democratic nomination with little national name recognition and scant financial support.
Gov. Christie has blasted President Obama's economic record and won praise from some in the GOP for vowing to boost annual GDP growth to 4 percent, about double the current rate.
Jim Kenney and Tony Williams meet for breakfast, NE Philly gets Bizarro and our new favorite typo.
Jim Kenney and Tony Williams meet for breakfast, NE Philly gets Bizarro and our new favorite typo.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jim Webb, a decorated Vietnam veteran and accomplished novelist who became a fierce critic of the Iraq war in the Senate, announced Thursday that he's challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton and other rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Where two-term Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stands on various issues that will be debated in the Republican presidential campaign, a race he's joining.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia has legalized and plans to tax Airbnb and other short-term rentals ahead of Pope Francis' visit in September and next year's Democratic National Convention.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - The husband of former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman has died. John Whitman was 71.
Speaking with one voice, Philadelphia's mayor, City Council president, school superintendent, School Reform Commission chairwoman, and teachers' union president, and the head of a key charter school group, have told Harrisburg: Give the city schools $159 million.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez has been released under a bond agreement.
SANDOWN, N.H. (AP) - Chris Christie certainly tells it like he sees it. That's not to say he always tells it like it is.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher's son who withstood a recall election spawned by his fight with public employee unions, is joining the crowded Republican presidential race, aides said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - New York hedge fund billionaire George Soros and Hollywood director Steven Spielberg are among the biggest donors to a super PAC backing Hillary Rodham Clinton's Democratic campaign for president.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors have reached a tentative agreement with defense attorneys for a Florida doctor charged alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez to allow his release from jail.
One in six properties in Philadelphia has overdue real estate taxes. Some of the city’s business tax streams may be paid by fewer than half the people that owe them. A recent estimate put total unpaid city taxes at nearly $1.2 billion. And yet City Council just approved $70 million in new taxes.
ASHLAND, N.H. - Gov. Christie, on his first full day on the presidential campaign trail, said Wednesday that personal objections should not exempt government officials from issuing licenses for same-sex marriages.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's tax collections for the just-ended fiscal year exceeded projections by $412.2 million.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new poll finds that most Americans approve of the recent Supreme Court decision preserving the health care law's subsidized insurance premiums for people in all 50 states.
Philadelphia lost many remarkable and memorable people in 2013, including powerhouse politicians, popular entertainers, an influential doctor, and two who tickled locals' tastebuds. Here's a look back at some of them, in no particular order.